Update: The Artist Co-op 💌
With all the anxiety surrounding our new president, I find being surrounded by our amazing community of artists, what will help us get through this interesting time in history. Nelson Mandela said, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
We wanted to inform you ASAP that there is a change in location for ODDLab. We will now be at LOFT227 this Sunday, November 13th from 2-5pm. Details about the event and the location are below. It's going to be a great occasion to share, workshop, play, grow, support and inspire fellow artists.
Also, we are launching a segment with advice from featured artists. Our first artist is Mari Meyer, who is an actress, writer and journalist. This year she delved into writing, producing and starring in a short film based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe. She shares some insight on what she's learned in her process.
Rachel & the TAC Team
"In the process, we built new relationships with both actors and crew members, expanded our understanding of all the different moving parts that have to fit together in order to make a movie, and empowered ourselves as actors and writers by creating roles for ourselves and friends. While it was challenging to wear many hats, it was immensely fulfilling and exciting to see our pages come to life during the shoot. Our short film, The Soothing System, is now in post-production, and will hopefully screen at short film festivals as early as the beginning of next year. " (This is a still from the short.)
Instead of waiting for others to write you the role you were meant to play, or cast you in the production of your dreams, you’re taking the reins and creating your own opportunities. That confidence stays with you in the audition room and beyond.
Expand your understanding.
As an actor, you audition and once cast, show up to set to do your job. As a writer, you’re the person creating the characters that will be played. And as a producer, you have to opportunity to be involved from the moment a project is conceived, and help to shape it into something that truly makes a mark.
Build new relationships.
Wearing more hats means interacting with more people, which leads to stronger relationships with everyone, from gaffers to editors. People you work well with will not only lift up your project, but also elevate your creative spirits.
Face your fears.
The film industry is an intense and challenging one. Failure is most certainly an option - almost all of the most prolific and successful writers, directors and producers have created some serious duds - but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Because when the director calls ‘That’s a wrap!’ on a project you helped create, it’s one of the best feelings in the world.