DAY 5 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Amber Iman, Tony Howell, Me and a SURPRISE GUEST!

Day 5 is in the books and boy did we jam the (not so) final day of the challenge with stuff!  (If you missed yesterday’s announcement, there WILL Be an extra day added to the challenge!  We’ll meet tomorrow at noon to recap the week . . . and give someone an iPad.)

Today we had . . .

  • Broadway Actor, Activist, and Award Winning Filmmaker, Amber Iman, giver her five steps on how to start ANY project, including something you have never done before.  She did it with her movie that she wrote, directed, and starred in.  And she knows you can do it too.
  • Branding Guru to the Broadway Stars (including a certain Blogger/Producer you know), Tony Howell taught us the difference between push and pull marketing and how putting tons of content in the world isn’t the only way to build fans, followers, or an audience.
  • Our surprise guest, the man behind the Ratatouille viral revolution, TikToker Daniel Mertzlufft, talked about the importance of putting as much care into creating social media content as you’d put into creating a musical or play.
  • And I talked about the #1 excuse I hear from most people on why they don’t reach their goals . . . “time.”  So I showed everyone my process for finding more time in my day.  It’s guaranteed to find you at LEAST one hour a day.

If you missed any of the first five days of The Challenge, you can still sign up here and watch the replays in the Facebook group, which are available right now.

And if you want to skip the challenges and get the EXPRESS version, then sign up here to watch the BONUS DAY tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd at noon, to hear me recap the tips from ALL 10+ speakers.  It’ll be like the Cliff Notes version!

And I’ll do a general Q&A as well.

See you tomorrow at 12 pm EST!

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This challenge was sponsored by TheTheaterMakersStudio, the Masterclass community of TheaterMakers who want to see their shows on stage.  In celebration of The Challenge and The New Year, The TheaterMakersStudio is offering you a FREE 30-day trial membership.  But this offer ends on 1/24/21, in just 48 hours.  After that, there will be no free trial option.  If you have ever thought about joining TMS or just want a sneak peek behind the curtain, this is your last chance to get it for free.  And in 30 days, if you find it’s not for you or you don’t have the time, just cancel.  No worries.

So ask yourself . . . what’s the worse that happens . . . TMS doesn’t help.  You’ve lost nothing.

Now, to quote Mandy Gonzalez . . . “What if” it does help?

Try it for free here.

Free option ends on 1/24/21.

DAY 4 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Susan Blackwell, Laura Camien & Rodrick Covington, an ANNOUNCEMENT! and more!

This challenge is like a freight train!

We just wrapped up Day #4 and got incredible tips on not only how to increase the amount of theater you make (even in a pandemic) but also how to make that theater better.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • Creativity Sparkers Susan Blackwell and Laura Camien from The Spark File (not to mention Title of Show) detailed a step by step process to find the perfect collaborator.
  • Body/Mind/Wellness Guru Rodrick Covington taught us his L.E.T. system that will fuel your creativity and get you healthier in mind AND body than you have ever been before.  This is a guy that does more in 2 hours than most people do in a day.   He taught us how he does it.
  • And me?  I talked about how I plan for the next 90 days, using a specific process and worksheet that I shared in the Facebook group.

And we gave away a free 30-minute video editing session!!!  Congrats to Kelia Olea.

 

If you missed any of the first four days of The Challenge, you can still sign up here and watch the replays in the Facebook group, which are available right now.

And we still have not one but TWO days left!

Tomorrow, come learn marketing and branding secrets from Branding-Guru-To-The-Broadway-Stars Tony Howell, and get inspired from Broadway actor/writer/activist/entrepreneur Amber Iman.

See you tomorrow at 12pm EST!

Take the challenge now

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This challenge was sponsored by TheTheaterMakersStudio, the Masterclass community of TheaterMakers who want to see their shows on stage.  In celebration of The Challenge and The New Year, The TheaterMakersStudio is offering you a FREE 30-day trial membership.  But this offer ends on 1/24/21, in just 3 days.  After that, there will be no free trial option.  If you have ever thought about joining TMS or just want a sneak peek behind the curtain, this is your last chance to get it for free.  And in 30 days, if you find it’s not for you or you don’t have the time, just cancel.  No worries.

So ask yourself . . . what’s the worse that happens . . . TMS doesn’t help.  You’ve lost nothing.

Now, to quote Mandy Gonzalez . . . “What if” it does help?

Try it for free here.

Free option ends on 1/24/21.

DAY 3 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Vivek Tiwary, Ryan Scott Oliver and more!

We interrupted our challenge for a couple of hours today to watch a new President take the oath.

And well, let’s just say everyone was in a preeeeeetty good mood when we kicked off Day #3.

And, just like President Biden, we were ready to get to work.

We got great tips on how to do just that including . . .

  • The Broadway Producer of Jagged Little Pill and NY Times Best-Selling Author Vivek Tiwary talked about his weekly “Vision Strategy” session and how it can help you create a filter in your work . . . helping you do more of what you want to do and do LESS of what you don’t want to do.
  • Composer/Lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver gave us all his “Writer’s Block Vaccine,” with seven super easy steps to make sure you NEVER HAVE WRITER’S BLOCK.  And you are going to love the first step!   (When I followed his process, The Karate Kid was involved.)
  • And me?  I talked about my struggles with focusing on the BIG stuff.  That’s why I try try try to use a strategy called “The Big Three,” which I explained (and vowed to everyone to follow it myself!)

And congratulations to Nicole Truillo, the winner of a free headshot session with photographer Jeremy Daniel!

If you missed DAY 3, 2 or DAY 1 of The Challenge, you can still sign up here and watch the replays in the Facebook group, which are available right now.

And we still have TWO days left!

Tomorrow come get inspired by Susan Blackwell and Laura Camien of The Spark File and learn how to get that mind and body in shape with Core Fitness Founder, Rodrick Covington.

See you tomorrow (back at our normal time of 12pm EST).

Take the challenge now

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This challenge was sponsored by TheTheaterMakersStudio, the Masterclass community of TheaterMakers who want to see their shows on stage.  In celebration of The Challenge and The New Year, The TheaterMakersStudio is offering you a FREE 30-day trial membership.  But this offer ends on 1/24/21, in just 4 days.  After that, there will be no free trial option.  If you have ever thought about joining TMS or just want a sneak peek behind the curtain, this is your last chance to get it for free.  And in 30 days, if you find it’s not for you or you don’t have the time, just cancel.  No worries.

So ask yourself . . . what’s the worse that happens . . . TMS doesn’t help.  You’ve lost nothing.

Now, to quote Mandy Gonzalez . . . “What if” it does help?

Try it for free here.

Free option ends on 1/24/21.

DAY 2 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Telly Leung, James Snyder and more!

Woohoo!

Day #2!  Done!

And I remembered to unmute myself at the top! Little wins!  🙂

I didn’t think we could top the first day’s energy . . . but we did.  The group of theatermakers in this challenge are like a snowball rolling down a hill . . . gathering speed and momentum with each tip from our A-listers.  And what tips we had.

  • Telly Leung talked about asking for help, and gave a worksheet he designed to the group to get people moving with their project.  It’s available for free in the private Facebook group.
  • James Snyder talked about his “digital sunset” and the importance of “Bare Minimums” to make sure you end each day feeling like you won the day.
  • And me, well, I talked about why NEVER getting to “To Do” Zero is how you accomplish bigger things, and I shared my tool on how to fill up your To Do Tank every week in 2 minutes (And I did it live!).

And congratulations to our first prize winner, Renee Grayson, who won a copy of Final Draft!  And Lorene Phillips Mudaliar, who won six months of TheaterMakersStudio!

If you missed DAY 2 or DAY 1 of The Challenge, you can still sign up here and watch the replay in the Facebook group, which is available right now.

And tomorrow is Day #3!  Broadway Producer Vivek Tiwary and Composer Ryan Scott Oliver will join us to share their tips for success.  And one of our participants will win a free headshot session with Jeremy Daniel.

BUT . . . . BIG PROGRAMMING CHANGE . . .

Tomorrow’s Challenge will start at 2 pm EST to make room for the inauguration!

So enjoy the BIG show in DC and then join us at 2 pm Eastern Time for Day #3!

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Phil Smith (1931-2020): The Chairman of The Shubert Org . . . and perhaps all of Broadway.

I didn’t know exactly who he was when I first met him.

But I could tell he was a titan.

It was early in my career.  I wasn’t even a Company Manager yet.  I was still an Assistant.  And I was in a Broadway box office signing the nightly performance statement for some show, when in he came.  He looked me over, smiled and said something like “Looks like this show is in good hands.”

It was all a wanna-be-theatermaker and wanna-be-mover-and-shaker needed to hear from Phillip J. Smith, the Chairman Emeritus of The Shubert Organization, who passed away yesterday, due to complications from Covid-19.  (Yeah, that nasty bug just took another one of our best.)

And here’s the thing . . . those kind of random, steroid shot affirmations didn’t stop coming from Phil over the last twenty years.

While I’d see him at opening night parties, or when I was asking/begging for a Broadway theater, it was the unplanned meetings that I’ll always remember.

And often they were what kept me going.

Like the time he got the invitation we sent to all the Tony Award Voters for Alan Cumming’s Macbeth.  Rather than sent the standard invite, we did a little something-something to the invite – made it on burnt parchment paper, dripped “blood” on it, sealed it with wax . . . you know, made it spooooky.

Two days after they went in the mail, my assistant said, “Ken, Phil Smith is on the phone!”

Honestly, my first thought was, “Oh crap, what did I do?”  🙂

I picked up the phone and heard, “Ken!  You are a Producer!”

He got the invite.  And I think he liked it.

He applauded my crowdfunding of Godspell, when others looked down on it, even telling me stories of Broadway Producers from back in the day that did something similar.

And one day, when I was in that ornate office of his, and I told him my dream was to be one of those Producers who had five shows with my name on them running at once, he bellowed, “YOU WILL BE!”

I don’t know that anyone has ever been that supportive of me in this business.  And he was the Chairman of the Mother-Effin’ Shubert Organization.

And it’s not like we were besties or anything.  And I’m sure he did this for many of us that he saw come up through the ranks from Assistant Company Manager.  Especially since he started from the bottom and worked his way to the most powerful chair on Broadway.

I’ll miss seeing him at opening nights.  I’ll miss asking him for the keys to one of his Broadway theaters for one of my shows.  Shoot, I’ll even miss him saying, “Sorry, Ken, no theaters available.”

Farewell, Mr. Smith.  And thank you.  Those doses of your support are part of the reason I’m still plugging away at that dream of mine.

And I promise, I not only won’t stop, but I’ll do what you did for me to the next generation of Assistant Company Managers.

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