2 Things To Do If You Want To Be A Broadway Producer
Recently, as the final question to an interview, I was asked to give one tip to any people watching that wanted to be a Broadway producer.
I gave two.
- Produce as much as you can of whatever you can.Produce readings (even in your living room), festivals, showcases, benefits, beauty pageants, dog shows, whatever. Get in the habit of learning how to put things together. You’ll learn so much from every different production you put together, regardless of their success or their size, because shows are like snowflakes. No two are alike and they need a lot of care or they’ll just eventually just fall to the ground and get walked on and turn into a pile of wet disgusting slush that will ruin any decent pair of shoes.
- Meet as many people as possible.Since I used the snowflake cliche, I’ll use another one. So much of producing is about who you know. I’m not saying you have to know Andrew Lloyd Webber or Phil Smith or even me, but producing is a collaborative art. You’re going to need to know playwrights, directors, actors, and yep, investors. Lots of them. And you never know who is going to be the next Pulitzer prize winning playwright or Google-like CEO that always wanted to get involved with Broadway. Start meeting people today. However you can.Here’s a great story about a guy who understands how important this tip can be for any business and travels needlessly to prove it.
Speaking of tips, CTI has got a few of them and they are willing to share. Check their website for info on these two upcoming programs:
Reading, Workshops, and Showcases: A Practical Approach (March 6th)
– The 28th Annual
3-Day Weekend Producing Conference (May 15th – 17th)
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