In our first ever podcast and interview about cabaret theater, Fiona-Jane Weston shares how she has made a career out of producing her one-woman shows.
Interestingly, cabaret theater and artists have never been the subject of this podcast so when I met Fiona-Jane Weston in an online class, I jumped at the opportunity to have her on the show. Fiona-Jane produces and puts on her one-woman shows at different venues in London and on national and overseas tours. Her shows typically revolve around historical themes, particularly women’s history.
During our interview, Fiona-Jane discovered things she needs to work on in relation to her career and joined the Female Musician Academy. She is a great addition to the group and adds knowledge and value in a cabaret theater. Learn more about the Female Musician Academy and how being a member can help your musician career.
Wartime Women Cabaret Show
- Wartime Women is one of her most popular shows
- Inspired by research she did for a university class
- Opened up opportunities for other collaborations
- Led to opportunity to perform opposite Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham from Downtown Abbey) in To End All Wars
- Incorporates diary stories and memoirs, songs and poetry from women at the time into her show.
Pitching a Cabaret Show to a Theater
- Started writing cabaret reviews and theater programmers got to know her
- Getting to know the programmers led to bookings
- Met a tour booker and started getting booked in different parts of the UK
- Bookers are still very wary of booking these shows
The Power of PR
- Stay top of mind or you will be forgotten very quickly
- Share helpful info about what you know
- Exploring other ways of furthering people’s knowledge of her and what she is able to do.
- Making herself synonymous with the genre by writing a cabaret blog
Engaging with Fans
- Email List has been most effective means of communication
- Considering doing more with YouTube
- Needs a social media system in place
- Putting a system in place to use the assets you’ve built to engage with fans
- A real life conversation around social media challenges
- Cabaret Secrets by Gary Williams
- The Cabaret Artist Handbook by Bob Harrington
- Mastering the Audition by Donna Soto-Morettini
- Bulletproof Musician blog by Noa Kageyama
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ABOUT HOST BREE NOBLE
Bree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007. She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists atwww.wosradio.com. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram