Over the weekend we wrapped up underground episode. This was a test on how to run a show for two weeks and I must say there was a lot to be learned but it is definitely worth it. First things first, the cast compose of both veterans and newbies with a short timeframe of two months to learn probably one of the most challenging work that some of them have been a part of. For many including myself it was jumping from one production to another that was a challenge however for others it was just coming in and beginning the task at hand.
This time around we utilized collaborating with makeup artist Andrea Blassingame to create the looks, set up radio time for interviews, bloggers, and paid advertising in the metro Philly to get the word out on the production. We also utilized the site which the facility used instead of going the eventbrite way.
It was scary but I had to see what we could do and the end result turned out to be what we wanted. Now we are gearing up for next year to actually take advantage of all we learned.
The beauty of it all was swing how no matter what RunBoyRunProduction still continues to grow as a family and in the end this makes for good business.
That’s what makes acting so attractive. You get to break all your own rules.”Gerardine Clark”
The beauty of acting is allowing yourself to let go and take on roles that you never thought you would do. In many ways this is your inner voice ready to dive into the unexpected and see if things are possible. In the end it is here when one finds them self and realize that it was always the fear of exploring that held them back that will never do so again.
We live in a future that the average minority youth believes his life has a limitation. For many that means never seeing pass the ghetto, never imagining themselves as college graduates, never envisioning living, loving, breathing or just being. These thoughts are not limited to black or Latino children but many minority children within inner cities. The need for positive role models should not be limited to sports players or those in entertainment but even the Brother managing a bodega, the brother getting a masters in science to change the world, the brother working as a teacher in a system that wants to give up on children and the brother sitting in the park with his kids and lady teaching them how to ride a bike. Truth is these are the images that can change a life, these are images that resemble real life, these are the images many need to understand these men have a strive worth becoming why because it involves integrity, consciousness and wanting to build. These are images that speak choice and tell you what you can become and that you can climb out of the syndrome of lost souls…
“Underground Episodes” part of the FringeArtsFestival playing at the Philadelphia Art Alliance
Last night my cousins came over for a teleconference which was filled with good news. It’s nice when you connect with like minded people that are about lifting each other out the barrel over stepping on and over you. For a business such as entertainment it is believed that most people utilizing the theory to do for self over doing for each other first. Truth is in entertainment there are communities of people that help each other look at Ben Affleck, Kevin Smith, and Matt Damon they used a friendship to help build there careers and with that understand the strength in numbers spirit is simple working towards one goal with others can prove to be better link made on a chain.
Last night was a great night me and a few members of the cast went on The Drop blog talk radio show which was great. Last nights theme was memorable moments of the 90’s and 2000’s. This was a great moment to plug the play and have some fun with the cast. In the long run it was well enjoyed an a great way to see how each individual responds to the challenge of spotlight moments both big and small. After all you never know when your time to shine may come.
This is some of the cast members of Underground Episodes and I believe in them. As actors they show they have the will to learn the ability to understand and the talent to stretch further. The FringeArts Festival is there time to shine.. Photo of Jazz Whitonez by; Michael Heyward photography
Yesterday was a great day at rehersal. It was the beginning of going over the first 6 scenes of the play. It felt good watching the cast coming into play with their parts, utilizing the vision of imagination to see a subway scene that was not there and improvising aqctions jestures and words to help bring life to their characters and to scenes even when all they had to do is be onseekers to rachetness or two young brothers listening to elders telling them what to do or a lover that needed to come to a point of understanding that her man needs her.
I am blessed to see the blend of poets and actors ready to take the challenge and show the world a vision that i have been dreaming of brought to life. The challenge has begun and the FringeArts Festival is in the distance waiting for us. Now all we ask, will you be a passenger on this ride as well….
There is nothing like being in front of an audience
For many of us this is the place where we fill alive
Find ourselves able to breath for the first time
Able to speak our mind
No longer hold your tongue
Let the worries go
Allow your thoughts to flow
This is that place where reliving stories gives you a chance to rebirth moments
There is nothing like the stage
Catching the applause of the crowd
Looking out to them and realizing
This is your moment
To let people see the real you
There is nothing like being in front of an audience
Last week I went to see a play called “Scorned” here in Philly and on the way home the train was packed with people coming from other theater events when I saw this lady take a seat pull out a program from the ballet. Although she was alone it made me think that age and entertainment has no boundaries. Most people might think that at a certain age gong out and enjoying life has to end but she proves in this moment that a person can still enjoy and appreciate the finer things in life even when others around you tend to be younger and enjoying the art as you. Truth is she may come with a boat load of I formation and stories about dancers and shows that someone younger can only appreciate.
Instagram, facebook, the vine, linkedin, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc even though these things don’t make outward noise like horns beeping on a 76 in mid-day traffic, these things do make noise in your mind. With everything today being so fast-paced, instantaneous, and overwhelming, do we as people ever really get a chance to silence the noise? Back in the day weekends were the “weekends”, days off, time with family, do things of leisure, but now when do we ever have time off. Businesses are 24/7 and your boss wants you there every day with no breaks. I find myself fighting for a piece of mind and that’s usually near my bedtime when I don’t even have any fight in me. Silencing the noise and ruckus of what the world wants you to believe and become is important, which is money making machines, literally. With all the noise we forget the simple things is what can bring us eminent joy, like being with family, enjoying a book, writing poetry, and the most scary thing “turning off your phone”. People forgot what peace feels like, that’s why people can’t go without their phone, making angry status about not having a phone and to inbox them on facebook. People don’t even realize through all the noise we look to everything on our phone to validate us, whether it is likes on a pic, comments under a video, or a text from a certain someone. The noise is so loud that we can’t even fathom that it is weakening our foundation and strength as individuals to make intelligent decisions sometimes because we are so consumed by the noise. So try silencing the noise every now and then, you’ll be shocked by what you hear within you, you’ll find all your answers you’ve been looking for.