After I had an idea of what I wanted my one woman show, The Closet Bitch, to be about, I knew I had to figure out how to put it all together to form a story that would translate onto the stage. So I turned to one of my best friends, GOOGLE. I googled my ass off looking for one woman show classes, no luck. One man show classes, no luck. One person show classes, no luck. But I kept at it and somehow I bumped into a link that said “solo show classes”. Boooyaa baby! This was it! It was a class taught by an amazing solo show teacher, writer and my solo show mentor, Matt Hoverman. This class was exactly what I was looking for. Matt helped me take my show from separate stories in my life that surrounded one subject to a fluid journey full of emotions with an arc that an audience could follow.
I took the level 1 and level 2 class and all of the marketing classes which were extremely helpful. I met all kinds of people from entertainment lawyers, photographers, writers, DP’s, to theater owners and producers to team up with and make my show an actual reality if I chose to take it to the stage after matt’s classes. And by the way I am in no way being paid to talk about this, I’m just sharing with the world how I was able to bring The Closet Bitch from the page to the stage.
After learning storytelling structure we started to perform our solo shows in front of each other in class and this was the fun part! This was right up my ally because I was an actor before I became a writer and I’m always, always ready, damn near dying to perform. I love acting with all my soul. It’s something that I know God put me here to do and share with the world so…when I got up in front of the class, I went in! I became each character that I’d been writing about for weeks and loved it—so did they. This was our preparation for the performance that takes place on the last day of class. The only difference, was that the performance is open to the public.
It was about 30 seats in an all white room on a hot summer day, full of my class mates that included Jim Chu, Anthoula Katsimatides, Amy Stiller and a few awesome others. I was shitting bricks. One by one they all went up and performed their solo shows as they partially read from their scripts which was completely allowed and suggested and bared their souls. It was my turn, I swallowed hard and turned on my tunnel vision which always allows me to let go in the most controlled way if that makes any sense. I killed it! I had a ball up on that stage as I always aim to do but most of all I took a risk to tell a very personal story that would soon be performed 60 times in front of audiences all over and still growing. I am so grateful for Matt’s class and don’t know where I’d be without it. The class gave me direction, contacts and the knowledge I needed to move forward. All I had to do now was believe that I could actually produce the show myself, promote it and grow it into a brand that stands for something.
This is dedicated to Matt Hoverman and all of the creative out there that have no idea what to do after you’ve written your show or just have an idea for one and need some guidance. I see you and I’m pointing you in the direction of your dream. Are you willing to take the leap of faith and face your fear?