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Rumor: casting directors have an app to tell them if an actors social media followers have been bought. Is this true?

Rumor: casting directors have an app to tell them if an actors social media followers have been bought. Is this true?

Posted on Dec 15th

It’s no secret that social media following impacts casting decisions. It could be true.

What is a reel?

What is a reel?

Posted on Dec 14th

What exactly is an Actor's Reel?I've been hearing a lot about it on social media, and I would like to know. Also would something like that, be of use to a screenwriter?Thank you all in advance

Looking for voice actor for cartoon sci-fi mobile game

Looking for voice actor for cartoon sci-fi mobile game

Posted on Dec 14th

**Info:** I have developed a mobile game which has a cartoony/sci-fi theme. In which the player orbits a black hole for as long as they can to earn points. You can see the style here. https://preview.redd.it/1u0h2gssoh581.png?width=1606&format=png&auto=webp&s=2fcc6761a8d82696efe0fd24964f44b853bd225a I am looking for a voice actor (no preference in gender or ethnicity) to provide dialogue for each planets description. As you can see on the left of the planet Mars in the above picture. There are a total of 8 planets all with around the same amount of detail/dialogue which needs to be recorded. There are also around 5 small clips of a few words which i need. **Budget:** $20 is the current budget for the 8 planets and a few small clips but as you can see from the above image there are soon to be an additional 7 planets which also need dialogue, thus there is a chance of re-hire Payment will preferably be through PayPal. Payment can happen over 2 transactions. Half when half of the sounds are provided and the rest when the remaining sounds are provided. Let me know if you'd be more comfortable with a different option. **Contact:** If you're interested, you can contact me here on Reddit or leave a comment below and I'll get in touch. If you have something to show off previous work or you can provide an example of your voice that would be great. It could be anything but if you want something to read, here's some sentences with some of the reaction sounds I'm looking for: "Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and is the second smallest planet in the solar system. Named after the Roman god of war, Mars is also often described as the “Red Planet” due to its reddish appearance. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere composed primarily of carbon dioxide." ***Note: The current dialogue above will likely change however the total amount of words will roughly be the same.***

5 questions for voice actors

5 questions for voice actors

Posted on Dec 14th

1. How do you go about "Finding a voice" to where you know you aren't going to change It. 2. Is It seen as rude or annoying when people meet you and JUST want to hear the voice, no questions? 3. How do you rest or exercise you're throat to stop getting tired. 4. For anime voice actors how do you feel certain changes to the script affects how the story Is told, like In Japanese a girl would say "I love you" but In english It would be "I really like you" do you feel small changes like that affects the tone differently? 5. Any funny stories about being a voice actor?

Papers on personal boundaries on acting

Papers on personal boundaries on acting

Posted on Dec 14th

Hello, everyone I was doing some research and couldn't find any good resource about personal boundaries on acting. What I mean is: I'd like to read more about how acting evolved regarding intimacy in scenes, be it sex, nudity, touching, something agressive etc. I think it's still a theme that most people just accepted, but we never really know whether or not to be subject to. We hear something here and there, actors and directors who uphold it and others that criticize it. I'd really like to read papers about it, how it's historically. We study a lot of techniques, but they almost never get into these themes, or maybe I didn't read any author who did it yet. Could someone recommend books or articles on this?

Opinion on Matt Vilvardi?

Opinion on Matt Vilvardi?

Posted on Dec 14th

Matt Vilvardi is an actor I found on TikTok and I honestly don’t see him as very good. He over emphasises some stuff and it just feels iffy to me. Although i’m not even an actor (I would like to be one) so I want your opinions on his performances. https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSePdErgv/ Here’s the link to his TikTok where he posts acting stuff

Reality check: you're doing just fine

Reality check: you're doing just fine

Posted on Dec 14th

Hi, community! I saw a couple things this past week that I thought were worth sharing here, since I see a couple themes come up here a lot. First, [Kimlinh Tran](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimlinh_Tran) shared a photo of their [studio space](https://twitter.com/KimlinhTran/status/1468283202561208322?s=20). Kimlinh is a known and respected VO actor, and they are doing just fine with this space. Is it ideal or beautiful? No. But the reason they shared it is to show that you don't need to concentrate on having the most impressive, Instagram-worthy booth in order to be successful. Second, [Kiff VandenHeuvel](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiff_VandenHeuvel) (AKA Kiff VH) posted [a blog post about NDAs](https://kiffvh.com/blog-native/2021/12/11/flowers-ndas-and-our-little-secret), and mentions in it that he books one out of every 150-175 auditions. This guy is well known in VO and on-camera, and is competitive in a lot of areas of VO, and this is still his batting average. Pro tip, if Kiff is teaching a class, take it! It is disheartening when we aren't booking as much as we'd like, or can't afford better equipment, or don't have room for a better space, but it is possible!! Don't let it stop you. Best of luck, folks. What keeps you going?

IMO Telling an actor they are 'getting too in their head' is the worst kind feedback you can give.

IMO Telling an actor they are 'getting too in their head' is the worst kind feedback you can give.

Posted on Dec 14th

I've done improv for 2 decades now and I've also gone through Meisner training and I have to say some of the worst kind of feedback I think an actor can be given is that they are too 'in their head' - it only puts the actor more (you guessed it) in their head. I've heard it recently from one actor to another at a workshop and then all I saw was that actor cripple up and freeze and just overthink everything. I realize many improv theaters/ acting teachers say 'don't think' but what that really means is 'do feel.' or 'do listen.' But please for the love of God don't say 'you're getting too in your head' - it's like telling someone not to think about a pink elephant.

New to Wanting to Act, Youtube?

New to Wanting to Act, Youtube?

Posted on Dec 14th

Hi, so I’m considering getting into acting for hopefully a few minor roles or even as an extra in the future. The only acting class I took was in high school for 1 year and that was only because it was mandatory, hence I didn’t really care about anything we learned or did. The only thing I remember are the vocal exercises such as the tongue twisters and vocal trills. I found this dude on Youtube who’s offering a $25 special 10 hour acting class and was wondering if anyone thinks that this guy is worth the money and the effort [youtube acting guy](https://youtube.com/c/TheActorsAcademy) to just understand the basics of acting. If not, are there any other suggestions that don’t involve real life experiences (such as improv classes or whatnot) since I’m not at all certain if I even want to pursue this as a hobby and since I currently can’t act for shit. Thanks in advance :)

How do I become an actress?

How do I become an actress?

Posted on Dec 14th

Hi, I know this is the most typical question, but I’ve always been so interested in acting and I don’t know how to start. I am a 20 year old female student living in scotland. I would just like some tips on starting out, as I have no contacts at all or hardly any experience (apart from a few school productions!) I would love to go into it professionally, but I am clueless how to set it all in motion. Preferably tips specific to scotland/ rest of the uk, but also general advice would be highly appreciated!

Is there any hope for middle to lower class actors these days?

Is there any hope for middle to lower class actors these days?

Posted on Dec 14th

Literally every single fresh face actor seems to come from a upper class background or wealthy. It’s disheartening

Actors/Actresses, what are your go-to stock expressions that you regularly employ to liven up conversations?

Actors/Actresses, what are your go-to stock expressions that you regularly employ to liven up conversations?

Posted on Dec 14th

I'm curious, as a pleb, what are some expressions or techniques that would help liven up conversations?

Is it weird that I’m an actor but if I booked a major role in movie/tv -I’d be completely scared?

Is it weird that I’m an actor but if I booked a major role in movie/tv -I’d be completely scared?

Posted on Dec 14th

Sometimes I ask myself..can I handle the pressure of a major role on a TV show or film. Do I have what it takes if I get booked. I know these are stage fright things..is it weird that I have them? Anyone else feel the same way?

I'm finally almost to wrap on one of the worst shoots of my life and wanted to vent

I'm finally almost to wrap on one of the worst shoots of my life and wanted to vent

Posted on Dec 13th

It's nearly 5am, hours over the scheduled wrap into a shoot for an unpaid graduate film school project that I foolishly signed up for. Initially I was excited for a one man show, arthouse-type film, I've done plenty of passion projects before, no big deal. But this one is different. Firstly, the director and crew are all Chinese. Nothing wrong with that, I can get past the language barrier, their English is pretty good. The problem was they spoke 98% of the time in Chinese, to each other (I'm the only actor) leaving me just kinda... there. Half the time i didn't even realize we were about to shoot a take, and when I did, I didn't know what I was supposed to be doing. No dialogue in this film, just storytelling through movement with voice over. I loved the concept, but when I don't know what's going on it's hard to match any kind of vision from the director. And they really didn't make any effort to clue me in to what's happening or where to be or when to be ready to shoot. Speaking of shooting, the director basically didn't even let me act. Like I'm an actor, I know what I'm doing, and this was not that. The confusion regarding what's happening aside, i was usually told very specifically how to move, what to emote, how my facial expressions should look at any given moment, etc, just so overbearing and leaving no room for creativity or freedom or truthful living under the circumstances. It felt very mechanical and she was not satisfied unless I followed her exact directions. And I guess I understand, but damn man, let me act SOMETHING. This is where the language barrier was a huge issue. She had a hugely specific idea in mind but was largely unable to communicate it to me, just that things had to be vaguely... *different* The shoot was delayed by a good couple hours because whoever was in charge of the Airbnb we're shooting in didn't get the key or something and we couldn't get in. Then when we got in, it seemed like nothing was planned ahead of time for shots or lighting or anything. I know it takes time to set these things up, trust me, but this was truly bizarre. Then, the sound guy's SD card gets full, and guess who forgot to bring a backup? So that wasted another hour or so while we waited for it to transfer to a computer. During that time, nothing was done, not even setting up the next shot or anything. The crew was just joking around with each other while I again was just kinda there and wasn't/couldn't really be included in any way. Plus a lot of other shit I don't have brainpower to mention. We're still going. I'm gonna screen my gigs a lot more carefully from here on out

How far will u go to become an actor?

How far will u go to become an actor?

Posted on Dec 13th

Interested in hearing your guy’s motivation for becoming a successful and how far would u go to get there and why?

I teach a cheap acting class in Manhattan

I teach a cheap acting class in Manhattan

Posted on Dec 13th

I am an experienced Meisner acting coach in NYC. I work at Matthew Corozine Studio on 36th, and I'd love to extend an invitation to anyone in NYC who would like to take a cheap ($50/4week) class. This is great for beginners, and actors who would love to jump back into on-going classes to inspire our creative process. Classes focus on Cold Reads, Repition exercises, scenes, and improv. Dm me for info! Or search MCS Manhattan!

Breaking character/bloopers

Breaking character/bloopers

Posted on Dec 13th

Not an actor, just curious. I was watching The Office bloopers and although I found it quite entertaining, I couldn't help but wonder whether other actors or the crew on set get annoyed at those who constantly break character and ultimately drag the day on. Is it part of the job or does everyone just bite their tongue because they don't want to confront the stars of the show? Granted it is a comedy so don't know if the attitude changes because I can't image myself refraining from laughing...but I'm not a trainer actor.

Did you pursue this field because people told you to?

Did you pursue this field because people told you to?

Posted on Dec 13th

I'm going to assume we're all in a unique category here: strangers come up to us and tell us we should be on the radio and all that. At least I'm guessing that happens to many people here. Growing up it was a meaningless comment for me. I had one of those weird puberty things where my voice changed at 12 and freaked everyone out. I'm much older now. I live in Los Angeles. I am not an actor and never had an interest but... strangers ask and assume I'm on the radio and a voice actor on a weekly basis. I've had non-industry AND industry people practically tell me I'm foolish for not pursuing it professionally. This may sound weird but I feel a sense of pressure to find out. Can I do this? It's a strange way to arrive at this professional pursuit. **Has anyone else found themself going down this path because they feel a bit pressured to do something with their voice? How does that feel for you? Does my story sound stupid?**

Anyone heard of MJB talent? thoughts

Anyone heard of MJB talent? thoughts

Posted on Dec 13th

Hi, so I have a few offers for representation and one of them is MJB talent. Its one agent who has 250 clients, apparently has other assistants but arent listed on imdb pro. its ranked top 85 agencies on company meter and is usually fairly high on the list over the last few years. Anyone have any experience or thoughts on an agency with a large roster and small staff? i also have the option of working with smaller managers who have less clients, but are lower on that list (which would make sense with less actors searching), and are more wild cards. which avenue would you suggest I take>? I could hold out and see if I get more bites, but my resume isnt anything special and I feel like any really solid companies are more numbers based and wont bite until im showing more solid credits. any ideas?

What voice actors should I get on my podcast?

What voice actors should I get on my podcast?

Posted on Dec 13th

I posted here when I had Andy Merrill AKA Brak on my podcast and I was pleased with the overwhelmingly warm response toward hearing Andy Merrill tell stories. I was wondering if there are any other particular voice actors out there that you feel haven't had enough interviews? I want to find some voice actors that have done some important stuff but may have fallen between the cracks. Any thoughts?

My Director Reel

My Director Reel

Posted on Dec 12th

This is my director showreel which includes films I have also written.

1st Draft Cover Letter towards Agents that gets to the point, what do you guys think?

1st Draft Cover Letter towards Agents that gets to the point, what do you guys think?

Posted on Dec 12th

In my subject I mentioned "Teen-20s Asian Actor w/ Improv+On-Set Experience Seeking Theatrical Rep" and for my body I put "Hello {{firstname of agent}}!  My name is (blahblahblah) and for the past few years, I have built on-camera/on-set experience with short films I have worked on and improv experience through on-stage performances. I am *always* enrolled in acting classes/programs, and have trained in several techniques such as ***Meisner/Realism/Chekhov*** and continuous scene study classes. In the past year, I have received wonderful feedback from my acting coaches and teachers, specifically about my duality and expressions. Coaches have told me that I have a young age range, and a varying type range where I have been typecast as a Sarcastic Best Friend to a Sensitive Jerk. I am currently enrolled in on-camera classes at Graham Shiels, taking Muay Thai classes simultaneously, and in progress enrolling in more scene study classes. My updated headshots are below, as well as my resume, and I can provide a demo reel at any time if needed! I would love to set up a meeting with you to see if I can be a good fit, so feel free to contact me!" Is there anything I could change or any suggestions?

New showreel from scratch - need advice

New showreel from scratch - need advice

Posted on Dec 12th

I have a showreel, but it sucks. I want to make a new one, going the *"write and shoot a few scenes specifically for this"* route with the help of director and actor friends. 2 or 3 30-second scenes showing "range", i.e. the first one would be my type, the second would be not my obvious type, etc. So first question, what *is* my type? What do you see me as? What would someone cast me as? Here are some headshots: [one](https://gabrielgambetta.biz/img/headshot1.jpg), [two](https://gabrielgambetta.biz/img/headshot2.jpg), [three](https://gabrielgambetta.biz/img/headshot3.jpg), [four](https://gabrielgambetta.biz/img/headshot4.jpg). Second question. I've done almost all of my acting in English, but my native language is Spanish, and I also speak Italian. Should I show this? Perhaps replacing a 30 second clip with two 15 second ones, in Spanish and Italian? Thanks in advance!

My acting classes makes me uncomfortable

My acting classes makes me uncomfortable

Posted on Dec 12th

Hi, I'm fourteen and I have been taking acting classes for a year now. In my class everyone is in there 20s or even 40s, and sometimes we have to do romantic scenes. Like you have to play a couple or flirt and stuff. I am still underage and told my teachers how this bothered me. However they all say is that being an actor means I have to get out of my comfort zone. This is true but doing these scenes make me uncomfortable. We never have to kiss or do anything physical but it seriously bothers me. What do you think? Am I overreacting, or do I have the right to not want to do these scenes? TLDR: I'm a minor and I have to do flirty scenes with an adult.

Is it time for me to get an agent?

Is it time for me to get an agent?

Posted on Dec 12th

Hello! I'm an actress based in NYC and I think it might be time to get an agent but I'm not sure. I have been the lead in four student films, the lead in one 90-minute feature film, and done a comedy sketch for an indie filmmaker. Do I have enough experience? If so, how do I go about finding an agent? Thanks!

How do actors play characters we’d normally hate in real life?

How do actors play characters we’d normally hate in real life?

Posted on Dec 12th

TW: Mentions words “racism” “rape” and “homophobia” (not in a destructive form). This question has struck me a few times this week, but since there’s a play I auditioned for about a historical event, it made me wonder, how do we play and get into character for characters that are racists, rapists, homophobic, and other horrible characteristics? For example, I was just watching Philadelphia and watching Miller (I think that was his name?) be incredibly homophobic made me cringe, but a character like that had to be played in order for the movie to have its proper plot. Now I know, if an actor is incredibly uncomfortable playing these parts, they can simply just decline the role. However, I want to be able to perform almost every role possible, even the nasty ones so we can “show the ugly side” but I don’t want to just use that ‘excuse’ and play these characters. How can we be comfortable performing these characters while still being true to our beliefs? What can we substitute? Can we substitute? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Getting serious with Voice Acting!

Getting serious with Voice Acting!

Posted on Dec 12th

Hey there guys! So I'm a 28 years old designer living in NYC and I finally want to take the first step in trying out Voice Acting. I read that it is recommended to take classes and such for those who have no acting experience and I want to make as much progress as I possibly can to get myself in small projects. Ultimately, I want to aim for animation/anime and games but newbies can't be picky. ​ Here's the real question. I've looked around ALOT of schools/sessions in NY and while they all seem cool and nice, I feel like some are much better than others and can help you grow more effectively and efficiently. For Actors/Voice Actors in NY, can you guys give me any recommendations on which classes/schools to enroll in before I throw my money at random scams? ​ Thank you!

Is having no additional skills going to turn casting directors (for lack of a better word) against you?

Is having no additional skills going to turn casting directors (for lack of a better word) against you?

Posted on Dec 12th

So basically I was looking through actors CVs/Resumes a few days ago and they all played loads of sports and could do loads of accents. I have to admit it made me feel a little embarrassed since I don't have any of that! Plz help

Looking for 2 female voice actors for a Visual Novel style video game!

Looking for 2 female voice actors for a Visual Novel style video game!

Posted on Dec 12th

**Info:** Hello! I am in the process of creating a video game with 2 female characters- the genre is akin to a visual novel. These 2 roles will mostly be reaction sounds and single words, such as: "Oh." "Okay." \*Gasp\* There are also a few longer sounds, such as anxious breathing and sobbing. There will be around 25 different sounds for each character. One of the roles (Cora) will get a few lines as well, consisting of around 80 words. I will provide all of the reaction sounds needed in a text document, along with an example of the situation where the sound would be used, to give you an idea of the inflection and vibe. **Budget:** Role #1 (Cora): 30$ Role #2 (Mollie): 20$ Payment will preferably be through PayPal. Payment can happen over 2 transactions. Half when half of the sounds are provided and the rest when the remaining sounds are provided. Let me know if you'd be more comfortable with a different option. **The characters:** [\[IMAGE\]](https://imgur.com/a/NhOybwa) Cora: A young woman in her mid-twenties. Stern and a little coarse. Her voice should be warm and slightly somber. [\[IMAGE\]](https://imgur.com/a/s3KJH0U) Mollie: Also a young woman in her mid-twenties. Caring and bright. Her voice should be gentle and reassuring. This is a grounded game, so I'm looking for some voices that sound natural and not "over-the-top" or cartoony. **Contact:** If you're interested, you can contact me here on Reddit or leave a comment below and I'll get in touch. If you have something to show off previous work or you can provide an example of your voice that would be great. It could be anything but if you want something to read, here's some sentences with some of the reaction sounds I'm looking for: "Hmm… I'm not sure about that. Oh. I guess it could be in the other room? Well… I haven't checked but… Nah. I don't know." Thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to hearing from you! :D

Just go to Grad School/What’s your plan b ?

Just go to Grad School/What’s your plan b ?

Posted on Dec 12th

For background I’ve wanted to be an actor since I was little. I let people’s comments deter me the first time and straight out of high school I went to college and graduated last year with my degree in psychology instead of saving up and moving to LA like I wanted. Now that I’m home I work retail and decided that my passions have continued to lie in acting and film. I don’t make a lot of money but that’s not an issue for me if I’m happy doing what I love. Recently, family and friends have asked me what I decided to do for career and my response now is confidently acting and film. I don’t want to pursue psychology anymore and I probably never really did want to. The constant response is “what’s your plan b?” Or “why don’t you just take the GRE and go to grad school” or “good luck with that.” I never once got these comments when I was pursuing a degree. It’s a bit annoying but I wanted to know if anyone else has gone through this and why is there a pushback when you decide to pursue the arts ?

[TECHNIQUE][Demidov] The Demidov Technique to Acting

[TECHNIQUE][Demidov] The Demidov Technique to Acting

Posted on Dec 12th

Hey Everyone! First time poster on this subreddit. I'm an actor based in Atlanta, GA and I'm still quite new to acting (\~4 years). Over those four years, I've read most of the well known books (Stanislavsky, Stella Adler, Meisner, etc.) and taken various classes touching on their work (On Camera & Scene Study). My extent of acting knowledge/technique comes from Meisner classes which I've taken over the last year. Just recently, I've transitioned to a new class which explores the teachings of someone previously unknown to me: **Nikolai Demidov**. This class does not strictly teach Demidov, rather Strasberg, but the teachers fascination with Demidov (to my delight) has lead us to learning the fundamentals of the technique. As someone who enjoys learning new techniques, I'm extremely interested in this approach to acting but couldn't find many people talking about it (outside The Demidov School of Acting). Does anyone else have experience using this technique? What are your thoughts? I personally find it to be effective for living truthfully in front of a camera or audience as it frees me of the stress of performing. I do not need to worry about the lines; they are floating somewhere in my subconscious. I do not need to worry about constraining my body to certain gestures or inflections. Whatever happens, happens. I believe that this technique works wonderfully in conjunction with the Meisner technique. The similarities between the repetition exercise and etudes are eerily close but approached from different directions; one from the direction of impulses presenting words to the performer and the other having the words given to them and having the inner monologue present the lines to the conscious mind. Of course, these are my musings on the technique and I will hopefully continue to add to this thread the more I feel confident in my understanding. Please feel free to drop any comments, experiences, or your own musings about the technique. I'd love to hear!

Question upon signing up with casting calls

Question upon signing up with casting calls

Posted on Dec 12th

I've been trying to get into acting, and I've wanting to sign up with casting sites like Backstage and Actors Access. I've read both TOS while trying to sign up, but I'm wanting to ask this question: Is it ok to use my stage name, or do I have to use my full legal name? Because they don't really mention anything about stage name on their TOS, so I've been holding out until I could get an answer. So, am I ok to use a stage name on a casting call website?

Question about extras in films with horses.

Question about extras in films with horses.

Posted on Dec 12th

It would be interesting to do some work in film as an extra for riding/horse handling scenes. I have a lot of experience with horses (have a lot of horse experience) but was more so wondering how people even get into that line of work. Like the training of horses specifically for film and the background actors riding in the film. Where do they go to find those opportunities and what is typically the focus for experience. Often, I watch movies or shows and see the main characters riding poorly (what’s kinda expected of newer riders who went through an intensive crash course), but see the extras riding really well, so I know that’s an experience based thing. Just not sure how to get into it. It would be fun to take stunt riding courses too.

"Falling Down the Rabbit Hole"

"Falling Down the Rabbit Hole"

Posted on Dec 11th

Looking for feedback on my TV series pilot, written by ghost writer.

"Falling Down the Rabbit Hole"

"Falling Down the Rabbit Hole"

Posted on Dec 11th

Looking for feedback on my  TV series pitch/pilot (written by ghost writer)

"Falling Down the Rabbit Hole"

"Falling Down the Rabbit Hole"

Posted on Dec 11th

Looking for feedback on my TV series pilot (written by ghost writer.)

"Falling Down the Rabbit Hole"

"Falling Down the Rabbit Hole"

Posted on Dec 11th

Looking for feedback on the pitch and the pilot for TV series (written by ghost writer)

When is the right time to take a masterclass?

When is the right time to take a masterclass?

Posted on Dec 11th

When is the right time to take an acting masterclass and how much training must you have had in order to do so? And what is the generell difference between a masterclass and a regular class? Is it just an advanced class for very experienced actors?

Hey there, I’m looking into starting as a voice actor and am looking for some microphone recommendations.

Hey there, I’m looking into starting as a voice actor and am looking for some microphone recommendations.

Posted on Dec 11th

I’ve been looking at some microphones recently, and am willing to spend about a hundred bucks - maybe more. Currently I’m looking at the AT2020, but I was wondering if there were any other options that may be better?

Where is the best place to find gigs?

Where is the best place to find gigs?

Posted on Dec 11th

I’m a beginner voice actor and my equipment is coming very soon. How do I get voice acting gigs and where?

Any actors got advice for me? I am an actor with (non-actor) S.O....

Any actors got advice for me? I am an actor with (non-actor) S.O....

Posted on Dec 11th

Anyone here further ahead in their careers that have any advice for me on this one? Like many folks here, my SO is a non-actor and a few arguments have fueled up and I need advice - for me, because the arts is SUCH a different business pursuit, I am pretty sensitive in telling people stuff. The only person that knows about my bookings/auditions/callbacks is my SO - I have asked him not to tell people about my pins, my bookings, 'how close I got', etc. but he does. I know it's bc he's proud but he has been telling family members about my pins and then gets upset that he has 'nothing else to say to them' when I ask him not to mention it. His response is, "Acting is 90% of your life, what should I tell them when they ask about you?" His family is very results-oriented/doctors/corporate lawyers and extremely judgy - I just don't feel comfortable about them knowing what I am doing (and yes, as an actor, I am superstitious) - he says "well you tell them about my job" (I do but I keep it very vague.) It's frustrating because my booking rates and pins are private to me, and I don't feel it's anyone's business. If I am on TV, then yes sure - tell people to look me up on Peacock, or whatever show I book, but otherwise I like to keep it private. Anyone else gone through this?

New Actor's Timeline? (Los Angeles)

New Actor's Timeline? (Los Angeles)

Posted on Dec 11th

Hi All, I'd like to preface this by saying I am incredibly new to acting, so apologies for any major/minor misconceptions. I'm posting this because I am searching for guidance. My goal is to build an acting resume founded on classes. I started taking classes last week and would like to learn as much as possible in order to know what I'm getting into. For context, I work a full-time role in finance and am looking to develop my acting in my off hours. I am a mid-20s, 6'6'' male with experience in modeling. I am also built and weigh 200lbs. All that said, I would *really* appreciate insight on the following: * I will take the following types of classes over the next year, but which should be highly prioritized? Acting Technique, Scene Study, Improv, On Camera, Voice and movement, Accents and dialects, Weapons and combat (Firearm, hand-to-hand, swordplay), Script Analysis, and Audition classes. * Which types of classes would suffer the least from online attendance (vs in person)? * How many hours of class per week do you believe would be optimal for me to effectively grow as an actor? * What books would you recommend for learning scene study in my own time? * What do you think is a realistic timeline for me before getting headshots and beginning to audition? (An example answer would be: Start looking for student projects 1 month in, commercials 6 months in, shorts 9 months in, etc.) I truly appreciate any and all comments. I am not naive enough to think this will be an easy journey, quite the opposite. I believe making it as an actor is incredibly difficult, thus I want to do all I can to learn. Thank you for reading and have a great day.

Girlfriend wants to become an actress. How can I best support her?

Girlfriend wants to become an actress. How can I best support her?

Posted on Dec 11th

I don't know anything about the industry but I want to support my girlfriend as best as I can. Some things I can think of: \- I know it's an industry that's a lot about "who you know", so I support her in going to any networking events/parties even if that means we miss a date night \- It can be a rollercoaster of emotions so I'll be there to motivate her to keep going when the rough times come Anything else? Thanks so much, any advice is greatly appreciated!

Actors and Acting Traing - Well Being

Actors and Acting Traing - Well Being

Posted on Dec 10th

Hi Stage 32 friends, Hope you are having a positive end to the week!I recently celebrated my birthday that included a lot of wishes for my acting and dancing. Unfortunately, the excessive use of technology,  answering unrealistic questions, and late night not only led to a sleepless night but triggered a low point in current cultural barriers that I am simultaneously where I am in Lisbon.  But I have to stay positive for my nex short film's table reading and so much more in my acting journey!  Luckily, one good sleep, reduction of technology, and managing people have helped me. However, it is immensely important to be disciplined on the acting path - it is a life commitment. Every film we do looks wonderful but it is so hard to explain what kind of cognitve care and understanding it requires. Do you feel the same?Conicidentally, I read about my friend Alan Powell's acting workshop that addresses well-being as well as mental health that helps life and character development https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aces-for-actors-character-development-for-the-21st-century-tickets-219813517147 I wanted to share as just reading it can be reassuring and empowering.That's all for now!Let me know how you are doing and looking forward to sharing more bright steps in the acting lounge!Samita

open audition updates?

open audition updates?

Posted on Dec 10th

i submitted an audition to an open casting call by a popular casting director casting for a new series on hbomax. under the casting call they were also casting for 3 other roles and it was posted on many instagram accounts. how long do you think it would take for them to reach my audition tape or send out callbacks? additional question: is it one casting director that looks at all these or many sorting through them? do they also look at your headshots associated with actors access?

I feel like a failure/hack/loser because I can’t cry every night (theatre)

I feel like a failure/hack/loser because I can’t cry every night (theatre)

Posted on Dec 10th

Hi all, I’m doing a play at the moment and it’s very emotionally charged, dealing with heavy topics such as grief, murder, sexual assault, etc. I know good acting is not all about crying and I’m relatively proud of how far I’ve come portraying this character but I’ve been beating myself up lately. In the past, I’ve done more screen (this is my first theatre job) and for scenes that require a lot of emotions there was always a sense of building up to it and unleashing it for the first/last time. Also with film I really like the repetition of various takes and angles to get deeper and deeper. It’s an entirely different form of repetition going back to those emotions every day. In this play there’s one particularly quiet scene I do alone onstage grieving the death of my sister and I feel like I reach an appropriate level of depth approx 70% of the time. The rest of the time a I feel like a fake or a hack. Any advice or tips? Thank you in advance, fellow actors.

What are your unpopular opinions about online people who are famous for talking about acting/ the industry?

What are your unpopular opinions about online people who are famous for talking about acting/ the industry?

Posted on Dec 10th

I know there are a lot of people online on youtube, facebook, podcasts, etc. that are famous for discussing being an actor and working in this industry. I listen to a lot of them too, and enjoy them…but in a way I feel like I am taking blind advice, especially as someone straight out of school. Is there anyone you listen to that just rubs you the wrong way? Or you don’t always think their advice is spot on?

Is it possible to be eventually be represented theatrically by my current agency?

Is it possible to be eventually be represented theatrically by my current agency?

Posted on Dec 10th

So, I recently got a commercial agent for an agency that has several different departments such as VO and theatrical. This agency is pretty great for my area, SAG-Franchised, has had some great bookings for their clients, etc.. I was super excited that they reached out and I signed with them (a day ago) after an interview and really going through the contract with my parents lol. My question is if there was a possibility to be represented theatrically by this agency after I get some more professional gigs under my belt and make my demo reel better. I’ve only really started film acting this summer (after officially leaving my BFA Acting program due to financial reasons) with quite a few indies that make up my current demo reel. If I were to get more experience and they see me working hard, would it be possible? Or would I have to go through another process of finding a theatrical agent? I’m kinda going into this world completely blind with some guidance from teachers and actor friends—Google has been a dear friend of mine through all of this haha.

how many auditions on average do UK/London actors get per month?

how many auditions on average do UK/London actors get per month?

Posted on Dec 10th

I mean legit projects with casting directors through your agent. Film/TV only - not including commercials, corporates, voiceover or video games etc.

Took me 2 years but I got it.

Took me 2 years but I got it.

Posted on Dec 10th

I'm going to debut as an Actor, a series main for a TV series in '22. During quarantine I had time for an extra job so I started posting around here and researched what I could, and started making myself available for modeling and BG projects. A few months in learned and started S/I work. I knew it would be difficult, as even my fellow BG actors and actresses were graduates of acting schools, and years of resumes on BG and such. For whatever reason I made SAG in 5 months. In the future I will realize it was a foolish gamble. Joined Skillshare, Watched YouTube and read and followed the posts here, Side bar, and various "celebrities" and "Pro working lurkers" here that shared so much great advice. I met trained people and attended classes and workshops, Invested some money for equipment and even so, I would not hear back from a dozen auditions from various agencies. For people who have a dream, Keep it up. My reel is still nothing but two monologues, and a growing portfolio of my pictures. Everything else is BG, S/I, stunts, cm's and modeling, couple of guests and featured days. As for this one, I fit the role and they just gave it to me after a brief Zoom. My favorite quote nowadays is by Epictetus; >"What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? >>I was practicing for this, >>I was training for this. " Thank you everyone and keep up the good fight.

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