Today, I meet with web designer and artist Julia Stoops about designing a new website for me. "davidmillstone.com" is, at present, bare bones. I want something that expresses better who I am as, first, a theater person, second, a writer, third, a teacher, and forth, a decent (if occasionally exasperating) human being. Because my first priority is to WORK, I need to make the site attractive and clear to potential employers and collaborators. Though I have a reasonably broad set of skills, I don't want to muddy the water by appearing to want to be all things to all people. I could put up multiple portfolios--i.e., of writing samples, photographs, reels, production shots--but if I do, I risk having them cancel one another out.
I think the focus of my website should be to show me as a 'dedicated theater/film person,' rather than as merely an 'actor,' or even 'actor-writer.' If this is the focus, perhaps I should then, also, find a way to expand this blog into a more front-burner project, something on the order of a small ezine, which would mean formalizing some broader objectives for it and dedicating myself to organizing, promoting and creating predictable content which readers want. You think? Do you have any thoughts about any of this? I'm in the 'what-if' mode about all this.
My particular strengths as a writer (e.g., I excel at the 800-1,000 word essay) may make a modest-scaled journalistic venture such as a comprehensive blog a sensible project.