My Goals for May & June

by | May 8, 2019 | Acting, Designing, Directing, 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.

Programming lights in the booth of the Hudson Guild theatre.

It’s May, so things are f’ing crazy right now.

Between studio/stage and The Hobgoblin Playhouse, I’m designing lights for approximately 25 separate productions this month. That’s not including the three freelance gigs I picked up at other venues around town.

That’s in addition to the show I wrote that I’m producing, the event I’m producing and running, and the show I’m directing and co-producing.

Tough life, right?

Honestly, I count myself pretty damn lucky, because I can say that I get to do what I love for a living.

But in order to maintain this lifestyle, there’s one thing I need to do, and that’s get shit done.

So, here’s what I’m doing for my hustles over the course of the next month:

Contemplating how Ada and the Engine may be returning next year…

Acting

Ah, the primary hustle. I’ve done a lot for my career over the last few months, but there’s always more to do! So, here’s my plan for the next 30 days:

Routine

  • Review my Action Plan
  • Update my resume and credits across all platforms
  • Check in weekly with my accountability partner
  • Attend my monthly career accountability group at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
  • Complete my daily casting submissions
  • Read the trades daily
  • Get a haircut
  • Have coffee with my manager
  • Check in with my agent
  • Finish reading The New Business of Acting
  • Send my newsletter for May

Branding

Demo Reel

  • Recruit a director for my next demo reel clip shoot
  • Touch base with my co-stars for my next demo reel clip shoot
  • Secure a location for my next demo reel clip shoot

Fitness

  • Get my sleep back on a normal human schedule (no more 3rd shift living if I want to do television!)
  • Resume jogging routine
  • P90X3 yoga daily to regain flexibility
  • Lose that last 1.5 pounds to hit my target weight
  • Go shopping for new clothes!

Networking

  • Finish updating my Networking Target List
  • Send my list of target shows to Sheila and Martin
  • Connect with networking targets on LinkedIn
  • Sign up for a casting workshop at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
  • Check events calendars at the Television Academy, the Paley Center, and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation for networking opportunities
  • Talk with Paul about The Collaborative

Skills

Social Media/Marketing

Grease is the word. Rama Lama Ding Dong.

Design

As I mentioned above, this is the busiest time of year for me as a lighting designer. I’m going to spend most of the month in light booths staring at screens and making shows look pretty. But that’s not all I have to do:

Routine

Bookings

  • Make sure my calendar is up-to-date with each of my bookings
  • Invoice my bookings within 48 hours of completing their tech
  • Review my standard designer agreement, rate card, and invoice template

Marketing

  • Request copies of all production photos for my lighting portfolio
  • Update the lighting portfolio on my website and Facebook page

Networking

  • Create a profile on Mandy.com and check it regularly for gigs
  • Check in with my network for potential gigs

Training

Tools

  • Assemble a LD/ME tool bag

Venues

Batter Up! My Brain on Baseball is coming to #HFF19. 

Directing

My baby hustle. Of all of my trades, I think of myself as a director last, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to excel here, too! I have two major directing milestones happening this month; rehearsals for Batter Up! My Brain on Baseball and attending Directors Lab West at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Routine

Batter Up! My Brain on Baseball

  • Continue rehearsals as scheduled

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play

  • start pre-production on show for Christmas in July celebration at The Muckenthaler

Networking/Training

The team behind Hold For Plane Pictures’ Material Wealth, part of the Best of the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Festival

Playwriting

This next month is going to be VERY busy, as I’ve got Tattered Capes opening June 8th (and the preview is already sold out!) and I’m keeping tabs on the film adaptation of Friends Like These currently shooting in South Carolina.

Routine

  • Complete bi-weekly play submissions and fellowship/residency applications
  • Review and update Action Plan
  • Update resume and credits

Tattered Capes

Friends Like These

Material Wealth

  • Post the film on my blog!

Marketing

Networking

  • Attend ALAP‘s Fringe Mixer in June
  • Touch base with Sherry Robb at The Robb Company
  • Invite Martin, Sheila, and Sherry to Tattered Capes

 

A sneak peek at Tattered Capes rehearsals

Producing

The most nebulous hustle. This one’s a little bit of everything, so I’m just going to talk about the three specific projects I’m working on right now:

Routine

Tattered Capes

  • attend weekly production meetings
  • hand off all online marketing to Heidi
  • update the Theatre Unleashed website
  • update the Theatre Unleashed reservation phone line
  • send out personal VIP/press invitations to opening
  • register production for the Ovations
  • lock down new Projections designer
  • hire a production photographer/videographer
  • order postcards and posters
  • book time at the Don LaFontaine VO lab for VO recording
  • register show for Fringe Runway
  • apply for sponsored Fringe awards

Batter Up! My Brain on Baseball

Hollywood Fringe Celebrity D&D

  • Finish writing the adventure
  • Finish recruiting players
  • Finish making some key (surprise) production decisions
  • Design and deploy promo graphics
  • Create FB event
  • Configure DND Beyond/Roll20 to work w/ projector screen setup at The Hobgoblin Playhouse
  • Set game up to stream online via Twitch?

Networking

  • Attend TPLLA vision Committee Meeting
  • Attend my first Hollywood Fringe Board Meeting
  • Attend Hollywood Fringe Office Hours every Wednesday
  • Attend all upcoming Fringe parties and events

 

Wow. Partying as an action item on my to-do list. My life is hard, right?

Well, if you’re in L.A., come attend some of these Fringe parties with me and you’ll know why you have to block out time for them, and time after to recover. 

Anyway, there’s a lot to do and time’s a-wasting, so I’m gonna get back to it. 

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.

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