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Inside the Industry Seminar

Synopsis by Tracy Weisert

Our May 31st Industry Guest Seminar guest speaker was Emmy and Clio Award winning casting director, Stuart Stone. I particularly enjoyed Stuart’s honesty and humor. We were his inaugural audience for his new, recently completed visual PowerPoint presentation. There were a few clerical bugs to be worked out but the information was very valuable. The presentation also helped the packed room of attendees stay on task. Since Stuart does seminars nationwide, some of the information would greatly help new actors moving to Hollywood.

Stuart also gave out his revamped website address and sited the success of his recent (and third) PERFECT HEADSHOT DAY where a small group of actors consulted with a headshot photographer, stylist, manager and Stuart for input BEFORE the headshot session, then consulted afterward.


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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.

A couple of months ago, I addressed the topic of you, the actor, calling a casting office directly. In case you missed it, you can check the Archives. Or, if you don’t have the time or patience, the nutshell: Don't do it! Over the last couple of months, I have even more examples of the calls that seem to be increasingly coming in from actors, or more broadly stated: I have been noticing a simple breakdown of etiquette when visiting or calling a commercial casting office. I refuse to believe commercial actors have suddenly become malicious or are purposely sabotaging their reputations with a casting office. I believe it comes from the fact that this industry is constantly changing, and composed of tenacious actors, who don’t know what is currently appropriate and what isn't with all the changes.

Commercial actors should never forget etiquette when visiting/contacting a commercial casting office.


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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 3)

Way, way back in May, I sketched out the basics of what we’re calling “branding”—what I like to think of as uncovering your unique fabulosity and expressing it to the world. These are basic building blocks like, your headshot, outgoing voicemail messages, “verbal business card” and bio(s).

Last month, I covered the basic places you should have a presence online, and what kind of information you want to have up there: your acting website (must! must! must!) and actor submission site(s) like Please address these things before you move on to the horn-tooting tools in this month’s column! But you have, right? Right?!

Okay, on to the advanced class…


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Coleman_Online: Good-bye and Hello

By Joher Coleman

This month’s column is “Coleman_Online’s” third and final act on The Networker.

For me, it’s very bittersweet. Writing is a challenge; a solitary process that takes time and reworking. To be sure, it is a pleasure to behold once accomplished. But the process would be incomplete without the feedback I received from readers. During the past year and a half, your words have been deeply valued.

Looking back upon the pieces I have written for you, I recognize a belief that underlies all of them. My belief is that what truly enhances our work in creating fantasy is to be attentive and engaged in the real world around us. It’s a contrarian perspective. Some would argue that we need to learn how to “pretend” better. I respect this perspective and feel there is much more that we performers need; both personally and professionally. By examining what we feel, what we believe, and how we choose to live in the world, we are a fuller vessel. We, then, have more to pour into our characters, our relationships with those we work with, and how we relate to our own profession.


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Ask Megan

Megan Foley will return next month.


Meet Cher Van Amburg

Cher Van Amburg is a commercial agent with the prestigious Innovative Artists Agency.

by Patricia Tallman

"I always knew that I wanted to end up in some facet of the entertainment industry and wasn’t exactly sure what it would be. I hadn’t been exposed to what an agent or commercial agent did. I interned at Jeopardy and at CBS."

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I am an actor and I have been in LA for about 5 years. When I first got here, I started partying with people. Going out to clubs and drinking and partying all night. I even started to do drugs and I got really into them.

I was having a really good time, but I wasn’t really working as an actor too much. I had good friends. I thought. But then I started to get really more into the drinking and drugs and clubs and it got out of control.

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