Mentoring

Mentoring

I work with emerging cabaret artists, to help bring their creative visions to life.

 

When I first started out as a cabaret artist, I felt completely lost and overwhelmed. Instinct led me to engage the help of some highly experienced (and well respected) artists …I even engaged a life coach. With their various strengths and skill sets, they helped me remain aligned artistically, mentally…even financially.

5 years down the track,

 

I’ve performed at every major cabaret and Fringe festival around Australia, playing to sold out houses, standing ovations and 5 star reviews.

 

My shows have played at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and London’s Crazy Coq’s.

I work with emerging cabaret artists, to help bring their creative visions to life.

 

When I first started out as a cabaret artist, I felt completely lost and overwhelmed. Instinct led me to engage the help of some highly experienced (and well respected) artists …I even engaged a life coach. With their various strengths and skill sets, they helped me remain aligned artistically, mentally…even financially.

5 years down the track,

 

I’ve performed at every major cabaret and Fringe festival around Australia, playing to sold out houses, standing ovations and 5 star reviews.

 

My shows have played at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and London’s Crazy Coq’s.

ADDITIONALLY,  I’ve played to tiny crowds of 10, 2 star reviews and lost money. Ouch.

But it’s these blows that have equipped me with the knowledge, tenacity and skills to now have a thriving and sustainable business as a performing artist.

ADDITIONALLY,  I’ve played to tiny crowds of 10, 2 star reviews and lost money. Ouch.

But it’s these blows that have equipped me with the knowledge, tenacity and skills to now have a thriving and sustainable business as a performing artist.

You dream of…

CREATING YOUR OWN SHOW

You have a story to tell, and songs in your heart. You’re just not quite sure where to begin to how to piece it all together.

 

GETTING IT OFF THE GROUND

Some strategy around producing the damn thing…and finding the cash to do it. Venues/ budgets/ selling tickets….argh! #sendhelp

 

GOING PLACES

Festivals, touring…seeing this baby soar

Wherever you’re at, you know one thing is for sure. Delaying this dream for another moment is no longer an option.

Amelia – your gentle encouragement helped me step out of my comfort zone, bit by bit; your positive feedback helped me determine what I had to offer as a cabaret artist, and deliver it with confidence; and your insistence for me to not rest on my laurels helped me to keep going until we ended up with my own full-length show. I am so grateful that we went through this journey together, because I felt so safe and supported, with material that I knew was strong because we developed them in collaboration – and I felt that allowed me to really be free with it on stage and enjoy it. So, thank you for all of that, but most of all, helping me find something that I love.

 

Josh Belperio

Music Creative & Performer

Here’s how I can help:

– Work out the who, what and why of your show. Focus on the story, essence, potential narrative, song selection etc.

– Edit and refine the script

– Work on delivery, timing and humour

– Work towards a show opening, give notes on previews/ opening night

– Assist with copy for press kit/ images/ promotional material to pitch to different Festivals etc.

– Advise on creative/ graphic design – hero image/ artworks for flyers/ posters

– Advise on fundraising strategies/ grant applications

– Mentor the producing and touring life of the show – help strategize a touring plan for the Fringe and Festival circuit.

Here’s how I can help:

– Work out the who, what and why of your show. Focus on the story, essence, potential narrative, song selection etc.

– Edit and refine the script

– Work on delivery, timing and humour

– Work towards a show opening, give notes on previews/ opening night

– Assist with copy for press kit/ images/ promotional material to pitch to different Festivals etc.

– Advise on creative/ graphic design – hero image/ artworks for flyers/ posters

– Advise on fundraising strategies/ grant applications

– Mentor the producing and touring life of the show – help strategize a touring plan for the Fringe and Festival circuit.

What this is not:

This is not directing or writing the show for you. There are probably other people better suited to that.

What this is:

My role is an advisor, mentor and coach- I will help colour, contour and refine the ideas you bring to the table, as well as input my own. My forte is personal, autobiographical style cabarets that have heart, humour and authenticity.

Having the opportunity to be mentored and work beside Amelia Ryan was an incredible experience that both helped me to develop as a Cabaret performer, and pushed me to take risks within the arts community. Amelia’s bubbly and welcoming personality made it easy for me to share my ideas without the fear of being judged. Her talent and skill is of renowned standard, yet Amelia is so grounded and willing to give all her knowledge to help others improve as both performers and writers. Through the guidance and support of Amelia, I was able to create my own one-woman Cabaret show for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe. I am eternally grateful for Amelia’s constant support, which goes beyond the rehearsal studio. A highly skilled artist that has the whole package, Amelia Ryan is the perfect mentor for all performers that need educating, inspiration and guidance.

 

Alex De Porteous

Cabaret Performer

let’s play

 

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90 MINUTE POWER HOUR - YOUR INVESTMENT: $147.00 (+GST) +

A 90-minute brainstorm session with you and me and a cup of tea (or insert beverage of choice here), over Skype or in person if you’re in Adelaide. We can chat through your creative ideas, strategy, how to get a show up, where to begin if you’d like to tour, fundraising ideas, international touring…basically how you can get from your ‘kinda stuck and not sure how to proceed’ POINT A, to ‘let’s get that ass into gear and give you some action steps’ POINT B.

 

Creative Consultation - POA +

Script editing, copy, dramaturgy, lyricism…this is the creative shiz. Does your work need a second set of eyes? A good once-over? This is for the second draft phase. Hand it over. I’ll make it better.

 

MENTORING – THE WORKS – Your investment: $1600 + GST* +

This is the big whammy, from start to finish. I mentor you through the entire birth and life of your show – creation, execution, and strategize a plan for its life thereafter.

A 4-6 month process is recommended, including:
– 8 x 90 minute creative sessions as frequently as needed, to use in lead up to the project delivery. Can be culminated as half day/ full days etc.

– Email support outside of those sessions.

– Editing of material as needed.

*This figure will be adjusted depending on what you need. A small commission for further incarnations of the show may be applicable and will be discussed upon application.

 

If working together sounds like something your heart desires, please drop me a line HERE and book in for a complimentary 15 minute consultation to best work out what you need.

let’s play

 

Expand for more info!

 

90 MINUTE POWER HOUR - YOUR INVESTMENT: $147.00 (+GST) +

A 90-minute brainstorm session with you and me and a cup of tea (or insert beverage of choice here), over Skype or in person if you’re in Adelaide. We can chat through your creative ideas, strategy, how to get a show up, where to begin if you’d like to tour, fundraising ideas, international touring…basically how you can get from your ‘kinda stuck and not sure how to proceed’ POINT A, to ‘let’s get that ass into gear and give you some action steps’ POINT B.

 

Creative Consultation - POA +

Script editing, copy, dramaturgy, lyricism…this is the creative shiz. Does your work need a second set of eyes? A good once-over? This is for the second draft phase. Hand it over. I’ll make it better.

 

MENTORING – THE WORKS – Your investment: $1600 + GST* +

This is the big whammy, from start to finish. I mentor you through the entire birth and life of your show – creation, execution, and strategize a plan for its life thereafter.

A 4-6 month process is recommended, including:
– 8 x 90 minute creative sessions as frequently as needed, to use in lead up to the project delivery. Can be culminated as half day/ full days etc.

– Email support outside of those sessions.

– Editing of material as needed.

*This figure will be adjusted depending on what you need. A small commission for further incarnations of the show may be applicable and will be discussed upon application.

 

If working together sounds like something your heart desires, please drop me a line HERE and book in for a complimentary 15 minute consultation to best work out what you need.

I engaged Amelia Ryan as a mentor for my show, Comfort Food Cabaret. Amelia assisted with concept and script development but her role extended far beyond that. Amelia has the ability to make you feel instantly at ease while sharing her experience, her tips and her incredible wit.
I gained so much from working with Amelia, in particular, confidence in my art form and my own abilities but she really pushed me to look outside the square and extend myself and dig deeper which led to an extremely successful project.
I would highly recommend Amelia as a mentor, director, writer and all-round professional performer. She truly is a master of her craft.

 

Michelle

Cabaret Performer

Workshops

Fellow creator of Livvy & Pete (and esteemed Helpmann award-winner) Michael Griffiths and I run workshops in the art and craft of cabaret. As principal mentors for the Adelaide Cabaret Festivals Class of Cabaret Program (2015 – present), we believe in a very hands-on approach, and value active involvement and engagement. Workshops can be tailored from a 1-3 hour master class, to a three-day workshop, culminating in a showcase performance. The following areas are explored-

 

 

-Song selection, interpretation and arranging

– Content/ patter writing

– Lyricism and parody writing

– Show and/ or ‘8 minute set’ construction

– Marketing/ publicity and production

– Touring your work – nationally and internationally

 

There are currently no workshops scheduled with Amelia and Michael, but to stay updated on the next one in your area, please subscribe, or drop me a line via the button below.

Workshops

Fellow creator of Livvy & Pete (and esteemed Helpmann award-winner) Michael Griffiths and I run workshops in the art and craft of cabaret. As principal mentors for the Adelaide Cabaret Festivals Class of Cabaret Program (2015 – present), we believe in a very hands-on approach, and value active involvement and engagement. Workshops can be tailored from a 1-3 hour master class, to a three-day workshop, culminating in a showcase performance.

The following areas are explored-

-Song selection, interpretation and arranging
– Content/ patter writing

– Lyricism and parody writing

– Show and/ or ‘8 minute set’ construction

– Marketing/ publicity and production

– Touring your work – nationally and internationally

 

There are currently no workshops scheduled with Amelia and Michael, but to stay updated on the next one in your area, please subscribe, or drop me a line via the button below.