Spotlight on Do It Yourself

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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!

Letter from the Editor
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.

How to Create Your own Feature, Short, Pilot, or Web Series
Before you embark on a production that might cost you thousands of dollars, you need to weigh why you want to shoot something, how you are going to do it, and what the potential rewards might be.

Producing a Solo Show
Michael Bonnabel's solo show "The Good Boy" is now running at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, and it has been quite a journey for the writer-performer.

'Crowd-funding' Sites Enable Artists to Raise Real Money
Crowd-funding sites have grown in popularity over the last few years and continue to attract artists and benefactors.

Teaching Yourself a Dialect
Knowing what to listen for, how to break it down, how to practice, and then turning your work into something that will convince a native speaker is not easy to do, at least without a little guidance.

Creating Your Own In-Home Recording Studio
One of the beauties of voiceover work is that you can do it at home by creating your own mini-studio. But you've got to find the proper equipment. That takes research.

How to Cast an Equity Showcase
Since 2005, casting director Joy Dewing has worked at Clemmons/Dewing Casting in New York. Back Stage asked Dewing for her advice on casting your own Equity showcase in New York.
How to Market Yourself for Roles
To succeed, actors must also be effective at marketing themselves. It is a valuable exercise to view marketing from the perspective of your target audience.