I don’t much care for the casual carelessness of being addressed as “Dear Sir or Madam,” which I was taught at school is never acceptable, but a missive I’ve just received from a venture calling itself “I Am An Actor” caught my eye nonetheless. It seems a commendably original and proactive idea.
Founded and run by Laura Juzenaite, I Am An Actor Productions is a newly established creative event management and independent production company.
Coming up on 29 September is I Am An Actor’s first networking event - at the Phoenix Artist Club in Leicester Square at 7.30 pm.
The idea is to help 20 undiscovered actors to network with industry professionals. “We’ve produced an original short film called Schizophrenia and Me and Me where each actor has unique screen time and opportunity to showcase his or her potential,” says Juzenaite.
It screened for the first time at the Short Film Corner in Cannes last May and its UK premiere is at the event next month with an audience of casting directors, agents and industry professionals.
I Am An Actor is looking for more actors with whom to repeat this process. As a non-profit organisation it is also seeking sponsorship.
Juzenaite studied business studies at university in her native Lithuania before coming to Britain and taking a BTec in performing arts followed by training at International School of Screen Acting. She is now trying to help struggling actors by combining her business acumen with her performing arts determination.
All attempts/opportunities to help actors to get noticed are good news. So I wish Juzenaite well with I Am An Actor - but, please note I’m ‘Madam’ not ‘Sir’ and the use of my name, which is in the public domain, would be better still.