Anything Goes : Encouraging Artists-Finding ways to make it happen during a pandemic. by Randy Goodwin

Randy Goodwin

Encouraging Artists-Finding ways to make it happen during a pandemic.

I originally posted this in the Introduce Yourself Lounge, but it is better served here.

Encouraging Artists-Finding ways to make it happen during a pandemic.

Hello again Stage 32 Creatives. I'm Randy Goodwin, a producer and actor living in Warner Robins, GA, south of Atlanta. I always appreciate the positive vibes coming from RB, Amanda, Taylor, and the entire team at stage 32 and especially during this challenging time. While my heart goes out to all the displaced creatives here as well as all in our industries who have been negatively affected by this pandemic, I'd like to give some kudos to those who have been able to find alternate creative outlets. I would like to share a few here in hopes it will motivate others to explore similar actions.

When her theatre closed due to the pandemic, Rachel Burttram Powers, a friend and artist in residence at Florida Rep Theatre in Fort Myers, began performing new works in her closet, with her actor husband, and broadcasting the scenes and short plays on Facebook Live. They call it Tiny_Theatre and literally perform from their closet. They are both wonderful actors and have developed a great following the last several months, attracting new patrons and new playwrights along the way. Recently they added Airbnb experiences to their resume' as well, creating Tiny_Theatre Interactive Murder Mystery. They have entertained hundreds already receiving 75 reviews and a 4.97/5.0 star rating while making the income needed to pay the bills. Their refusal to lie down and let this situation get the best of them is very inspiring to me and hopefully will be to all the creatives here.

Special thanks and kudos to my 12th Angel Productions partner, Cullen Douglas, for suggesting we join forces with Jellyfish Bridge Entertainment and nextPix Productions to do a script polish, new budget, fresh concept reel, and new casting for MEDEA, SOUTH CAROLINA, a southern dramatic thriller feature starring Scottie Thompson and Ahmed Best. After 8 months of hard work and preparation, we are completing development and pursuing financing options for it now. Right in the middle of that project, moved by a story he had seen on Instagram, Cullen suggests we make another film immediately. So, we are currently deep into production on a feature documentary we started in early June entitled BILLY FLANIGAN: THE HAPPIEST MAN ON EARTH. 80% of the film is recorded Zoom interviews and archival footage of our subject, Billy Flanigan-the longest continuously-contracted Walt Disney World performer. When furloughed from Disney in March, Billy took his show on the road and combined his love of cycling, performing, and people. He has cycled over 6,000 miles and Flanigrammed(the name for his song and dance on the doorstep of friends and co-workers) over 525 people from Florida to Texas to California to Kentucky to Ohio to Massachusetts and points in between. We will lock picture by December 31 and have a completed film ready for distribution by the end of February. A special invited preview is set for March 20th, 2021, International day of Happiness, in Winter Garden, FL.

And finally, my daughter Mary and the other UGA FDSA fashion designers, undeterred by the pandemic and its restrictions for students, adapted their fall fashion show to be socially-distant, with masks, atop a parking garage, filmed and aired on You-Tube. Congratulations!

I hope this inspires you to keep creating during this pandemic and beyond!

Debbie Croysdale

@Randy thanks for inspirational post, you are right, we are down but not out. This vicious virus has caused some artists to morph their talent in unexpected directions, which only eight months ago some would have labelled bizarre.

Jill Anderson

I wish all the best for your daughter Mary and other fashion designers on behalf of Essays Chief ( Their hard work will never go in vain. I think you should have shared the YouTube link here so that it could reach to the audience.

Randy Goodwin

Thanks Jill. Here it is.

Jill Anderson

You're welcome Randy. I appreciate for sharing the link. It's really nice. Congratulations to the performers.

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