Playwright Thomas Bradshaw informs his fellow playwrights that "cheap rent and side gigs"are the keys to handling the increasingly unwelcome environment for artists that is New York City. The internet, or at least, the internet to which I am given access, is not terribly amused. Because: this is not useful advice, for one. And it is nonsense, too.
But let's face it, there are tons and tons of books and articles and buzzfeed-ish clones that are meant to dole out advice to artists and playwrights. Some are silliness and some are not.
I think, though, we might want to just stop it already.
1. Write well.
2. Don't quit.
3. Try hard.
4. Say something.
How you make your money? Is really the definition of your own business. I hope it's not too painful.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.