I'm Talented... Now What?: A 16-Week Workbook for Performing Artists (Paperback)
It is often assumed that successful artists have "made it" forever when they are "discovered" by a producer, director, or agent. But the reality is that a career in the arts requires research, careful planning, networking, financial prowess, thoughtful specificity, and dedication to creating a career with longevity. I'm Talented . . . Now What? helps aspiring performing artists make actionable plans to pursue a successful, financially stable career. Using dozens of exercises and templates throughout, Michelle Loucadoux fosters creativity, specificity, and practicality through a 16-week workbook suitable for arts courses. Topics include how to create a marketing plan, presenting a brand specific to goals, and building a network of industry-related contacts. Actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and other creatives will find this book useful in becoming entrepreneurial in their approaches.
Michelle Loucadoux has performed in five Broadway musicals including playing Hope Harcort in the Tony award-winning Anything Goes, originating the Broadway cast of The Little Mermaid as Adella, performing the role of Babette in Beauty and the Beast, originating the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins, and singing alongside Paul McCartney in Chance and Chemistry. Previous to joining Broadway, she danced professionally for New Jersey Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, and Lexington Ballet. On screen, Michelle starred in the film Across the Universe, has appeared on television in Criminal Minds, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The View. She is the author of Making it Werk: A Dancer's Guide to the Business of Dance.