During this week, people came into the college to talk to us about the industry and how different it is. We started off with a visit from Tim Welton who went from being an actor to a director to recently becoming an actor again. He mentioned about Bill Kenwright and Blood Brothers which has been on tour for 18 months and was in the West End of 20 years. He told us about ‘spotlight’ which is basically a catalogue of actors. It has everything they have done, including musicals, dances, plays etc. It includes their height, weight, appearance, everything about them. This is because when the director is casting people they are normally looking for someone specifically, and all these details narrow it down.
Later on we talked to Danusia Iwaszko, Danny for short, who does playwright. She mentioned that the industry is 90% aspiration and 10% inspiration.Some advice she gave us was finish everything we start and even when you cannot think of anything, sleep on it and then you may get an idea from that.She even mentioned sometimes to go back to it and rewrite it to make it even better if needed. The main thing Danny said to focus on is the characters during the play because knowing the stories behind the characters make it easier to focus and write about the plot. To do this, she said write a big profile about them with many questions behind it, such as ‘who am i’, ‘where am i’ and ‘what time is it’ etc. Danny talked about how she has had 4 plays gone and performed in London and won many competitions, one of which was a mystery play. She also writes short stories that go into competitions.
We looked at jobs in the industry and the titles of them with their definitions. We attempted it in groups and overall, my group got most of them right. Some of them were easy, such as choreography and press and publicly officer. I learnt that i am the deputy stage manager in our house because i look after the book and make notes when there are cues needed. Also when i need to correct to remind the cast on what their lines are.
We then went through the answers with Lynn and corrected the ones we got wrong. This was a good practice to us to see how many things we knew or how many we didn’t know at all. This also benefited every pathway in the course because it had loads of different ways you can go.
We done a task in groups where we worked out what is needed during a tour production. We decided the way we would raise money is through sponsorship, ticket sales and fundraising. Then we were given 4 performers who would normally get paid £400 per day, then we decided on having a writer that would be paid £3500 overall, a director, production manager (which contains the lighting, sound and all the technical stuff), we need to book venues because we will be moving around England performing, we thought about a costume designer and producer. The way we were able to sort this out was make the performers work 4 times a week, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We also thought about get donations from the art council which is the government.
We then got told to research specific topics depending on what path-way you have gone down. For me and the production arts team, we were told to look at the technical and design of the Globe theatre. This is the research i found out, which is mostly about the old Globe. We were meant to perform and present these on Friday, however ran out of time so instead will be doing it on Monday morning in the warm-up games. Going towards the presentations we learnt about the dos and don’ts about presentations. This helps with what we need to do and not to do, to be able to make the audience listen.
Then to help off with the presentation is cue cards that Emily made from my research.
We talked about freelance which means you work for yourself and how working in this type of job, you will need a part time job which you can easily walk away from if needed too. An agent works for you so you can have an agent when you are freelance (normally you pay them 12.5-15% of what you earn). The type of working you can walk away from is: Bar work, Flyering, Coffee shops, Delivery guy, Waitresses, Project work, Teacher assistant agency, Busking, Children’s party, Avon/Body shop, Agency work, Casual tech, Music, Night guard and stripper. Then Erica talked to us about stand-up comedy. She talked about hoe there are more famous men comedians than woman do, which mean more jobs for woman. However it can show the equality between the genders. We discussed why we thought this: If a woman is shown on TV the audience may think they are there for eye candy; Men joke about woman and lad stuff that many people find funny, on the other hand woman cannot really joke about woman problems because many people will not find them funny and may feel awkward because of it.
Gemskii: Does conscious theatre,with Lauren who is her technician. The reason she performs is to carry a message to the next generation, like she did with us through the performance of Joan, Babs and Shelagh Too. The way she works everything out with money is: the accommodation £20 per person, Travel,Van £1500, Venue booking…split (60.40) or higher cost £300, Sets £1500, Props, Costume, Technical equipment, Techie £50, MD £300, Photography £50, Play the talent, Marketing, Rehearsal space and Licensing. To raise money they do sponsorship, GRANTS, Outdoor shows, Busking, Crowd funding, Patronage, Event, Social media, Launch party, Bar and Alumni. Throughout the lecture we made some golden rules about it.
The last person we had a lecture from was Birgitta Kenyon, who is also known as Fred. She did music as a kid and played loads of different instruments but piano is her favorite. During her school life she wasn’t just into music but was also into athletics as well. She worked with choirs and has worked with many people, she also is a professional MD. She lives in London and travels to Bury St Edmund’s once a week to help with singing lessons. Before people did their presentations, that we were given topics for, Han talked to us about the modelling industry. From this I learnt that you can get noticed anywhere, for example Han was noticed in Waitrose. I have also learnt that you have to take a lot of time away doing shoots and traveling. There are many different types of modelling: hand modelling, fashion and beauty. There is also different types of modelling in areas. Such as television, photo shoots and advertising.