February Career Accountability

by | Feb 13, 2019 | Acting, Designing, Directing, Ovation Voter, Playwriting, Producing, The StageCrafts, Theatre Unleashed | 0 comments

About

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Creative Multi-Hyphenate

An award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than twenty-five years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt, Greg graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003. Soon after, Greg migrated to Los Angeles seeking adventure in the entertainment industry. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.

Valentine designed by Heidi Powers

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m flipping the script and starting off the post with this week’s Something Awesome. Heidi, our director for Ada and the Engine, has created a bunch of Ada-themed Valentines. Perfect for that special someone with whom you share an intense mutual attraction, but cannot ever express it for fear of society’s disapproval. Grab one and send it to a friend!

 

So, about Accountability…

Last week, I mentioned I’d joined a career accountability group through the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Well, yesterday was my first in-person session with the group. There are about twenty of us, and we’re each paired with an accountability partner. We start the session off by going over our Laundry List – what we’ve accomplished since the last meeting, followed by what we want to accomplish before the next meeting. Next, we have the opportunity to ask career or task-related questions. Finally, we share news, which can be plugging upcoming events, celebrating bookings, or humblebragging about other achievements. 

It’s not a competitive environment; quite the opposite, actually, which I really like. But it was a real wake-up call for me to sit in a room with nineteen other empowered, motivated, professional actors and get the low-down on everything they were doing to grow their careers. 

It made me feel like a complete slacker. 

As you can imagine, that realization freaked me out, and I left the meeting that day feeling… intimidated.

But you know what? That’s exactly the kind of environment I need to be in. I thrive in the crucible, and if you need me to get something done, give me a deadline.

With that in mind, I think I’m going to try out using my blog as part of my accountability. Every week, I’m going to post things I’ve done for each of my myriad endeavors, and things I’m going to accomplish in the coming week.

Let’s give it a shot:

The cast of Ada and the Engine mugging for the camera after rehearsal

Acting

First things first, the raison d’être.

This past week, I:

  • attended my first in-person accountability group session
  • shot and submitted a self-tape audition for a Hallmark Movie-of-the-Week
  • recruited help with perfecting my British accent for Ada and the Engine
  • met with two friends over lunch about collaborating on shooting a scene for our demo reels
  • attended five rehearsals for Ada and the Engine
  • guested on the One Star Cinema podcast, where we watched a really, really terrible movie and provided running commentary
  • sent in a video testimonial for the Hollywood Hustle Podcast‘s upcoming Kickstarter campaign

This coming week, I will:

Designing

This past week, I:

  • didn’t have anything designer-related to do

This coming week, I will:

  • update my lighting designer resume and online credits
  • invoice a client for services rendered
  • see my work in Carrie: The Musical Horror at studio/stage
  • request copies of the publicity photos from Carrie for my portfolio
  • check for reviews of Carrie online and harvest any suitable pull quotes
  • negotiate a freelance lighting contract for a production going up in March
  • link my lighting portfolio off the StageCrafts website
  • schedule a meeting with a client about the design concept for their upcoming production

A prop from my new 10-minute play, Be Our Guest, opening this week!

Playwriting

This past week, I:

This coming week, I will:

It’s a sign. 

Producing

This past week, I:

This coming week, I will:

Theatre Unleashed

This past week, I:

  • scheduled a staff meeting
  • scheduled a company meeting
  • posted the notes and minutes from our annual staff retreat, with updates
  • met with our board president for coffee and planned our annual company birthday celebration
  • met with three potential new board members for coffee

This coming week, I will:

  • run the staff meeting
  • pick up a chaise lounge in Chino from Facebook Marketplace for Ada and the Engine
  • file our 2018 state/federal taxes
  • send out letters of engagement to new board members
  • have coffee with a 4th potential board member
  • recruit members to the annual poker and film festival fundraiser committees
  • send out a text reminder to all members re: the upcoming company meeting
  • create a how-to video for members interested in posting member news on the company blog and member events on the company calendar
  • create a how-to video for staff members interested in helping build out the company production history pages
  • have lunch with our director of publicity
  • recruit a box office manager for Ada and the Engine
  • research rehearsal spaces for our Fringe show
  • program a time-locked sign-up page for the annual birthday show on TheatreUnleashed.org
  • put together a submission form for outside script submissions for TheatreUnleashed.org
  • create a page for the Theatre Unleashed Writers Den on TheatreUnleashed.org
  • write up one-page handouts on individual fundraising, social media strategy, and comp strategy for the company meeting
  • post the company meeting agenda in the Facebook event at least 3 days before the meeting
  • review Robert’s Rules of Order for the company meeting

StageCrafts L.L.C.

This past week, I:

This coming week, I will:

  • get my inbox back under control
  • finalize a deal for this year’s Hobgoblin Playhouse
  • follow up w/ Jessica about The Kilroys on the first episode of This is LA Theatre
  • plan and shoot an episode of What We Do When We’re Dark
  • clean the office at studio/stage
  • pre-load the Buffer account for our venue with a week’s worth of posts
  • post a blog about now being on the Fringe Board
  • get a refund for The Event Calendar Pro and extra plugins
  • set up new calendar plugin on StageCraftsLLC.com
  • schedule meetings/demos with other event booking CMS providers

Wow. That’s a lot of stuff. I kind of went off on a tear there…

Well, what the hell. Let’s make this an experiment. How much of this can I get done in a week?

So tune in next week to see how I did!

Also, really quickly, since this entry went a LOT longer than expected, I’d like to give a quick shout-out to Heather, Travis, Coleman, Dallis, Julia, Caroline, and Emily for participating in the reading of Superior this past weekend, and my eternal gratitude to them and to everyone else that attended for the incredibly thoughtful and insightful feedback. I can’t wait to see where the story develops from here!

Onward and upward.

About

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Creative Multi-Hyphenate

An award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than twenty-five years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt, Greg graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003. Soon after, Greg migrated to Los Angeles seeking adventure in the entertainment industry. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.