A tip we can all learn from our high school selves. . .

Let’s talk about high school. Close your eyes.  Can you see the hallways filled? Hear the cafeteria? Smell the gym locker rooms? Did your back just straighten? Queasy? Did you break out in… pimples?  Don’t worry. We won’t be talking about Prom, Homecoming, or gym! We’re going to talk about perfection.  That little thing we all seek, drool, lust, and pine over.  But perfection is the very thing that gets…

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The Basics of Writing for TV (for Playwrights)

Take a quick scroll through your Facebook or Twitter feed. Doesn’t it seem like everyone is working on a pilot right now? Television is seriously where it’s at right now, and more writers are making the jump to television than ever before given the pandemic and live theater shut down. Now, this doesn’t mean live theater is dead, but here are some things to keep in mind if you are…

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What to do with that day job of yours

Let’s talk about your day job… shall we?  We constantly hear from Theater Makers that they want to ditch their often monotonous day job and just work in theater all of the time… you can, and you will.  But… maybe not as quickly as you would like! We know it’s hard, especially considering the times we are in now.  You’re impatient, and so are we.  Which is a good thing! …

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Secret producer Series #6: Marketing Wins

This week we sat down with yet another one of the industry's top producers to see what advice they have for newbies in the industry! Q: What's your biggest piece of advice for theater makers right now? A: STAY POSITIVE AND KEEP YOUR TEAM'S MOMENTUM GOING - WE WILL RETURN! Q: What's your biggest marketing win on a show? A: REBRANDING 39 STEPS CLEARLY AS A COMEDY WITH THE RED…

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What to say when people ask “What’s up?

Some of us may be big deadline people.  When we are dealing with our day jobs, shows, or passion projects- we set deadlines and it feels excellent to hit them.  The biggest problem with self-imposed deadlines is that they are hard, and often lofty. If your day job boss gave you a deadline for something, you would hit it! But, when you set one for yourself (for something that could…

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Project Management Resources for Self-Employed TheaterMakers

Even pre-pandemic, the job market for artists often requires freelancing, working from home, bouncing around between gigs, and self-employment. The pandemic has exacerbated these work conditions - more people are working from home than ever, and a lot of artists have been picking up freelance side hustles to make ends meet during these unpredictable times, many juggling multiple jobs at once. Though this hustle is productive, it isn’t always easy…

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The TheaterMakers For Hire Directory is Now Available!

Did you know that many TheaterMakers have a side hustle in addition to their career as an Art-reprenuer? Well we recently surveyed our community of TheaterMakers to see just what kind of side hustles they're into and we were completely shocked at the robust skillset each of our members had. Are you interested in hiring a Photographer? Copywriter? Video Editor, Real Estate Agent, or get this. . . a Wedding…

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How do I secure the rights to use a song in my show?

If you’re a writer, there’s a good chance that you’ve written something for your play and thought of a song that would set the scene perfectly, or the exact song a character would sing at karaoke, or play at a dinner party, or dance around their bedroom too. Music is a great tool for storytelling, whether it’s through composing original music, or adding in a tried and true top 40…

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Is it normal to be feeling exhausted after ZOOM?

The World Health Organization (WHO) says to be “burnt out” is to feel like your energy is depleting, increased mental distance from your job/project, reduced professional efficiency. Last year, WHO recognized burnout as an official illness. Burnout can come on in a number of ways, but the biggest factors are exhaustion, negativity, and inefficiency for your job/project. This is more common than you would think! Vanessa Bohns, an organizational behavior…

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Secret Producer Series #5: Marketing Wins From A Producer

This week we sat down with yet another one of the industry's top producers to see how they got started in the industry! Q:What's the biggest hurdle you've ever faced? A: Fundraising for specific projects. There have been some close calls where I would be up at night wondering if the show could come together because of investor interest, but sure enough persistence pays off and where there is a…

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