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Developing and Maintaining a Design-Tech Portfolio: A Guide for Theatre, Film & TV by Rafael Jaen

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Chapter 15

Planning for the Next Job

WHY PLANNING? WHAT PLANNING?

There are two sayings in theater that have stayed with me through the years: “No matter how good you are, you still have to audition” and “You are only as good as your last project.” We are no different from professionals in other fields, and we share the same concerns regarding advancement, opportunity, better pay, recognition, getting a new job, growing in the job, making changes, leaving a legacy, planning for retirement, etc. How many times did you find yourself competing for a job that you knew you were best qualified for but did not get? How many times have you had a fantastic process working on a show and yet have received a bad critic’s review? (Producers say that it doesn’t ...

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