Last week, I attended my first small group session; a workshop with less than 20 actors designed to explore a certain topic of the Business of acting. At first, I didn’t know about checking out an event like this (after all, what could they possibly have on the guy who literally wrote the book on the Business of Acting? Which, btw, you should *totally* pick up the new edition when it comes out in October.)
Well, when I walked in and realized that the workshop was being moderated by my friend Dennis Baker, I suddenly knew I was in for a treat. Dennis is the kind of no-nonsense straight-shooter that every actor needs in their corner. He doesn’t bullshit or coddle you. He tells you the things you may not want to hear, and he tells them to you straight. Not because he wants to shatter your dreams, but because he legitimately wants you to succeed, and knows that most actors need a fair share of tough love to get out of their comfort zones and start doing the real work necessary to thrive.
The day’s topic was how to narrow your career focus, and it was beyond informative. It was absolutely invigorating. It was exactly what I needed to hear as I reenter the professional TV/film arena after a decade of focusing almost exclusively on theatre.
I took copious notes, most of which I don’t want to share (because you *really* should attend one of these small group sessions yourself). However, I will share the thread I live-tweeted:
— Gregory Crafts (@gregorycrafts) May 23, 2018
Anyway, check that out, give me a follow, and head over to SAGAFTRA.foundation and sign up for a Small Group Session or two. You won’t regret it. Maybe we’ll run into each other there!
Onward and Upward.
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