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The Business: Hacking Your Actor Life: Actor Productivity

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Streamed live on May 15, 2013

"Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort." - Paul J. Meyer

Clicking submit on casting websites and waiting. Sound familiar? Actors are busy but are they productive? Panelists will discuss topics that include how actors can better structure their time, how to measure productivity, what successful actor productivity looks like and tools and applications that are available to best organize the actors' life. The LifeRaft program is excited to present a panel which explores both the theory and the practical application of what it means for an actor to be productive.

Panelists include Jodie Bentley, Heidi Levitt, Kevin E. West, Ben Whitehair

TIMESTAMPS
12:25 - “In this LA entertainment world there are so many types of jobs actors could pursue. One hour drama, half hour comedy… Are all these different options conducive to an actor’s productivity or does it hinder them?”

22:05 - “What type of options do actors need to pursue more? What do they not need to pursue? What is better in the short term? What is better in the long term?”

33:05 - “I’m always interested in distractions. This idea that there’s so much, and the idea is to focus. What are some tips to sticking to your path and not going awry? How do you know when to stick to your plan to achieve the long term benefit even if you aren’t seeing short term results?”

46:13 - “Heidi, does that come in the room? Do you see that? Actors who don’t structure themselves in a way that they can have ease in the room and confidence.”

54:50 - “I’m going to segue over into the business part of an actor’s life. Let’s talk about things like databases, contact lists, and master contact lists. All the things we are supposed to do as actors. How do you track that? How do you save all your activity and use some way to see that data? What mobile apps, social media services, or computer programs do you use?”

1:07:45 - “Along with assessing priorities in your day and your week and your month; what things do you recommend to actors that they do daily or weekly to know that they are being productive?”

1:14:00 - “How do we know that we are in class not just because it is what we are supposed to do? How do we not waste our time and figure out that we are truly being productive learning the craft?

1:20:25 - “How do actors build relationships in the industry without presenting themselves as needy? But rather relate as human beings? How would you talk to a director or a casting director without pitching something?”

1:26:45 - “Heidi do you have any stories of [needy] actors?”

1:34:20 - “As actors we are required to bring emotional life to characters. But sometimes we take this into our business world as well. How as actors do we think long term, and not let our character traits heed our improvement? How do we think long term, in this subjective business?”

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