Recently, we were chatting on the Creative Outpost, our online community for artists, about pitching oneself to potential employers. Together, we talked about what makes for a compelling cold email where you are introducing yourself to someone who you hope gives you some kind of opportunity.
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Plague, revolution, and spending copious hours alone with your thoughts happen to be very relatable experiences for many of us in the past few years. They’re also some of the organizing principles of the life of Julian of Norwich, a 14th-century English mystic, first woman author of an English book, and the subject of Caroline Golum’s medieval live-action drama, Revelations of Divine Love.
Documentary filmmakers are often, by the nature of their work, in complicated legal territory. There are releases to sign with subjects and sources, questions of trespassing and hidden recording equipment, and the concern that editing can over-determine a narrative. And, depending on how sensitive the topic is, there can be a risk of legal action if the subject doesn’t like the final produced piece.
When we interviewed fiscally sponsored project PeepMe about the cooperative platform they are creating for and by sex workers, they mentioned that they had in their operating guidelines an “Exit to Community.” We had never heard of the concept before but after they explained it to us, we’ve been mulling the idea over in our minds. Inspired by PeepMe, we’re sharing an introduction to Exit to Community, or E2C, in the hopes that it can help others think more broadly about how businesses, collaborative projects, and other ventures can be organized more equitably.
Et Alia is planning a very unusual kind of theater performance. On March 13, they will be presenting a performance with no rehearsals, no director, and a script sealed in an envelope for one actor. “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” written by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, was initially born out of his inability to leave Iran. He needed a play that could travel without him. Since it first premiered in 2011, it has been widely translated and performed.