JUST LEARN SOMETHING Courses Kick Off This September
"What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started out?"
That is the question posed by JUST LEARN SOMETHING creators Mitch Weiss and Darnelle Edwin Radford to all of their teachers, called UnStructors. Their goal in creating JUST LEARN SOMETHING is to provide practical, real-world support to the entertainment community. This fall, a top Broadway manager, two veterans of stage, film, television and modeling, a music attorney and manager, and a television writer/producer have joined JUST LEARN SOMETHING to provide performers, creative artists, and arts administrators with practical skills and essential information, not available in other educational institutions and training programs. JUST LEARN SOMETHING founders Weiss and Radford have a combined 60 years of industry experience in Broadway, Theater, Music, Media Production and Education.
JUST LEARN SOMETHING will begin this fall with 8 courses in midtown Manhattan locations in a relaxed and supportive environment. The website justlearnsomething.us also supports the large social media community seeking practical knowledge by providing access to courses taught by seasoned professionals including Richard Dieguez, Bruce Hawkins, Harrison Lee, Bob Waldman and Mitch Weiss. These courses are designed to help students of all ages succeed in the real world of entertainment.
The JUST LEARN SOMETHING courses beginning September, 2014: For more info, visit www.justlearnsomething.us.
DETAILED COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
BIG MISTAKES FOR INDEPENDENT ARTISTS
UnStructed by: Richard Dieguez
Musical creatives like artists, songwriters and producers can automatically boost their odds of success by following a few key principles garnered from over 30 years of experience as an entertainment attorney, artist manager and independent artist. Putting together an "A" team, committing to "five minutes" of progress every day, getting an accountability partner and managing expectations are some of the guerrilla tactics needed to avoid the big mistakes we all hear about. It's not just who you know, it's also what you know.
MANAGING YOURSELF: PART 1 and 2
UnStructed by: Mitch Weiss
Part 1 - Who can you trust? You - and only you. This course is designed to understand the roles that will help shape your career - manager, agent, publicist and other advisors. Understanding these roles will help get control of your career and keep it.
Part 2 - Now that you understand the roles of manager, agent, publicist and other advisors, put them into practice for yourself. This section will explore the avenues of being "You, Inc." It takes a pro-active approach to be your own manager.
WRITING IN 3D FOR TELEVISION AND FILM
UnStructed by: Robert Waldman
Unlike writing for print, writing for television and film uses more than just words. You have sight, sounds, including music, as tools as you create a script, whether it's fiction or non-fiction. As a starting point, students would bring in print pieces they've written, be it a short story or an article. It could even be a newspaper article that they thought could make a good script. We will then adapt it on paper into a mock segment for news magazine program, or create the opening scene of a script adapted from the original short story.
STARTING FRESH and STARTING OVER
UnStructed by: Bruce Hawkins
"FRESH" - Learn how to approach your new career, seek representation and find work. Make a wise initial investment in beginning your new career, find out how to promote yourself, where to perfect your talents and learn how to avoid the many financial scams and pitfalls that exist at the starting line.
"OVER" - Re-connect, Revise and Re-discover your former career. Learn to take positive pro-active steps to begin again with a fresh, new start. Learn how to plan a new direction, how to network now using social media and how to reconnect with your former contacts and opportunities.
THE FINE PRINT: UNDERSTANDING CONTRACTS
UnStructed by: Mitch Weiss
Understand what's in your own contract and know how and when to contribute to the negotiations. It is assumed you know what you're getting into and it's really not hard. We will explore the content found in most Equity and non-Equity contracts including riders, clauses, and tricks of the trade.
SALSA DANCE FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY CAN'T
UnStructed by: Harrison Lee
"My body is not meant to move like that!"...Says who? If you can walk, then you can learn to dance Salsa! The secret is in the rhythm. Learn the basics of this sultry sexy dance. This course helps students find the "one" in Salsa music, which will be the first step to learning Salsa and having fun with movement. Once you are familiar with identifying & counting the rhythm, you will always be able to get back on the right foot no matter how badly you mess up.
For more info, visit www.justlearnsomething.us or call (917) 279-7679.