Posts tagged ‘Charlebois Post’

March 21, 2013

More Guest Speaking, On Flexibility and The Whipping Man Opens Tonight!

Yesterday was Day Two of guest speaking at Mowat. A different class, again some new face and again some I’d met at the Harbourfront field trip. Smaller group and fewer questions about meeting Harry Styles – not a judgement call, just different.

Interesting to note that the focus didn’t seem to be as much money although there were still two questions about the most money they could make in social media as a career. More questions this time about being happy. What should a job bring to you – what made a good job was being happy in it.  Still a couple of questions about whether or not a degree was absolutely necessary, were contacts more important. Competitiveness and cut-throat also made the cut. We had some good conversations, and when I say conversations I mean genuine back and forth which is something I much prefer as a guest speaker – I always prefer to guest-converse.

A favourite question of mine  – “what exactly do you do?’ – somedays I wonder myself. And this one was incredibly thoughtful, and one we should all remember: “What can I do to help balance happiness and stress in the future?” Excellent question and we all need to ask ourselves that every so often, changing future to NOW.

On the same sort of note, a great blog post from Andy McKim over at Passe Muraille – Are we flexible enough in the arts sector?  which stems from an article in the Guardian: Flexible working: why the arts and culture sector doesn’t get it yet

“Culture jobs are advertised as either full-time or part-time, but rarely as flexible. We define “work” in terms of hours and days worked rather than tasks completed. Even in senior positions, there is often a contractual reference to hours per week and weeks per year. What would happen if we didn’t measure jobs in terms of days worked but in terms of tasks completed? What would happen if we gave people completely free reign to deliver those tasks in a location and time of their choosing?
Some food for thought.

Thomas Olajide, Sterling Jarvis, Brett Donahue Whipping Man phot Keith Barker
The Whipping Man opens tonight, we’ve gotten some great pre-press and I’m looking forward to the show.  Fantastic first person article from Philip Akin for the Charlebois Post – take a read and hope to see you at one of the performances. That’s number 5/5 in the shows opening marathon I’ve been participating in since February 7th – am delighted with the results from them.

 

January 21, 2013

Documenting your Show

A2S82pAWfeifFjPUGFxqe6cq9YITVTJDZZDOuQMq1DQSpent yesterday talking about live music and new venues for it and art and film and pixels with one great group, then spent more time talking with another amazing group of artists from Zed.To  about the business of their art. Excellent Sunday.

You might remember in December I wrote an article for the Charlebois Post on Emerging Companies and Marketing (it’s linked there in case you haven’t read it yet).

It’s January and the incomparable Dahlia Katz has written an excellent article on theatre photography. Read it – it’s brilliant and true and teaches you things you might not know, and confirms others you do. She knows of what she speaks , in fact she won Charpo-Toronto’s Photo of the Year 2012. Her closing line is unbelievably true and sometimes something we can sometimes forget in the whirlwind of putting together live performance:

Theatre is an ephemeral thing.  Take the time and the money to memorialize it with dignity, sophistication and professionalism.

Go read.

Tomorrow I’m heading to the Tranzac for the Paper Nickels CD Release party. I cannot wait – I’ve talked numerous times about Corin Raymond and the Canadian Tire Money Caper and it’s coming to fruition. More on that later. ETA – this is what I’m talking about:

 

 

January 2, 2013

It’s a New Year! CharPR Prizes, Next Stage Festival and more!

155885_10152385898130175_777701615_n“It seems wrong and unfair that Christmas, with its stressful and unmanageable financial and emotional challenges, should first be forced upon one wholly against one’s will, then rudely snatched away just when one is starting to get into it. Was really beginning to enjoy the feeling that normal service was suspended and it was OK to lie in bed as long as you want, put anything you fancy into your mouth, and drink alcohol whenever it should chance to pass your way, even in the mornings. Now suddenly we are all supposed to snap into self-discipline like lean teenage greyhounds.” – Bridget Jones’ Diary

Before I go any further I have to let you know that the CharPR Prizes have been announced and you should visit their website to see who’s won. Go ahead, I’ll wait, it’s first day back and we’re all a little tottery. You back? HEE!! I KNOW, RIGHT?? Thanks so much Charpo!!!

You can win a backstage pass to Totsapalooza! Click here for details

Next Stage Festival opens TONIGHT! I’ve got all my shows booked – go book yours!

Okay then. Since the year-end roundup expanded into three posts – we’ll I’m pretty happy about that, and so I’ll keep today short. I’m not going to ask what your resolutions are, it’s none of my business, but I hope you succeed.

Some things I’d like to see or not see in the New Year – we’ll start with just a couple – we just got back after all.

post/tweet ownership. If there are more than one of you posting for your group, show etc – you have different tones, different writing styles. We know it’s not all one person, so can you please at least  initial them so we know who is who? Why you ask? because we know it’s s different people. Let us get to know you, who you are. If you develop a relationship with us (even one based on initials) odds increase that we’ll look for your posts. And it And it allows you to create a persona based on you, as well as the company.

fewer patently obvious auto-posts: I got a lot of tweets, posts, emails etc in the last two weeks of December that were auto posts. How did I know? Because I found it hard to believe that they were being posted by a human at the times and on the dates they were being posted.  Mostly it was the fact that it made no acknowledgement of the time of year – no matter what holiday is being celebrated, an indication that things are different this day would have gone a lot further in making me believe some thought had gone into those posts, rather than rote visit-my-website tweet links. Again, it’s tone of voice, just like the item above. Unless of course you precede each post with a warning that Harry-the-Holiday-Robot has taken over for two weeks. (Okay, that I would have LOVED).  Or put on the Best of Crane and be done with it.

I think that’s all for the moment. I have to get ready for Next Stage- the tent awaits!

December 10, 2012

Linky Monday

makeupforever_44artist001I’m off to City Hall for budget deputations today – I’m number 44 on the list, so I don’t know when I’ll be back. So, not unlike the Mom who leaves you money for dinner and warns you not to watch too much TV, I present four links to keep you occupied. But no money for pizza.

The Toronto Theatre Database has now gone live! The Toronto Theatre Database is a new online project, dedicated to the recording and preservation of the production histories and performance dates of Toronto’s professional theatrical productions. It will be a hub through which professionals and fans of the Toronto theatre community can explore Toronto’s theatre past, present and future.

We should do this too. Case for culture: 100 voices – interactive

Arts leaders clashed with culture secretary Maria Miller even before George Osborne announced DCMS cuts of £12m in 2013-14 and £22m in 2014-15 in his autumn statement – here 100 people who work in or with the culture sector tell the Guardian why they think UK arts and culture are worth continued investment.

So the Sunday Read in this week’s Charlebois Post is by –  me. Enjoy!

And finally a great video by Che Kothari on the Billboard Tax. Listen up people – we want funding for arts and culture? It’s been found. Contact your councillor and let them know you want this new potential source of revenue used where and for the people who found it.

 

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