INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)
The first time was very sweaty indeed, but it did get better and I learned a lot about the material – and myself – doing it. And it was thrilling to make a big room full of people laugh.
My point is: the modern writer can no longer hide in their room and say, “I am just a writer.”
If you’re an author, you’ll be making public and, we hope, media appearances when your book is published. If you’re a script writer, you’ll pitch projects to agents, managers, executives, producers and other writers in the writers room. If you’re a journalist, you have to pitch your story to editors. Those are all performances. And this is the era of YouTube.
Let’s face it, it’s a great marketing asset if you can deliver your material directly to an audience as well as on the page. It certainly worked for David Sedaris, Truman Capote, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and many other writers who became known (and paid) for their public appearances.
Booking yourself onstage for a local storytelling or comedy show can strike terror into the hearts of many writers, but consider some of the benefits:
And, if you’re frightened by the idea of going onstage and reading your material to the public, or even worse, going onstage without knowing exactly what you’re going to say, then add . . .
Research local clubs, theaters and performance venues. See if there are any shows in your area, then go see them, preferably at least once, before you consider getting onstage there. If it seems like none of the performers are having any fun then continue to research other shows or venues. Hell, you could even organize your own show.
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