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Is it feasible for an Indian to come to LA to become an actor?

Is it feasible for an Indian to come to LA to become an actor?

Posted on Sep 15th

What kind of roles am I looking at ? Also, what's the competition like for roles specifically for brown people?

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Posted on Sep 15th

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.

Affordable NYC classes and casting director workshops?

Affordable NYC classes and casting director workshops?

Posted on Sep 15th

Hi everyone. I’m surprised there isn’t an acting sub just for the NYC market where we can help each other with resources. (Or is there??) I was in LA for a long time and through luck found affordable casting director workshops at a place called ITA. Here in NYC, I’ve only found One on One and Actors Connection, neither of which are particularly cheap. (Especially considering so many of the workshops are now on Zoom, I’m not sure why they’re so expensive?) Are there other NYC casting director workshop sites that an actor here should know about? How about on-going once a week acting classes at under $200 a month? Online or in person. Thanks in advance!

Narrator needed for a fan infomercial

Narrator needed for a fan infomercial

Posted on Sep 15th

For my video editing class I am making a commercial for the album known as "Everywhere at the end of Time", and I will need a narrator, for my one and a half minute video. I want a voice actor sounding similar to [Mark Eliot](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWkkECBurDQ).

Does having a day job in the biz helps?

Does having a day job in the biz helps?

Posted on Sep 15th

For the working actors (and musicians) out there. Do you find it useful to have a day job in the entertainment business? Say you’re an IT guy, a technician, or a marketing admin at a studio or some media company. Would that help you when it comes to networking and finding opportunities in this industry? I’m thinking about using my skills as an IT guy to get into the entertainment industry but wanted others perspective

Methods in Memorizing Lines - Chunking versus Traditional -

Methods in Memorizing Lines - Chunking versus Traditional -

Posted on Sep 15th

Greetings, /Acting! I just wanted to help those who need some assistance in memorizing their lines for maximizing their full potential in their acting endeavours. WHAT IS CHUNKING? Chunking when it comes to establishing short-term or long-term memory is basically when an actor memorizes one line of dialogue after the next, slowly and gradually, after repeating one line of dialogue about three to five times, or it could be more depending on the person's mental state or intelligence level. Intelligence level is very important, and you cannot successfully memorize your lines if your mental state is not pure or not stable. It's just going to mess you up. Memory is often broken down in the short-term and the long-term, but for acting in the entertainment industry, one must master their long-term memory because when it comes time to perform those lines, this performance could be days to even weeks after you've memorized your lines, or perhaps hours, depending on the blocking of scenes by one's director or producers; especially since most Film/TV productions, each scene is not blocked out or scheduled chronologically. One would have to masterfully remember Scene 1 to Scene 4 to then Scene 10 and Heaven forbid, Scene 45. Not, Scene 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. How unfortunate! That's the industry! Trust me, I had this experience but I'm from the traditional theatre tradition, and I just master my long-term memory quite religiously instead. Short-term memory is remembering something like, "I am the law." Remember this by saying three to five times in focus, either aloud or silently, word-for-word, and then perform it in less than five minutes. But can you remember this line after you fall asleep or hours from now? This is where you get long-term memory. You need to further memorize this line every now and then in preparation for a performance, this is the traditional theatre ideal! Rehearsal! But anyway, in the professional world, if you get any major supporting roles instead of leads, meaning you get roles that are visible but not that visible compared to the lead or a co-lead, then you must remember at least ten lines of dialogue and perform it meaningfully with that scene objective in mind. Try studying this formatted script and CHUNKING is basically tied to long-term memory in that you have to pace yourself in memorizing one line after another. Do three to five times for one line as if that's your only line, and then go on the next one and connect it with that scene objective. If you have a partner, this works much better! Have that partner say the other line and this gets you, the actor, to remember YOUR CUE! And then, the magic begins! When you intensely memorize your lines, you would tend to notice something... your eye contact focuses, and you look at your subject directly for whatever that subject is. You start to get into a trance, and this is what some call, method acting. ***TOO LONG DIDN'T READ:*** *Chunking is basically building lines, and to advance in your memory in general, try just saying three to five words at a time in one piece of dialogue and move on to the next for the second round, if there is only one line of dialogue in the entire script.* Try out this script:' ​ >INT. YOUR LIVING ROOM - EVENING >>>>A Reddit User is on their computer, reading random things before - >>REDDIT USER >>I, I... >>Then, >>REDDIT USER >>I, I... am not amused at this thread. >>REDDIT USER >>I, I, am not amused at this thread, and I am upset. >>Then, >>REDDIT USER >>I, I, am not amused at this thread, and I am upset, goddammit! Dammit, dammit, dammit! >>Then, >>REDDIT USER >>Argh! >>END OF SCENE

How much daily practice is optimal?

How much daily practice is optimal?

Posted on Sep 15th

Hey guys, new actor in training here and I’m currently taking a 3-year drama course - this course can be done within a year if I’m able to meet graduation standards in that time frame (something I aspire to do) How much time a day do you feel I should focus on acting training and practice or better question, what what you consider ‘too little’ or ‘too much’ time and effort Thank you

[Paid Gig] FEMALE ONLY - Dark Romantic Fantasy - $100-300/PFH

[Paid Gig] FEMALE ONLY - Dark Romantic Fantasy - $100-300/PFH

Posted on Sep 15th

Hello there! I have a client who is looking to fill the role of a female audiobook narrator. The male narrator has already been cast. **Specifically, she is looking for a Black or Afro Latina actress.** This project will be done as a dual-narration (not to be confused with duet-narration). Please, only submit auditions if you are experienced with audiobooks. RATE: $100-300/PFH, rate is negotiable (punch and roll recording, audio must be clean with a noise floor not exceeding -50dB) EMAIL ME FOR SIDES: antoine@antoinebandele.com with the subject line "The Rat King Audition" GENRE: Dark Romantic Fantasy CONTENT WARNINGS: Consensual Sex, Attempted Rape (she kills him before it happens), Violence/Death on the page, language. **\*\*\*AUDITIONS DUE BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 23:59 (11:59 PM) PST\*\*\***

How would you make a resume for online casting?

How would you make a resume for online casting?

Posted on Sep 15th

I've opened an account with Backstage and Actors Access. I'm extremely new to this but wanted to give it a try. How would one make a resume when you have no experience? I was told I had to have an agent but then I was told I didn't. Thoughts? Advice?

Is it ever possible to be an actor/improviser and still have trouble public speaking?

Is it ever possible to be an actor/improviser and still have trouble public speaking?

Posted on Sep 15th

Maybe I’m just a terrible actor cuz there’s something about public speaking (not even just giving a big presentation to a big crowd, even just giving instructions to 2-4 people) where I can’t even control my reaction, I just freeze up and lose all train of thought, the one thing ur not supposed to do in improv. Do other actors feel this way? Or am I just a shitty actor? I guess maybe I’m just supposed to “act confident,” but that contradicts with the advice of “being yourself.”

Getting started

Getting started

Posted on Sep 14th

hi my name is michael and it’s been a dream to be an actor for years. i’m looking to finally get started if anyone can help me such as referencing me to roles or tips. thank you!!

What do you see as the biggest challenge for being in the moment ?

What do you see as the biggest challenge for being in the moment ?

Posted on Sep 14th

The one thing we all talk about as actors is “being in the moment” The challenge is acting teachers, directors , casting directors and other actors will often tell you… “ just be in the moment…” but what they are not understanding about acting is … Acting is not REAL life … everything is done under fake / imaginary circumstances … Without understanding this massively important reality , they’re expecting actors to create TRUTHFUL human emotions and responses without ever actually teaching the critical skills that make it possible to BEHAVE TRUTHFULLY under imaginary circumstances. What do you see or hear from people that either helps or makes this a bigger challenge for actors ?

When to move on from an acting class?

When to move on from an acting class?

Posted on Sep 14th

I want to preface this by saying that I love my acting class. It has helped to drastically improve my acting. My teacher is incredibly kind and supportive, and never misses an opportunity to tell me how proud they are of me when I book something. I feel a little conflicted currently tho. It's an ongoing audition technique acting class in LA, and each session is 4 weeks long. I've been at this studio for a year now. Continuing to renew after the 4 weeks is up. Its a group of 10 of us in class, and its a solid 7-8 actors that renew and enroll every month, so I'm around the same group of people for the most part. I'm fairly "new" with the group, since I've only been there for a year, others around 2-4 years. So they are all friends. And I'm friends with them too, we just don't have as long of a history... These last few months I've been feeling that class has become more of a social hour. Students memorizing the scripts right as we get to class VS the whole week we had prior. As a class, we get off topic a lot, and tend to talk about unrelated things for a good 15 minutes, a few times a class. A lot of students have been friends for years, so they'll sometimes go off in little groups and talk about personal lives. And also a handful of students aren't pursuing acting seriously, they are doing it more as a hobby? We only have about 3 of us in class who are booking things. Now I don't mind the extra banter and off topic-ness, cause I'm guilty of it too. But thats exactly my point... I feel like I'm too comfortable in class now. I put in the work, and memorize my script, and make my choices, and perform, and 95% of the time I'm happy with my performance. But these last few months, I feel like I'm plateauing. That I'm not having any breakthroughs? Is this normal? Is it time to switch things up? Get comfortable with being uncomfortable again? Will the same process happen when I enroll in another class and continue to go month after month? (Also, this isn't my first acting class. I've studied at a few of the big schools in LA. This is just the first acting class that I loved enough to keep continuing, even after the initial session ends)

Is voice acting still doing remote gigs or are they going back to studio time?

Is voice acting still doing remote gigs or are they going back to studio time?

Posted on Sep 14th

So I’m still a relatively new voice actor, but I was wondering if since the pandemic the industry has since gone back to studios, or is it still possible to get gigs remotely? I want to find out before I move and that’s *if* I move in the first place. So, would I need to stay put? Or could I still have some potential security?

Do you HAVE to take Drama in school?

Do you HAVE to take Drama in school?

Posted on Sep 14th

Love acting but I hated drama, I dropped it in S3. Acting is fun, I love it, I’ve wanted to be an actor and stuff. My mum said that I can’t because I’ve not taken drama for the last two years. I’m now S4 (Year 10?/11. Grade 10)

Will the quality of my home studio make me more marketable?

Will the quality of my home studio make me more marketable?

Posted on Sep 14th

This might sound like a dumb question and on its face the answer is probably yes, but I guess I'm wondering how big of a difference that makes. And before I get a bunch of "your skill as a voice actor will determine your success" comments I want you to assume I'm good there. I specifically want to know if having a well treated home studio with industry standard VO gear and the ability to professionally edit my own audio will be a serious selling point or if it will help only marginally. Thank you in advance for the feedback!

Did I Get The Part?!

Did I Get The Part?!

Posted on Sep 14th

So hello. I’m going to give you a quick introduction first. So we had singing auditions first, which I believe I actually did quite good(I am NOT a good singer but my voice was blended in.) I’m not bad but I’m Not Ariana Grande. We had dancing yesterday, which I absolutely… FLUNKED. I kept messing up, I didn’t know the dances, people were in my way etc.. And finally, today we had acting. I got up and I was a small roll and she asked us to do it a second time. And commented that ours was the tiniest bit slow. I only had 3 lines and I tried to show it with emotions and made sure I didn’t over do it. She asked me and a couple other people to exit the room, which I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing and she had a little chat with the others, one really good actor came out with me. I don’t know if it is a good or bad thing, I asked a couple other people who auditioned and they said I was really good and that I just needed to project my voice a little more. I don’t want to wait till next week, advice please?

How do you deal with jealousy in the biz?

How do you deal with jealousy in the biz?

Posted on Sep 14th

Depression can play a factor too. There are times when people who want to be actors but never really pursue it, audition, or anything will get a big part in something because their buddy is a director. Not saying I wish that person didn't get it, but it's just frustrating is all. I'd never wish poorly on people, but I guess I find it hard over the years to be "happy for everyone" all the time. I try to stay off social media and just focus on myself. I just turned in last night a 10-page self-tape with high emotions for a feature. I swear, it was like a one-act play. By the time I was done filming it (physically and emotionally), editing it, and sending it to my manager I was exhausted. Then I read someone I know got the lead in a "big feature" (which who knows what that means), but they are staring with one of their best friends. So I know they were cast by who they knew, but it's just frustrating because I know this person doesn't pursue auditions. No agent, manager, or even updated headshots in like 10 years. Every role they've gotten has been through a buddy or something. Again, nothing wrong with that, but just kind of makes me pull out my hair when it's 1am and I'm trying to send in my tape to be seen the next morning--most likely with no response. Sooooo, I'm sorry if I sound a bit negative, maybe this was a bad time to type this, but I think I just needed to rant. I hope the sub reddit here is understanding. Again, I'm so sorry if it's too much, I hate feeling this way, but what advice do you have to deal with stuff like this?

New Pilot Casting Saturday 17th!

New Pilot Casting Saturday 17th!

Posted on Sep 13th

a Pilot for a new series in California is casting lead roles. Submit for the online casting event at the link below. The gig is paid. I will see you all there! Good Luck!

The Claudius Diary is back!

The Claudius Diary is back!

Posted on Sep 13th

Rehearsals started this weekend, with a read through and opening scenes run, and we continue for the next 2 months. It has been almost 2 years since I have been onstage (playing Vivaldi!), so I'm very excited. it's a very talented, young cast, so I'm looking forward to learning and giving.So far, my characterization and back-story all make sense to the Director, so I have started 'coloring in between the lines', below. Questions are welcome and I'll catch up as we move closer to performance.So far, here is Shakespeare's best Villain:Claudius suffers from ‘Second Son Syndrome’. Never brought up to be a leader, he was always ‘the spare',  has to 'open his own doors' and feels ignored and banished.He is Intelligent, attractive to women, has ‘the gift of the gab’ and has surrounded himself with a group of “YES People”. The ’Fun Prince’, who has been a diplomat for years in foreign countries. The suave politician that says ‘Trust Me’. He ‘pours poison’ into people’s ears. He and Gertrude were having an affair before the Murder.Claudius told people: “If I was King, we wouldn’t be fighting this war, Old Hamlet is bankrupting the country” , and 'his people' replied: “Yes, you should be King.” This is a coup, because Hamlet - ‘loved by the general gender’ - was safely away at school. He bought the poison while he was abroad. It is sitting there waiting to be used. He knows of Old Hamlet’s habits and he made the decision to force regime change, himself.“We should do when we would, for this “would” changes….” Claudius did do what he intended to do right when he intend it. All their “would’s” and “should’s” are nothing but hot air. He is sure of himself and his ideas and plans. He has always used relationships in pursuit of what he needed, so Polonius, Ophelia and Laertes as well as Hamlet’s College Friends Rosencranz and Guildernstern - all trust him and all end up dead.

What should I prepare for before my 2 Year Acting course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

What should I prepare for before my 2 Year Acting course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Posted on Sep 13th

I just discharged from army and back to my civilian life (Still adjusting to it). I auditioned last week with NO ACTING EXPERIENCE and got accepted to the Academy of Film, theatre & Television Bachelor of Creative Arts (Acting) course. I smashed my Shakespear and a scene from Vikings Monologue! This made me so happy!! Acting is just something I’ve always been drawn to. It is something that I am deeply passionate For. And I have decided I will pursue this as a full time career! I love the way an actor can relate to the characters they portray. My goal is to be an actor who embodies the characters and roles they land with authenticity and realism. I understand that this is an art demanding passion, dedication and hard work. I believe I have shown commitment and motivation to be continuously learning and trying to improve myself in all aspects. During my time as an Australian soldier, we lived values of courage, teamwork, Respect and initiative and with these four core values and the support from my family and Fiance, I believe it will help my passion to succeed As an Actor. My course starts in a month, is there anything I should study to help my life in the school easier? I actually can’t freaking wait!! any advice would be appreciated thank you

Best ways to get started and learn about acting?

Best ways to get started and learn about acting?

Posted on Sep 13th

I (14F) started highschool recently and decided to take some sort of action in a passion of mine. I've always been interested in the IDEA of acting but never tried to gain any experience. I joined drama class and if this continues to interest me, I plan to take professional acting classes but since I'm young and have a tendency to switch interests, I want to hold off on potentially wasting money until I'm sure this is what I really want. In the meantime, I really want to LEARN about acting. Business-wise and what my future would look like. I also want to learn some extra skills that may pose themselves useful and what they may be. All in all, useful skills people look for in actors, things I should know and where I should learn them, and future classes that would be useful to take. I know acting is a VERY hard and competitive career so I want to push myself to learn as much as I can before I waste money on training for a career I don't know the ins and outs of, so I can be aware of the work I have to put in and the negatives of this career. Mostly in a way to attempt to scare myself off and see if it's true passion and worth my time.

We’re doing it wrong

We’re doing it wrong

Posted on Sep 13th

No offence, I do not mean to offend anyone by how I say this. But I am a firm believer in the fact that if we’re hoping to become “successful” in this industry relying on talent isn’t enough. What do I mean by this? Let’s take for example another lucrative industry like the music one. The knowledge I’m about to share on how record labels operate comes from me personally knowing an employee at Capitol Records. They only sign on new talent once they have picked up traction and have an established fan base and it seems profitable to sign them. Otherwise they don’t even look at the “talent” people claim to possess. Doesn’t matter how good you are, you need a profitable fanbase. Look at artists such as Tekashi 6IX9INE, absolute GARBAGE, but he has a very strong fanbase who for some weird reason like his music. I saw a post by some guy complaining about Harry Styles getting roles. Imagine the starving amazing musicians in LA who aren’t making a name for themselves but 6IX9INE is. How do I translate this into the acting industry? Pretty simple, you as an actor need to build your fanbase. Not go to auditions 24/7 and have a “lucky” breakthrough. But you need to make your own content and make sure it’s being seen. Take for example Issa Rae, Emmy nominated actress. Many people think Insecure was her first gig, but if you study her story that wasn’t the case. She had her many web-series on YouTube which led to her following. She then came up with her breakthrough show titled “Awkward Black Girl” which had a massive following. In fact it became so huge that it needed a fundraiser and ultimately had Pharrell Williams as an executive producer for the second season. This led to her rise to fame. No auditions, no “Hollywood is based on nepotism”just her building a solid fanbase and a show. If you’re on this sub and you’re “trying to make it” based on auditions, I’m afraid you have to do much more than just audition. You need to create and push. I’m starting my campaign soon, you’ll only understand once it’s too late.

So do i need to live in Los Angeles to work as a voice actor?

So do i need to live in Los Angeles to work as a voice actor?

Posted on Sep 13th

i want to get animation and videogames mostly, i heard a while back that because of covid the requirement of living there might be a thing of the past and people can get good recordings from their homes, i dont know much about it honestly. I'm quite the beginner in this and i don't really want live in LA but i will if i don't have much choice

NY vs. LA

NY vs. LA

Posted on Sep 13th

I’m well aware that NY is theatre and LA is film/tv, but I’m curious about the challenges/differences/practicality of seeking film/tv work while living in NY. My HS-junior son is an aspiring actor/screenwriter and wants to move to LA after graduation to do the typical wait tables while doing creative work thing. However, although we currently live in Austin and I work remotely, the center of what I do is in NY and I would actually like to move there. My son has no connections in LA and both cities are, of course, outrageously expensive. It would make more sense for him to simply come with me. He likes theatre, but he’s not a singer/dancer. He likes drama and (to some degree) comedy. He doesn’t want to go the traditional college route but he *does* want access to workshops/coaching. I feel like there might not be enough of that for writing or acting in NY with a focus on the screen. Thoughts?

ADVICE NEEDED! TAKING A BREAK!

ADVICE NEEDED! TAKING A BREAK!

Posted on Sep 13th

I've been recently thinking about taking a break from acting. I'm 21, a senior in college, and have been lucky enough to be involved in pretty much every mainstage show in my university's theatre department as an actor since I was a freshman. I'm going to audition for the upcoming mainstage Shakespeare play and if I get cast, I think that might be the last show I'll be in for a bit. The reason I'm thinking of taking a break is because * I feel like I'm starting to be burned out * Low on creativity/inspiration * My own love of the craft and my craft is dwindling, and it needs to be rekindled. * I've got to shed my negative mindset about "I have to be a good actor because if I'm not, then I'm not worth anything". I feel like I have to develop a more positive mindset towards acting. I've been wondering if maybe if I stepped away from acting for a little bit, then maybe I will recharge, be re-inspired, my creativity will be fed, and maybe when I return to acting, my craft and creativity will be richer and my acting will be more informed, specific, and hopefully more authentic and truthful. I've also been getting advice through comments from some people on this subreddit. I've come to the realization that I don't have strong friendships and relationships, and that I don't have much of a life outside of acting. Maybe I need to find a purpose/value/joy outside of acting, so when I return to acting, maybe my acting is more informed and richer. Although, I am worried. I'm afraid if I take an intentional break from acting, my craft/skills won't be as sharp or I won't be as skilled when I return to acting as opposed to if I didn't take a break. I'm afraid if I stop the grind, I won't be as good as I could be. Like I'm afraid of not doing any active work to help make me better as an actor, such as monologues, reading acting books, sh\*t like that. It's almost as if I value my potential success more than my own personal overall health. Is there/could there be any objective truth in my conclusions? Should I take a break? Any advice/positive affirmations? Words of wisdom?

The Claudius Diary

The Claudius Diary

Posted on Sep 13th

2 months of 'Actor Nerd' coming up, fellow thespians, as I take you through the invention of a Human Being in the person of Shakespeare's greatest Villain. I do not foresee any packed houses, so I'm looking at this time as the almost orgasmic joy of rehearsals, with any actual bums in seats as a 'cherry on top'. Now...I'm off to learn the Ghost's role, too!

How long could you record yourself speaking naturally (per day) before your voice would get strained?

How long could you record yourself speaking naturally (per day) before your voice would get strained?

Posted on Sep 13th

Hello! I teach English, and in trying to do some very simple recordings for my students, I've realized it's not quite so simple as just recording myself :( So here my questions if anyone could please answer them (and I'll include more info below): 1. Could you record yourself speaking naturally like you do to your friends easily for say an hour each day? Or would you still need to utilize your training (eg breathing techniques) to avoid vocal strain? (you would just be reading off lists of simple sentences) 2. Unfortunately, I have no background in singing or acting, and my goal is to sound exactly as I do when speaking in conversation. (so, I don't need to focus on resonance or enunciation and actually should avoid that) What would you recommend I look up on youtube? eg I found one breathwork video aimed at voice actors (by Voiceover Masterclass), otherwise most are aimed at singers. 3. Speaking of which - um I feel so ignorant saying this, but I've noticed a lot of these youtube videos are aimed at singers, but I imagine whether it's for singing or for people recording themselves it's the same sorts of exercises right??

How to overcome a lack of attention to detail when you don't like your job?

How to overcome a lack of attention to detail when you don't like your job?

Posted on Sep 13th

I posted this in another subreddit for career guidance but I wanted to share it here since this is a reddit for creative people and I'm sure many of you have went through this I was recently separated (mutual agreement) due to poor performance. I am a copywriter in the pharmaceutical advertising space. I used to work as an IT desktop support specialist. The poor performance was due to a lack of attention to detail, understanding and following processes, and not fully learning what we were doing. I'm not gonna lie. In both professions, I had the same problem. When I'm bored or unhappy with my jobs (basically every single job I've had), I just can't pay attention to detail, and learning technical stuff becomes mental torture. I try to force myself to pay attention, or I re-read stuff over, but it doesn't work. Studying for IT certifications was a miserable experience, but so is doing technical stuff. I've taken ADD and anxiety medications before and tried both CBT and analytical psychology therapy, but it doesn't work. In my last job my manager and I tried many different methods to improve my performance and they noticed an improvement but just not up to expectation. I tried waking up early (though it didn't last too long because I became a bit depressed into the job) and I tried creating manuals and re-reading my work. I tried eating healthy. But nothing works. I've had the same problems with IT. Not following processes, not understanding the stuff (or really lack of care), and not paying attention to detail. In all of these jobs I was somewhat unhappy to outright miserable. This surprisingly doesn't happen when I'm learning complex concepts in music theory, composing and producing my own music, singing (doesn't really require that much attention to detail) or when I'm making an acting video on TikTok or writing a poem or song lyrics. I can catch mistakes and solve problems in those instances (and believe me, composing and producing music involves as much problem-solving as intuitional creativity). The only job I ever liked was an advertising internship that was a bit misleading about the nature of the work. We were tasked with creating big picture campaigns, stories, and scripts for health brands. So much of the work was nonprofit or socially impactful stuff and all they asked for was "give us ideas". I felt like an artist and a journalist because we had to convey something complex in a simple yet creative way. I felt in the zone when I was doing the graphic design part because my graphic design partner was lazy. I also once volunteered to write journalistic articles on the side as a volunteer and I could catch myself making mistakes. Sometimes I needed to be told about them) but at least it wasn't terrible. I still use Grammarly though. I know that most of us don't have the privilege to pursue our artistic passions full-time. Has anyone else been through something like this before? How did you guys overcome this? How do you get yourself to perform at a high capacity when deep down, you feel like a highly privileged waiter? For the actors pursuing acting yet somehow surviving their dreadful full time jobs and paying attention to details, how do you guys do this?

Can a SAG actor do UGC promotions?

Can a SAG actor do UGC promotions?

Posted on Sep 13th

First, I just want to thank everyone in here for giving me some of their positive vibes and mojo on getting my SAG card. I JUST GOT IT!!! I swear I never thought I would. Such a relief too! Okay, my question. I've been doing the UGC (user generated content) promotions for a little while now. If you don't know what that is, think of all those annoying ads on TikTok, Facebook, or Instagram where its a real person trying to sell you something and it's not coming across like a commercial. It's a real person using or telling you about a real product that they use. My SAG orientation meeting isn't until next month and I couldn't find this on the website. I was able to find "new media" and "influencer" info but it's not specific enough and left me confused. Am I allowed to still do these or are these considered non-union? Thank you in advance.

What to do

What to do

Posted on Sep 13th

I’ve taken a couple acting classes and my instructors pointed out an eye opener for me when they stated if we want to be big into this business, that we had to take classes, audition and network within the major cities that focus on what we’d like to work on. I’ve been watching videos and researching and to me it seems that Atlanta would be a good start for beginning actors. What is your take on this and what advice would you give?? Am I over thinking this too much? What do you guys think that have been doing this for awhile?

Shooting self tapes at school bc I live with 9 people

Shooting self tapes at school bc I live with 9 people

Posted on Sep 13th

Just felt like letting it off my chest … I’m back at school and living with 9 other people in a house. I barely can do self tapes from home so I book study/meeting rooms at school at obscure hours to do them, but I can’t help but think of the people who get coached for everyone audition and go to a studio to have it done I’m doing whatever it takes to film auditions so I can be a professional actor but knowing that there’s always people with a leg (or multiple legs) up is disheartening Like I can bet most people in my pool don’t have to do this

How do I get started?

How do I get started?

Posted on Sep 12th

My name is Dylan and I’ve been in the military for over 11 years. However, I am trying to start on an acting career. I took 4 semesters of theater in high school but outside of that I have not done anything else. Any help/suggestions (especially in the San Diego/LA area) with getting started would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Opinions Please!

Opinions Please!

Posted on Sep 12th

Hi all I'm a professional Actor and Musician who is trying to transition from theatre and into the voice over world. I have a decent audio setup (Focusrite Scarlett 2i2) and I'm looking to create a more professional environment to do voice work from home. I don't really have the space (or funds) to create a full blown vocal booth or sound-dampended space but I did find this: [https://www.amazon.co.uk/XTUGA-Sound-Absorbing-Noise-Reducing-BURNER-PRO/dp/B096FQLLQZ/ref=asc\_df\_B096FQLLQZ/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=570738427158&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16394100255954142841&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9072494&hvtargid=pla-1536459690623&th=1](https://www.amazon.co.uk/XTUGA-Sound-Absorbing-Noise-Reducing-BURNER-PRO/dp/B096FQLLQZ/ref=asc_df_B096FQLLQZ/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=570738427158&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16394100255954142841&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9072494&hvtargid=pla-1536459690623&th=1) ​ Can anyone a bit more experienced in this field tell me whether this is a worthwhile purchase? I imagine it will provide some decent level of sound-dampening but obviously won't create a sound-proof space. Is this worth the investment or am I better off buying something more substantial? ​ Thanks for any thoughts you all have. ​ Cheers! Phil

Chicago Actors-DeSanti Talent Agency?

Chicago Actors-DeSanti Talent Agency?

Posted on Sep 12th

I have an interview coming up with them next week and wanted to see if I could get the scoop from some fellow actors. I know they’re not considered one of the bigger agencies in the city but that’s fine since I prefer boutique agencies versus bigger ones. Does anyone have any experience with them or know someone that does? Thanks in advance!

Wondering if anyone has experience with acting while on anti-depressive medication?

Wondering if anyone has experience with acting while on anti-depressive medication?

Posted on Sep 12th

(CW: depression) So long story short, some recent heavy events in my life have led to me being prescribed an antidepressant. This will be my first time taking any form of mental health medication. While I'm optimistic at the prospect of feeling like myself again, I'm a little nervous about potential changes in my emotionality - wonder if there are any other actors that have experience with this? Did you notice a difference in the emotions you were able to access while acting? Maybe no difference at all? Thanks in advance!

TW: Weird scam — has this happened to any other actors out there?

Posted on Sep 12th

Hey guys. This is long and I’m not 100% sure about posting this but I had a freaky scam happen to me the other night. I’m wondering if this has happened to anybody else, and I want to let people know that there is weird, creepy stuff that goes on out there. If this is inappropriate, I apologize! I got a text the other night from an unknown number that said they were from a theatre that I did a show at 3 years ago. “She” (who knows who this person really was) said that they had a fashion mogul friend working on a big budget studio feature about ballet, and that she thought of me. This was a coincidentally convenient front, because I did a monologue workshop at that theatre in which I danced. So I figured it was someone who was there and that I didn’t remember, who remembered me. Anyways, she said this man, “David Emmanuel” (a catfish, I realized too late) was talking to another actress at that moment, and wanted to skype with me once they wrapped up. She said to get some outfits ready, told me to ask him to keep me in mind for other projects if not this one, and wished me luck. About 10 minutes later this man calls me, and though he doesn’t have his video on, asks me to turn mine on. I do, and things seem fairly normal at first. We got to know each other a bit, and talked about the movie, with him saying it’s a feminist film shedding light on the ballet world and how sometimes dancers get taken advantage of by teachers and coaches. And how dancers are underpaid for how hard they work. He said they wanted to show how toxic the environment can be for the dancers and that it doesn’t have to be that way. He said they wanted to collaborate with the cast and take their experiences into account. Things gradually started getting weirder and weirder, though. After asking me to do some ballet, he started talking a lot about sex, eventually talking about sexual fantasies of women he knew, and stories about successful actors and how exposing themselves in different roles helped them be successful. He was using very explicit language, excusing himself as he did so, but it made me feel so uncomfortable. At this point I was thinking “okay something is really off” There was a lot of coercive and isolating rhetoric, telling me not to trust my friends or family because they would get jealous. And that I shouldn’t be tied to a partner, because I need to be free, love life, and meet different types of people (with the intention of sleeping with them, was what he was implying). He said it was a beautiful world, once you make it in the industry. He asked me what my fantasies were, after telling me all these sexually explicit stories. I was extremely uncomfortable at this point and I kept trying to change the subject—I wish I had felt calm enough to just get off the call but it all happened so fast. He kept interrupting me when I tried to steer the conversation to an appropriate topic. There was a lot of other weird things too, but this is the short version. After an hour and a half of talking to his disembodied voice (he never turned on his camera) he finally wrapped things up. He gave me a number of his to text after, to reach out so we could schedule another call and speak more about the film. He gave me another contact as well, of a woman on Instagram who was verified and could “connect me”, but after some research about who she was that seemed very odd as well. I hung up feeling very upset and violated and freaked out. After, I messaged someone from the theatre where the first woman claimed to have met me. My former cast-mate said they’ve never heard that woman’s name — so I texted her saying I didn’t buy it. She said that I was being paranoid and tried to convince me I was overreacting. It was all just very odd, because they had to have been actively looking at my resume to see where they could pretend to have met me and personalize their approach. I’ve never experienced a scam like this. I’m guessing they were recording me the whole time my Skype video was on, trying to get me to say something sexual or embarrassing or whatever. Best case, it was someone who gets off on messing with people. Worst, it’s a blackmail ring/pornography ring/cult recruitment weirdness. I guess I’m wondering if anything like this has happened to anyone else on here, I also just wanted to bring awareness to these types of situations. I wish I had set boundaries, though it seemed real enough at first. Kicking myself now because it really freaked me out and I felt terrible and stupid afterwards. And I feel so gross that they probably have video of that whole conversation. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. This was definitely a lesson for me in advocating for myself, not being afraid to say “no”, or to say that something is making me uncomfortable.

Life Itself.

Life Itself.

Posted on Sep 12th

Hello I am a 18M, my question is what are you doing with your life other than acting I know many of us aren’t full time on being an actor and have real jobs. I’m 18 i’m close to signing with an agency but my question is what to do with my life ? it sounds pretty stupid but i know we aren’t going to get bookings left to right after signing with an agency or agent. I am currently in rolled for Business Admin in college for a back up but it’s been consuming so much of my time that i can barely even practicing acting, or take classes anymore. Should i just drop out and work a full time job until i can work as an actor full time ? What if i don’t become an actor full time ? There’s just so many questions I have. (sorry if this isn’t the right place to put it)

Going to graduate school while trying to find work?

Going to graduate school while trying to find work?

Posted on Sep 12th

I’m still in college (in the USA) and have two years left of my undergrad. I recently started taking acting classes and absolutely love it. However, I also love my field of study (which is in mathematical sciences) and wanna pursue graduate studies in it. I’m aiming for a PhD program in a big city which should have plenty of opportunities both in terms of my education and acting endeavors. Does anyone else has experience with this? Is this sustainable or even possible? I know graduate school is a *lot* of work and being a successful actor requires devotion so I’m wondering if its even possible to balance the two. I’d appreciate any input :)

Dream Come True.

Dream Come True.

Posted on Sep 12th

Positive venting here because, sadly, I'm at a point in my life where I don't really have that many people to spread good news to. Long story short, I'm a 21y/o who dropped out of college in March of this year after a mental breakdown. About a month ago, I auditioned for AMDA (the American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in NYC. It was mostly intended as a "hail mary," just to say I did it. There was literally no reason for me to do this. I was certain it was a fruitless endeavor. But I got in, with a $10,000 merit scholarship. I hadn't acted in any capacity since 2019. Three years. I honestly thought I'd never touch a stage again. Now, to keep things in perspective, AMDA isn't like, "the Harvard of theater" or anything like that. But It's the real deal. A significant portion of their graduates end up as real working actors. The LA campus where I'm going to be studying is like, right in front of the Hollywood sign. Two blocks away from the walk of fame. I know this is partly because I'm young and my ego is the size of Jupiter right now, but this feels like The Moment. Every young actor thinks they're going to "make it"- we should, in my opinion- but this does feel like the start of something special. Anyway, it'll be an honor to be among the make-believers again. In bacco al lupo.

Character Actors in Theatre?

Character Actors in Theatre?

Posted on Sep 12th

Is ‘character actor’ a relevant term in Theatre or is that mostly just for Film and TV?

Boone Helm

Boone Helm

Posted on Sep 12th

Has anyone else been asked to submit for many different roles to this film?? I have FOR TWELVE and I find it totally unprofessional and stopped after SEVEN. Does anyone have any info about this production? Paul Sinacore is the CD. I know of several other people who have been asked to read for at least seven roles. And then they keep extending the due date week after week after week. It’s really frustrating and weird and amateur. Anyone else? edit: now the entire project has been pulled from Actors Access

Podcasts

Podcasts

Posted on Sep 11th

Is anyone using their acting talents in the podcast sphere? Either in a radio drama or in a podcast about acting? Let me know. I am currently doing a couple podcasts that I write and produce myself just to keep the creative juices flowing. I'm wondering if anyone else is doing the same thing. Thanks.

Editing video clips?

Editing video clips?

Posted on Sep 11th

Does anyone have any quick tips to edit over the dialogue only on video clips? My goal is to create a demo reel impersonating some of the greats and see how horribly off I am, accepting the wake up call that I can never be a voice actor and just focus my ass back to my day job. Thank you

How does anyone get more legitimate work or an agent to do so?

How does anyone get more legitimate work or an agent to do so?

Posted on Sep 11th

Applying on Actors Access and booking here and there does not, for the most part, lead to anything. A website just sits there. Plays and shoots all feel like isolated incidents. Social media does not feel productive. How are people (or you) turning what they (you) do into something? What can you do? What do you do? Not intending a negative tone here I’m just not seeing how people make use of their time. I do think self-producing is the best thing you can do. If you are able to male something really good, which is it’s own challenge. That’s also not everybody’s thing though anyway and many people don’t take that path.

Why do actors go to museums/art galleries?

Why do actors go to museums/art galleries?

Posted on Sep 11th

I always hear professional/famous actors say this. Usually, they're the ones who are considered an "actor's actor", the ones who take their craft very seriously. Even Larry Moss has said this a few times. In their interviews, they always say that actors should be going to museums and art galleries. What does this do for actors exactly?

Join Filmbuddy.org Today to Discover & Connect with Other Filmmakers in Your City!

Join Filmbuddy.org Today to Discover & Connect with Other Filmmakers in Your City!

Posted on Sep 11th

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Eye Color Contacts Question

Eye Color Contacts Question

Posted on Sep 11th

Hi! This might sound silly, but it’s genuinely something I’ve wondered. Say that an actor was going in to audition as the child of an actor who had different colored eyes than them, or for some reason an audition where a different eye color would be beneficial. One can’t change hair color quickly, but putting in contacts can be done very quickly. Do actors who have colored contacts ever use them for this purpose, or even take headshots in should you ever want to audition with them? If you did use them to audition, would that be considered odd to do, or would casting be upset if they hired you and they found out that wasn’t your real eye color? Or would no one care? This is purely hypothetical, and just something I wondered about before as someone who enjoys colored contacts sometimes. Thanks!

Tomorrow I Start my First Acting Class

Tomorrow I Start my First Acting Class

Posted on Sep 11th

Hello everyone! I (M25) don't know if this type of post is allowed here, so if it's not feel free to delete it. Tomorrow I take my first acting class, and to be honest I'm feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves. I'm m=25 now but when I was younger I used to love to watch people perform on stage. I have so many cringey memories of myself from when I was a teenager. My best friend and I used to pull scripts of scenes off the internet and practice it in my bedroom. I have no idea if we were ever good because we were strictly bedroom actors haha. I used to practice my facial expressions in my mirror, and I think there was a point when I was really young that I tried to call a random acting agent to get signed. Anyway, I was having fun with all those things so I eventually drew the courage to ask my mom for acting lessons. My mom was/is not the best, and she turned me down. She wanted to save money for her trips to Vegas, her hobbies, or her boyfriend's interest. There wasn't any budget for me or my brother's interest. I continued to be a bedroom actor, but eventually that petered out and I grew self-conscious of doing those things because my family found out and made fun of me for it. Now, as an adult, I have my own money and a boyfriend who loves and supports me in pursuing all my interests. I found a local acting class and tomorrow at 7 PM I'm taking my first lesson. I'm nervous, I'm so scared of making a fool out of myself, but there's a part of me that's looking forward to it and I feel like a teenager again. I don't even know if I'll be any good at it, but it feels like that doesn't even matter because it's something that I've always wanted to do. It feels like I'm giving a gift to a younger me that I've been waiting years for. Again, I'm sorry if this type of post isn't allowed, I'm just really happy and want to share the news with people.

Question

Question

Posted on Sep 11th

hey im an actor in nyc. I currently do background for income but i don’t enjoy it as much as acting classes. Any job recommendations in nyc?

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