A Love Letter to my Fellow Artists - Part I
Thank you for all of the amazing questions. I coach artists in all the things I do because I had to learn the hard way about the different genres of on camera work, how to self-produce, raise money, how to survive as an actor in NYC temping and auditioning for Theatre/TV/Film. No one taught me these things.
I kept feeling like there was this secret, that a bunch of MFA's in the classes ahead of me knew that I didn't. I was taught to listen and respond, speech, history, movement. All these incredible things to make me a strong actor. I was stumbling blind in the business and all the things that my teachers were telling me were outdated because they had not worked in the industry for 30 years. Don't get me wrong, all that technique was invaluable, but I needed more contact with working professionals my last two years of school. To learn how to read an Equity or SAG contract, define my brand and teach it to my agents, so they could get me more auditions, what goes in a reel, press kit, website or how to interview a photographer or what makes a good head shot. No one was giving me instructions on how to choose material for showcase that would make me more commercial or even how to audition for August Wilson. The first time I was in front of a camera was 3 weeks before graduation of my 3 year program and that was a one day class. I bombed in my showcase and no one signed me. Defeat makes you creative which is when I started learning about the business of acting. #actors #actorslife
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April Yvette Thompson