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By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Jul 4 2016 12:09AM

I constantly hear many people gripe, complain, and sometimes even quit performing because they feel like he or she is just not the “right” body type or “Look” in this business. I recently shared my thoughts about this very subject on a popular chat board and yielded some very positive responses. I want to share my thoughts on this issue here for others who think they don’t have the right look, body type etc. to make it in this very fickle business.


Regardless of being someone who has personally suffered from the “problem” of being an average-body-type gal, I have successfully carved out my own unique niche in the Broadway community that keeps my phone ringing; let me share a few helpful hints for those who are also a bit “out of the box” from the typically-hired types that get hired for the NY and Regional stages.


1) I can’t stress this enough: CREATE YOUR OWN WORK that lets you show off your unique self. Create your own work, and get it on video! Add them to your website! Include clips with your submissions etc. and put your own work into the world. You’ll allow people to start seeing the unique gifts and performance nuance that YOU embody. People who see your own work may be inspired to steer their own productions to be able to include hiring you, or better yet, they may even be inspired to create things FOR you!


2) When you are going in for previously-done shows, those where you know you can play the role but you may be slightly against typical type, I truly suggest to SING FROM THE SHOW. Show them how your unique type is a great fit for the role, rather than trying to sing something else and hoping they will be able to match you to the role you want. In all likelihood, they won’t. There are probably three people behind you in the audition line that do fit the tradition visual mold for the part you are aiming for, and the audition team doesn’t always don't have time to think creatively. So spoonfeed them. Sing from the show! Help them, help you. Let them hear what a good fit you are, even if their eyes are seeing something ‘new’. It won't always work, but you will never second guess "what if".


3) In addition to having your own work on video, you should have DREAM ROLE VIDEOS, especially if you may be slightly against type. This is particularly for the same reason that you can attach videos with submissions when headshot/resumes are requested for appointment consideration. You should also have videos of your dream roles available on submission sites like Actors Access. Videos of your dream roles help casting people see you that way!


4) When going in for whole seasons, always offer your own UNIQUE YOU in your work and don't worry about being one specific thing that you think they might want. When theatres are casting numerous shows at one time, you just never know where their casting choices are going to land— does one person have to fill many parts, or are the roles precast, do they have local performers who are already in mind for the season? It is best to present your own unique self to help you stand out from the crowd. Even if you don't book that season, showcasing your unique self will allow them to remember you for future castings. When they start to plan future seasons, they may think of you, or the next time you go in for them, they will remember you. By offering your UNIQUE YOU in the room, you will start to establish an identity that could get you work in the future.


5) Go after any NEW WORKS, whether it small gigs or Broadway, where there is no type set from previous castings and no restrictions as far as who could be cast. Low and behold if you get cast, then YOU become the mold for which all future productions are based, and more often than not, you also have long term work as the show grows and develops—who knows where that will lead. Pursue NEW WORKS!


6) DON’T CHANGE who you are, body shape, hair style, or otherwise, unless it will make you just as happy in your personal life. Because no matter what you do or who you are in this business, standard-cast-types constantly shift and change, personal opinions usually differ, and you will never be able to satisfy everyone...the only person you can truly make happy and satisfy is yourself. So DON’T CHANGE who you are for the benefit of a fickle business. Be the person you are and be happy with the person you are!


I hope this helps to inspire YOU and keep you PROPELLING FORWARD in your performing career. Stay motivated!

By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Apr 19 2016 07:07PM

Lets take a look at some of the DO's as you make yourself known on the world wide web:


DO post things pertaining to your Brand/Performing prowess. It helps people to know, kind of like a commercial for yourself, how they might be able to use your "services." The more you show them your Brand, the more they remember what it is that you do and will call you to do it.


DO post both Personal AND Professional updates/posts. The beauty of social media is that people gravitate towards it because they get to know you on a Personal level without actually seeing you in person. So while its great to post all your performing videos from youtube and all your recent feedback from behind the audition table after every audition, make sure you also show you are human as well…post your pets, food, hobbies etc. Use Social Media to be social and connect with people through your own enjoyments. You are more than your career, and it can sometimes help your career!


DO keep your audience engaged and responsive and coming back by posting things that can help them in their own careers/social spheres. Quotes of inspiration, words of advice, links for business connections, social giveaways, including friends' links to engage introductions between other people, all these things create an atmosphere of community where you are a social/professional hub. These seemingly simple things can make people keep coming back to visit your page--- they will come back, and may bring their friends to engage with you too.


MOST IMPORTANTLY, try to keep your social media positive! A good rule of thumb for content to post is to consider if you are posting something that you'd feel comfortable shouting from the top of a mountain to an entire town below and hear it echo back across a hillside. If that kind of loud-echo-idea makes you uncomfortable, then don't post it. Another way to consider the social norm for posting is to consider if you are comfortable sharing that particular post info in an open conversation at a dinner table with family & friends, and coworkers, AND your WORST ENEMY---If you don't like the idea of your worst enemy and your father reading the info in the post, then you probably shouldn’t post it to social media.


Things that are negative and should be avoided on social media? Your latest rejection, the unhappy response you got in the audition room or the nonsense you dealt with in the audition line, the insecurities you may currently be battling that day or in that particular audition experience, etc. REMEMBER your social media posts are a reflection of you. Those kinds of posts, while not seeming 'negative' to you in the moment, can backfire on you. So restrain yourself--- tell your shrink, tell your bestie, tell your diary, but DON’T talk about it on social media.

You can do this! And you should! Share your brand, share your self, share your connections! And you can practice within the Proactive Professionals Group page if you like. But get out there, and keep at it. Happy posting, and be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Help me practice what I preach!


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By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Apr 2 2016 09:48PM

Why is Social Media an integral part of a performing career?


Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) are not just modes of fun to pass the time and keeping up with the Kardashians, but a very important part of your business as performer.


Why?


1) So people can find you! Your website is down? Maybe they don’t know the correct spelling of you name? People are randomly scrolling through the friends friends for ideas and they find you? Your name might not be the top hit on a google search. Social media is an asset in all these instances, for you are easier to find and connect to if you have wide social media visibility.


2) As a performer, your job is to be seen. So be seen. Don't be shy! Promote yourself. There really is no better way to get your news out to so many people at one time. And it's FREE!


3) Those who want to hire you can see who you know. A big part of working in this business is networking and connections, and you need to make sure that people can find that information at their fingertips. The simple fact that they can see you have a 100 friends in common with them might entice them to consider you more strongly…one never knows. Maybe of your 100 mutual friends will vouch for your good work and you'll be one step closer to a hire!


4) Social media allows you to cruise through your list of followers and friends on your social media sites to glean more info about their artistic projects, let's you easily contact them to pick their brains on their experiences, and offer your support or congrats to these contacts on their gigs, and also connects you to other working professionals to have access for referrals and recommendations. AND you build personal relationships concurrently with your professional relationships. It's a win-win!


5) Those that are interested in employing you can get a keen sense of your personality. Your social media presence will show people how you present yourself to the world, indicates your work ethic through your active posts, exposes potential employers to your personal branding and can help them see how you may fit into their business ideas, and if you share a similar outlook. Don’t think for a second that social media can make people aware of that you are very wrong. Your personal posts reflect how you think and act, your performing-related posts state what you love to do, your cat posts say you are compassionate and love animals, your friends posting inspirational affirmations on your wall reiterate to the reading audience that you have a positive effect on other people, and so on! Something to consider as you begin to build a social presence---your life and your professional life are one in the same.


6) You build a FREE and active audience both for yourself and for the companies that hire you. FREE makes this venture one you can't afford to pass up! Your viewing audience means free advertisements for the producers/companies that you work for, as you will publically share post whatever upcoming show schedules, performance videos, and other creative endeavors---advertising = tickets and paying audience members who are there to support you! The broader your reach, the more valuable you are as a commodity in the industry. Strive to build your audience and entice those that want to hire you by having active social media audience as well.



Get registered on those social media sites and come back for my next post on The Do’s of Social Media.

By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Dec 22 2015 10:37PM

In the performing arts — well, in any profession —  as in life, be it money, relationships, hobbies, the pursuit of perfection or happiness, possibilities are endless.  

 

Whether you create your own projects, collaborate with others, are hired for a gig, work a day job, marry a loved one, start a family, win the lottery or scrape by with pennies, possibilities of what life may bring you always exist. That is, of course, as long as you stay open to those that present themselves and seize them.  

 

Negative possibilities may present themselves. Those that tell your instinct to run for the hills. Even those may bring about possibilities because if you run for the hills, who knows who you may meet at that new climb.  

 

A possibility you seize may turn sour, but you’ve met others on this journey and it is through them new possibilities arise for the future and beyond: new collaborations, new conversations, new friendships and new relationships, newfound wealth.  

 

Little did I know that studying Fanny Brice 10 years ago for a YEAR (classes, private lessons, research up the wazoo) to portray her in a production of "Funny Girl" at regional dinner theatre that “said” it wanted to seriously consider me to play her would turn into the life force that drives my career. That turned my “special skill” into a passion. That turned that passion into a humming business mind, which, in turn, turned into a consulting business advising others, numerous other entreprenerial endeavors and a WALL of memorabilia given to me by FANS!  

 

Little did I know studying this gal for a job I DID NOT get (Yes! Did i mention that I didn’t actually get that gig for which I studied a year? Ah, the glory of show business.) would create a series of circumstances that would turn into something so huge for me! Never in a million years.  

 

Be Fearless. Embrace possibilities in career, in money, in relationships and in life! 

 

With the end of the year and a new one looming, think back on all the possibilities that you encountered this past year. Did you say yes? Did you seize the day? Did you plant that seed and watch it grow?  

 

2016 is fast approaching. Why not make it a year of possibilities! 

By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Nov 16 2015 03:37AM

The Art of Gratitude


Thanksgiving is fast approaching and in honor of the holiday I thought how appropriate to speak of gratitude in terms of being a proactive performer.


In maintaining a healthy mindset to approaching what can be mind-numbing, tiring and a roller coaster of emotions from all-out-disappointing and depressing to relishing exciting challenges, victories and career milestones, we must be grateful.


Grateful first for the ability to pursue our passions and this crazy career.

Remember, no matter what happens, we chose this! We chose that to live our dreams we must attend early-morning audition cattle calls and bear rejection. All for that one fleeting moment in the spotlight. You can't be angry or upset about that with which we choose! Be grateful for it or get out of it and make another choice.


Grateful to all the people who help you along the way.

They may include friends, family, fans, teachers, coaches, those who seek your advice and those who hire you. Be grateful for them and tell them as they will stay with you on this journey. They will cheer at your highs and hug you when you are low. This business is dangerous in its ability to alienate people: those who are achieving success and then jealousy ensues or those on the road to success become so busy with work sometimes everyday life/people get put on hold. Be grateful with the people who are beside you and you can never go wrong and will never be at this crazy business alone.


Be grateful for all your success big and small!

Document it. Keep it in a scrapbook. Tell people. You need be able to go back to it and remember. Whether it be conquering a fear, hitting the high note, getting an agent, making a debut, seeing your name on Broadwayworld or doing an interview. Whatever it may be, keep track of it. Sometimes we get so lost in the climb that we forget how far we have already come. Those building blocks are so important to keep you both on track and in a positive light. Again, we chose this. Celebrate you and your successes instead of dwelling on the minor losses or setbacks. No one is taking you out to a firing range when these silly things happen. Learn from mistakes and then keep moving forward and only look backward on your gratitude to rejuvenate and inspire you.


Happy Thanksgiving,

Kimberly Faye Greenberg, grateful daughter, sister, friend and actress


Photo Credit: Samantha Mercado Tudda

By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Oct 12 2015 05:52PM

I monitored a crazy crowded audition this past week. And I was absolutely completely and utterly shocked, did I say shocked? by how many unprepared actors there are. Well over 50% of those wanting to be seriously considered for this project were eliminated from the running by just being unprepared with the easiest things that an actor has control over.



What were those things you may ask? Well, inappropriate headshots (blown up selfie?) , resumes (on loose leaf paper?!) , and then so many turning in ones not stapled together or cut to size.


Folks, if you are seriously pursuing theatre, in any market,  take the time to get your actor essential business stuff together, because, if you don’t, you will almost always be eliminated, despite your waiting to seen for hours on end at open calls and/or your emailing/mailing materials when you see that you are perfect for a role, due to your  unprofessional headshot/resume and/or lack there of. If you can’t take the time to take care of your business essentials why would any professional be interested in working with you?! Their impression possibly being, if they can’t get their professional self together, how are they going to be able to learn my show and conduct themselves and present the show/role in a professional manner.


Let's get down to business in these basic actor essentials right now:


EVERY audition you go to, unless other requested, you MUST have a professional formatted headshot AND resume and they MUST be STAPLED together and cut to size.


Do’s and Don’ts of HEADSHOTS:


1) A headshot is NOT:


-A blown up Selfie;

-A photo of you from 10 years ago;

-A glammed up photo that looks nothing like you;

-A blown up yearbook photo;

-A photo that is any other size than 8 by 10;

-Never in black and white (sorry that's a thing of the past);

-A “Glamour Shot” photo;

-A photo taken by your mom in your backyard;

-A photo where you cropped out and/or photoshopped out your friends, your fabulous pet etc. and just left you!


2) A headshot IS:


In its simpliest form…


An 8 x 10 COLOR headshot of you taken by a professional and/or aspiring photographer understanding the basics of what a professional headshot should look like. A headshot can be just shoulders and head or a 3/4 body shot. But, with that being said, there is a reason it's called a headshot because its main focus is on your face.


The headshot should look like the best version of you (that you can create yourself) on a daily basis before you head to an audition. Here is a great link to check out tons of headshots for examples of what they should look like and headshot photographers (in New York) who can help you achieve your top notch shot. If you live anywhere outside of New York just do a google search of appropriate photographers in your area.


http://www.reproductions.com/NYC/banner/banner.php


Do’s and Don’ts of RESUMES:


1) A resume is NOT:


-Your credits hand written on a loose leaf paper;

-On paper larger then 8 x 10 (yes that means sized and cut to match your headshot);

-A list of roles you hope to play and/or are studying to play;

-Not more then one page;

-Anything that is none other then the TRUTH!!**


Another note: Your resume does not need your home address.



2) A resume IS:


In its simpliest form…


A one page columnized typed listing of your stage credits, education, training and special skills. PLUS your name, contact info (telephone number, website, email) and stats (height, dress size or weight, voice type/range and union status if applicable).


Your resume should be clear, concise, readable, professionally formated and, again, cut to 8 x 10 and STAPLED on back of your headshot at each corner. So that when you turn you headshot over you see your resume nicely laid out.


Here are a few examples of stellar resumes to follow:


Kristen Gehling:


http://media.wix.com/ugd/f987a4_df21508946e84949964740d24d3684a4.pdf


Paul Thomas Ryan


http://paulthomasryan.com/resume.html



FINAL WORDS about your headshot/resume:


Again, they must be stapled together back to back!!!! Why do you do this? Because, papers get misplaced and separated and because some headshots don't have a name on them. Imagine a casting person misplacing your resume because it wasn't stapled and the photo has no name…well, Into the trash they go. So much for your waiting in line for 5 hours at an open call!!!


I realize that for many of you all this is common knowledge but considering that over 50% of the people attending this NY open call either didn't know the above or thought the above was unimportant to them I thought this particular subject matter well worth the discussion.


Want to be taken seriously as a proactive actor. Get on it! Until next time.


By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Sep 29 2015 11:21PM

My “Building Blocks of Success Blog” was very popular. So…i’m offering more to add the mix!!


Building Blocks Part Two!


1) Have your hands in as many pots as possible. Why? I like to use a garden analogy: plant many seeds so at least one will grow. Things in this business NEVER go as planned. The more you do and are involved with, the more likely one of those seeds will grow. One of those projects will plant the seed for another more lucrative project in the future.


2) Never say no to opportunities. Enough people will do that for you! Of course, with that I say stay true to your 'moral' code. Enough said.


3) Auditions are crazy and very unrealistic as to what we are actually hired to do. Just look at them as "snippets" of our best work/talents on display. Thus, instead of letting them get to your nerves, try to look at them as your time to shine, perform, and do what makes you different then everyone else. You only have, at most, a few minutes (if you are lucky) so make them count to let the world know who YOU are!


4) Although there are auditions all year long, there are traditionally two big audition seasons in New York: fall and winter. Those are the best times to be here for someone who is looking be seen by a lot of people in a short period of time. September and October are when regional theatres come to audition for all the big holiday shows; February and March, when theatres are casting all the summer shows (this is also known as Summer Stock season). Many national tours going on the road, audition at this time as well as they want to secure the talent who probably will also get booked for summer stock work.


5) Receiving callbacks for jobs are the best sign that you are on the right path. As several of my teachers have said to me, a callback is basically the theatre saying we love you, but now we have to look at other factors, i.e. height, weight, hair, who you're working with, do we need another alto? etc. Always congratulate yourself on a callback and keep doing what you are doing. As my teachers have also said, it takes at least ten callbacks to actually get a job! Speaking from experience, that is true; so trust you are moving in the right direction.


6) If you are not getting callbacks, meet with a respected coach/teacher in the business. Make sure they are being honest with you and not just telling you how great you are. You want to know what you can do to improve or make yourself more marketable, so that an audition will get you a callback or a job. Be willing to hear criticism because it is the only way you can get better. Trust your gut as you will know when that criticism is coming from a place of truth and helping to make you better, or coming from someone just putting their fears and own personal issues onto you. If that is the case, run! Far, far away!


7) Know that no other's route is the same as yours. Your friend may make it in a Broadway show once he moves to New York, and you may not make it for years. That's ok!!! Everyone's journey is different. Broadway is not the end-all-be-all of a career.


8) Everything works out for the best and one must make the most out of every opportunity. Disappointment and rejection are around every corner in this business. Take what comes for what it is, and know a better job is just around the corner. When that job does turn up, make the most of it. Working is the time when everything comes together. Again, make that garden grow.


9) Find a "day" job within the theatre. It makes your network grow and keeps you almost doing what you love. Other opportunities you didn't even imagine can spawn from working in the theatre. For example, along with performing, I am a wardrobe dresser on Broadway. I have dressed over 12 Broadway shows and have worked with a lot of people who now know me. It has helped me a lot in my performing career, to say the least.


10) Find what makes you unique and create new projects of your own. Don't be one of many; be one of a few. This is a hard one, especially in today's theatre where many of the shows require people of similar voice types and looks. You have to remember that YOU are unique and you will stand out of the chorus and become someone to remember. Find those qualities in yourself that make that person behind the table remember you amongst the other 300 faces at the audition. Sooner or later that job will come along when your skill set is needed and YOU will be the ONLY one they remember.


By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Sep 5 2015 01:06AM

Branding... And no I don't mean taking the iron stake and burning it up and etching it into your tuchas/rear-end/ass whatever you like to call it.


Branding is the idea of honing you/your product so well and succintly and specifically (a word I seem to like to use a lot when it comes to the "biz") that a casting director knows exactly what it is you do, what it is you play and what your essence is in a matter of a second. It's your commercial.


You are an actor and you are selling yourself and you want to do it in the best and smartest way possible.


This is what we call BRANDING.


I mean let's be honest who here doesn't have an inkling of what the Progressive commercial and our"friend" Flo has to offer without even looking at the TV screen. Their branding is so embedded in your mind about what the product name is, who Flo is, what the product represents and how they, as an insurance carrier, can help you. Therein lies the lesson! Your commercial (brand..ie. what you have to offer/are selling) must be just as clear as an actor. And, the trick is to do this so specially that it separates your unique you from every other actor. It say’s I’m different then the 1000’s other “girl next door’s” or “handsome leading men” and this is why. You bring something unique to the table and in your branding it's time to flaunt it.


For instance, a gal said to me “well, I'm the second banana”. My response is that is not specific enough! Do you know and realize how many ways there are to play a second banana? I told her that she brings something unique to the table that makes her an awesome and unique choice for when someone wants and envisions/writes a second banana role. What is it though? What qualities in her sense of being ring so true that it would make this second banana role truly unique. For instance…perhaps she has a dry sarcastic wit, maybe she is silly, giggly, an air head, dumb, all knowing… and the list goes on and on to infinity.


If this gal just stuck with advertising the fact that she is a second banana she will always be in the mix with 1000s. You come at it with more specificity you will be one of maybe 5/10/20 max… Don't you want to be one of five very specific choices for a second banana?? Where a casting director clearly knows what you have to offer and whether or not YOU fit into the mold that has been written? 


Your screaming well nothing is that specific and I can go in an audition for any second banana role . The truth is no you can not! Let's look at it another way from the viewpoint of the Casting director or any theatre professional that may hire you. The casting directors/theatre professional release specific breakdowns for said second banana role that lists specific adjectives that this character must possess. Think about it, while one playwright or tv sitcom writer might write a second banana role in the vein of CLUELESS another may do it in the vien of Amy Schumer (and lets just say it…this girl ain’t clueless…). Where do you fit?


If you AGAIN say I can do both..think again! First and foremost this is a business. Time is money and vice versa. If you really think that most of the casting directors are going to take the time if they don't already know you or your talents to invest their hard earned time (ie money) to examine the many facets of you generic marketing saying that I can play any second banana role they may cast... the answer is NO! They get 1000's of submissions for every role. They audition maybe 8-20 if you are lucky. So don't you want them to know what it is you specifically do the best out of everyone so that if it matches what they do you actually get to be one of the 8 people with an audition appointment?! Of course you do!



So how do you brand yourself?


1) List adjectives you use to describe yourself;


2) Honestly think of roles you can play right now and think of qualities in those roles that ring true in you and list those as well;


3) Think of actor/actresses who are working that have similar essences as you/play similar roles and pick out some qualities that ring true in them that also ring true in you;


4) THEN, combine the strongest adjectives that you have come with into a SHORT sentence that shouts to the world (like a commercial) THIS is what I do!!


For instance: MY branding..


A brassy sassy NY Broad with a biting sarcastic wit and quirky charm.


My branding is all over my postcards, my websites, I sing material to match, my monologues go with my branding and I even dress with a womanly “edge”. And, people know what it is that I do and can offer them. Now, not to say that I don’t play other roles, because i do, HOWEVER, its only because I started to work steadily and people got to see my work and what I do well and then slowly it branched out and grew like a flower.


See people start to invest their time in you, since they trust you and your skills and your business prowess, and then they say “Oh let me see if she/he can do anything else” and then, that is the time you can start to “Do it all!” and perhaps play every second banana role known to man.


Now, There is no wrong answer on whether or not your branding statement is good or bad. It literally just needs to remain true to exactly who you are and what you do. Any straying from the truth by using what you think people want you to be won't work. Because by staying true to yourself, like me, you use it to help you add personality to your website, take proper photos, choose your audition material, dress appropriately. It shouldn't be hard to align these things if done properly because this is who you truly are to the core and what makes you uniquely you.


Of course, the only thing that might be hard about this is embracing your unique you.. All the good, bad and ugly. Perfection and cookie cutter are not the goal...


But I say to you, embrace imperfection. embrace you!!! If we can’t embrace and know who we are how can anyone in the field know us and what we do! GO FOR IT! Start BRANDING!




By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Aug 15 2015 12:56AM

Today I bring you some Building Blocks of Success for the Theatre Scene. You can use these whether you’re based in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, London, Ireland, Australia….anywhere in the world.


1)The agent/manager dilemmas?


First, I'm more of a believer of an agent or manager coming to you at the right time; whether it be through a friend, them seeing you in a show, or a referral, etc. Trust me, I did my share of mailings and went through those first four agents early on in my NY career pretty quickly because I was just an easy addition to their lot. I wasn’t what they truly needed. An agent needing your type or someone like you will seek you out. Now, I’m with one I LOVE (who found me, by the way; their CLIENT had seen me in a show! See, you never know!). And, my manager was my former agent whom I’ve been with for YEARS. You ask “What makes these two so great for me?” Well, not necessarily because I get every audition in the book (but really, who does?!), but that they are my biggest cheerleaders. No matter the circumstances, no matter the bad audition days, no matter that I don’t book the gig after the final callback or get the coveted audition appointment they have been pushing for, they STILL support me and are in it for the LONG HAUL! They know each opportunity created is a building block up the ladder. As long as we all build them together, we are all a pretty great team! These types of agents and managers are out there! Relax. You will find yours!


BUT you are still crying out . . . I NEED AN AGENT/MANAGER!


WRONG! Think again. New York is an open market and casting wants the RIGHT people. Technically speaking, YOU are your best agent. You are always looking after you. An agent or manager is certainly juggling many clients. So what can you do? Are you attending all open call/EPA/chorus calls and auditions for parts you are right for? Are you doing creative mailing to people who can get you those jobs (casting, directors, writers, producers)? Are you making introductions thorough mutual friends? Are you taking classes where the people who make the decisions actually are in the room? And keep in mind, casting is just the “go between” -- they don’t actually say who gets the “gig”. Trust me, once you start getting gigs and building your resume, an agent/ manager will find you.


2) The TOOL of the trade: The Internet


The Internet is a Godsend in this biz. Use every networking tool you’ve got. It’s all at your fingertips! And, There are so many networking sites, and yes, it is a lot of upkeep, but there are then other sites that do all the work for you -- where you plug in the data and it uploads to the other social networking sites out there. Promote, promote, promote what you have to offer. Let the world SEE IT! Isn’t that what performing is all about?


Make an awesome and unique personal website. It doesn’t need a lot of frills, but it better have some examples of the types of things you do. Videocameras and recording devices are at your fingertips if you don’t have performance footage. There is no excuse. Just make sure you take the time to put up solid material that the world can see. You never know who is watching.


3) Last, piece of advice for today:


Remember to never stop evolving. Surprising people and yourself about what you’re capable of is one of the most rewarding things in this biz. Don't let the chance of failure stop you! In my experience, those are the risks that pay off the most! No one is perfect and no one expects you to be either.



By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Jul 28 2015 10:28PM

You need to ask yourself what is it that you desire, want to accomplish or do as a performing artist. It could be a job (a role on Broadway), it could be a creative endeavor (creating a solo show, recording a CD of favorite songs), it could even be a collaboration of some sort (produce a show and cast my friends) etc. We call these things goals.


Now, think of three goals and write them down. Lets say you choose one that seems tangible now, one that seems like it potentially could happen in the next few years and one of which dreams are made.


Now look at these goals. How specific are you? Not sure?...


Well, take note….SPECIFICITY IS KEY!


For instance:


You want to do Broadway show. Well, what kind of show? Is it new or a revival? A play or a musical? Would the shows be of a certain theme or have a specific style of music? Do you want to be in the ensemble, a leading lady/man, a comic relief, the ‘star”?


If you want to record a CD. What is it you specifically want to do/say/sing. Who do you want to buy it?


You want to produce a show and hire your friends. Well, what kind of show? New versus old. Where, when etc.?


Don’t be afraid to think big, but again, be specific.


The more specific you are, the more you can work towards your goals in the quickest, smartest and most efficient way possible.


Here is my personal example.


My generalized goal when I first moved to NYC was to perform on Broadway. Now you may think this is specific. It's not!


Why? Because I pounded the pavement trying to do EVERYTHING to accomplish it. I was working really hard, spreading myself to thin and not accomplishing anything. For instance, I auditioned for things I wasn’t right for just because it was going to be a show on Broadway. Consequently, wasting many hours of my time getting up at the crack of dawn to wait in line to sing/act for a show I would never been considered for. And, not just that, I was expending tons of energy AND possibly looking like an idiot to a casting director in the fact that I didn't know where I fit business wise and was, consequently, wasting their precious time too!


In my pursuit of all things Broadway I tried to learn and do everything, but, lets be honest, if any of you know me there are some things I can't do.


My voice literally can't riff. I wasn't born that way and I can't even fake it till I make it. Trust me, I've tried. I mean honestly, do you realize how many shows require that American Idol sensibility now..tons!!! So, why on earth was I wasting my time singing for these shows when I could have been perfecting what it is I already do well..ie. Kim blowing the roof off like a trumpet a la Ethel Merman or darker Barbra Streisand, and, not trying to be Kelly Clarkson.


Because of this I honest to god probably lost out on several Broadway opportunities I was completely right for only because i wasn’t prepared. Well not prepared in the way that I didn’t know the music etc., but, I wasn’t mentally prepared because I was EXHAUSTED! I was so busy trying to learn everything that those audition songs/side I had to learn for those shows were fine, maybe even great..but they weren’t awesome, awesome to the point where I could have absolutely knocked someones socks off and feasibly got the job (well, one never knows in truth how it would of turned out…but, I admit I still have regrets about not giving my absolute best in those auditions and i could have if I had not been spreading myself so thin.


READERS! Learn from my mistakes! Be honest with yourself in creating your goals by basing them off what you already excel at. If I would have only even been a little bit more specific about my Broadway goal when I first started of not going out for shows that requires "riffs'' think of all the time I could have spent perfecting things for the more brassy shows that I'm actually right for!


If you know, from your type or brand and/or voice( which we will delve into at a later date), that you literally bring down the house singing a rock song, and, traditional musical theatre isn’t you forte, then why on earth are you wasting your time with learning or thinking generally. You want to be on Broadway and you sing pop rock then focus on the musical theatre rock/pop canon. Learn songs that fit those shows (or songs of the roles you envision yourself playing), keep an eye on the new rock musicals being written so you are prepared for auditions when they come around. Be ready for when the opportunity presents itself. There is a saying that goes "you build it they will come". Think of that with your goals.



Alright, still not getting it or are you the one that says I can and/or want to do it all! Or perhaps you are screaming… I don't need to be that specific! Well, lets look at this a different way. Being non-specific in your goals and you then trying to achieve them just makes you tired because you have nothing specific to work toward…instead you are probably trying to juggle everything within that genre. Let's give another example:


Let's say you want to make an album. GREAT! And yes I know you can probably sing every style of music..and more power to you! However, are you now going to learn the entire music catalogue, millions of songs by the way, and/or research the entire catalogue to find the music you want to record. That could take…um..forever. Before you know it you will be old and grey and heading into the booth at who knows what age when albums are now extinct. You will never achieve your goal. You will have been too busy stuck in step one of just looking at music.


Ok. So I'm being a little dramatic and albums are basically extinct (but coming back by the way..who is reading this that has a record player?), but c'mon, as much as I'd like to be Wonder Woman or you want to be Superman...


THE DOER OF ALL IS ALSO THE MASTER OF NONE!


So….Be specific about your goal and you can take steps to achieve and/or master it!


Now go get proactive and make some goals!! And take your five steps a day to achieve them (see previous blog post).


Until next time! kim

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