Home » Mineralava Musings » Currently Reading:

Reviews: To Read or Not to Read (h/t to @edoballerini)

February 5, 2012 Mineralava Musings No Comments
A friend just opened a play last week and he was very excited. Weeks of hard work had been distilled into a few hours on stage, the opening night was electric, friends were gushing and sending congratulatory notes… and then the reviews came in. Suddenly, all the excitement was gone with a few barbed words from one critic.

We act for audiences. Amongst the audience members are the tastemakers who tell the rest of the world what they thought. And quite often, we hang on their every word, to the point that they can dictate how we feel about our own work.

Fifty people can tell you they loved something, but if the one person who puts their thoughts in print didn’t, that good feeling can be erased that in a flash. For this reason, many actors avoid reviews at all costs. I’m one of them.

It’s true that reviews can matter. A good one can get you noticed, extend the life of a show, and make a tangible difference to a career. Bad ones, too, can be devastating.

But we performers have no control over them. None at all. The only thing we can do, is do our work to the best of our ability, and take satisfaction on the knowledge that we did all we could to give a good performance.

It’s not easy to ignore the critics, no more than we can ignore the response of an audience – why didn’t they laugh on that line?! – but the excitement we feel should not be at the mercy of others. Our work is meant to be enjoyed, of course, and shared, but it is also ours to be savored.

Edoardo Ballerini is an Actor, Writer and a contributing Editor to ACTORSandCREW. He has appeared in over forty films and television series, including Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos and the indie hit Dinner Rush. He was last seen on Theater Row in New York in “Honey Brown Eyes.”

You can reach Edoardo on Facebook or Twitter.



Edoardo Ballerini is an actor and a writer. He has appeared in over forty films and television series, including Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos and the indie hit Dinner Rush. He was last seen on Theater Row in New York in “Honey Brown Eyes.”You can reach Edoardo on Facebook or Twitter

Actors, What Kind of Success Do You Want?

success

In the span of two hours I was referred to as a “semi-celebrity,” and had a woman write me asking “Who are you?” (Why she bothered to write is entirely a mystery, but hey…) Still, it did illustrate the murky waters of notoriety actors can swim in. Somewhere circling amongst the “A-listers,” the “has beens,” and the “never should have beens” are the “aren’t you?… no, never minds.”

Between the Taping and the Viewing…

waiting-300x225

In the acting life, there is also a falling shadow, and it comes between the gig and the screening. Between the filming and the airing… Theater is different, of course, but for now let’s stick to the world of screens. After you walk off set for the last day, there’s a good chance you won’t see your work for months, if not even years, or if ever.

Reviews: To Read or Not to Read (h/t to @edoballerini)

A friend just opened a play last week and he was very excited. Weeks of hard work had …

ACTORSandCREW is fully psyched to be featuring Sheri Moss Candler’s 411 for the PMD. PMD stands for Producer of Marketing and Distribution. Sheri is an expert inbound marketing strategist who helps independent filmmakers build identities for themselves and their films.

The Emerging Skills Needed by #Film Publicists

Thumbnail

The Mindset Change of Social Media

authorwill

I was recently interviewed for a blog and was asked about using social media for marketing a film. It really got me thinking about that question. Is that all most filmmakers see social media being used for? One big promotional effort only to be used when they are looking to sell something? I think within 10 years this will be a non issue as everyone will be adapted to social media. Those who have refused to start will be so left out it will be like the people who held out on rotary phones and terrestrial TV signals.

Using #Pinterest as a tool for your #Film #Marketing

pinterest-blow-dryer-done-52

Speaking of Pinterest…I only recently started using it for the Joffrey project which is why all of my boards are devoted to that. Looking at them gives a good idea on the kind of thing you could use it for on your production. In my workshop presentations, I talk about posting regularly on your social channels and not just information directly about your film, but also about the interests of your audience; those who would be a fan of your film and of yourself as an artist. I am using the boards to show Joffrey history through pictures and videos. The ballets they created, the ballets they revived, their alumni dancers, Robert Joffrey through the years as well as photos of the merchandise available to buy through our site. It’s a balance of audience interest and promotion for the film.

Meet a Member!

Meet Some A&C Talent: Daniel Fernandez, Director of Photography

I am a Director of Photography with experience shooting both film and HD. My credits include…

Meet Some A&C Talent: Patrick Reis, Cameraman, HD

I have 15 years experience in the field of video production. I…

Meet Some A&C Talent: Jai Moi, Actor/Director

Another essay…I wish I could say I like these things but I don't. I am …

Meet Some A&C Talent: Tania Zapata, Voiceover Artist

Tania Zapata is a business owner, voice over talent and aspiring filmmaker. She co-found a…

Meet Some A&C Talent: Graham Rhodes, Writer

Freelance scriptwriter, thirty five years at the cutting edge of corporate communications having written for a/v, video. …

Meet Some A&C Talent: Ally Weinberg, Television Producer

I've been working for several years in various producing…

Meet Some Talent: Padriac Farma, Utility Assistant

I am a utility man. I can fill in any spot, and perform with skill and…

Meet Some Talent: Mary Sarah, Actor

Acting since my first play which I wrote at the age of nine, I have been mesmorized by the…

Meet Some A&C Talent: Donald Morgan, Actor

In the 70's and 80's I grew up with a skateboard and a soccer…

Meet Some Talent: Pedja Radenkovic, Director of Photography

I'm a freelance Cinematographer and Camera Operator available for film projects throughout the country. I have…