A New Self-Producer Chronicles His First Time Out
In the comments section, Kent Barrett recently brought this to my attention. Fresh out of grad school with a script, some startup money, and a few potential collaborators, Kent started this blog to chronicle his efforts in putting on his first show in the city.
I'm hoping to continue writing more self-producing guides, but for now I'll remind Kent (and other first-time self-producers) that my entries are not exhaustive nor immutable. You'll realize as you go along, that some things that worked for Nosedive may not work for you (and vice versa). To paraphrase what Dave Sim wrote in his Cerebus Guide to Self-Publishing (which, again, was Pete and my bible for the first few years after we decided we were an actual company), very little in this field can be taught, yet almost everything can be learned.
Self-producing in a number of ways is about carving out your own path and doing things your way. But really, you'll figure that out pretty quickly. Hell, from what it sounds like, Kent already has a bit of a leg up than Pete or I did, so you sound like you're so far, on the right track.
(And Kent, if you come across a road block, feel free to ask me in the comments section or shoot me an email at email@example.com and I'll try to offer any advice I haven't covered in the entries so far. That goes for anyone trying to start up their own productions. Pete and my expertise may be questionable - our experience in the indie theatre scene is our own and not exactly the same as that of CollaborationTown, Management Co., One Year Lease or several other self-producing companies - but it never hurts to ask.)
Having sad all that, I'm very curious to follow his trajectory and read about his experiences. And of course, see the show once it goes up (his target date is in May).
Okay, that's it for now. Have a good weekend, folks. I'll catch you on the proverbial flippety.
Corrupting the youth,
James "Mental Sodomite" Comtois