1 Network among the movie-producing crowd. Cultivating studio relationships can make the difference in getting ignored and getting someone to read your screenplay. Join a networking group and also mingle among independent producers and others in the industry.
2Hire an agent. Without representation, doors will be closed in your face. Having an agent also lets producers see that you are serious about the process. An agent will help you sell your screenplay for big money by negotiating prices on your behalf.
3Volunteer at local film festivals. This is one way to get your name out and meet people in the industry. Look for part-time jobs associated with film festivals.
4Address query letters to assistants, rather than the agent themselves. This may require some phone calls and research on your part. As agents receive perhaps 50 or more query letters per week, they are not likely to view them all. Rather, assistants do not receive as many and are more likely to take a look.
1 Call your local high school. The drama teacher there may give private lessons and be able to take you on as a student.
2Ask your librarian for suggestions. Librarians are good sources of information regarding the community. Ask whether he knows of any acting coaches locally.
3Take a university or college acting course. This can be a direct line to a source of acting instructors, including graduate students interested in coaching.
4Check with theaters and members of theater companies in your area. A great resource for private acting lessons could be your community theater artistic director or local actors who regularly participate in the productions.
5Check with arts organizations near you. Even if your area offers no community theater or drama-related organizations, consider all types of arts organizations as possible links to acting coaches. Members of any arts community often have associations with one another from which you could benefit.
6Advertise. Put up a flyer at the local library, take out a classified ad in your town’s newspaper or post a notice at a nearby college. Someone in the community with experience as an acting coach may notice.
7Call the Actors Equity Association. Request a list of equity actors in your area possibly available for coaching.
Chicago is home to the prestigious School of the Art Institute.
Whether you merely want to enrich your creative practice, earn credits towards an undergraduate or graduate degree or test out whether art school is really for you, many of America’s best art schools offer quality summer programs. Rather than having a lazy summer, you can hone your skills in a cosmopolitan setting with fellow artists and teachers.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
One of America’s most influential art schools, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, offers summer courses for adults, high school students, teachers, children and college degree students. You can choose from a number of three- to six-week courses in such areas as art history, fine arts, design and technology. Those interested in contemporary art theory will want to enroll in the Stone Summer Theory Institute, offered for one week in July each year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. School of the Art Institute of Chicago37 South Wabash AvenueChicago, IL 60603312-629-6100saic.edu/continuing_studies/adult_summer/index.html
New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Many young artists dream of living in New York City. New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts offers art students the opportunity to try this out, with its wide array of summer programs. Students can choose from cinema studies, art and public policy, performance studies, drama, photography and imaging, graduate musical theater writing, graduate acting, dramatic writing and dance, among other subjects. NYU also offers summer programs for high school students, as well as an array of study abroad options. New York University Tisch School of the ArtsOffice of Special Programs721 Broadway, 12th FloorNew York, NY 10003212-998-1500specialprograms.tisch.nyu.edu/page/sumnyc.html
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design offers summer programs in graphic design, art and design, as well as study abroad options. The Mapping Foundations course takes students to Rome to explore its monumental architecture and art. Stir Copenhagen allows students to explore Danish design, history and culture on-site. Switzerland and Beyond takes students to Europe to explore the intersections of art, design and architecture. For those who wish to study on the RISD campus, the Career re:Design Program allows students to explore numerous design careers. The school also offers a pre-college program for enterprising young artists. Rhode Island School of DesignTwo College St.Providence, RI 02903 401-454-6100risd.edu/summerstudies.cfm
Many stars struggle with eating disorders.
Celebrities are usually rich, talented, good looking and admired by many. Sadly, while most celebrities have admirable qualities, they often struggle with eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, either in an attempt to stay thin, a way to cope with pressure or as a result of the Hollywood night life. In addition, some stars “earned” their status by sleeping with other celebrities early in their careers. While it is fine to admire a star’s musical or acting talents, it is dangerous to emulate their negative lifestyle choices.
Many celebrities, particularly women, have thin physiques. Sometimes this comes naturally, but in many cases the pressure to stay thin leads to crash dieting, anorexia or bulimia. Many singers and actresses such as Victoria Beckham, Calista Flockhart, Britney Spears and Nicole Ritchie have suffered from an eating disorder at some point in their careers, and girls who attempt to look like these women can fall into the same destructive patterns. (See Reference 1)
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Some people envy the party lifestyle associated with stardom. Others believe that drug use can stimulate their creativity, enabling them to write better music and lyrics or produce high-quality artwork. While some celebrities believe that drug use stimulates their creativity, it is dangerous to copy their behavior in an attempt to enhance talent. Alcohol, cocaine, meth, prescription drugs and heroin, all of which are commonly abused by celebrities, can lead to brain damage and sometimes death. Marijuana, while not fatal on its own, can lead to fatalities when used before or while driving. Drugs and alcohol often demotivate and numb their users, which can be extremely distressing to witness.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Pregnancy
Many celebrities dress promiscuously and have a casual attitude towards sex. Some celebrities have even admitted to “sleeping their way to the top.” Young people who admire these celebrities often try to dress and act like them, and believe it would be abnormal to do otherwise. This can cause teens to engage in sexual behavior before they’re ready, which can lead to unwanted pregnancies and/or sexually transmitted diseases.
Dramatic conflict brings stories to life.
When readers invest hours of their time in a novel, they expect to find a suspenseful, many-layered plot and well-defined characters they can relate to. Both depend on an author’s ability to create dramatic conflict. The conflict may be internal, with a character struggling against his own emotions, or external, involving conflict between two characters or between a character and society, nature or a supernatural force.
Character Against Himself
Internal dramatic conflict involves a character struggling against his own emotions. For example, he may have desires that contradict his value system, or he may be unable to make a difficult decision. Consider Ben Braddock, the title character of Mike Nichols’ film, “The Graduate,” who successfully completes college, only to realize he does not know what he wants out of life. Confused and feeling pressured by his parents’ expectations, Ben tries to escape his reality through an affair with an older woman, the wife of his father’s business partner. That choice becomes more complicated when he falls in love with the woman’s daughter.
Character Against Another Character
When two characters have the same goal, conflict is inevitable because both of them cannot win. “The War of the Roses,” a dark comedy about a husband and wife going through a bitter divorce, shows what can happen when people stubbornly refuse to give any ground in the division of property and insist on being awarded the family home.
Character Against Society
Sometimes a character is at odds with society or with a group within the society. Kathryn Stockett’s novel, “The Help,” is set in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s. A young white woman returns home after college and, with her new-found adult perspective, recognizes the plight of the black women who work as maids in homes like the one she grew up in. She secretly collaborates on a book with two of the women to expose the racial injustice many in Jackson choose to ignore.
Character Against Nature
Stories that pit a character against a force of nature usually involve a life-threatening situation, which makes this type of conflict ideal for film. In Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws,” a New England island town is terrorized by a great white shark. Several people are killed, which scares the residents and threatens to devastate the town’s tourist trade, so a small crew of men sets out to capture and kill the fish.
Character Against the Supernatural
Dramatic conflict can also be a fight between a character and the supernatural. Ira Levin’s 1967 novel, “Rosemary’s Baby,” is a masterfully told story about an expectant mother who begins to suspect that her husband has promised their unborn child to a group of devil worshippers in exchange for the acting success he covets.
Before the Europeans’ arrival, Native Americans, generally Delaware and Montauk peoples, inhabited Long Island, which stretches eastward from New York City. From 1950 to 1970, New York City’s growth caused Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk counties to double and quadruple their populations, respectively. Despite such growth, today the island still has many natural areas, such as beaches and parks, where people can walk and swim for free. Free activities for weekends also include visiting museums, monuments and folk fairs.
The American Guitar Museum
According to “The New York Times,” there are about 150 museums across Nassau and Suffolk counties. Most of these museums don’t offer free entrance, but the American Guitar Museum is an exception. Located in New Hyde Park, a village in Nassau County, this museum has an extensive collection of John D’Angelico’s instruments, regarded as a 20th-century Stradivari. The most valuable item in the collection is a 1932 jazz ukulele.
Polish Town is a neighborhood in Riverhead, Suffolk County. Every year, The Polish Town Civic Association organizes a free street fair during a weekend. In 1978, the association began to transform the area around Pulaski Street into an authentic European-style village, reports the association’s website. Buildings received Polish-style facades, and wychianki patterns with intricate geometric shapes were painted on wooden shutters. The 2011 fair is scheduled for August 20 and 21. The attractions include Polish food and crafts, as well as a Polka Dance Festival.
The Big Duck, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, overlooks Reeves Bay in Flanders. In 1931, duck farmer Martin Maurer had the idea of creating a building in the shape of a duck to use as a shop, according to the organization Friends of the Big Duck. Today, the monument still is a store, but it now sells duck memorabilia. It is free to visit Monday to Sunday.
Parks and Beaches
While most parks charge for vehicles’ entrance and parking, walking through Long Island’s parks and beaches is totally free. Uplands Farm Nature Sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor is home to 40 butterfly species and grassland birds such as bobolinks and meadowlarks, according to the The Nature Conservancy. Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of woodland, field and wetland habitats near Nissequogue River. Or you can walk across miles of beach trails on Long Island’s sandy beaches, which are also famous for their sunrises and sunsets.
The grand drape, or main curtain on a stage, is typically much wider than the stage itself, because of the extra fabric needed to make the flowing pleats normally seen in such a curtain, and because the two halves of the curtain overlap. All that fabric needs substantial space backstage to keep the drape from being visible to the audience. For the curtain to be hidden behind the proscenium arch, two inches of backstage space is needed for every foot of curtain width (not stage width).
Stack Width for a Single Curtain
While most stage curtains consist of two drapes that part in the middle, some smaller theaters or home theaters use single curtains that pull open from one side. These curtains typically need a stack-back area equivalent to approximately 30 percent of the curtain width.
Planning for Stacking Space
When designing a theater space or replacing a stage curtain, you will need to plan for stacking space in the wings. In addition, the curtain track ordered must be long enough to cover not just the stage but all the stack-back space as well.
Renowned art institutes offer access to influential artists active in the art and design community
Scheduling a class at a renowned institute for art and design such as the Rhode Island School of Design or SACI Studio Art Centers International can broaden your creativity. Classes for children to adults allow you to interact with artists active in contemporary art and design to enhance your own creative skill.
Local Colleges and Universities: Summer Sessions
Investigate your local colleges for summer art programs, like West Virginia University’s Summer Community Arts Program. Many colleges, like California College of the Arts, offer college credit programs for their own students and for students from other universities when space allows. Many colleges offer noncredit classes for special youth or adult summer studios.
Museum and Gallery Summer Programs
Attend a museum class in your community or plan ahead to take a class while on a summer trip. Many museums post their class schedules, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art’s interactive calendar. Community art centers and galleries, like the Indianapolis Art Center, offer a variety of art and design classes for all ages.
1 Search for the person you want to contact by clicking the “Find Talent” button at the top of the navigation menu on the front page of Explore Talent’s website. In the “Talent Search” screen, select the gender, height, ethnicity and any other specifics about the person or people you are looking to contact. Once you are done, select “Search Database.”
2Select a person to contact. Your “Talent Search” query will bring up a page of thumbnail images with actors or actresses. Click on a thumbnail to bring up the information page about that actor or actress.
3Find the “View Resume” link at the right side of the person’s profile page. Click on the link to bring up the resume of the actor or actress.
4Look for the “Send an Email” link at the top of the person’s profile page. The link should be a blue color, next to the name of the person. Click the link so that you can be directed to the email contact form.
5Fill out the email contact form with your email address, name and subject. In the message field, state the reason for your query. Briefly explain the project for which you want the person to audition, as well as any additional information you think is necessary. Include a link to your website or previous work. Press “Send” at the bottom of the screen.
1 Use the microphone correctly. This will improve your report sound quality. For example, test the sound levels of the mic beforehand and ensure that your sound engineer — if you have one — is happy with the atmosphere and background levels. Speak into the microphone for a little bit while the engineer evaluates the quality. Hold the microphone firmly as well; the prop will pick up any handling noise if you are shaking or rattling it around in your palm. Also, always direct the microphone to the person you are speaking to. This will not only improve the pickup of sound but will also affirm that you want the other person to speak. Hold the mic toward yourself when you want to talk. This will help prevent lots of people speaking at once, making your report appear amateurish.
2Arrange the set props properly. Ensure that the set props are not distracting your report. Set props are the inanimate objects — such as tables, chairs and computers — that sit in the setting or background of your shot. Check before you shoot that the prop is not distracting in any way. For example, if you are filming a report on a computer virus and a PC set is a prop behind you, ensure that the PC screen display is not an animation or anything that will draw focus from your words and face. Similarly, keep your props to a minimum; any extra or unnecessary items next to the PC — such as a mug with a funny phrase — will distract your audience from the story.
3Hold any hand-held props so the camera can see fully what it is. Ensure also that you do so without obstructing the view of those watching the report. For example, a story about a candy bar’s offensive name might mandate that you hold the bar. However, avoid holding the bar with your fingers over the offensive name; otherwise, the audience will not see any connection and your prop will seem irrelevant and misplaced. Marianne Matheis on SpeakerNet News says speakers should never “use props unless there is a specific point that they want to make. If the audience can’t easily understand why a prop is being used, the speaker will lose credibility.”