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Looking for an indie actress

Looking for an indie actress

Posted on Nov 15th

Hello there, I do hope this is the right subreddit, if not any guidance would be appreciated. Looking for an actress who does primarily independent films. I believe she has only been acting since 2019 maybe a little bit longer. First name is some variation of jasmine/Jasmyn/jazmin/ etc. From the phoenix/flagstaff area. Medium to long, I believe it was dark Brown hair. If I could remember where I saw her this would not be an issue haha. Thank you in advance.

I need some advice!

I need some advice!

Posted on Nov 15th

I’ve always wanted to be an actor and I’ve lowkey been afraid to go for it. I’m 23 years old now, about to be 24 and decided enough is enough and I want to get the ball rolling on my career, but have no idea where to start. I did a few plays as a child in places like church and school. Can anyone help me? I’m from Orlando if that helps lol. Any advice is appreciated

What was that 1-2 move you made..that turned your career around?

What was that 1-2 move you made..that turned your career around?

Posted on Nov 15th

I guess I'm looking for tips but also want to see what other actors say on moves they made that really turned their careers around. I think back on the last decade of my career and I went years where I would only get 1-5 auditions a year..to now where in a good month I get maybe 5 a month. Things kinda slowed down but there is a reason for that I feel in which I need to speak with my agent. But anyway, as for my moves..training. I took acting class after acting class after acting class. Then when I right audition came, I would be ready. In Chicago there are only 20 SAG agents. If you are in the know, you kinda know who are the top agents. When I booked my first booking, I was with a low-tier - foot in the door agent. What I would always do when signing in because you sign your name and agent you are with..I would look at the actor and the agent..I would make a mental note..I might be with a low level agent, but here I am in a room with actors who are with the cream of the crop. I gotta kill it, I gotta stand out over them. And that one audition came, and I did exactly that. And this was with the number 1 CD in Chicago, as I auditioned I heard, "wow, well we got that role down" and it felt good. I was nervous on set, I felt outta place, but hey, I got it done. My first ever job. I just booked my second job last year for an Apple TV. Here is another part of the story, I started acting in 08. I landed a lead role in a big indie movie - long story short, it went nowhere. I had this ego that I didn't need acting classes - I had that ego for a long, long time. Stupid long time. Then I had a convo over gaming with a long lost friend I found on Facebook..we talked and his passion came up - paintballing. This guy has put in over 5-6K in his paintballing equipment..He loves it. Sure it's not his career, but he is sponsored and goes to tournaments and everything. It hit me, how has he put more money in his passion, than I have in my acting which I consider my "career?" That's when I signed up for classes and I completed acting programs. That's what I did. I took classes and I stuck with it. Sure, I get depressed and down...like I wish I woulda took classes since I started..I woulda got where I'm at faster..I will forever regret not becoming the man I am today, earlier in life when my mom was alive...that will always be with me. I was a late bloomer in life... I guess I'm ranting...there is one phrase you need to abide by, work smart, not work hard. or both. Work hard & smart.

Connecting to the Script

Connecting to the Script

Posted on Nov 15th

I have seen a lot of Actors emphasis on the fact that you need to connect to the story or the script as deeply as possible for a great performance. How to connect to the story?

Your Best Acting Coach

Your Best Acting Coach

Posted on Nov 14th

Hey Stage 32 actors!Hope you are having a blast introducing yourselves this weekend!If you are currently working on a role and need acting advice, who would be your go-to acting coach?Share!I am currently looking to offer a 1 hr coaching class to my actors for a 10 page script in London / New York time zone. I know actors can prepare on their own but I love sharing some extra support with my fellow actors, so would love to hear your thoughts!And, who knows, if we can ever come up with our own Zoom film, we might work with the same coach one day! Keep learning - Samita

My very first failed drama school audition

My very first failed drama school audition

Posted on Nov 14th

Hi everyone! So today I had my first audition ever for drama school and didn’t make it to first-round callback. Since I’m an international applicant that had never auditioned in English before and literally just started exploring Shakespeare this year, I knew this first time was going to be a learning experience. Also, it was Juilliard. Heh. But although I’m very happy I got to do this today, I would like to know if any actors here at drama schools or auditioning have some experiences to share about how your very first drama school audition went like and advice on how to not let that first “no” put pressure on your next auditions for other schools.

As a non-union BG actor, who do I contact about missing paychecks?

As a non-union BG actor, who do I contact about missing paychecks?

Posted on Nov 14th

I was hired for a production in September through a third party app (Castifi) and so I was sent all my call times and info through email from someone from one of their emails. I was not given any correspondence for anyone involved in production or payroll. This has happened this way on other sets before, but I never had a problem with payment so I never thought to ask for the information (though going forward, I will.) I had reached out to the people whose emails I did have, but I have not heard back from anyone. I did receive one check from them, which was half of what my expected Covid payment should have been, but I still haven’t gotten my payment for my full days work, which was on Sept 30. I did send an email about that too but have not heard back about that either. Would calling the payroll company do anything? I’m sorry if these are dumb questions, it’s just that I feel as background actors, especially non-union, we don’t get much to work with or included in many details, so it’s really hard to know what to do here or what my options are. Thanks a bunch!

What's Austin's Film Industry Looking Like These Days?

What's Austin's Film Industry Looking Like These Days?

Posted on Nov 14th

So I hear word that HBO & Netflix each built out sprawling new studios in Austin, TX. Does anyone have any insight as to how hopping the film industry's there right now? Any actors that live in Austin out there to give me your two beautiful cents? Do ya'll have good agencies out there? Do they put you out for roles outside of Texas too? What's the acting landscape like here?

Are actors allowed to have boundaries when accepting or declining roles?
How do you get into the business without going to film school?

How do you get into the business without going to film school?

Posted on Nov 14th

I’ve wanted to be an actor since I was 14, and only recently wanted to go to film school….until I figured out how much it costs, so I wanted to ask how you get into film because google won’t tell me anything.

Does voice acting change significantly depending on the language?

Does voice acting change significantly depending on the language?

Posted on Nov 14th

Might be a strange question, but I’ve really been thinking about it. I’d really like to take some on-site voice acting classes, but because of where I live (Mexico City), it means they would be on Spanish and focus on the Spanish speaking market. I also know Mexico and specifically Mexico City is a good place for voice acting because it tends to be the place where most dubs and commercials are made because of the neutral accent and big entertainment industry. However, for whatever reason, I just really prefer voice acting in English (I’m fluent at a native level so there’s no problem on that end) and wanna make that my ultimate goal. I know an acting class helps you improve regardless, but would I be wasting money and time by taking it in a different language from the one I want to focus on? Or is it pretty much the same? Any bilingual actor has any experience with these kinds of situations? I’d like to take advantage of knowing multiple languages but I’m kinda lost on how to go about it :))

Do I have to make sure the actors I want for my cartoon want to voice act the characters?

Do I have to make sure the actors I want for my cartoon want to voice act the characters?

Posted on Nov 14th

So since I am 16 and want to make a cartoon and for my voice actors I want Brooklynn Prince, Asher Angel, maybe Nicole Sullivan or whatever? But I am curious to know if Brooklynn Prince or Asher Angel would be interested in doing voice acting for my cartoon???

Trying a voice that is unnatural

Trying a voice that is unnatural

Posted on Nov 14th

My voices tone can fluctuate depending how loud I am speaking. I was wondering if there was any tips anyone has that I could possibly try to speak louder while doing another voice. Is this something I shouldn’t expect myself to be able to do? I really want to try and speak at a louder volume with a different voice but I can’t seem to do it and was wondering if this was normal or should voice actors be able to put on a voice that could be extremely lower then normal or higher and still be able to speak at normal volume

URGENT CASTING CALL for london actors!

URGENT CASTING CALL for london actors!

Posted on Nov 13th

Looking for actors for vampire short film! shooting from 19-21 of this month from 9-5 and on the 24-25 from 4-12 in central London:) Please email me at lillimunro00@gmail.com

Any other actors out there that struggle with OCD intrusive thoughts/ constant line fixation/memorizing?

Any other actors out there that struggle with OCD intrusive thoughts/ constant line fixation/memorizing?

Posted on Nov 13th

I know this is a niche group if anyone relates but I figured I’d give it a try. I have ocd with intrusive thoughts and unfortunately this affects me a lot as an actor. My mind obsessively goes over my lines for either an audition, callback or if I get the part- the whole play. I can’t sleep, take a nap or rest because my mind forces me to go over my lines, I can’t stop looking at my script and it constantly occupies my mind- I feel like I don’t deserve to sit back and relax and maybe watch a tv show. I don’t know how to set a “boundary” with my mind. This is super unhealthy and I don’t know what to do. I’m not new at acting, this is for NYC theatre but I just don’t know how to manage this because it’s unbearable. I am already in hell based on a callback for a short scene on Monday.

Mindset for College actors ?

Mindset for College actors ?

Posted on Nov 13th

All I care about is getting better and fulfilling my acting habit. I'm based in Philadelphia. I'm a theatre-acting student at a public university. I'm almost a second semester sophomore. Acting is like a drug for me. I'm studying a lot on my own outside of homework, taking intensives, and acting in plays, etc. I feel like simply completing my college classes isn't enough to ensure a life where I get to act regularly in enjoyable productions. I feel like I'm going to get to graduation and be unprepared. **What advice do you have for students who want to start forging their path now? Anything helps.** I know this profession is really difficult.

Help!! Do I leave my agent?

Help!! Do I leave my agent?

Posted on Nov 13th

Help! Will make this as concise as possible- I've been with my agent for almost one year (two weeks out from contract renewing). I've always gotten kind of weird/unprofessional vibes from the agency as a whole. For instance, the process for signing - I sent a blind submission to try and set a meeting to interview to get signed, and ended up just having a 5 minute phone call with the head agent's assistant (who is not an agent), asking me cookie-cutter questions, if I had headshots, a reel, etc, no real questions to see if we were a fit. I was sent a contract the next day, no other questions asked. A new actor with no reps, I signed it. When I asked if I could set up a time to speak with the agent herself, I was told that since I was developmental, the assistant would be the one I could speak with and who would submit me. Things that have happened since: 1. Assistant who was my point left the company, found out about it through a bulletin board post by the NEW assistant on the company website. Riddled with spelling errors. 2. Agency is not SAG-franchised, which I've heard is a red flag. 3. They will send out sides to their actors who they submitted to a certain role, and CC every single actor, like 30 of us. Not BCC'd. 4. Owner/head agent is unprofessional in the way she communicates with actors (uses a website bulletin board as primary form of communication, and is belittling to any questions she gets, everything she posts is riddled with grammatical errors). 5. Delayed payments (like over two months late). 6. Have clients pay for different website subscriptions that the agencies supposedly use to pitch, but nothing ever comes from them (not casting sites, media hosting sites). 7. Ignore days that you have emailed saying you're "booked out". 8. I haven't booked anything through them since signing - that's not to say that's their fault, but just an interesting note. Everything I've booked has been on my own submissions or through my own connections (which I still pay them their percentage for of course on those bookings). I have a manager as well, who I have gotten more recently, who is well-respected, and she says that since they technically have gotten me a decent number of auditions and I'm at the beginning of my career, it's better to have an agent than no agent, but I'm not so sure. Do I talk to my manager again about this? Thank you guys :')

Shower thought: if editors get paid for test edits why don’t actors get paid for self tapes?

Shower thought: if editors get paid for test edits why don’t actors get paid for self tapes?

Posted on Nov 13th

My boyfriend is a video editor. Sometimes to “audition” him clients ask him to edit a test video for which he gets paid $150-$200. He can often spend 8 hours, sometimes more on a test edit. If they like him, they bring him on the project for his day rate. Now, imagine if you got a couple of hundred bucks for those self tapes we’re always running around to finish. Would certainly make all the shift-swapping, line memorizing, hair styling, makeup, script analysis, and MORE a little less stressful because even if we dont book it, at least we got some money for all that time. However, with Hollywood being…Hollywood, I don’t see this happening in the foreseeable future.

What do you think is the best website builder for a voice actor?

What do you think is the best website builder for a voice actor?

Posted on Nov 13th

Howdy! I'm looking to build a website and wanted to get some opinions on which website builders you've enjoyed using. I just tried dabbling in Godaddy.com for the first time but when I looked to upload demos, it seems like the best option it gives me is to implement soundcloud links..which isn't really what I want to do. I just want something clean and simple. My headshot with some quick and easy play buttons next to it to hear my demos.

Attractive, affordable websites for voice talent

Attractive, affordable websites for voice talent

Posted on Nov 12th

**Most voice talent websites suck. Ours don't.** Most voice over actor websites are terrible. They look dated. They have weird spacing. They look wrong on mobile. And they make skilled talent look amateur. Yikes. Show casting and talent agents you’re the real deal with a professional website that stands out from the crowd. Our websites feature modern designs, put your demos front and centre, and showcase your personality. With a well-designed home on the web, you can get more auditions, book more jobs, and grow your voice over business. Learn more at https://www.voiceonscreen.com

What are some features of the best voice actor websites?

What are some features of the best voice actor websites?

Posted on Nov 12th

What are some of the features you need to incorporate into your website if you want to make it as a voice actor? I'd love to hear your ideas and I have some of my own: **Your best demo right up top.** If people are visiting your website to listen to your demo, it should be really easy to find. Your best work should be the first thing visitors see when they visit your website. **Lots of white space.** Lots of voice actors try to cram a lot of stuff in to a small space on their website. The best ones have lots of white space and give the information room to breathe. **Works perfectly on mobile.** You never know when you're going to want to show off your demo. Having a website that looks great on a phone screen is really important. **Testimonials and client logos.** In my experience, casting agents want to know that you have good experience and others will vouch for you. **An equipment list.** Your equipment is a dead giveaway if you're a pro or not. Even if you've only got a few pieces of gear, listing them on your website can make you look more professional. **Contact information.** Obviously, if you want your website to get you work you need to make it super easy to find your email address and phone number. **Good photography.** Your headshot is one of the best ways to show off your personality and make a connection with your website visitors. Even though they're hiring you for your voice, they want to see your face. What else sets apart the pros from the rest when it comes to voice actor websites?

Homophobic manager. What would you do?

Homophobic manager. What would you do?

Posted on Nov 12th

Need advice. My manager (I don’t have an agent) found a relationship podcast deal for me a few months ago. He then told me I wasn’t allowed to have gay/alternative lifestyle guests on the program. I walked away. Because zero dollars are worth excluding an entire community. *Note - my family has NUMEROUS gay/lesbian members - so, I’m definitely an ally. I’ve lost two gay students that could no longer deal with the parental and peer harassment and chose to unlive…* Flash forward to last week, while discussing the casting process, his assistant stated, “Andy (name changed) refuses to even submit our gay clients for gay roles, he believes that if you are an actor, you can act straight.” So, in summary, he’s willing to make money from gay clients as long as they are performing as straight. WTF!!!!? My heart hurts, and I’m in HE MUST BE PUNISHED mode. I submitted a 30-day notice of my desire to leave the agency. But, I’m angry with the passion of a million suns. Would you report him? If so, who should I contact? If you just happen to have every email address to every member of the agency, would you anonymously let them know of his discriminatory practices? Or, let it go. This business is dirty, karma will have its way with him. I’m rather new to the acting and VO world (8 months) I’ve booked numerous national gigs - utterly terrified of retaliation. What would you do???

Audition Times

Audition Times

Posted on Nov 12th

Say auditions are being held between 9 to 5. Are you given a specific time to audition or is it just going by the order the actor arrives? I will be working a shift that is only from 5am to 1pm.

Feeling Overwhelmed

Feeling Overwhelmed

Posted on Nov 12th

Let me just first say that I’m not completely new to acting but I’m by no means established either. I joined this community very recently, and I’m happy to be a part of it. My main goal is to get better, learn new skills/techniques and book more work. I’m a 26yr old actor from Canada, who has had training in film/tv and who’s also done some short/student/indie films. I have trained in Toronto at the Toronto Academy of Acting, Improv with The Second City and other private coaches. However, I was now interested in going to theatre school but I’m feeling overwhelmed with all the schools, tuition fees, and programs. To clarify, my passion is still in film/tv but I do want to be a better actor in general and gain new skills. I have been struggling recently with confidence and booking auditions. It feels as if something drastic needs to be done. I have an agent who’s getting me auditions regularly but very rarely am I getting tv/film auditions. It’s mainly just commercials. I feel like not only would I really enjoy doing theatre for a bit, it would also make me a more prolific actor while at the same time, making my resume look good and giving me new life experiences. (If I choose to move out of the city for awhile, which I am open to.) Any suggestions on what I should do? Since I’m more interested in tv/film, is it a waste to invest my time and money into a BFA, MFA or let’s say a 1-3 year theatre training program? Should I just continue taking film/tv classes instead? If you don’t think it’s a waste, are there any theatre schools in Canada/US you can recommend? I have done some research already into some of the major theatre schools, and I guess I’d just audition to a bunch and see which ones I’d be accepted to. Thanks

I have no clue what I’m doing

I have no clue what I’m doing

Posted on Nov 12th

In all honestly I’ve always thought about acting but I’ve got no theatrical background whatsoever absolutely nothing even remotely within the category but I do really want to be some sort of actress or model but have no idea how to go about it. Does anyone have any tips and ideas for me?

What should I do?

What should I do?

Posted on Nov 12th

I’m broke, I’m in college and I hate it. I want to be an actress in Hollywood or London. I feel like trying to make a living as actor in my home country would be a waste of time. Is that wrong ? And should I stay in college?

Done with the pursuit, just want someone else to provide a counter perspective for others

Done with the pursuit, just want someone else to provide a counter perspective for others

Posted on Nov 12th

Hello reddit acting community. I recently posted this into another space.. but that post was 9 years old and felt that it may be more relevant as a new post. Anywho, please find a few of the reasons I'm pulling the plug on this pathway - at the end I'd love for others to hop into the conversation to provide counterpoints or their experiences. Needed to get this off my chest for my own mental well-being but definitely dont want it to be an attack towards the beautiful lot of people in this community who still hold a very special place in my heart... "I pulled the plug on this career pathway a couple weeks back for several reasons... and no, this time I will not be returning 1. the sheer volume of self-serving egos: Perhaps this is my own ego getting in the way, but when you see the narcissistic tendencies of individuals in the community talk about wanting to do it for the love of the craft, but then put on the 'me, me, me' face because they need attention and lack enough self worth to truly focus on the love of the craft... it gets old quick 2. lack of respect for those of different backgrounds: Any performance 'art' is an exercise in diverse team experience. I've worked under 2 directors I respect enough to say they understood perspectives of their cast and crew and wanted to produce rather than make socio-political commentary. Totally understand that these things permeate every walk of western culture, but you shouldnt instandly hold yourself higher than someone else because they hold different life perspective. Also, flagrantly disrespecting different opinions of your fellow cast-members before a shoot is wrapped deserves re-casting if you ask me 3. the majority of what's being produced now is trite; carelessness and sheer profitability are all the money hungry studio executives seem to care about anymore and they're willing to squeeze every drop of lifeblood out of old LPs rather than moving on and letting things go. Do we really need 25 spin-off movies of HTTYD that go straight to cable TV? Did we need Star Wars 7-9? How about more of those Marvel movies - they're original right? Moreover, I'm sick of living someone else's vision and fantasy. Acting is incredibly fun but it's just another form of being a court jester. There's so many other creative endeavors that many actors could be pursuing but instead they spend their time seeking validation by people who use them for their own personal gain. How many people who have go into acting who could have discovered something incredible in the fields of science, math, technology? How many people who've devoted countless hours chasing a fleeting emotion could have realized pure joy in another arena? Perhaps it's a better understanding of where my value systems lie, but there are so many more people who can be served far better by doing something more than looking pretty on a screen or performing on a stage (acting is far deeper than this, but you get my drift) I would absolutely love it if someone who found their way back to the performance arts would love to chime in here too - hopefully share the opposite perspective to counter this argument :)"

Ever notice how many movie actors have big heads? Or are a little short so their heads appear larger? If you have a big head, or appear to have a big head, you should consider a career in movie acting.
Best place to put your audition recordings?

Best place to put your audition recordings?

Posted on Nov 12th

I have a few podcasts going and frequently ask for voice actors. When I do, many are not sure how to get me their recording. What is your suggestion? What is the easiest turnkey way to get a podcaster your recording? I would like to suggest something next time as an easy solution.

Physical Training?

Physical Training?

Posted on Nov 11th

Have you had to do any physical training for a role? If not, do you train with something in particular in between roles?Okay, and let's geek out a minute - if you HAD TO train from the 7 on the video, which one would you want to do? SHARE BELOW!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7I9XZaZ33E

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Posted on Nov 11th

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.

Bad Child Acting In TV Shows

Bad Child Acting In TV Shows

Posted on Nov 11th

Do they usually choose child actors off their looks or actual acting when casting for 1 specific episode? I usually hate TV (Especially Crime Shows) episodes that centers around the Stars needing info from a kid or something like that because the interactions are always so fucking weird, cringy, and poorly acted. Are kids just not that good at acting or are kid actors simply being chosen because they fit the specific look the show wants even tho they can't act?

How does the film industry work in Spain?

How does the film industry work in Spain?

Posted on Nov 11th

I have noticed a lot of Spanish actors move to Madrid because that is where most auditions and TV and film productions are. Is moving to Barcelona instead of Madrid to pursue acting in TV and film worth it?

Getting a Manager for Actors who reside outside of US

Getting a Manager for Actors who reside outside of US

Posted on Nov 11th

Anyone have experience getting a manager in US? Is having a visa an absolute must- as in no one will consider you if you do not have a visa? Just curious, would love to hear your 2 cents. Thank you thank you!!

Tongue splitting as an actor

Tongue splitting as an actor

Posted on Nov 11th

Hey acting community. I work as an actor atm and am supposed to be working on some film related stuff later this year if not early next. I really wanna get my tongue split but am afraid it'll ruin my acting career. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge with how tongue splits appear on camera and how noticable they are. And if there's ways I can get around facing issues with my chosen career with this body mod?

What's A Good Starting Laptop?

What's A Good Starting Laptop?

Posted on Nov 11th

Ive been in the market for a laptop for a little while now, and I am a little overwhelmed with all of the options. I'm looking for something that's preferably not too pricey, but that i can still do everything I need to do on. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance voice actors of reddit!

Okay, basically, i want to become a voice actor, but for my stories, i'm a writer, how do i start?

Okay, basically, i want to become a voice actor, but for my stories, i'm a writer, how do i start?

Posted on Nov 11th

Basically, i thought it'd be Fun to dub my own characters, i mean, a Lot of directors direct and act, and they literally got the sound design dude for general grievous. I'm praticing alone for sometime, muttering words and trying to Control my tone, and i think i'm making some progress but i need some guidance. Basically, How should i start and what should i do?

Being Put on Avail

Being Put on Avail

Posted on Nov 10th

It is such a win!  I just found out the casting went another....it's still such a win:)

acting classes are making me unhappy

acting classes are making me unhappy

Posted on Nov 10th

tldr: I love acting, but I think acting classes are making me unhappy. Why do I feel like this? Should I keep taking them anyway? First off, I absolutely LOVE auditioning. Love it. I don't have to get the role or even get shortlisted, I just love auditioning. Of course, if I do get a role, I also love being on set or on stage. It's my happy place. I love everything about it. I've tried to quit acting a few times in my life, but I love it too much and keep coming back to it, so I don't think that's ever gonna happen. That's not the problem here. Last year I got a full-time job and put auditions on hold while I focused on work. I only auditioned for what would've been life-changing, job-quitting, long-shot roles (didn't get any) until I got a handle on work, passed training, finished probation and then got benefits. Not auditioning that whole time was killing me inside, but because I finally had some money, I tried to keep the acting withdrawal at bay by signing up for a bunch of acting classes. Over the last year, I've done three different scene study classes with two different schools, Meisner, voice & movement, and a handful of workshops for auditioning, self-tapes, etc., plus some 1-on-1 lessons for accent work and coaching. The last time I could afford acting classes was Fall of 2018, and coming back to classes made me realize how rusty I was and how much I could improve through staying in practice. However, with another semester of classes starting to wind down, I'm noticing a pattern. No matter the school or teacher or class, I always seem to finish them unhappier than when I started. Whether I noticed an improvement in myself and my work or not, by the end of each individual class, as well as the end of a semester of classes, I get bogged down with this hopelessness. I felt it with the class from 2018, but back then I thought it was because I couldn't afford to come back the next semester with everyone else. Now I've noticed it with every class that ends, so much so that I find myself having to build myself up before entering a class. I'm both embarrassed and relieved when I'm late for a class; today I had stuff going on that made me a half hour late, and I nearly skipped the whole class, but an hour after class started I finally went in only because I had to use the bathroom. It's getting out of hand. This only happens with acting lessons. It doesn't happen with auditions or work. Over the last year, I've also taken singing lessons and done martial arts, and those make me happy, too. I always finish those lessons feeling lighter and happier than I started out. Nor does this unhappy feeling spread to any other part of my life. Generally, my life is going pretty great and I feel very lucky with nothing to complain about. I don't know what it is about acting classes that are weighing so heavily on me. I have a few theories. Maybe seeing other actors regularly in class and hearing about all their other projects is giving off the Instagram effect and making me feel like I haven't achieved much in comparison, even though I know in my head actors can't really compare each other. Maybe it's harder to see my improvement in acting than to achieve belt levels in martial arts or reach new notes in singing, so it feels like I'm going nowhere. Maybe it's the scenes that are getting to me, not the classes at all. Maybe I'm conceited and the classes make me feel like my skill level is higher than is reflected in the work I'm getting. Maybe I'm terrible at acting and my subconscious knows it's a waste of time and money which I could be using to improve my non-acting day-to-day life. Maybe I'm mediocre and the fact that there's nothing special about me is being revealed in classes where I'm in too much denial to see it clearly. Maybe I've peaked, or plateaued. Please comment if you have some theory I haven't thought of yet, or advice for what I should do. I know without acting practice I'll slowly get worse, but gosh, it shouldn't be so hard to step into a classroom when I paid hundreds of dollars to be there! So do I keep taking acting classes or not? Has anyone else encountered this? FYI: I've taken classes for theatre and film for over a decade, and have mostly focused on film for the last five years. I've been auditioning for four years, repped for three years, and union for a year. I'm serious about it, and I think I have a good look and the right chops. This is not just a hobby to me.

Risky to do TalentLink (finds you talent agency) and potentially lose my current agency?

Risky to do TalentLink (finds you talent agency) and potentially lose my current agency?

Posted on Nov 10th

My current talent agency is "okay." I've been with them for years (never signed any exclusivity contract) and have gotten me some decent co-stars, but they only send me auditions once a month. TalentLink allows an actor to pay a fee for their profile to be submitted to many talent agencies. [Here's a link to Talent Link.](https://breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/main/talentlink?utm_source=aa_loggedin_resources&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=talentlink_aa_resources_loggedin) I'm just worried that if I use Talent Link to find better agencies that my current agency will find out and drop me. Do you think it's a risk? We've never signed a contract, but who knows they may see this as not being grateful for the few roles they did help me land.

Venting… Actor’s Access

Venting… Actor’s Access

Posted on Nov 10th

I got an audition yesterday evening with less than a 24 hour turnaround, due today by 1pm EST. I studied as much as possible to be off book. Taped it this morning, gave myself time to edit and upload etc. The casting director (big CD that I’ve never auditioned for) asked specifically for a headshot from today with same hair and clothing as audition to be included with my tapes. I do all this. Then I go and upload on AA and my video files upload fine and my photo that’s under 2mb takes a million years to upload. It never finishes so I delete and retry many times. Start to panic. Contact AA customer service and they say don’t use Safari - use Chrome, they’ve had Safari issues lately. I do that. Doesn’t work on chrome either. I tell them and they say oh actually photos aren’t uploading today for some reason, they’ve gotten multiple messages about it. Wow. So I leave a message in my submission notes saying I’m not able to upload photo but I can email my agent the photo. I submit with just the videos and now I’m in the waiting game because my agent hasn’t submitted on her end yet. I’ve emailed her and texted her. Agents are notoriously busy and non responsive. I have 10 minutes left before deadline, so stressful when you do everything possible and right on your end. I’ve never missed a deadline before on AA. Has anyone else with big CDs and it turned out fine?

National Walmart Commercial Questions

National Walmart Commercial Questions

Posted on Nov 10th

​ My husband and I are in a Walmart holiday commercial that started airing on 10/24/21. Me being in the commercial was a complete fluke. I like being behind the scenes. My husband is the actor. However, this is our first National and I’m so confused about how residuals work. We got paid for our session, Covid tests, and fittings early last week. I’ve seen this commercial everywhere. Lots during Sunday night football. It’s being played in Mexico. We have a 30 and 60-second spot. I have friends that have seen it at the movie theater. I've tried to educate myself on the SAG website. I know that 15 business days after the first airing we are supposed to receive a check for usage. I also know about iSpottv. As of this morning, it's played 2.2K times nationally. I don't know how accurate that is. It's also being shown on cable and Hulu. All of this is so confusing and I'm doing my best to figure out things on my own. But I'd love to hear back from you.

Is acting a career I should look into?

Is acting a career I should look into?

Posted on Nov 10th

I’m 21 years old and I am very lost with my life, not knowing what direction I want to go. I had an idea one night that maybe I should pursue acting or at least go into the entertainment industry. I remember this one event in my university marching band hosted that I commentated 2 years back. I got a lot of people complimenting me about it the whole week. I even had a random person walk up to me and ask for my picture. I’m very charismatic, have a big personality and love being seen by everyone. All my friends and family think I’d be a good actor, but should I consider doing it?

Is it even worth the hassle to get "office-appropriate clothes"? what are the chances?

Is it even worth the hassle to get "office-appropriate clothes"? what are the chances?

Posted on Nov 10th

I'll be doing my first "work" as a background actor soon, and, almost definitely the last, cause i'm just doing this for the experience. The experience to probably be treated like scum between toes, and eat lukewarm soup for lunch, as far as i've heard. I'm as excited as a prostitute waiting to get railed by Harvey Weinstein. Basically, they need people to play police officers, office workers and ordinary people. The police officers are the fancy bastards who would be the "featured extras", get costumes, get blowjobs from the 2nd AD and from each other and whatnot. Some of them even get dialogue, and we got an e-mail with the actual real names of the 10 or so people who would be playing them. Bastards. I'm jealous. Mine wasn't there, so I concluded that i'm basically too ugly (my own sincere evaluation, because i'm struggling to see many other reasons) to be chosen to play even a damn police officer. Well, whatever. They wrote that we (the ordinary folk) are supposed to bring several different outfit options. Already a pain in the ass; I wasn't planning on dragging a briefcase over there. And then they added that if we can bring "office-appropriate clothes", we *could* be chosen to play various office people, some of which may be featured roles. But I have chin-length, messy looking wavy hair that most definitely would not be appropriate for an office anyway, and i'm 100% sure that they will not spend the *considerable* amount of time and effort to deal with it. Plus I would have to get a blue or white dress shirt, which I currently don't own because I don't work an office job. I would have to get one from a thrift store or H&M. Is it worth it in your opinion? Cause in my opinion, it is definitely not. Thanks for any replies. (I tried to write a tl;dr, but it ended up being longer than the actual original text.)

Acting Classes in Maryville Tn or Knoxville Tn Area

Acting Classes in Maryville Tn or Knoxville Tn Area

Posted on Nov 10th

Hello, I have been looking into acting as a career for a while now. Acting classes would benefit me greatly. I was wondering if anyone knew of acting classes in Maryville Tn? If not then in the Knoxville Tn area. I know that a few studios have been filming in the area, and a few actors have moved to the area. The ones I am finding are for high school and younger age, but since I was home-schooled till senior year and I am now 22 I do not qualify for them and I can not afford going to the University of Tennessee Knoxville for their classes. (I have acted in plays but always need more training) Thank you in advance. P.S. I also searched through the FAQ and post and am very thankful for the information and if I can't find a class I will have fun learning through monologues and auditions.

Am I obliged to work again if recalled?

Am I obliged to work again if recalled?

Posted on Nov 10th

Recently I booked a non-union background gig as a Police Officer. There were no notes in the original casting call stating that I would potentially be required to work additional days. A few days after the job was completed, I got a text from a casting assistant telling me I was booked to work *again* for a date the following week as the Police Officer. I replied and said that, unfortunately, I would not be available. Later that day, I got *another* text from a *different* casting assistant at the same company telling me "This is a recall, and you are essentially needed." They asked if there was any way I could make myself available. To be honest, I wasn't actually unavailable to work again, I just didn't particularly want to do this background job again. I only did it in the first place as an attempt to get a SAG voucher, and it seemed unlikely that I would get one during the recall, so I declined. Given that, I decided to respond to this follow-up message asking if I could potentially be hired as a Union BG actor since I was essentially needed. They haven't responded to my question and it's been over a full day now, so I'm a little worried that I might have overstepped some line by asking to be upgraded to Union BG for a job which maybe I was obliged to accept. Any folks more experienced than me have thoughts on this?

Theater Opportunities in LA

Theater Opportunities in LA

Posted on Nov 10th

I’m kind of feeling stuck in an acting class I’m taking. Im worrying whether or not I even want to be an actor even though it’s been a huge part of my identity since I was 8. I’m 19 and haven’t acted in something substantial since before COVID and I realized that’s probably part of the issue. I don’t know my identity as an actor and I need to rediscover that. Are there any professional or semiprofessional theater groups that don’t usually care about an extensive resume? Thanks!

Bad news for Actors & anyone in the Entertainment Industry

Bad news for Actors & anyone in the Entertainment Industry

Posted on Nov 10th

Before I declare my prediction, because at the end of the day that is all this post is, I'd like to say that I harbor no animosity towards the entertainment industry. In all honestly, even though I'm a major in CS and Finance at a good university, I've always been more interested in the entertainment industry, in particular music and filmamking. I'd love to be an actor or musician and would be perfecly fine living out the rest of my life in LA to achieve success in either front. If succcess didn't come in either domain, I'd be okay with that because I'd have atleast pursued my dreams in life. ​ With all of this being said, Mark Zuckerbeg and the "Metaverse" may make it impossible for people such as myself achieve their dreams. Why? Because the advent of VR(Virtual Reality), in my opinion, will have a monolply on the entertainment industry. "Video games" and not films will be the most used form of entertainment because it will be more interactive. As for the music industry, people won't attend live events or concnerts because they will be hosted in the "metaverse". Needless to say, I'm worried about the fate of the entertaimnet industry(acting and music in particular). What do you guys think?

Where to live in Atlanta for actors

Where to live in Atlanta for actors

Posted on Nov 10th

Where is the best cheap area for actors in the Atlanta area to rent? I'm looking for a safe area that is not crazy expensive.

How Do I take my First Small Step into a Larger World?

How Do I take my First Small Step into a Larger World?

Posted on Nov 9th

Hey guys! This is my first time posting on Reddit after a long time of just being a reader. I'm 21 years old and like most people following this subreddit I'd like to find my way of entering the film making industry in hopes of being and actor and filmmaker. My main problem is I have about 0 connections to this industry and all I know about it comes from research online and social media (Reddit, Instagram, Twitter ect.). I'd love to hear some stories on how people here started out cause I'm kind of in the blue and have a ton of energy that I'd love to know how to put to good use. Thanks in advance!

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