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Looking to gain more connections which leads to more International acting work!

Looking to gain more connections which leads to more International acting work!

Posted on Jan 28th

Hi hi! Thanks for such a warm welcome! As an Actor with several feature film credits as a lead actor and supporting, I would love to start chatting with people who are producing new features and tv shows to continue this momentum! I am so grateful to have already won awards for my acting and just appreciate that I am finally doing what I love to do!You're welcome to have a look at my IMDb (imdb.me/danrobins) which showcases some of what I have done, also don't shy away from a connection and a DM! I would appreciate advice on what content I should add to my IMDb as well!

Would you rather..?

Would you rather..?

Posted on Jan 28th

Would you rather have a speaking/lead role in a small independent company movie with non-famous actors or an extra/non-speaking role in a mainstream big production company movie with famous actors ? Why?

My first Demo

My first Demo

Posted on Jan 28th

Hello\~! I'm starting my career as a voice actor/talent and would love to receive feedback from you. :) Any advice is welcome, even bad comments haha

A Teacher Looks for a Teacher in Prep for Migration

A Teacher Looks for a Teacher in Prep for Migration

Posted on Jan 28th

Hello, A wall of text will follow. TL;DR at the bottom. My background goes something like this: I'm a singer and dancer/physical theatre actress that wanted to do voice acting proper for many years. However, I'm a persecuted minority where I currently leave, so I've not had many opportunities to actually perform outside of choreography and doing noises/ambient stuff in a costume that hid most of me or singing from behind the stage in a booth, never getting speaking roles. I'm hoping to escape this place this year, and until then I want to start doing things for myself. I have a very wide gap in my experience, as I can move and use my voice, but I've not spoken on stage since about 5th grade. I've been studying physical theatre, butoh and various dances for 12 years and singing for almost 20 years; I've been a movement teacher for 9 and voice teacher for 5-6 years. I worked with a lot of actors (mostly theatre and MT/opera), as well as trained voice actors (including finding various voices and extended voice techniques such as growl, rattle, speaking and singing on inhalation, etc) and public speakers, focusing on developing the voice, posture, presence, working with the audience and the costume. We concentrated less on the actual role since that was taught by a different coach. I have heaps more teaching than performing experience. Before the pandemic, I found an acting coach that worked with the Stanislavski method, but our lessons were cut short. Then I found someone working with Chekhov's and a bunch more, but everyone either died or disappeared due to the hell happening in my area. Suffice to say, I had no other opportunities, and I don't have any money to spare since I'm preparing to move countries. My head is a mess, but using my voice/dancing makes me feel alive, so I want to learn and do instead of sitting behind the curtain. For that, I need to learn more, especially since English isn't my first language. I'm looking for maybe someone who'd be willing to barter-coach online or just share stuff that could help me learn in addition to all the self-study/reading. I'm used to bartering my lessons in exchange for a lot of stuff, and I can offer: physical movement, physical theatre with butoh elements, breathwork, meditation, yoga-ish (15 years of study and pretty papers, but I won't call myself a yogini), voice tech/singing, self-massage, solfege and application of elementary music theory, basics of jazz harmony and improvisation (jazz and otherwise) for the keyboard/voice. A lot of online stuff I can only access with a VPN, and these are being blocked one by one, as VPN is illegal here. Reddit is somehow still okay; most social media is blocked, but Discord works. Please, point me to where I can find someone like that and forgive me if I'm completely out of place in this subreddit. TL;DR: a voice teacher/dancer/singer from a Big Bad Place wants to learn how to perform/act in English in preparation to migration. Offers barter in exchange.

Hiding script onstage

Hiding script onstage

Posted on Jan 28th

Hi all, looking for suggestions others might have done. We have an older lead actor that just can't get his lines down. If he just needed some cues I could put a starting line or two in areas for him, but really he needs his script as he can lose it mid sentence. I figure I'll have to get some kind of large book he can "read " in his lap and hide pages of script inside, maybe ring bound or something. Any creative ideas?

Any of your favorite scenes from a movie to use as a reel clip??

Any of your favorite scenes from a movie to use as a reel clip??

Posted on Jan 28th

Hello my fellow beautiful actors, im trying to get a temporary clip to use as a sort of "reel" for submitions and wanted to see if yall have any good scenes you have in mind? Im a 22yr old male and just want to do "raw" acting for this so no character just so they can see my foundation/base if that makes sense. Is there any scenes that have (i hate using this word) drama in it that could work? What are your favorite scenes that are very strong for me to showcase my work. Would love your help, thanks!

Guys, am I cringe..

Guys, am I cringe..

Posted on Jan 28th

I'm a returning voice actress, I have a commercial demo and character demo, but in addition on Fiverr, they allowed a intro video, so I made this.. https://youtu.be/JbVyb4D-RGY Does it "work"? Give me your worst.. Thanks in advanced.

Do you feel that height is a big factor when casting directors look for leading males roles?

Do you feel that height is a big factor when casting directors look for leading males roles?

Posted on Jan 28th

Pretty much the title. I was into acting for about 10 years. I’m 24 (been SAG since I was 12), and I’m 5’7. Been in many SAG film productions with lines and actual screen time. I’ve gone out for many “leading man” roles (dramatic and comedic). Roles where the story is all about him. Or he gets the girl at the end of the story, etc. And I notice that casting always goes for guys clearly over 6 feet tall when the project comes out. As much as I wanna say it’s down to my dedication, work ethic, ability to bring the character off the page. I can’t help but feel that my height (or lack-thereof) has hindered my career. I’ve really gotten into roles during the audition, just to see that they picked someone who was taller, but not necessarily a better actor. Do you guys feel that height is a factor when casting for male roles?

On a Scale from 1-10 How good are you at whistling?

On a Scale from 1-10 How good are you at whistling?

Posted on Jan 28th

It takes subtle inflections of our mouth muscles to whistle. As a voice actor I feel like we specialize in having command over the muscles of our mouth/throat/voice and am curious to see if there's any relationship between the two. [View Poll](https://www.reddit.com/poll/10nwwie)

I'm in need of a female voice actor that can imitate the voice of a 10 year old girl

I'm in need of a female voice actor that can imitate the voice of a 10 year old girl

Posted on Jan 27th

I doubt that I will find what I'm looking for on here but in hopes that I do. I'm all writer/showmaker and I am putting together a voiceover scene from my YouTube channel and I need somebody to play the little sister of my main character. If you just so happen to be a voice actor that can do this I would really really appreciate it if you could reach out to me

Is there a role both physically and emotionally equivalent to a soldier in a war movie for female actors?

Is there a role both physically and emotionally equivalent to a soldier in a war movie for female actors?

Posted on Jan 27th

Kind of a random question, but I’ve been watching a lot of WW1 & WW2 movies recently. I think there are so many incredible roles to play for the actors that are both physically and emotionally challenging and demanding. Being female, I was wondering if there is any equivalent for women in movies and TV to these types of roles? I’ve been trying to think but I really can’t think of any that are close.

Where to meet other actors in NYC?

Where to meet other actors in NYC?

Posted on Jan 27th

Ive been in classes for a year- love the classes but feel like its not a good way to build relationships with other actors. Everyone is a working actor and it kinda feels almost like, competitive? We all go home and dont speak outside of class. How can I meet other actors just to hangout? Not even network? Maybe some theater groups that are low key and just for fun? Looking to just to meet people and f\*ck around lol.

A list of Free Resources, for Beginners who will want to go Pro.

A list of Free Resources, for Beginners who will want to go Pro.

Posted on Jan 27th

As people starting up, there is so much to learn about, understand, and develop, *away* from the microphone, and outside of the booth. This is a list I have compiled for myself, and for those looking at getting into voice acting beyond a hobby. **Everything here can be accessed for Free**. (Some resources may need you to subscribe to emails, but they can be unsubscribed from afterwards.) This doesn't mean to say that those who aren't looking to 'go pro' can't find something useful here, but much of the content and advice in these posts and videos may be quite firm, in relation to business, marketing, recording *and* acting quality. I will clarify that being professional can be either part-time or full-time; it's about the type, quality and consistency of the work you're outputting, when compared to a hobbyist voice actor. Being a professional requires professional levels of commitment to learning the ins and outs of the business. This post is however, primarily about being a professional **away and outside of Fiverr, UpWork, and other freelance websites.** As it is outside of my personal interest, I have not shared resources focused on making the most out of those websites. It is also limited RE audiobook narration. I welcome any input, whether additional resources or *constructive* critisism - I am undeniably still a beginner myself, and am looking to *learn*, as much as I can outside of the actual "*doing*" of voice acting. I would also like to clarify that everything shared in this post, is what I have *personally* deemed helpful, and useful, as a resource.It is my opinion and interpretation - the working professionals in this subreddit may offer a perspective I have yet to see on a resource, and I will update this list accordingly. **I'm here to learn.** # YouTube Channels: 1. [Booth Junkie](https://www.youtube.com/@BoothJunkie) Starting with the well known, well loved, Mike DelGaudio. Offers microphone reviews and comparisons, guides on how to use the Reaper DAW specifically for VO, basic home-booth set ups, and excellent interviews with other professionals in the industry. Recommended Videos: [Essential Voiceover Jargon](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac5_NHtzD4g&list=PLWmguFi36k4Oz_z-S9MYYRl2-gi2eQZu3&index=22) [Easy and Effective Acoustic Treatment Panels](https://youtu.be/z5ApIWbjvcA) [Handle quick deadline VO recording sessions](https://youtu.be/lgGkyyjW4HA) [Getting Started in VO, with Gabby Nistico and Anthony Pica ](https://youtu.be/UpM5ffRwL7U) Additional Resources: [Setting Up Reaper Course - Updated and improved, compared to the videos on their YouTube.](https://academy.boothjunkie.com/#/home) 2. [Gift of Gab](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-JhbChXLVwTvgSxrtWpajg) Has brilliant videos on some of the specifics of voice acting and the business of it, that you may not have thought about yourself. Short and to the point, Gabby tells you what you need to hear (whether you want to hear it or not.) Recommended Videos: [5 Things You Should NEVER Do In Your Voice Over Auditions](https://youtu.be/En6zJHNazrM) [How's your audio quality? How do you know?](https://youtu.be/-zO22_z5edg) [Cold Email Secrets - Tips to make reaching out more effective](https://youtu.be/rPhDv67DzIA) [Number One Secret to Getting Better in Voice Acting! - Seriously, this is a big deal.](https://youtu.be/d5lWJOjGxyw) Additional Resources: [Recommended Books, Blogs, and Trusted Coaches.](https://www.gabriellenistico.com/voiceover-resources) 3. [Paul Schmidt Pro](https://www.youtube.com/@PaulSchmidtPro) A fantastic channel focused on the business and marketing side of voice over work. Another channel that tells you the hard truths, with real, constructive advice to get to being a professional. Has the videos transcribed in [blog form](https://paulschmidtpro.com/blog), and as a [Spotify podcast](https://open.spotify.com/show/08KahhZFEduMeOjPGJNc5R?si=8ff2069689514f39). Recommended Videos: [7 Truths U MUST Know B4 You Get Started in Voice Acting](https://youtu.be/SLrH86CKJPM) [Using Online Casting Sites SMARTLY: 3 Scenarios](https://youtu.be/fcWEtSRWA0k) [The 3 Biggest Voice Over Website Design ERRORS](https://youtu.be/muxck5YS_l8) [3 HARD TRUTHS About Voice Over Agents](https://youtu.be/i5lmxiXR-fM) Additional Resources: ["Top 10 Voice Actor Website Design Tips" booklet.](https://paulschmidtpro.com/newsletter) ["7 Steps to Staring and Developing a Career in Voiceover" Booklet](https://paulschmidtpro.com/7-steps-signup) 4. [AudioHaze](https://www.youtube.com/@AudioHaze/featured) A very newbie-friendly channel on audio processing, with videos on the 'basics' of what EQ and Compression is. While the channel is mostly for music production, a lot of advice is given which applies to VO audio processing. Recommended Videos: [You're Destroying Your Voice When You Do This! - A Complete Guide to Vocal EQ (EQ Tutorial/Lesson)](https://youtu.be/FNHMfdzOUp4) [This Will Make Vocal Compression WAY Easier - Compression Explained/Tutorial (Ratio, Attack, Release)](https://youtu.be/776fOStvyuY) [What Even IS Compression? - How to Use Audio Compression Properly](https://youtu.be/jVElie-aImk) [Voiceover is NOT Just EQ and Compression!! - Voiceover/Podcasting Mixing Tutorial/Lesson (Beginner)](https://youtu.be/nyYFEdRc4Mw) 5. [LennyB](https://www.youtube.com/@HeyLennyB) Channel dedicated to processing audio specifically for VO. Excellent videos to start seeing what needs to be done, and start training your ears to hear how clean audio *should* sound. Recommended Videos: [Voice Over Processing (Walkthrough](https://youtu.be/Z_kivhBBOzU) [)](https://youtu.be/Z_kivhBBOzU)[What Does A Professional Voice Over Processing Chain Sound Like?](https://youtu.be/NQzcp5_qWDk) [The Best Voice Over Recording Levels (And Why)](https://youtu.be/2l8zmy7ynek) [Removing The Boxy Sound From A Voice Recording](https://youtu.be/T9g7bpOJ4l4) Additional Resources: [Voice Frequency Guide for Understanding EQ Areas](https://www.lennyb.com/voice-frequeny-guide-optin-page) [Voice Recording Basics](https://www.lennyb.com/voice-recording-basics-landing-page-YTPL) [EQ Techniques that Transform Your Voice](https://www.lennyb.com/3eq-techniques-training-video-opt-in-page) 6. [VoiceOverAngela](https://www.youtube.com/@VoiceOverAngela/featured) Has videos on gig sites like Fiverr, which I personally avoid, but has some really helpful videos on Audiobook Narration and ACX specifically. Recommended Videos: [Recording & Submitting an Audition for ACX](https://youtu.be/46vfN_shSPs) [Audiobook Narrators! 2 tools to help you avoid being scammed on ACX](https://youtu.be/ep0avfuAUCk) [How to create a sample for ACX when you dont have any of your own](https://youtu.be/38UhM1wbvQs) [How to narrate and format an audiobook for ACX](https://youtu.be/3r7CBuVwnXo) ​ The following are other individual/specific helpful videos and playlists I have saved, and channels that I follow and have watched some videos of, but not enough to form a strong opinion on how helpful they are overall. ​ Channels: 1. [Voice Acting 101](https://www.youtube.com/@Voiceacting101) 2. [The VO Booth Camp](https://www.youtube.com/@TheVOBoothCamp) 3. [Podcastage](https://www.youtube.com/@Podcastage) (Popular and well known, useful for hearing a review of a mic you may be thinking of purchasing. Not VO specific.) 4. [Voice Coach - Bill DeWees](https://www.youtube.com/@VoiceCoach-BillDeWees/featured) (Well known, and great at marketing *his own content*. Has some good advice, but take it with a pinch of salt, and *do not* fall for paying for what is said to be their 'one-size fits all' coaching.) ​ General Videos: 1. [Why You NEED to KNOW what PFH means in voice overs.](https://youtu.be/xVgHZr53Q9A) 2. [Focus on Nailing your VO Audition with Lili Wexu](https://youtu.be/Nzb7VMRGDwE) 3. [Using the Blue Yeti for voiceover (not Twitch streaming)](https://youtu.be/1dF0Mehlxdk) (For those not ready to buy an XLR, but have a Yeti lying around.) 4. [$20 DIY Acoustic Panels](https://youtu.be/XDlF14_Jtbc) 5. [Where NOT To Find Voiceover Scripts](https://youtu.be/TYqULXKxf_s) 6. [Stop Waiting! - You have to play to win!](https://youtu.be/Sm7hlwFxZHE) 7. [Learn how to edit your voiceover audio FASTER!](https://youtu.be/tUN9VHxpYzA) 8. [Top 3 Ways to FAIL in Voice Over](https://youtu.be/XE-qsnWS0LE) 9. [Being an Audiobook Narrator](https://youtu.be/1ERlxL7WVVo) (Long, but has some great insights.) 10. [KICKING VO P2P ANTHILLS WITH PAUL SCHMIDT](https://youtu.be/37I3njEOsmk) ​ Audio Editing Videos: 1. [Voice Over (EQ and Compression Walkthrough)](https://youtu.be/XJaVoyDMji4) 2. [How To EQ For Voice Over Recording](https://youtu.be/aZsnl0qCFZc) 3. [How I Punch and Roll for Long Form Recording](https://youtu.be/dbs5dMB2Bbo) 4. [FASTEST AND EASIEST way to remove mouthclicks! SERIOUSLY easy.](https://youtu.be/ELb03fwisao) 5. [How To Set Your Microphone's Gain / Level for Beginners (FAQ Series)](https://youtu.be/1l86SOlxyps) 6. [Breaking down ACX's Audio File Requirement](https://youtu.be/lGfpqQmntYU) ​ Playlists: 1. [How to be an Online Voice Actor](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGUJF8aG_m7soM0uaA_ucKHlgh890Uyou) (Fast paced, blunt, but funny.) ​ # Podcasts: I don't listen to many podcasts, but it can be a helpful way to glean information while doing chores, or playing simple games like Minecraft in your downtime. 1. [This Week in VO with J. Michael Collins](https://open.spotify.com/show/1kFQbCRD4Ib5TAKLMx6Vt3?si=c8c4875d89964b62) 2. [SPEECHLESS: Real Life VO](https://www.youtube.com/@SPEECHLESSVO/featured) 3. [Marc Scott](https://www.youtube.com/@MarcScott/featured) 4. [VO Buzz Weekly](https://www.youtube.com/@vobuzzweekly/featured) (Not limited to Podcast content - has some great 'back stage' type videos.) ​ # Rate Guides: 1. [Indie Rate Guide](https://www.voiceactingclub.com/rates/) \- For smaller projects, when you're getting your first few gigs. 2. [Gravy for the Brain Rate Guide](https://rates.gravyforthebrain.com/) \- Great for those in the UK. 3. [GVAA Rate Guide](https://globalvoiceacademy.com/gvaa-rate-guide-2/) 4. [Edge Studio Rate Cards](https://edgestudio.com/rate-cards/) 5. [Edge Studio Words to Time Calculator](https://edgestudio.com/words-to-time-calculator/) ​ # Specific Blog posts, Webpages and Comments I have Bookmarked: 1. [From Calm Talking to Roaring Screaming](https://www.reddit.com/r/VoiceActing/comments/hj137r/comment/fwk7bqd/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) 2. [Is EQ Absolutely Necessary?](https://www.reddit.com/r/VoiceActing/comments/i00l2i/comment/fzmm8mm/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) 3. [How Much should you Edit your Auditions?](https://voiceacting.boards.net/thread/4219/edit-auditions?page=1&scrollTo=19294) 4. [Gravy for the Brain](https://www.gravyforthebrain.com/) \- You can find their free webinars, under the 'FREE STUFF' tag. 5. [Paul Schmidt Blog Recommendations](https://paulschmidtpro.com/recommended-blogs) 6. [Travey Lindley Recommended Resources](https://tracylindley.com/resources/) 7. [ACX Audio Terminology Glossary](https://www.acx.com/help/audio-terminology-glossary/201456390) 8. [Making the Most out of Specific P2P Sites](https://www.reddit.com/r/VoiceActing/comments/scg1g7/jaythavas_guide_to_online_voice_acting/) 9. [General Breakdown of Various Casting Sites.](https://vogigs.com/#agent) 10. [Edge Studio Script Library](https://edgestudio.com/scripts/) (For general practise - watch Gift of Gab's video above on where to *really* find VO scripts.) 11. [Edge Studio To-Do List](https://edgestudio.com/the-voice-actors-to-do-list/) ​ The One Thing I Recommend Purchasing as a Complete Beginner: The Art of Voice Acting by James Alburger. ​ I've been slowly working my way through this book, and it covers every aspect of VO, from the basics of the acting, to techniques used in the booth by pros, and how to market yourself, and your business. The latest version is the 6th edition, I believe. ​ I hope this has post has proven helpful. ​ While undeniably useful, I found the sidebar of this subreddit lacking when it came to really finding *specific* resources - much of the advice was vague, and it has taken me a lot of time and digging to find these videos and posts, to help me build myself a mental roadmap of the direction I wish to head in. I apologise if the formatting is poor.

2023 Demo Reel

2023 Demo Reel

Posted on Jan 26th

I actually acted a couple of times last year (not counting Hamlet on stage - had to get THAT in here!), and successfully harvested a couple of new clips along with some Golden Oldies from recent years. Any feedback would be appreciated.

My greatest role to date - the love keeps coming back from this one x

My greatest role to date - the love keeps coming back from this one x

Posted on Jan 26th

For anyone who has been watching our #SixYearsGone movie journey, it's now freeview on Youtube after doing festival circuits and video on demand via Amazon Prime.Can't believe our lovely humble film #SixYearsGone went live 5 DAYS ago & has 52 THOUSAND views & wonderful comments - jumping 10K every day. It's a slow burning emotional drama made on £18K, that really conveys the potential of indie film - so much love put into it and in return - the love keeps coming x  I'm so grateful that the production believed in everyone cast and their acting abilities to pull off this - documentary style drama (relying on long shots and minimal resources). Thanks so far to everyone who has supported us - and do feel free to watch now or tonight! xx :) https://youtu.be/S3h1DVNJB2Q

Should I put non reputable acting classes on my Resume?

Should I put non reputable acting classes on my Resume?

Posted on Jan 26th

Long story short Johncasa Blancas got me. A bit embarrassing but whatever I already payed for the classes in full so I was like fuck it let me finish the classes since I already paid it all. I finally finished it took quite a while but would putting them on my resume hurt my resume or does it not matter. I might be over thinking it but I’m afraid that since they have a bad reputation it’ll effect me getting jobs. I am now going to a way more reputable acting school like they have a great reputation and people trust their actors should I wait till I finish my classes with them to put training on my resume?

how to ask a fellow actor for a referral?

how to ask a fellow actor for a referral?

Posted on Jan 26th

We have been studying in the same drama school for a few months and I really like his agency - has great actors, but he's also told me before how they work and I really like that. However, we get along well but we are not friends-friends. How could I ask for a referral? Should I ask him if I can just include in the email that he recommended it to me? I've heard the ideal case would be to put him in CC and for him to also write something recommending me, right? But I feel like that's too much to ask, I don't want to come off as a freeloader

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Posted on Jan 26th

Use this thread to post your headshots for feedback, get info on your age range/type, find good headshot photographers, ask any questions you may have about headshots. If you are posting a DIY headshot for feedback, and not just a snapshot in order to get feedback on your age range/type/etc, it is advised that you do at least some basic research on what actor headshots look like--composition, framing, lighting. You will find a Google Image search for "actor headshots" to be very helpful for this. Non-professional shots are fine for age/typecasting; please keep in mind that one picture is a difficult way to go about this. Video of you moving and speaking would be ideal, but understandably more difficult to post. ​ For what it's worth, the branding workshop at SAG-AFTRA recommends a five-year age range. That's inclusive, so for example 19-23, 25-29, 34-38, etc.

Pursuing acting to clear off a goal?

Pursuing acting to clear off a goal?

Posted on Jan 26th

Hey! I am \[18 M\], currently in my first year of BTech in Mechanical Engineering. Out of the blue I have just kind of made up a goal, completely different from academics to like give acting a go as a hobby of course. I won't be making acting as a mainstream career for myself, Engineering is something that I like well enough. But doing the same thing again and again for a long time just makes it boring for me. Thought of why not go for acting? It'll help with my shy/awkward behavior and would probably help my social skills as well (yeah, my social skills are quite poor). **I haven't tried acting yet.** But I surely will in my second year of my college to get a feel of what it is actually like, maybe give myself a year or so to this thing and see patiently if I genuinely like this from my heart or not. Though I must say, it does look quite fun to me. So, yeah it may seem stupid about making up goals without even giving a small start to something, but I just, couldn't help my "wishful thinking". Well, the goal was to basically just reach the point where I can audition for Co-Stars or Guest Stars in TV Shows, maybe films as well, but just good enough so that I can work on set alongside some good actors, hopefully my own idols. So, with that mindset, is it good to pursue acting as a hobby? Secondly, will I reach my goal in like, around my 30s if I give it a proper start at 22 when my I would have acquired my degree?

Recommended forums for where I should post acting jobs?

Recommended forums for where I should post acting jobs?

Posted on Jan 26th

Hey, I'm looking for actors/actresses who can film TikTok style commercials from their phones. This would be 15-25 second short form videos that will be used for TikTok/Instagram ads. Any tips on where I should look? I haven't really done any hiring of actors before, so I'm not familiar with what marketplaces/websites I should be checking? Any other sites other than backstage? Thanks! (of course, if anyone here is interested in the work, then a DM would be much appreciated)

At what point should you conclude that it's just not in the cards for you to be a working actor?

At what point should you conclude that it's just not in the cards for you to be a working actor?

Posted on Jan 26th

this journey has been utterly miserable for me. the only people I see succeed have a connection to money, which allows them to go to a BFA / MFA, and even that is not enough for all of them, but that gives them the best shot. I've been struggling for so many years I can't even think straight anymore. I've done everything I possibly thought to do, and I still can't book a professional role to save my life. I'm tired of taking acting classes, i don't even enjoy them. they are overpriced and you barely get to work. it's all "woo woo" and teachers name dropping to stroke their own ego, and no practical application what so ever, not nearly enough personal attention to actually get better, its a all a fucking joke. auditioning is also completely different than actually filming, and why we have to be put through auditioning when it's not even the same thing as shooting on set, never made any sense to me. they are two completely different skill sets, and why one has to be "good" at one to be considered for the other makes 0 sense to me. i've been stuck with low level shit representation for years and years, all they do is waste my time, and they can't get tapes bigger than bullshit co-stars, which is demoralizing and a joke. these people shoudn't even be allowed to operate agencies, all they do is waste your time and gaslight you. if you aren't auditioning EVERY SINGLE DAY it's pretty much impossible to book anything or create antyhing even remotely close to a "career". nobody wants to talk about this or even acknolwedge this. auditiong a few times a month isn't going to EVER build you a career. its all a joke and a waste of time. despite having TONS of repeats from 17+ casting directors, I still dont have consistent auditions, in fact, my numbers went backwards the last few months, for no reason at all, becuase i have absolutely no control over antyhing no matter what i do. just more money on headshots over and over and over and over again from photographers that overcharge and don't give a fuck about making you look your best because they just care about money like every other selfish asshole on this planet. i have no idea how to find work on my own outside of student fimls that pay NOTHING and are a logistical nightmare trying to call out of work, to go make $100........ like how the fuck does any sane adult do this without being a rich person? it literally doesn't even make sense. don't even get me started with theatre, which is even a bigger logistical nightmare to try and do. all of this is a joke. this professional is a joke, this pursuit is a joke, and it's only for rich people. plain and simple. i'm tired of being depressed about this. all pursuing acting has done is make my life a living nightmare, and prevent me from doing plenty of other careers where I would have actually had a living wage by now. I couldn't be MORE miserable than I am after having dedicated years of my life to something i thought i loved, and only got spit in my face by it. I'm starting to realize most people don't "give up", they just never even get a real chance to get started, becuae this industry is so absotuely impossible to break into, so absolutley unfriendly to people who don't have connections, so uninviting to people who dont already have professional credits or who weren't lucky enough to be able to attend a professional quality school. i wish i could have my life back. i wish any young person reading this would realize how utterly imposisble this is, and if you are not born into money / connections, your life will be utterly miserable trying to pursue this.

ChatGPT answering the question that is most often posted in this sub...

ChatGPT answering the question that is most often posted in this sub...

Posted on Jan 26th

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Who are rising actors that live in New York City?

Who are rising actors that live in New York City?

Posted on Jan 26th

Curious - so many actors seem to live in LA. But who are rising actors (like Timothee Chalamet, Lucas Hesges) that live in Brooklyn or Manhattan? What are the advantages of living there versus Los Angeles?

“I realised that a top-class footballer could be over the hill by the age of 30, and I was already 23. I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves”. Sean Connery.
How to respond to an actress asking why she wasn't called back for one role (but was for the other)?

How to respond to an actress asking why she wasn't called back for one role (but was for the other)?

Posted on Jan 26th

I made my round of callbacks, and someone applied for two roles. I really loved her in one of the roles and she's definitely the front runner at the moment for it. I really just couldn't see her in the other role and I don't think it's necessarily anything she did wrong, but moreso I didn't see her anywhere near what I had in my mind. Everyone else watching agreed not to move forward with her in the role, but to move forward with her in the other role. She's so talented but again, I don't think there's any directing tips I could give that could all of a sudden make her fit in the role. She emailed and asked just out of curiosity why she wasn't called back for the other role and what notes I could give. Would it be weird to say something along the lines of "the role was very competitive, you didn't do anything wrong, I just see you as a better fit for the role of Samantha"?

Random agency question

Random agency question

Posted on Jan 26th

If you had the choice to sign with WME or CAA which agency would you choose and why? I ask this because I'm on imdbpro and I'm looking through the filmography of both agencies and their actors typically do the same projects with other actors of that agency. Also if you have inside scoop on what its like at a top agency lol thanks!

How do I get started?

How do I get started?

Posted on Jan 26th

Hi guys. I'm a total noob here and just wanted to take a stab in the dark and ask you guys a question. I have been told I have a nice voice a for a few years many times ( I don't think so but if I can sell it its a win win) and was wondering where do you start as a voice actor? What sites do you guys get work on and what hardware would you advise to start out on? If I haven't asked the right question and need o know something starting out feel free to enlighten me and I will bestow upon you a happy weekend if you believe in that stuff. Thanks, Cathal, the lad with the voice of an angel.

I'm a professional NYC actor. AMA

I'm a professional NYC actor. AMA

Posted on Jan 26th

I've worked in theatre, film, and am repped for VO. I went to a great NYC 2 year conservatory and learned a lot. What do you want to know?

Sag-aftra actors event

Sag-aftra actors event

Posted on Jan 25th

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Holding your sides the wrong way during an audition can kill your chances of booking the job.

Holding your sides the wrong way during an audition can kill your chances of booking the job.

Posted on Jan 25th

Important Tip On How to Best Hold Your Sides During an Audition Holding your sides the wrong way during an audition can kill your chances of booking the job. Watch the video:       https://youtu.be/b5E0ygIHdfE and learn the best way to audition with the sides. Do you have any suggestions on holding sides? Share them below so we can all learn from each other.

best acting classes in LA (or online classes based anywhere)

best acting classes in LA (or online classes based anywhere)

Posted on Jan 25th

Ive been doing some research and the best ones Ive found are: * Ruskin school of acting * Cynthia Bain young actors studio * Warner Laughlin studios * Gloria Garayua * Sam Stiglitz * Baron Brown * Playhouse west la * BGB acting studio If you have any information on any of these or other recommendations Id be happy to hear.

Casting Call for a micro budget in Miami

Casting Call for a micro budget in Miami

Posted on Jan 24th

Hello everyone just posting a link to my casting call. It's in Miami and for a micro-budget feature im producing. directing and starring in. Seeking a female lead. I held casting calls at Revolution Live all last year and filled up most of the parts but the female lead has fallen through a couple of times now. Ive reached the point where Id rather cast someone with acting/drama/film experience rather than someone just for their looks. Check the link as well as my website (studiomogura.com/casting-call) for more info. Please serious inquiries only. the position is PAID, Non Union, and open to South Florida residents. Trying to stick with Broward and Miami Dade but if youre in Palm Beach and want to do the drive by all means.https://www.stage32.com/jobs/597886/Casting-call-female-lead-miami

Is acting something I should pursue?

Is acting something I should pursue?

Posted on Jan 24th

Hi there! I’m a 21 year old transgender woman from the Vancouver area. I used to do theatre in high school, being cast as a lead several times. I have no idea what I want to do with my life and no potential career options have given me the same joy as when I was acting. Even though I suffer from severe social anxiety, it all seems to melt away when I can play a character on stage. I’ve fallen into a deep depression and have retreated into myself. I’m feeling quite lost in life. I just don’t think I have “it”. I’m not very attractive (at all, really) and being trans severely limits the roles that are even eligible for me. I do think I could be a somewhat decent actor, but nothing standout. But at the same time, no other career option seems to be for me, everything else just makes me more depressed.

Can I cast a SAG actor for a personal project of mine

Can I cast a SAG actor for a personal project of mine

Posted on Jan 24th

I’m wanting to film a scene from a pilot I wrote. Would just barely be under 13 minutes. Not sending it to any festivals. Just something to post online. A few of the actors who are friends of mine, are SAG. I am not. Would I be able to use them in this simple project? One that I just plan on posting on social media. Or would I have to go through the sag signatory thing? It’s paid as well. Extremely low low budget, but it is paid

Bad productions

Bad productions

Posted on Jan 24th

So I have agency representation, but still get bookings through backstage and the like. I just turned down a shoot and feel so disappointed. It met my day rate, but did not cover parking in a major metro area, was not providing lunch and despite an 8hr shoot, had no hair, makeup or wardrobe. I can manage all these things, but no way am I going to look as polished in the afternoon and I feel like those are red flags. I just saw the final product of a similar shoot I hesitantly accepted, and it was a mess. They had us walk 7 miles in said metro space and tried to get us McDonald's after hour 6 of shooting. They forgot to tell me to bring athletic wear, so I look wildly out of place in a beach scene and my hair completely fell. We had to change in a parking garage. I'm only in my third year of acting, and am getting bettwr at setting professional boundaries, but I am still really sad to say no to another line on my resume. I mean, I get that a bad final product doesn't cancel my paycheck, but I don't like being in the hands of people who aren't taking care of their actors. And yet I still feel about about passing. How do you all manage these situations?

[Networking] Any actors in Staten Island?

[Networking] Any actors in Staten Island?

Posted on Jan 24th

I make zero budget film and occasionally act. I used to work in post production. I fell out of it and am now falling back into filmmaking. I'm focusing on short film and I've done a 20 minute superhero piece, a 5 minute zombie piece and am about to shoot a little time travel piece. You can see some stills and behind the scenes of my work on my instagram. [https://www.instagram.com/shearyanfilm/](https://www.instagram.com/shearyanfilm/) I am always looking for collaborators. If this seems like it might be your thing and you're in Staten Island or the surrounding boroughs/Jersey and don't mind traveling, let me know and we'll talk!

3 things I follow as an Actor

3 things I follow as an Actor

Posted on Jan 24th

1. Take your craft seriously, not the industry. 2 Be careful of the toes you step on today, as they can be attached to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow. 3. When someone shows you who they are, believe them.

Actors, what city do you live in for Acting? How is that going?

Actors, what city do you live in for Acting? How is that going?

Posted on Jan 24th

I am in school for performing arts and once I graduate I was going to move to either Atlanta, New York, or Los Angeles. I've been doing research on each possible location to see what would have the best opportunities specific to me. Atlanta seems like the cheapest option as New York and L.A are really expensive. And Atlanta has been the location of a lot of recent movies and TV shows. L.A is good for movies and a lot of tv shows film there. And New York is really good for Theater, Film, and Commercial work. All the cities seem like good choices and I feel like I would be missing out by not picking the right place to work. I would like to know about where you currently (or plan to) practice acting and what your experience has been like? Also, how long have you been at it and how do you feel about the progress you've made?

I’m think about becoming a voice actor, should I?

I’m think about becoming a voice actor, should I?

Posted on Jan 24th

Right now I’m almost 20 years old, and currently a Bio major, but I don’t know if I can keep this up. It’s seems as if I lost my prior motivation for coming to college in the first place. I’m honestly considering becoming a Voice actor. Because I not only love doing different voices and repeating lines, but I just love the idea of being able to immerse yourself into the character your voice acting as. I remember when I cosplayed for the first time and it felt amazing! And I want to be able to replicate that feeling through voice acting. But I don’t know if it seems like a passing fancy to me, or the real deal tho. Can y’all help me out? What do I need to do to become a VA? What’s it like to be a voice actor? How difficult is it to become one? What’s one’s day to day life like? How much do they get paid? Would I need to get a second job in order to make a living? I just have a lot of questions, but I don’t know know where to look. If y’all can help me out that would be amazing! Thanks for your comments, please be nice, and have a great day!

Can a non union actor perform in a SAG signatory project?

Can a non union actor perform in a SAG signatory project?

Posted on Jan 24th

Have a short film with a SAG actor and non union actor both interested. Obviously, the project needs to be SAG signatory for the union actor to perform, but a, I allowed to use non union actors as well? My understanding is there’s a special contract drafted for them.

How does a first time feature director get a BAFTA winner, Emmy nominated actor Paul Mescal to star in her film?

How does a first time feature director get a BAFTA winner, Emmy nominated actor Paul Mescal to star in her film?

Posted on Jan 24th

I absolutely adored Aftersun, I’m just genuinely curious as to how Paul Mescal, who was an acclaimed actor, still somewhat up and coming in some regard I guess, gets attached to a small indie like this with a first time director. Anyone know? Like I said I’m literally just curious as to how Charlotte Wells got such a talent like Paul to lead her film despite only having done a couple shorts that weren’t even that big or acclaimed. Thanks! And congrats to Paul for the extremely well deserved oscar nom!

First Chemistry Read (any tips)

First Chemistry Read (any tips)

Posted on Jan 24th

Hey all I submitted a self tape for a supporting role in a sag short film and received a call back asking me to come in for a chemistry read with the other actors, i’m super excited but nervous at the same time, have any tips on how I should prepare?

Cold Reads

Cold Reads

Posted on Jan 24th

What’s the purpose of them? I think they’re unnecessary. You’re not going to be unprepared when performing so why do it for an audition? I would argue it’s even worse because you can have an actor who would fit well for a role but because they can’t read while being in the moment well, you’re judgement of their performance really isn’t accurate. Am I missing something of value from them?

A Fun Little Question: Pros and Cons of TV vs Film vs Voiceover

A Fun Little Question: Pros and Cons of TV vs Film vs Voiceover

Posted on Jan 24th

What are the things you like (pros) about each medium and things you're not a fan of (cons) about each medium? I'm mainly asking this as a fun little thing for everyone to contribute their point of view to. I love acting in any form (I'm currently a stage actress trying to break into screen acting; I really love acting for the camera and it's always been my dream to be an on-camera actor) but I am mainly drawn to TV, all genres, streaming/airing anywhere, doesn't matter, I love it. Curious to know, however, what are the pros and cons of doing TV vs film vs Voiceover. Also, voiceover is something I got into it recently when I noticed that there are a lot of cool things I can do with my voice. I also am mind-blown at how much you can make out of a character from just your voice, and it will be cool to see your friends' reactions when you watch something you're in and hear your voice but see someone completely different. Note: Instead of seeing this as a chance to complain, look at it as a chance to remind yourself of the good parts and to be grateful that we get to practice what we love. That's what I hope to get out of this post, I like helping others see the good in things. :)

Blockchain contracts for actors

Blockchain contracts for actors

Posted on Jan 23rd

With the inevitable onset of Blockchain contracts, as a member of SAG if you were offered a part in a film at scale plus 30% as a guaranteed payment, along with a revenue-triggered backend into perpetuity, could you consider going FICORE to accept the role?https://lnkd.in/dQUuBtHr#blockchain #smartcontracts #chatgpt #ai #sag #guilds #sagaftra #actorsequity #FICORE #FICOR #union #righttowork #collectivebargaining #film #actors #actorslife #filmproduction

Has anyone taken beginner acting class from T. Schreiber?

Has anyone taken beginner acting class from T. Schreiber?

Posted on Jan 23rd

Specifically the HAGEN, STRASBERG & MEISNER TECHNIQUE class with Pamela Scott? Beginner actor who acted in middle and high school a lot but not anymore. ​ I plan to take this and Barrow Group at the same time since I don't get any online exposure. ​ Thoughts?

Any recommendations on expert literature covering cold (prima vista) reading for actors?

Any recommendations on expert literature covering cold (prima vista) reading for actors?

Posted on Jan 23rd

Hello, I’m looking for some professional literature (books, articles, studies, etc.) on theatrical cold reading. I’m not as interested in finding ways to learn to read a specific text or monologue in order to prepare it well for an audition or a performance, as much as exploring how reading something out loud for the first time can be used to train your voice skills, boost your confidence and help you become a better actor in general. If anyone has any idea whether this has been covered in various techniques, I would really appreciate it.

Is it possible for amateurs to get casted in professional theatre, or is training a requirement?

Is it possible for amateurs to get casted in professional theatre, or is training a requirement?

Posted on Jan 23rd

Sorry if this is a bad question, but can do professional theatre even if someone has no training and little experience? Also, is a professional theatre actor simply a paid actor, or is there something else that specifically makes someone be considered a professional?

Ethics of nude scenes

Ethics of nude scenes

Posted on Jan 23rd

Got a self tape for a non union indie and although the breakdown said ‘some nudity’ I really wasn’t expecting full frontal nudity in the sides. Now obviously I’m not about to strip for a self tape, but I really don’t know about why non union productions would include this. Idk, just the fact that non union is generally unorganized (in my experience) and that it’s usually just some person with a camera, who knows where the footage will go? Like actors who apply for unpaid nonunion productions are generally still aspiring actors and are a little desperate to take on any role they can get, it feels a little sleazy. I would say nude scenes should be union only so proper rules and protocols are followed. Would love to hear some opinions on this

need advice for my first audition

need advice for my first audition

Posted on Jan 23rd

so basically i 16f submitted for a role on actors access, my first time ever submitting for a role (I literally snuck to Walmart and bought a prepaid visa and did this behind my mother’s back lol). I got the email this morning that I was selected for an eco cast, which I know isn’t a huge deal and doesn’t mean much but it’s still exciting for me! My problem is that the headshot I sent in was from a few months ago when I had a fringe, and now it’s grown out some so it’s like curtain bangs. I couldn’t get another headshot bc i’m terrified to be upfront with my mom about how I want to be an actress, so my hair is a little bit different than the headshot. I honestly didn’t think I would hear back so it wasn’t a big deal to me when I submitted but now I see how that may be a problem. Not to mention the fact that my hair is naturally curly and I have it straight in the headshot (is it obvious I’m a beginner? Lol) anyways I’ll take any advice on what I should do, or if this is a big deal or not.

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