Wednesday, October 8, 2014

You have given us your goals and objectives for this program,
I'd like to give you mine:

I will facilitate the collaborative exploration of the topography* of Los Angeles and the acting business based therein.

As you know, there is no one route, no blue-print of this profession. 
I offer you a map of the path I have taken. 

I will introduce you to people and resources I've found along the way;
insight as to where the terrain is most difficult or shortcuts to help make the journey a little easier.  

The actual hiking is up to you. 
You'll chart your own course, pack your own supplies. 

Fortunately, there are at least 8 others starting from the same base-camp.
likelihood of a successful expedition** is multiplied by every person in your company.

I strongly encourage you to consider your fellow mentees as resources and not competition.  This is not a race.  As actors, we compete against no one but ourselves.

We will meet as a group once each month to discuss where we are,
where we're headed and what we've learned. 
These meetings are mandatory to participate in the program.

Sonya and I understand that actors have crazy schedules, we're actors too. 
Please commit to each other and this program
as Sonya and I have committed ourselves to you. 

You can reach out to us by phone and email any time and it is your responsibility to schedule an individual meeting with us between the group meetings.  Your needs determine the way these 9 months are shaped. 
We are here to listen.

Sonya and I are very much looking forward to getting to know and work with you.  We'll spend our upcoming picnic getting acquainted with each other and our goals.  We'll share our inventory and begin to set up base camp.

With my full support,
Nerd Glossary

*Topography is a field of geosciences and planetary science comprising the study of surface shape and features of the Earth and other observable astronomical objects including planets, moons, and asteroids. It is the description of such surface shapes & features (especially their depiction in maps).

**An expedition typically refers to a long journey or voyage undertaken for a specific purpose, often exploratory, scientific, geographic, military or political in nature. 

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