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There are a lot of things to think about when you're navigating a performing arts path. These blog topics will help.

Think About Accessibility

When you are producing work, scheduling a rehearsal or audition, sending out casting notices, or looking at spaces, remember to think about accessibility. In this #5ArtsThoughts video I offer five ideas to consider.

 

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First Thoughts on Raising Money

Money is a huge topic in the arts, and the subject of one of Your Ladders classes.  Remembering that you need to make more money than you spend, here are some thoughts on raising money.

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How to Sell Tickets

I started my career in box office, and know a lot about ticketing. Deciding how you are going to sell your tickets is an important part of your producing path.

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The Space Chase

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.

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Budget Expenses in the Performing Arts

This #5ArtsThoughts video is an overview of budget expenses in the performing arts. The topic is covered in greater depth in the Money Class, but if you're new to budgeting, this is a great place to start.

 

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You Don't Have to Start a Company

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.

 

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Your Unique Value

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.

 

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SUPPORTING OTHERS

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...

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GRATITUDE

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...

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HELP FOLKS FALL IN LOVE

How good are you at helping folks fall in love. . .with the performing arts? Here are 5 things to consider as part of our #5ArtsThoughts series!

 

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