They Did It Their Way - Now Who Are "They"?
March 10, 2010 10:44 AM Subscribe
Help me think of examples of performing artists who made their own big break, please!
posted by EmpressCallipygos to media & arts (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm writing a series of articles to accompany a production of Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney's PARALELL LIVES. In one of those articles, I'm riffing off the fact that Najimy and Gaffney got their start by producing their own work for themselves rather than starting out in others' shows, and that one show catapulted their career; and I'm doing a series of short thumbnail accounts of other performers whose big break was a similar DIY project.
However, I'm coming up with examples that are very film-heavy -- things like Robert Rodriguez doing drug trials to find EL MARIACHI, Ed Burns working as a PA during the day and then making THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN on the weekends, Kevin Smith doing CLERKS, etc. I'd like to also feature individual performers, comedy troupes or theater companies that have a similar Cinderella-story "we took a chance at doing things our way and it made us famous" apporach. (Warning: I already know about and feature THE STATE, as well as Vin Diesel's own short film.) But Google is failing me (while I GET hits for "Independent theater," they're mostly about tiny off-off-Broadway companies that no one outside of New York's heard of).
Anyone know any examples of actors/theater companies/comedy groups that may fit this description?