I guess it's usually misquoted, people usually say, "If you build it, they will come." But in Field Of Dreams, Kevin Costner's character hears "If you build it, HE will come." I guess, in a way, it actually works the way it was said originally. I'm realizing that I am a BRAND, a BUSINESS. I'm no longer just an actor with a 'B' job. I think as artists, it's hard to think of us as a business and well, to even think with a business mind. I just overheard a make-up artist on set say she'd never worked in an office. She said that the joke with her fellow Emory classmates is they're not good at math. "That's why I date Jewish men so they can figure out the tip." But what I heard was, that she's an artist, she doesn't do the 'business thing' it's not her strength. I also saw a tweet from Felicia Day today, mentioning digging up W-9's and getting credit reports and that the business stuff takes longer than the creative at times. I'm rambling a bit, there's a lot of stuff rolling around in my head lately.
One of my teachers, Richard Lawson talks about the misconception of an actor and as a character. He'd take two tapes (before digitally recording critiques at The Beverly Hills Playhouse) and hold them up. He'd say, "This is you as the actor, this is you as the character. They look identical, but they are different. You have to learn to let that character go. You created it, put it out there and now it's done." I took that literally and said, well my 'acting career' is that over there, disconnected from me, Mark, the person.
We are asking for your support in raising funds so that 60 students, ages 13-18 can participate in a 2-DAY LEADERSHIP EMPOWERMENT TRAINING course called Momentum Teens for Leadership.
We don't have much time: we need to raise over $6000 by JULY 21, 2014. Please support us in any way that you can by making a contribution. Thank you so much for your help!
WHO ARE THESE YOUTH:
We will be servicing 60 students at the Luskin Academy. Here is some information about the type of students we will be servicing:
- The school has 271 students - 74 are African American - 1 Native American - 194 Latino - 2 White - 262 Are Socioeconomically Disadvantaged - 131 are English Language Learners - 14 are students with Disabilities - On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) Luskin Academy is ranked a 4 Statewide - According to the Safety by Zip Code website on a scale of 1-100 (100 being the least safe) Luskin Academy is located in a zip code ranked between 74-94.
We are what is wanted and needed to touch move and inspire the students of Luskin Academy. We can make a difference in this community that so desperately needs change.
WHO WE ARE:
We are the first Momentum Leadership team in Los Angeles, and we're excited about sharing this amazing opportunity with you to help change lives, particularly the lives of "at-risk" youth.
Our team recently participated in the adult version of this powerful course and can guarantee that it will change lives. We were so inspired by this transformative, groundbreaking work that we are 100% committed to providing this opportunity to our youth.
WELCOME TO MOMENTUM TEENS FOR LEADERSHIP (MTFL):
Momentum Teens for Leadership (MTFL) empowers youth to be responsible, authentic, contributing leaders. Momentum Teens for Leadership, founded by Robin Lynn, provides workshops and ongoing programs designed for 13-17 olds to enhance communication and empower new discoveries and conversations of choice, responsibility, trust, cooperation, contribution, integrity, and team. Programs led by expert trainers provide practical tools and hands-on experiential learning to support teens in being responsible leaders in their families, schools, communities, and the world. Participants leave MTFL with practical skills and enjoyable memories to last a lifetime. Are there young people in your life that you'd like to invite to Choose, Commit, and Create extraordinary results in their lives NOW?
GOALS: Give these teens the proper tools to overcome personal obstacles so that they can thrive in their communities and live healthier, happier lives in pursuant of their their dreams
GUARANTEED RESULTS: Momentum Teens for Leadership has served over 800 participants year-to-date 50% of our participants increased their grade point average by one letter grade in a 3-month period. 100% of our graduates with GPA’s of 90% or more have maintained their averages or increased their averages by 5 grade points. 71% of our participants increased their hours of service in their communities and school by 20 hours per month 75% of our participants improved family relationships 84% of our participants changed their health habits by exercising and eating nutritionally 90% of our participants return to serve as peer mentors to new participants 100% of our graduating high school seniors go on to college
Welcome to the Christmas episode of PODCAST FROM AMERICA, with my special guest Mark Gantt, a talented actor/writer/producer/director, who I was lucky enough to speak to at the beginning of October. You can listen to the show via iTunes by clicking this link.
I’ve been following Mark’s career with interest since I met him on the set of Sony’s The Bannen Way, just over a year ago. He and his Bannen co-creator, Jesse Warren, were on day 18 of a 19-day shoot at the Lacy Street Studios in east LA, filming their ground-breaking high-production value web series, about a gangster who wants to go straight.
I blogged at the time that ‘Hollywood’s future was in Bannen’s hands‘, and after the series scored more than 14 million hits, and went on to be sold as a feature on DVD, I think they ably demonstrated that well-produced, original web shows can have clout. Their model is very new, but proves that there is another viable way that talented actors, producers and directors, who might otherwise not get the chance, can showcase their talents.
Mark’s now an authority on making shows on the web, and runs a kick-ass course on the subject – find out more at www.ganttworkshops.com.
He also has a host of projects coming up, including the episode of Suite 7 that he directed, starring Eddie McClintock and Jaime Murray, which is out now.