23. Hone Your Craft- Shaun J. Brown

Shaun J. Brown from the CBS TV show The Great Indoors shares his personal journey starting with training in musical theatre to his pivot to the screen. A writer and producer, Shaun has learned how to continually hone his craft to stay relevant in the fast-paced industry of TV and film.

To assist everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment across the country, The Actors Fund is collaborating with the community to help navigate these challenging times.  

SHOW NOTES

KEY QUOTES

  • “The joy I feel performing on stage is incredible.”
  • “There are a lot of factors that play into whether you get the role or not…90% of those you can’t control.”
  • “You have to have tough skin…a lot of this whole thing has nothing to do with you.” 
  • “Talent is a prerequisite and the rest of it is whether you fit or not.” 
  • “You have to have a very powerful sense of self and know your worth…that is the thing that will sustain you.”
  • “You have to find happiness outside of this industry.” 
  • “As an artist, you have to have some failures. You have to experience that to mold and shape your art. They aren’t failures because you’re learning from them.” 
  • “You have to go through the journey, you have to put in the work, you have to learn so that when you get there you know what to do.” 
  • “Hone your craft during this time. Watch really great films.”
  • “Read up on your plays, go through your monologues, film yourself and see your defaults and ‘give-aways’…just constantly hone it.”

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