I took a month break from writing but hope everybody’s doing awesome since the last time I wrote on here. So how about that for 2014 network pilot season? Was it everything you hoped it to be? Yes? No? Uh, are you crying in the corner over there? (Shhh, it’s okay, you’re still an actor).
Well no matter, summertime slowness is upon us. This is usually the time when many actors (unless you’re an A-list celebrity) get very sad as they twiddle their thumbs wondering what to do next or get very anxious as they make changes in their career in terms of representation (or have their representation make changes on them by dumping them). Fear not. Let’s take this one step at a time, shall we 🙂
Continue reading Summertime Slowness and Major Changes
This is a continuation from my post about persistence last Sunday, but this time it’s more specific to the audition world through your theatrical reps (thus having nothing to do with works you create on your own or collaborate with):
As of March 23rd, I’ve been blessed with the auditions my reps has gotten me so far this year, even though I have yet to book anything. Persistence is the key word, I valiantly tell myself. And followups for every single audition to the casting office and occasionally to the exec producers/showrunners (for now, just doing that with all the theatrical auditions).
THEATRICAL with Sovereign Talent Group + Stein Entertainment Group
– 21 theatrical auditions (out of those, 4 series regular auditions)
– 1 pin for a co-star
THEATRICAL with Houghton Talent (Atlanta agency)
– 9 theatrical auditions
– 1 callback for guest star
COMMERCIALS with AKA Talent Agency
– 21 commercial auditions
– 1 callback
Continue reading Persistence, Part II
This blog post is not going to be one of those articles you see where they talk about actors who achieved success later in life sugary feel-good kind of articles. Why? Because most of them deal with actors who already are repped by well known, huge agencies or already had a good string of guest stars and are trying to become successful that they are internationally known. I’m not interested in any of that silliness.
I’m speaking out to all the actors who are busting their asses off just trying to pay RENT and FOOD with their acting career alone. To the actors who would kill to even be tested for a series regular. To the actors who are extremely talented but for whatever reason, no agent wants to sign them.
This one is for you.
Continue reading Persist your motherf*cking heart out.
For this week’s post, this will serve as a rather blunt opinionated post as well as a genuine question to any actors out there who partake in this. So if this offends you, please express your thoughts fully so I can understand. With that being said:
Why the shitballs would an actor pay $100 (or over) an hour for acting career consultation?
Continue reading The Value of Expensive Acting Career Consultants
Not too long after I posted the entry about casting director workshops and how to best utilize them, I got immediate criticism, mainly from casting director Billy DaMota and others who insisted that these workshops are a waste of time & money, and worst of all, they are a scam that rips off actors (Billy also went on to nitpick my resume and asked why I have 6 co-stars on it from network TV shows). So for today’s entry, let’s look from the perspective of why casting director workshops are not ideal and if there are any POSSIBLE solutions I can theorize if casting director workshops were to be banned forever.
I must stress here that I am a supporter of casting director workshops but I also see a lot of problems with it and see where people can get disgruntled about it. So here we go!
Continue reading Casting director workshops! (The Nay Version)
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!
Continue reading Challenge Accepted! 50 Acting Administrative Actions Per Week
UPDATE: Now that folks like Billy DaMota HAVE seen this article and commented on it (you can see his long comment below), anybody else is also welcome to comment on the pros and cons of casting workshops. I’ll reply here and there as I’m interested in what you guys have to say but won’t go too much into details as I am resolutely an advocate for these workshops. To ask the question from others if I’m only being seen for co-stars from these folks I meet? Hardly. You don’t believe me? I don’t give a shit! Just to be fair though, I will publish the Nay Version on Wednesday.
For actors who get themselves situated in Los Angeles and New York, there’s three words that they will come across inevitably:
Casting director workshops.
You know, the thing where you pay to meet casting individuals for that TV show you like to watch or films you just absolutely adore? Yeah that one. Now I don’t want to bore you with the history of how and when it got started, but it is safe to say that they are most definitely here to stay, despite protests from folks like casting director Billy DaMota who believes it to be an illegal scam that rips off actors (I would read this article solely to get a full perspective on all sides).
Rather than go into a lengthy discussion of whether or not one should take a casting workshop or not, for the purposes of this blog entry, I will vote in favor for it because I can safely say that I am a product of these workshops, whether I met a casting director or an agent through this venue. And as such, if we are to do these workshops, here’s several things I want to give to you guys:
Continue reading Casting director workshops! (The Yay Version)
Not an official post, but this is the not-so-fun data entry version of how I reflect back on 2013 from an actor’s point of view (the more, ahem, human version can be seen here). I have done this every end of the year for the past 3 years and I know this will never, ever stop. Feel free to take a look (and see how nutty I am).
Continue reading The Boring 2013 Actor Data Entry Reflection Version
I dug through my past FB posts (this was a chore because I post on FB like a whore) and found this, my 2013 New Year’s resolutions:
Acting 2013 New Year Goals:
1. Book a Guest Star spot on a primetime TV show
2. Book a supporting role in a studio level feature film
3. Create that goddamn Cinnabon spec commercial
4. Continue my hard work like always, kick ass in acting class, and whatnot
Life 2013 New Year Goals:
1. Continue being excellent to myself and to others
Now that 2013 is now ending, I can definitely say I failed my trivial new year’s resolutions to an astounding degree. I didn’t book a primetime guest star spot or a supporting role in a studio level feature film OR even create that goddamn Cinnabon spec commercial. I did, however, know without a doubt in my mind that I worked hard, I kicked ass in acting class, and I’ve been excellent to myself and to others. So what HAVE I accomplished in 2013, or more importantly, what have I learned?
Continue reading The Cinnabon Monster reflects back on 2013