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  • 1 Piece of Advice for Actors Looking to Produce Their Own Work

    Andrew Shea is an award-winning director, screenwriter, LORT theater founder, and professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin.
    Where would you tell actors to look for work today?New York and Los Angeles still seem to me the best places for young actors to cut their teeth and pursue their careers. But they’re not the only places. The filmmaking profession is more decentralized than it used to be and there are a lot of wonderful actors in places like Austin and Dallas and Minneapolis and Seattle and Chicago, of course.
    What’s it like working as an artist in Austin?Austin really is known as a vibrant indie film scene and it’s a legitimate reputation. There’s a lot of great work that’s been done here. And there are some very well-known directors who live and work here as well, from Robert Rodriguez to Rick Linklater to Jeff Nichols. This is a great place for independent filmmakers to be, and for actors, as well.
    What’s one piece of advice for actors looking to film their own work?The one thing I would suggest: Bring to bear the resources you have and start to make your work. Don’t wait to sell it for half a million dollars. Don’t wait to

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