Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Free 2010 Actor's Planner

Hey Guys!

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


I was reading the forum on the yahoo group The Hollywood Happy Hour they mentioned a website called Actor Cast. So I looked it is information from their website: When you join ActorCast, you also get a “free membership” to Cast It Systems, where your profile and auditions will be searched and seen by the most influential casting directors, producers, and directors in the entertainment business. Cast It is the casting system used by all of the major casting directors, all of the feature and television studios and most independent productions to find the perfect professionals and up-and-comers for their roles, and while the Cast It database has always been maintained by the casting offices that use it, ActorCast is the only actor service that allows you to put yourself into the Cast It database.

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

Here's a Video Explanation of by Casting Director Marci Liroff

I am really considering joining this site especially after seeing Marci's video...I know that this site is legit!!

T.W.I.Y.W (This Week In Yogi's World)

Hey Everyone....HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Not too much is going on this week....I am planning to take an Audition Technique Class in January. SO I met with the teacher Mary Boyer from MTB Studios yesterday. Wonderful personality....I found out about her from another actor.
The class starts Jan. 11th and last for 8 weeks. I'm excited! I told my other friend about the class so hopefully there's still enough room for her to take it with me....that would be fun!! I haven't been in a class setting since I'm ready to get back into the swing of things.
I also learned about an Audition Bootcamp DVD yesterday by LA Casting Director Marci Liroff.
This could possibly be an alternative or supplement to an Audition Technique Class. Classes can be expensive if you are on a tight budget which most actors probably if you can't get into a class...I think reading a book or watching DVDs on the subject is beneficial until you can afford to take the class....
Not being able to afford to take a class should not be an excuse for not taking the initiative to learn your craft!!
Best Wishes To Everyone For A Healthy & Prosperous New Year!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Discouts On Acting Related DVDs & CDS from Lisa Gold

Lisa Gold from Act Outside The Box is having a holiday special going on!

Get her DVDs & CDs for half price!! I've already ordered mine!!

**Please join her mailing list to keep up with her special offers, learn more about her career coaching, and to keep up with her Networking Parties!!**

How To Get And Keep An Agent: Everything you need to know to find the right agent for you! The best way to approach different agencies, which ones are a fit given your experience, and preparation for the all important interview. Then, once you secure representation, how to keep them interested and sending you out for auditions. A must for any actor seeking representation!
How to Get & Keep an AgentDVD: SOLD OUT!
How to Get & Keep an Agent CDCD: $7.50 BUY HERE

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!
Being Your Own CEO - DVDDVD: $12.50 BUY HERE
Being Your Own CEO - CDCD: $7.50 BUY HERE

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!

Defining Your Product - DVDDVD: $12.50 BUY HERE only a few left!

Defining Your Product - CDCD: $7.50 BUY HERE

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Open Call From Moonstar Management Dec 12th 2pm


Presented by

Moonstar Management

Saturday, December 12th
2 pm - 4 pm

36th Street Studio

260 West 36th Street

3rd Floor

...with new affiliated office in Los Angeles!!

Actors for Commercials, Film and Television
Models for Print
Singers for Record Labels

Please Dress Casual & Bring A Headshot and Resume

Management Services Include
Submitting Talent for Print, Commercial, Film and TV Projects

Introducing Singers To Record Label Associates

Managing Model/Talent Careers

Assisting Models/Talent With Obtaining Additional Placement

With Agents For Commercials, Theatrical or Modeling

For more info:

MoonStar is commission based & non-exclusive.
50+ years of Industry experience.

Friday, December 4, 2009

T.W.I.Y.W (This Week In Yogi's World)

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 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...

Keep Believing!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

As The World Turns Called Again!!

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 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....

Stay tuned....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Production Companies that hire Hosts!!!

Production Companies

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

Nancy Glass Productions 211 Rock Hill Road Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-2052
Pie Town Productions 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

Engle Entertainment 535 Eighth Ave., 19th Fl New York, NY 10018

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: (if you don't own it, get it now! If your name is already taken consider:,,, 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, 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 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!!!!

© 2005-09 Media Image Coach. All Rights Reserved

Hosting Agents Contact Info

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 (


Looking for a Hosting Agent? Mark Turner of Abrams Artists and Seth Mayeri of Evolution Media Talent prefer email submissions. Tony Burton of Don Buckwald & Kristin Walther of CESD prefer regular mail submissions.

Here's their info:

Mark Turner – Agent Host Division

Abrams Artists

275 Seventh Avenue, 26th Floor New York, NY 10001

Email submissions accepted send to:

Seth Mayeri - Host / Broadcast Division

Evolution Media Talent

350 Seventh Avenue, Suite 302New York, NY 10001

Email Submissions accepted send to:

Don Buchwald & Associates

10 E. 44th Street New York, NY 10017

Attn: Tony Burton, Host/Broadcast Division

CESD – Cunningham, Escott, Slevin & Doherty

257 Park Avenue South, Suite 900, New York, NY 10010

Kristen Walther, Host/Broadcast Division

Tip of the Day - Follow up two weeks after your submission with a phone call.

2nd Tip of the Day - A hand written, mailed thank you card will always make you stand out among the crowd!

© 2005-09 Media Image Coach. All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 16, 2009

Accent resource website launches today for actors and the general public

Accent resource website launches today for actors and the general public

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What's Up With Yolanda?

Good Question!!

Well I have not been submitting that much in the past few main focus right now has been getting an income! So that'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 we'll see what comes of'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 I can have my days free....and still do freelance jobs...

I prefer not to do the typical acting "survival" 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 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?

I've been procrastinating a little when it comes to getting my postcards out there & submitting my headshots (hard copy) I have to ask I being very committed right now...I'm at a 2-3 level this week....honestly....and I think it's because I'm really focused on getting some income coming in...versus reaching out to industry people. But I'm a great multi-tasker so there is really no excuse why I can't do both. SO.... NO MORE EXCUSES YOLANDA! lol I wanted to share this article with you that inspired this post.

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 new James Bond film; 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.
Copyright © 2009 Sharon Moist. All Rights Reserved.

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 Las Vegas, among others, as well as studios such as HBO and talent agencies, including The William Morris Agency. For more information or to work with Sharon directly, please visit her website at:
If someone were to ask you "On a scale from 1 to 10, how committed are you to your own career," what would your answer be?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Targeting Shows

I was reading the lastest article by Bonnie Gillespie and she mentioned targeting TV shows. You can read the whole article here.

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

Stay Tuned....