I recently met my good friend, Bonnie Gillespie, for a long, leisurely lunch and gab. Bonnie is a longtime friend of actors from both a casting and coaching perspective, with a pretty ace track record: just last fall, an actor she’s brought in for years, Kim Estes, took home an Emmy—no small accomplishment, and one any actor would love.
Whether it’s the real deal big screen or a selfie with your trendy bevy…we all want to look fabulous on camera. I swear, even my dog smiles! So what does it take to make the camera blush with our healthy, vibrant beauty? I’m so glad you asked! I’m sharing five of my fave easy tips to implement. After reading number one, take a quickie drink break to sip on while reading the rest! read more
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.
One of the great mysteries (and frustrations) in the casting world is why some actors don’t show up to their audition appointments. Right now you, the actor, are either shouting at your computer in exasperation because you would never miss an audition, let alone be unprepared or late. Or, you are going though the list of what seems to be legitimate reasons an actor (ahem, you) sometimes miss auditions. And while I’ll fully admit those legitimate excuses exist, I’m sure it’s not nearly as often as I hear them. What’s the big deal? That’s well covered territory, but a quick recap: it’s a BIG deal. So, what gives?
Commercial actors should never stop assessing why they don’t show up. read more
Time-tested tools to keep you on track
After spending a chunk of the holiday break shredding old tax documents, I can definitively confirm what I have long suspected: that I used to be more addicted to acquiring tools than using them wisely. read more
The New Year arrives wrapped in a glistening layer of Hope. There is a sense that one can start over. The slate is cleared. All our mistakes and misfortunes are joyfully replaced by visions of abundant opportunities arising in the future. The word “new” is such a delicious word. It comes packed with the thrill of experiencing something good. The hope of finally getting what you have desired. read more
The beginning of the year always brings up lists of resolutions and goals. There is a place for that at times, and other times, a resolutions place is in the trash. Yep, you heard that right. There is so much pressure to create grand lists, become a “regular” at the gym and completely cut out carbs, sugar and dairy. Just writing that sentence makes me wanna cuddle up in sweats only suitable for the house with a big bowl of pasta topped with parmesan. My idea of the way to start a new year is to clean the clutter on the outside which inadvertently cleans the clutter on the inside. read more
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?”
“Everyone says I have a great voice and I should do voiceovers.” The all too common phrase that sends a cold shiver down the spine of anyone even remotely related to the world of voiceover casting. And seeing as voiceovers make up the lion’s share of my casting business, I spend a lot of time shivering. Someone hears what I do for a living, tells me that they have a good voice and the responses start buzzing wildly through my head like a hive of agitated bees. Do I smile, nod, and let it go? Or do I go into a lengthy explanation of what voiceover really is; a misunderstood, multi-faceted branch of the entertainment business that goes so far beyond something as genetically arbitrary as a voice quality. read more
Have you noticed changes in the commercial business and can’t make heads or tails of it? Perhaps you can’t put your finger on what the movement is, but you know something is definitely moving. I’ve always marveled at the rate of change in commercials. I have to keep up because my business depends on it. Yours does, too. If you take the commercial pursuit seriously, your business depends on you being in the know, so that you can make informed, strategic and thoughtful decisions. For the millionth time, booking a commercial (or commercials, plural) isn’t a crap shoot. It’s a thing. And you gotta know about the thing. How? Let’s talk about it.
Commercial actors should never stop asking the important questions. read more