STARTING YOUR OWN ACTORS' CO-OP IS EASY, LUCRATIVE, FUN & ENSURES PERMANENT FRIENDSHIPS WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WILL GO FAR IN SHOW BIZ, THEATRE, TELEVISION, DIRECTING, WRITING.
Shakespeare was a bookish London children's tutor who hung with a few actors on the fringe of show business. He wanted IN so bad that he started by doing rewrites (of standard presentations). His first play TITUS ANDRONICUS was nothing more than a rewrite! That's why it was soooo bad. So uncharacteristically bloody. Not Will Shakespeare as we today know him, at all! But that kind of walking in the foot prints of those who went before is common among writers. I studied with a famous, Hollywood screenwriter who earned two oscars, (deserved a lot more). As a boy, he'd rewritten an actual, George Bernard Shaw play and sent it off to the playwright in London. Bernard Shaw wrote him back. "Do your own work! You can write, kid! " That encouragement was important to him as he was insecure, so if only for your own encouragement. HANG WITH ARTISTS. You will gradually give and get the encouragement of other, talented, knowledgeable people. Do the ACTING COMMUNITY thing. Weekly!
Anyone who wants to make it big in any business but particularly show business, should create a community of friends, vestal virgins who serve in the temple of theatre. Be a part of a team of friends who practice, rehearse, create, and even do rewrites together! Gurdgieff called it SCHOOL FORCE and said mankind could not progress without it!
Create your own living room group, or church basement acting /writing/ directing class. Charge a 3$ a night fee to cover coffee pot, Decaf and caffeinated, and home made cookies, so the gal who uses butter, nuts gets paid for costs and her work. Charge more if you have to pay a pastor rent. Make a gnarly website so that people who see your ad on a phone pole or university bulletin board can check on your 'look', your methods, even see photos of the group, read encouraging articles and you are free to use anything on my WRITERS' ACTORS WEBSITE.. Google up the great articles on acting, writing, directing, classroom exercises, theatre. They are all online.
An oscar nominated actress & close friend of Stella Adler told me that Stella's favorite phrase was "USE EVERYTHING." OK, so this is the internet, USE whoever's articles you find on show biz and put the excerpts up at your website. A FRONT PAGE WITHOUT BACK PAGES is UNIMPRESSIVE. So locate all the books on directing, acting, play or screenwriting, and do a one page xeroxed bibliography of these greatest books. Also, feel free to use all of my website's articles. http://home.earthlink.net/~loveguru/holywodbound.htm
That will lead you to the writer's page. http://www.masterjules.net/writindex.htm
Make your CLASSROOM an all round show biz, website and classroom featuring how to make it in videos, documentaries, how DJ's can practice the rap and get jobs, how comics can practice stand up ...I know one comic who used to do his whole act at a cocktail party. The guests standing near him just thought he was a funny guy with an electric rap delivery. Nobody suspected he was rehearsing. Nobody interrupted him, either. They were laughing too bad! But a classroom that allowed a comic to rehearse his act on stage, which gave him or her critique or encouragement would have been terrific too.
Naturally, you have actors at your acting class, but did you think that both directors and
writers could use live interface with actors? In your Craigs list ads, INVITE THEM. Use
phone posters and bulletin board ads at universities' theater dept bldg, or English bldg
as well as CRAIGS list to get your class together. At CRAIGS, UNDER TALENT,
PICK JOBS actual JOBS. That's where the fishies collect, ergo will bite!
NOW WHAT YOU MUST DO is get a web presence. DO A WEBSITE yourself!
Check out my "HOW TO DO YOUR OWN WEBSITE FOR DUMMIES"
Rewrite my http://home.earthlink.net/~loveguru/holywodbound.htm website,
take it all, 50 pieces, i don't care. Show biz 101 is what you offer,
not just acting classes HOW TO PRODUCE FLICKS, how to WRITE SCRIPTS, HOW
TO HUSTLE sCRIPTS. Be sure to invite video dps to the class, as what's a
scene or improv without FILM? Gives your actors film to show for
Invite directors, writers, as where's your career without these guys
when they make it big? Do their scenes in class. who they gonna call
when they cast their first feature?
I personally will hand you, give you, GIFT YOU with all the articles.
save each one to cache as htm txt, rewrite it as you wish, go in and
change meta text if you want, put your name there,
NEXT, GO PUBLIC BIGTIME. A website is 3$ us a month maybe 4$, nail a
name that's catchy, actorsTROUP.ORG ??? or THESPIAN-TROUP.org?
your personal christian name is second most import. thing, feature it...
make yourself a known commodity but that name does not belong in the
website domain name. Just at the top of every webpage.
similars? i know of none in hollywood. folks here pay coaches 300 $ plus
to join. imagine that. i think actors are already masochists. the fact
they are extroverts has no bearing on masochism.
they feel the monthly penalty of their FOOD money being handed over to
some jerk who critiques scenes (which they themselves could easily do in
a group) is like a penance that will earn them brownie stripes so that
they can ascend to fame.
doesn't work that way. they just look unhealthy as they can't buy
Now, offer a bibliography, that is a list of great books on theatre. Flicks
directing, editing, acting. You can google up l00 titles online.
I just finished rereading David Mamet’s True and False; Heresy and
Common Sense for the Actor. Wow! I highly recommend it to you all.
Here are some blurbs from the back cover:
“In just over 120 pages, Mamet manages to demolish the
myths and the psychobabble-gobbledygook that pass for
theory with regard to acting and directing. This is a
revealing book of the highest order—and a pleasure to
read.” –Anthony Hopkins
“This book should be read and considered by everyone
who acts.” –Steve Martin
“Entertaining and enlightening…. Mamet’s new book on
the actors life makes me proud to be a participant in
that life.” –Joe Mantegna
“This is a very important book. No one has defined the
actors job better than Mamet.” –William H. Macy
“I agree with almost nothing that Mr. Mamet says in
this book and encourage you to devour every word.
Mamet is a genius.” –Alec Baldwin
The book is available at the Public Library.
You can even do a search in your city's library system
and see how many copies and where they are, which
burroughs of city. It was published in 1997 by Pantheon
Books, NY and I believe it costs $27.95 at TheatreBooks.
HOWEVER if you use abebooks.com maybe a buck or two.
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