Type Casting, Showcases, and More from Amy Lyndon!

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 3.54.32 PMWhat can you get out of a Showcase, and what is the truth about type casting? 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 participated in an acting showcase about two months ago, and a casting director that was there loved my monologue and gave me her contact information. Since then I have called and left a few messages on her machine and have never heard back. Should I keep trying to contact her or give up? I don’t want to seem pushy, but I would love to get back in front of her! Any advice is appreciated.
That’s the thing with these showcases. You can’t really expect anything to happen. They do call people in when they’re absolutely right for the role that they are casting, but they have to not have found the person from the agent and manager online submissions. Just one showcase is not going to do it. You need to get in front of them again with another showcase or a 2 – 3 day workshop. Just keep meeting casting directors and do A+ work and soon you will hear from them. The better thing to do is to spend the time and money on working on everything you can get your hands on, get your online package in A+ shape to match you’re A+ talent and then get out there and find representation worthy of your talent. Your chances of being seen are much greater that way.
Hi Amy,
I believe you receive many questions like mine… I’m 27 years old Polish actor and filmmaker. I have experienced in short films, student films, one TV credit. 
I’m self-taught, chose having mentors over teachers, to learn on the set by actual acting. Turns out, in Poland actors without diploma are forbidden by law to be considered for anything serious. Let’s think Tarantino or Spielberg – they would do nothing in here unless they would graduate 5 years long school. How open minded, right? I tried in the US and received positive feedback but I’m not there so they can’t help me.  I’m flying to London from time to time but very little experience on stage and lack of credits worth attention forbids me from getting any attention from agents, producers, casting directors. But fresh, very hard working actor with great creativity and different background, skills and endless imagination will make an impact for sure! And can bring only a value to the project. Thing is, that in 10 years of trying, I just run off from ideas. All I can is take part in worldwide searches, like recent audition for Sony TV/Netflix upcoming series. But to be honest, I don’t believe that they will actually see every single tape, and even so, my location will make them ignore my submission even if they will like what they saw. Do you have any advice for guys in hopeless situation like mine? I mean, no situation is hopeless, but time is ticking, I’m constantly learning, training, improving. I’m getting better and better, my craft evolves, but there’s no one who will say: “ok, tape yourself and we will see. If we like it, we will give you second call, if we not – we just wont.” Can’t wait to hear from you,
Have a great day,
Raphael Kot
Hi Raphael,
I feel your pain. The best solution I feel is to contact Richard Burke at http://www.industryhollywood.com/ and tell him that I sent you. He will help you get your working visa to come to the US. You truly need to be here to do all that you want to do. It just sounds like there are too many restrictions for you to pursue your dream where you are living. Good luck on your journey and keep moving forward. Never give up on your dreams.
Hi Amy,
What is your opinion on type-casting? I am finding myself being presented with the same kinds of roles every time I audition. Is this something I should be avoiding? I don’t want to be put in a box, but at this point I think any work is good work. Thoughts?
Honestly, you want to be type cast because once you are known in one area, then you can chose to be seen in other areas. Become an expert in what it is that you do. Gain credits and exposure – then move onto your next stage in your career. Just look at Billy Bob Thornton’s career. After “Sling Blade” he was able to call the shots.
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Amy Lyndon Amy Lyndon is an International 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 100+ IMDB credits and was the CEO and Personal Manager of Gold-Levin Talent for 9 years. Check out her technique here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thelyndontechnique

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