I received a call from a talent manager a few days ago. She had some concerns about a job a new talent she took on, booked direct. It was in the commercial realm and she hoped I could offer insight. To make a long story short, all signs point to the whole thing being a giant scam. Please don’t confuse the label “scam” with a job that has low pay or excessive usage. Those aren’t scams, those are less than desirable terms on otherwise legitimate jobs. The scam term tends to be overused. In this case, it seems the “job” was an actual scam to siphon money from eager and unsuspecting actors in a fairly believable way. Certainly believable for anyone booking their first few jobs. It took 2 professionals some time and talk to figure it all out! How is an actor supposed to navigate this stuff without becoming a victim of fraud or making annoying to disastrous mistakes?
Commercial actors should never do it alone.
The sun is the special guest at every talk show right now! Spreading its warmth and encouraging fewer clothes and pool parties! And of course, we all want to join this sunshine party feeling confident and comfortable in our skin. After all, we wait half the year in anticipation of the summer season!
With BBQ’s, cooling cocktails, way later nights and the excuse, “I’m on vacay baby!” … read more
The one thing you should not focus on is booking the job. What you should focus on is being present.
If you are not present there are many hidden, not-so-obvious opportunities that will be missed. Many of these opportunities need time to germinate, take their course and circle back to you unexpectedly, sometimes taking twists and turns with the booking being the by-product.
Actors should show us something unique, which is what you will get with the scenes presented in Monologues for Teens. I highly, and unequivocally, recommend this book.
Tom Logan – FeatureFilm/Television/Commercial Director
QUESTIONS: Actors are constantly asking, what scenes should I show to a director?
ACTORS: Well, I found the answer!
In a world where the news screams more bad than good, where teenagers should not have to be exposed to bullying or any type of harassment, and where eye contact and listening is a fallen art, Mike Kimmel restores hope in his latest book, Monologues for Teens, reminding us there really is more good than bad in this world.
Commercial actors should never flounder when it’s slow in the industry.
There are times when it’s busy in the commercial industry and there are times when it’s… not. While I preach things are always changing in commercials, there are some things that remain constant-ish. There are times of the year when it’s unbearably busy and times when it slows. You can count on it to a certain extent. We, my friends, are making our way through one of the slow times. We are heading into summer and it’s slow-ish… the good news is it will pick up soon with back to school, football, all the holiday and superbowl ads. Auditions are coming soon, but what do you do so you stop climbing the walls now? read more
Haven’t you heard…green is the new black? I’m so excited because I’m sharing my secret fave healthiest drink on earth! Sounds like an exaggeration, but this bad boy is the highest antioxidant drink by 100x more than it’s competing superfoods. All performers and creatives should be savoring a cup of this magical drink because the benefits are worthy of an Oscar speech!
So what the heck is it you ask? Matcha Tea!! read more
While doing some research for a recent business lunch, I came across a great article written by my dining companion to-be on his lessons learned from leading a successful startup from zero to amazing (my words, not his).
As I read, it struck me that being a professional actor is a lot like leading a startup—and that the lessons from one might be applicable towards the other. Thus, as is my wont, I decided to shamelessly poach any of his applicable secrets for success to share with you. (Full disclosure: I’m totally telling him I did this after the fact, along with sending a link.)
1. Research the existing market for viability (and your niche) read more
Guys! You’ve gotta see this set! I know it’s a potentially terrible statement to begin a theatre review. It’s not as bad as it seems. Honestly, I just desperately want to live in the bohemian apartment in Pasadena Playhouse’s west coast premiere of Amy Herzog’s play Belleville. Bravo to the scenic designer, David Meyer. read more
Ch-ch-ch-changes! The self tape requests have just made their way to commercials, folks. Well, that’s not exactly true. The first time I was asked to gather a few self tapes for a job was about 5 years ago. It was for a SAG job. Production had added a completely “new role” after the job had been cast, talent had their wardrobe fitting, and they were on day one of the shoot. Instead of booking from headshot/resume/reel or hold an additional casting session (which we didn’t really have time for) they asked that I have 5 or so actors put themselves on tape. Nothing crazy, just with their phone, no fancy camera or lights necessary. It was a new request to me… but it certainly made sense. And the requests and the circumstances have continued to evolve and roll in from there. read more
A “world premiere” always sounds really special and exciting. And it is! But truthfully when you take a seat at a world premiere of a play, you should know what you are getting into. Even when it’s an established award-winning playwright it can be a toss up as to its success, and if it’s a relatively unknown playwright, it’s just plain risky viewing. And exciting. Don’t forget exciting. You could be a witness to brilliance, or more often an intriguing show that still needs some work. read more