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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, 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, Jun 28 2015 10:30PM


“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Before we delve into the nitty gritty I'm going to give you what I consider the first big/main tool of being a working actor to start the ball rolling. It will be what everything else in this blog is based upon and won't come as a surprise, just look at the title of this blog, it is the ability to be "PROACTIVE". Based on its defition, courtesy of GOOGLE, a person (or actor in this case)is creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen.



For an actor who is new to this business: here is some honesty….In this business you need to make things happen and show the arts community (and more importantly the people who can hire you) that you exist, because unless you are the lucky one in a million person who gets discovered on the street, no one in this business is going to know you are around unless you take proactive action, and, via the many ways we will discuss in future posts, make it so!


For an actor who has been around the block for a while: here is some honesty….A friend I know, who works with well known actors and screenwriters, with whom will remain nameless in this blog, said to me that actors are some of the laziest people he knows and, unfortunately, he is not the only one i've heard echo this sentiment, and, sadly, I have seen it with my own eyes as well. Am I talking to you? Are you one of those performers who just sits back and waits for the phone to ring? Perhaps from your college showcase months ago? Are you waiting to hear from the agent/manager with whom your expectations are that they are doing all the work for you? Perhaps your waiting for the friend to call who said they were going to cast you in their next big project that never seems to materilize? Are you keeping yourself free and not auditioning after that one callback for that potential opportunity for the chance they will call?


Listen, I'm not saying any of the above are a bad thing or waiting to be that one in a million who is discovered on the street either, but, I will say that you are very much limiting youself to opportunity and for truly cultivating and being in charge of your career by waiting for something to happen and/or counting on someone else to do all the work for you. And, most importantly, pertaining to this particular blog post, you are in no circumstances being "PROACTIVE" by doing nothing/waiting.


So time is a wasting. Let's get going. Let's turn the spotlight on YOU and only YOU can start the ball rolling.


So..first and foremost….


The quintessential way, in my opinion, to be a PROACTIVE ACTOR??


Brace yourself…


Start by doing…


5 THINGS A DAY FOLKS! I challenge you to do 5 actions a day that pertain to your CAREER as a performing artist. Hopefully those actions will be specific to your goals versus generalized actions, but we will get into more specific goals later. Meanwhile 5 actions a day will suffice to get you started.


Now your screaming at this page. How in the world is doing only 5 things a day going to get me anywhere. Well, think again! Five things a day adds up fast folks! There are seven days in a week. Figuratively speaking its like the power of compound interest. Your actions, like money earning interest, start to add up! If you are doing 5 actions a day that's 35 actions to your goal! At the end of the month, if you at least do 5 actions, 6 days a week (With a day to rest of course) you will have done at least 120 "proactive" actions to achieve your career goals.


And, like Newton's Third Law, every action (although you may not know it at the time) will create an equal or opposite reaction…


Let's look at an example…


YOUR ACTION:


You send an email to a theatre company for consideration for their spring show when you see the press announcement of the upcoming season and know there is a role that is right for you…


POSSIBLE "REACTIONS" from your action to the above:


a) Garners you a video submission/consideration;


b) A job offer if they know you already or are in a pinch or you just knocked it out of the park with a video submission;


c) A referral to someone else the theatre company knows for a different project;


d) Consideration for another project they are working on (perhaps you just answered their prayer of needing someone);


e) Sparked an introduction/connection with the person/theatre you reached out to so that you can reach out to them for other opporunties in the future. (This one even holds true if you hear no response becuase you can refer back to that submission in a new letter in the future if you see another project roll around or mention your initial letter if/when you ever meet them in person for whatever reason etc.)


f) And, who knows what else, the possiblities are endless!



So, now the next big question you are clammering to ask, But there is so much I want to do and accomplish? I have so many big dreams or career goals so how do I know what to do and where to start?


Well as Goethe states so eloquently, “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”


The optimum words in this quote take "Action" and "Begin" it!

Literally pick something and start!!! No one gets anything done by debating what should be done for days upon end. For now, pick something you have wanted to achieve in your performing career and start taking actions to achieve it. You may surprise yourself. It may come faster and not be as hard to acheive as you thought.


C'mon, the world is your oyster! So Proactive Performer seize your power! The curtain is rising! Take your actions! And, just BEGIN!!!

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In addition to being a professional performer, Kimberly is also a Performing Arts Consultant, Braodway backstage swing wardrobe dresser, speaker, educator, and has been a featured in numerous publications/oncamera as an expert on the NY theatre scene.

 

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