SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
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IN THE PRESS AND ON THE RADIO
For those of you who may not know, I have written several books for producers and screenwriters. All of my books can be found on Amazon.com as well as on this blog. But the book of interest on today's talk show was my The Reality of Reality TV: Reality Show Business Plans. So, if you have a reality show idea and need help in writing a business plan or formatting your show, you will want to get a hold of this book. So, for a sneak peak, listen to the interview with me on Crossroads below.
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NEVER A DULL CONVERSATION ON THE AIR
And, so I don't leave screenwriters out, take a look at this book I wrote for you. It will take you on the journey of creating one pagers for your screenplay, film, or reality show.
JOHNNY ROCK ROCKS THE AIRWAVES
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I wasn't the only one in KSK membership that is in the news. Johnny Rock graced the air with the Warren Bub talk shop with Cole Blackwell on September 7, 2012. He spoke of many things include past, recent, and future projects. Listeners were also treated to Johnny's rendention of Wolfman Jack. Go Johnny. If you want to listen to the re-broadcast click on the following link below Johnny's picture. We are proud of you Johnny. And, thank you Johnny for plug for The Keystroke Killer.
TRACE SCHROEDER ON TALK RADIO
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WORKING IN HOLLYWOOD
by Dr. Melissa Caudle
That alone seems depressing doesn't it? Most of the actors held, at the minimum, one other job. Their were waitresses, DJ's, paramedics, valet attendants, nurses, secretaries, a casting associate, a small business owner, a television host, a poet, a doctor, a nurse, and so forth. This seems to be the rule, more than the exception. If this is true, how does an actor go from holding multiple jobs in a variety of entry level and professional level occupations, to become a working actor? I think I just might have a clue. It is all in what the aspiring actor is willing to learn, their persistence, and how much time they are willing to put into their aspiring career. Really.
I have had the honor of working with several A-List actors and actors who can claim the acting profession as their full-time and sole occupation. I"ll start with HBO's True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgaurd. I worked with him for five months on the Rod Lurie film Straw Dogs. Alex and I are on first name basis, and in fact, as a group, we have attended concerts together, dinners, and just hanging out. I had the opportunity to talk with Alex about how difficult it was to get into a television series and be well-known. I'll never forget one of the things he told me. "Just two-days before I was offered the role of Eric in True Blood, I was going back home to Sweden and giving up acting," he said. Can you imagine True Blood without Alex? I can't. But that was almost the case because Alex was on the verge of quitting acting and making reservations back to his home country of Sweden when he got the call.
I share Alex's story with you because, his isn't the only story I have heard with a similar sentiment. Billy Lush, Rhys Corio, Kate Bosworth, all shared the same type of stories. They too almost gave up. With this said, as an actor, if you truly are going to be an actor, go into this profession with persistence. Persistence in obtaining your career has to be forefront in your mind. Don't let others discourage you and don't ever give up on yourself. If you do, we more than likely won't ever see you on the big screen.
Along with persistence, comes marketing in yourself. There isn't anyone in the world that can market you better than yourself. Let me repeat this in a different way. Even if you have an agent or a manager, they can't market you like you can. In fact, they often divide their energy with several clients. You on the other hand, are only responsible for marketing yourself. Believing this is crucial in the acting profession. Why? I've seen it too many times where an actor doesn't get sent out by their agent for any auditions. And, what do they do? The bad mouth and complain about their agent not getting them any auditions or any work. Ask yourself, "Is this really my agent's fault or could I in someway be hampering my own career?" If you answer this question honestly, you just might discover that you could be doing something differently. For example, are your head shots reflective of you? Do they look like you? Are they glamour shots? Have they been photo-shopped so much that the head shot doesn't really represent you, your age, and even your own flaws that make you who you are and your individual uniqueness?
If this is the case, how can you really fault your agent? As a producer/casting director for my own projects, I can tell you that I am often very disappointed with actors when I meet them face-to-face because the don't look like their head shot. Some people have submitted head shots to me that were taken more than a decade ago. Why? I don't know that answer, but when an actor submits a head shot that doesn't look like themselves, it can and most often does, go against you. Avoid that at all costs. Seek out a photographer that can do head shots that look like you, don't ever submit some photo-shopped version of yourself. Again, this is your responsibility and not your agent or manager's role.
TAKE YOUR OWN INITIATIVE
Also, along in this category of working in Hollywood, you have to take your own initiative to submit yourself for roles. Again, don't simply rely on your agent. You are in this together, so you should work as a team. And, by all means, if you submit yourself for a role and receive an audition, notify your agent immediately. They need to know and not be kept in the dark. I can't tell you the number of times during the call backs for The Keystroke Killer, that I contacted an agent, and they didn't know which of their actors auditioned. That's not good. In fact, it might raise a red flag to your agent. Your agent is there to help you but they can't help you if you don't let them know what is going on.
Now back to submitting yourself for roles. I am a firm believer that a working actor works because they take their own initiative. The actor that stays informed works more. For example, although I don't have any scientific research on this, I have discovered that the actors who look for roles to audition work more than actors who only rely on their agents to submit them. With that said, do what is necessary to locate and find roles to audition.
FIND YOUR OWN WORK
Searching the Internet is by far one of the quickest and easiest ways to discover auditions in your area as well as in Hollywood, New York, and New Orleans - the three top film markets in the United States. Using key search words such as "Casting Calls," "Open Auditions," and "Currently Casting" will get you started. Also, become familiar with the key online job boards for actors that includes Actors Access, Billboard, LACASTING, ACTNOW, and more. Then, many independent film producers post on Craig's List. Also, go to acting social network sites and become involved with members.
A lot of information on who is auditioning and where auditions are being held are posted for the finding. Also, visit entertainment websites for television networks, television shows, and see where the links lead you. Another viable source is through your acting classes and film schools. And, don't forget to look in entertainment magazines and newspapers. Then, be sure to check out your areas film commission and state film commission's websites, as many producers will post auditions there.
I feel that it is important that I also address that an actor needs to be careful and make sure that all auditions are legitimate. Yes, there are scams out there. I go by, if it sounds to good to be true, then it probably isn't true. Watch out for auditions that make you PAY to audition. This should never happen. Also, watch out for auditions that require you to give your social security number or a credit card to hold a spot for you. No legitimate casting director needs this information. The only time they need your social security information is after your contracted to work for taxes or to contact SAG. I also would avoid auditions late at night in a hotel room. If I were you, don't go. And, never go to an audition if the casting director or producer promises and guarantees they'll make you a star. No one can promise that. So, use your discretion and discernment.
To sum this up, an actor must:
- Be persistent
- Be your own "marketer"
- Take Initiative
- Do your own homework and research where to find auditions.
- Use discernment
TRUTH ISN'T AS STRANGE AS FICTION
BY JACK CURENTON
Casting Director for A.D.A.M.
The Starz series Magic City, which stars Jeffery Dean Morgan and is set in a 1950s Miami casino, will begin filming its second season in Miami next week and they are in need of extras.
The show is specifically looking for a woman willing to portray a “very attractive” Asian prostitute (and willing to appear fully nude), real doctors and nurses, “stunning females” to act as Hispanic elevator girls in “tight or revealing clothing,” real waitresses and bartenders, age 18 to 30, any ethnicity, experienced period-car drivers familiar with on-the-column gearshift levers and double clutching, hotel guests, men and women 18 to 65, any ethnicity, current and former police officers, men, 18 to 55, Caucasian, and attractive natural women, “curvy but not overweight,” age 18 to 40.
Extras are guaranteed $108 a day whether they work or not. “They’re not going to get rich, but it might be something fun for them to do,” said Bill Marinella who is handling extras casting for the show.
If interested, email your info including your name, age, phone number, weight, height and clothing sizes to firstname.lastname@example.org, put the role sought in the subject line. Also attach three current, non-professional snapshots: waist up, head and shoulders, and full body.
ANOTHER A.D.A.M. PROJECT UPDATE
Last night my Skype chat room and office was filled with excitement as several KSK members came together for a first-time script read through A.D.A.M. It was an amazing experience for me as the screenwriter, to be able to hear the script read to me prior to me doing my re-writes. I loved this process as I will be using many of their suggestions. So, a very special thank you to the following actors for gracing me with their talents for this read through of A.D.A.M.
And, also to our wonderful associate producer Robby Cook Stroud.
Until next week,
Stay informed, stay connected, and stay on the elevator with me.