At Christmas, we found out my dad had stage IV lung cancer. By the New Year, I made my resolution to “live with greater emotional openness and vulnerability.”
I’m thankful for everything that’s happened to me this year. I’m thankful for The Collectibles, The Summer Home, This Is Ours, I’m thankful for the auditions I went on, and the parts I didn’t get.
Too many times, we get out of an audition and spend the time on the drive home raking ourselves over the coals. Does this sound familiar? We agonize over what we could have done better, why we won’t get the part, that one line we should have delivered like this, our laugh was too shrill, we didn’t laugh enough …
I’ve been blessed to work on some incredible projects this past year! This is a love letter to the directors who cast me, the writers who created the characters, the cinematographers who pulled us from the shadows, the editors who told the story the final time. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. I am truly grateful!
I urge you to check out and support the filmmakers behind these projects!
Part III: Directors as Audience. PMD for Actors?
Picking up where we left off …
Directors as Audience
Now this is an audience I want most of all. I actively follow the work of many film directors, and nothing would make me happier than if those directors were also aware of my work. This is still a frontier as far as social media contacts go, but the more I think about it, the more I’m determined to find a way to cater my online presence to directors and filmmakers.
Resources for connecting with your audience (directors in this case) are good works we should all be doing anyway. In this post, I want to throw you for a loop a bit. You’ve heard it said over and over “it’s who you know,” right? Well, maybe it’s not. I want to look at the game from another angle: “It’s who knows you.”
Think about it. You might follow your favorite director on Twitter and be aware of his wit and work, but does he know you? No. I want to fix that. Because who I know isn’t going to get me on his next project. I want him to know me.
As an entrepreneur-minded writer and producer, I’m keenly interested in the evolving DIY system of open information sharing, grassroots appeal, bootstrap’ing sweat equity, and Think Outside The Box Office-ing of independent cinema. These factors drive the indie scene much as the Hebrews circled Jericho, finding the right trumpet pitch to bring the studio walls a-tumblin’ down.
If you’re involved in this scene, you’ve debated in these conversations about self distribution, finding your audience, and whether Kevin Smith represents a replicable business model or if he’s just a stunt-pulling one-off in an XXXL bathrobe.
I want to bring these conversations to Acting: