Ask Amy: October 22nd, 2015

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Amy Lyndon is a Celebrity Booking Coach, CEO and Author of “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking.” She has 40+ Series Regulars, an Emmy Winner, an Imagen Award Winner and 1000’s of Working Actors around the globe all using her Technique. She’s also an Award Winning Actress, Director and Writer currently with 91 IMDB credits and was the CEO – Personal Manager of Gold-Levin Talent for 9 years.

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Hi Amy,

Long time no see, will change that soon!!

Question:

I was a day player on a TV show last week, I looked great and performed very well. I am also, waiting for a TV movie to hit Netflix sometime in Dec.  Are these two roles considered “credits,” and if so, what do I do now?  How do I maximize this exposure to secure more work?

Thank you,

Crystal Bush

Hey Crystal! Congratulations on your bookings. First of all, make sure you get the footage:)Yes. They are considered “Credits.” I’m assuming the billing is Co-Star and Supporting. Put them on your resume and make sure you have the credits on IMDB. You need to put together a great letter stating your bookings and get an agent and/or manager. Then after you get the agent and/or manager, put together a postcard to let everyone know! 

 

 

Hi Amy,

I am a 41yo business professional from Melbourne, Australia. I have no acting experience, however from a young age I thought that acting would be something I would be good at. Actually, I was picked as the lead in my year 6 end of year play, age 11, and also appeared on television in Australia when I was young (13yo) doing Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” with my brother – so I have some acting experience. I want to know how a 41yo business professional goes from no acting experience to some acting experience, then to earning a living acting? I’m guessing this is the most common of questions and that you likely are tiresome from hearing it. I would be more than satisfied with your standard response, trusting that it’s something I could repeat to my children.

Many thanks,

Anthony Cullen

Melbourne, Australia.

P.S. My only daughter’s name is Amy, named after my grandmother. I love your name.

Hi Anthony! Honestly, if you don’t try, you’ll always wonder “what if.” Did you know that a ¼ of my 40 Series Regulars didn’t have any credits? You need to be brilliant at being an actor first and foremost. Then after you’ve learned how to be the best at your craft, then learn how to work the business. Don’t forget, you’re already a champ in that department, just apply the same principals. Regarding making a living… I can’t answer that. But what I can say is that you need to make sure you have plenty of money in the bank to go after this dream. You don’t want to put the pressure on yourself. Also make sure you learn Commercial Acting. You can make money in Commercials while you get great at booking theatrical work.

 

Hey Amy,

I currently live in MO, but my goal is to move to L.A. sometime within the next year.  It was suggested to me by a friend living and working in L.A. to change my haircolor (I’m a natural blonde) to something darker as there are so many blondes in the L.A. market already. In my current market I do a decent job booking gigs, but even here I’ve noticed a plethora of blondes. Do you think his suggestion has merit?    

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Hannah Elizabeth Jones

Hi Hannah! Don’t listen to what other people say about what you should or shouldn’t look like. Hair color has nothing to do with what you’re contributing to the business. If he’s referring to Commercials, yes, there’s not a lot of blondes, but if he’s talking Theatrically? Jeeeeeeeeeze… really? Has he been watching Television? All the leading ladies are blonde. The talent and understanding where you belong in this business is what is going to sell you. Figure out where you fit first, and then figure
out what you’re going to do with your hair.

 

 

Hi my name is Chris Thomas and I was wondering if the Showcase submissions also help with networking and reaching out to CD or Agents?
Hi Chris. Make sure you have a great scene that represents you well. Additionally, that scene should be from a Television Show. Agents and Managers don’t make money on Feature Films. Don’t do CD Workshops or Showcases until you have a Rep. Who are they going to call? The Workshops won’t tell you that because they’re in the business of making money. But, seriously, think about it. If there are 500 Agents and 500 Managers, why would they call you direct?

 

 

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