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How Blogging [& Networking] on Stage 32 Landed Me Jobs

On my “Wall of Inspiration” is a button I bought on the opening night of a play 32 years ago. It reads, “Life is a constant audition.” It’s a good reminder because auditioning is hard, as I say several times in my last post on Stage 32, Preparing for Auditions: 7 [Guided] Script Approaches That Land You The Job. Just as hard, and very similar to auditioning, is networking. You’re putting yourself out there in front of people, all of whom will judg…

Preparing for Auditions: 7 [Guided] Script Approaches That Land You The Job

There is nothing like auditioning. The range of emotions an actor feels stepping into a room full of decision-makers is considerable and often damaging to the quality of the audition itself. One way to keep those emotions and the mistakes they cause in check is to know how to work on a script in a hurry. And I will let you in on a secret: Good readers make better auditioners, whether you get the sides a week, a day, or ten minutes before the audition. So, if you don’t read alou…

Seven [Less Talked About] Pre-Production Essentials for the Beginning Director

Congratulations! You’ve booked your first gig as a director. Do you have any idea what you’ve gotten yourself into? If not, let's start this post with the traits of a successful director. Then we'll dive into the seven essentials for the beginning director.   A Little Bit of Everything: The Five Traits of the Successful Director Like many film directors, I learned the trade in the theatre. And everything I’ve learned over the course of 30 years and 50 directing…

7 Steps for Writing Escape Room Narratives (And How to Find Opportunities to Write Them)

A screenwriter walks into an Escape Room… But seriously… this is not a joke. It’s an opportunity to hone your skills as a writer and get in on one of the fastest growing entertainment industries around. A few years ago I was hired to write narratives for two new Escape Rooms. The organization had been successful at tourist-based entertainment programs for nearly two decades, and was looking to capitalize on the growing phenomenon that is the 60-minute Escape Room. …

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