|Topic: Advice for more experience within directing/design.|
|I know it's difficult to get into the industry without connections, especially when directing is my particular focus. SO my question is, if I want to expand my experience and get my foot in the door, where do I start. And as well, I think it's a little easier (key word Little) to start experience as a technician. Is this true? and if I have no previous professional experience doing tech work, where do I jump in? Same questions apply for design (costume/props design specifically).|
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|Posted : 01/30/10|
Depending on where you are, they should be smaller community theaters that really depend on developing new local talent, as it helps them keep their costs down. If you can afford no/low pay, this is a great way to get experience. It's like working on a B-move to hone your craft before trying for big budget jobs.
Just call up or go to every theatre within driving distance. If you know of a larger house of worship, they usually are looking for people too. Also any regional theaters, road/touring houses, universities or colleges in the area? At smaller campuses with a theatre dept. they need overhire work often. Even at big campuses, there is occasional need for loading crews.
There usually something available all the time if you look and ask around. The best way to get experience is to do the low/no pay jobs for a little bit then use your resume and references along the way to go out for the bigger stuff. You'll feel more comfortable about interviewing too.
|Posted : 04/05/10|
|I agree with Erik. Getting yourself and your work known as well as networking is the key to ANY successful entertainment career.
Break a leg!
|Posted : 04/09/12|
|I want to echo what everyone else says; just start doing it, do a good job and your circle will expand. Have faith, stay with it.|
|Posted : 06/28/13|
|I agree with everyone and will echo what they said. A little more specifically: if you are looking to get involved in community theatre as a director the first step is to find out when the local companies are taking submissions and proposals for next season's directing positions. Email or call the artistic director if the company website doesn't give you another contact person. Most companies will ask you to write a proposal for the show you would like to direct. Then you'll have a short interview with the producers or the board of directors. If they like your proposal and your interview then you're on your way!
Another approach is to take on an Assistant Director's position to get some experience seeing the show from the house as opposed to being under the lights. This can be rewarding and helpful or a huge waste of your time depending on how committed the director is to educating you and/or giving you some creative input.
Finally you could get your hands on a script that's old enough to be in the public domain (so you don't have to pay royalties) call up your actor friends, put a rehearsal schedule together, book a space for one weekend (community centers and churches are good cheap or rent free options) then mount the thing yourself. You'll get the double benefit of not just learning to direct but learning how to produce as well.
Hope this helps!