Come Strengthen Your Craft for Free with RIFAMG

By Mary Pierce
Posted on 13 Sep 2010 at 1:00am

The Rhode Island Film Acting Meetup Group (RIFAMG) isn’t just one of the hippest ways to network with other actors from the New England area but the freshest way for actors to keep their craft fit for free. Not only does the monthly meet up work on off-the-cuff exercises, reading scripts together, but the two organizers of the group Michael Reed and his wife Sarah Nicklin also bring in sassy biz NE directors to shoot scenes with the actors and give them the opportunity to showcase themselves to active filmmakers in the area.

“This aspect is very enticing to many of the actors in the area, because they are in a sense killing two birds with one stone: they get to work directly with the camera and learn useful techniques, and at the same time they are showcasing their talent for working professionals who are continually working on projects,” Reed tells us.

Reed decided to start the RIFAMG due to his previous experience hosting a similar group in Manhattan. “For three years I hosted the NYC Film Actors Meetup Group, and it was such a great success, that when I moved to Rhode Island, I decided to revive it here with my wife (actress) Sarah Nicklin”.

The duo gush about how great it feels to know that they have created a safe hands-on environment for individuals of all experience levels to come and play, learn about the craft and the business of acting, as well as meet other actors with similar interests and goals. “We believe the best way to learn, is by doing,” Reed adds.

Reed also wants everyone to know that no one in the group pretends to be acting coaches. “Typically, we do not impart our ideals or techniques on the members of the group,” Reed tells us. “Sometimes if the group unanimously agrees, we will discuss specifics openly with one another, but for the most part we do not want the group to fall into a ‘class’ mentality, nor do Sarah and I feel we are qualified to ‘teach’ the craft of acting,” Reed adds.

The group has no fee for being involved and fills up fast. The RSVP count is limited to 12, so they do ask that you RSVP right away. This month the crew will be meeting up Wednesday, September 29th. This meet up repeats on the 4th Wednesday of every month. “For this month’s meet up, we are going to get a guest DP in and shoot two-person scenes–this time we will all be using the same script, and we will be focusing on continuity,” Reed adds. Check out the site for more information and to see what others are saying about the Rhode Island Film Actors Meetup Group.

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  1. Michael said on September 23, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Thank you for the lovely article. Just a note: our RSVP limits rise and fall depending on the exercise we do. When we bring in DPs, we have to cap the limit so we’re not shooting to the wee hours of the morning (plus we don’t want to over-work our lovely guest DPs who have graciously agreed to work with us pro bono).

    Thanks again!

  2. Jim Powers said on September 23, 2010 at 8:38 am

    ..a proud member in good standing (so far hahahaha), I have learned so much from Michael, Sarah, my “groupmates”, and the “special guests”-local film industry pros that often appear!

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