Professional Development for Talent
If you're looking for career development and ways to increase your
employability, I remind you of the old joke about the musician who arrives in
New York City and asks a lady on the street how to get to Carnegie Hall.
"Practice, practice, practice," she said.
The web has many places that offer to help you get acting work -- for a
price. But this page avoids such things. Instead, what follows are websites
that, in some way, might help you become a better actor, narrator, or whatever.
The list is selective, and there is a point to that: the real answer to making
it as professional talent is not on any computer. It's out there in front of an
audience (or a movie camera, or microphone, as the case may be). So check out
the following links -- but then focus on one thing, like the lady said:
- Ken McCoy's
Brief Guide to
Internet Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies at Stetson U. is not
really brief, but it is selective, well-chosen and extremely useful.
- Performing Arts Sites is
a great resource, part of a large and growing public service site provided by
Carnegie Mellon University.
- Actors, Directors,
and Producers is an excerpt from "The Occupational Outlook Handbook" from
the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These guys know exactly how hard it is
to get work in show business.
- A Digital
Bibliography is Franklin J. Hildy's online addendum to Brockett's
History of the Theatre, by Oscar G. Brockett (Allyn & Bacon, 1999).
This fine resource is divided by both geography and time period.
- TheatrGROUP in St. Louis
offers useful advice related to "The Method," as well as a page explaining how
to Get Started as an
- Acting Workship
Online provides several exercises and articles for beginning actors, and a
large collection of useful acting-related links.
Improv Page Excellent site for improvisational performance training.
- The Academy of Theatrical
Combat teaches you how to fight on stage without hurting people.
- STUNTnet presents many
resources for professional stunt talent, all in one place.
- On-Broadway is "dedicated
to the shows, musicals, and history of the Great White Way." Despite its name,
it also provides information about Off-Broadway shows and much more.
- The American Theater Wing now presents a snazzy-looking
official guide to the Tony Awards,
including a searchable database of past winners.
- Some folks talk so well, they win prizes doing it. The
Interscholastic League offers lots of information about competitive speech
and debate. Northwestern University's
Douglass Project also
has a good collection of resources on public speaking and related topics.
- Shakespeare The
complete works, marked up, digitized... what would the bard have thought?
- It's Hard
to Say Jump to the Voice-over Performance section for this attack on