A Site For Sore Eyes – Mike Kelton

Mike Kelton

This site just makes me laugh, and I really appreciate that. Mike Kelton is another friend of ours from Michigan, and he is making quite a name for himself out there in celebrity land. His site is designed by Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld and it is hilarious. Whether he is confronting the Naked Cowboy in Times Square dressed as a Naked Indian or bartending for Watch What Happens Live! on Bravo, his antics are guaranteed to make you chuckle.

Mike Kelton

Mike Kelton

Red Scandal Graphics

Allie Moss

Stephanie Layton is one of our classmates from Michigan, and in addition to being an amazing performer and pianist, she runs an awesome graphic design business called Red Scandal Graphics. She designs a lot of posters for theatrical productions and graphic art for other musicians and artists. Here are a few of my faves.

Allie Moss

Cabaret and Floyd Collins

The Odd Couple

Her portfolio is full of amazing graphic pieces ranging from obscure to comical and all truly beautiful. Her mix of hand drawn material and photographic multimedia come together to form a really unique voice. I love seeing her pieces pop up in post cards promoting shows around NYC, and I can’t wait to see more from her in the future. So if you need a poster designed, check out her portfolio.

Site Launch – Fraggled Productions

Fraggled Productions

I moved to LA just a couple of months ago, and I have landed right smack in the middle of a great little company, Fraggled Productions. I am performing with them this October in their inaugural production of Urinetown. The Roundhouse Designs team decided to help out as much as we could and built them this awesome little site to help them get started.

Fraggled Productions

Fraggled Productions looks to create theatre for all of us nerds out there. Anybody who likes Harry Potter and Fraggle Rock will love the shows these guys put on. My wife Chelsea is also in the show, and created this amazing video for their IndieGogo campaign. Check it out, and don’t be afraid to support the arts with a donation to this up-and-coming production company!

Photographer Feature – Jeremy Davis

Kristen Smith

Today we bring you the first in a series of posts about photographers that we love to work with. First up is Jeremy Davis. Jeremy is a Broadway performer that you may have seen in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, South Pacific, or 9 to 5. He just finished up the run of Ghost The Musical, and will be appearing in the Annie revival this fall.  He is also an incredible photographer and knows what it takes for an actor to succeed.

Kristen Smith

Alex Puette and Jessica Walker

Kate Fahrner

Jeremy’s rates can be found on his website, and they are really affordable for everything you get.  So if you are looking for some new headshots, send Jeremy an email and tell him we sent you.

A Site For Sore Eyes – Chelsea O'Connor

Chelsea O'Connor

Chelsea is a friend of ours from Michigan, and her site is an example of a WordPress template used to its full advantage to show off her skills. The site is based off of a single page grid-based WordPress theme called Gridfolio. I love how her whole site exists on one long scrolling page, and that her navigation will jump you down to the corresponding information with some fancy javascript.

Chelsea O'Connor

The site is super clean and presents an awesome showcase for Chelsea.  She has a great photo gallery that shows off her personality and an ever important reel section that every actor should have. You can also tell from her personal blog posts that she is a funny gal and someone that you would want to work with.

Chelsea O'Connor

Kudos to her friend Steve Metz for putting it together. I can’t wait to see what TV show she pops up in next.

Autoplay

I can’t tell you how many times I have frantically searched for my mute button when I have been researching actor’s sites. Far too many people have the media on their website set to autoplay. That is when audio or video automatically starts playing when a website is first loaded. It is one of my biggest pet peeves on the internet, and it hurts my soul whenever I come upon it. It feels like getting kicked in the face by those break dancing kids on the subway.

I implore you, never put any sort of autoplay audio or video on your website. There is no faster way to guarantee that whoever is looking at your site will click the little red X in the corner of their screen and never come back. Unless you like it when you go to an actor’s website and your computer speakers automatically start blaring their demo recording of “Music of the Night.”

Image via The New York Times