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Inside the Industry Seminar

Synopsis by Tracy Weisert

Casting Director Tolley Casparis, our April 26th Industry guest speaker, is always up front and very candid.  At the beginning, when asked about the “right” or “wrong” way to audition, Tolley said, “Get [ting] rid of that paradigm. There is no right or wrong. This is a creative business. There is doing your best and doing less than your best.”

Over the years, I have always heard casting directors state that just by getting called in for an audition, we (actors) have won the lottery.  Tolley drove home this point very clearly and told us the importance of getting the most terrific headshot possible.  She then recited some staggering headshot submission figures. She was prepping two non-union Target commercials at the time and within 24 hours of the two breakdowns going out on LA Casting/Casting Networks electronically, Tolley had a total of 11,277 headshot submissions!  As an example, on one of the jobs, she had 5,361 submissions to fill only 132 audition slots. She told us “to do the math” and then said, "with those figures, I would not click on a link or go to other photos! That is why your primary headshot on Casting Networks has to pop!" Tolley added, “It’s not a matter of being good or bad, it’s about being appropriate.”


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Commercial Actors Should Never. . .
by L. Records

A multi part series for the not-so-established actor, hoping to improve their career.

How does the saying go? The devil is in the details… implying that the hard part of any task at hand is in the small details. When it comes to commercial casting, the simplest details can be a make or break in your chances of booking a job… but, the good news is: it is all easy stuff. So for the purpose of the topic today, I will still say the devil is in the details, but with the implication that even in the biggest audition, success could depend on the smallest (and simplest) components.

Commercial actors should never forget that the tiny details could make the difference between booking and not booking a job.

Folks, again I say, this is simple and easy stuff.


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Act Smart! Good Tools for a Great Career

by colleen wainwright | the communicatrix

This month: Tooting your own horn effectively (Part 2)

Last month, I talked about the basics of what we’re calling “branding”—or what I like to call “How you put yourself out there to the world in a consistent and compelling fashion.” Said basics include such frequently overlooked items such as your headshot, your outgoing voicemail messages, your “verbal business card” and your bio (or, as I’ve strongly suggested, your wardrobe of bios: one for every occasion!)

This month, I intended to launch into the many places you could start proliferating on the web, but as I thought about it, I realized that again, we should start with the basics. So in this column, I’m going to run down what I feel are the most important places to be on the web, and how your stuff should look there.


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By Joher Coleman

coleman_online will be returning next month.


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Ask Megan

by Megan Foley

My 11 yr old daughter is semi-new to the industry...

...she already has three [SAG talent] vouchers (I guess I didn't pay much attention to them before) and then something about how she has 30 days to join or she can't work anymore union jobs!?

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Click here dearies.

...I am writing on behalf of my daughter, who is relatively new to acting, but has wanted to do it her whole life.

I still live back home, so she is out there all by herself. She is only 22.

The other day she mentioned she had an audition in a hotel room. This bothered me and I told her so. I have never heard of such a thing. She said this wasn’t the first time she had done that, and that she is very good at taking care of herself.

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