October, 2013

Go Where You’re Awesome: Find The Audience That Is Already Standing When You Come On Stage

By Michael Roderick  -  On 30 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

My freshman year of college was a time of discovery. I learned a lot that year about acting, directing, tech, etc. One of the most important lessons I learned that year actually didn’t happen at college. It happened two towns over at my old High School. I went back in the afternoons and was a

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Stop and Put Your Pencils Down: The Importance of Turning In Your Unfinished Work

By Michael Roderick  -  On 28 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

Back when I used to teach high school every Friday was a test day. There were forty-two minutes in a class period, which meant that by the time we sat down, did attendance, etc. there were roughly 35-40 minutes remaining to take the test. The room would go silent and, as the minutes ticked by,

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Find a Hole and Fill It: What Marxist Literary Criticism Taught Me About Community Building

By Michael Roderick  -  On 23 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

As an English major you take a lot of classes about just the text of famous literature and, often, the very first class you take that deals with this is Literary Criticism. It’s a class about the different ways people have looked at literature over the years and often involves reading articles that make you

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Why your Business Card is like a Kiss: Six Rules to Remember Before “Kissing” Someone

By Michael Roderick  -  On 22 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

I love meeting people.  I always carry a stack of business cards with me but I don’t have to replenish it very often.  The reason?  I think of my business card like a kiss. Here are six rules I follow when I do want to give a “kiss.” No one kisses anybody else without some

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Being Okay with Being Wrong

By Michael Roderick  -  On 21 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

One of my first jobs when I moved to NY was teaching high school. They say if you can teach in NYC and survive then anywhere else is a piece of cake.  After the first few days of year one, I agreed wholeheartedly. In that first year, I had cornflakes thrown at me, broke up

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Avoiding the Apostrophe-T

By Michael Roderick  -  On 18 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

During undergrad I had the good fortune of being hired each summer to teach at a theatre camp for aspiring performers. Many of my students were in middle or high school and came to the camp hoping to get the education they needed to launch their acting careers. One of the things I had to

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Awesome Person Thursday: Michael Schein

By Michael Roderick  -  On 17 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

This week’s A.P.T. is Michael Schein of Schein Communications. I had the good fortune of meeting Michael a little while back and we had an amazing conversation about the world of creating content, which is his area of expertise. I also wrote for his blog and enjoyed that interview experience. You can read more about

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The Price of Ignoring Someone

By Michael Roderick  -  On 14 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

Every one of us comes to a time in our career or business when we get really, really busy. Sometimes we have a deadline to hit, other times a large number of clients present us with demands all at once, and sometimes we step away from our business for any number of family or personal

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Awesome Person Thursday: Rachel F. Hirsch

By Michael Roderick  -  On 10 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

This week’s A.P.T. is Rachel F. Hirsch and her organization Actors’ Embassy Rachel has a group that hosts events for actors in the city with a series of amazing guest speakers and presenters. You can read more about the Embassy’s latest event below and can attend all of the events for free is you purchase

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Competitive vs. Collaborative

By Michael Roderick  -  On 09 Oct, 2013 -  0 comments

We’re often told that a little healthy competition is a good thing. The problem is that competition almost never stays little or healthy. In competition, we’re stuck playing the game “King of the Dock.” We push someone into the water so we can be on the dock and then we do everything we can to

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