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Getting Acting Gigs By Sneaking In The Backdoor

So you’ve moved to L.A. and now it’s time to implement phase two of the plan: get discovered by some chance occurrence while serving a big time director his or her organic fruit smoothee with all natural granola at your unavoidable “day job.”  Simple, right?  My advice to you: put down the apron and pick up a walkie talkie.  If you’re going to work some BS job it might as well be in the same ballpark of the sport you’d like to play.

The truth is that the stakes are extremely high and the competition is ever present in this business.  The long shot discovery is an urban legend.  Careers aren’t made overnight; they take years sometimes decades of constant dedication and drive.  Talent, sure.  But everyone’s talented here- don’t you watch Idol?  Yes, if you have a serving job you get tips and your schedule is open for “auditions.”  But why let someone else be in control of your own destiny?  Not saying agents are a bad thing, but sometimes it’s an excuse for complacency.  I have an agent and I still bust my butt to get my own work, and a lot of my acting jobs have come from working in the film industry.  I know that must sound completely nuts… Read More

9 Tips For Audition Success

Perhaps you’ve already mastered a technique and you get every part you audition for or at least a call back or perhaps you keep wondering why you never get a phone call after the first attempt.  There are many ways to approach an audition, but no matter what the role, always be yourself.  Never lose yourself within an audition.  The casting director or whomever you’re auditioning for wants to see you.  Become the character, find yourself in the character, just simply BE the character.  

I highly recommend the book Audition by Michael Shurtleff.  It is an absolute MUST read for anyone, but especially the actor.  He explains in complete detail everything you’ll need to know to get the part and gives you an understanding how an audition is like everyday life. 

Before you begin an audition, there are several things you need to do as an actor before hand.  I thought I’d share these steps I’ve learned in my first acting class because its helped me a great deal and hope it will you.  Rather you’ve already received the sides or you have to cold read, follow the steps below and you will notice a significant difference. Read More

8 Steps For Finding The Right Representation For You

In my course of trying to get a good agent or manager I’ve found that professionalism is key. It is almost vital to make sure you are prepared in all aspects.  You need to make yourself accessible for anything and everything.  I’m still trying to learn how to balance my regular source of income job with my career as an actor.

Finding an agent/manager to represent you isn’t the easiest thing as an actor to find.  You’ll notice in industry talk that the agent/manager “finds you”.  So, with that in mind, why not just LET them find you by displaying/representing yourself to the best of your availability.  Read More