let's do some thinking, actors... –
Actors are integral part of haunted houses. Why is this board so rarely used for actual discussion. Why are the owners/managers/operators not on here looking for advice about how to help their actors? Why are we not sharing better tips with each other.
Some questions to start things off:
Why do we not have resumes if we travel to other haunted houses or teach seminars or speak at conventions? Who decides that the experience is valid?
I think this is poor judgement on the part of the owners and tends to ruin it for those of us who do more than just say "I've acted at umpty million haunts". I think that if the quality of actors and make-up artists had to be backed up with proof and referrals, then the quality would continue to improve at a rate that could keep up with the industry itself.
How can we have a more united and efficient voice in the haunt industry?
This is not about the debate of regional conventions vs. national tradeshows. I think there is room for both and that they both fill needs, but we need to be a reliable and professional presence in the shows and on the internet. If all we do is give advice on what to say in the asylum and we don't discuss how we are contributing as a whole to our haunts and the haunt industry, then the owners will continue to pat us on our heads and go on about their business.
How can we maintain continuity between those who do this as a hobby/service hours/fun/obsession and those who see the business potential or professional aspects of being a haunted house actor and/or make-up artist?
There is no way for me to put an actual answer in here, it's a long and protracted essay, lol.
That is a good start, I think. We have an actors' forum on here, let's make use of it!
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