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Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Top 25 Casting Directors You Should Know

  • When auditioning every actor should read this article. By Anthony Meindl

     

    Anthony Meinl is a gifted teacher and offers some great advice for working actors. Read his latest post below. Break a leg out there and don't forget we have the best quality 8x10 headshot resume paper.

    "Playing. That’s the thing. What happened to that? Since the beginning of time, that’s the real reason to be an actor. When did we lose this sense of play? Isn’t that why you signed up for that Acting 101 class in college? It wasn’t just to discover that there were lots of kids just like yourself. You enrolled because it simply looked fun. What happened along the way? When did acting—and auditioning—and the pursuit of a life in the arts become a big fat dramatic tragedy? Well we’re a tad obsessed with drama. (Turn on any episode of “The Bachelor,” and you’ll understand. It’s a cultural epidemic!) But somewhere along the line, we confused something that is purely an expression of joy and wild abandon for something that is painful and hard and full of suffering. Watch kids play. They play. They commit. They say yes. They do it their way. They believe in their world 100 percent without having to do sense memory to get there. That’s because it’s all there—even at such a young age. It’s there for us too. Always. Regardless of our age. Just because we’ve gotten older or been rejected or become a tad jaded or have shut our heart to possibility doesn’t mean that the authentic child-like spirit of who we are isn’t still alive within us. It is. And the work (called a “play”) wants to extract it. It wants to wring it out of you and leave it all dripping on the stage floor or the film set. But we get triggered in perceptions (“How do I look?”) and doing things right (“How does this look?”) and having to be good (“How do you think I look?”) and measuring up (“How do I look compared to him?”). You don’t have anything to prove. You just have to give yourself permission. Like kids do. Permission to play is what provides possibility for us. Give up the “too cool for school” card and be vulnerable. Give up the cynicism for laughter. Give up the embarrassment for going all in. Give up the jadedness for being open. Give up the textbooks and doing it “right” and being perfect for the messiness of being alive and imperfect and creating your own how-to manual. When you do, not only will you have fun, but you’ll also realize that’s really the only reason you ever wanted to do it in the first place. To play."

  • 10 Headshot Photographers

  • 10 Places in LA to take an acting class

  • Audition Tidbits

    It doesn't matter if you have a feature film audition with ( I will now name the top 25 casting directors you should know about.) Kerry Barden,Victoria Burrows and Scot Boland, Ellen Chenoweth, Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller, Kimberly Hope, Lynn Kressel, Suzanne Ryan, Jonathan Strauss, Sheila Jaffe, Allison Jones, Avy Kaufman,Ellen Lewis,Junie Lowry-Johnson, Amanda Mackey Johnson and Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, Francine Maisler, Mindy Marin, Jeanne McCarthy, John Papsidera, Juliet Taylor, Bernard Telsey, Julie Tucker, Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, and Carol Kritzer, Nikki Valko and Ken Miller,Mary Vernieu, April Webster, Gary Zuckerbrod. It doesn't matter if you have a Disney audition get the sides first, either before or at the audition. Remember to be prepared, give yourself plenty of time to get to your location and always play, that is what you are there for. Do your best to not take yourself so seriously or look at it as competition. Take your paper work seriously, make sure your 8x10 headshot looks like you and your 8x10 resume paper is professional.  Use our 8x10 headshot resume paper to be sure you have the perfect fit. Smile and shake hands if they offer and make sure your hands are dry. Breath and take in the moment and get to work.

    "Look at the people, feel the vibe, and say to yourself", “OK, this is my stage today, and it’s just fine.” - Craig Wallace

  • More to those Disney Auditions Parents

    A parent asked: What is ActorPaper? How can it save me time? Do you mean you sell pre-cut 8x10 paper for actors resumes? I don't have to cut paper anymore?

    I said: Yes that is what we sell.

    She hugged me and pulled out pair of scissors from her purse because she was running late. She showed me how she cut her kids resume. I handed her a free assortment sample packet of our 8x10 resume paper.

    Parents of child actors should first and foremost know how you found this page, we provide the greatest paper for your 8x10 acting resume.  Some of you may be scratching your head over all that is coming at you with pictures, resumes, 8x10, acting resume, size etc. and now your going to be taking your children to auditions too. Hopefully I can help clear up a few things and simply this whole thing for you.. Industry standard is your Headshot and resume bring it every where you go as an actor, it is composed of one 8x10 picture along with a 8x10 resume of the actors work (free sample 8x10 actor resume format is posted on our website) and only two staples. Put your 8x10 resume on the back of your head shot and staple it to the top and the bottom of your headshot. Only using two staples top center and bottom center. Any thing else is not gonna work. No printing on the back of your picture. There is a reason the industry calls for only two staples to put together/hold together your headshot and resume. The neat thing is we have taken the chore and valuable time out of this pain in the neck of cutting paper. We sell industry standard pre-cut 8x10 resume paper in a wide variety of paper and colors. Save time and money for sure we ship it right to your door and our prices start at 4.99 for sheets plus shipping. Email us for a coupon code. Happy to give you one.

    What does my kid wear?

    Remember, you have to look what they (client, ad agency etc.) are spending that's a no brainer, for tops no plaid or stripes or logo, solid colors avoid whites and blacks alone, mix those with layers. For example, a black under shirt,  red family button down shirt and then a grey hoodie for nice commercial look.  ActorPaper doesn't only offer products and sell things, we actually enjoy having a conversation with you about this beautiful beast of business we call acting, the craft.  Getting started in world of theatre, TV, film, commercials, voice overs is great adventure so take your seat belts off.

    Here is some great advice from Bryan Cranston star of Breaking Bad:

    "The best advice for fellow actors is this, know what your job is, about 18 years ago I had this cognition that I realized I was going into auditions trying to get a job.  And that simply wasn't what I was doing. It wasn't what I am supposed to be doing.  An actor is supposed to create a compelling interesting character that serves the text, present it in the environment where the audition happens and then you walk away that's it. Everything else is out of your control so don't think of it or focus on that, your not going there to get a job.  You're going there to present what you do, you act, there it is, then walk away, there is power in that. There is confidence in that. And its also saying, I can only do so much, then the decision on who might get a job is so out of your control, that really when you analyze it, it makes no sense to hold on to that, that to me was a break through. Once I adapted that philosophy, I never looked back.  And I've never been busier in my life, once I grabbed on to that. That's it. " B.C.
    Break A leg out there.
    MP

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