There are a lot of things to think about when you're navigating a performing arts path. These blog topics will help.
In my experience, space is one of the largest issues facing performing artists, especially folks who work in the fringe/small/solo producing realm. In this video I talk about some of the issues around space, and some things for you to think about as you're looking for space.
Do you know about SpaceFinder? It is a great tool that may be used in your community, so check it out.
When I teach arts administration in college classrooms, my students will tell you that in almost every class I say "don't start a theater company."
Now, in class, I usually add non-profit to the sentence. Running a non-profit requires paperwork and boards and layers of administration that are worth it if the company is strong, but will hold you back when you're just starting out.
Theater company can be changed to any organized performing arts collective. I don't mean don't collaborate. Far from it. What I do mean is that by staying nimble you may be in a better position to adjust when needed, mix it up, and find your path with knowledge based experience.
This #5ArtsThoughts video has more thoughts on the topic. Let me know what you think.
Thinking about your unique value--how audiences perceive your value--can be a challenging but very useful exercise. Unique value is discussed in the Footing Your Ladder, Money, and Marketing classes Your Ladders offers. This video give you an overview of the topic.
I discuss gross potential in Spotlight on Spreadsheets and in Money. In both classes I offer you a spreadsheet that you can use to explore it. Remember, budgeting at 100% of gross potential is difficult, so don't do that.
Check out the YouTube channel for more videos, or go back through the blog for more information.
I talked about networking a couple of weeks ago. I want to drill down on one aspect of networking, and of being part of a community. How good are you about supporting the work of others?
In the performing arts a scarcity mentality can grip us easily. There aren’t enough jobs, there aren’t enough opportunities, there aren’t enough. From that comes the “why them and not me” feelings that get fed by jealousy.
I want to encourage you to reject this, and support the work of others. You didn’t get cast in a show, but a friend did? Go to the show and clap the loudest.
You don’t like the work of a particular artist? Go to their latest work. Have they improved? Do you have greater appreciation for it?
Are you an automatic critic? I found that I wear that hat sometimes, especially in theater, where I understand the work the best. One day I went to a show by myself, and the inner critic started. Then I looked around, and saw dozens of folks having a...
On Thursday, here in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. In this blog post I want to focus on the gift of gratitude.
I understand that the path of being an artist can be, and often is, very difficult. Burn out is real. Making a living is difficult and requires a lot of juggling. Disappointment can be part of the journey. All of this is true, and are issues I talk about in other blog posts, and in my classes.
But today I am going to encourage you to stop, take out a piece of paper, and grab a pen. Ready? Now write down numbers from 1-25 along the side of the paper. Beside each number write down something you are grateful for.
This could take five minutes, or three days. The list could include profound items, or an acknowledgement of your favorite hot beverage.
Now, look at your list through your artist’s lens. How many things on the list reflect your artistic life? I’m hoping at least half of them. If not, can you revisit the list with that intention? Can you...
Opening Your Ladders has required me to learn a lot of new skills, and that’s been thrilling. It’s also required me to rethink a lot of strategies. Again, thrilling. Scary and exhausting, but thrilling.
In my writing life (I write crime fiction), I remember sitting next to a well published author at a character workshop. I mentioned that I was surprised to see her there. She told me that she always sat in on workshops, and in doing so she always picked up a new idea. It helped keep her fresh. A light bulb went off.
As a performing artist, I want to encourage you to continue to build your skills no matter where you are on your career path. If you’re interested in building skills towards producing your own work, or you want to ground your career with some business planning, then Your Ladders has been created for you. Look at the Footing Your Ladder course--it provides the planning skills you’ll need.
What other skills can you develop? If you’re a singer,...
As part of my ongoing #5ArtsThoughts series, I'm talking about taking names. If you're in the performing arts and you're not taking names, here's five reasons why you should!
Do you have names, and you aren't sure what to do with them? Check out my Spotlight On Spreadsheets class! For just $99 I'll show you how to use spreadsheets in addition to spreadsheet use for budgeting, audience development (taking names) and career development. The course has great value, but is priced to be affordable for artists. I also have a monthly installment option.