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Monday, June 5, 2017

Creating Your Own Work


This article originally appeared as a guest post on the Broadway Life Coach. Click here to view.

I’m so honored to have been asked by Bret Shuford to create a blog post to help demystify the process of creating your own work. There's so much thought and strategy that goes into the process of choosing, creating and sharing a project, that today, we're going to discuss how to even begin.

How do you choose the project that's right for you?

To start, you want to ask yourself a few questions which will help guide your efforts.

1) WHAT KIND OF PROJECT DO YOU WANT TO DO: PLAY, MUSICAL, FILM, WEB SERIES, ETC.?

Many actors know exactly what kind of work they want to do, but for some it can be challenging, especially if you have multiple interests. One of the easiest ways to determine the best medium to create your work is to envision your favorite book coming to life with you as the lead actor in the story.

Would you prefer to tell your favorite story on camera or live on stage? Will it involve music, or movement, or just words? This is a quick short cut to unveiling your favorite medium for your project.

2) DO YOU WANT TO WRITE YOUR OWN ORIGINAL STORY, HAVE SOMEONE WRITE AN ORIGINAL STORY FOR YOU, OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVIVE/REMAKE/ADAPT SOMETHING THAT’S ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN?

From its inception, my theater company, The Seeing Place, has focused on works that have already been published (as opposed to new works) so that we, the actors, can freely interpret each story with our own artistry. This helps guide our decision making and has positioned our theater company in a particular niche in the industry which we can be really proud of.

3) WHAT STORY/STORIES ARE YOU ACHING TO TELL?

Self producing is really (really!) hard, so you want to make sure that you are passionate about what you’re creating. One way to inspire your passion is to know that you’re creating is something that’s missing in your world.

Have you had an experience that you’re dying to express through your art? Are there particular writers whose work you’re committed to sharing? Are you interested in creating more opportunities for women, or minorities, or any other overlooked parts of our population?

Asking yourself these questions will help you hone in on the exact project you’re committed to creating.

4) WHAT KIND OF ROLE DO YOU WANT IN THE PRODUCING PROCESS?

Believe it or not, you can produce your own work and not have to be the big boss. Think about what kind of position you want in the project and what skills you bring to the table. Then bring other people on board to fill out the other needed positions.

Once you have this initial planning completed, CONGRATULATIONS! You are on your way to creating your own work! (Aren’t you excited?)


Let me know how this process helped you, and what project you've decided to create in the comments below.

Erin Cronican’s career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. She is the Founder/Coach of The Actors’ Enterprise, co-founder and Managing Director of The Seeing Place Theater, and writes an “Experts” column for Backstage. To learn more, check out www.TheActorsEnterprise.org and find her on Twitter @ErinCronican.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Erin is interviewed for The Accidental Activist!


I had such a good time chatting with Kristen Michelle on her podcast, The Accidental Activist.

Listen to what happens when a podcaster comes over to my apartment and we have wayyyyyyyyy too much coffee and spend much of the time making funny voices and laughing.

Here’s a taste of some of the great things that were kept in the podcast after editing:

1) How I broke up a fight on a city street
2) Common mispronunciations of my name
3) The difference between our dreams about acting and how it works in the "real" world
4) The power of comedy during trying times
5) Being followed on Twitter by a "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actor
6) What it's like as an actor producing theater in this heavily politicized environment


Click here to listen to the clip: Erin Cronican on The Accidental Activist


Have a comment or question? Leave it by clicking below!

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out www.TheActorsEnterprise.org.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Master Classes in Goal Setting, The Art of Networking, Monologues (and more!)



I'm excited to announce that I'm teaching a series of Master Classes with The Seeing Place Theater February 13-20, 2017! All workshops are $39 are are designed to help and other artists learn valuable skills in the acting craft, the business of acting, and the art of theater-making!

Click here to learn more and to sign up.

You can also get 5 classes by signing up for the VIP Class Pass - it's just $149! Here are the classes you can choose from:



The week then culminates with our famous meet & greet event, the Actor/Industry Scramble, on February 20 for just $59. All proceeds go to benefit the ensemble of The Seeing Place Theater.

See all of the classes being taught, and SIGN UP here: https://squareup.com/store/TheSeeingPlace



Have a comment or question? Leave it by clicking below!

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out www.TheActorsEnterprise.org.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Singers: Open Mics in New York City


One of the things that has been instrumental (pun intended!) in the growth of my career as a musical theater actor is the ability to perform for an audience whenever I get the whim. What makes this possible? Every day of the week there are one (or more) events where singers can bring sheet music and perform songs for a friendly crowd looking for entertainment. Opens mics are a great way to try out new material and build up confidence. And you’ll meet other singers and industry folks like composers, lyricists, directors and producers.

UPDATED 1/15/2017 - Here is a list of just a few open mics in NYC (some nights have open mics at multiple venues):


Daily Piano Bars
Brandy's Piano Bar
Don't Tell Mama
The Duplex
Marie's Crisis
Uncle Charlie's

Sundays
Mark Janas’ – The Salon
Open Mic at the Met (2nd Sunday of the month)
Rise Bar

Mondays
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party/Birdland
Opera Open Mic - Shanghai Mong
West End Lounge

Tuesdays
Parkside Lounge

Wednesdays
Parnells' Piano Sessions

Thursdays
Broadway Sessions (at the Laurie Beechman) - weekly variety show and open mic once a month

Fridays
Songs at the New World (last Friday of month)
Metropolitan Room: Piano Bar at the Underground

You can see a comprehensive list of cabaret open mics/piano bars in NYC at the Cabaret Hotline Online.

For those outside of NYC: For a list of open mics in your area, trying doing a Google search with one or more of these keywords: open mic, salon, showcase, cabaret, piano bar. You can also see a large list of open mics at OpenMics.org.


Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out http://www.theactorsenterprise.org.


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