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I worked in publishing for eight years, and I recently decided to switch careers and go into non-profit work. So it makes sense that my next paying gig will most likely be...independent theater producer! (Sure, why not?)
One of the Neo-Futurists, Andy Bayiates, has asked me to be the producer of his upcoming prime-time show, A 60-Minute History of Humankind. Apparently my volunteering skills at the theater impressed someone, and I was recommended for the job.
All being a producer really entails is making sure everything gets in on time (bios, publicity shots, ads for the program) and goes out on time (press releases, marketing stuff) without going over budget. It's a lot like publishing, really, but "producer" certainly sounds more impressive than "associate editor"! And I'll get a credit line in the program, and a glamorous paycheck in the low three-figures!
There are still some details to be worked out, but it looks like I'm going to have another bullet point for my resume, something else I can point to and say, "See, Random Non-Profit Organization? I may not have experience in this particular field, but I have adaptable skills!"
I think this is going to be fun!
Replies: 9 Confessions
It *will* be fun! And you'll become a big mover and shaker in the Chicago theater world, and you'll smoke expensive cigars and wear a monocle. And yes, just like Zero Mostel in The Producers, you'll have to play weird little games with rich old ladies to get them to invest money in Neo-Futurist productions. But at least the tea sandwiches will be fresh!
jima @ 07/31/2003 10:04 AM CST
Also: not many people can put a line on their resume that says "A 60-Minute History of Humankind -- Producer."
jima @ 07/31/2003 10:06 AM CST
If she gets to be Zero Mostel, who will be Gene Wilder?
elavil @ 07/31/2003 11:15 AM CST
yay! Sounds like a blast of a time. And, I'll be there in the audience saying to my neighbor, "I know the producer."
Cinnamon @ 07/31/2003 11:30 AM CST
Matthew Broderick will be Gene Wilder.
jima @ 07/31/2003 12:20 PM CST
I thought you were going to be Gene Wilder, honey. Or were you going to be Dick Shawn?
amyc @ 07/31/2003 12:27 PM CST
Congrats! Look forward to being listed as "Andrew Huff - Audience Member."
Andrew @ 07/31/2003 03:19 PM CST
Are you wearing a cardboard belt?
Phineas @ 08/01/2003 10:06 AM CST
I'm wearing a cardboard chastity belt.
amyc @ 08/01/2003 04:11 PM CST