Challenge Accepted! 50 Acting Administrative Actions Per Week

NOTE: I was supposed to write the Nay version of casting director workshops but I still need more to gather SENSIBLE information that is not based on bitter actors who don’t know how to make efficient and smart use of workshops. It will be coming up for sure but for now, here’s another entry to take its place

In my Beverly Hills Playhouse acting class (holy moly, it’ll be my 4 years there by April 6th), my teachers have enlisted us to undertake a task and that is to take 50 administrative actions per week that advances your career forward starting on February 4th. I decided to try it for myself earlier and see how I do. In terms of what I define an action to be, it can be from having an audition, tweeting to your favorite writer to writing a passionate letter to a producer, creating new postcards, and so on. A singular tweet or a postcard is considered one action as taking an action doesn’t mean it has to be a grand gesture of enormous display. Just anything that is geared towards my acting career.

Do I expect immediate results from this? No. Have I seen some form of results from doing actions like these at some point? Most definitely. Whether it be for myself knowing that I will always have some form of production going on (it sure beats sitting on my ass and moping about why my career isn’t at his level and blahblah) or having a casting director I followup with consistently bring me directly in for a series regular callback with producers, I know that by doing this I can take accountability of my career.

So I hope my actions help you guys to inspire you to take actions of your own. It certainly don’t have to be 50 per week but enough to get you going. With that being said, here we go!

SUNDAY

– Submitted to 3 projects on Actor’s Access
– Had a fantastic workshop with a casting associate, who is currently working for a casting office that cast me in my first FX show
– Studied for 3.5 hours on 11 pages of hilarious wordy dialogue for the three comedic shorts that I was to shoot the next day
– Enlisted the help of an amazing actor friend to prep me for my series regular audition the next day as well as help me self tape for my first guest star audition on AMC for my Atlanta agency.
– Learned through Deadline.com that Chuck Lorre won the Norman Lear award
– Wrote the latest entry on my Cinnabon Monster actor blog about how to do casting director workshops effectively
TOTAL ACTION COUNT: 6

MONDAY
– Submitted to 2 projects on Actor’s Access
– Tweeted to ActorsAccess, CastingAbout, and SAG Foundation about my latest blog entry. CastingAbout retweeted my tweet and got the word out to their 20k followers. Noticed I got the attention of Billy DaMota on my entry and had a lengthy discussion with him on this matter.
– Wrote a thank you email to the casting associate for her awesome casting workshop the day before
– Wrote a letter to Chuck Lorre congratulating him on his Norman Lear award
– Wrote a thank letter to the two creators and the main executive producer for having me pinned for the FOX tv show, even after the role got cut
– Wrote a thank you letter to the casting office for thinking of me when the role was not released on breakdowns (the one that I was pinned for).
– Wrote a thank you letter to the casting office for my very first primetime series regular audition of this year
– Had an amazing 12 hour shoot where I delivered 14 pages of filled comedic dialogue for a series of educational comedic shorts
– In between the shoot, made it to my first primetime series regular audition of this year [Sovereign Talent Group]
TOTAL ACTION COUNT: 13

TUESDAY
– Submitted to 1 projects on Actor’s Access
– Wrote a thank you email to the cast and crew for the educational comedic shorts I did on 1/18 and 1/20
– Commercial audition [AKA Talent Agency]
– Being unable to make it to the callback (in Atlanta) for my AMC guest star audition, I immediately went out to get my manager to speak to the LA and Atlanta casting offices and Atlanta agency to work something out. A strong reminder why I adore my management team.
– Replenished more copies of my headshots. Ugh why can’t they be holograms.
– Had a meeting with one of my acting teachers in terms of my goals for 2014 and what I want to accomplish in my journey as an actor for class. Excited that I am FINALLY going out to do a scene from M. Butterfly (and also extremely petrified).
TOTAL ACTION COUNT: 6

WEDNESDAY
– Submitted to 3 projects on Actor’s Access
– Wrote a thank you letter to the creators and director of the AMC show for seeing my callback video
– Wrote a thank you letter to the casting office for that AMC show for working with me and my reps
– Wrote a letter to Jonah Hill, congratulating him on his decision to take a huge paycut for WOLF OF WALL STREET. Also just learned he has his own production company
– Wrote a letter to the commercial director I worked with 3 years on my very first national commercial for Dunkin’ Donuts
– Created a new Cinnabontastic commercial card
– Tweeted said commercial card to 13 commercial casting offices that actively use Twitter as well as the production companies and ad agencies that I worked with in the past
– Created a slightly altered Cinnabontastic card to be sent out for theatrical casting offices that actively use Twitter as well as being emailed. This will be done fully on Thursday.
TOTAL ACTION COUNT: 22

THURSDAY
– Submitted to 2 projects on Actor’s Access
– Tweeted the Cinnabon theatrical card to 21 LA theatrical casting offices.
– 2 commercial auditions [AKA Talent Agency]
– Self-taped an audition for an ABC pilot shooting in North Carolina [Atlanta agency]
– Wrote a letter to Jennifer Lawrence congratulating her on her work, hustle, and sharing her pain that Homeland was spoiled for her by an idiotic Access Hollywood reporter.
TOTAL ACTIONS: 26

FRIDAY
– Looked at Actor’s Access and saw nothing to submit to. Oh well.
– Emailed the Cinnabon theatrical card to 28 LA theatrical casting offices that does not use Twitter.
– Wrote a letter to Ben Stiller thanking him for creating WALTER MITTY and also having a shoutout to Cinnabon in the film
TOTAL ACTION COUNT: 30

SATURDAY
– Will be on set from 8am to 8pm for my 3rd day on a webseries shoot so I’ll take a “vacation” knowing that I clearly was able to accomplish the goal.
– Commercial audition [AKA Talent Agency]
– Wrote a thank you email to the commercial casting director as this was my very first time going in for his office
TOTAL ACTION COUNT: 3

And when we add it altogether, we have:

TOTAL ACCUMULATED ACTION COUNT: 106

Upon taking this challenge, I have realized this is the most productive acting administrative week I’ve ever had. I’m going to keep doing this. I know without a doubt that if I keep doing this consistently for the next 4 months, I will see some form of movement in my career..it may not be life-changing but I will see something.

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