It may not be Moby Dick . . .
. . . but it is a book.
And I wrote it!
Since I started on the path of trying to break into Broadway twenty-five years ago, I’ve had a lot of mentors and ‘angels’ and inspiring men and women who Obi-Wan-Kenobi-ed me along the way. I’ve also seen a lot of folks come into the business, and leave the business, some who come back again, and others who just flat out move to Mexico.
The business of theater is a peculiar one, sure as shinola. But one of the most important lessons I’ve learned from all the people I’ve watched succeed and others who I sadly watched not succeed (I won’t use the “f” word), is that to succeed in this business requires a . . . well, a certain . . je sais quoi.
And that quoi is based on the same principles as so many other industries out there.
So that’s what I wrote about, in my new, actual, hard copy, published book, available here, called How to Succeed in the Arts . . . or in Anything. I wrote about . . . well, exactly what the title says . . . how to put one foot in front of the other, without falling on your face, and building a career in this biz.
I talk about how I almost didn’t get started producing shows, and how one man’s words (you know him) kicked me in the entrepreneurial ass and helped me developed a sure-fire system to get anything done. It’s the same system that I use to this day, that has helped me do everything that I’ve done in my career, from produce Spring Awakening, to crowdfund Godspell, to live stream Daddy Long Legs, create my board game, shoot a pilot (more about that next week) and even write the book itself.
And I thought if I
wrote typed it down on paper, it just might help those of you out there trying to do similar stuff. So pick up a copy. And if for some reason it doesn’t help, just send it back and I’ll give it to my Mom. She’s handing ’em out in the neighborhood like Halloween candy on Halloween . . . if Halloween was every single dang day.
Oh, and if you know someone graduating from college who wants to dive into the biz, the book makes a great little cheap gift. Especially since my story begins moments after I got my diploma . . . and didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to do, or how I was going to get started.
Read more about it, and get my book here.
And thanks for reading this blog over the years . . . it’s because of all of you, and the emails and tweets and even actual letters I get filled with all of your dreams and desires to do great things, that inspired me to write this book in the first place.
And I’ll take that over capturing a white whale any day of the week and twice on a two-show Sunday.
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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.