Sid Raskind from our own sketch team The ‘Burbs and Tiktok fame sits down and chats with us all about creating vids.
What made you decide to start doing Tiktok videos?
I decided to make TikToks to break up the day to day of my office job. I could make them on my breaks or make them fast at my desk. It was a creative outlet that helped my ADD brain feel less confined.
How often do you produce content? And what tips do you have for getting over Tiktok writer’s block?
I make three to five videos a day when I have a thought or feel inspired. My biggest tip is make your first TikTok and your writer’s block will be cured.
The magic of TikTok is that writer’s block is solved for you by the platform. TikTok is based on sounds and trends that are made to be repeated in different ways. You get the opportunity to create and move past the block to unlock your creativity.
You’re also a writer and performer on The ‘Burbs! What’s your favorite Burbs memory?
I am! The burbs and I have been together longer than I’ve known my wife so there are a lot of good memories. My favorite memory involves fire, Toy Story, and seeing my life flash before my eyes. Sign up for the class and I’ll tell you the whole story 😂
Brooke Purdy is a writer and director who’s worked with Def Comedy Jam and DefPictures, HBO, Jamie Kennedy Productions, Lifetime and Showtime. She’s also written and directed her own film Quality Problems which is out on the festival circuit now. Here we get some tips and tricks on how to stand up for your ideas and see them through to the end.
What’s the number one thing you need to get started writing?
Belief in yourself and that you have a voice that needs to be heard.
What’s the hardest thing about executing an idea from its first kernel to the finished product?
Perseverance. All the tools and technical knowledge can only take you so far. It’s about writing on the days where you are “not feeling it” and JUST. STAYING. THE. COURSE. 95% of the struggle is just finishing.
Do you have any tips on making sure your ideas get heard in a room full of dudes?
KNOWING that you are the best person to tell YOUR story. If you believe in it 100% it will be undeniable. It will power you past the (many) NOS until someone recognizes your passion. (Also having your CHEERLEADERS on hand to help along the way.)
Thanks for the tips Brooke! You can learn a lot more from Brooke Purdy by signing up for her class here.
On our most recent episode of The System is Broken, Hosts Randy Thompson and Lindsey Barrow talk with Ruby LA board member and Hella in Your Thirties Podcast Host / Creator Muriel Montgomery about actor exploitation in Non-Union Commercial work. Casting associate Kim Kalish joins and talks all about how the business works to hurt the folks with the least amount of power. And what she thinks those folks can do to get their power back.
Listen below on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
If you went overboard at the beginning of quarantine, and you bought a lot of plants, and now you have a lot of dying plants, might I recommend following Christopher, the Plant Kween, @plantkween on Instagram?
On Mondays they talk about Monstera’s and these tips are IMPORTANT. As a Monstera mama, who’s had her Monstera for years, I’m embarrassed to find out that she needs a moss covered pole to climb up, and I should be spritzing her roots. My Monstera is a monster. But yours doesn’t have to be. Check out their tips below!
If you’ve ever wondered where we got our inspiration for wall murals, look no further than Camille Walala. The French-born University of Brighton grad takes mural painting to a whole other level. In Fort Smith Arkansas, Walala transformed a 1950’s gas station into a cheery dream.
Walalla’s art is heavily influenced by the Memphis Movement, an art and design movement from the 1980’s started by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. Memphis design quickly gained popularity but was described by its detractors as tacky and vulgar and a sign of the excess of the 1980’s Yuppy generation. You will remember it mostly from your youth in the Max the set from Saved By the Bell or the interior re-design Kathleen O’Hara does to the Beetlejuice house. Obtuse strange shapes, loud colors, patterns inspired by African, Japanese, and Indian and even American-Tiki cultures, all describe the Memphis movement. And Camille Walala has taken it to the next level.
Her murals are of epic proportions sometimes taking up entire sides of multi-story buildings. She uses bright colors, black and white stripes, and geometric shapes to transform spaces into happy and inspiring retreats. It’s just the kind of eye candy you need right now.
*Midi Trumpet Horn Plays Here* Here ye Here ye! We are amazed at all the work folks did for the micro Sketch Festivals. Community members from all over the US have figured out how to create videos together while being located in different houses, different towns, even different states. We found this to be so inspiring we thought “hey – if people can figure out how to put together videos in all of these locations, maybe we can figure out how to make digital sketch teams.”
So that’s what we’re doing.
How do you apply? Well we’ll release that info soon. But first find out if you’re qualified to apply.
You are qualified to apply if you are currently on (or were previously on) a Ruby LA sketch team from September 2019 until right now.
2. You’ve taken our comedic content sketch class. If you haven’t taken that class there are just two spots left (as of this writing) so jump in there!
We’ll release more info soon so keep checking back for more info!
We’ve interviewed some amazing teachers and house team members over the years in our newsletters. And we thought it was a gd shame that all this great content is buried out back in an old newsletter bin. So we scooped up the bin, dusted off the newsletter password, and converted all of our old emails into this hear ‘blog’.
Going forward, though, our news section will be filled not only with cool stuff going on around The Ruby LA space, but also projects that we and our performers are working on, essays from some talented writers, and just general things we are totally into. Because hell, it’s 2020, so why not start a blog.