Five For Friday – Networking

Five For Friday – Networking

Five For Friday Series, Networking, The Business of Acting
Being a good networker is essential in pursuing your career as a working actor [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://theactorslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/FiveForFriday-Session-Six-720.mp4" poster="https://theactorslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Poster-Session-06.png"][/video]   Remember, networking is not about asking for a favor, it’s about creating relationships. The quickest way to have people turn and walk away is instantly asking for a favor before you get to know them. Reach out and meet people because you are in the same industry and you have common interests and goals. Have something to offer! When pursuing a relationship with someone in the industry make sure that you don’t show up empty-handed.  Have a great reel to give them, or an independent project you just finished… or offer them something they might like.  For instance, tickets to a show or to a sporting event or concert, or…
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5 For Friday | 01•28•2021

5 For Friday | 01•28•2021

Acting Pointers, Finding an Agent, Five For Friday Series, Networking, Portfolio Suggestions
Five for Fridays – Tips for the Working Actor [video width="640" height="360" mp4="http://theactorslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/FiveForFriday-Session-Three-Smaller.mp4" poster="http://theactorslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Poster-03.png"][/video]   Believe in Yourself – I know this seems basic but it is the cornerstone for working as an actor.  Do everything you can to build strong self-worth as an artist.  Suggested ways of strengthening your belief: affirmations, meditation, repetition, prayer, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, journaling, reading self-help books, positive self-talk.  Find whatever makes you feel empowered as an actor, which includes working diligently on your craft, surrounding yourself with positive people, and taking care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Define Your Cast-ability – Defining who you are in the scheme of the industry is essential. That does not mean that you limit your scope as an actor, type-cast yourself or put yourself in a box.  It…
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5 For Friday | 01•15•2021

5 For Friday | 01•15•2021

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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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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