This blog is going to look pretty funky for a few days--or maybe weeks or months. I'm in the process of trying to build a website around the blog, which seems like a good idea--but I'm not exactly sure how. So I'll be experimenting with the whole thing, and hopefully not deleting seven years' worth of blog posts in the process!
It's been on my list to have a writer's website for awhile, but it came to a head recently. As I've mentioned, I have this staged reading coming up...
(Wait--I need to insert an announcement here:
MPW Stage and Screen Festival
Staged Readings of Three One Acts
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Note that if I had an "events" section or page it would be there, but I don't, so it's not...yet)
I have this reading coming up, and the director asked me, "do you have any actors you want to recommend?"
There was a time, when I belonged to small a theater company here in LA, that I would have had twenty actors I had worked with directly and would love to use. Nowadays, I have some friends, and friends of friends, who are actors. They are not "Wow, I know this person would be absolutely perfect." They're more like, "I think they could be good--they seem the right type, and speak in complete sentences at parties." But I haven't worked with them. Also, I don't know the director very well, he may have actors that he works with and really likes working with already, which, in these circumstances, seem ideal. So, basically, I have a small group of folks that I'd like to have the opportunity, if there are some openings, but I'm not ready to be solely responsible for casting them. In this town, that happens A LOT.
In this case my thought was, "I'll send their websites to said director. Then he can look at their headshots and reels, evaluate their training, experience etc"
The trouble was NONE of them had a website. I ended up sending pictures from Facebook, IMDB links (one had a link with no picture) or their bios from posted play or film sites. I still put them out there, but it was harder, and they don't look as serious.
And I have to wonder, is that happening to me? I doubt I'm missing out on a feature film assignment, but I meet a lot of people who have projects. If they happen to idly think of me, am I making it easier for them to give me an opportunity, or mention me to someone else who might?
Not so much.
So it's time for a website--and as loyal blog readers, you'll get to witness its growing pains!