Learn more by reading Bonnie’s article HERE.
- Be prepared
- Come in with a character choice
- Be on time
- The casting directors are not the enemy!
For an in-depth look at this survival guide, be sure to read the full article on Back Stage.
Jordana shares great advice on the importance of “playing along” in this industry and thereby land those acting gigs! Read the full article on Back Stage.
Have a crazy audition story to share? Thoughts? Comments? We’d love to hear from ya!
In her article, Mara discusses the importance of being open to new ideas and discoveries, learning from others, and building techniques in order to help grow your own “natural” talent. Check out her words of wisdom by reading her article on VoiceOverXtra.com.
What are your thoughts on “natural” vs. acquired talent? Can a creative professional rely simply on what they’ve been born with (ie – their voice, looks, physique)? What discoveries and new techniques have you learned that have boosted your career? We want to hear your thoughts!
By Leslie Becker
Author of The Organized Actor®
We’ve all been there. We have all sat in that dead space between acting gigs, wondering when the next one will come along. In that space many things begin to appear…doubt, frustration and the inevitable fear of “what if I never get another acting gig?” But, contrary to popular belief, the moments between gigs can be the most important times in your journey as an actor. You will learn more about yourself in between gigs than you ever will while during one. And truth be told, there will always be another acting gig. It might not come exactly when you want it to, but another one will appear when you least expect it. But in the meantime, here are some creative ways to make the most of your time in between gigs.
1. Get back into class. Actors tend to NOT study when they are not employed because of the cost. But, when you’re not employed that’s the most important time to be in class. It keeps you in the game and keeps you working in front of others and stretching yourself as an artist. Why not take that on-camera class or improv class you’ve been talking about forever? It will keep you fine-tuned and confident with your skills, and undoubtedly will make you a stronger actor.
2. Overhaul your audition material. Whether you’re using monologues or songs for your auditions, take the down time to overhaul your book. Find a great coach who can help you assess what material really represents you NOW. There’s nothing worse than a tired old monologue that you’re bored with. Spend a couple of hours a day in the library researching new material. By the time that next audition comes around you might have found your “perfect” audition song.
3. Create an accountability team. Gather a group of your most uplifting, success-driven actor friends and form a support team where you all hold each other accountable to the goals you want to achieve. This can be one you form yourself, or an established one with a professional facilitator (check out www.OrganizedActor.com/actionteams.htl. There’s no better motivator than having 4-8 of your friends checking in on you and encouraging you to do what you say you are going to do.
4. Create your own project. When you’re in between gigs, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to be the creative artist you are by building your own project. This could be a solo concert, an evening of one-acts with friends, a series of YouTube videos, a one-person play or simply singing at open mics 2-3 times a week. There’s no reason you can’t be performing just because you’re not in a “show.” Who knows, your little project could grow to be something ever bigger down the road.
5. Start a business. Is there something you are better at than anyone else? Do you have a skill that others are always complimenting you on? Why not turn that special gift into a moneymaking opportunity. Take some time to investigate what it takes to start that kind of business. Sometimes focusing your efforts elsewhere can lift the fears of not having an acting gig. Not only will your confidence grow, but so will your pocket book!
Every actor has felt the scary pangs of not having an acting gig lined up. But utilizing your time wisely with one of these activities, or one of your own creative ideas will keep you in a good space for when the next acting gig shows its beautiful face!
John Henry’s List of The Seven Deadly Singing Sins:
- 1) Studying Opera to Sing Other Styles
- 2) Trying to Sing from the Diaphragm
- 3) Going for Power Too Soon
- 4) Trying to Place the Voice
- 5) Dropping Keys to Avoid High Notes
- 6) Letting Style Be a Collection of Weaknesses
- 7) Not Studying with a Teacher
If you’re a singer looking for some great advice, check out this article on Back Stage. Read it HERE!
Have you fallen for these deadly singing traps? Do you have any advice for other singers? Please share!
- How long should my demo be?
- What type of demo should I make?
- Where do I get demo scripts?
- Can I use copyrighted materials?
- What really goes on a demo?
- Who should record my demo?
- What format should my demo be?
- How many copies of my demo should I get?
- What artwork should go on my demo?
- When should I update my demo?
For answers to all these questions, Check out the article!
June 1st is still a little ways away, but it’s never to early to start planning how you’d like to promote audiobooks. I think I’ll be making a trip to the New York Public Library to check out a few. It’s an art form, and I greatly admire the narrators!
1. Submit your site to Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Links:
2. You can also submit your site to dmoz, an open directory project that links to Google’s directory. Apparently, when you submit your site to dmoz, it will be checked by “real human beings”. That’s a plus. Although, as Andy says, “human beings” tend to “take their time”.
3. A sitemap gives search engines a list of your website’s contents. Andy suggests going to www.xml-sitemaps.com if you need help generating a site map for your site.
4. Content is king! Make sure the text in your website is relevant to what potential customers/clients may be searching for when they type into a search engine.
5. Keywords are hidden within the code of your website and should cover the search terms that visitors may use. At ArtistUpgrade, we use keywords (and meta tags, described in step 8.) on every one of our sites to optimize search results. Ironically, though, google doesn’t take any account of keywords. But other search engines do!
6. Photos can help search engines if you’re smart with naming them. Titling a picture “joe-smith-headshot.jpg”, for example, will help, whereas “myfavpic1.jpg” will not.
7. Links from other sites to yours can boost your rankings, so get involved with forums, social media, and the like, and link back to your site.
8. Meta tags, as Andy explains, “are optional HTML coding elements that provide information about a Web page.” Meta tags should succinctly describe the contents of your website, and each page description should be different. ArtistUpgrade always uses relevant and informational meta tags on all our websites.
9. Use relevant headings on your website – they are “essential reading for search-engine robots”. If they feature your site’s keywords, even better.
There ya go! Free ways to make your website search-engine optimized. Of course, this doesn’t mean that your name will be at the top of the list when someone types in “Awesome LA actress” in the Google search bar, but it will certainly raise your website’s profile in the infinitely large cyber-space.
Entries are due by Friday, March 11. Check out the Article on Back Stage for more information.