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  • NAB - for the older folks...help? 08/29/2016  12:55am

    In a midlife theatrical crisis. Might identify myself being this specific...but here goes:

    Been in theatre 20+ years. Have had great success in regional work and touring. It's been a heck of a ride, but as long as producers are still on a payscale from a previous decade, I can't fish in that pool anymore. Still non-eq, but at my age it's what's kept me working.

    Life has gotten better recently on many fronts, figuring out a lot of things, diversifying as far as media and such, have a support system, a long term relationship that is supportive and healthy...but here's the thing: Theatre is my first love, I know I've got the "goods" as a character actor to move forward, but *nobody* is biting. Am a full-time NYC resident, cannot get meetings with agents or managers, and have only stuck my foot in the door to B'way three or four times (with great responses, and nothing else.)

    ...and, for the saltier among you, NO I'm not blacklisted or anything like that. If you knew me, you'd know that's true.

    The hardest thing to do is call in favors and connections, and I don't want the definition of my career to come on the backs of friends in casting and production.
    None of this is said from an egotistical place...I am more than sufficiently self-aware and very often the voice of reason.

    I am "that guy" that should be pulling supporting roles in musicals on Broadway. It's time. I'll take my card gladly if I am able to use it more than once every three years.

    It took me YEARS to be able to make a statement like that. How do I keep my sanity and keep from missing out? Numerous friends with tons of Broadway credits, and so many of them are like "you're next." I like to believe it...but...

    Advice appreciated. Have a great night.

    CompensatedPaperweight

    I totally hear you. As a producer /creative for numerous shows regionally, broadway and beyond I can say this. If you are "older" talented and non union the pool of work is much greater over being union and older. Granted the union contracts will often go to the older role over the 20 something but again there are only so many contracts to use and where it is important is where it gets used. I say this because the one thing everyone is always looking at when casting a show is we need these older roles filled by a talented non union. They are hard to find because many have taken their card and as you said are working once every three years. As far as broadway goes, get some EMC points to get in the room and if a Broadway show wants you or see's the right fit you not having your card is not stoping them from hiring you, they will gladly give it to you so don't let the myth of having your card is the only way to broadway, it's not. The pay is always an issue regardless we all know theatre have less and less money and less and less contracts to fill so sometimes it is what it is as much as these places would love to increase the pay. Find a way to work a side job you don't hate and still do what you love.

    Keepitgoing 08/29/2016  10:15am

    This is kind of what it looks like from the other side (albeit out in the regions and not in NY).

    I'm an older actor as well. I worked pretty steadily as non-union and EMC up until the time I decided to go for broke (more literally than I had imagined) and take my card. I immediately went from "I can't pay you what you're worth" (direct quote from a couple of offers) to having every local door shut (meaning, I think, either "I don't want to pay you what you're worth because I can find someone else who'll do it for less" or "You may be worth more than a stipend, but not worth an actual Equity contract".

    I fully and completely understand the constraints on producers and the rightness of keeping the budget down by using nonunion talent where applicable.

    However, the personal component of suddenly being shut out by people who were previously open and supportive is a bitter pill to swallow. I live in hope (don't we all?) that something will open up somewhere and I'll get back on the boards (it's been over 2 years now). At least I've got other work to keep me occupied, but damn I do miss the stage.

    To the producers out there, I'd only repeat that I do understand your needs and constraints. However, at some point we--the actors--need to say that there is a time when stipends just don't cut it any more. We've worked hard to get where we are, and as we get older and horizons dim it would be nice to know that we are indeed worth it.

    ActorfromCA 08/29/2016  6:39pm
  • KOAB (Kind of a bitch) - Equity Website Access Restricted 08/29/2016  1:16pm

    This is coming a couple weeks late, but I've been out of the audition loop. I imagine all the other EMCs got that email about Equity removing the audition section of their website, and putting it with their online ECC sign ups, which require an Equity log-in access. While they did apologize and offer some alternatives, this is obviously a big pain in the ass for those of us EMCs trying to pound the Equity pavement. Now, if this has already been hashed out, please redirect me to the proper thread, but what other resources are my fellow actors using to find out the full information on all the EPAs and ECCs? From my experience, Backstage only gets a portion of Equity auditions posted on it, and I find Playbill's audition section to be impossible to easily navigate unless you constantly check it. Plus, I don't think Playbill gets every single Equity audition either. What are people doing?

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Trying-to-get-his-Equity-card

    vaboy27

    Backstage is pretty crappy at the moment in general, I like playbill enough to continue using it, it's usually pretty good but you're right, it doesn't list every Eq call, and I wonder why...
    Anyways, BroadwayWorld is actually pretty good about Equity listings, yet weirdly enough they're pretty bad about non eq listings.
    Due to playbill not listing a couple of Eq calls is actually been on the lookout for all summer is why I turned to BroadwayWorld. I would have missed those calls without BWW.

    Showbizdreamer 08/29/2016  2:58pm

    Broadway World is pretty good, and you can set it to where it will email you any new audition notices on there. Also- check Joy/ Michael's websites. They list auditions for shows they are casting for on their websites.

    I'm the first girl in the second row. 08/29/2016  4:11pm

    Some very kind souls made this calendar when this issue arose:
    p04-calendarws.icloud.com

    bwaylvsong 08/29/2016  6:39pm
  • Talent Meet Rep Scam 08/23/2016  8:44pm

    In case ya'll haven't seen this yet -- Talent Meet Rep's Online Seminars are probably a scam. Head over to their FB page and Casting Director Bonnie Gillespie's twitter for the deets. The company claimed to send self tapes to a CD for detailed feedback. However, they were allegedly not only manufacturing the "feedback" themselves, but were claiming it was coming from casting directors who were not even aware their names were being used. A complaint has been filed with CSA.

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I use to intern for Talent Meet Rep's in person sessions -- which were legit and totally fine/worth the $$$. But I always felt the dude running it was a little shady. Turns out my gut may have been right. I won't be giving them anymore of my time. Sucks.

    INeverGotToBeAnnie

    It's 530am and I am up because I just got notified of this and I am ENRAGED.

    How did they think they would get away with this?

    I hope you all know that we would NEVER allow anything like this to happen with Actors Launchpad. We work really hard to be a genuine resource to you and show respect to the work and effort you are putting in, and when I see this I just want to punch something.

    If anyone here ever has anyone questions about anything to do with Actors Launchpad, or concerns about the legitimacy of anything we are doing, please email me at anytime at tom.lapke(at)ActorsLaunchpad.com

    Major Tom 08/24/2016  5:36am

    Bumping this because how shady

    alwaysabridesmaid 08/26/2016  10:12am

    bonniegillespie.com

    Here's a great article with screenshots of the canned feedback. Gross.

    INeverGotToBeAnnie 08/26/2016  1:56pm

    Hi Tom, I have a concern about the legitimacy of what you're doing at Actor's Launchpad. You stole the growing studio's domain name so actors go to your site now instead of theirs. Cause you're so "enraged" and all about shady business practices.

    What a joke

    Keith11882 08/29/2016  1:27pm
    Fatniss_Neverlean 08/29/2016  1:46pm

    @fatniss - but also....www.growingstudio.com

    alwaysabridesmaid 08/29/2016  1:51pm

    ^directs me automatically to www.thegrowingstudio.com. What am I missing?

    Also is Talent Meet Rep accepting the list?

    SteveRogers 08/29/2016  1:56pm

    uh... Actors Launchpad that is a shady fucking move to buy www.growingstudio.com.

    KingJoffrey 08/29/2016  2:21pm

    Those are two different web addresses, what am I missing? Tom has been moving but an honest professional, what would make him go wayward now?
    One leads to growing studios normal website so that's fine. Gone done right above is non existent. Somebody has wrong info and I'm pretty sure it ain't our beloved Tom...

    Showbizdreamer 08/29/2016  2:30pm

    www.growingstudio.com (without a period) goes to Actor's Launchpad.

    sausagefest 08/29/2016  3:05pm

    I'm clicking on all of these and am either Getting directed to Growing Studio or a dead link...

    SteveRogers 08/29/2016  3:10pm

    KingJoffrey's link goes to Actor's Launchpad.

    singingelf 08/29/2016  3:25pm

    ohhhh.
    I mean, that person is still definitely over reacting.


    www.growingstudio.com

    Fatniss_Neverlean 08/29/2016  3:27pm

    I'm just getting a broken link so...

    Icanseeyou 08/29/2016  3:31pm

    If growingstudio.com goes to actorslaunchpad.com instead of thegrowingstudio.com then it's only fair for theactorslaunchpad.com to go to thegrowingstudio.com instead of actorslaunchpad.com!

    I have firmly placed my tinfoil hat on and declaring Conspiracy! Someone is trying to screw with Tom. The ICANN WhoIs are different. They're different!!!!

    Slow day for me, sorry.

    DoctorUsername 08/29/2016  3:32pm

    King Joffreys link isn't even doing that for me. It's now leading me to a non working link to something about gardening and vegetable growing...no I'm no kidding. And it wasn't doing that before. Before it was just giving me a non working link to nothing.
    Not once has that link led me to actors launchpad.

    Showbizdreamer 08/29/2016  3:54pm

    So what the hell is going on?? I also call conspiracy Lolz

    Showbizdreamer 08/29/2016  3:55pm

    So weird! I just tried KingJoffrey's link again (clicking on it directly) and it still takes me to Actors Launchpad.

    singingelf 08/29/2016  4:05pm

    The link I posted still works. It's because he put a period at the end of his sentence which fucks up the link

    Fatniss_Neverlean 08/29/2016  4:44pm

    @Fatniss

    Your link doesn't work for me either, I'm honestly thinking this is someone trying to make Tom look bad and thats fucked up. Tom is amazing and Keith11882 is just looking to cause drama.

    Icanseeyou 08/29/2016  5:24pm

    I've clicked on all the above links multiple times and not one of them takes me to the Actor's Launchpad...(except for actorslaunchpad.com)

    I'm wondering if it's a weird thing regarding the website's cookies? Try clearing your cookies and browser history and see if that fixes it?

    bowe123 08/29/2016  6:13pm

    Now all the links are broken. This is like the non equity version of illuminati #AskIfItsAnEquityConspiracy

    Fatniss_Neverlean 08/29/2016  6:17pm
  • IM HERE TO RANT ABOUT MR DROST AND IAMT AGAIN 08/14/2016  4:04pm

    Sorry y'all I cant find my old thread but a long time ago I auditioned for the Institute of American Musical Theatre (it's new. First semester is this fall) and I sucked major ass so Drost offered me a "trial" month IF I took voice lessons with him (so i'd be paying 120/week PLUS 14k+ a semester) like he wasn't in Phantom of The Opera (only the appropriate amount of shade here) and is legit while I am a literal rock singer trained by a rock coach because I actually want a career in rock music more so than MT (but a job is a job, right?)

    Anyway apparently Mr. Drost talked to one of his STUDENTS about me??? (Why you so obsessed with me?) and this student emailed me today (the day after Drost was named backstage's favorite voice teacher) and accused me of lying about 1) being equity/SAG (which is wrong btw I've been both since I was a youngin. I'm an inactive AEA member now because I am trying to have something to fall back on so i'm majoring in something not-theatre, trying to get my life together)
    2) Lying about booking jobs ??? How would this dude know what job I booked last ???
    3) This student said Drost called equity and asked about my membership but I've literally never ever heard of anyone doing this and also why would you do this....
    4) Apparently Drost did some digging into me because I used to be mutual friends with his student who emailed me today and then told this kid (who is a minor) about me (barely 19). After not even meeting me. And seeing me sing 32 bars while I had strep throat.

    (WHY IS A FORTY YEAR OLD PROFESSIONAL TALKING SHIT TO A 17 YEAR OLD ABOUT A 19 YEAR OLD WHO WAS MUTUAL FRIEND ON FB? I JUST WANNA KNOW)

    Apparently Drost got offended at how I responded to him legit asking me to essentially pay him twice in his very condescending "I am the one and only voice teacher in NYC that exists everyone else is garbage" email.
    Again, no shade, but I'm NOT legit. I dont want to be legit. I prefer my rock belt and I just wasn't going to get that from him. So I rejected politely at first and then he was condescending and I kind of lost my cool because I am literally 19. Not 40. But ok.

    So I'm freaked out. I've been sexually harassed since entering this industry, I've been verbally attacked by both students and professionals. I'm outtie, y'all. See you when you need an entertainment lawyer.

    willbeltformoney

    Someone here will buy your LaDucas.

    SteveRogers 08/14/2016  11:39pm

    @SteveRogers I will still buy LaDucas. Don't test my ability to spend money on things I don't need.

    willbeltformoney 08/14/2016  11:59pm

    Just saying...

    slan·der

    ˈslandər
    noun
    1.
    the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.
    "he is suing the TV network for slander"

    verb
    1.
    make false and damaging statements about (someone).
    "they were accused of slandering the head of state"

    synonyms: defame (someone's character), blacken someone's name, tell lies about, speak ill/evil of, sully someone's reputation, libel, smear, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint; More

    Urethra Franklin 08/15/2016  11:30am

    Yikes Urethra nothing I said was false but okay.... It is bitching post, ya know....

    willbeltformoney 08/15/2016  11:49am

    Slander is verbal. Libel is in writing. Did Spiderman teach you nothing?

    connectioninanisolatingage 08/15/2016  1:09pm

    Maybe Urethra was saying that what Drost is doing to you is slander? :)

    ‡‡‡ 08/15/2016  1:20pm

    I sure consider it slander

    willbeltformoney 08/15/2016  1:45pm

    First off... It actually is really unprofessional of that student to have reached out to you like that in the first place. I'm personally a big proponent of minding my own business because if a person is indeed lying about stuff like credits, union status, and such it is very easy these days to find out. Plus if I ever in the off chance end up working with them the resentment wont resemble a hybrid of RuPaul and Housewives.

    Even though this is an anonymous forum, it is still possible that with enough information someone can identify the author of a post. That probably is what happened here with both Mr Drost and the Student. Which without passing any judgment, trashing that students performance in Heathers on here probably wasn't the finest can of worms to open.... (please correct me if I'm reading both threads wrong)

    But If you were union since 15, are still only 19 and you are still consistently booking then you are doing MUCH better then most of the other 18-22 year olds who are pursuing this profession.

    Based on that you have A LOT of momentum going for you. So screw both of them. I just don't feel you should let something like this continue to phase you. As annoying as it is or as difficult as it may be to brush it off.

    I hope things cool down... I would be extremely po'd as well if I was in your shoes. Especially since this whole thing started in may.

    TheOtherGuy 08/15/2016  1:52pm

    I sure consider it slander

    willbeltformoney 08/15/2016  2:08pm

    Obviously there's been unprofessionalism on both sides here considering I need to ..not..trash other people. Still something I need to work on. I think that comes with the territory of being 19.
    I just don't understand why his STUDENT said something to me. I would have had a much different response if Drost came at me himself. I would have had way more respect for what was said and I totally wouldn't have made a post here.

    I would like someone to enlighten me though on how a legit/opera singer would know how to teach a contemporary rock belt? because before I started my contemporary training I couldn't belt for shit. Because I was trained legit for like 5 years. I'm actually really curious if someone with ONLY a legit background can teach a rock belt...I wanna know.

    willbeltformoney 08/15/2016  2:18pm

    Do you guys think Heathers will transfer from Stagedoor, or.....?

    SteveRogers 08/15/2016  4:48pm

    ^that's literally the best thing I've ever read on this website

    Fatniss_Neverlean 08/15/2016  9:46pm

    ^^you always make me laugh on this god forsaken site

    willbeltformoney 08/15/2016  9:58pm

    willbeltformoney - Sorry, I should have been more clear. I am 100% on your side here and was insinuating (apparently rather poorly) that it sounds like he is slandering you and that you should look into it.

    Urethra Franklin 08/16/2016  11:39am

    @Urethtra - I figured that out a little too late lol I've been on the defensive for the past few days because apparently I am not allowed to respond in the way I'm spoken to to grown men without slander from both the grown man and his student :))) because that's totally professional :))) 100%

    willbeltformoney 08/16/2016  2:23pm

    One day we'll be friends in real life Fatniss.

    SteveRogers 08/16/2016  6:25pm

    I'm bringing this back because last week Mr. Drost called every company I've worked with in the past year and said whatever the fuck he said to make these theaters call me to say they would like to cut professional ties.... One of these companies wrote me a glowing recommendation for Adler and now they want to cut professional ties with me after speaking with Mr. Drost.

    I am literally being bullied by a grown man because I called him out for being a narcissist, three months after the fact. I literally have no source of income anymore because of him.

    Have fun, whoever got into IAMT, being trained by a man child who shits his pants when you suggest that he's anything less than brilliant. I'm sure that education is going to be worthwhile.

    willbeltformoney 08/29/2016  4:32pm

    Oh this is going to get GOOD.

    Hold me, Fatniss.

    SteveRogers 08/29/2016  4:43pm

    Seriously, you need to call a lawyer.

    Urethra Franklin 08/29/2016  4:58pm

    @Urethra - I did actually. Ya girl is broke but after all this happened and I can't work anymore, I called my lawyer. But I really just wanted to warn whomever got involved with him and the school (if they use this site) because... Idk maybe they can save themselves 14k a semester

    willbeltformoney 08/29/2016  5:59pm
  • Warning about company posting 08/25/2016  6:45pm

    Hi Guys,

    It's with a heavy heart that I write this post. I come here only to share a horrible experience that I had so that people have the opportunity to avoid the mistake I made.

    I recently worked for a company that has used Dancenyc.org and Backstage to post listings; a recent url is stated here www.dance.nyc .

    I am simply writing to report the abusive behavior of this company and director and ask that you all take extreme caution with any postings you see from this company.

    "ChoreoNova" is based in Pittsburgh, and promises housing, a low wage (ranging between 200 and 400 between all of the dancers, with no seeming reason as to why) and about 72 hours of rehearsal. The company actually just consists of the Director, Founder and choreographer, Davida Rae. Because I hadn't worked in a while and was feeling a bit ansy (lesson learned), I decided to take this 10 day job despite low pay and some signs (that I should have listened to) that it was not what it seemed.

    When I arrived at the "housing" it was in the living room of the directors house with two other dancers. Her house is a hoarder house and there were also bugs, dirt and garbage everywhere, including around our beds. It was utter filth, and we all felt panicked and concerned. I had an allergic reaction and an asthma attack while staying there.

    During the process Davida Rae regularly would engage in inappropriate sexual conduct, such as sitting in the living room when we were changing, asking us to massage her or apply ointments to her back and other areas, and finally asking one girl to "touch herself" as she recorded, claiming it was part of the choreography.

    Finally we all broke our contract and left, as the situation was inappropriate and we feared it would escalate.

    Davida was also consistently unprofessional and unprepared. Rehearsals started late and had no end times, and despite other options the 3 of us had, she insisted on driving us everywhere. During rehearsals she would constantly ask us to create the movement and seemed to have no choreography prepared. She did not know the names of steps and seemed to have minimal understanding of dance, despite calling herself a "director" and "choreographer."

    I am unsure of who else to contact, but have attempted to share this information with every website that has posted a job listing from "Choreonova".

    Please take extreme caution when considering submitting, auditioning for or taking a job with this company.
    It is with some embarrassment that I share this story, but I feel it needs to be told, to spare anyone else from this situation if at all possible.

    Lots of love for everyone <3 Stay safe out there and demand respect and legitimate work situations no matter what!

    decisions

    I confirm the above information, and would advise caution.

    Davida and her one-woman company (ChoreoNova) appear very professional at first. She has a professional website, surprisingly well-written contracts, and has gotten good dancers to work for her (thereby creating some decent quality content).
    Unfortunately there was so much unprofessional and unethical behavior that went on. I felt extremely taken advantage of and mislead.

    If you are still considering applying, please ask for specifics in scheduling and housing terms. Also prepare yourself for a very slow and unusual rehearsal process, to create a lot of the choreography yourself, to attempt dangerous movement without any instruction, and to either engage in or fend off extra-rehearsal requests both blatant and implicit (to carry her bags, drive her car, and be her friend).

    clickhereandsave 08/25/2016  7:48pm

    Bumping this because people's immediate safety is more important than an age old thread that is too long to scroll through.

    ‡‡‡ 08/26/2016  2:05am

    I am incredibly sorry this happened to you. Perhaps you could send this along to backstage, playbill etc- so as they will consider refusing to post what is clearly a predatory situation.

    That being said- please DO NOT feel embarrassed. You have absolutely no reason to be. Instead, I applaud you for bringing this to light.

    SteveRogers 08/26/2016  8:00am

    Hi all, thanks for all the love and support. I have contacted backstage and dance nyc with all necessary information. Lots of love for everyone, I wish you all success and positive and safe work environments. Please keep passing this story along as I've seen a lot of her postings lately!

    decisions 08/26/2016  3:38pm

    So sorry to hear about your experience. Thank you for sharing!

    Adele-dazeem 08/27/2016  7:13pm

    Curious what Backstage and Dance NYC's response was

    Urethra Franklin 08/29/2016  3:55pm

    Hello,
    I never heard back from Backstage. DanceNYC told me that they cannot block postings nor take them down because they are "user generated" but that they will take this into account when creating user guidelines in the future.
    I share this story because, as many of us know, backstage has some very sketchy postings on occasion, but claims to verify them despite the situation I just found myself in. I have now learned that Dancenyc has no verification process because posting is free, so literally anyone can post a "company" posting there.
    Hope this helps.

    decisions 08/29/2016  4:58pm
  • NAB- BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS? 08/18/2016  4:46pm

    does anyone else just refresh their Audition Update constantly at their temp jobs? I am so bored after an hour of audition searching, I live on AU. Any good book recommendations?

    wait4it

    I'm working my way through the Song of Ice and Fire series (the Game of Thrones books), and I love it.

    Also, Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, and Boss Lady by Tina Fey are awesome and fun.

    If you've never read A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, get on that STAT.

    Mercutio 08/18/2016  5:12pm

    THANKS SO MUCH! Song of Ice and Fire series is my fav (got me through some really long temp days). How have I not read Amy and Tina's books?! I am a huge fan of both, will get on that asap.
    It's funny because you mentioning "Farewell to Arms" just brought me back to high school summer reading...and how much I loved it, though I barely remember it now. I am so excited to read it again as an adult!
    Also, FYI everyone, I am probably the last one to board this nerd train but did you know that you can check out e-books from the library on your kindle for free? Of course everyone knew that but me right?...I have been buying e-books for way too long!

    wait4it 08/18/2016  5:28pm

    umm I do not disagree with two statements at all....that doesn't mean I have to agree with the idea that some people are more entitled to parts than others. I am all about equality for all...and I am definitely entitled to my opinion. end of discussion (for me at least).

    lemonz 08/18/2016  5:37pm

    wrong thread sorry. I recommend James Patterson if you want you like thrillers and want something you can easily put down and pick back up, that won't distract you too much at your job!

    lemonz 08/18/2016  5:39pm

    Oops, Tina Fey's book is "Bossypants."

    If you're looking to re-read the ASOI&F series, check out this combined reading order for books 4 & 5:
    afeastwithdragons.com
    #nerdalert #sorrynotsorry

    Mercutio 08/18/2016  10:15pm

    I just read all three Wayward Pines books. They were really good.

    Artemis1 08/18/2016  11:23pm

    Currently into "The Season" - the author sees every Broadway show in a full season in the 60s, and delves into every production and tries to determine why they didn't work, etc. It's really interesting, and kind of crazy to see the turn around time of a lot shows back then.

    Another great read, I love theatre history, is Razzle Dazzle by Michael Reidel. He's a gossip columnists for the New York Post, so it reads a bit like that. Lots of juicy tidbits about the Shuberts and the Nederlanders and the people who own Broadway.

    Singin' George Seurat 08/19/2016  12:17am

    I've been reading "Can I Go Now?: The Life of Sue Mengers" and I love it. Such an interesting woman!

    Icanseeyou 08/19/2016  12:25am

    A Little Life was the best book I ever read, but it is HEAVY. El depresso ... But seriously amazing. It deals with some serious trauma, but if you handle that kind of thing, read it. It's also like 1100 pages or so, it will keep you busy. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay was rad AF. Also the Neopolitian series (4 books) by Elena Ferrante were awesome. If you haven't read The Goldfinch, that was another very epic (long) read. Also City on Fire, and Sweetbitter. I could go on if you want more....

    Glamron 08/19/2016  9:56pm

    i can't thank you guys/gals enough, i have a pretty amazing list together from your suggestions. AU book club anyone? ;)

    wait4it 08/19/2016  10:35pm

    Yassss book club, I'm in!!

    Glamron 08/20/2016  8:11am

    I second AU book club! We should make a group on Goodreads. That's where I find many of my new books.

    I ALSO second A Little Life - seriously depressing but a really fascinating character study.

    Fiction: City on Fire, The Turner House, The Paying Guests. The Cormoran Strike series by JK Rowling.

    Non-fiction: Voracious, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin.

    I'm currently reading In the Darkroom and it is a really interesting exploration of gender identity.

    (I love reading, you guys)

    liz lemon 08/20/2016  10:40am

    Yes to the book club!!!
    The Dorothy Must Die series is crazy awesome. It essentially makes Dorothy a power hungry villain.
    Primates of Park Avenue is also a really interesting critique/study of UES moms.

    GeneralKnowledge 08/21/2016  10:29pm

    For Hamfans and history buffs: "Lafayette in the Somewhat United States" by Sarah Vowell

    Short story collections:
    -(Humorous, dark) One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak
    -(Wry, lyrical) Can't and Won't by Lydia Davis
    -(Dark, brilliant) Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood

    Fiction:
    -(Multiple perspectives, page-turner, very moving) Safekeeping by Jessaymn Hope
    -(Brooklyn boy novelist behaving badly) The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman
    -(Poetic, sweet) 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
    -(Multiple perspectives, page-turner, striking (no pun intended)) The Slap by Christo Tsiolakas
    -(New Yorker's political awakening) Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel
    -(Hip-hop heads, magical realism) Rage is Back by Adam Mansbach

    vittoriacorombona 08/26/2016  12:31pm

    So, about that book club...?

    HarumphTriumph 08/29/2016  3:57pm
  • NAB-Just a reminder 08/26/2016  2:10pm

    Audition season is coming upon us. Please remember that while you may want to slug the person next to you in line who is going on about how they just got off contract and "have never felt so blessed" or there is someone else in the room who is gabbing with their friend like Annaleigh Ashfords character in Submissions Only, we are all human. To steal a line from Ellen, be kind to one another. Also, congrats on you for pounding that pavement looking for a gig/lost or gained weight for your own choice/learned how to do a triple turn/learned how to play an instrument/learned how to cook. What I am saying is that you are worth it. If nothing else, remember that the city tried to tear you down and you looked it right in its sassy, bitchy, judgy face and went "Not today, Satan. Not today." and kept your positive attitude. Go rock at what you do best: being you.

    upsetwallflower

    Bump because important.

    Showbizdreamer 08/26/2016  3:05pm

    This above all: just keep it down. It will be less stressful for everyone. Have your cast reunion later. At 7am, you're not nearly as interesting as you think you are.

    CompensatedPaperweight 08/29/2016  1:04am

    Basically lets just avoid this.

    youtu.be

    #aboveallselfcontrol

    Showbizdreamer 08/29/2016  7:52am

    This. 1000X this!

    HarumphTriumph 08/29/2016  3:04pm
  • That thing where... 08/28/2016  7:23pm

    you get sent sides for a video audition and one of the sides requires you to make a puppet, which you do.

    You send in the video audition and the puppet scene never gets watched.

    Then, because you follow the theatre on Facebook, you see the cast announced and the person who got the role you auditioned for has the same last name as the artistic director.

    I know that's showbiz sometimes but I just had to vent...

    basicNAB

    If it's any consolation, I've been trying to get 'rehired' at a theater I did a couple shows for back when I was a local of that city at the time. I've sent stuff in to them before since I've moved away, but never got anything, which didn't think much of, as one show I wasn't gunning for a lead that had chance of having an out of town hire, and the other WAS a lead but knew I wasn't super perfect for but sent them stuff to just...show them.
    Sent them stuff again this past week for something I know I'm right for, but as A BAJILLION people auditioned as its a popular show everyone want to do, they have plenty of picks. they've had to rein in out of town hires again, and they haven't done anything I'm quite right for, as least not to be an out of town lead. Here's a lead I CAN do...but with enough locals to pick from, and one person on the team Im still not sure how said person feels about me...all I can say if I did what I could. I sent in some new videos I took last week which I feel I did pretty darn good work in, and it shows I've improved. Control what we can control.
    Sucks when someone doesn't actually watch a video they requested though...

    Showbizdreamer 08/28/2016  8:04pm

    It's okay. I did a show at a theater a couple summers ago. Not a great musical, but my number SLAYED them. It was a comedic number. The show extended because of the buzz about my number, that people were coming to see that particular moment in the show. The applause I got at the curtain call was always deafening, and then would die when the lead took their bow.

    And they've done a slew of shows I'm right for. But I can't get hired back. No clue. I was easy going, easy to work with. Showed up. Got told by the stage management team that was impressive i always gave 100% no matter if there were 50 people in the audience or 300. But alas. You never know.

    Smactor 08/28/2016  8:44pm

    The idea that you would be required to MAKE a puppet for a video submission sounds ridiculous to me. Even if the role HADN'T been pre-cast, that sounds like asking way too much for a video submission! Were they really going to cast the role based on the actor's puppet-making technique?

    actorsmom 08/29/2016  9:43am

    well, require may not have been the best word for the situation... in the scene they sent the character uses a puppet throughout.

    It felt to me that the only way to do it justice and be strongly considered was to use a puppet. I didn't have a puppet so I made one.

    It's just in my opinion really insulting. A lot of work goes into a video audition (or any audition), especially one with heavy use of a puppet. I was insulted that they never even watched it. Hearing that a relative was cast (allegedly) was the icing on the cake.

    basicNAB 08/29/2016  2:42pm
  • nAB: Songs for School Supplies? 08/25/2016  7:03pm

    Has Telsey (or any other office) posted a date for this event? Or did I miss it? I know it has been done around this time in years past, but these always slip under my playbill/backstage scrolling radar until the last second. Thanks!

    toloveanotherperson

    BUMP - but I also haven't seen it. I feel like this is usually a LITTLE bit later, like mid-September?

    alwaysabridesmaid 08/29/2016  11:19am
  • NAB - Act Outside the Box 08/28/2016  10:07pm

    NAB - does anyone have experience with Act Outside the Box, particularly the Actor's Detective? Does this seem like misguided advice to contact the "key players" to anyone?

    tinydancer1234