Do It Yourself

Dear Readers,

This week's issue has the theme of "Do It Yourself." And while actors certainly rely on others (coaches, agents, managers, directors, casting directors) to succeed in their profession, there are many ways that actors can take matters into their own hands to create opportunities. Whether you are considering producing your own feature, a short film, a Web series, or a theater production, nothing should get in the way of executing an idea if you have a great one. With the cost of digital filmmaking making it affordable for all, fundraising websites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo at your disposal, and the Internet as a means for affordably distributing your film/video work to the masses, there's never been a better time than now to create your own project.

It's easy to make excuses for why your career isn't where you want it to be, but the truth is that you have the ability and the means to create showcases for your acting, your friends' acting, and your other creative impulses. So what are you waiting for? Go make something!

Actors should get used to having hyphenates next to their names, whether that be actor-writer, actor-producer, actor-director, or any combination of these. And they should be proud to wear multiple hats.

This week's issue also features a Casting Cues column with advice from Joy Dewing on casting your own Equity showcase. Voiceover columnist Heidi Schooler also speaks with experts about creating a home recording studio. Again, what was once cost-prohibitive is well within reach of any voice actor wanting to set up shop at home.

But actors beware. Just because you can afford to do these things doesn't mean what you make will be good. So spend your energy on ensuring you put out the best product possible and that you assemble the most talented people you can find to work with you. In the end, quality always gets noticed.

Best Regards,

Jamie Painter Young