There’s More to the Craft than the Craft

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The problem with actors is we tend to silo ourselves off from the early days of theatre geeks touting the brilliance of Shakespeare and the genius of Rogers and Hammerstein to the latter years of MFA students writing dissertations on what kind of wood was used at the Globe and the proper mask to wear when performing authentic Gypsy commedia on the third day of the month on a leap year.

While the rest of the world is watching Rick and Morty or arguing over the latest Tiger King episode, actors tend…


When Writing a Screenplay, Start It Off the Right Way

N o matter what your wacky creative writing teacher tells you, structure matters. After reading countless screenplays, writing analysis’s, and writing my screenplays, one of the conclusions I have reached is that there is no way around story structure.

Be it Dan Harmon’s story circle or its predecessor Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, when it comes to drama, we must adhere to, as Barbosa puts it, “Guidelines.” Yet, this is no new discovery. The likes of Syd Field and Blake Snyder stand in the shadows of Poetics and the well-made play.

A…


Walk Away from Advice If They Mention These Three Things

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Online, anyone can be a guru.

With the rise of podcasts, YouTube channels, and online writing platforms…anyone can give advice.

There are shallow barriers to entry so that anyone can be a maverick. Instagram, YoutTube, and every version of online learning platform allow anyone to be “a star.”

We all want to be recognized to be famous. The market demanded notoriety, and it delivered. With Facebook, anyone can be noticed. Instagram turned local wannabe models into go-go dancers with millions of followers on OnlyFans.

But, before you go and start spewing hate where it doesn’t belong, remember that you, yes…


Why Creating in a Vacuum Doesn’t Work

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The age we live in is constantly seeking escape and peace.

Mediation has become a mantra itself, a way for people to escape from the horrors of their life. Box breathing, Wim Hof, mindfulness, countless versions of breath work and zen litter the internet.

While there is nothing wrong with meditation, and it is in fact one of the more useful tools for focus and creativity, if we long to make things we must learn to live with the age old axiom: necessity is the mother of invention. …


Who are Shakespeare’s Richard of Gloucester, Macbeth, and Iago

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“And thus I clothe my naked villany With odd old ends stol’n out of holy writ, And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.”- King Richard III (I, iii, 336–338)

With characters like Edmund from King Lear, Aaron the Moor from Titus Andronicus, and Don Jon from Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare’s villains are some of his most memorable characters. …


Remind Yourself Efficiency Is King

Everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to do the work. Yet, life is all about the work.

Comedians from Joe Rogan to Dave Chapelle can tell you the work doesn’t get easier, your just get better. Actors and writers learn that the grind of making it never goes away. It’s all a battle.

Even in the time of COVID we can move towards our goals. And if there ever was a time that the saying, “Work smarter, no harder,” holds true: it is now.

Many of us are pivoting careers, finding remote work, or rethinking our businesses entirely…


The Best Ways to Beat a Hangover

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” ~ Frank Sinatra

Once, there was a time when the gods convened to give man the ability to drink without recourse. Typically around college, kids seem to have the ability to drink shot after terrible shot, raise Cain deep into the night, and then wake up early-ish the next and run a marathon.

There were times even during my college days, we could throw a party one night…


Three Drinks to Get You Through the Dog Days of Summer

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Pirates get a bad wrap. We love to vilify them, whether it is Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and the notorious Long John Silver or the devilish mates of the Black Pearl; however, the image invoked by writers and directors is often far from the reality of life on the poop deck.

Still, the idea of sword fights, swashbuckling, and treasure chests is too much for the imagination, and when the myth becomes fact, print the myth.

As infamous as a pirates love for buried treasure is their taste for rum. And while Grog was typically extremely low in alcohol…


“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” — As You Like It, Act II Scene 7

Sadly, William Shakespeare is one of those writer’s lost to time. His plays are forgotten, if not outshined by his contemporaries. Ben Johnson, John Webster, and the incorrigible Christopher Marlowe have all outlived this lesser know playwright.

What would the world be like without The Alchemist, The Duchess of Malfi, or Edward the Second and instead replaced with Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear? If the English language was established by a playwright? Western culture based upon drama?

For most people, Shakespeare is a footnote in their English Literature class, a relic whose verse seems more like a puzzle than prose…


COVID cocktails have been a thing all quarantine long.

1) Broker’s (the one with the little hat)

“No frills. No bells and whistles. No peculiar ingredients. Just a bowler hat and the World’s Best Gin.”

Building on the image of an archetypal London stockbroker as each bottle is adorned with a little bowler hat, Broker’s is a call back to the home of gin. Broker’s claims to be the World’s Best gin, given the amount of awards it has won over the last two decades, and they ain’t just whistling “God Save the Queen.”

Broker’s lists botanicals such as Bulgarian juniper and coriander seed, Madagascan cinnamon, Chinese cassia bark, Polish angelica root, Italian orris and liquorice, Caribbean…

Brock Vickers

I am an actor and writer who loves creating content and telling stories.

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