Supply & Demand in the Film Industry | COVID Shutdown

Demand: Enough people to work three times the number of shoots that would normally be happening. Current Supply: The same number of people that were around before the COVID shutdown. What’s going to happen? First, there isn’t going to be enough people to fill top roles like department heads. This will cause a lot of people to be shifted up, vacating mid and low level positions like ACs, Wardrobe Assistants, and PAs. Coordinators and department heads are going to have to dive deep into their contacts to find people to fill all the spaces, and there are going to be more scheduling conflicts than we’ve ever seen as production companies compete for the same equipment, locations, and manpower. This is fantastic news both for complete newcomers as well as people…

Make every acting agent want to represent you | How to get an acting agent

If you’re an actor or aspiring actor and planning to make a career for yourself in a big market, you’ll eventually need to get an agent. In this video, Tamara talks about her experience with gaining representation as an actress, including some important potential pitfalls! In the acting world, networking and relationships are just as important as your acting skills. In the beginning, you’ll be getting acting experience on free shoots to get the necessary materials to make a reel and the credits to build a resume. You can then shop those to agents, agencies, and agent scouts to get represented. One way to get in front of agents and scouts is to be part of an acting showcase, where a group of actors perform scenes and monologues. If you…

What makes a good acting reel? Examples, monologue and demos

What clips belong in your demo reel? Here are some tips for aspiring actors! Of course, quality over quantity is the theme of today. You may be inclined to fill your reel with as many clips as possible to show that you have experience, but this will work against you. You don’t want your reel to be too long. Don’t dilute the best image of yourself with average clips. Use your best performances to show the strongest image of yourself as possible. On top of that, casting directors, like everyone in the film industry, are juggling a lot. They don’t have time to watch a five minute video looking for the clips they really want to see. Around one minute is best with three or four clips. They want to…

The Last Woman Standing | How Tamara Started Working On Mythbusters

The skills you’ve already developed throughout life will set you apart from other actors. You can actually cultivate a personality that connects you harmoniously with other people; you don’t have to be born that way :) Department heads will see that, as well as the directors and producers who fill acting roles, and remember you for it. That will lead to future work in both production and acting, because who wouldn’t want to be around someone who makes them feel great? By working in production, you’ll be music to the ears of film professionals who hire you. They want someone who understands everything happening on set, how the different departments interact, and what everyone needs. Tamara’s background in science and engineering made her the perfect addition to the MythBusters team,…

Study Your Audience, Get Your Content In Front Of Them & Make Waves

We all know that the world’s attention is on short form content. Let’s use this to our advantage as artists. Dream up the target person who’d love your content, music, videos, etc and ask yourself these important questions: Where are they? Where do they shop? Where do they eat? How do they consume content? YouTube? TikTok? Twitch? Instagram? What kind of videos do they search for and end up watching? Do they read Blogs? What kinds? Make a TikTok video at their favorite restaurants. Record a song about the clothes they wear. Write a blog about what they do for fun. Are you evolving and adapting alongside your audience? Follow your audience and tap into their world in every way possible. Social media networks are a game changer for the…

Your Online Following Can Sell You— Use It

Lady Gaga’s product was focused and undeniable. She had an impressive digital footprint and her live show was one you had to tell everyone about. Her performance forced her audience to pay attention, and people couldn’t help but tell everyone about her. No wonder she’s a mega star now. She did the leg work playing in small NY pubs and perfecting her craft, using word of mouth to get her brand in people’s heads. If you spend all your time and energy building the following but deliver a forgettable performance you will end up damaging your brand. You must have both the skill in your craft as well as the network and/or following to be successful in the entertainment industry. In the film industry you have to build a network…

Effortlessly Get Work on a Filmset

Tamara was hired as an extra for $600 to walk in the background of a commercial. To get the job, all she did was make another connection like she’d done a million times before, chat with them a bit on a shoot, and shortly after had an opportunity for a fun, easy job with great pay dropped at her feet. The same thing will be happening to you, too, with just a bit of effort on your part. We know that success in the entertainment industry is all about making connections, so how exactly is that done? Well, there’s quite a bit to it, but the basis of it is this: become magnetic. Be thoughtful and giving, put everything you have into each job and people will love you for…

The Impact Of Negative Energy On Those Around You When Networking In The Film Industry

We all need to work to control negative energy that comes up on set or in our personal lives. Either consciously or unconsciously, people pick up on how you feel. Regardless of whether or not you feel your frustration is justified, getting upset with others will only breed more negative energy. This can hurt networking opportunities and if it happens too often could actually put your career in jeopardy. You want to get into film? It doesn’t matter what department you’re working in or trying to get into— if you want to be successful, focus on staying in a good state of mind and be helpful on set. Be the person you would love to work with. Be the person you would love to be around. Become the best version…

Networking and Film Industry Relationships

In this video, Staci gives some examples of how a solid network has benefited her and her friends on set. Staci has worked on numerous TV shows including Madam Secretary, Mr. Robot, High Maintenance, and Broad City. They are always working to make new connections and maintain strong friendships with film professionals working in NYC. Having these relationships has helped them create a prolific career in just one year. How do you ensure you have a steady workflow as a freelancer? From the day you are on your first set, you’ll be meeting people, exchanging info with them, and starting to make friends. As you get on more and more sets, this web of connections will grow and your friendships will deepen. You can reach out to this network to…

How Covid 19 is changing the future of the film industry

Everyone in film is closely watching how COVID-19 is changing the future of the industry. One thing’s for sure: it’s a good time to start a career in film. Although we’re seeing some changes in the way we do things on set, like wearing PPE, there’s a surge of production on the horizon and we’re seeing signs that it might be closer than people think. For a while, production had almost completely halted. Union work was stopped entirely. But most of those shoots were delayed, not cancelled, and they are looking to start up as soon as possible. Combine those with the shoots that were already planned for the fall, and with content being written right now, and we’re looking at a lot of shoots battling for the same resources…