We need to be clear on one thing regarding your acceptance to VAMP. This is a conditional acceptance. This applies to everybody, always.
It doesn’t happen often but the occasion has come up where we’ve had to kick somebody off our show. On those occasions the reason usually boiled down to one of the items below, but we like to lump it all in together and call it ‘the Big Kid Rule’. Basically what that means is be open, be mature, be willing to take feedback and be willing to work with other people.
We’re not saying all this to scare you. We’re saying this so if you end up being somebody we have to kick off our show you can’t say we didn’t warn you in advance.
1) Not accepting feedback
We want to make sure that you’re open to making changes to your story based on the feedback you’ll get. Some of the feedback might be rough and some of the changes might be drastic. And you’re going to be expected to take it like a champ.
Very rarely do we receive a submission that requires zero changes. Our coaches and your fellow performers are going to give you honest feedback on your piece with the goal of helping you put on the best performance possible. Sometimes we’re wrong. Sometimes the feedback you get isn’t perfect but you need to take it all into consideration. You’re an adult and it will be up to you to decide what’s best for your piece. But remember, if two people are telling you the same thing, they’re probably right.
2) Blowing off the rehearsal / critique session
The rehearsal / critique session is mandatory and probably the best FREE feedback you’ll get on your writing ever. We provide two sessions so there’s no excuses. You should be able to make one of them. If there are any schedule conflicts at all let the production director know right away and we’ll do whatever we reasonably can to accommodate.
2) Blowing off / being disrespectful to the coaches
We truly believe the one-on-one coaching we give our performers it what sets us aside from other literary events out there. This isn’t a ‘reading’. This is a performance. Our crowd isn’t going to be a group of stuffy lit nerds that will suffer your ramblings in the name of art. They need to be entertained! Put on a show! You’re the gateway drug to art appreciation so give our audience a reason to think and explore.
Coordinating with the performance and writing coach is the responsibllity of the performer. We recommend you schedule appointments way ahead of time to avoid conflicts. We have multiple coaches that can be available just about any time of the day in any part of town. There is no excuse for not getting the required coaching sessions done.
3) Being a dick
Look, were proud of you and the book you wrote. We know you have extensive stage experience. But we’ve been doing this show for almost four years now ourselves and we have a pretty good idea about what we’re doing too.
If you think you’re too good for us you probably are. So move on to a different stage. Our goal is to bring up new artists and expose the people of San Diego to art in new and unexpected places. If you’re not interested in helping us put together the best show possible and you’re more wrapped up in your own agenda, then maybe you should find a different show.
Coming on board with our show is a commitment to putting on the best performance you’re capable of. We provide all the tools through the critique sessions, performance and writing coaching, but we’re going to expect you to put the work in on your end too. We reserve the right to kick you off the show at any time or for any reason if we don’t feel like you’re putting in the requisite effort.
If you have any questions at any point never hesitate to email or call the production director of the show.