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The Do’s and Don’ts of Meet and Greets

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If you are searching for an agent, meet and greets and open calls are necessary evils we must all learn to love. Perhaps some of you out there thrive on the adrenaline rush of wedging yourself into a fluorescent-lit room full of hundreds of edgy actors sweating out their crippling insecurities. Maybe the broken air […]

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How to Pass Like a Pro: Part I

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Typically, whenever you hear about someone like Angelina Jolie “passing” on a big studio film you think, “Yeah, she’s Angelia Jolie, she can do whatever project she wants to do. It’s not like she needs the money.” Yes, for those types of actors, that is often the case. A-list actors tend to have the luxury […]

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How to Improve Your Networking Skills

How to Improve Your Networking Skills

“But I just want to act,” your inner artist voice laments. “I’m not good at networking. It feels fake. I’m socially awkward. I break out in hives when I have to have a spontaneous conversation with another human, that’s why I chose a job where the conversations were all written out for me.” TOO BAD, […]

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The Actor’s Lament: Why Am I Not Booking Anything?

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One of the most frustrating things about being an actor is the dry spells—long stretches of time when you just don’t book anything. Dry spells are always stressful for actors: not only are you worrying about where your next paycheck is coming from, you also end up questioning your acting abilities and wonder if there’s […]

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Agents vs. Managers: What’s the Difference, and Which One Do I Need??

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Entering the world of professional acting can feel a little like stepping through the proverbial looking glass: suddenly, you’ve been thrust into a fast-paced, highly competitive arena with its own rules, procedures, and terminology.  Even if you acted in community productions or in school (actually, especially if you did), you’re likely to find that making […]

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Commercial Agents In Depth

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In our previous article, Your Own Personal A-Team, we discussed other types of representation on top of your standard theatrical reps (agents/managers). Lawyers, publicists, personal assistants, and business managers can make fantastic additions to your ‘team’, especially when your career gets to a certain level. However, one other type of rep that we haven’t discussed […]

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So You’ve Been “Dropped”: What it Means for Your Self Esteem and, More Importantly, Your Career

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“I’m sorry,” your agent says (but they don’t sound sorry at all!), “we’re going to have to drop you. It’s just not working out.” Being dropped sounds just as awful as it is—it means, simply, that your agent and/or manager has decided to “drop” you from their roster. This could be for many reasons: they’ve […]

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Booking a Job Without An Agent

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Even with a team of agents, managers, and lawyers, booking an acting job is no easy task. Your reps submit you for projects, which hopefully lead to auditions; you then have to prepare and nail the audition; then, if all goes well and you happen to be the best fit for the role, you get […]

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Protecting Your Age

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This is a public service announcement to all actors. Never, NEVER feel obligated to tell anyone your age during the casting of a project. Casting directors (or anyone involved in the process) are strictly prohibited from asking you your age, and there’s no real reason why this question should even be asked. Of course, there […]

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Inspiration for the Aggrieved Actor

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I recently scored an audition for a friend for a studio film. She did everything right: had her headshot and resume printed, highlighted her sides, prepared the scenes days ahead of time. She even had me run through the sides with her the night before so I could give her direction. This was her first […]

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