Oprah and Tyler won't answer the phone!
Hi Tanesa Kassa: it's a common problem. I'd say hiring a very powerful publicist and a powerful bi-coastal manager & agent would be the first step. Then book or create a high-visibilty film/TV project with a couple of names. And your team will put together a press junket for you and get those two to pay attention (find out who Tyler & Oprah' Film publicists are and hire them...i used that strategy when I was producing Blue Caprice and it was super helpful raising money and opening the film at Sundance & New Directors/New Films. It's not nearly as difficult as it sounds...good luck, this stuff is totally w/in reach...
That sounds wonderful!
Hi April..my biggest frustration is that I been in so many stage play's that when I do get a small speaking role in a film..I'm not happy with my performance..I was told in the past that stage acting & film is all together different...need help separating the two.
Hi Denise Neicy Gibson: Yes, acting for the camera in a small audition room is very different. It requires absolute stillness and instead of "acting", just think the action and the camera will pick up that thought process as behavior and your subconscious intention. You also have to be memorized by rote...learn all the lines in a scene so that you could just recite the entire scene w/out acting like one monologue in 30 seconds or less. If you can't, you're not really off book. This is the single biggest problem I see in actors who coach with me...They are not really off book and the camera picks that up as you trying to remember a line instead of action. The most popular shows now, have text is lighting fast (House of Cards, Scandal, etc). It's almost no acting in the audition room, but rather spit the lines out at the speed of light and let the subconscious do the acting....Sounds complicated, but it's not. The single most important thing I did when I wanted to move into film was collect scenes from all the shows I wanted to be on and for one hour each week for 9 months, I worked with a coach, so that I wasn't learning how to act for the camera in an audition, but rather, I'd been practicing daily on reading screenplays, learning lines, and coaching weekly. I also stayed in town and stopped doing plays for a year. It worked. Within 3 months, the number of on camera auditions doubled because I was auditioning better. And within 6 months, I was being pinned for every single audition I went on (meaning being put on hold) and within 9 months, I was booking principals in movies and guest stars on primetime. Being pinned or put on hold means your audition has been sent to network in Los Angeles, the result is that now I audition for things being cast in NYC, but also cast in Los Angeles, because everytime I auditioned well, the network CD's saw that tape. That's all I got, Good Luck!
April when 2015 came in...I made up my mind to take a. break from the stage play's this yr & focus more on f filming & film auditions.. I want to be in movies. And thank you for your kind words & advice.
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Hola Plinio: give urself something new to work on before auds (listening/responding or putting ur full attention on the reader. Giving urself a different acting objective for each audition grounds u...
All people of African descent working in the business must have an 'Agenda'. I believe that Agenda should be to save our people through movies. Instead of waiting for others to discover' you,' find like minded people with the same Agenda and create the kind of films that will encourage our people to take responsibility for their lives. All this foolishness about becoming famous and being recognized by your Caucasian peers is a waste of time. We belong to a race of people who are disrespected world-wide. If one or two of us become famous it will never matter because they will still be members of a despised race. The condition of the majority of our people is in a very sad state. And we are the ONLY ones that can change it. Not the government or any well meaning wealthy Caucasians. We have to stop being selfish; and only being concerned about our own personal selves. When we start thinking about what we can do to help All of our people then, and only then, will The All-Mighty Creator help us to succeed in whatever occupation we are in.
Yes, Mujahid Amin Abdullah, we do need to make our own work, tell our stories and own them. That is what I do in my professional life and what I teach my clients. This class is a step towards that journey as I share the strategies I used to build a career as an actor/writer/producer. You can follow my work at: AprilYvetteThompson.com and SimonSaysEntertainment.com
The hurry up and wait game
No immediate gratification
No think like applause the best drug there is
Hi Keith Mottola: You can certainly leave the "hurry up and wait game" by plotting out a business strategy that keeps you working year round instead of just waiting for the next audition/booking, but rather creating a strategy that keeps you working for the life of your career. That's what the 3 part video series is about. Laying out a plan to find work for yourself, package it and sell your agent/manager a new way to sell you and show what you're good at. The other piece, is that you should always be looking for work for yourself. Even if it means you find a new writer (someone in a MFA writing program looking for solid credits) and option them to write a story for you or ask them if they've written something already with a role for you. Movie stars who stay employed (like Brangelina) have production companies constantly lining up projects for them. There's no reason why you can't do the same. I have 3 clients now who were stuck and we worked on finding them a project and producing short films with lead roles for them. They are all doing the festival circuit with those films. TV shows get cancelled, movies bomb at the box office, but if you have a plan for the life of your career, those things don't affect you. I've done it in my own career, and I know it works. Good luck!
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