It's Audition Pointers, Ya'll!
First of all, can we discuss the photo to the left? It seriously made me laugh out loud. That squirrel looks exactly how so many of us feel! This adorable andextremelyaccurate photo really got me thinking.. how can we make auditions EASIER???? I mean, granted, there is only so muchwecan do as actors, (you never know what the Casting Director might throw at you... see #5), but when asked by my students to help them adequately prepare for auditions, I always run them from the 5 steps below.
Entertainment Industry Terminology: Because
they don't teach you this in school...
OK, so now you or your child has signed with an agent and
you're actually going on castings! Awesome! They only down side? All this crazy
terminology they keep throwing your way! Just when you think you are starting
to understand this industry they start saying things like SAG and 1st right or
refusal (isn't that what your husband wanted when he asked you to marry him?)
I always tell my actors, never say a word if you don't know
what it means, likewise before you sign a contract, or agree to a casting or
job, it's an absolute MUST to know what you're getting into.
The Acting Resume... It's an Art
Ahhhh, the "Acting" resume. For the beginning actor, it can become quite
cumbersome.Whatdo I list? What
category does a music video fall under? Should I list my ability to burp on command? The answer is this... The simpler, the better. Often times your
Acting Coach or Agent has a specific template that can be used to help, all you
have to do is ask.
Now that you are ready to put together, or brush up that
talent resume, here are a few Do's and Don'ts that can help point you in the
Don't let this Happen to YOU!
Let's face it, most actor's HATEmonologues
. They are tedious, hard to find, and most often times, it's ridiculously hard to find theright
Monologues are, however, necessary in the Entertainment Industry, and many times your monologue can make or break an audition.
The process for perfecting the monologue can be a long and drawn out, but working with a coach can really be beneficial. Many of my students have booked jobs, gained an Agent, or wowed audiences with their pieces.
Welcome to 2014! Hopefully 2013 was a great year for you, full of
bookings and castings! My last blog was full of tips for how to make your Agent
love you, (if you missed it you can check it outhere
) and was met with such enthusiasm, that I decided to continue the
Most of these tips are for everyone,
not just Industry Newbie's. It is important to refresh and go back to basics
once in awhile to make sure that you are always moving forward and continuing
your education as a talent.
In my experience as an Agent I learned a lot about talent and what makes them tick. I tried to be very understanding, and explain to them as much as I could about many things. I mean after all I was once in their shoes, and this business can be very difficult to understand and break into.
Agents can get very busy, especially during "Season" (which is a good thing for the talent), so it can be difficult for them to answer questions, or completely be at the talents' disposal.
The Importance of Classes and Coaching
This is a blog post that is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. Yes, I am an Acting Coach, and that is how I make my living, but more importantly because I want to see the actors in Central Florida start booking the roles that are going to out of state talent!
As an agent, I saw just how many actors were not making their craft a priority. They would get castings or request tapings, and were confused as to why they were not receiving callbacks, and many times I had to be very blunt and point out, "Its because you are not doing anything to better yourself, or your craft!
The Self Taped Audition:
At some point in every actor's career, be it Television, Film or even Commercial you will be asked to submit a "self taped" audition to your Agent. If possible, you should have a coach or a taping service help you out with these auditions. Coaches are experienced in what the Casting Directors like and can help you send out the most professional tape possible.
If it is a last minute request, and you cannot get into a coach or taping service, here are some helpful hints to ensure that your videos will look as professional as possible.
Submitting to an Agency- The Children's Edition!
Are you ready to start seeking representation for your child? Here is the correct way to do it and some important questions to ask yourself and your child BEFORE you submit.
1.Is my child social and well behaved?You may have the most gorgeous child on the planet, but if they are super shy or are a free spirit, this industry may not be a good fit. Kids as young as 2 will be asked to audition alone in a room with the casting director, or may have to wait for an extended period of time to audition or go on set for a job.
How to Properly Submit to an Agency:
A question that I get quite often is "How do I correctly submit to an agency?" and as a former agent, I can tell you a majority of talent are doing it wrong!
When it comes to submitting and finding a quality agent with a good reputation you must READ what they are asking of you! The first thing you should do is go to the agency website that you are submitting for, 9 times out of 10, there will bespecific instructions there.