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 Posted: Mon Feb 12th, 2007 10:09 pm
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J Brian Long
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When you write a play, for whom are you writing:

 

a) Myself. I don't care if anyone else likes it.

b) An audience. Any audience. I don't care who's in it.

c) A specific audience (ie--Literary gay ministers who fish, Old ladies who drink

excessively, Ex-cons with kind hearts, etc.)

d)Critics (the professional kind)

e)My friends; no one else comes to see my plays.

f)My enemies; I have no friends.

g)Combinations of any of the above (specifically________________)

h)_________________________

i)It depends on the particular play I'm writing. Here, allow me to elaborate:

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 Posted: Mon Feb 12th, 2007 11:55 pm
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Currently my bank manager.... !

Regards TKL

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 Posted: Tue Feb 13th, 2007 12:38 pm
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TKL,

Ah-ha!

Can a person make a living writing plays? I come from a poetry

background (you can't give the stuff away most times).

 

--J Brian Long

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 Posted: Tue Feb 13th, 2007 01:15 pm
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literary gay ministers who fish.......ROFLMAO

Firstly, to answer your question.
My current project is aimed at a specific audience. It is also written for the West End of London in particular. Why? That is how it came to me and what it demanded of me. Will I succeed? Who knows, but nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

My collaboration partner has been a session singer in the industry for 40 years, so, one might say we at least have a toe in the water. Perhaps it is naive of us to plan to stage our play at the West End. I mean, we are both unknowns in the theatre industry. Will that matter in the end? I think what matters most is the end product. We have a good idea, that is being developed with PASSION AND LAUGHTER. Bottom line, we are having fun, the rest is details. AND as my partner says, AIM HIGH HONEY.

can one make a living as a playwright?

Well that depends....I hear that Andrew Loyd Webber is doing okay.

From what I gather, poetry is a good starting point in terms of expectations. *grin*

From there it can GROW. (no expectations, no disappointments)

From the starving artist to mega rich and all the stops in between.

In my experience of life, it matters not what passion you  pursue, it is the omph with which you pursue it that makes all the difference.

Madonna was once a starving artist. She is not particularly brilliant or outstanding. SHE JUST REFUSED TO GIVE UP. She had a GOAL and she relentlessly pursued that GOAL no matter what. It is her tenacity that is the secret to her sucess.

Well, thats my two cents worth anyhow.

Attitude is everything
It forms your inner river
What ever you BELIEVE in life
Your attitude WILL DELIVER.

cheers Robyn.

PS. I was constantly told that poetry does not sell. My experience proves otherwise. What do you want to believe?

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 Posted: Tue Feb 13th, 2007 04:51 pm
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You can make a very good living from plays, but you must be prepared to cope with the lean years as well as the times when you have carrier bags bursting with lolly stuffed under the bed!

I think that ohdear has the right idea - aim for the top (but do whatever you have to do to survive in the meantime!).

TKL

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 Posted: Fri Feb 16th, 2007 10:02 pm
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I'm just starting to write plays, mainly I write as I way to express myself.  I don't really have a specific audience in mind when I write, but lately I've been working on historical fiction so I guess I want to write for an audience of students, to get them interested in history. 

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