So I’m having major resistance to writing these thank you notes that I was supposed to write over a month ago. To get myself over it and create a new mindset I’m doing a tweet-a-thon with the hastag #‎1000thankyous‬

In general I really enjoying expressing my gratitude but in the last few years I’ve felt compounded by a relentless schedule of performing and marketing the fuck out of those performances so that when I do have time off I just want to curl up with my wife and dog and watch really bad tv shows.

Nothing wrong with that but I notice that the feeling of love that is associated with giving gratitude is gone and replaced by an annoying sense of obligatory thanks. That’s why I don’t want to do it. I want it to come from a place of actual giving, of extending myself in a genuine opening of heart. I think that by having to write short thank yous with a large number and a short timeline attached I will stir the necessary elements up that will bring me back to a place of felt thanks.

Here’s the rules I set for myself and I invite you to join me:

  1. You have to write a personal manifesto of why you want/ need to take part in this project and post it on your blog/ tumblr. You can bit.ly link it to your tweets but that is optional.
  2. The 1000 tweets you write can’t start until tonight at 12:01 (Thursday 11/20) and must end by 11:59 Wednesday 1/26 just before Thanksgiving day begins.
  3. Any tweets without the hashtag #1000thankyous don’t count.
  4. You can thank anything and anyone you want. Just be authentic in your thank yous even if they seem silly and dorky.

That’s it. Join me! I’m @sethlepore on Twitter.

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A Trade Show for the Performing Arts. Huh? Yup.

conference post


A few of years ago I started to attend the various regional arts presenter conferences to sell my wares: um, that would be selling me. After touring a bit of the fringe circuit and self-producing my one-man shows I wanted to take the next step in my professional development and network with the gatekeepers of the performing arts industry. What I was about to embark on was incredibly strange, fulfilling, exhausting and necessary.

Let’s get one thing straight. Trying to make money as a performing artist can suck the life out of you. I’ve talked about the trial and error of self-producing at length. I got very quickly that donning on every administrative hat plus trying to write, rehearse and memorize my work was completely unsustainable. Shit, it still is. I’m actually doing the same amount of work after attending these conference for the past three years but I learned a deeply value lesson: Face time is everything. Read More »

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Success Doesn’t Even Make it into the Equation

All roads lead to "Where is the funding coming from?"

All roads lead to “Where is the funding coming from?”

It seems that every two weeks the last couple months I’ve been hitting the same exact wall around being a theater artist. It’s the common “Why do I do this?” existential crisis. At least that’s what it seems like. However, there’s nothing existential about it. There’s nothing philosophical about the economic reality of theater. Read More »

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Figuring Out Your Market is Figuring Out Potential Friends

MorphsuitThere’s this song by Youth of Today called Potential Friends that’s somewhat ridiculous in it’s hardcore frustration but it has a good point. When you don’t put yourself out there to meet new people you pass up the opportunity to make new friends. A simple concept but as anyone who has ever suffered social anxiety, not so easy to implement. I seem like a total extrovert myself, but when I’m in a mood or feeling really raw, eye contact can feel overwhelming.

When it comes to figuring out the market for your work the same kind of pattern can develop. Read More »

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Theater Pronounced Dead at 2291

A mask once used by thespians.

A mask once used by thespians.

May 8, 2051 Theater (Theatre) was officially pronounced dead today after being found in an abandoned parking lot behind a once popular Broadway venue on 42nd St. in Manhattan. There are conflicting reports as to the cause of death but at press time it is believed to have been an over usage of computerized contact lenses by the greater population, making access to “The Eye”, once know as the internet, inexpensive enough to forgo real world experiences. Read More »

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Giving Up the Territory: Sharing Information for Art’s Sake

Data Sharing

While riding the bus back to MA from NYC last spring I noticed a bird had shit on my backpack. The metaphor was apt for a conversation I had just been having in a wide-open conference room about how arts-focused non-profits (who all seem to be providing similar stellar services for the benefit of artists) are fearfully grasping their data through proprietary measures. Not that it doesn’t make sense. People don’t like to be shit on. Read More »

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Livin’ the Dream? Uh, no…


“So what do you do?” When I tell people that I work full time as a performing artist I always put it in air quotes. I spend 90% of my time doing admin work and 10% on the creative aspects. I also work other part time and freelance jobs because my admin time can sometimes add up to about $1 p/hour. I’m not kidding about that. Read More »

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