Skip Pipo: Persistence Makes Cast It Talent Work for Him

Every now and then you have to sit back and take stock of how much you’re really putting into self-promotion. It’s easy to feel like you’re working hard enough, submitting often enough, until you run across a story like Skip Pipo’s. Skip Pipo has submitted to Cast It Talent over 2000 times. That is only for our site. You guys. We all need to be this dude. This is how you get a yes. Here’s how Skip made it work for him.

 
Skip, who hails from Seattle, got the bug when he was ten and read a book about actors who had won Oscars for best actor. “It was basically bio information on each of them,” Skip remembers, “but it occurred to me that these were adults who got to pretend for a living. That was their job! I decided then and there that I wanted to do that, too.” Skip’s parents, though wary, were supportive enough to sign Skip up for acting classes and local theatre. He continued to study for years at Northwest Actors Studio, until he moved to L.A. in 2002 on a friend’s recommendation. Skip now resides in Van Nuys and is playing the working actor game with a flexible office job that allows him audition availability.

 
Cast It came into his life incidentally. Says Skip, “I am always on the look-out for opportunities to market myself and submit to projects. I believe I discovered through a friend’s referral. Cast It Talent seems to host breakdowns that are unavailable anywhere else. Sometimes that is because casting and shooting is being done outside Los Angeles, but in any case I have been able to promote myself outside of the normal LA calls to filmmakers and budding filmmakers all over the country. You never know in this business from where, who, or how your next gig is going to come.”

 
For Skip, the gigs started pouring in. In 2013-2014, he toured for ten months with West Side Story and is now fresh off another bus—the LA Theatre Works Dracula tour. Back in LA for the moment, Skip is back at it,  “looking for that next exciting opportunity!”

 
This is the way of the modern actor. You can’t rely entirely on your agent or manager for this kind of stuff. Ultimately, your career is your responsibility, and every now and then, we all need to rekindle the coals beneath our feet and start stepping lively. Adapting to changing times and trends, seeking out new ways to reach beyond your immediate circle of peers, this is the minimum effort that must be expended. As Skip puts it: “Just be persistent. Constantly working, training, and growing are the keys to success in this very strange and unpredictable industry.”

 

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Rachel Rachel Frawley is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at www.rachelfrawley.com

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