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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • ActorPaper on Disney auditions

    Remember Disney is one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, constantly casting for talented actors who have their act together; from theme parks, resorts and cruise ships; my advice would be, "Make sure your ready". So you got an audition for Disney?  Your child has an audition for Disney. That is great. Now what? Make sure you have the proper headshot and resume first and foremost. Cold reading for casting director? No problem, get a clear idea of the needs in the scene. If you are unsure of what they are, pick something definite out of the possibilities you see. You can't read well if your are uncertain about any part of the script or commercial audition copy; make a specific choice and believe in it. Work from yourself, the best thing you can do is give them yourself. Wear the right cloths, solids and no logos, stay away from strips. Brush your teeth and don't shake hands unless they're dry, (wipe your hand on your jeans if you have to).  Listen and be in the moment, moment to moment and have fun it exciting.

    Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's advice to young actors, "Don't take it so hard. Be easy on yourself. Relax".

    I think that works. So break leg!

  • Where do I start to act?

    We get actors of all ages and at all stages of their careers asking, "Where do I start to act?". That is a broad question. There are so many resources for actors. Pick up the trade papers, go on auditions, google it, meet other actors, cultivate and nurture relationships. Take an acting class, and improv class, you don't know where it will lead, but you have to take action. Actors act and that word isn't spelled like that out of coincidence. Some times things in life have nothing to do with acting but they everything to do with it. Moment by moment. The greater the number of things that you're aware of and available to, the richer your talent. Take it in and be curious for a change.

    This is a Business

    If guided carefully, a young performer’s acting career can give them a head start on their adult lives, help them develop leadership skills, teamwork skills, self-confidence and the ability to earn income.

    We call this industry “show–business” for a good reason—it is a business. You should treat it as such. Have your materials correct, have an 8x10 headshot that looks like you and a 8x10 resume stapled to the back of your head shot. Do not glue it to the back, do not print your resume on the back of your headshot. That being said, it should also be fun. If for any reason, it is not fun and educational for you, get out. If your goal is to make a lot of money and get really famous, really quickly, your hopes will probably never be recognized. You should be in this business only if you are truly dedicated, have plenty of stamina, and a passion for the craft of acting.

  • Action: take one, Actor Paper

    “All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” - Niccolo Machiavelli

    Weather you are just starting your path as an actor of have been on the road for while, welcome to ActorPaper. This is a resource for acting, acting career tips and much more. Avoid acting industry and/or showbiz industry pitfalls. This is Actor Paper's ongoing community board of helpful tips. Welcome!

    Starving artist, I never want to hear that word, I mention it here to help guide you. You are not starving, you are all that is, all that was and all that ever can be. Start there and let the rest fall to the side. When you hear that (starving artist), know its a trap. It could be your close friend, family member, teacher who's babbling something they heard. It's not true.

    It's the same as a bad director or a bad casting director(CD). They will say things like, "Don't do such and such". Be careful because that is like saying don't think of a yellow elephant. You will do what they don't want you to do because you are suggestible, you are an actor, that is your job. To live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. So when you hear that type of communication (don't) coming from a CD or director, just process it, take a breath, take the room, its yours, take another breath and do you best to understand they are unknowingly doing that, they have the poor communication skills. Do your best to breath in that moment and translate what they would like you to do. Process the don't to what they would like and allow your self to be. Alway's suggest to yourself, what they would like. And when you make a choice make sure you are specific. That should help you out of that trap.

    Your head shot, an 8x10 picture and 8x10 resume paper to match gets stapled on the back of your picture with two staples, one on top and one on the bottom of your head shot. Staple them together and you now have your head shot and resume. You must do your homework and vette photographers, they work for you. ActorPaper is here, so pick the color and paper you like from our products page. I generally get my head shots taken every year and half. Why? It's simple, you must look like what they're spending. Casting Directors are hired by Ad Agencies representing clients like Pepsi, Coors,etc., who spend millions on TV ads every year. You get it? That's why its important to look consistent to your headshot and resume. Do not lie on your resume. Use good paper. Make an impression. And if your gonna shake hands with anyone, make sure it's dry. I always wait for them to offer their hand first.

    Break a Leg out there!



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