Why running out of salt can teach you about budgeting.

I’m a salt-a-holic. I’m not as bad as my little bro, who salts his bacon hamburgers, but I’m still pretty bad.  I’ll add extra salt to things like, oh McDonald’s fries (which come pretty doused as is), pizza crust, and if you find yourself between me and a bag of those salted-in-the-shell peanuts, well look out.  I’ll not only eat the peanuts and the salty shell, I’ll take down the bag with me too. So imagine the horror I experienced at about 12:30 AM last week when I got home after a long day, sat down for a little fast …

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My two least favorite words in the English language.

Did you guess ‘em? I’ll give you a hint.  My two least favorite words are not, “Didn’t Recoup.” (Which is technically three words anyway.) And surprisingly, they are not Jeremy Piven. (Still bitter and proud of it, after all these years.) My two least favorite words in the English language are . . . Unrealized Potential. What is Unrealized Potential?  Oh, it’s a lot of things. It’s the stack of already-paid-for flyers for a show that are sitting on a shelf because nobody has handed them out yet.  It’s a script sitting on a writer’s shelf fending off dust mites, instead of getting …

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What I learned about Producing from a Food Court.

For anyone that is familiar with my trashy dietary intake, you probably know that I heart me a food court.  And I frequent them often.  In fact, if you’re ever in a mall and can’t find your way to the Orange Julius or the Panda Express, shoot me a text.  Using my powers of ESP (extra sodium perception) I’ll give you Google Maps step-by-step directions in a jif. And here’s a tip for you that’s almost as valuable as a tip on how to raise money for your show – one of the greatest secrets of Grand Central Station is that it …

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Three ways to get an agent, and the one silver bullet to guaranteeing you one.

Everybody wants an agent. Why? Well, everybody wants to be loved. And when an agent or manager or other rep signs up, they are raising their hand and saying, “Hey. I love your talent.  And I’ll work for you and handle all the yucky business stuff so you don’t have to.  Oh, and I’ll only get paid when you get paid.” That’s love! So how do you get one of these lovers and a fighter (the best agents are both)?  As I promised yesterday, here are the three most common ways that you can score an agent in the theater biz. …

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Who does your lawyer or agent work for?

When I was an actor in the early 1800s (ok, not that long ago, maybe the 1850s), every one of my friends (and myself included) desperately wanted an agent.  We sent out 100s of headshots, went to pay-to-meet classes, and so on.  Landing an agent was like getting the Head Cheerleader to go to the Prom with you. And just like landing the Head Cheerleader, it usually wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be (please – no letters from the Head Cheerleaders Union or anything – I do acknowledge that my last statement was a sweeping generalization). A lot …

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