How I Star in a One-Woman Show -- Online
"'Brookers' has her own video channel on YouTube?!" I wondered aloud as I read the story. It said she had three dozen videos listed on her profile page, which is considered its own 'channel' on YouTube.
Usually when I would hear the words 'Internet' and 'video' together, they always connote something of poor taste. But as I watched this young woman's videos on YouTube — she's 20 years old! — I was so pleased to see that original and clean content was getting recognized and promoted. (In fact, Carson Daly and NBC hired her to develop content.)
I was born for this digital age! I thought. Where you're expected to make opportunities for yourself.
I was dissatisfied with going out on commercial auditions and hoping for that one big break. I didn't feel like I was building on anything with these auditions, and the commercial copy I had to perform didn't make me feel like I was showing off the full range of my acting ability.
Of course, this is why I should be doing theater, right? But with a survival job and the demands of family, my busy schedule didn't allow involvement in a production that requires nightly rehearsals.
Friends encouraged me to do a one-woman show, but the details to put one together were daunting. Could I afford to rent a space? How would I promote it and sell tickets? What if no one showed up, and I was a one-woman show with myself as the one-woman audience?
Then, I found inspiration from the Internet, and Brookers' example: Why not produce my show from the comfort of my home, at my convenience, and broadcast it to the entire world? "I can do this!" I thought. Happy Slip Productions was born.
-- Christine Gambito