Amy Answers Questions About Writing Credits and Acting with a Disability

AskAmyNoWordsHow do I find work as an actor with a disability? Should I put my writing credits in my demo reel? Amy answers these questions and more on this week’s Ask Amy! Each week Amy answers your questions here! Do you need acting technique tips or career advice? Send them here:

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Hello Amy,

I am an aspiring actor and writer. I wrote a short film and played one of the leads. Is there any merit to including that I wrote the short film if I include a clip in my demo reel? Would that make me any more likely to book a job, and would I put that on my resume?Thank you an advance for answering this email!
Hi Jonnie!
Good for you for shooting a short film and casting yourself. I wouldn’t include yourself as the writer in the clip because it needs to seem like someone loved your talent and hired you to be their lead. A demo reel is for your acting, not your writing. You can have a separate reel for your writing. Keep the acting reel as the acting reel.
My name is Rachel and I submitted my audition for the Wonderstruck Talent Search. I don’t think I got the part since they haven’t called me. I am a deaf actress and it seems like there are no jobs for deaf actresses. How can I compete for jobs that aren’t specifically calling for a deaf person?
Hi Rachel!
I have a student who is deaf and she works all the time. She works very hard at lip reading and pronunciation so that no one really knows. Hey, there’s not a lot of jobs for a lot of people with other issues like race, weight, height, etc. When there’s a will, there’s a way. You can do it!! 
Hi Amy,
I have a daughter who is 4 years old and is already a born performer! She definitely hams it up in front of a camera, and wants to be in movies when she grows up. Is it too early to try acting or modeling? I don’t want her to grow up too fast! Any advice would be great!
I always tell the parents regarding their naturally born performer children that they should pursue it all until it’s not fun anymore for their child. Children that are in the industry are the quickest, smartest and most talented children on the planet. It’s better to give them the opportunity to express themselves, then to not do it at all. The children that grow up too fast are usually the ones that aren’t supervised or who are pushed into entertainment without their approval.
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