Lifework

Welcome to the fourth issue of Season 2! MADE HERE explores the different stages of a performing artist’s career. The first episode looks at how artists got their start in the business. Then, we hear about how they stay in the business and how they define success. Finally, artists who have had long careers share their memories and talk about how they continue to evolve their work.

 

The three episodes for this issue are: Breaking In, Perseverance, and Staying Power.

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Guiding Principles

The Measure of Success

Longevity

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How do you measure success as an artist? What advice would you give to a young artist about starting out? Or what advice have you received that you would like to share?

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episode 1: Breaking in

It takes guts and ingenuity to break into the performing arts, and many artists find their entry points in unexpected places. Everyone's story is different. What unites the artists in this episode is that they navigate the performing arts world in ways that work for them.

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News

Get Into Theatre

A UK-based website dedicated to providing support and guidance for people hoping to get into theatre.

Want to be a theatre director? Here are my 10 top survival tips

John Cairn’s tips on how to break into theatre directing.

So You Want to Be a Director

Four theatre directors from MFA directing programs discuss training, mentors, and breaking into professional directing.

Is it time to stop?

A generation of non-profit theatre directors are nearing retirement, and considering the fate of their companies. Will they pass on the reigns? Or call it a good run and close their doors?

Still Kicking – documentary film on arts and aging

Documentary film follows six older women artists and explores the link between longevity and artistic vitality.

Aging Artfully

Author Amy Gorman celebrates the lives of twelve women aged 85-105 who continue their creative expression and artistic work into older age.

Anna Deavere Smith's 'Letters to a Young Artist'

Interview with playwright and scholar Anna Deavere Smith on her newest book, ‘Letters to a Young Artist,’ in which Smith weaves practical advice with stories from her own career.

An Interview with Jackie Battenfield: by Amber Hawk Swanson

Interview with author Jackie Battenfield on her book The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love.

Joel Grey on his 60 years in theatre, film and tv.

Four-part interview on “Off-Ramp” from Southern California Public Radio.

Interview with Anne Bogart

From the blog The Days of Yore, an interview with Director Anne Bogart on breaking in and sustaining herself as an artist.

She Barely Even Looks Like Paul Robeson

Profile of Kate Valk from the New York Times.

Dick Van Dyke: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business

LA Times book review of Dick Van Dyke's memoir, released in May 2011.

Show Business: Confessions of a Real Actor

1982 interview with Laurence Olivier about his autobiography 'Confessions of an Actor.'

Taking Her Art Seriously, Not Herself

Judi Dench’s new autobiography "and furthermore" discusses the actress’ longevity and dedication to her craft.

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Organizations

Freelancers Union – Resources

Tips for filing your taxes, health and dental insurance, a job search and more.

Career Transition for Dancers

Support and job counseling for dancers developing their post-performance careers.

Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA)

A networking and professional development group for arts administrators in their 20s and 30s.

Theatre Communications Group: Nonprofit Finance Fund Professional Development Program

Training for arts and cultural institutions on withstanding and flourishing during the economic downturn.

Support Center for Nonprofit Management

Workshops and leadership training for the nonprofit sector.

Foundation Center

Training for nonprofits in building sustainable institutions.

Fractured Atlas

Supports artists with the business side of their careers. As they say: “We're here to help with the "unsexy" stuff that helps make art happen.”

The Field

The Field regularly offers workshops on career development from working professionals. Check back for updated workshop schedules.

New York Foundation for the Arts – NYFA Learning

Workshops and professional development from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Performing Arts Medicine Association

Network of health care professionals who practice performing arts medicine. Focus on injury prevention and physical conditioning for performers.

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Research

Reconceptualizing Career Success

Study of the objective and subjective measures of career success.

Performance Saga

Video series of women pioneers of performance art, including Joan Jonas. Includes interviews, performance footage, and reflections on their careers and contributions to the field.

Performing Arts Medicine

Researchers at the University of California School of Medicine investigate some of the health effects of performance and options for treatment.

Creativity and Aging: The Black Musician's Perspective

A look into the lives and creative output of thirty-five elderly Black musicians.

Still Kicking: Aging Performing Artists in NYC and LA Metro Areas

A report from the Research Center for Arts and Culture and Joan Jeffri on professional actors, dancers, choreographers, musicians and singers aged 62 and up. The study examines their resiliency, tenacity and lifelong engagement with their art and the public.

Making Changes: Facilitating the Transition of Dancers to Post-Performance Careers

A Research Center for Arts and Culture report that looks at the experiences and challenges of dancers in 11 different countries in the midst of career changes.

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Season 2 Episode Feedback

What did you think about the episodes?

  • Pete McCabe said:

    “in creating art one get’s the benefit of being looked at, but also the responsability of telling the truth”  Someone much smarter than me said that.
    In the short story Hellscreen, it shows what someone is willing to do to tell that truth as he sees it.  It ends up killing him.  I don’t think you have to die to tell the truth, but its personal toll can have ramifications far beyond one’s expectations; even to the disolution of the self.  Creating art is about more than not being paid well.  What “truth” is… is seemingly undefinable.

    03/05 - 06:40 PM

  • Gabriela Poma said:

    Am just getting through the new videos. Wonderful and so inspiring. This angle: the daily life of an artist.  No one gets to see the difficulty, the hard work, they things given up for art. And to get a glimpse at the intimate parts of their lives is such a privilege.

    03/14 - 02:32 AM

  • laura peterson said:

    About labels and identity: Young Jean Lee’s comment was really gratifying and made me think that a label can be something one earns. It can reflect an amount of discipline and focus in one’s work that leads to a title. Playwright. Choreographer. Whatever it is, which is not to say that it cannot be a blend or a new term, but that it can have weight and purpose and structure.

    03/29 - 08:56 PM

  • Soon-Young Yoon said:

    Love the trailer for the madehere project. Looking forward to more…so important a contribution to history.

    04/07 - 12:05 AM

  • Cheri Magid said:

    I have been loading up on watching made here and am totally addicted. It’s so reassuring to hear others talk of the same things that you deal with and encouraging to see the ways different people live as artists.

    04/07 - 12:06 AM

  • Alex Zafiris said:

    I watched the latest Made Here series. I love the new categorization themes—identity, labels… such a great idea.

    04/07 - 12:08 AM

  • Oscar said:

    You did not work on it, or can’t do it.I work in the US for 5 years and back and work in a world class Ads agency in Thailand. I have seen and works on a lot of stuff. I agree Thai peolpe and AE care too much about stylize. I make me sick everyday I hear their comment. They have not idea about design fundamental. Totally opposite when I work in the US, they strongly care about design principle no matter what projects are. All Typography are well structure, never let any un-editing work out to clint hand, because it show how civilize they are as a real professional not a student work.

    08/21 - 05:34 PM

  • Jaime said:

    An Arts ThinkTank: This is exactly what an Arts Council shloud be. I’m sure you’ve noticed how often the Fraser Institute is cited on various issues. Do we ever here from the BC Arts Council? A Vancouver City Arts Council could be a powerful voice, but only if it’s made up of fearless, intelligent, and energetic advocates for the arts in all economic and social sectors.

    08/22 - 02:44 AM

  • Kyomi said:

    How beautiful that you caeutrpd history and beauty of the island.  I remember loving Hanappepe and want to get back there soon.  Meanwhile, am overjoyed with the opportunity to hang out withCherise et al.  Cheers for the beautiful photos.

    08/22 - 07:27 AM

  • Anggita said:

    Funny week.  When I checked in last week, I meenointd feeling disconnected, so I was glad to see this week being about connection. I didn’t think that this week’s exercises were that useful, but I do have to say that I am feeling much more connected again, and much more positive about my creative pursuits.  Weird.

    08/22 - 04:04 PM

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