Relationship Advice: What Your Paintbrush Really Needs


Picking out a new paintbrush is a task that requires care and consideration. This is not solely due to quality paintbrushes running pricey, but because a painter depends on his/her tool to glide freely across the canvas with precision. Therefore, when buying a new paintbrush, ideally you are investing in a quality tool that can last many years. How do you help ensure that your new partner is at your side as long as possible? Like any other relationship, the key to success with your paintbrush is a little extra time and deliberate care.

What your paintbrush needs, but is too shy to say: (more…)

Think like an actor and nail your next job interview!


Let’s say you just got the call and you have an interview. Great! After months of hard work and endless applications, you are going to finally meet a potential employer face to face. But before you freak out, just breathe. You’ve got this. The skills you have gained as a performer have prepared you for this moment. You can rock any interview by simply putting into practice what you have learned throughout your arts training.

So let’s put this all into performance language: (more…)

What to expect when switching from incandescent lighting to LED fixtures in your theatre


LED lighting has come a long way in a few short years and is steadily becoming more and more commonplace in theatres of all sizes. The benefits are quite significant. Theatres can see a potential energy savings of upwards of eighty percent due to LEDs drawing less power and giving off significantly less heat. With no lamps to change and minimal maintenance needed, labor and material costs are also inherently less too. LEDs on the market are packed with lots of features previously not found on legacy incandescent fixtures. Most notably, the ability to be able to change the color of the light coming out of the fixture by manipulating the LEDs and not having to rely on a mechanical process such as a color wheel or physical gel can allow users a near infinite amount of color choices out of only one fixture, allowing you to do more with less fixtures! (more…)

Let Your Smartphone Work For You…and Your Next Film!


Following Samsung & Apple’s recent reveal of their dual-lens camera systems, and with steady improvements to phone camera specifications and accessories across the board, it’s no surprise that some independent filmmakers are steering toward the less-traditional style of smartphone  film-making. Of course, this kind of transition to a more efficient, cost-effective workflow is nothing new. Take for example journalism — and the fact that I’m coming at you live from my iPhone 5s.

So apply this to your newest film idea. You are planning production and realizing how expensive it is to make a film. It requires a lot of people, time, locations, and equipment. An awesome way for filmmakers with a tight budget to get their films made is to take advantage of what they already have at their disposal. This starts with your smartphone! (more…)

Write & Explore


So you feel the urge to write your next story but seem to be paralyzed in a period of creative stagnation…what do you do? As tempting as putting writing off and turning Netflix on may seem, it will probably leave you unsatisfied. More importantly, that little urge will grow peskier, demanding to be dealt with in the long run. Instead of letting it simmer under the surface, remember that writing is fun! And –  it doesn’t have to always be all that serious. (more…)

Five of Our Favorite Stage Combat Tips


As a theatre artist, you spend your time trying to create the illusion of real life. The illusion is meant to captivate your audience, and ultimately move them. Therefore, when it comes to a high intensity moment within a given play, the characters in the scene may act in a violent way. In these moments, the actors must employ stage combat techniques to create the illusion of danger, fear, and pain. Under the guidance, choreography, and supervision of a fight director, actors learn to work through the fight safely.

Here are five important tips to remember in your stage fight: (more…)

New Vendor Spotlight: Drama Queen Graphics

artsii is proud to welcome Drama Queen Graphics to its vendor network! Founded in 2011, DQG focuses on creating graphic designs for stage productions and companies. They offer both fully custom designs and budget friendly options clients can use by selecting one of their fabulous stock templates that can be modified to meet the production’s needs. In addition, if your company or theatre needs to refresh their logo on work on creating a uniformed brand identity for all web and printed materials DQG can assist with this too! (more…)

Picking Out the Perfect Pair: A Guide to Ballet Slippers


When it comes to picking out ballet slippers, there are several things you want to consider before making your final purchase. It may seem overwhelming at first, but if you know what you are looking for, the process can be easy and fun! Personal preference plays the biggest part in determining which slipper is best for you!

Here are five factors you want to consider when picking out your next pair: (more…)

Getting Actors Ready for Tomorrow


Recently Wells Fargo Bank released a series of advertisements suggesting that they support science over the arts. Though they have publicly apologized for the advertisements, it’s important to reflect on their tagline “An actor yesterday. A botanist today. Let’s get them ready for tomorrow,” and what it implies.

There seems to be a misconception that art related fields are not “real” work. However, it’s quite the contrary. To be a working artist, that is exactly what one has to do: work hard. This work begins, first and foremost, with training and education. (more…)