Articles

How to get an Agent

Breaking into acting can be difficult, so why not go right to the source to find out how?

A young woman asks an actor how to get into the business, sending the author in search of answers.

Shannon Stratton

The Little Things

Small gestures of gratitude make a difference in the arts.

Learning to say no might be one little thing we can all do for ourselves, and each other.

Amalie Drury

The Pitch: Amalie Drury of PureWow.com

Editing is a rapid and ruthless job. Don't make it thankless as well.

Also, don’t be so general with a pitch that I have to work to dig up a story. Be specific.

Scott Foley

The Edit: "Don’t Look Into the Fire"

Reworking footage of tragedy to look past spectacle

A filmmaker finds footage of his childhood home burning to the ground, and draws a sense of closure from it.

Patrick Gough

Auditioning is the Job

By the time an actor gets on-set, the hard work is over.

On a set? Getting paid? That’s all gravy. Auditioning is the job, and the work is a perk.

John Preus

Granted: John Preus

On winning the 2014 MAKER Grant

Honesty comes in different flavors: brutal, gentle, tactful, diplomatic, revelatory. Pick your flavor, but don't be an asshole.

Chicago Home Theater Festival

Curating for Radical Generosity

Using private spaces for performance & building audiences

The fest pairs performers with hosts to showcase artists in non-traditional venues where the public can discuss art.

Dancing in the Street

Legal Considerations when Performing Outside the Box

With the required licenses a performer can worry less about getting caught in the act.

Tom Camacho

The Three Types of Grants

Finding the Best Option for your Non-Profit

In a general sense, there are three overall types of grants: foundation, corporate and government.

Heather Liberman

Music Copyright

A Quick and Dirty Tutorial

Protection doesn’t prevent anyone from stealing your music; it arms you with ways to reclaim your work and penalize the offender.

Sheryl Kosovski

Pricing Worksheet

Sheryl Kosovski takes us through the paces to determine our rates

Almost all creative entrepreneurs under-charge their clients ... no one has looked at what it really costs to do the work.

Marie Casimir

Fiscal Sponsorship for Chicago Performers

A conversation with Links Hall's Associate Director Marie Casimir

Fiscal sponsorship “allows individual artists and collectives to access fundraising opportunities, financial services, training and mentoring expertise."

George Bajalia

Granted: George Bajalia

Using free-writing, this theatre artist buys time to revise.

The most appealing thing to grantors is demonstrating an ability to develop a realistic and executable plan. Get specific.

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