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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.


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