"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Struggling Actress Can Answer Your Questions!

Hey, lookit that! Another question!

Dear Struggling Actress-

Have any tips for finding venues to screen a short film? Preferably one that's not a bar, or has a seperate vewing room?

Searching and Searching-
Soon To Be In A Short Film

Well, STBIASF, I hate to say it, but it takes a bit of research to pull this one off. A lot of theatre spaces, like the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax have rental fees that might be out of your budget. An easier option would be: Restaurants! Some restaurants, such as D'Cache in Toluca Lake have a projection screen and would be able to accomidate you, probably not charging you very much at all, as long as you promise to eat and drink a few things. I believe the Bungalow Club also advertizes their Monday Night Special where you can screen your film for free, and all drinks are half price! Score!

If none of those options sound good to you, there's always google and research! Get the director/producer to head up a team of people to call various venues around town regarding the screening, rental prices (if any), food and beverage agreements, parking (street? lot? valet?), dress code, online menu, drink specials, payment options, etc. etc!

But you can also think outside the box! Renting a projection screen and projector for a day means you can have the screening anywhere! Is the short a surf film? Screen on the beach! Does someone have a large wall in their apartment where everyone can bring their own beer and munchies? Screen there! Does someone have a huge tv? Screen on that! And chip in money to have the party catered!

Screenings are a very fun thing as you get together with the cast and crew again and celebrate how each person's hard work and effort created ART. Which, as all struggling actresses know, is not easy.

Congrats on your future screening, and may you have many, many more!

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