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Harry Styles?

Harry Styles?

Posted on Sep 11th

The fact that Harry Styles can just make his debut in a Christopher Nolan film, do a Marvel movie, and now have 2 back to back films to top it off with acting award talks?? I call BS. I understand the game and how unfair it is/the fact that Harry is a popstar and therefore has an audience to profit from but this makes me sick to my stomach. Just venting here as I think this kind of post is more welcome here than the harrystyles community PS - I have not seen any of the films he was in so I am not judging his acting. Edit: Not about me, I know the #1 acting sin is comparing yourself. The guy just came out of nowhere and there are professional actors who deserve the work. But I get the game

What would you like to say to screenwriters?

What would you like to say to screenwriters?

Posted on Sep 10th

Hey guys, I’m a screenwriter and I’m curious to hear if there’s anything that actors would like to tell screenwriters? It could be about anything. It could be something good or bad or maybe suggestions. I’m just curious to hear your thoughts. Because obviously these two aspects of filmmaking rely heavily on one another, but don’t often get all that much open interaction. And I want to take care of the actors performing my scripts, so is there anything you’d like to say to screenwriters?

Is Method Acting Dangerous?

Is Method Acting Dangerous?

Posted on Sep 10th

Hello! Just looking to get a general idea of what actors believe about Method Acting. I'd appreciate any participation and if you have any further responses, please comment :) [View Poll](https://www.reddit.com/poll/xaqr66)

Actors and actresses, what advice would you give aspiring actors/actresses?

Actors and actresses, what advice would you give aspiring actors/actresses?

Posted on Sep 10th

I know it sounds pretty childish, but I’ve always wanted to be an actress. Not just to be in movies and have money, but cinema’s world in general is just so enchanting! I’m still very young and I’m still in highschool, but I really want to start somewhere and I plan to work hard to achieve my goal.

The Benefits of Doing Background Work

The Benefits of Doing Background Work

Posted on Sep 10th

Hey everyone, I wanted to highlight some PROS of doing Background work and have people more interested in doing it, especially if you are a beginner and are just learning about the industry. Being a background performer for close to 7 years now I found it has benefited me in numerous ways. I myself am a working Actor but I do background on the side for many reasons that I'm going to dive in and talk about. Also I'd like to note that I am a Non-Union Actor. One great thing about doing background is that you can do it in between principle gigs and a lot of the time Background gigs come by short notice. It's better than going to a temp agency and working in a factory or doing some other industrial job that a lot of Temp agencies do. You can have more then one Background agent, hell, you can have as many as you want but word of caution is that if you get too many calls and have to say no to a background agent, they most likely won't want to bother getting you gigs in the future so take note of that. I've heard of people just having one devoted background agent and I've heard of having five background agents as well. It also depends if you are Unionized or not, since union background jobs are sometimes less then being a non union background performer, so you have to think about what your options are. Having 2 or 3 Background agents is most common I find with people. Atleast that is the way it is in Toronto. In other places like LA and NY they have a different way of how Background Agents are used, please indulge us. It's like a masterclass, you get to see actors and the crew do their work. It's a really good experience just to try even just a few times. Also, if you get into the Union, doing Background work pays really good money just to do what you love. It also helps with your acting abilities as you take direction, even if it's just a little bit of direction. There are going to be times when you are doing a principle job and will have to do some background work during a scene without a doubt. It's not like doing principle work where you are having line after line but it's the next best thing . I also feel like being on set really helps with managing nerves and getting it out, it's like being on stage for the first time and getting used to people all around you - it's perfect practice. As well when you are first starting out, or even if you're not and you are doing a docudrama or true crime show, doing background will help you do reanactments in front of the camera. It does take skill to act in front of the camera and what better way to hone down your skills then to do some background around some of the A list stars out there. Speaking of stars, it's really cool being in a scene with Cate Blanchette or Bradley Cooper for instance. Working along side great Actors is inspiring and you really can shed off those nerves while you're at it being in the presence of stars. As well, take note that you shouldn't talk to the stars UNLESS they talk to you first, if they do then by all means have a small conversation with them. It will get you psyched up, atleast for me it was really cool and it makes the job that more priceless. Sure, you might not get a lot of catering done for you in between scenes, for example instead of having a whole array of food for you like Actors get on set, Background Performers usually get free oranges, apples, digestive cookies or my favourite, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But that all depends as well if they are Union or non union sets. I've been on Non-Union sets as Background and I was fed like a King, it really just depends sometimes, though mostly on Union sets it's usually not the best for Background Performers... just incase you were wondering. Another thing about doing background is that you'll see how the crew works as I was mentioning before, but you have more time in holding or satellite holding (A holding closer to set) as well, being on set watching how people organize things and what part/role everyone is doing. If you are on set you usually are standing in the same place or doing crosses for 12 hours sometimes and during that time you really see how everything works, from how the gripper, rigger and lighting technician work to the Director of photography, Sound guys,1st AD, 2nd AD, 3rd AD, script supervisors and Director all collaborate with eachother all at one time - it truly is like looking at an Army Unit working collaboratively. (Fun Fact: When Hollywood was booming during and shortly after the 2nd World War, that's when film crews were getting bigger and working together as a larger Unit, they took after how the military would do there exercises and how they worked with eachother- it's a similar type of practice, though now they have Walkie Talkies to get things moving a lot faster) it truly is a really cool thing to see if you're just starting out as an Actor and it really is beneficial to see how things work on set before going on set and not knowing what everyone is doing, knowledge is power I find and knowing what you're looking at, yet again, calms your nerves, atleast it did for me. Another thing about doing Background is if Assistant Directors get to know you and see you on set and know you are pretty darn good at doing crosses, acting etc they will get you to do some major moves. For instance I was on set one time and the AD told me to do like 15 things, "Okay what you are going to do is go over to that desk over there, write something down, then turn around and go over to that wall over there, scale the wall as if you're looking for something, then go to the bench and mime talk to someone on the bench, shake there hand ( sometimes movement can be really specific ) then go past that other bench, look up at the train schedule and look at your watch and smile. This is what makes doing background really fun because you get to memorize things, especially movements and actions and sometimes you are the Hero Background performer doing multiple things. In cases like these don't be surprised if the Director of the show gives you props for doing such a great job. It really can be rewarding and you really can learn a lot. Now, one CON that for sure gets people turned off from doing Background work is that they say, "it will interfere with a role if I'm seen on camera for a particular show and I won't be able to audition for it". Now let's be real, unless you have a lot of credits and are doing very VERY well, have an agent that has resources and networking capabilities with casting directors for Union shows in particular, are getting major roles in general, have been auditioning for roles for series regulars in the past, sure I can see that being a problem BUT if you are just starting out or don't have those types of auditions coming in, you shouldn't really worry about that until that time comes and trust me, if you keep at Acting for long enough you will get to that point. So if you do and you decide to do background, remember to just try to blend in and actually be in the background as a fuzzy little ball of meat on screen. Please if you have anymore PROS specifically or any CONS from doing Background work, please leave a comment and have a discussion with me and the community!

SATIRE: Our Country Has Finally Realized That It’s Simply Not Okay For Actors To Pretend To Be Something They Aren’t

SATIRE: Our Country Has Finally Realized That It’s Simply Not Okay For Actors To Pretend To Be Something They Aren’t

Posted on Sep 10th

**NOTE: This piece employs a once widely familiar device known as parody and contains flashes of what some might call sarcasm.** In June of 2020, the actress Jenny Slate had apologized for her “flawed” decision to voice a non-white character on the Netflix show “Big Mouth.” Slate announced that she is stepping aside from the role, acknowledging that her initial decision to voice the animated character was a symptom of her “white privilege.” She explained that she originally thought it was okay because her character, Missy, has a white Jewish mother. But she now understands that she could only take on that role because of “unjust allowances made within a system of societal white supremacy.” She makes a salient point, of course. It is well known that the ultimate goal of any Nazi or Klan member is to be a voice actor for a mixed race cartoon character. Slate promised to do her part to fight the white supremacist scourge by “engaging in meaningful anti-racist action,” and she expressed deep remorse for anyone she may have “hurt” by doing voice overs on a cartoon show. On the same day, actress Kristen Bell stepped aside from her role voicing a non-white character named Molly on the animated show “Central Park.” She apologized for her “lack of awareness” of her “pervasive privilege,” and admitted that “casting a mixed race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience.” It is not clear how a cartoon character’s voice could “undermine” anyone’s “experience,” or even what it means to undermine an experience, but whatever it means, and however it happens, the point is that Kristen Bell is very sorry and wants you to know that she’s one of the GOOD inherently racist white people, not one of the bad ones. In the Twitter thread she posted on this issue, the humble Bell responded to a person thanking her for her decision by saying she doesn’t “deserve a thank you” but instead “deserves to acknowledge my part in the problem, and then rectify it.” This was an impressive answer and it goes to show that in no way whatsoever did Kristen Bell come to this racial enlightenment at this particular moment in time, and dramatically announce that enlightenment in a public forum, because she wanted applause and approval. That was absolutely not the point at all, to be clear. I personally find these decisions by Bell and Slate to be so inspiring that I’d like to suggest other characters that should be canceled along similar lines. Obviously Darth Vader has to go. He is a white man in a black suit voiced by a black man. I’m not sure how this is racist but I’m sure that it *must* be, in some way. Bart Simpson is a boy voiced by an adult woman. For years I accepted this problematic dichotomy because I assumed that “The Simpsons” was headed for a story arc where the young Bart discovers his inner female identity, comes out as transgender, and begins hormone therapy. But after 30 years on the air, this moment STILL has not arrived, and I’m beginning to despair that “The Simpsons” will ever make the expected transition into a nuanced, introspective drama about the experiences of transgender adolescents in modern America. Other characters that should be canceled, abolished, outlawed, imprisoned, executed, or at least recast, are perhaps a little less obvious but nonetheless crucial to defeating white supremacy. E.T., from the film “E.T.,” has only a few lines of dialogue (a problem in and of itself), and those lines are handled by a white voice actress named Pat Welsh. It boggles my mind that, in the whole entire cosmos, populated by 100 BILLION galaxies and TRILLIONS of planets, Steven Spielberg could not find even one *actual* extra terrestrial to take on this role. A white actor cannot empathize with the lived reality of alien beings enough to capture the fullness and depth of their experiences on screen. We have to remember something: acting is not about pretending to be something you’re not. Acting, in an ideal society, would consist of people being themselves, and doing and saying all of the same stuff they would do and say on a normal day. In a truly progressive culture, films would have NO characters, NO script, NO plot, and instead the audience would watch people — none of them white, of course — going about their day, running errands, checking the mailbox, preparing dinner, etc. Every film would be like this, all of them would be titled “Experiences,” and all of them would win every Oscar every year. The fact that this scenario I concocted in my head is not a reality just proves that white supremacy is real and literal Nazis are running the country. Another bigoted film that must be eradicated or changed immediately is a disturbing fascist manifesto called “The Brave Little Toaster.” The film, released in 1987, tells the story of appliances, led by the titular Toaster, who embark on a quest to find their owner. There are a number of obvious problems here, including the deeply insensitive reference to “owners,” which brings to mind the legacy of slavery. But more to the point, none of the characters — Toaster, Lampy, Blanky, Radio, Kirby the Vacuum — are voiced by actual household appliances. It is difficult enough for toasters to find work in Hollywood. If they aren’t even allowed to play toasters, how are they supposed to find a foothold in the industry? Similar problems can be found in the film “Babe,” where the protagonist pig is not portrayed by an authentic pig; “Boss Baby,” a film in which Alec Baldwin ruthlessly appropriates a role that could have gone to an actual toddler instead of a man who simply acts like one (both in the film and in real life); “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” a movie about undead humans that exclusively casts *fully alive* humans; the 90’s Nickelodeon cartoon “Hey Arnold” which features a person with a normal-shaped head voicing a character with a grotesquely deformed head, a casting decision that still rankles the Grotesquely Deformed Head (GDH) community to this day. Many other examples could be provided. The point is that a great many films and television shows — arguably, ALL of them — have for *decades* featured actors playing characters that are in some way different from their real selves. This needs to change. Kristen Bell and Jenny Slate had helped us to take the first step. We must have the courage to go all the way. Until then, ALL movies and shows are canceled.

Looking for a voice actor. [Paid]

Looking for a voice actor. [Paid]

Posted on Sep 10th

* Project name THRIFTED * Project description * \- Recording of a voice-over for a video montage broadcast during the internal convention of COURIR stores (sporting goods) * Usage of the recording - Internal Event * **Voice actor requirements** * Language English - British * Voice gender and age, any of: Female young adult, Female adult * **Work details** * Length of the recording 30 seconds * *send* Recording and delivery options Digital delivery ​ ​ * Script for custom audition: Hello, this is Dua Lipa ! Welcome to the COURIR convention. Here is a glance at the forthcoming "Thrifted" campaign dropping on December 19th ! Contact me at Mohab#3384 with the custom audition. OFFERS WITHOUT THE CUSTOM AUDITION WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZED. ​ * Deadline for getting proposals Sep 11, 2022, 10:35 AM * **Money matters** * Budget Up to ᴇᴜʀ €130

Honest Opinion Request

Honest Opinion Request

Posted on Sep 10th

Hello everyone! I have a strong interest in Voice Acting. I always sort of have, just never been confident enough to pursue. However, lately, something has changed and I feel more confident about the idea. I know its not exactly as easy as it may look or sound. The interest really started when I worked at a call center, the callers constantly thought I was an automated recording so much that I had the highest hang up rate. (as they wanted to talk to a "real person" really) I have zero formal training but would be willing to purchase equipment and maybe a mentorship. I guess my question is: When or how did you know you had what it takes to make it as a voice actor? Any advice?

Agency Recommendations For Beginning Actors

Agency Recommendations For Beginning Actors

Posted on Sep 10th

Hello, I am looking for an agent for Television & Film, Theatre, and Commercial work. Does anyone have any advice for what agencies I should submit myself to that works with actors that are entering the industry? I'm trying to submit myself through the talent link on Actors Access as well, but I accidentally deleted the item before paying, and I haven't been able to get a new link after asking for assistance via email and Cmail. So if you have any recommendations for me, that would be greatly appreciated!

How to do cocaine?

How to do cocaine?

Posted on Sep 10th

Hi all! I’ve been cast in a theater show where my character does cocaine. Not like insane, over the top cokehead. Like “business man cokehead”. Haha. Notably, he does it standing up…not the snort off the coffee table thing. I have zero drug experience/knowledge. Is there like a YouTube series that shows actors how to pretend to be people who are very familiar with drugs? Haha.

Should I even try?

Should I even try?

Posted on Sep 10th

Reading up on successful actors bios, even if they got a late start, pretty much all of them started taking acting classes when young or in college, or at least expressed interest in acting when young. I’m 27, have absolutely no acting credits and have never taken any kind of acting class or participated in any school play. To add to that, I’m plus sized and dark skinned, two characteristics that Hollywood does not really appreciate. Right now I work in the government and I want so badly to just quit and move to LA and hope I’m a lucky one. Any advice?

Acting in latin america

Acting in latin america

Posted on Sep 9th

I’m 23, from argentina, i have been doing self tapes for the last 2 years and a half, (mostly for commercials, but for some tv and movie roles too). Here, you don’t get an agent until you have experience, so most of the self tapes i did were for open casting calls or for auditions that the casting agencies sent me when i subscribed to their database. And when i see the commercials and who got the role, it’s usually an influencer, an actress that already has an agent or for a tv/movie role, its always the same group of actresses my age, that are already known, what should i do to not get discouraged when this happens?

Stage name question

Stage name question

Posted on Sep 9th

Hello! So, I’m a young actor and I have been debating on 2 versions of my name. I have 2 last names, and one of them is very unique, but also hard to pronounce. Which one would be better for a stage name? Donovan Boursiquot (Boo-c-co) Wade Vs Donovan B. Wade

Getting better at acting feels hopeless

Getting better at acting feels hopeless

Posted on Sep 9th

I’m a terrible actor. I have no formal experience learning how to act and I feel very behind compared to my peers. I am currently a freshman studying BFA musical theatre in college and I’m afraid I’m not making any progress whatsoever. According to my 4 year plan, I’ll only be taking 3 semesters of acting classes within the 4 years so I feel like I don’t have enough time to progress. Any tips on how to feel less discouraged in the college setting and how to improve by yourself? Or how to get better in college?

terrible actors got leads for production i auditioned

terrible actors got leads for production i auditioned

Posted on Sep 9th

Hi everyone- I just wanted to vent...but to also say its fine if you dont get cast...most of the time, the cast they do use is so basic it doesn't even matter..

UK actors, what agencies do you recommend?

UK actors, what agencies do you recommend?

Posted on Sep 9th

I'm a 27 actor based in the NW of England. I have some decent experience and I'm spotlight registered of course. I've tried different agencies but I don't seem to get much work (or auditions) from them so I was thinking of scouting for new agents. Any recommendations? A plus if they have a Manchester base. Thank you!

not an artsy person

not an artsy person

Posted on Sep 9th

I am not at all what most people consider to be an 'artsy' person. My strengths have always been, math, physics, computer-science, chess etc) I have done a bit of creative story writing which I'm told is good. But besides that I don't have any experience or skillsets on the arts side. Part of what I am excited about in drama is to awaken that side of my brain further and become a more rounded person. I have often been interested in acting/drama however, and have finally built up the courage to pursue a minors in drama alongside my physics/comp-sci degree. My dream right now is to start here, never stop taking acting/drama classes and eventually build to getting roles in theater and low-budget films. Or more if I was so lucky. Of course I am still on the first step and will have to see if I enjoy the art as much as I did in my mind. But I am curious if there are many other people here who feel they are very much right-brain dominant. And naturally have an outlook and skillset leaning towards logic and hard science, as opposed to the creative arts side. Is this a major obstacle in becoming a great actor?

*another* question on acting schools...

*another* question on acting schools...

Posted on Sep 9th

I know this question has been asked a billion times already, but I still need some clarification. I want to be film/tv actor and I want to get a formal, good quality training from a conservatory program for a year or two either in New York or Los Angeles. What schools would you recommend for someone ready to put in the effort to refine my craft.

How to start out

How to start out

Posted on Sep 9th

I have a new interest in voice acting, but I don't know how to start. There are so many factors to consider. Vocals, reading ability, acting ability, equipment, voicing material, etc. Before getting into the technical side of things, I would need to work on vocal training. What are the areas voice actors focus on while doing vocal training? Vocal Range? Pronunciation? Impressions? Stamina? There are too many to list. Can this be practiced solo or would it be better to have a vocal trainer teach? I have a USB mic for gaming/streaming purposes that was on sale (HyperX QuadCast Condenser Microphone). I bought it mainly for better sound quality when I do voice chats with friends. I thought of starting with this but I've seen proper setups with XLR mics, amps, soundproofing, audio editing software, etc. However, the equipment can be pretty expensive to get. If it's better to get the more proper gear, what should I get? I thought of starting with this USB mic and audacity to test the waters. But it's hard to gauge whether or not I'm doing good. What are things to look for while editing after recording? Even if I make a recording that I'm proud of, what platform is best for voice work? I thought of posting work on youtube in the form of vocal skits, but it doesn't seem right. If there are more things to look out for, feel free to share your thoughts.

What should I do? Advice about a course

What should I do? Advice about a course

Posted on Sep 9th

Hey guys I’m 20 and trying to find my way into the industry. I have a place on a course (in London) which to me seems pretty expensive for what it is. But the school claims to have very good industry connections: which seems legit as a lot of good actors have gone there such as John Boyega, Melanie Liburd, and Olivia Popica who are some to name. It’s my understanding they were scouted by the agency the school runs and that’s how they made it into the industry. And in this way, as I have no current connections seems like quite a good pro of the course. It hasn’t started yet but I went to an induction day last week and I didn’t feel entirely convinced the environment was right for me. It seemed most people on the course were there just to fuck about. So it doesn’t seem to add up as the actors they rave about were once students at this school. I wonder if it’s all a marketing tactic and I worry that if I go I’ll feel like I won’t get much out of it. I don’t know what the quality of the teaching or the lessons are like but I don’t particularly want to be in a class of people who don’t take what they’re doing seriously or put in the work. What should I do? Should I give it a go despite the high fees and hope to be pleasantly surprised by my peers to be? hope the quality of teaching is good? Or should I just learn/ study on my own, create my own work and find an agent by myself and make my own industry connections?

International Travel for a role

International Travel for a role

Posted on Sep 9th

I was just wondering: if an American production would shoot partly in Europe, do the actors then need a visa for that specific European country (and the production company just takes care of that) or not because it’s still an American production company that they currently work for?

Actresses, what are roles that immediately turn you away from a project?

Actresses, what are roles that immediately turn you away from a project?

Posted on Sep 9th

I’m curious to experiences you’ve had for roles offered that turn you away. What are typical female characters that feel typecast to you? What have been roles that challenge and attract you to the character, especially showing the writers and director care more than just being a typecast.

I’m desperate for a technique/studio that is trauma informed. Any information is greatly appreciated.

I’m desperate for a technique/studio that is trauma informed. Any information is greatly appreciated.

Posted on Sep 9th

Ok so I don’t know if it’s me but almost every class I’ve taken has resulted in some form of trauma. It probably sounds like I’m being dramatic but hear me out…in the 6 years I’ve been studying acting I’ve been victim blamed, verbally abused, shamed in front of an entire class, pushed to share details about my personal life, told I should quit acting and have been literally pushed to the point of having panic attacks on stage. Not only that, the market I’m in is extremely competitive and there is endless nepotism in classes. It’s been such a terrible experience that I have almost no motivation or joy for the craft. I’m starting to think there’s something wrong with me. At the same time, I get that actors need to have a tough skin, but I don’t think they should have to endure literal abuse. I don’t want to share what market I’m in but I will say it is one of the three big markets in the US. I really need help understanding how to identify potentially dangerous studios and /or techniques. It would also help to know I’m not alone. Has anyone else had similar experiences? How did you navigate.

Shameless Grifter

Shameless Grifter

Posted on Sep 9th

So let me start this out by saying I used to work on the Walking Dead wiki way back in the day, I was a huge super fan of the show. Years later I got the opportunity to work as an extra. Flash forward to a few days later a friend of mine sent me picture of a Walking Dead actor at a convention and I immediately recognized him, my friend didn't remember him from the show but I did. Years ago when the show had less characters and BG, a guy was added onto IMDb and the community was very curious about who he was. Episodes come out, and he was a barely featured extra. He did an interview with the moderator and claimed they gave him a name, said he was told him his profession before the apocalypse, the writers told him he was a secret character who they several ideas for, talked about how he got super tight with the cast. He even campaigned on Twitter to return to the show despite being very clearly killed off, he was even hyping up his role on Twitter before his episodes aired which is a no go as far as NDA's. He was never anything other than an unnamed extra who lied about his role and sadly everyone has seemingly bought it. But apparently hes been going to conventions all this time and profiting off them. I searched him up on YouTube and there were a few interviews of him by smaller channels, listened to one where he claimed he got the role through his agent (bullshit). Looking at his filmography his TWD "role" helped him get a lot of indie horror projects ever since. I even checked his resume and Walking Dead is listed despite him being an uncredited extra. I don't know why but this guy's sheer arrogance and deception really rubbed me the wrong way. It also makes me laugh too though because its not something I would ever expect to happen, or have ever seen since. Do you guys have any other examples of shameless grifters?

ACTORS NEEDED- For a short film

ACTORS NEEDED- For a short film

Posted on Sep 9th

Hello all, I am a writer/director from the DMV Maryland area and Im shooting a short film this fall. The story revolves around a young girl and a young boy but its not exactly a happy love story. The film will have a runtime of 30 minutes Shooting will take place in the DMV area this month! \[It will be shot with a Sonya73 camera\] I am looking for: MALE actor ages 18-22 FEMALE actor ages 18-22 When the film is done, I'm sending it to as many film festivals as possible, so there will be exposure for you. There is no pay ( Im broke, I spent all my money on camera equipment lol) but there will be exposure! Im submitting it to film festivals and you can share and send it however you please. I want there to be something in this for you as well But I'm not affiliated with a movie studio of any kind. This is a solo mission from me. I just simply want to make a cool movie. Ive shot movies before so I have experience in film making. This project is simply to push myself farther in the world of film and if you're interested in doing the same let me know I will send you the script if you're actually interested. a lot people seem interested but never follow up so I dont wanna send the script to someone who won't even read it

3 weeks of several callbacks for the role of the main character in a feature film; not chosen. No agent, no sag eligibility. Five years trying. Several years in acting school and college. Time to retire?

3 weeks of several callbacks for the role of the main character in a feature film; not chosen. No agent, no sag eligibility. Five years trying. Several years in acting school and college. Time to retire?

Posted on Sep 9th

Hello everyone. It’s official. My previous posts detailed my situation of applying and having several callbacks for the main role of this feature film and it turns out after three weeks I did *not* get the role. I’ve realized after spending nearly five years trying to act professionally I have little success or achievement. Never got an agent, only did seven things which only a few actually came out. No sag eligibility. I’m 19 and have been acting for a while now, trying to make it a career, and unfortunately it just seems not to be in my cards. I guess it’s time to retire as an actor? I did my hardest work and was truly led to believing I would get this role and jumpstart my career in my first feature film. Not chosen in the end.

How do you feel about film directors asking actors to work for "exposure"?

How do you feel about film directors asking actors to work for "exposure"?

Posted on Sep 9th

Hello actors, I'm an upcoming film director and I am currently auditioning actors for my next short film. It's a self funded production and I am unable to pay any salary on this project, including the technicians. Meals are paid, and gas is refunded. It's a 2 day shoot, from 9h to 17h, with 1h for lunch. Every take can be used by the actors for their reels, and I offered my video editing services for free, to do just that. The thing is, I got a few emails from actors accusing me of cheap labor and not respecting the craft. This is really starting to get to me, and I've considered postponing the film until I have gathered enough money from my day job to actually pay people. Is filmmaking only for the rich? How do actors feel about unpaid work?

How do I pay taxes as an actor?

How do I pay taxes as an actor?

Posted on Sep 9th

I have recently started getting paid for my acting, and I dont know how to set up a business or anything. Please help lol

As a minority, how hard is it honestly to make a career out of acting?

As a minority, how hard is it honestly to make a career out of acting?

Posted on Sep 8th

Do you find yourself having to work twice as hard? Do you get rejected because you don’t have the look they want? I really like the idea of being an actress, not necessarily to “make it” but to have a steady income from it would be a dream. I am a minority woman and hearing how competitive it is already makes me doubt myself a little.

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Headshot-Age Range-Character Type Feedback

Posted on Sep 8th

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.

Can you recommend plays for three "actors" ?

Can you recommend plays for three "actors" ?

Posted on Sep 8th

We are 18 year olds, a girl and two boy. A drama would be nice, but we would love to hear about anything. The duration have to be around a 45min-1 hour, but we can make it shorter/longer so don't worry. Thank you in advanve guys, gals :)

[Hiring] Voiceover for YouTube videos

[Hiring] Voiceover for YouTube videos

Posted on Sep 8th

I run a virtual assistant agency that regularly develops content for clients. I am developing content packages that include articles, social media, and videos and I am interested in adding a voiceover actor to my agency. Our process is this: * We create the article * Our automated tool helps us generate a presentation tool from the article * The voiceover actor would do the voiceover for the presentation based on the article and the presentation slideshow. The article would be the script in this case. Each video would be likely 10-15 minutes long. I was thinking perhaps $50 per voiceover. If you would find this kind of project interesting, PM me with a link to your voiceover demos.

[HIRING] Female voice actor

[HIRING] Female voice actor

Posted on Sep 8th

Hello,I own a business that works through discord,and Im looking for someone to be voicechatting with people on discord(no cam,just talking),we would go 50-50 on the money I would be the one to get the customers,and u would be the one to talk to them.Hopefully u are from Europe aswell so timezones wont be a problem. Comment on the post below or DM on Reddit if interested.Payment rate:10 bucks for 10 minutes of talking.

[TASK] Source and upload scripts and scenes for actors to Wordpress based website ($6 hour)

[TASK] Source and upload scripts and scenes for actors to Wordpress based website ($6 hour)

Posted on Sep 8th

TASK: Find monologues and extracts from TV, Film, and Play scripts to be uploaded and categorized on my Wordpress based website. Full details: I'm developing a website for actors to be able to search and download monologues and scenes from plays, film, and TV. I'm looking for someone to assist with curating and uploading content for the site. Simply, what I need is someone to find individual scenes with 1 or 2 characters from plays, films, and TV, THEN save them in PDF format to be uploaded and categorized on the website. There will be three main components to the job: 1: Identifying parts of scripts (scenes / monologues) to be transcribed and reformatted if necessary. 2: Save the transcribed files as PDF files, following a set naming convention (to be discussed) 3: Upload each file as WordPress post with Title Name and adding relevant tags Additional info: For SINGLE character monologues from plays, the text should be copy/pasted into a document before saving as a PDF to keep consistent formatting. For scenes from film/TV, if taking from a full script, you must identify which part of the script will be a good fit for a scene: 1. It should have just 1-2 characters (max 3) 2. It should have a good amount of interesting dialogue. 3. It should be ONLY 1 scene. After identifying which scene from a film/TV script you want to save, you will have to CROSS OUT any text that is NOT part of the scene (IE anything before or after the scene heading) and save ONLY the page range as a separate PDF file following the naming convention. (Please note SCENE = 2 or more characters. MONOLOGUE = 1 character.) You will be able to source material online, and I also have a large collection of links where you can find full scripts you would be able to take content from. You must have a good understanding of the task and this type of content, as well as WordPress ideally. If this is clear, feel free to message me. I'm looking for someone to work on an ongoing basis and I will be happy to discuss in further details, and I can provide a link to the website and other examples for reference. I'm willing to work on an hourly basis, or based on a set amount per # of scripts uploaded.

Question from a non actor

Question from a non actor

Posted on Sep 8th

What's the best way to find non-union actors? Facebook group? Backstage? Personally I would prefer to build up a database of talent than selecting from a random group of people who applied to casting call promising a position immediately. What do you think?

Aspring Actress in Texas

Aspring Actress in Texas

Posted on Sep 8th

Hi all. Ever since I was a kid \[I am a 21F\], I've wanted to act on screen but never did do theatre or anything like that through school. I actually forgot about it for awhile until summer of 2018. Even then, I was unable to take theatre my senior year. I come from a large city in Texas, there are absolutely no acting studios, agencies, acting classes, anything you would find in a big city similar (or exactly like) Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin or New York. Obviously, just moving to either of those at the drop of a hat doesn't always work and is not a smart thing to do. There is only one talent agency and a few community theaters here. Before the shutdown in March 2020, I was only able to audition for one CT play. I got a callback, but I didn't get the part. The person who did though was freaking amazing, I'm not even kidding. I already understood there is a ton of rejection in the entertainment industry and that you could go to 100 auditions and only land 1 role, so I managed to look on the positive side. I may not have gotten the part, but at least I got a callback. So the director saw something in there. Natural talent can only get you so far, so I'd like to expand on that and try to land more CT roles until I have enough money to get to a bigger city or something like that. So there's not a ton of sources out there to get started or even to learn. Are there any legitimate online acting classes? Should I just try to buy books off Amazon or Barnes and Noble to try and teach myself? How can I get started on acting when I have little to no sources around me?

How Much Do You Think Is Fair To Pay VO's who are playing Side Characters for a short film?

How Much Do You Think Is Fair To Pay VO's who are playing Side Characters for a short film?

Posted on Sep 8th

What do you think is the maximum you should pay voice actors for Smaller roles in a short film? What is your budget range?

Feel Like I Can't Make Any Progress - What Am I Doing Wrong?

Feel Like I Can't Make Any Progress - What Am I Doing Wrong?

Posted on Sep 8th

I'm in my late twenties and have been in this industry for pretty much a decade in some way or another, but I feel like I've been doing it wrong this entire time and have made 0 progress. I'm based in NY, have my BFA from a prestigious college, have taken a million classes/workshops, have professional headshots/materials and know what I'm doing in a room is "good". In classes, my feedback is always positive and a lot of the time I don't even get a lot of feedback/notes from the CD workshops I've taken. But I cannot get anywhere. I will say I had some mental health issues over the last two-ish years that took me out of the game but I've been trying to get back into it for the last six months and nothing is happening. I hardly even see anything to submit for on Actor's Access or Casting Networks - maybe 5 things a week max for my type. I'm not that interested in theatre so that eliminates a lot of the postings. How are you making connections with CDs without an agent? I've submitted to so many reps and never get any responses back. But I also feel like I can't get auditions on my own. I have all the groundwork, and materials and training but I just can't get it together to move onto the next stage and I've been at this for years and do not know what to do differently. I feel like I'm running in circles and just not getting anywhere. How have you transitioned to the next stage up in your career?

Any tips for an international actor who's just starting out???

Any tips for an international actor who's just starting out???

Posted on Sep 8th

Basically, I'm an 18yr old girl, and I want to pursue acting. The problem is, I don't live in the US, or in a country where there's at least any theater where I could start out at. I used to be on lots of school productions, but since I just graduated, I can no longer do that. I've also tried attending acting classes, but there aren't many here, and they're all awful. And, if I'm lucky, there'll be like two worldwide casting calls a year that I'll be able to submit to, (aside from the weird most likely scams on backstage). So I'm really stressed out, and don't know what to do. Which is why, I've been thinking about a few things I could do to help my career. First, moving to the US for a bit, since I do have family in LA (and Miami), which means I could technically move in with them for free for a couple of months (due to only having a tourist visa), but would I even be able to work??? Or would I just have to pray that I get lucky and get scouted on the streets??... I've also been contemplating the idea of filming a short film myself and sending it to big festivals, so I can be discovered like that, but realistically, would that even work, or happen?? This is where it gets even more ridiculous, as a last resort, I could try to become an influencer that's popular enough to get a manager or agent that's willing to sponsor me for a visa and get me auditions, I know that'd be really difficult, BUT tbh you just kinda just need to be consistent to build an audience PLUS I already know a few influencers that are doing big things like going to awards, premiers, and film festivals, my only concern is that I don't want to be known as an influencer since 9/10 times influencer get stuck being that... I also know a "nepo baby" whose dad is directing/producing some films (that aren't that great), and we are not that close, but do you guys think I should tell her to tell him about me?... that'd be lowkey embarrassing, but ig an opportunity is an opportunity and Jeremy Strong wouldn't be where he is rn if he hadn't networked

Best way to connect with other Actors in Los Angeles

Best way to connect with other Actors in Los Angeles

Posted on Sep 8th

Been in LA for 2 years now and I still have barely connected with other actors out here. What’s the best way to connect with other actors, put myself out there more, and meet new people in LA?

How can i pursue becoming an actor realistically.

How can i pursue becoming an actor realistically.

Posted on Sep 7th

Here is my situation. I m 23. I work from 7am-12pm roughly. I make about 1000$ a week minus gas which is around 150. And it is 1099 which means i can write off taxes. So basically around 45k a year. There is not a job that pays as good as this one and as comfortable. God allows me to take care of my family of 5(including myself). Reason for me wanting to be an actor is because i want to be in a videogame (motion capture) and be in movies to entertain people. There is more to my reasoning but it isnt important. I m going to be in an independent movie for about 30 seconds, i only have a few lines. Hopefully i get callbacks if someone likes my appearance. I m currently taking basic community college classes english 101 and precalculus in the afternoon. I need to get a 4 year degree and make 100k from start, so i m looking at computer science/software engineering. This is better than me finding another job or keep running after money. College can also allow me to experience plays and theatre. After I get money, I am able to make my family comfortable and be able to buy me time to take acting classes and get auditions. I want your guys' opinions. What is the best action for me to take. What would you do if you were in my position.

How do you prepare for a tv role larger than a costar?

How do you prepare for a tv role larger than a costar?

Posted on Sep 7th

Hi. For actor’s who have worked on TV shows, how do you guys like to rehearse/prepare yourselves before shooting a role in a tv show larger than a costar? Have you ever had to rehearse on your own without any help? What do you usually do? Any pointers/tips? Thanks!

how to get recognize??

how to get recognize??

Posted on Sep 7th

(this is my first ever posting on reddit, so my apologies if im not doing it right…) im a—beginning—actress at 15, and i can’t seem to find any REAL, AUTHENTIC, and LEGIT casting calls/auditions for beginners and whenever i do, they will always say i have good potential and ask for over $500!! i was merely close to paying up but when i looked more into it, i realized it was a scam which made me cry!! it’s hard since i never really know where exactly to start. i tried to do headshots myself at home—which i cant since i dont have any cameras besides my phone and i cant afford to get my headshot taken. i’ve done plays at school, yet whatever i do, i just dont know where or what approach is best. i dont know how to get recognize by real and legit agencies and how i could start to finally build my dream career. all i ask is for some tips and advices!! thank you everyone!! and goodluck to anyone on their acting!!

A question for actors who are also filmmakers

A question for actors who are also filmmakers

Posted on Sep 7th

I know I can't expect random people on the internet to solve my indecisiveness for me but perhaps I can get some insights from someone with more experience. I did my Bachelor's in a field that turned out not to be my thing. Meanwhile I did a part-time course in filmmaking, and when it finished I also did a part-time acting course (both laster for one year). Initially I wanted to be a filmmaker, but it didn't take off immediately after the course was finished, so I decided to try acting too (I had some experience from an amateur theater I participated in). I also included some electives in film and theatre to my university degree. Anyway, about a year later I got a grant to work on my first short film with a production company. At the same time, I started getting some small acting gigs here and there. I decided to pursue a master's degree in either acting or filmmaking. From what I read, the university that I'm applying to is not that hard to get in, so I'm thinking which one should I go for in case I get admitted to both (I'm not from the US just btw, so it's not super expensive). I guess my main dilemma is that I don't know which one I like more at this point. I feel like I wanna do both, and I don't know which one is more useful to have as a degree. Filmmaking seems like it would get me more jobs, since there are a lot of international productions being shot where I'm from and I've heard a lot of students get internships and then permanent positions in the studios. The problem is I guess that I feel like I wouldn't wanna settle for just doing assistant director jobs on sets and I feel like I'd just be jealous of the actors as what they're doing is more fun. If I get to direct my own stuff that'd be great, but the grant that I got is actually not from my home country and in my home country it seems like everything happens with connections and mostly people whose family is in the industry get to actually make their own films, while other film graduates mostly do cinematographty/editing/assistant jobs. In this sense, it'd make more sense do study acting to potentially get more acting jobs that way, and hopefully if my short film does well I might also get more film grants and opportunities to direct as well. What bothers me though, is that the acting degree would be more focused on theater, and while I love theater I just don't see myself becoming a professional theater actor, it's also harder to get jobs there than in film studios and it doesn't pay that well. Anyway, if there are any actors who are also filmmakers reading this, which path makes more sense to you?

Does it benefit an actor in any way to do production assistant work while acting at the same time?

Does it benefit an actor in any way to do production assistant work while acting at the same time?

Posted on Sep 7th

I mainly do acting full-time but between the times that I’m not booking work or auditioning I’m always looking to help out so I’ll do extra work. When I was on set doing extra work I offered to help and after the project was finished I got a call to do PA work on the next SAG project. Will this help me or benefit me in anyway and trying to become a full-time Actor?

Got Accepted Into An Agency But...

Got Accepted Into An Agency But...

Posted on Sep 7th

So, I got an email saying I was accepted to an agency I looked into! But I am skeptical of signing any paperwork just yet. Why? Well, when I initially researched talent agencies near me, I took a look at their website and it seemed very off putting...so I never signed up or submitted anything. Fast forward to two months ago, I meet another actor on set who is one of the main actors in a current tv show. On his IMDB, the agency in question is the one he's signed under. Interesting, right? So, they have some authenticity to them. So, I made an account on their website but I never uploaded anything except for my name....now I'm accepted. Seems a little sketch, no? What should I do?

How do you nail TVCs?

How do you nail TVCs?

Posted on Sep 7th

Is there a secret to it or is it purely down to disposition? Seems like there are actors who naturally book TVC after TVC. Personally, I’ve never booked a TVC, but am regularly cast for narrative projects. I have another TVC audition tomorrow and was wondering if I’m wasting my time or if there are things that I could be doing differently.

question about shooting schedules

question about shooting schedules

Posted on Sep 7th

hey! finally landed a meaty role with a supporting character with many lines that appears through-out the script, where-as all my roles before were either smaller or it was a short enough short-film I could easily remember all my lines at once. but now i landed my first role with enough dialogue i will now have to be worrying about shooting schedules, which is both an out-right blessing and a blessing in disguise seeing as it's scary since i've never done it before, but a great oppurtunity to grow of which i'm excited for. my questions are: is "shooting schedule" even the correct term for this, the term for the schedule of which production will give actors to let them know in what order scenes will be shot, so that they can memorize scene by scene rather than a whole large script? would i ask production for the shooting schedule at some point or is it just expected to be given out? i want to know the proper ediquitte lol. mind you, this is an indie film though. my first time working with this director so i'm not sure of the way they run, but i get the hunch some indie film makers don't familiarize themselves with things like shooting schedules and call sheets and what-not, and would just expect the actor to learn the whole script at once lol. not saying i get this vibe from this company at all, i just want to brace myself for anything. say for some reason or another i SHOULD ask them for a shooting schedule, what is the proper timing to do so from point of being offered the role? or, on the contrary, how long should i wait after accepting a role before i should expect to have the shooting schedule sent my way. say it is proper etiquette to be sent the shooting schedule without asking first but the scenario i was talking about of an indie company not being very familiar with shooting schedules happens and now i have to ask, what would be proper etiquette there? sorry if it sounds like i'm overthinking LOL i literally got offered the role just yesterday and am now trying to be prepared as possible haha. thanks!

Partner for Acting?

Partner for Acting?

Posted on Sep 7th

Hey everyone, I wanted to ask if there were any experienced actors or at least any actors more experienced than myself I can practice some Meisner technique with? I’ve been acting for several months and the feedback I generally get is that I’m pretty good, but it’s hard to keep that momentum without anyone to run lines with. I’m also practicing for a character I want to play as, please let me know via DM if anyone has an hour a week to spare. Thank you!

Yesterday I booked an incredible recurring role (my 2nd) that includes international travel. My first recurring airs this week. I’m over the moon but feel can never share my big wins with many other actor friends without feeling like I’m boasting. Anonymo

Yesterday I booked an incredible recurring role (my 2nd) that includes international travel. My first recurring airs this week. I’m over the moon but feel can never share my big wins with many other actor friends without feeling like I’m boasting. Anonymo

Posted on Sep 7th

Let me preface this by saying that I’m not here to inflate my ego; I am nowhere near the top of billing; in fact I’m closer to the bottom than the middle lol, but I am aware that I have covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time as a no-name actor and I’m proud of myself for that. So I just booked a recurring guest star role on a major series with a star studded cast—I am so incredibly thrilled and still in disbelief that I landed this role. I am absolutely elated with the amount of progress I’ve made since moving to LA 4.5 years ago. I was able to join SAG within my first 3 months in LA due to booking a role on a web series. I managed to get an excellent manager through a well know casting director’s referral and subsequently got connected with my now agent. Multiple co-stars (Netflix, HBO, and Showtime) and a couple of guest stars (FOX and Paramount) and a very long list of commercial bookings. Much of this happened within the last 2.5 years. I’ve sacrificed everything and made a massive career change and shifted to acting with zero training, no connections, and no money—I even went through a pretty devastating breakup earlier this year (she ended it). I’ve struggled with financial, housing, and food insecurity many times but have soldiered on. It has easily been the most difficult 4.5 years I’ve ever experienced, but my struggles have always in silence and only the fruits of my labor are witnessed by others so from the outside it has appeared like I’ve always had things under control; I rarely do. The future is presently looking bright and dreams are starting to morph into goals and the dark times have become worth it. But I have, essentially, no one to share the bright moments with. Does anyone else run into the dilemma of whether to share your successes with industry friends if it appears that they are in a rough season? I personally always want to hear about my actor friends’ wins because it inspires me and motivates me. I could of course just not share with anyone, but it does feel good to have someone to share in the excitement with you. Even if it’s just Redditors lol. I’m not sure what my intent is with this post, but if it at the very least gives someone some hope that that next rung on their climb is within reach, then I’ll be happy with that. TLDR: I’ve done a cool thing and I’m giving myself a pat on the back for once.

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