CBC Theatre Workshop

A workshop on “Building a Career in Theatre” was held at the Alberta College Campus of MacEwan University, hosted by CBC personalities and stars of The Irrelevant Show, Jana O’Connor and Dave Clarke.

Distinguished types of individuals gathered to learn about ways to attain credibility in the acting world. The significant take away message from this event was mainly learning how simple, middle-class individuals can turn their life’s efforts of getting noticed by the big important influences in the world into themselves.

They hand over some major pointers to help entry level actors:

  •  Stay creative, but still have enough time to make money
  • Find like minded people and link up with them
  • Social media expansion, it’s a legitimate hobby
  • Be Persistent with potential employers
  • Get a Youtube channel going and display your talents
  • Find your niche, what motivates you?
  • Being open with your colleagues is a building block for success

They cautioned the eager young amateur actors to partake in volunteer opportunities, but to ensure that they are not losing consciousness of their primary end goal. It can be easy to lose track of what the initial goal was when volunteering for a non-profit organization or another acting opportunity according to Clarke and O’Connor.

Discussing the various theatre productions in the sea, a couple of familiar names popped up. We heard about the Fringe Festival, Art’s Council, and Jubilation’s Dinner Theatre, where all genres of acting and talents are invited to come show off their skills, whether that is musical performance, or street shows. While some of them may be more informal, others are much more catered to a different kind of audience. They emphasized that young actors should not “lose hope” in their everyday journey to being successful, and that it takes some time.

O’connor teaches improv on her down time at Rapid Fire while Clarke freelances on the side. They both encourage for young actors to participate in opportunities that provide them with experience with skills in their field of interest. It helps grow the technical skills as an actor that employers are looking for in higher positions for theatre productions.

“How do you find the time to balance paid work and volunteering?”

The “free gig” O’Connor found to be advantageous for networking, and building a strong back bone of credibility to her name in the theatre.

“Had I not done that, Peter Brown had never met me or seen me perform… If you’re really passionate about a company volunteering is a great way to get started” says O’connor.

Overall, both Clarke and O’Connor agree that it is imperative to know when the time comes to step back from volunteer opportunities and start hunting for a more profitable oppurtunity.

 

 

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The Glitz and Glamour

 

There been many discussion on social media about ‘Bell’s Let’s Talk’ Campaign, I decided to put my effort into advocating for mental health awareness and ensure that not just people in my life knew but anybody who ever crosses my path is informed.

Lately through interactions with people, I see that compassion and empathy are rare to find in people. I don’t recall the last time I came a cross a person who genuinely invested effort into an interaction purely out of interest, to learn more about the likes/dislikes, values, and goals in life of another human being.

When was the last time you heard someone say “are you okay?”

This is another potential issue that needs to be explored on behalf of us little people. We may not truly understand it now. But even those living in the glitz and glamour, those known as celebs are still battling/ struggling with the same mental battles that us little people are. They portray it in other ways.

Read between the lines, even G-Eazy’s new up and coming track “Me, myself, and I” is an nexus built as a call for help, or an indirect message to people that something is wrong. That he is tired of “turning up” a slang term known for partying amongst today’s young adults. We may look up to them or look at them as unreachable, but what it comes down to is we are all people. Each one of us is composed of the same basic biological matter.

Yeah, and I don’t like talking to strangers
So get the fuck off me I’m anxious
I’m tryna be cool but I may just go ape shit
Say “fuck y’all” to all of y’all faces

It changes though now that I’m famous
Everyone knows how this lifestyle is dangerous
But I love it the rush is amazing
Celebrate nightly and everyone rages

He touches on the issue of people who simply stay in his life to benefit themselves only. They continue to be present in his life and not because they care about him but just because they have found how to use him for his fame, and money.

It’s clearly stated there. He wants to break off from the world and sulk in his own space.

At this time it is really important to identify who is truly, genuinely and honestly there in your life for YOU, and who is there just to benefit for themselves. Either way, remember, your mental health sits higher than anything else in your life. That new job, the new car, social get togethers, events, classes, work. Put yourself first. Always remember that in the end, you are going to be there for yourself. It IS nice to have a support system, but sometimes you are the only one who has yourself, so as the song goes….

It’s just me, myself and I
Solo ride until I die
Cause I, got me for life

Talk to someone if you feel like something is wrong.

This is a very important issue to me personally, and also because of important individuals in my life who have been victim to mental health struggles.

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Thanks for reading if you did.

Stay strong

Avital Azarov