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3 Business Tips for Actors Who Are Ready to Create Their Own Work by Jenn Lederer
But Whoopi never let that stop her. Instead, she joined a skit comedy group and began telling stories on stage. She didn't worry about what form they took or how they sounded. She just started talking. The result was a broadway show where she stood on an empty stage just telling stories about people she knew, loved and was deeply interested in. She wrote herself into stardom....she didn't concern herself with what Hollywood did, wanted or was doing...She wrote herself into the picture and they followed. #TheNewTripleThreat #ActorWriterProducer #SelfProducingAritsts #SoloPerformer
There is a trend in the entertainment industry right now that could be doing more harm than good for a lot of performers out there. Artists are jumping on board this trendy train with the best of intentions; but lack of preparation, research, and commitment often leave them worse off than when they began.
What is this trend? Producing + Creating your own work
This is such an exciting time in the industry for creative artists of all kinds, because it has never been so “easy” to create + produce your own work. With platforms like IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, FundAnything, CrowdRise, etc, more projects have a chance of getting the funding they need to finally get off the ground.
More actors are getting the chance to put themselves in the kind of projects they WANT to do + really showcase their talent(s)..but at what price?
If you’re thinking of Producing some of your own projects, congrats! Just make sure you’ve got your sh*t together first…
DISCLAIMER: I am a HUGE FAN of actors taking control of their career by creating their own projects…but I’m NOT a fan of watching people spread themselves so thin that they can barely remember why they started the project in the first place.
When you start a project that requires you to take on any (or sometimes all) of these roles: producer, line-producer, writer, co-writer, director, actor, accountant, etc…basically, if YOU are running the show…you better have an incredibly clear idea of exactly how you plan to COMPLETE the project successfully.
I see a lot of great projects START off wonderfully…but often times it seems like no one has taken the time or energy to really think about + plan what it’s going to require to see this project all the way through to the end. Not to mention what is going to have to go by the way-side while you give this project your all.
(I’m sure you’ve been involved with your share of projects that never see the light of day because it falls apart in post…the last thing you want is for YOUR passion project to become one of these horror stories.)
The point I’m getting at here is: Something’s gotta give.
You have to be honest with yourself going in as to what you will need to give up in order to make this project happen, successfully.
Want to know if you are ready to take on your passion project?
Here are my 3 Business Tips for Actors Who are Ready to Create Their Own Work: Step 1: RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH
Step 2: BE HONEST + prepared
I’ve seen projects implode from the inside, and it ain’t pretty.
Whether you are teaming up with friends or simply getting together with other creative minds that you know & respect, it’s important that everyone is crystal clear on their roles & responsibilities. You’ve gotta get it in writing, because when the going gets tough…it’s amazing how fast no one can “remember” what they agreed to get done.
Protect yourself, protect your project, protect your vision, and create the project that you always knew it could be.
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