Last Chance to Join The Writer’s Club!

Hey, Writers!

 

First, the deadline for our brand new Writer’s Club was LAST NIGHT at 11:59 PM.  But I know a bunch of you had some trouble signing up, and since we also added an ONLINE version at the last minute, I’ve extended the deadline to today (5/26) at 11:59 PM.

 

The response has been awesome.  Your commitment to investing in your improvement and education has been inspiring.  I just joined another group think myself this week because you guys got me jazzed up!

 

If you want to join the club, click here.  You’ve got another 12 hours or so.  We’ll let you know asap if you’ve been accepted.

 

Second, I’m having a Tony Party!  It’s super fun . . . in fact it’s like a Super Bowl party for the Tony Awards!  Unfortunately, I can’t invite everyone.  Because the people on this list could fill Radio City Music Hall by yourselves!  🙂

 

I keep the party for my investors, friends, my wife (!), and members of TheProducersPerspectivePRO.  So if you want to come, this is a great month to join Pro and come mingle with me, and others in my network.  (It’s Sun, June 11th from 7 PM until the last award is handed out.)

 

Lastly, I leave you with one of my favorite quotes, from the writer of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and the creator of “The Walking Dead.”  Now that’s a talented guy, right?

 

Well, just look at what Frank said about his talent . . .

 

“There are more talented writers and directors than I working in shoe stores and Burger Kings across the nation.  The difference is I was willing to put in the nine years of effort and they weren’t.”

 

Go to work, guys.  And you’ll get there.

 

Happy writing this long weekend!

 

Best,
Ken

 

P.S. Hope to see you at my Tony party.  Click here to join Pro and get an invite!

Join The Producer’s Perspective Writer’s Club!

This idea comes courtesy of YOU!

We’ve had such success with our Mastermind program . . . which consists of small groups of passionate achievers getting together monthly to help each other crush the obstacles in their way on their path to success . . . that many of you have asked about a program specifically tailored to Writers!

 

We listened, and are proud to introduce . . . The Producer’s Perspective WRITER’S CLUB!

 

THIS group is all about the craft itself and will include regular presentations of your work, feedback from an expert, as well as feedback from your peers.

 

Accountability, Structure, and Peer Review:  The three ingredients necessary for success in writing and in ANYTHING.   (Similar to programs like BMI, etc.)

 

Because let’s face it.  It’s hard to write by yourself . . . with only YOU to enforce deadlines, make sure you keep writing, and to give yourself objective feedback.

 

It’s just so hard to get better by yourself.  And it’s just so hard to get anything done by yourself.

 

But in a group setting?  Around other people trying to achieve the same things you are, who not only help you become a better writer but also inspiring you to keep writing?  Well, that’s where the good stuff happens.,

 

And boom, you get a fantastic networking opportunity at the same time.

 

The Writer’s Club will consist of 12 (and only 12) passionate and committed writers, who will meet once a month and present their own material, and contribute feedback on the material of their peers.  Participants will be required to present material on whatever project you’re working on at least once every other session.

 

You can bring a scene from a play, a song from a musical, whatever you’d like . . . but you have to contribute.  Because we’re looking for Writer’s here.  Not folks who say they are Writers but actually don’t write.

 

The Club will be led by none other than my Director of Creative Development, Eric Webb. Eric is one the best dramaturgs I know, which is why he evaluates all the submissions we get and helps me choose which projects we should pursue. It’s why he has also been on the selection committee for NYMF and more.  (For those of you who have gotten his script coverage, well, you know how good he is.)

 

Because there are only 12 spots available, and because we’re only looking for “A Few Good Writers” who are super committed to their craft, you must apply if you’re interested in a spot.

 

I’m so excited that you guys were interested in this. And can’t wait to see the amazing projects that come out of it.

 

 

Best,
Ken

 

P.S.  We’re picking our lucky dozen by 5/26, one week from today. So you must apply by May 25th!  Click here.

The Real Key To Success

Hey Writers,

 

If you follow me on Twitter or “like me” on Facebook, then you may have caught a link I shared from Entrepreneur Magazine this very AM about the “12 Habits of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs.”

 

It makes sense that I read Entrepreneur, right?  And that I’d be fascinated by the habits of the effective entrepreneurs out there.  After all, I’m a business guy, right?  I produce shows.  I created a board game. I run a company that sells Broadway tickets to high schools, senior groups, etc.

 

I’m an entrepreneur.

 

But here’s the thing, my dear writer . . .

 

So are you.

 

If you think the key to success as a writer is just shutting yourself in a room and writing all day long, by yourself, with just you and a laptop, then, well, you probably shouldn’t even be reading this (go ahead, close the page, because there’s nothing more I can say to help you get where you want to be).

 

Why sure, locking yourself in a room and writing could, I guess, lead you to a successful career as a writer.  That is, if someone trips over your script one day, probably after you’ve gone on to green pastures.  The chances of being “discovered” are probably like winning the lottery.

 

The sure-fire way to success NOW is to think of yourself as not only a writer but also as an entrepreneur.  Run your writing like I run my board game company, or my group sales company, and I guarantee you’ll have the success you want . . . even faster than you could ever imagine.

 

Need a head start?  Read that article from Entrepreneur that I tweeted this AM!  It’s free and it’s right here.  It shares great tips that you can start using right away, about everything, including . . .

 

  • Staying hydrated
  • Getting a mentor or coach
  • Joining groups filled with folks just like you
  • Continuing your education

And one of my favorites . . .

  • Ignoring naysayers (i.e. reviewers!)
If you start treating your career like a business, this business will respond.  It’s just what happens. Watch.

 

Have a great weekend, and keep writing!

Best,

Ken

P.S.  Like this idea?  Like me on Facebook, will ya?  I deliver more cool content like this free article from Entrepreneur on my Facebook page, so liking me there will make sure you get inspiring stuff in your feed just when you need it.

The Official 2017 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners

Here are this year’s Outer Critics Circle 2016-2017 Award Winners:

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Oslo

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Come From Away

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
If I Forget

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Band’s Visit

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Irene Sankoff & David Hein     Come From Away

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

David Yazbek     The Band’s Visit
 
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Jitney

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Rebecca Taichman     Indecent

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Ashley     Come From Away

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Mimi Lien     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Catherine Zuber     War Paint

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Bradley King     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
 
OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Aaron Rhyne     Anastasia

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Gareth Owen     Come From Away

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS

Larry Hochman     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Kevin Kline     Present Laughter

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Laura Linney     The Little Foxes

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Andy Karl     Groundhog Day

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Bette Midler     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Danny DeVito     The Price

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Cynthia Nixon     The Little Foxes    

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Gavin Creel     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jenn Colella     Come From Away

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Simon McBurney     The Encounter

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Bess Wohl     Small Mouth Sounds

How to Find Your Star

Hey Writers,

 

I was on a coaching Skype call recently with one of my ProducersPerspectivePRO “Lead Producers” and they asked me about making offers to celebrities to be in their show, and asking other celebs just to come see their show (the right tweet from the right star can mean instant ticket sales).
This call made me think that many of you might be in the same boat, so I thought I’d share with you some of the tools we use to find these folks.

Maybe you want to make an offer to an actor to star in your show.

 

Maybe you want a celeb to direct your show (this is a great strategy, by the way – most actors want to direct so this is a great way to get a celeb involved with your show who may not have the time to act in it).

 

Or maybe you just want to invite celebs to see your show.

 

But you gotta know where to reach out, right?

 

Here are a couple of tips on how to find contact info for stars.

 

A lot of folks out there use IMDBPro, which is a good resource for getting an actor’s agent info.  And I use it too.  But you know me, I also like to use tools that not everyone else is using.  Because if everyone is getting to a party via one road, you know there’s going to be a lot of traffic.  Better to find another route.  🙂

 

That’s why I also use www.ContactAnyCelebrity.com, which is a lesser known site, but its sole purpose is to get you the most accurate information on getting in touch with a celeb.

 

We use it for invites, casting offers, press and more.  Most of the stars listed have multiple contacts (for multiple impressions!) and the site even gives charity tie-ins and guarantees the contact info as being up to date.

 

They offer a free trial so if you’ve got the need for a celeb, I’d check it out.

 

And again, don’t think that celebrities are just assets when they are in a show.  You know when the original Broadway production of The Color Purple started really selling tickets?  When Oprah came aboard as a producer.

 

Have a great weekend, and remember . . . whatever happens, keep writing!

 

Best,

Ken

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