Don't let 'age' in scripts throw you. I had two other actresses this year tell me I am 'crazy' to think I could get cast as younger - but I was being sincere when I said I get cast in a variety of age ranges - and I just got pinned for a role that requires a woman to be in her 20s. I am glad I didn't listen to them because many POC have a bit more options when it comes to age ranges they play. What I did is focus on the 'essence' of the person in the script and try to bring it to life as best I could. (Also I have learned when I refer to a 'character' in the script as a 'person' instead it helps me ground my auditions more.)
I mean I love it, dont get me wrong. But like sometimes I feel that there are too many assholes in this industry. ​ I also work in sales and theres many assholes too but recently I spent time with a friend who works with education in a school and we went to her friends birthday. Most people being those who work in the medical or education industry. Now of course there were definitely some flaws but people just seemed more humble and laid back. ​ In the film industry, holy dogshit, its a hailstorm of asshole people. But I deal with it because I love working with films, love certain directors, certain actors, etc... and of course, we have a great energy that you dont see anywhere else. ​ Theres also a lot of these "silent expectations" from people. They're always expecting you to do something for them but dont want to flat out say it.
Greetings Fam!! I hope everyone is having fun with their passion for storytelling. I have worked as an actor for over 15 years. I am not famous. I do not make millions of dollars. As a matter of fact I took this entire year off from acting to try and better understand the work and see if it is really something I want in my life anymore. AMA
I'm unclear how a role like this is credited. I was recently cast in a non-union true crime show, playing a real named person who was part of the crime, re-enacting the events. I don't speak on screen--instead there is narration over the top of several of us acting out the events. Is a part like that a background actor, a featured background actor, or an actor? I'm going to do the part for the money regardless, but I'm not clear if I can put it on my resume. Thanks in advance!
I don't want to use my real name as an actress, but isn't it complicated when it comes to signing contracts and stuff ? Like, do I put my real name on a contract, or my fake name, or both ? Does anyone here uses a different name in their job than in their private life ?
Hey all, longtime lurker. So I did a film awhile ago that I thought really wouldn't go anywhere. Low-budget independent. My time on set was atrocious. There are too many details to account for here, but there was a lot of unprofessional behavior. People throwing tantrums, people walking off set and quitting, my makeup/hair/wardrobe was the worst it has ever been, animal abuse, people almost passing out due to the weather conditions... you name it, it went wrong on this set. The direction was so bad and over the top, there's no way the acting could be saved in editing. Everyone looks like awful actors due to the direction. I'm a lead role in the film. My reps assured me that no one was going to see this, as the only "name" talent it got were a lot of has-been actors from years ago, long forgotten. Well, it's apparently getting a theatrical release. I saw the trailer... I look absolutely hideous. Like when I tell you I want to crawl in a hole and die.... the color-grading is awful, my make-up and hair are messed up because the make-up artist quit mid shoot. The acting I already know is going to be awful since I was there on set, and worst part of all... there will be many people who see the film, as one of the actors that joined the film after me/my character wrapped is super famous with a really large fan base. I had no idea about this. It'll be streaming AND in theaters. I am scared to death this is going to ruin me? This film will haunt me for years! I am auditioning at a high series-regular level and I'm terrified this is going to stop me in my tracks because of how bad it's going to be. Has anyone ever dealt with something like this? Is there anyway to save myself?
Hi all, To keep it short and simple, our team is working on a digital media production and is required to hire talent under ACTRA. We have limited experience with this since we typically opt to work directly with talent. We require a handful of voiceover actors to do a script which is already created for a 60sec spot. Anyone available to chat? We have lots of questions on how to get started and need some guidance on how to navigate through ACTRA. Please send a message if you may! Much thanks!
Hi all! I've got a bit of a silly question here but I am genuinely curious... I currently work full-time as a graphic designer – went to uni for Design and have been working in the field for about 3 years now, not including internships worked throughout college – all of this is to say design is clearly my full-time career. I was a very active performer throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school - but did not consider attending an acting program for uni. Now I am really missing that world, and have been seriously considering doing a deep dive back into acting & performing, BUT am having a tough time understanding how actors can support themselves while attending full-time conservatories that cost around 17K a year? I obviously worked part-time at stores and restaurants throughout college (as I imagine many do while attending grad school/conservatories/programs etc.) but have a hard time seeing that as enough income to support oneself while also attending classes for 18-25 hours a week, AND trying to pay for rent in a city like LA or NYC. Can someone make it make sense? How do YOU personally support yourself? Do you freelance? Do you work in restaurants? Do your parents support you? Do you save up in advance? Etc. etc. Thanks so much!
So when you're logged into Actors Access, there's a dropdown at the top for auditions, then you can go to Eco-Cast auditions, and choose either current or archived. I always assumed that when one moves from current to archived, then that means they've passed on you. It's been good for my mental health to stop checking haha, but that's a different conversation. But then it happened recently that an audition got moved to archived, but I continued receiving the automatic message updates as they changed the submission deadline. Why would I have continued to get updates after it got moved to archived? I guess the question is, what does it really mean when an audition moves from current to archived?
So I’m 17 currently turning 18 next august so at the moment I’m currently signing up for drama schools and unis atm, mainly centred in London as that’s where I wanna study acting to become an even better actor and work my way into the industry after that. I’ve done really well for myself I think. In the past year I got casted as Roger for Lord of the Flies, I played Eric in bouncers, I’ve got chosen to do a Christmas solo piece at the Christmas show where I live, I got asked to do a promotional video for my colleges acting course. Im really proud of myself as I used to be super insecure, self conscious and shy but ever since doing acting I’ve come out of my shell a lot more. I just got casted as the lead role in a short war film too. I’ve really enjoyed doing acting and I wanna take it further which is why i wanna go to drama school. Does anyone have any tips for going into places like London Central, RADA and Bristol old vic.
Hi all; quick question: I'm a professional Canadian actor with rep in LA and Toronto. Some casting directors in Canada have inquired about me "paying taxes in Ontario" due to the production tax breaks, which I currently don't! (I'm currently living with my family in Alberta to save money and chip away at my student loans lol). Is there any workaround for this, e.g. paying a Torontonian friend's utility bills to use as proof, incorporating myself...? I'm going to move to Ontario in the next couple of years once I have more funds but am looking for a solution before then! Suggestions are welcome!
How important is Sag membership for beginning actors? Do you receive much more work with Sag membership?
Hello, I really want to build my career in voice acting, and after doing some research, I've come to understand that professional training is very important (some websites like Bodalgo even make that a requirement). So, I was just wondering: how much training is adequate and considered professional training? I am seeing a lot of online courses from many voice actors (some of which very well-known) with varying price ranges and types, like yearly subscriptions for $1000 dollars, monthly subscriptions for $150 each, or one-day online workshops for around $200... So many options but I don't want to spend too much (but also not too little, of course). It's kinda tough browsing and choosing the right offerings for coaching in terms of value. EDIT: Some minor grammatical/semantic edits. EDIT 2: I just joined this subreddit, but I gotta say, I'm loving it already. Very supportive. Thanks so much for the help folks!
[link to my demo](https://voice123.com/voice-actor/joshuatimothyteodoro) After three years of coaching and many auditions I’ve finally booked. It feels redeeming after all of the hard work and dollars. All I can say is, imposter syndrome is a real thing and it slowed me down since demo completion. Not really knowing if I was any good. So hearing that I booked based on demo alone and then they love the first take is a huge sigh of relief. I have pushed hard and have the best coach in the business. Voice over has really made me take a step back and look at myself. Learning who you are can be a struggle. This entire endeavor has been so therapeutic in that realm. To get into a secondary reality I need to know who I am first and foremost. It’s not the biggest job in the world but it’s the biggest job I’ve ever booked! Thanks for listening!
Hi! I'm recruiting voice actors for several characters in an upcoming mobile moba-esque game. We're aiming for a lot of diversity amongst our characters, which means they are from all over the world and from many walks of life. One of them is a transman from Brazil and I really want to find an actual trans actor to portray them. One who is Brazillian or speaks Brazilian Portuguese would be fantastic, but if I have to choose, trans representation wins. I found [this old thread](https://www.reddit.com/r/VoiceActing/comments/an9wcb/voice_acting_and_gender_transition/) asking for trans voice actors, but is there anyone where who might guide me on where to look or who can spread the word? Or better yet, would be able to fill the role? The script is 400-500 words (estimated 3 minutes of finished recording) and up to $500, depending on experience, talent, and sound quality. It will be a live-directed session. As the game will be released worldwide once out of alpha, this will be a complete buyout for use of the audio. Provided the game takes off as we hope, there will be more work in the future.
Hi Actors!I have this great workshop coming up on Tuesday, November 9th at 4pm PT called: Actors: How You Can Prepare and Audition for Commercials (Interactive Workshop).Rachel Paulson has grown up in a family of Hollywood royalty. She and her sisters, Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson (AMERICAN CRIME STORY, OCEAN'S 8) and Liz Paulson (SVP of Casting for FOX) have worked together for decades to learn every aspect of acting and casting and how to put yourself in the best position to stand out and book the job. Over her career, Rachel has worked on both sides of acting - both as a casting director as well as talent. You can find her on Hulu's GOOD KISSER, and in the Go Magazine series DATING ZOE. Rachel has earned a living through commercial and endorsement deals and is working exclusively with the Stage 32 acting community to mentor you on how you can do the same for your career! You will have the opportunity to work in an intimate setting with Rachel in an extended 2-1/2 HOUR INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP.You can check it out here: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Actors-How-You-Can-Prepare-and-Audition-for-CommercialsWhat are you all booking these days?? =] I want to hear the stories!
18M I’ve been working in the performance/entertainment industry for 6 years. I’m currently part of the main cast of a big budget tele novela. I’ve acted on tv in recent years and have performed live concerts for the longest time. It’s still such a surreal experience seeing yourself next to big names, working with directors and technical crew, exchanging ideas with fellow actors, and lastly (I know my youth is showing) kissing a celebrity. Crazy stuff. It feels like just yesterday I was selling candy on the street. I love my craft and I love my job
I am uploading a new performance onto my Actors Access (AA) profile and noticed that the video quality gets worse when viewing it via AA. I was wondering if anyone else has noticed when they upload their media onto the site. I'm not sure if I need to switch up the format when I export my media onto AA or if AA needs improvement on their end... Anyway if anyone has any thoughts or helpful advice I would love to hear about it. Appreciate the help!
Hello everyone! Every year the seniors in my acting program complete these surveys to help “type” or “brand” us in regards to the TV/FILM industry. If you could take a look at these photos and answer the questions it would be a huge help for me! [Brand Survey](https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCjxHlbsGTOgujK1a2d9kP9OPfWlcgz-tSALIXHh8NtIIRKA/viewform)
Sorry for my english, its not my native language. Im not shure if this is the right place to post this but im feeling kind off lost rightnow and need some comforting. I am an aspiring actor and my first play as a paid actor in a big theater is premiering on Friday. Needless to say its a pretty big deal for me. Today the director whom i like a lot got tested positive for covid and now we arent shure if we can proceed to play on friday and even if we can it will be a very bumpy road to get there on friday. Especialy for me because shes some sort off mentor to me and we still have some things to work on. I also feel very bad for her because she has been working on this play for a long time and even if we can play on friday she wont be able to be there. I was already pretty nervous for the Premiere and this is Crushing me right now.
Hello. I'm new to this subreddit and wanted to talk about me and my experiences starting a possible career in acting, since I am only a tween, and also to ask some simple questions to older and more knowing actors. I have been in choirs and voice lessons for about 5 years now and still going strong. I have started acting classes and shows last summer and I am just finishing/performing the shows now. I have made headshots and bio for myself not too long ago. I can read and play music on the piano, drums/percussion, and small amounts on guitar. I've been trying to jump at any experience or teachings I can during this pandemic, especially any choreography and dance since I don't have regular lessons. I want to act because I want to show others that if *I* could make it, then they can too. I want to teach others it okay to not get everything perfect the first time and dreams are never too big as long as you sty true to yourself. Now that you know what level I'm on/ knowledge in the acting world, I want to know more about how to continue this passion throughout my life and make a career out of it. Too start off, what would be a good way to practice/learn about theater dancing? Would their be classes or could I just look this up on Youtube? Next, what should I do next? Should I try to start bigger things like looking up potential commercials, small movie parts, or theater parts that are up for grabs? I am trying to get as much as I can at a young age. Finally, what ( in your opinion ) is a good college for acting/theater? I have heard about many wonderful colleges in New York but I want to learn and research about more. Thanks for reading, anything you can tell me will be helpful!
I’m a 21 year old white woman and have recently decided to take an acting class. Acting and film is something I’ve always been interested in. I chose to take acting classes to hopefully boost my social skills and creativity as I am an aspiring writer. I think I’m going to benefit from this even if I don’t pursue acting professionally but now it’s something I’m seriously considering. I’ve started looking into extra work in my area. I’m not the most conventionally attractive person, in high school I a friend say that I looked like a blob fish, she was a bitch but I can see what see meant by it. I don’t see any symmetry in my face. I also don’t have the greatest smile. Smiling is just awkward for me and I had braces but during the pandemic my retainer broke so now my teeth are crooked again. Aside from my face, I’m okay I guess. I work out regularly and am pretty thin but I think the face matters more. In an attempt not to discourage myself strengths I know I have. I have a pretty good sense of humor and really enjoy making people laugh. I’m also decent at doing accents, as it’s something I’ve had fun practicing since I was young. My normal accent is a Boston accent and I can do what I guess is a normal stereotypical American accent, Irish, Australian and Russian. What are my of finding work?
I'm looking into this as a multi-pronged approach to being independent and am wondering what your earning is like. **UPDATE:** All I'm looking for here is ballpark figures, folks, and can we not turn this into some sort of internet argument? Thanks.
50 Minutes of interview into the life of Mr. Kenny James where we discuss his thoughts on Jack Black as the voice of Bowser for the Mario movie, to his advise on how to become a successful voice actor. The interview will air this Friday. Hope you guys enjoy it and get a lot of value from it! [https://youtu.be/smljM-mx2s8](https://youtu.be/smljM-mx2s8)
Hey guys, college student here. I'm in a show that's being produced by my university and I've come to realize I'm a bit of the odd man out in the cast. I can't really seem to connect with my fellow cast members and it's starting to affect my experience in the rehearsal space. To the point where I've been openly disrespected by a couple other actors. Now, I don't want to be that guy, but more often than not, when those disrespectful incidents occur, it's centered around me being a man. And I know this because the actors (who are women) will actually say it to my face. I'm a bit lost at this point as to what to do, because this is my return to theatre acting and I'm hoping that this is just an isolated incident. Does anybody have any advice, or perhaps insight on what to do?
I live in Europe. An actor told me that if you were big in your home country but decide to move to Hollywood, you basically go back to the bottom of the ladder. I dream of Hollywood and I speak english almost perfectly but I'm completely broke...so I don't know what to do...Should I try in the UK instead ? But I don't even have enough money to go there... Are there more odds of me making it in my home country than in the UK-US ? I don't know what to do
I made the stupid mistake of uploading my commercial audition to actors access and someone forgetting to rename my videos so now they just say ‘My video 1’ and ‘My video 2’. In the past my agent told me casting most likely won’t even look at ur audition if this happens so I sent my agent an email right after I noticed apologize and told them this technical error will never occur again. Just feeling bummed out especially since it was a really easy going audition (Just had to take a few ball hockey slap shots/ playing and slate). I also get anxiety/ stress over the smallest things so my first thought was “I’m so screwed, I messed up so bad, my agent is gonna drop me now, messed up my future career etc”, I then eventually come back down to reality and calm down but yeah.
Quick question: Is it worth it? For anyone that's a part of it what are some positives and negatives? I haven't heard much about it and want to hear some feedback before pulling the trigger on joining.
Hi, I'm an aspiring voice actor who recently purchased my first microphone, the Blue Yeti: Blackout. I found and bought it at Target since it was on sale. Was this the right choice?
So I've landed my first audition for the lead of a short indie film. This would be my largest role yet if I book it, as I've only done student films and that sort of thing. Any advice for really becoming the character and nailing the audition? Appreciate any tips!
I'm taking a year or so after finishing my acting BA to work in a smaller regional market to build a reel, build an on-camera resume/IMdb credits, build up my other marketing materials, and save a ton of money before I head to LA to try to break into film/TV there. I've been doing well so far. I'm working all the time in that small market and getting lead/supporting roles--first doing student films/indie shorts and now moving into more indie features. I have a local commercial agent for non-union commercial work (almost no commercial work in this market), I'm self submitting for theatrical work, and I'm in the process of trying to break into VO work as a flexible side gig. I'm also continuously taking industry specific classes from LA via zoom. I'm a marketable type. Still, I know LA is a completely different ballgame than where I am now, and a million times more competitive. Should I be looking nine months down the road toward my LA move, and start looking for an agent there now? Should I be looking for a more regional theatrical agent instead to start with? How do you find agents willing to take on early career actors for theatrical work? I know references from friends are huge, but are there other ways? If I have a strong marketing packet now (reel, headshot, resume) should I start submitting now, or wait until I actually get to LA? I'm an [Imdb.pro](https://Imdb.pro) member, and I research agencies whenever I hear of one with potential, but are there other tricks to identify agencies that might be willing to work with me? I'm also not SAG yet--I've heard wait until the absolute last minute to join because the work is limited after that, but will that hurt me in getting a developmental agent? What about a manager?
Other than it giving your brand more professionalism.
I run a YouTube channel about acting and we post a new video every Monday. I don't want this to be too self-promoting, since this is the wrong forum for that. However, after posting this week's video about Actor's Access, we realized a lot of actors don't know these "hacks". So take a look if you tend to use Actors Access as much as we do! (Running a taping service, we're using it dozens of time a day...)Here's the link: https://youtu.be/ffrBeRez-3Y
Can film festivals screen actors' reels and feature actors?I would say, yes!If you read my post on being an "actorpreneur" https://www.stage32.com/lounge/acting/Being-an-Actorpreneur, you will see that I am super supportive of actors, developing and sharing their own films, music videos, fashion films, and more at film festivals and similar screening events!But what about actors' reels that can also be beautiful, creative, and radical in telling an actors' storytelling skills?I wasn't the only one thinking about actors' reels at film festivals!I just stumbled upon the following festival that includes actors' reels:https://www.actiononfilmfest.com/actorsonfilmreelsfestThose actors' who want to share trailers of their productions can also consider: https://filmfreeway.com/FestivalforTrailersMonthlyWhat do you think? Is sharing your actors' reel and trailers with industry professionals at festivals meaningful? If so, what changes or improvements would you like to see? Alternatively, would you just prefer sharing on your social media platform?Share!More on my IG samitanandyofficial & cmcs_media + Twitter celeb_studies
Hello everyone, I recently moved to NY and feel a bit overwhelmed. There is a lot of theaters etc that have been temporarily closed and I am looking to meet actors in the area and join a acting group/theater that is low key. I was wondering if anyone knew how to find or knew of any that you'd recommend me to look into. Thank you
Hi everybody, I am a last year BA acting student and in order to get my BA degree I need to write a work that starts from the thesis ,,is it possible for the actor to perform , indifferently to the space in which he performs?” I need to do research work, so if you could recommend me some books related to this topic, I would really appreciate it. Thank you very much.
I want this to be a respectful discussion, but coming from a comedy background, everything is fair game for getting made fun of. Lisa Lampanelli did it well, Carlin did it well, really well-written comedy shows do it well. Can you weigh in on exactly what is so offensive about Dave's work? I have watched Sticks 'n Stones (by myself and with my SO) trying very hard to find what is so darn offensive but I can't. I am used to comedians making fun of my background, ethnicity, sexual preferences, and gender constantly, and I am not offended by it. I don't see why everyone is up in arms about this. Would truly love to know your thoughts. I want to know what I am missing here.
I genuinely don't know. I'm not a new actor so I feel silly for asking this question but at in-person auditions, you get a prop or mime it. This is in my house though, so would it be bad if I vaped? In one of the scenes a guy gets handed a joint and takes a huge hit. Professional job not indie, what are your thoughts? Should I just do it? (I think I should do it.) (I can blow smoke rings.)
Okay so obviously I looked on the internet, but I’m still confused. Mind you, I don’t know much about acting but I definitely want to be an actor. I’ve watched some marvel and other movie auditions so I have to ask. 1)What exactly is a screen test? 2)And how is it different from an audition? 3)Furthermore, for future reference, how exactly would I go for auditions? Like where would I find them?
I have a silly question given that I have never worked in the film industry. I have read reports about directors who are assholes etc. in fact there was an article that George Clooney refuses to work with directors who require 40 takes. But there was an old video of I think Glenn close rehearsing with someone for the movie fatal attraction. So my question is why don’t directors rehearse with their actors prior to shooting? Is it because actors have to be paid during the rehearsals too? I’m just curious.
Hey just wondering if anyone can recommend any videos or sites or blogs breaking Declan Donellan's books down. He has some moments where I'm conflicted about his message. Some moments make sense and then others seem to contradictions one another such as his disdain for the use of the word "I" which he then goes on to use to describe what a character needs in a scene. Just curious if anyone has any comments or ways of thinking that helped them understand this book.
I came across some TikToks/Videoclips of people impersonating the:“Shinzou wo sasageyo“ from Erwin Smith from Attack on Titan and I think they were pretty dope. Now my question is, as the title already says, do you guys have advices on how to get that power behind the voice like Erwin Smith does (his voice actor is Daisuke Ono btw). I would train and search up tutorials but I don’t know the term of this specific japanese voice style. The same japanese voice style is used in Jojo‘s bizarre adventure (for example). I don‘t expect to exactly sound like Erwin Smith, but I want to improve and maybe learn something new :) Thanks for reading and helping :D
Hola, everybody. I posted my about-me video a couple moths ago in Introduce Yourself, but since the lovely Karen "Kay" Ross has suggested that I also post it here with some comments on its conception and production, here it is. On the idea: since languages and accents are one of my things, I thought it could be funny to play different characters in different languages. I think an about-me video should be entertaining yet to the point.... and, well, it should tell a story. I haven't seen many other about-me videos, but those I have watched were quite boring and not particularly creative. I mean this is showbiz, right? :) In terms of production, sorry, I'm old school and still use DSLR and video lighting for my self-tapes, so that's what I used to shoot it. After that some time playing around with the cut, and that's pretty much it. Hope this can be useful to you. Of course if you have questions, let me know. I'm kinda lazy and distracted - haven't been here for like 2 months - but I hope I'll improve and will react faster :)
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.
I’m currently on my first beginners class but how does a POC become a successful actor in this industry??
Hey! I’m vegetarian- I’m filming something and I’m looking for foods that other actors bring for long days on set. It’s an indie film that won’t be having craft services- what should I bring? What foods do you bring to set?
I don't have any IMDB credits, so far, so I don't have any experience with this stuff. Show comes out on Nov. 13th. Depending on the cutting-room decisions, I'll be in a maximum of 8 or 9 episodes. They've just put up the IMDB website, and all the famous actors are already on there. I read that I'll have to wait for the production staff to add me *after* my first episode has aired, and *then* I can pay the subscription and update my info. **2nd QUESTION:** How do I take control of that credit? Thanks for any info you can give!
I noticed that most of what I have submitted to so far just has me send photo/slate/reel. However, I was looking at one listing and decided to see if there were sides on showfax and there were. Are they expecting people to pay $44 ($22/min) to upload a self tape of the scene just to submit? I have a subscription so it doesn't cost me anything to add media to the submission itself, but I would still have to pay $22/min to add the self tape to the media pool first. The post makes no mention that the sides need to be used to submit for the role. Maybe they are just for if you are selected to audition? The project is Lost Man Found. Can someone with AA experience clue me in please?
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I'm your buddy Bottie, I was hiding behind the scenes, but now that you've found me I'd be happy to tell you what I'm doing.
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