Amy Talks Constructive Criticism And How To Market Yourself As An Actor

AskAmyNoWordsWho’s Feedback should you value the most? Is your Agent doing their job? Each week Amy answers your questions here! Do you need acting technique tips or career advice? Send them here: AskAmyLyndon@gmail.com.

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.

 

I go to showcases, I take private acting classes, and I have submitted my demo reel to Cast It Talent Feedback. The Feedback I’ve gotten seems to vary depending on where I’m getting it from. How should I view Feedback in general? Are there sources that I should value over others? Thanks, Amy!

It seems that everyone has an opinion when you ask for it, right? Well, here’s mine… you feel very proactive to me, which is a good thing. You’re working hard, but are you working smart? Does your demo reel look like any of the roles that you can play on television? Does it look professionally shot? You really need to look at who the “buyer” is. If you’re the product, are you a product the buyer wants to buy? Does your product look like what is already being sold? You can ask for all the advice in the world, but if you’re not thinking like an agent or manager, then why would they think that you understand the business and want to be in business with you? Yes, we can review the source, but if what you’re showing them doesn’t add up, you will always get mixed reviews. If the product makes sense to them in their world then, chances of you getting a solid review all around is more favorable. So, it’s not always the source, sometimes it’s what you’re putting out there.

 

Hi Amy, My name is Alice Rooney and I’m a aspiring actor/model from Western Australia, I study at John Curtin College of the arts, which is a performing arts high school in Fremantle. All aspects of film, theatre and drama are my undivided passions, I feel as though they run through my blood. It is my only dream to move to LA and pursue acting as a career, but sometimes I find it hard to wait and accept it’s such a hard industry to become apart of haha :) At the moment I am only on a website called starnow, but no jobs ever seem to come my way, as you can imagine its hard to be so passionate about something and hardly achieve any roles apart from school productions.
This is where your advice comes in,
– what can I do to get myself out there as an actor!
– And does ‘cast it’ accept actors worldwide, or just America?
– Perhaps you know of some good Australian agents who actually have auditions for feature films, television or short films?!
Thank you for your time :)

Hi Alice!

If your passion is to be in LA, then you need to get a work visa and get work in LA. But before you come here, come with enough money for three years. Yes the industry is hard, but it’s also hard working to become a CEO or own a hair salon. If you want it, you will find a way to put it together so that you can have it. Any site in the USA will take issue with hiring you unless you’re here and have working papers. So, keep your chin up, get your package together, save some money and come out here and try your hand at it. You can also contact Richard Burke who has a great program to help people from other countries http://www.industryhollywood.com/ He’s an awesome guy, please tell him that I sent you.

 

Hello Amy,

I am currently represented, but I can’t seem to get an audition. My agent does not want me reaching out to Casting directly, and prefers to do this themselves. I trust that my Agent is doing their best, and I just might not be everyone’s cup of tea? How can I know if my Agent is doing their job?

Yes. Your agent is right. Not a good idea to do that unless you’re doing the casting director workshops. Are you out there auditioning through all the sites? You need to be practicing like an Olympic Actor to learn how to book so that when they do get you an audition, you’re ready. It could be possible that your package isn’t matching your talent and you might need to make it stronger. More demo clips, more diversified photos, more credits, etc. could be the issue as well. Does your representation have all the tools necessary in order to sell you properly? Feel free to take advantage of a FREE week on my business site for actors and do all the “assignments.” It’s possible that you have a hole in your package that needs to be fixed. I know it’s easy to think it’s you personally, but I have to say, it’s probably your business package and marketing.

 

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Amy Lyndon
CEO – The Lyndon Technique
Phone: 818.760.8501
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