Acting Is an Art, Actors Are a Business

I’m pleased to introduce a beginning of guest posts on Buffoonery Workshops with a very apt article by the New York Film Academy.

As you know, or if this is the first time coming to my site, I am an actor, writer, and overall creative person. My visual artistic family taught me how to embrace my right brain, but also introduced me to the business side when they opened their own shop. Unfortunately, many actors learn their craft but miss out on that ever so crucial element of the business side.

Enjoy reading what Glenn Kalison has to say with regards to being an actor and a business person. Read more

Saying Thanks Goes A Long Way…

How are things where you work, or with the clients of your own business? Does your boss thank you, appreciate you, allow you to play, surprise you with a bonus now and then? And, if yes… how does that make you feel? If you are a CEO, how does it feel to give your employees a little extra? And, as an entrepreneur, do you treat yourself sometimes as a way to thank yourself for all your hard work?

When I worked in the film industry as a costumer, I could always tell when we were working for a good producer (boss). The cast and crew were happy, and would go an extra mile.

A nice thank you from producers on "The Highlander"

A nice thank you from producers on "The Highlander"

And, maybe it only took a surprise dessert on the catering truck to do it! And, lots of thank yous! Or, maybe just a simple “how are you doing today?”.

What companies do you know have nurtured a reputation for being “good to work for”?

I like the following article by Barbara Bowes that addresses this subject.

Just say THANKS Employee appreciation enhances productivity, creativity

There is a well-known saying that suggests employees who leave an organization do so because of their managers.

What these managers are doing to drive employees away is often not well defined. However, my experience suggests that many employees leave because they do not feel appreciated and do not receive sufficient recognition from their manager. This feeling of not being appreciated eats away at one’s morale and if not dealt with, the sense of despair and dissatisfaction will eventually act as a major factor in the decision to leave.

Read the rest of the article by Barbara Bowes