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My First Gig Nightmare

My First Gig Nightmare

Posted on Jun 20th

Hey Everyone, *I wanted some advice as a newbie in voice acting. I'd like to share the details of what happened at my first gig and get your feedback. Thank you for your time! I apologize for the wall of text but I figured it's best to give the most information possible to get good feedback on what I could do better next time.* For sake of the story, **Bob is my co-worker and Jim is the client.** ... I've always been told I should get into voice acting, and had companies ask me to do some voice acting work in the past. In a meeting, I had someone I work with who heard my voice ask if I was interested in doing some VO work for a company they work with. The previous VO is getting older (has a smoker's cough) and wanted a replacement (specified they wanted male) but this gentleman I work with insisted I try for the part. I mentioned my inexperience and expressed that I didn't have any demo reel or previous work in VO commercials or infomercials but they insisted I try and that **Jim** just wanted an affordable option. They requested 1.5m of VO for an infomercial in an authoritative and excited tone, but Bob requested it "not be as excitable as the original VO Jim". I accepted the job at $100 as they told me "hourly wouldn't make sense for this type of work" and suggested I only do "hourly for bigger projects." Deadline of Wednesday approaching, I send over the clips individually of each line via mp4 email. I don't hear back till Thursday morning and received a "Jim says your voice is too flat, even though we asked for less cartoonish, we still feel your inflection isn't good enough" so I responded with "Absolutely, when is this revision needed as the original deadline was last night" and got no response for over 12+ hours. His first response was to an email chain titled "Deadline?" that I sent over the following morning hoping for some communication, where he mentioned "I'll see you at the meeting tonight" to which I wrongfully assumed he meant to speak about the deadline. I go to the business meeting, and he forgets to mention anything about the VO work deadline even after we discuss the work. Fast forward to Fathers Day (Sunday) I get a message at 9 pm asking if I have bailed on the project, that revisions are due within 12 hours of the original deadline, that he won't pay me for incurred hours, that I should have had the revisions done today because that was the deadline (I wasn't aware of this), and he states "Why would I give you a deadline for revisions when they were due Wednesday". The issue with this that I have is the math isn't adding up. My question is... if the deadline was 12 hours after Wednesday, and he didn't send the request for a revision until Thursday, and he knew I'd be working with him that day till 9 pm, how could I have possibly gotten the revisions done Wednesday night? Or even 12 hours after the revision request (Thursday morning) if we were working at the same day job till 9 pm? I never got a response about any deadlines till Monday morning when he said it was due today, and that he would have to do the work. TLDR: Bob didn't give me a new deadline for revisions. Gets mad that the revisions weren't done the day he requested the original VO lines, but the request for revision wasn't even sent out till Thursday (when we spent all day at our day job). Says he will not pay me, and that revisions are always due 12 hours after the deadline even if it's 3 am. To all of you voice actors out there, is this normal? What do you do when you accept a job that people then refuse to pay you for after you've already done a lot of work? Do you write contracts? I am looking for any suggestions I can get to better communicate with people in the future and avoid this.

Would a mobile studio service be a useful service or a waste of time and money?

Would a mobile studio service be a useful service or a waste of time and money?

Posted on Jun 20th

I'm a disabled veteran in Idaho who was doing handyman work, but cant anymore due to my disabilities. I have a box trailer I'm hoping to make some passive income on, and wondered if a roving recording studio for rent would be a marketable idea? With all the hype in VO, and so many wanting to dip their toes in the proverbial water, I thought it would be a minor expense on my part to convert my 8x12 trailer into a portable recording studio. It facilitates inexpensive recording time for aspiring voice actors to do their own demo or record a song or two, and they don't have to go into someone's house/home studio, which I know some may be uncomfortable with. This may be a pointless thought, but I figured if other redditers doing VA thought it would have some merit, it might be worth further research. [View Poll](https://www.reddit.com/poll/vgslo7)

The truth about acting; Training

The truth about acting; Training

Posted on Jun 20th

This is a difficult business. Unprecedented amount of people coming into the "acting business" expecting to find the quick, easy road to the top. Not going to happen, unless maybe you are related to somebody very connected. Otherwise, this a tough, long road with ZERO shortcuts, especially now with so many new people trying to do it. Casting directors have to weed through literally thousands of shitty, inexperienced audition tapes to get to the REAL ones. The ones were the actors have obviously trained hard, gone to school, taken classes on technique and continue to do so, observed human behavior, observed their own behavior. Worked at every opportunity they could, being the non-paying student film to the one-line SAG production and so on. The road is a long one. All successful, working actors will tell you how they struggled to get were they are, the patience they had to acquire. If you don't train and study the craft and continue to study and work at everything this craft and business demand, then you will suck. Even those who have a wonderful, natural talent still work at it. Don't let the actors that make acting look easy fool you into thinking that acting is easy, it's not and the BUSINESS of acting is even more difficult. Bottom line: Train and learn and train some more. Do not expect to find a short cut. There are none. Every good actor will tell you so. If you do the hard work, the fun work will come.

Curious about DnD? Practicing VO or networking while gaming? No, this isn't the next Critical Role.

Curious about DnD? Practicing VO or networking while gaming? No, this isn't the next Critical Role.

Posted on Jun 20th

Hi, I'm an aspiring VO artist that is also an aspiring super awesome nerdy DnD player. I have a small group that I play with of 3 newb players & one DM that's been playing since the 70s. Dude also loves doing voices but isn't a VO artist. Neither is anyone else except me, yet. We are looking for new players for our little band as one player has been fading away. But even if she doesn't go we would like to grow our little group. Newbies with lots of questions are extremely welcome, as about 40% of our time is spent asking questions. Last game consisted of, "Hey, can I do this?" *Barbarian proceeds to launch himself off 40 foot drop to land on Orc* Next player, "So, I guess I should do this then, right?" *Cat person rogue launches herself off cliff with rope. Faceplants into ground and dies.* Old hats are welcome to join and share experience with us as well. But we are a curious learning bunch. Roleplay varies from talking in character to referring to ourselves in 3rd person. But I would love to get a fellow voice actor or two in. DnD gives you a chance to network, make other VO friends (me & anyone else joining), plus get used to character development, and if you're comfortable use character voices. I'll even give feedback if you like. So, want to play pretend, crack jokes, do voices, maybe talk shop, & kill sone stuff with us? Feel free to DM me or ask any questions or more info in the replies.

Toronto actors — best Facebook groups?

Posted on Jun 20th

Hello Toronto actors. Common advice I hear is to join FB groups that post auditions. I’m part of some obvious ones (Manns Casting, Jigsaw, etc, even though my agent submits me to most of the eligible ones they post on these) but whenever I join a generic sounding one “Toronto acting auditions” it’s all spam posts or people posting “I want to be an actor how do I get on Netflix”

Do you recommend Scott Sedita's Sitcom Acting Intensive class?

Do you recommend Scott Sedita's Sitcom Acting Intensive class?

Posted on Jun 20th

I really want to be a sitcom actor and I came across him on a Google search. Would you recommend his classes?

How often do you accept extra work?

How often do you accept extra work?

Posted on Jun 20th

Or do you at all? Especially asking those working or pursuing on a principal actor career. Thanks!

Would love to start to get into acting

Would love to start to get into acting

Posted on Jun 19th

Hi all, I am 16 years old and after a recent find I have developed a love and will to pursue my acting career however I have identified a few bumps in my road. Firstly, I would love to start taking acting classes however, growing up I wasn’t your stereotypical actor I was a soccer player for 12 years and after being at the peak of my soccer career, I lost my passion. Then, I started kick boxing at the age of 15 and doing to to now. This then bringing me to the present with ZERO acting experience, but at this age it is fine, the problem is I don’t think my parents would allow me to start acting ( they aren’t shitty parents, I love them and they do everything for me ) but it’s just that they would think that I am just taking the piss and not take me seriously, this being that I just changed sport and have always had the passion of going into the business and economic side of things. They’d assume that I wouldn’t take it seriously and they will just be wasting their money on something that I won’t enjoy. Secondly, I can’t even ask them because I am shit scared that they will think I’m joking as before this I have never even mentioned the possibility of pursuing an acting career and one top of this I have horrible anxiety. Lastly, I live in Melbourne Australia and if I hope on going big time ( foreshadowing ) Melbourne is a shitty location. To begin I am just on YouTube watching the basics of how to do everything such as reading and analysing scripts and just the other basics, then I hope on proving to them that I have what it takes to start taking acting classes. Now my question for you guys is, what is the best course of action to take if I were to get the go ahead from my parents and start acting, what is there to expect in this industry and if I were to have a hidden talent how would I show this to others such as agents etc. if you read this thank you for your time and more thanks if you answer

Landing Representation Through IMDBPro

Landing Representation Through IMDBPro

Posted on Jun 19th

Hey everyone, Ive had several questions and responses to my previous post on the topic of landing agents or managers through IMDBPro. I wanted to share my experience and strategies on what I found most effective / What often works and what doesn't. By using these methods I have successfully landed a top 25 agent as well as been through a few managers. I know this industry can suck sometimes and without guidance, it can absolutely be frustrating. I'd love to help others out since we are all in this together. I have also previously worked for a talent agency and have seen how they consider their submissions. ​ **IMDBPro** This website is truly your best friend when it comes to finding representation, IMDBPro essentially lists all agents, managers, publicists, and all other categories of entertainment industry information. I would argue that next to actors access, it is the second most important website for an actor. Not only does it list contact information for nearly every agent and manager in the industry, but also ranks them according to popularity and reputation. It also shows nearly every actor and who they are represented by. Have you worked with someone with rep? They most likely have it listed on their page. ​ **What You Need Before Submission:** Agents and Managers get hundreds of emails a day and majority of the time submission applications are close to the bottom of their lists of priorities. You need to make sure your material is as professional as it can possibly be to show that you are serious and not waste any of their time. Why would they take an interest if you don't put in effort. **Headshots, resume, and demo reel are the three most important items you need to include.** Make sure these are all as professional as possible. Headshots should not be low quality or look amateur. Resume should include everything you have worked on, anywhere from one line costars to leads. I personally would leave out any extra work or super small roles that deter from your professionalism. If you are somewhat new to acting with very few credits, training will take up the majority of your resume and that is completely fine, as long as they see you are putting in the work to train it is enough for a smaller agency to show an interest in you. Finally, a demo reel; attach a clip or link of your acting ability, keep in mind that this does not have to be projects you have worked in previously, obviously have a beefed up and professional reel will help but it is not at all necessary. Self tape performances are more than enough, it is not so much how much you've been in, instead they want to see your acting ability and setup as this is what will land you roles and get them $$$. When I submitted I had a self tape reel and it did not seem to affect the process much whatsoever. Unless you are submitting to a top 10 agency with already super established talent this will likely never be a problem. Additional information is also a nice touch. Have you booked a role recently? Let them know! Do you have a website? Let them know! Do you have a reference? Let them know! Remember you are selling yourself it is okay to slightly brag. Why would they believe in you if you don't believe in yourself? **The Actual Email** Keep it short and sweet, it should not take more than 30 seconds to read an email, most rep won't even bother to read if it looks too long or unappealing. You are at the bottom of the actor food chain and unfortunately you must act as such. Start with a simple greeting and state what kind of representation you are seeking (theatrical, commercial, VoiceOver, etc.). Let them know what kind of actor you are, what roles you go for, what demographic you fit in and what what you have booked in the past (callbacks and director meetings are excellent because they let you show that their is an interest in your ability as an actor). If you've received positive feedback from industry professionals also let them know, there's always a chance that someone knows them personally which immediately makes you stand out. End the email with a short request to schedule a meeting. Once you have a meeting scheduled you are already ahead of most people submitting. Be polite and do not sound like a cocky a hole. as harsh as it sound, you need them they do not need you. The subject line is arguably the most important part of the entire email. Do not make it a generic "Submission" or "Seeking Representation". Make it something that catches their attention. State your age range, your ethnicity, and something that makes you unique. Have you trained in something that is interesting or appealing? LIST IT!. You really never know what they are looking for, there may be a hole on their roster that you fit perfectly. Often they will not even check an email if the subject line does not appeal to them. **Submission Methods** What I have done was set aside a couple of hours and go through each and every agent from every agency listed and email them all personally. Most agents will list their contact information right on their page. You have to cast a wide ass net. It is not uncommon to send upwards of 500 emails each time you decide to apply. Some agencies will list something like "We do not accept unsolicited submissions" which I have personally found to be kinda bs. If they are interested they will absolutely get back to you. It is not uncommon to not get a single email back and that is completely fine, you just have to stay persistent and keep trying every few months or so. Even though it might be discouraging, when someone does respond back to you the feeling is amazing. Do not thing of the negatives, be positive and good things will eventually come to you. Ive found that Mondays or Tuesdays between 10AM - 2PM are the best times to submit. These are the times when most agents will be on their computer checking emails and will not be swamped by busy work which allows them to better see your message. ​ **DO NOT GIVE UP** We all know that rejection is a routine part of this industry but you can NOT let it get to you. You MUST stay persistent. Do not focus on the negatives that have happened, stay hopeful for the future since the past is already behind you. ​ I hope this helps you guys and if you need anything at all please PM me!

Trying to become an actor without experience

Trying to become an actor without experience

Posted on Jun 19th

I'm a 26M aspiring to become a performing artist. I'm interested in singing, DJ, songwriting, violin, dancing and acting. I don't got much experience in any of those skills, except for some dancing (hip hop) and violin (noob). How do you guys suggest I get started at my age? I'm located in a very remote area.

Seeking female VAs who can do accent work

Seeking female VAs who can do accent work

Posted on Jun 19th

We are looking for some female voice actors for a number of open roles for our podcast radio drama series. Any accent abilities would be a definite plus, as we have a need for Japanese, Dutch, German, and French-accented English parts as well as regional American accents. These are supporting roles, we can pay $3/line. If you are interested, DM me for more information and please include any links to character demos/websites that you may have. Thank you!!!

What jobs do you have while being a voice actor?

What jobs do you have while being a voice actor?

Posted on Jun 19th

Im working full time at a warehouse and just started my voice acting career. I'm curious to know what other jobs people here or in voice acting in general have on the side to support them until you finally make enough full time?

black and white mixed actors

black and white mixed actors

Posted on Jun 19th

i’m a mixed actor and i’ve seen tons of casting calls but none that specifically ask for mixed actors they are always asking for either white OR black, so i was wondering what race i would put down and if i would still be allowed to audition for a role that asks for white or black actors and if so, what race would i put down

Nervous about starting a new acting class

Nervous about starting a new acting class

Posted on Jun 19th

I'm signed up for my first acting class in like forever and it starts tomorrow. I'm SUPER excited (it's an intro to TV/Film acting class and I'm desperately looking to get out of the world of musical theatre) but I am nervous. I came from a college program where I had a really bad experience. Most of my acting classes weren't great experiences for me. My main teacher was super passive and judgmental as were a lot of my classmates. I never felt like I could make a mistake or take risks in front of them. The couple of times I tried things that didn't work I got made fun of in front of the entire class by the professor. I mean being vulnerable as an actor is hard enough as it is but that experience definitely didn't help. It's something I've been working on since leaving college but I'm still feeling a little hesitant about tomorrow. Any advice?

Casting Call Club Opinions

Casting Call Club Opinions

Posted on Jun 19th

Hello. As the heading suggests, I was surfing the web for Voice Acting stuff and came across Casting Call Club. Considering that I'm still a rookie and am working on taking classes, I'm wondering what this site is about. From the looks of things, it seems to be a place where voice actors find work, and there's even a contest for it. But if that's the case, I'm not sure if I should try to post anything, let alone go for the contest. Any advice would be a big help.

Theatre!!

Theatre!!

Posted on Jun 18th

I'm rehearsal for another play!!:)   I love the theatre, however excited to be producing a new short.  I'm exploring going to Amazon Prime instead of the festival route.  Has anyone sold their short project to Amazon. If, what was your experience?  Thank you

How do I get over feeling like I’m a bad actor?

How do I get over feeling like I’m a bad actor?

Posted on Jun 18th

Over the past six months i’ve had a serious lack in confidence in myself and now every time I do any kind of acting (whether it’s acting in school or rehearsing to myself) I feel like i’m a bad actor. It’s pretty much my only thought and it’s sort of taking over my head, does anyone who’s experienced something similar know any ways to get over it?

Can a top agent be too big for a relatively green actor?

Can a top agent be too big for a relatively green actor?

Posted on Jun 18th

Hi, I’m represented by a top 25 Agency but my resume isn’t super big. I’ve only appeared on one network show. Lately, I haven’t gotten many quality auditions, mostly smaller stuff and stuff that is kinda a reach from my description. I was just wondering if having an agent with much more established clients than I would be problem because the roles I’m being submitted for are above my experience level. Thanks!

can i still consider myself agreat actress if it's only when the cameras are off?

can i still consider myself agreat actress if it's only when the cameras are off?

Posted on Jun 18th

Lol I think i do quite well in front of a mirror but i iinda suck when recording. Auditions are soso. Lol Its a silly question. But in curious how you'd see yourself if you were the same. Haha

How do actors do romantic scenes w/out falling for each other?

How do actors do romantic scenes w/out falling for each other?

Posted on Jun 18th

Like me and my gf literally had a few short scenes togheter as a couple and look at us now. We didnt even have kissing scenes or anything like that, just a lot of sweet talk, hand holding and hugging. Meanwhile there's ppl having deep intimate make out sessions or sex on camera like it's the easiest thing to do in the world. How do they do it? Especially in romantic movies, where the whole movie is about THEM????

How do I find and then pay actors?

How do I find and then pay actors?

Posted on Jun 18th

Okay, so I'm making my first "real" short film. By real, I mean that I am looking to hire a couple of experienced actors, and not just use my friends or family. This if for my MFA application for film school, and I have come to realize the best way to get commitment is to pay actors. However, how do I do it? Where do I look? I have no producer, it is just me, the director. Should I contact their manager/agent? Some actors don't have managers so do I just pay them upfront? Do I sign a contract? I also know there are like certain minimums you need to pay actors if they are union. Does union mean they have a manager? If someone could explain some of that to me, I would appreciate it! Thank you!

Youth Company or Children's Roles?

Youth Company or Children's Roles?

Posted on Jun 18th

I'm 14 and want to be a Shakespearean actor when I grow up. Right now I'm in a youth company where we do 3 Shakespeare plays a year. I'm debating whether or not I should start doing community theater/professional productions instead - it would be good experience/look good on my resume. However, it wouldn't necessarily be Shakespeare (I'm okay with some contemporary stuff but would prefer mostly Shakespeare), and children's roles often aren't leads, which I could likely get in my company. Advice?

Can i continue acting if i dont want to do kissing scenes?

Can i continue acting if i dont want to do kissing scenes?

Posted on Jun 18th

I've had this issue of thinking most productions wont want me because there are many actors who can do kissing scenes and might think im complicated. Is me becoming an actor with a hard no on kissing going to ruin the opportunities for me? With many shows and films, almost every character has a kissing scene and its just gotten to me that this might not work out and it stresses me a lot, i'm even scared that my agency would drop me if i reject those roles with kissing scenes.. Please give me the honest truth of what you believe Thank you

mixed race representation?

mixed race representation?

Posted on Jun 18th

i was looking through some casing calls and searched through a bunch on backstage but i couldn’t find one that was asking for white & black mixed actors, they were all either white or black so if there is a casting call for someone that is specifically white or black, could i apply

Relaxation methods and tips

Relaxation methods and tips

Posted on Jun 18th

I read and hear how important relaxation is for actors and their work. I've tried doing Strasberg's relaxation technique (sitting in a chair, trying to focus on breathing, trying to release tension, etc.), but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right. I've only been doing it for about a week or so. Are there any other relaxation exercises/techniques/practices I could do that might help me? If I might be specific on a couple of things, how does one exactly "release tension", and how do I know whether or not I've reached a level of relaxation that could help my acting more? Thank you!

How long do you usually take classes to become good at acting?

How long do you usually take classes to become good at acting?

Posted on Jun 18th

Hello! I'm 15 and very interested in acting but I have no experience whatsoever. From what I've read, taking classes are the first step to becoming an actress/actor. How long do you usually take classes to become good at acting? I heard you should take classes for about three to four years.

Chronic illness in the acting industry

Chronic illness in the acting industry

Posted on Jun 18th

Is there literally any way that I could be an actor with chronic illnesses? I want a career in acting because I love it but I’m limited in a lot of areas right now because of my diagnosis. I’m going to improve as I get older but like right now its hard to do too much

20 years old, interested in acting!

20 years old, interested in acting!

Posted on Jun 18th

I'm 20 turning 21 in September and I'm a pretty newbie actor. I took a drama class in highschool and I was in a tiny play once when I was still in elementary. I don't think I'd be horrible at it and I'd like to get started. My question is am I too late? And how do I begin? I know I should take classes but I don't have the time or money. I could do voice acting aswell but I'm really struggling with how to begin. I live just an hour away from D.C. and am wondering if theres anyplace in the area that would be able to take me in. My motivation to get into acting is the freedom it offers and that I could potentially do something great and inspire others and I want to make enough for the love of my life and I to live comfortably.

On-Camera-Acting as a minor

On-Camera-Acting as a minor

Posted on Jun 18th

Hi everyone! This may be kind of a silly question, my apologies Does anyone here have a link regarding acting as a minor? More in the sense of legality and permits and such. Can minors use sites such as actors access? Do you need some form of worker permit? Any thing else? Thanks \^\_\^

Free Fun Table Read Opportunity for Actors

Free Fun Table Read Opportunity for Actors

Posted on Jun 17th

Stage32 member Zoelle Rose holds a **Free Table Read Zoom Room with smashing ensemble scripts** selected by her for volunteer actors to practice their skills and meet artists.  If you want to join, **introduce yourself** in her thread.Find Zoelle's call at https://www.stage32.com/lounge/acting/Readings

Why do the top management companies have thousands of actors on their roster ?

Why do the top management companies have thousands of actors on their roster ?

Posted on Jun 17th

I’m researching the top LA based managers and they all seem to have atleast over a thousand people on their roster. Companies like Luber Roklin, Authentic, 3 Arts, Anonymous content, etc. Isn’t this way too much? I thought management companies were supposed to have smaller client lists/more personalized attention? I scrolled down their lists on IMDb and a lot of their lesser known clients have little to no credits or don’t even seem like they’re seriously pursuing acting. Why take them on then? Am I missing something?

Questions about technique and timbre (specifically grit and distortion)

Questions about technique and timbre (specifically grit and distortion)

Posted on Jun 17th

As long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by voices, pitch, tone, timbre, color etc…(I am also a musician) It amazes me how dramatically some VAs can manipulate their voice, especially those who work on animated programs. For example take someone like Nick Krull (one of the creators and actors of Big Mouth on Netflix) When he uses his normal speaking voice, which I wouldn’t say is especially deep or darkly colored, he sounds, well, normal. To do the Maurice the Hormone Monster voice (look it up on youtube if you’re not familiar) he uses this incredible unique tone which is not only floor-shaking deep but also the craziest guttural effect I have ever heard. I know people ask about raspy voice and the standard response is usually either a) it can totally mess up your voice or b) its just the shape of that persons voice box that allows them to make that effect. But, I’d like to learn more about such techniques. Its usually called vocal fry but, seriously go on youtube and listen to a sample of Nick Krull doing this: This is no normal vocal fry. It literally sounds like he’s grunting/clearing his throat while speaking. But its too clear to be that. Probably similar mechanically to a vocal fry but a much coarser/darker sound. I am fascinated. I’d like to find some more info on how to try out techniques like these (safely of course) or just what the techniques are (vocal fry vs whatever the hell Nick Krull is doing to manipulate his voice like that.) Thanks for the help

Is it ok to email a casting director about a listing of theirs on Actor's Access?

Is it ok to email a casting director about a listing of theirs on Actor's Access?

Posted on Jun 17th

Heres the situation, if I submitted to a role on Actor's Access, would it be a big no-no to ALSO look up the CD and email them directly? Normally I would say no, but I've seen some CD's have open casting calls on their own webiste. Wondering if they would just tell me, "You want to submit? then do it on AA." ​ Thanks guys.

Working as an extra? (UK)

Working as an extra? (UK)

Posted on Jun 17th

I know that being an extra doesn't further one's chance of being an actor, but it's often said here that having another job is essential.. so what if being an extra was that job? The pay seems pretty good at around £90 to £100 daily. I imagine it would provide useful experience on being on a set and the etiquette.

Wanna hear how my first gig in the industry went?

Wanna hear how my first gig in the industry went?

Posted on Jun 17th

Got the job through Backstage, a project in Spanish, and immediately the casting director asks to move the conversation off the platform and over to email; first red flag. Company website and CEO's LinkedIn (LI) profile are kind of barebones, another red flag. Company is based in California, but the contact I'm talking to is in Buenos Aires? I've lost money to internet scammers before and it's starting to look like Berlin 1945 here. First meeting, we shoot the breeze talking Latin American politics for about ten minutes, then the client goes over the project and discusses budget, which I hadn't even realized was listed as 'deferred' on Backstage just because I was so excited to land my first gig. Pay's great though! But now we have to schedule another meeting the following week to actually do the recording with the copywriter in attendance. In this time, I look up more information on the company, and I find it listed on LI with over 400 employees, and find my contact in Argentina, getting his last name off an email. The dude's LI is spotless; university of Buenos Aires majored in production, and several years of TV and audio production experience. Fear's a little more assuaged. That's when it hits me. This dude doesn't even work for the client; he's a contractor. Making me a contractor of a contractor. I know that's just how it is, but it doesn't sit right with me at a systemic level. Come the next meeting, I get there early, say hi to my contact, and introduce myself to the copywriter, a guy actually in California. We go through the recording, and after a couple of retakes and some direction, it goes great! Better than great! They start discussing among themselves bringing me back for other projects planned in Latin America, plus even doing some English work on ongoing projects stateside. The contact asks me to send him an invoice, W9, and the actor release, and we sign off. So I send those in the evening, working through my first invoice (Brad Venable has a GREAT article on voiceover invoicing btw), and sit back to wait for my money. Then I get an email, \>would you mind sending the recording and paperwork ASAP? ...........................what? It's at this point that I realized I hadn't actually recorded the session. I thought the client had been recording over Zoom or something. My head implodes and the panic sets in. After about 10 minutes of almost-crying I have an idea. I re-record all the lines, several takes, variations in intonation and delivery. One file per line for editing. And I send over all the files with the paperwork in an email that reads more or less, \>running some final checks, I there were very noticeable flaws in the audio quality, so I re-recroded everything for you. The issue was on my end, so it's free of charge; I just want to deliver a quality product. And I sit there for about 12 hours with my heart beating in my throat, before the email reply comes in. \>Thank you so much, you are truly super professional! We're setting up budgets for our next quarter, and I'll do everything possible with the copywriter to keep working together. So I've just been spending the day setting up supplier accounts with the client's payroll portal. Kind of annoying how much automation we have to support; like, can't you just mail me a check and log it to accounts? Anyway, it's not dulling my shine. Still SUPER excited to be getting started in the space. Still sitting at my desk, looking at my mic, in awe here that I not only landed a gig, but it paid for all my equipment in one go, and then some. AMA if you like. <3

Can beng an extra hinder my chances at becoming an actor?

Can beng an extra hinder my chances at becoming an actor?

Posted on Jun 17th

I know that being an extra doesn't in any way advance my chances of becoming an actor, but could it in any way hinder my chances? For reference, I live in England. I'd rather make money being an extra than waiting tables, and then learn how to act on the side. But I really hope the isn't some bullshit thing where the industry looks down on and penalizes aspiring actors who have a body of extra work. Is it the case that extra work is looked down upon?

Union or not

Union or not

Posted on Jun 17th

I am a union eligble actor. Will joining the union help my chances with casting directors and productions and bookings.

Does anyone else struggle with how to interpret praise?

Does anyone else struggle with how to interpret praise?

Posted on Jun 17th

This is a weird thing, I know. If someone says they like you and your work, you should just take the compliment, right? But I tend to doubt it's real. It's kind of a combination of a rough childhood and the nature of the business. I've been doing this long enough to be considered playing the long game, and in that time I've learned to temper expectations. But lately I've been receiving some decent praise from high places. I had a Zoom audition with a major casting company that often calls me in, but I've never booked with. During the course of the audition the CD gave me a re-direct and started coaching me in what he wanted to see from me, but it turned into him telling me I'm one of the best actors in our city, how everyone in town knows me and talks about me. Actually kinda threw me off my game a little, but afterwards he said I gave a better take because of it. However, once the meeting was over I was kinda left wondering "Did he really mean all that?" I booked a show a few weeks ago that will air on a major cable network's streaming platform later this year. It's a multi-scene co-star role, basically the best friend of the episode's lead. On set they were loving it. I got high fives from the director. Everyone was telling me they thought I was hilarious. Another cast member moonlights as a commercial CD and said he wants to call me in. I've just been offered a contract with a new agency, my second. They're a top 10 in my market and have branches in NY and LA, which hopefully will provide opportunities to expand in the future. I thought it was something I was really going to work hard to sell myself to them for when I learned I got a meeting. I stayed up almost all night prepping and creating bullet points for the meeting to highlight the work I've done so far, CDs I have relationships with, close calls on big projects. Turns out I didn't need it. They basically offered to sign me immediately. We had a nice conversation and they said they'd send over the paperwork. The agent ended the meeting with "You're going to work a lot." So, this is weird, but my first instinct with all this is to dismiss it. After years of doing this I'm so used to not getting my hopes up and just carrying on that I can't tell if it's genuine praise or if people are just being nice, or *maybe* they do like me, but telling me I'm the best in town or will work a lot are techniques to get what they want out of me. The truth is I don't book much. While my first agent got me work, it was slow going with weeks and months of no auditions even 5+ years in. I'm a good ten years in now with a couple small co-stars, two commercials, one legit budgeted movie with a supporting part, and a litany of independent shorts and projects by local filmmakers of dubious to decent quality. I come from humble small town theater origins, started acting professionally late in life, and I'm usually too poor to remain in class regularly. I'm just not used to actually feeling like I might be "succeeding". So what is it? Am I right in assuming I shouldn't take such high praise at face value? Or maybe this is some form of imposter syndrome, the years of work and intermittent training might finally be paying off, and I'm on the precipice of some major career breakthrough?

Is it more important to be represented by a top agency or a top management company ?

Is it more important to be represented by a top agency or a top management company ?

Posted on Jun 17th

I would assume most actors prioritize signing with a good agent more so than with a manager. In fact, isn't the impetus for most actors signing with managers so that they can get referrals/meetings with agents? Correct me if I'm wrong. Or is it case by case? Which one should an actor really prioritize ?

Affordable and Refutable Headshots In LA?

Affordable and Refutable Headshots In LA?

Posted on Jun 17th

Does anyone who’s an LA-based actor have ant recommendations for affordable but good headshots? I’m not trying to break the bank if I can help it since I already have some expensive headshots. I’m just wanting to expand what I have since it’s been a couple of years.

I'm looking for a female voice actor to record some character audio for a video game (PAID)

I'm looking for a female voice actor to record some character audio for a video game (PAID)

Posted on Jun 17th

Hello everyone! I'm a video game developer and I'm looking for a female voice actor to work with me on my personal project called 'Galaxy Grudge.' I posted one of these a few weeks ago when I was looking for a male voice actor, and the result was outstanding, so I figured I'd take another shot to hopefully find a lady who could provide a similar performance for a female character in my game. The brief is basically this: I have a bunch of generic sounds in my game that characters will make when they do things. The categories are 'Take Damage', 'Death', 'Gasp', 'Jump', and 'Land from falling'. The game is a very high-energy shooter, so characters need to feel very energetic and in some cases quite pained and laboured. To give some context of the current game build and how it plays, please check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsNYYvAnZ9U As a reference point for the kinds of sounds I'm looking to record with a prospective artist, here is an example of me playing some of my sounds recorded by the artist I found on here last time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cycvWyat278 So if you're a female voice actor, and you are capable of really putting on a believable performance like this, please get in touch with me. If you have examples online of anything that sounds similar, please feel free to send it my way. The price I'm putting on this is the same as the last gig I offered on here - US$150 for the job. A few more technical details about the recordings: * The audio must be high quality (perferably 44.1k 24-bit WAVs) with no reverb or discernible echo. Please, no dodgy bedroom recordings on an iPhone. * The audio samples themselves will only be a few seconds or so in length. * I need a female voice that sounds pretty aggressive and intimidating, like your prototypical solider in a video game. Please get in touch! Thanks!

How to kiss on film

How to kiss on film

Posted on Jun 16th

Hope some of you might find this interesting. A guide to kissing on film. For newer actors it's often a worrying subject, but it doesn't have to be at all. So we wrote this guide to explain exactly what it's all about. https://encast.eu/help/how-to-kiss-on-film/

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Posted on Jun 16th

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.

PDFs won&rsquo;t open in Actors Access (Safari + iPad)

PDFs won’t open in Actors Access (Safari + iPad)

Posted on Jun 16th

I ignored a film to self-tape for after the pdf wouldn’t open, thinking that the director didn’t post it or upload it appropriately. I now have another audition for a much more professional production and it happened again. I can’t open the pdf! I go to a Chrome browser instead of Safari, and lo and behold, it opens! Not sure if there was an iOS update that messed this all up, but I’m on an iPad Air 4 with the latest software… Has anyone else run into this problem?

My Honest Review of Casting Call Club

My Honest Review of Casting Call Club

Posted on Jun 16th

Casting Call Club is a Voice Acting site that offers free and paid jobs for voice actors, writers, music composers, video editors and some other roles. I will shorten the site to CCC. It has both free options and paid membership options in benefit tiers. The main focus of CCC is pop culture and anime voice acting. The demographic is extremely young with people as young as sixteen often starting a project. There is a discord channel. I made an account with no idea of what to expect. But I was looking for something to extend my VO abilities beyond LibriVox narrating. I did an audition for CCC. I took this seriously. I chose an unpaid voice acting job. But then things got weird. The deadline passed. Yet I got no response. I got none from the project creator. I got none from CCC in my dashboard. I was left with no idea how I went. Also the timer for the project does a weird hourly countdown at this point. Why not just announce that the deadline has passed? I raised the above concerns on the CCC discord channel. I spoke to someone who seemed to be an admin for CCC. They were OK. But they didn't address my concerns. There's no sniping from me here about possibly missing out: I said to the admin of CCC if I was rejected then fine. But I wanted to know where I stood. Only then could I do a different audition in peace. But that seems to be beyond CCC to do something that basic for someone. I cannot recommend CCC. Its GUI is weird and doesn't give someone basic feedback as above. Anyone who has aspirations to seriously do voice over can do a lot better than CCC. Thank you.

Self Tape Set-Up Question: LEDs or Softboxes?

Self Tape Set-Up Question: LEDs or Softboxes?

Posted on Jun 16th

Hi all, I am looking to up my self-tape set-up. Previously I used: iPhone, Pop Mic, Pop up Green Screen and natural window light. I've moved into a space with less natural light and more space and want to upgrade my set-up. I have a Sony camera + Rode VideoMic Pro Shotgun and enjoy that combo for now and am considering grabbing old seamless roles from work. My question is mainly about lighting (or if you have any comments on self tape set ups in general, happy to take them!)... I have a friend who is selling Dracast Panel LED lights for extremely cheap. If I bought those I would need to grab some diffusers/light stands on the side BUT I'm thinking if I wanted to shoot short films or sketches with pals to stay busy then they're multi-purpose. They are also selling a 2 light soft box kit for similar price point. Which would you jump for? I'm hearing such conflicting things about self tapes -- either a) as long as they can see and hear you clearly that's all that matters or b) they hate seeing lights in the eyes or any harsh shadows so now... I don't know what to get! Either way, I want a set-up that highlights me as an actor best. Thank you!

Want more auditions? I know how

Want more auditions? I know how

Posted on Jun 16th

Actors, Need a Demo Reel? Not getting called in for auditions? Here to Help! Want to show off your work? Hi All! I am an award-winning filmmaker who is teaming up with a renowned acting coach in LA and we are offering a two scene reel comprehensive in Los Angeles July 9th and 10th. I keep hearing from newer actors that they can't seem to get work without any work to display, a total catch 22. We know the struggle and want to help actors out by filming two scenes tailored to your type and marketability all edited and mixed so you don't have to worry about a thing except acting! On set coaching to bring out your best performance possible. Demo reels are industry standard, and having cast multiple projects I know personally how much a professional demo reel gets you called in (**I have never called in an actor without a demo reel!**) Take a look at previous demo reels we have done and sign up now to secure your spot! Any questions? Happy to answer any and all! bit.ly/reelsignupnow

Voice actor needed

Voice actor needed

Posted on Jun 16th

Small project, I’m in need of a female young, between the ages of 19-24 preferably a Canadian female or that accent. Of course this role is paid, total voice time around 6-12 minutes or less. Wage is the same. Pm me if you’re interested.

I was offered an extra spot as a photo double. Where do I put this on my resume and would this help me get into SAG-AFTRA?

I was offered an extra spot as a photo double. Where do I put this on my resume and would this help me get into SAG-AFTRA?

Posted on Jun 16th

There’s a production going on in my town that I applied for almost three months ago and just today, I got a call about being a photo double for one of the actors. I’m thinking of taking the job. Where on my resume would I put this and would it help me get into SAG-AFTRA in the future?

Table read

Table read

Posted on Jun 15th

 this Sunday June 19th at 1 pm EDT of A Few Good Men. Message me for details!

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