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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, 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.



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