Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I received this from Bob Fraser today and thought I would share the link for those that are not subscribed to his newsletter.
If you would like to subscribe to his newsletter you can do so by visiting this link
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Two affordable levels of membership.
Here’s how to get started: Simply sign up for a Basic Membership from ActorCast—which is just $10 a year— and instantly, your headshot, resume, credits and other current info will be available on the casting director’s workspace on Cast It.
To give yourself an even stronger image, a premium membership in ActorCast — just $9 per month or $100 per year — allows you to add unlimited video clips* in your profile, and you can swap out and edit as often as you like, all included in the fee.
No matter which level you choose, all ActorCast memberships allow unlimited submissions for roles that match your profile. If there are no roles that match your profile, you can always email your profile or packages to anyone at anytime. So if you feel you’re perfect for a role of project, you can let the world know it. And unlike other casting services, there are no extra fees to update your profile, photo or video clips—you can optimize your profile and information as often as you want.
You can read more about the benefits of joining this site http://www.actorcast.com/learnmore.aspx
Here's a Video Explanation of www.actorcast.com by Casting Director Marci Liroff
Monday, December 21, 2009
Being Your Own CEO-The Business Of Show: As an actor you are running a small business. You, Inc! Learn how to take the kinds of action that make maximum impact on your career by doing what business people do. "Artist" is an employee of You, Inc. and you also need to (at the beginning anyway) be the pr/marketing person, secretary/record keeper, negotiator and financial officer. Take charge and become the entrepreneur that stays in business for years to come!
Defining Your Product-Who Are You Really?: Make yourself stand out from the thousands and thousands of actors in the entertainment industry. Find out how to "sell" yourself and "brand" your product for instant recognition. Learn how to describe your unique qualities and skills when writing to or speaking with casting directors and agents. It's a business and they want to know that you know!
DVD: $12.50 BUY HERE only a few left!
CD: $7.50 BUY HERE
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Saturday, December 12th
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Friday, December 4, 2009
Hey everyone! Just wanted to fill you in on what I'm up to this week
Got a lot of unused headshots that I need to get rid of. I've been using these shots since '07 but I'm changing my hair so I won't be able to use them...I don't want to throw them away nor shred them so I'm mailing them all out over the next few weeks. Most agencies don't even open their mail but I'll rather send them out and have someone else throw them away then to throw them away myself!
I'm getting new ones probably in April, maybe sooner not sure yet.
Sunday morning I am taking an acting seminar that another actor named Christopher Stadulis is giving. He's been very successful in his acting endeavors and he has no agent nor manager so I feel this seminar should be very informative since I have neither an agent nor manager.
Then Sunday evening is my first day of my 2 Day Intensive class for legal proofreading. It last 4 hours. Then about a few days til a week later I will take the 2nd part of the class. I plan to work 3rd shift or either just the weekend shift....I have to test with multiple agencies that place proofreaders to better my chances of finding this type of job.
That's it for this week...and perhaps this month...career wise....on a personal level I'm planning for my trip to visit my niece and brother for Christmas and trying to find a decent venue to party for New Year's Eve...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
They called yesterday to see if I would be available for background work on Monday....
Well guess what guys?!!
I can't do it because I'm an AFTRA Must Join and I do not have the $1300 (or however much it costs) to join the union....so I can't do any AFTRA shows until I join!
See once you do background work for a soap opera you become AFTRA eligible and you can do as many jobs as you want within 30days...after the 30days you become a MUST JOIN and you can't work on any AFTRA jobs until you join....
But it's all good....I'm not in a hurry to dish out the initiation fee and those dues...but I was glad to hear that they thought of me!
They said if anything changes they would call me....
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Promote Yourself Directly to PRODUCTION COMPANIES WHO HIRE HOSTS FOR SHOWS AND PROJECTS! (See MIC's Tip at the bottom of this email)
Banyan Productions 530 Walnut St. Ste 276 Philadelphia, PA 19106
City Lights Television 6 E. 39th St. 2nd Fl New York, NY 1016 www.citylightsmedia.com
Nancy Glass Productions 211 Rock Hill Road Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-2052
Pie Town Productions www.pietown.tv Check out their on-line Casting Section “Be On TV – Casting Needs”
Robert Small Entertainment 50 West 17th St. 10th Floor New York, NY 10011 www.robertsmallentertainment.com
Engle Entertainment 535 Eighth Ave., 19th Fl New York, NY 10018 www.engleentertainment.com
BBC Productions- 432 W 45th St # 3 New York, NY 10036-3580 (212) 974-9050
Tip: Your first package should include: 8x10 with resume attached, a Bio page, SHORT cover letter, DVD Demo, link to your website: www.yourname.com (if you don't own it, get it now! If your name is already taken consider: www.theyourname.com www.yournamehost.com, www.yournameperformer.com, www.yournametalent.com www.yournameproductions.com, www.yournamecommunications.com) Remember your mailings are planting seeds! You may not hear from them right away, but now they know you are out there! Keep in touch with quarterly postcard mailings.
For the best price on postcards visit www.vistaprint.com, you can create them yourself both front and back and mail them yourself or upload your mailing list to them and they'll do it!
Remember Media Image Coach.com has pre-printed labels available to help you with your mailings. Get 700+ names and addresses for over 700 Tri-State Production Companies, all you do it peel and stick! Just $39.99, mail check or money order to Media ImageCoach, P.O. Box 431, Orangeburg, NY 10962 and your labels will be on their way to you! Be sure to include the best address to send them to! Happy Bookings!!!!
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I plan to dab into the Hosting Industry so I am going to take hosting classes either with Patricia Stark ( I took her teleprompter class at Actors Connection and I really like her) or I may take the Mixed Media Class at Weist Barron. I wanted to share some info that I receive from Patricia's newsletter (http://mediaimagecoach.com/home.cfm)
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Monday, November 16, 2009
Well I have not been submitting that much in the past few weeks....my main focus right now has been getting an income! So that means...you've guessed it! Finding a job!!
I can honestly say that I did good for the few months I have been acting and when I calculate how much money I have made...thus far its been a good chunk but of course that money was here today gone tomorrow...financing your acting career can eat up your money as soon as you make it...
So I'm currently looking for a temp job...going to register with MORE agencies this week....so we'll see what comes of it...it's really slow out there...
I plan to take a class in Dec. to get trained as a legal proofreader....I've done some proofreading jobs on a freelance basis but I want something a little more stable and I prefer to work 3rd shifts...so I can have my days free....and still do freelance jobs...
I prefer not to do the typical acting "survival" jobs....you never know what your paycheck is going to look like week from week so I'd rather work in an office environment getting paid weekly and being able to budget myself more effectively....
SO that is my goal for the next month or so....getting a JOB!
by Jan I will be in a class....by April or May I will start submitting for castings again....I should have my finances situated by then...your girl gotta eat! ha! by next May or June I will have my new headshots....
Stay tuned for more industry info: tips, free seminars etc and Updates on my journey!!
God Bless and C'YA AT THE TOP!!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Are You Committed to Your Own Career?
by Sharon Moist
If you're like most of the clients I've worked with, I'm willing to bet that you'd tell them you're somewhere between an 8 and a 10 on the scale, coming out to an average of 9.
Then if I were to ask you what types of actions you take on a regular basis to support that level of commitment, what do you think your answer would be?
The truth of the matter is this: it's very easy to say that you're committed at the 9 level, but I'm willing to bet that for most of you, your actions/behavior would more likely be at the 2 - 3 level. Trust me when I tell you I'm not judging you because I've been there and I completely understand!
So now you're probably wondering, "Well, if I'm at a 3 level of commitment, what exactly does a level 9 really look like?" I'm so glad you asked!
Here are 3 steps you can take to truly commit yourself to your own career success:
1) Stop Talking and Start Doing!
When it comes to our own success, one of the biggest ways we sabotage ourselves is to continually talk about what we're going to do, without actually doing it.
Quite frankly, however, just talking about your career is NOT going to get you from where you are right now to where you want to be, is it? The key here is to start taking action on your goals. Otherwise a goal without a plan is just a dream.
So, do you just want to dream about the career you'd like to have? Or, are you willing to do the work involved to make that dream come true? Only you can answer that question for yourself.
2) Trim the Fat.
Before you read any further here, you need to know two things: (1) This tip is not about your diet, and (2) I know that what I'm about to say is going to upset some people and I do apologize for that.
So what do I mean by "trim the fat?" I mean stop going from teacher to teacher, class to class, and workshop to workshop looking for answers.
I cannot tell you the number of clients I've worked with who call themselves actors, but who do nothing more than live for taking class. What's that about? It's certainly NOT about pursuing an acting career. That's about hiding out and playing it safe, which again, is not going to get you where you want to go.
3) Market Yourself.
If you're committed to your career, then you need to be marketing yourself on a regular basis.
Remember, it's all well and good to be going to class and taking workshops, as it's certainly important to be well trained. However, if you're not marketing yourself, then I have to ask you "How truly committed are you to your career?"
Who should you be marketing to? Agents and Managers, as well as Theatrical and Commercial Casting Directors, for starters.
And, what do you tell them? Anything that's news: You just signed with a new agent; you just booked a part in the ; you just changed phone numbers. Everything and anything that gives you a reason to keep in touch with these folks and remind them that you exist!
Food for Thought
If you're really serious about your career, then it's time to sit down and have a heart-to-heart conversation with yourself about exactly what it is that you want, and how committed you are to achieving your goals. Because as soon as you have honest answers to those questions, you can start planning the success strategies you need to have in place to reach your goals.
Former Hollywood Agent, Sharon Moist, now works with clients to help them develop success strategies to become empowered in their own careers. Also known as The Industry Coach®, Sharon's clients come from all areas of the entertainment industry and represent such projects as: Desperate Housewives, 24, and , among others, as well as studios such as HBO and , including The William Morris Agency. For more information or to work with Sharon directly, please visit her website at: www.TheIndustryCoach.com
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
And I was just thinking...what shows do I watch on a regular basis...well all the shows that I am a true fan of are detective type shows or hospital dramas. I don't watch ANY sitcoms these days unless they are the reruns of Reba, King Of Queens, Martin & Girlfriends.
AND all the shows that I LOVE are not even filmed in NY...except for one....Law & Order: SVU.
My goal is to be a Series Regular on a TV Show but I would love for it to be a TV show that I would actually watch.
So I'm thinking, going by what I like, that I would either be playing a Medical Professional, a detective, someone with a certain skill like the guy in The Mentalist or Lie To Me...or someone in a show that deal with the supernatural...I love Sci Fi....I was a huge fan of the show Roswell.
Hopefully some of the types of shows that I like start filming in NY more or else I will have to move to Tinsel Town!
Time will tell....