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!

Sign up for the RECAP 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 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!

Take the challenge now.

The Top 10 FAQ About Our Theatermakers Challenge (that starts next week!)

Ok, sooooo, you like this challenge idea, don’t you?

How do I know you like it?

Well, we announced it a week ago, and we already have enough people signed up to fill a Broadway theater!  Truly!  (Haven’t signed up yet? Click here.)

Already our private Facebook group is poppin’ with TheaterMakers like you. And they’re all ready to charge ahead and take charge.

To those of you who already signed up; your passion for making this your best year of theatermaking yet is so inspiring to me.  So, we’re doubling down on the challenge. We’re adding more content, more strategies, and some surprises along the way.

Oh and prizes. Lots of prizes.

We will be giving away something theatermaking-related every single day of the challenge.

Like . . .

  1. Final Draft 11 Scriptwriting software! ($249 value)
  2. Headshot package with Photographer Jeremy Daniel ($450 value)
  3. Promotional Blast from The Streaming Stage Company to Promote Your Work to over 50k people ($995 value)
  4. Get your video edited together professionally with Video Editor Katie Goffman ($599 value)

And even . . .

The Work From Home package of your dreams including:

Video Conference Selfie Ring Light ($24.99 value)
Blue Yeti Nano Professional Condenser USB Microphone for Recording/Streaming on PC/Mac ($99 value)

and, drumroll please . . .

A BRAND NEW iPad Pro ($999 value)!!!

Oh, and you’ll also get the most valuable thing of all . . .advice that can help you achieve the things you want to achieve in the theater . . . you know the things you see when you close your eyes and dream.

That advice will be delivered by a team of “Broadway Avengers” – 10+ super successful TheaterMakers who will be your mentors through the challenge (and maybe even beyond?).

So get ready.

If you haven’t signed up . . . click here.

Now, since we announced the challenge, some questions have come up and I wanted to make sure I answered them . . . so here they go!

 

1. How much is The Challenge?

The challenge is free. It’s sponsored by The TheaterMakers Studio, the masterclass-like community of TheaterMakers I founded five years ago. You do NOT have to be a member of TheaterMakers Studio to join. TMS uses events like the challenge to let TheaterMakers know how it helps TheaterMakers.

 

2. What time is The Challenge?

The Challenge will take place from 1/18 – 1/22 from 12-1pm ET/ 11am-12pm CT/ 10-11am MT/ 9am-10am PT.

That’s 5-6 pm in London, 2-3 am in Japan, 4-5 am in Australia, for our international TheaterMakers.

 

3. What if I can’t make those times?

We WILL have replays of the video for those of you who can’t tune in during those times. While we strongly suggest you show up LIVE (so you can participate in the comments, ask questions, etc) we realize this is impossible to mandate. So, we will have replays! (But we suggest you add the challenge to your daily calendar NOW to reserve the time.)

 

4. Where does it take place?

It’s all online . . . and on Facebook.

You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook group of TheaterMakers like you. There you’ll get access to the private livestreams with me and the speakers . . . and you’ll also be able to talk with your fellow Challengers. This is where some of our biggest success stories come from! We’ve had bookwriters meet composers, directors meet writers and producers meet playwrights.

Don’t have a Facebook page?  Get one! There, you’re already going to have a more successful 2021.

 

5. Who are the speakers again?

You’ll get advice from Susan Blackwell, Laura Camien, Rodrick Covington, Mandy Gonzalez, Justin Guarini, Tony Howell, Amber Iman, Telly Leung, Ryan Scott Oliver, James Snyder, Vivek Tiwary, as well as a few surprise guests as well.

 

6. Who is it for?

It’s for anyone who wants to make theater or wants to make more theater. Whether you are just starting out or you’re a veteran TheaterMaker, this challenge will jump start your 2021 so you’ll be doing more of what you want to do. It’s for Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors . . . and yes, even Fans.  So sign up.  If you don’t like it, you can get your money back. Oh, wait.

 

7. What does the “challenge” part mean?

Great question.

So, this isn’t my livestream. This isn’t the Summit . This is a challenge.

That means you WILL have homework! You will have assignments. Of course, you can choose NOT to do them. No one is getting graded (hmmmm, there’s an idea for next time!).
But if you don’t do them, you won’t go as far this year as you will if you DO do them. Period.
So get ready to work.
8. How do we take charge of our TheaterMaking during Covid?
Some of the people on our speaker list had one of their most successful years ever in 2020. Is it harder to do? Sure. But that’s why learning strategies from those who have been successful are more important.
Oh, and Dr. Fauci expects theater to be up and running by the fall.  So this is the time when you get ahead.
9. Are you running The Challenge again soon?
No. Talk to us in 2022.
10. Will I feel out of my league if I haven’t started my theater career yet? It’s still just a dream?
Everyone starts somewhere. It’s just important to start. And this Challenge is a great way to do just that.
11. Where do I sign up?
See you at The Challenge in . . . 6 days!
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