The Competitive Edge: One Surprising Element That Can Calm Your Nerves

The Competitive Edge: One Surprising Element That Can Calm Your Nerves

I’m going to start out with ways to calm your nerves that you have all heard before. One element that can get rid of your jitters, and can calm your nerves is certainly knowing your technique. In addition, understanding the venue you are working in, including who the players are. In addition understanding the selection process and the booking process will also give you more of a comfort level, and certainly we can add getting familiar with the casting community…. And let’s not forget being good at improv.

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The Competitive Edge: The One Question You Shouldn’t Be Asking Is “What Do They Want?”

The Competitive Edge: The One Question You Shouldn’t Be Asking Is “What Do They Want?”

Don’t Look For A Cookie Cutter To Shape Your Audition.

The other day I was in the reception area of a project I was casting and one of the actors asked me “what are they looking for”? I cringed inside and answered, they are looking for an actor to bring them “something”.

The one thing you should not be trying to figure out when you are preparing copy both commercially and theatrically is what do they want. read more

The Competitive Edge: Great Audition, No Booking

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A really good audition makes the casting director, the producer, and the director really happy. You gave a good audition, you got put on avail . . . and then you didn’t get booked. Why?

I can assure you it is nothing that you did wrong. So if it’s nothing you did wrong, what could it be?

The callback is the time the spot takes shape. Many variables come into play.

Here Are Five Reasons Why You Might Not Get Booked

1. The Spot Has A Certain Look

All variations and combinations of looks are considered. During the callback selection process, as the spot takes shape, your look might not quite fit in. I have seen a group of six people chosen and upon final consideration, the creative team noticed everyone was brunette. One person was randomly taken out of the group and replaced with a person with lighter hair. I remember feeling an “ouch” for the person taken out of the group.

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The Competitive Edge — Seven Things That Make An Actor Successful (that you can’t learn in class)

The Competitive Edge — Seven Things That Make An Actor Successful (that you can’t learn in class)

Welcome to the start of 2018.  It’s that time of year.  You are refreshed and pumped up, renewed and ready to start the New Year on the right foot.

I’m always asked what makes someone successful in this business.  Stating the obvious would be you need to know the basic strong foundation of acting, know the technique of the venue you are working in and be aware of how the business works.  The good thing is there are lot’s of classes to take and articles to read to arm yourself to be the mighty worrier to learn what it takes to be competitive.  

However, I am going to share with you the other things that makes an actor successful, that people just can’t seem to articulate.  

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The Competitive Edge — What Part Can Social Media Play In Your Career

The Competitive Edge — What Part Can Social Media Play In Your Career

Social media is a way of life and should not, and cannot be avoided.  It’s worth looking at the pros and cons of social media in your career.

NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS

A big question seems to be, “does it matter how many followers I have?”  “Will I get more auditions or book more commercials if I have more followers?”  “Can the number of followers I have help me get more bookings?”

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The Competitive Edge – Eleven Ways to Not Sabotage Yourself

The Competitive Edge – Eleven Ways to Not Sabotage Yourself

The acting business is based on so many variables that you don’t have control over.  The good news is there are many things you do have control over. I hesitate to share this list of errors because every item seems so obvious to me, but it’s happened too many times that I would be remiss not to share. Getting these things right can make a difference in being considered a trusted professional and, sometimes even getting or losing an audition.  

  1. Attach a resume to your breakdown.  Some people do not have a resume attached to their photo submissions.  If there is no resume a casting director knows nothing about you.  Casting directors are choosing people who they know something about to fulfill a role, even if it’s just a look.  You cannot be considered without a resume.  Someone who has a resume will be chosen over someone who does not.                                                                                                                                   read more
The Competitive Edge – Law Of Attraction For Actors

The Competitive Edge – Law Of Attraction For Actors

I declare this month Law Of Attraction month for you!

As an actor you want to attract the opportunities and the jobs.  It’s a feat to become part of the “system”, stay in it and snag the “gold ring”, the bookings. To do this, the most important thing is to attract activity to you, and the rest will come.  Fair warning, most results will be indirect and unexpected.  

#1.  Create and gain momentum.  Stay in Motion. Newton’s law that a body in motion stays in motion, applies to your acting life. While you are in motion you can gently steer and change in a particular direction you choose when you feel it is the right time.

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The Competitive Edge – Is Your Acting Audition Neutral? Find Your Sweet Spot.

The Competitive Edge – Is Your Acting Audition Neutral? Find Your Sweet Spot.

A neutral performance or audition is a bad audition.  You need to get to the point where you know if your performance is too big or too neutral.

Acting too big and too over-the-top is a legitimate concern, resulting in a performance that is fake and not connected.  However, I’m finding that when some people bring their performance to what they think is “real,” what is actually happening is their performance becomes neutral.  A performance this is neutral reveals no personality and results in us not knowing who you are.  Revealing nothing gives us no chance to like or dislike you.  You need to cause us to react to you.  You can’t let yourself disappear.

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Ten Factors of Trust Casting Directors Depend on from Actors

Ten Factors of Trust Casting Directors Depend on from Actors

There is a huge trust factor that the commercial business is run on. If talent does not come through on their end of the trust factor, the casting process would end in failure. Here are ten factors of trust casting directors depend on from actors.

You Look Like Your Photo

If we (casting directors) do not have a reel of yours to look at, we only depend on your photo. A physical look in commercials is very important because the entire message is a “quick read”. It is devastating and maddening when you come in for your appointment and look different than your photo. Some ways you can look different are looking much younger or older, or your hair is a different style or color. Perhaps your photographer made you look prettier/more handsome or not as pretty/handsome as you really are. If you are a professional, you will want your photo to look like you, not different. Looking different than your photo has caused a casting director to give an appointment to someone who is not right for the part.

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The Competitive Edge: To Understand Luck is to Eliminate Stress

The Competitive Edge: To Understand Luck is to Eliminate Stress

You’ve done all the things you can to have command and control over your career. You are a solid actor, you have a well-developed resume, you are comfortable auditioning and you know how to be in a room. (see blog What Hamilton and Commercials Have In Common). Even after doing all you can do to take control, there is one element you have no control over that can work for or against you. That is the element of luck.

After you do everything to create your own luck, let’s look at where this mystical area comes into play. Bringing these areas to light can eliminate the stress of fighting against something you really have no control over.

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