The shortcut to mastering theatermaking is . . .
Well, the truth is there IS no shortcut to mastering theatermaking or anything.
Sorry for the blog and switch, but there is no microwave-like answer to success in this industry (or any industry).
Jonathan Larson’s sister said it best when she accepted his Rent Tony Award on his behalf . . .
“It took Johnnie 15 years of really hard work to become an overnight sensation.”
Here’s the good news. There are ways to speed up that success.
So, I should have said . . . the short-EST cut to mastering theater is . . .
Did you guess yet? 🙂
The shortest cut to mastering theater is learning from other people who have mastered it.
Listen and learn from those who have come before. They have experimented and succeed (and probably failed too – which offers more lessons than success sometimes).
Devour biographies, interviews, classes, and more to learn from the theatermakers careers you want, or just from the artists you admire.
Why do you think I started my podcast?
And why do you think one of the core components of The TheaterMakers Studio is Master Classes.
(Speaking of, we just added a slate of new masterclasses including:
- Actor/Author Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In The Heights),
- Actor/Writer Telly Leung (Allegiance, Godspell, Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway),
- Director/Choreographer Susan Stroman: (The Producers, Crazy for You),
- Producer Mara Isaacs (Hadestown, The Inheritance), and more!
Wherever you get your access, make sure learning and listening to the masters of what you want is part of your daily routine. In 2011, it wasn’t possible to get these people to teach you while you’re in the comfort of your own home. Now, thanks to the good ol’ interwebs, they can.
And just promise me one thing . . . when you do achieve the success you want, you’ll help the next set get to where YOU are.
Click here and use the code TMSFREE30 to learn more about the Master Classes on TheaterMakers Studio, including the classes coming up!
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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.