The Reality of Doing Blog

Actor Survival Kit Challenge (part 1)
June 11, 2009, 12:00 pm
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How Twitter & the #1 Rule of Improv led to a surprise meeting
June 6, 2009, 8:53 pm
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Any actor who has taken any kind of imrpov training, knows that the #1 rule of improv is always “yes…and.” It means that you accept whatever your partner says and keep the conversation going.

Well if you follow me on twitter, then you may have read the following tweet earlier today:

Put together the idea for my next vlog. Any actors out there want to help me film it?

Within a few minutes I get an @ reply from @GirlSascha saying:

Possibly! Details?

Now @GirlSascha and I have never spoken on twiter up until this point, and I didn’t even know she was follwoing me.

I checked out her profile and saw that she is an actor living in Los Angeles, and decided to say yes…and.

Yes….and to an opportunity to connect with an actor who is outside my current sphere. Yes…and to partnering with someone else who is interested in being proactive about their career. Yes…and to making a new friend.

We exchange a couple of direct messages back and forth and then finally decide to connect via email after I return from a tweetup BBQ.

I arrive at said BBQ and am being introduced to the people already there.

“Hey guys, this is Seth,” said the host

“Seth?” says a voice from across thw patio. “Were you and I just…”

And sure enough it was @GirlSascha at the same event. None of us had ever met offline before, and here we were at the same party.

So whatever opportunities come up in your career pursuits today, consider saying YES…AND and see what happens. You may be one tweet away from your next gig.

Twitter paying offline dividens
April 4, 2009, 8:34 am
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It’s the end of Q1 and I pulled up my goals for the year to review and see where I stand. I am making solid progress on most, but the one I will write about here is:

To more actively engage in social media, and create strategic ways to leverage it for my acting career.

That goal lead to the creation of this blog. The point of this blog is to serve as a platform for me to share what I am learning.

I also joined Twitter.

As a direct result, earlier this week I attended a table read for an up-and-coming writer (seriously this guy’s going places), caught a ride to the read with a top indie producer and met a dozen talented actors. I don’t know about you, but for me that was a win.

So while this process has taken some time, and a bit of learning on my part – the results are starting to come in. If you’re waiting to get on board with social media – stop. It’s never going to be the right time, you’re never going to feel ready, and you’re certainly never going to get any results unless you jump in and just do it.

Fall on you face. Make stupid videos and write dumb posts. I know I have, and I bet some of the top bloggers out there would have stories to tell about some of their first posts.

Just like riding a bike, doing is the best form of practice. If you’re ready to cash in on the dividens that socail media can pay – start by leaving a comment. You can’t get any simplier than that.

Brevity = Wit on Twitter? Ehh? I don’t know…
March 31, 2009, 9:19 am
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So I learned something yesterday. Twitter + Sarcasm = Recipe for disaster. (or at least it can) Luckily the person to whom my quip was aimed has a tremendous sense of humor, but it got me thinking none the less.

Part of what makes Twitter so great is the ability to quickly fire off thoughts/comments/whatever as they come to me. (I’ve been tweeting for about 3 months now, and am starting to think in tweets. Sad, I know.)

But with the immediacy of Twitter, what happens is that sometimes I tweet before I think. I forget that I’m putting this out for anyone on the entire planet to read! Twitter gives me a sense of intimacy and connection with people (some of whom I’ve never met). And with that “sense” I can make comments that my best friend would read and take one way, and someone I know only through Twitter could interpret completely differently.

Now, I don’t think that it’s resourceful to sit down and obsess over every tweet. But keep in mind that 140 characters is not a lot of room for ambiguity. Clarity is power, and sarcasm is never clear.

That’s my POV. What do you think?

photo credit: TheGiantVermin

Vlog confessional
March 19, 2009, 11:36 am
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Marketing to one
February 27, 2009, 1:08 pm
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I briefly mentioned this in my last vlog, but during my first 20 minute dedicated writing session, I let myself brainstorm about some things that I want to do with this blog and how I want to use all of the information that I am learning towards furthering my acting career.

Learning all this stuff is great fun, but if I’m not able to put it to use somehow, it all feels wasteful.

The great thing about brainstorming is that there are no bad ideas. I allow myself to ask the questions: what if? how can I? If I could…, etc. and just write.

Earlier this week I read a post by @brianspaeth about a crazy marketing idea that he had of targeting just one person and by focusing all of his efforts on reaching that one individual then, if successful he would have a 100% success rate. It was an interesting concept, but none the less got my mind thinking.

So what is it that I hope to accomplish with all of this social media stuff anyway?

  • Connect with others who are outside my current sphere of influence
  • Create online relationships that translates into the real-world
  • Be a source of value for those with whom I have a relationship with online
  • Candidly share my own experiences to inspire that person to follow the dream that lives within him/her. (Hey, if I can do it – so can you)

Crazy idea?
One of my goals for 2009 is to find and connect with an acting mentor. So, I had this idea of using twitter and some of the other social media tools to find and connect with that person and then translate that relationship into the real world. Doable? I dunno.

What I do know is that there are quite a few actors and producers that I have admired for a while currently using Twitter.

How can I connect with them in the virtual world, and translate that into a real-world relationship. Can I? I dunno. Has anyone ever done this before? I dunno.

I’m going to try it and see what happens. What’s the worst thing that could come of it? I make a new friend.

Hit me up with your comments. Anyone already done this? Think it’s a stupid idea? Talk to me baby.

Remember we’re all in this together and there’s always room at the table.


Vlog 2.26.09
February 27, 2009, 12:01 am
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With a special sneak peek at End Result (Summer 2009)