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Subject: How little I knew then

Date, Aug 09, 2022

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Way back in 2001, I lived in York and had to produce a play for a London stage having never produced before. Where to start? This was made difficult as I’d agreed performance dates with the Theatre that gave us just 10 weeks.

From the 2b Acting website I found a Director that lived in Brighton, 150 miles closer to London than York. We then held open auditions to fill roles for a play that I had not yet written (Remember, I had no idea what I was doing), as I wanted to give roles to actors that are usually overlooked by casting directors. Then after writing the play I discovered things like set design, costumes, lighting and sound were needed along with administration duties – Contracts, allowances, pay, getting scripts printed, distributed and tech. Then where and when to rehearse plus working out a rehearsal schedule with the actors was a nightmare (Tip: don’t ask actors when is good for them!). All that and remember, we had to be different. That led to the first time and not the last time that I learnt that no one likes different!

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Subject: Changing the world through creativity

Date, Aug 08, 2022

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In our battle against the time it takes for the acting industry, general public and come to think of it the business industry to accept something different we have arrived at the conclusion that doing things differently has to be the center to our core. We have to embed it in everything we touch in order to speed up change. It was this creativity that got us on stage at the start of our journey and is perhaps the reason why we are still in business. Let me explain.

Back in 2001, I was a young playwright with a mission to produce 2b Acting’s first stage production. Back then, no theatre in Leeds or York would allow an unknown company to use its stage. I couldn’t even get rehearsal space. Naively, I approached Hoxton Hall Theatre in London that took a chance on us on the basis that I would be performing a different type of play. Panicking, I said we did verse only plays. I tell you it is not easy writing verse when you have never done it before and to make matters worse I was discovering what producing a verse play actually involved. Believe me, being creative can get you in trouble but it worked.

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Subject: The battle with Time!

Date, Aug 07, 2022

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In 2009, I thought of the idea of using Apps as a new platform to create new work for actors. The iphone had just been released and iStore had less than 10,000 Apps on it. We released 30 Apps on the iStore and faced the non-stop problem for the first two years of everyone asking us ‘what’s an App?’

It took almost 10 years for Apps to become a household word. 10 years with Apple’s and Microsoft marketing budgets behind it. We couldn’t wait 10 years so we gave up on Apps and the platform is so swamped now that it would be almost impossible to standout from the crowd. It takes so long to communicate a new idea that unless you have very deep pockets time can kill it. We had this same problem with our idea of using the Internet like a TV channel before Youtube was launched and got told then that people would never watch anything on a screen as small as a mobile phone. Time. How do we get people to change faster? That’s perhaps where the real 2b Acting story begins.

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Subject: Endless possibilities

Date, Aug 06, 2022

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2b Acting’s success in moving forward with the currently available SIV services paints a rosy picture of endless possibilities. For example:
- Projectorgrams can lead to actors being used as human video interfaces for all sorts of Apps – With millions of Apps that can be converted that’s a lot of work;

- Our Automated Concierge System (ACS) for hotels may see every hotel having its own on-demand interactive entertainment network – New acting roles;
- Interactive Public Videos (IPV) could result in interactive advertising/entertainment services in all public spaces – New acting roles;
- Endless adventure productions like Space Vorilex and Today and Tomorrow Interactive can keep Actors employed indefinitely.
And then there are the top secret stuff that the company have yet to reveal. I won’t say more to keep them away from ‘The Big Guys’. However, for the story to continue there is one major enemy. Time!

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Subject: What are we doing?

Date, Aug 05, 2022

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Last time I said that we are almost in a position to offer a limitless number of paid opportunities to Actors and we are confident that with the roll out of our Selective Interactive Videos (SIV) services to businesses and by creating ongoing productions for our Interactive Viewing platform (InVIew) that this claim can be justified.

So why do I feel so confident that this will happen? Well, let’s take one of our SIV services currently available, Projectorgrams. Projectorgrams are full size projections of an Actor that can be controlled using an App to provide the user with a kinder more human response. Imagine the number of applications where this human video interface could be employed. It is a function we think forms the basis for holograms in the future. And this just one area where SIV can be revolutionary.

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Subject: Finding the path

Date, Aug 04, 2022

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In a previous post I said that 2b Acting started by offering a forum website service that encouraged producers to post job details and gave advice to Actors to help them prepare and apply for roles.
It worked well and became a social platform for sharing. We then got asked to arrange social events for the users of the site. Again, it went well, until at one event I got told that 2b Acting had no right to be giving advice to Actors on how to obtain work as we had no real life experience. We weren’t producers or directors. We accepted the criticism and decided to produce our first stage play at Hoxton Hall Theatre in London and employed 7 Actors, a Director and other support services. We learned a lot from that and over the years have gone on to produce more stage plays; ran workshops; stage events; produce videos; develop Apps; Create SIV, projectorgrams, IPV, ACS and 360 Interactive productions. These activities have given paid acting roles to 200 plus actors, some lasting a day others went on for years. However, it is the potential roles we can now offer that excites us. With the work we are doing we plan on creating a limitless number of paid opportunities.

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Subject: Making it happen

Date, Aug 03, 2022

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Someone once told me that a creative business supporting actors in the UK is not possible without public funding or large investors. That is perhaps the reason why only approximately 10% of actors are able to make a living from their profession. Not enough opportunities.

My solution? Create more paid opportunities. Simple. Not really. There are a limited number of stages, performance spaces, TV channels, Cinema Theatres, etc. The traditional places we expect to employ actors are closely guarded by the people I call ‘The Big Guys’. It took a few years at the start for me to realise that trying to turn our website into a self supporting digital media and theatre company would not be possible by following the traditional routes. For this reason, 2b Acting utilises technology to increase the demand for actors not only in entertainment but to use them in businesses so they can be employed in every day companies. The foundation of 2b Acting had been laid.

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Subject: Who am I, Why and Wai

Date, Aug 02, 2022

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The first thing I should share is that I am a Chartered Engineer, MIET with a Honours degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Masters degree in Power System Engineering. Why then, with this background, did I start a creative business?

Wai (pronounced Why). It’s because of Wai. Wai was a fellow training actor that I met on a BTEC acting class at the then Thomas Danby College in Leeds. I took the class to help develop my play writing skills. Wai was an amazing actor that, after yet another failed to get audition, explained how difficult it was to land good acting jobs, especially when most roles are written for white actors. He complained that East Asians normally are only offered stereotypical roles. He wanted to perform Shakespeare. The funny thing is he did land a role on national TV playing a Chinese take away delivery boy. Anyway, I wouldn’t believe it was as difficult as he claimed so, as there weren’t any UK acting job websites at the time, I created a forum website to help actors find work. And as they say, after that the rest is history.

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Subject: The 2b Acting Story

Date, Aug 01, 2022

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It is strange to be using social media posts to tell the 2b Acting story but why not? As promised, even though I dislike sharing personal thoughts, I will be taking you on a journey that covers the past, present and future of a digital media and theatre production company that I founded 24 years ago. I really can’t believe the time has gone so quickly, yet as I think of what to say I am beginning to realise that condensing everything into 70 posts will be a significant challenge. A forum website, plays, a webseries, events, apps, video productions, IPV, magazines, books, projectorgrams and now selective interactive videos. A creative company with a single purpose: ‘To provide paid work opportunities for actors.’ I do hope you find the tale interesting, intriguing and as unbelievable as the journey has, and continues to be.

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