Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fringes, fringes, everywhere...

As a solo performer, one of the best outlets for putting one's show in front of many audience members is to tour it to a variety of "fringe" festivals. Fortunately there seems to be a renaissance of festivals springing up all over the United States, many of them much less expensive to produce at than their Canadian Fringe counterparts.

Enter the United States Association of Fringe Festivals

FringeFestivalsUS is an online directory and calendar of many Fringe Festivals around the country. Set up after a Fringe organizers’ meeting in 2008. It’s designed and maintained by the staff of the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis-St. Paul; content is contributed by all the Fringes that participate in the producers’ meeting.

We at TSP applaud this resource. Great idea. Take a look HERE.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dailey rituals

Creating a solo show is difficult work. Sometimes it happens quickly, sometimes a piece is developed over years. Either way, just as most creative individuals in other media figure out, a certain series of working methods must be developed to really, consistently do one's best work. With this in mind, I stumbled upon this great article in The Guardian by Oliver Burkeman...

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds 

For instance, Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but, this article maintains, six key rules emerge.

Worth a look. Read it HERE.

Related articles... HERE and HERE