It’s Could 14th. Actors are out of labor. Broadway has shut down no less than till September, however most probably longer. Productions are slowly beginning to come again, with greater security protocols (Tyler Perry’s exhibits in Atlanta are quarantining the actors for 2 weeks on location earlier than filming). Casting administrators for indie movies are gathering self-tapes throughout the quarantine and discovering expertise for when manufacturing is green-lit. Different casting administrators are holding digital generals, and getting 60,000 self tapes. Episodic TV author’s rooms are stockpiling scripts for when exhibits return. Unique content material, even net sequence filmed over Zoom, have gotten increasingly more outstanding as creatives work to reap the benefits of this down time to recalibrate.
What ought to actors be doing throughout this unusual downtime? That may be a query I get day by day. All of us desire a inventive outlet, a solution to hold our sanity, a break from the monotony. For some, which means staying energetic in on-line appearing lessons. For others, it’s sharpening our self-taping abilities, or lastly writing that script for your self.
Greater than ever earlier than, trade veterans are providing free recommendation, over Zoom, Fb, and Instagram. Brokers, managers, and casting administrators are working from house, or questioning when they may resume work, and lots of them are giving again to actors. On our studio instagram, our friends over the previous 8 weeks have included David Caparelliotis (the casting director for “New Amsterdam”), Ben Jordan (an agent at Headline Expertise), Stephanie Holbrook (casting director for “The Sinner”), Natasha Matallana (agent at Take 3 Expertise), and developing we’ve Robert Attermann (CEO of A3 Artists), and Howard Leder (editor for “That is Us”). Julie Schubert (casting for “Manifest”) and Peggy Becker (supervisor at Parkside Expertise) spoke to my college students over Zoom. The attitude and honesty is so useful for actors, and it’s serving to us all come collectively on this tough time. It’s additionally a reminder to us that we’re all on the identical group, that we’ve the identical worries.
These final two months have given actors lots of time to assume and recalibrate. Can we sit and anticipate this all to be over, or will we lastly take the reins and create our personal work? I feel it’s time to lastly sit down and write that half for your self, that ONLY YOU can play. Sure, proper now. Proper after you learn this submit.
Hear me out.
Take quarter-hour a day, the time you’d usually spend submitting your self on Actors Entry, and begin writing down your ideas. Take into consideration how distinctive you might be, and write a deeply private story (comedy or drama). Consider it as a journal entry. Obtain free screenwriting software program (FadeIn), and provide you with a narrative. Possibly it’s a pilot for an internet sequence, a brief movie, a function. Simply write it down. Begin with a number of scenes. Let it suck. However hold writing!!! Write an element for your self that ONLY YOU can play. Get some pals collectively over Zoom and browse it out loud. Then tweak it, write some extra, and do it once more. Write it for YOU, not so that you could get an agent or impress a casting director. Consider all of the dangerous scripts you learn, and write one which’s higher. In your genuine voice. With all your quirks. Possibly you’ll find yourself taking this to festivals, or perhaps posting it on-line and making extra episodes. It may be 5-10 pages! Most festivals take into account shorts as being beneath 11 minutes. Microshorts are beneath 5 minutes. Consider how superb this might be. “I’m not a author.” I do know, I do know. However belief me, you might be higher than you assume and this doesn’t have to be an enormous 3 act construction 120 web page function movie. It’s just some pages, with a number of scenes, with a few characters, starring you. What do you assume?
So a lot of our actors are already doing this, and even filming the scenes via Zoom and slicing them collectively. Do one thing completely different, inspiring. Everyone seems to be sitting at house trying via content material. Give them one thing to speak about! Write it, after which take into consideration low cost, reasonably priced methods to movie it. Train your self tips on how to edit. Then when the trade comes again, you’ll have this nice script you might be able to movie with your folks, which you’ll be pleased with, present folks, go to festivals with, and perhaps even promote it to streaming. Now go, DO IT.