Jeanette shares the behind the scenes parts of producing a stage play in “Chapter 17: The Business Behind Show Business” from When Women Become Business Owners.
About the Contributor
Jeanette W. Hill is the founder and executive director of JWHill Productions and Sight Ain’t Seeing Productions, a 501(C)3 organization. Her numerous plays include The Broom, Dealing with Daddy’s Devils and The Silent City. She is a writer, producer and director whose work seamlessly fuses traditional and urban theater. She is committed to providing work that educates, enlightens and entertains.
Ms. Hill is active in local and national events and organizations including the International Artists Kuumba summit, the Faith-Based Arts Conference, the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce Legislative Brunch and the Austin Juneteenth Celebration, DC Black Theatre Festival, 2013 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival and the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival and Urban Playwrights United.
Ms. Hill’s talents also include adapting/creating scripts from novels and stories into book trailers for dramatic readings, book signings and online marketing.
Jeanette, tell us about yourself .
I live in Central Texas and I am married to the best guy in world. We have four children and more grandchildren than you really want to know about!
While basically an introvert I am a lot of fun to be around. I love music- most kinds but I have a soft spot for soul. I enjoy reading, sewing (yes and I am good at it!) and love watching (old) mysteries-Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Nero Wolfe, Charlie Chan…
I also enjoy learning new things.
I have always loved writing plays about real life as it applied to the people I knew. For many years I wrote and produced my plays in church. When the church decided to expand or shift their drama goals in another direction, I had to make a decision to stop or to step out on my faith and continue–I’m still here!
The trials and struggles are much the same for any enterprise but when you add being a faith-based entertainment entity it can sometimes be problematic particularly from a marketing standpoint. Discovering your niche market and finding the most effective way to reach that demographic requires a lot of research and time.
What are your business goals for the next 3-5 years?
My business goals include solidifying my brand and increasing my fan base. I plan to adapt several of my stage plays into novellas.
Within five years, obtain a building for my production company and my non-profit, Sight Ain’t Seeing Productions.
Do you have a motto, encouraging quote or bible verse you want to share?
Many years ago I read an article with a quote attributed to Mary McLeod Bethune: “I believe in God, so I have to believe in me.”
What advice do you have for a woman who has been thinking about starting her own business?
- Don’t let age, lack of education or experience or the opinions of others stop you.
- Prepare! Do the necessary research. Count the costs financially, emotionally and physically. Interview others in the industry or field you want to enter. If possible, intern, volunteer or shadow someone who is doing what you want to do.
- Remember it is always business.
- See number one!
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