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5 For Friday | Targeting Agents

5 For Friday | Targeting Agents

Finding an Agent, Five For Friday Series, Networking
5 for Friday | Targeting Agents [video class="video" mp4="http://theactorslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/FiveForFriday-Session-Two.mp4" poster="http://theactorslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/YouTubeIcon-Thumbnail.png"][/video] Before you begin targeting agents, make sure that you have all of your ducks in a row. To start, have a great, professional headshot (that looks like you!). Do your research and find a reputable headshot photographer. Your picture is your calling card. Also have a professional resume with credits. Finally, build a reel that highlights your best work (no longer than a minute to a minute and a half). Getting tape and a great reel is an ongoing activity. Super helpful to also have some professional credits that are listed on IMDB. https://www.imdb.com Solid work from independent projects are important and can help you land an agent as well. Don’t target every agent in town. Do your research and…
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5 for Friday | Tips For The Working Actor

5 for Friday | Tips For The Working Actor

Five For Friday Series
[embed]https://youtu.be/XL2JuaBH8t0[/embed] 5 for Friday | 5 Tips for the Working Actor 1. The Thinking of Success - I have been an acting coach working with successful working actors for 31 years. One thing I know to be true is that successful actors have one thing in common. They believe themselves into being working actors and feel they deserve to be part of the entertainment industry. A belief system is cultivated by hard work. Find a consistent way to work on your personal belief system. Some tools to consider: Affirmations, journaling, hypnotherapy, consistent positive self-talk, visualization, reading empowering books and blogs, etc. Think of it as going to the gym for your mind and building strong self-worth. Consistently see yourself as a working actor. 2. Investment of Time and Money - Becoming…
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J. Todd Harris Will Be A Guest Speaker

J. Todd Harris Will Be A Guest Speaker

Acting Workshops, Guest Speaker Series
KRISTINA HADDAD: I am thrilled to announce that my friend and producer J. Todd Harris will be speaking to our class on Monday, December 7th at 7:00PM. Todd is one of the Executive Producers of the the Netflix show, the Trial of the Chicago 7. If you've yet to tune into this show, it quite brilliant, as is many other of Todd's incredible films (The Kids are Alright, Bottle Shock). Click to learn more about J. Todd Harris »
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United We Stand

United We Stand

Taking a Social Stand
The Actor’s Lab and our instructors stand with black, indigenous and people of color in advocating against police brutality and systematic racism. We understand that as members of the artistic community it’s imperative that we work to hold space for all voices and amplify those that have long been silenced, ignored and diminished.   Stand With Us! We are committed to listening, learning and reflecting on what we can do to be stronger partners and we pledge to stand against injustice in all its forms. It will take a tremendous amount of work at the individual, organizational, and societal levels and we want to be a part of that change. Black Lives Matter and we aspire to be a sounding board and means for artists to express the truths about…
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Twelve Rules for the Working Actor

Twelve Rules for the Working Actor

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Developing your craft and orchestrating a successful acting career is an on-going and ever-changing venture. It requires great focus and determination. There are some rules that appear to never change and can help on the way to that success. I’ve made note of a few key points that the working actor should really take into consideration: (more…)
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Defining Your Castability

Defining Your Castability

Acting Pointers, Audition Pointers, Networking
Defining your castability, and a pinpoint on the horizon! One of the first questions I ask an actor is, “What do you think your castability is?” I’m always surprised when they aren’t sure. That’s like a door to door salesman arriving at your house and not knowing what he or she is selling. In my 28 years of coaching, one thing I know that is paramount in an actor’s career is knowing their castability. So often actors say that they’ll play anything… whatever comes their way. Knowing what you are selling is of the utmost importance. (more…)
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AmerWrecka

AmerWrecka

Projects
AmerWrecka Written and directed by J.D. Lewis. AmerWrecka had its international premiere at the renowned Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 2005. With five-star reviews and the buzz from the Festival, it became one of the most sought after plays for 2006. Fifteen members of The Actor's Lab traveled to Limerick, Ireland, where AmerWrecka headlined The Unfringed Limerick Festival. With sold-out houses and standing ovations, it continues its momentum by going into pre-production for the feature film version and also a theatrical run in New York City. Article from Creative Loafing » And another article from Creative Loafing Article from the Charlotte ViewPoint »
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