Quickly sharing this month’s key updates, and looking for YOUR feedback. Thank you for reading!
I’m happy to announce my next project, an experimental short called Revelation.
I’m blogging about the process (and how you can be invoved), here:
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This is a creative process I’ve yearned for, and I love the dynamic exploration it calls for. I won’t be acting in this one – I’ll be directing and producing – and I have six extremely talented, expressive actresses committed to the project who will blow your mind.
Excited to bring you more behind the scenes. I’m striving to make this as transparent a process as possible, so if there’s anything you want to see or know about, just say the word.
November 2010, we shivered and shook in the cold, shooting our short film Connect To in just two days. We debuted in February 2011, and since then, this sweet, wry, spunky film has shown in 9 festivals and won 5 awards, including Best Regional (Tacoma Film Fest) and Best Drama (in Short films, FirstGlance Film Fest).
And I’m thrilled to be able to put it online for you today, for your free enjoyment, forever and ever on the web.
Thank you to our amazing cast and crew, especially co-Conspirator, co-Producer and lead actress Lisa LeVan, Director Sam Nuttmann, Producer Paul Vitulli, Post Production team Kris and Lindy Boustedt, and composer Eric Goetz (whose work won 2 of the 5 awards!)
This film marks my first foray into producing my own work. Summer Home is already heading to festivals in 2012, and I’m developing future projects. It’s safe to say, I’m addicted.
Thank you for watching, and if you enjoy it, please share it with others. It was made for you. 🙂
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.
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!
In Part I, Required Reading, I listed a handful of articles on filmmaking that I urge Actors to apply to themselves. In this post, I take it a step further, breaking down Sheri Candler’s Top 10 Tips for a Successful Film Launch.
Consider this the translated into actor action lists and call it…
Top 10 Tips for your Acting Career.
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.
Note: This is Part II in a series that explores how Actors can think like a business owner and make greater strides in their career. Part I kicks off here with Required Reading.
Part II: Who’s Your Audience?
Success for indie filmmakers in great part lies in being able to connect with a loyal core audience rather than water down the message in order to appeal to the masses.
How does this work for actors? Who is our audience? This is a complicated question; we request audiences with casting directors, in order to be granted an audience with a producer or director, who will take our work to their audiences. Eventually, an actor also brings their own built-in audience to every screening. At this point you are or are becoming a name brand, one hallmark of a sustainable career.
Identifying your audience may indeed be the key to applying the new model to our acting careers. My suspicion, though, is that unlike Kevin Smith’s audience that continues to grow out of a loyal core, an actor’s audience evolves.