Good Headshots For Acting And Commercials – Where To Find Your Inspiration

You want to take good headshots for acting and commercials and know where to find your inspiration. If you are making DIY acting headshots, even shooting your headshots on your iPhone, it’s important to get the look right for submission to casting. Your headshot is your representation when you are just coming into the industry and no one knows you. A-List mentor Lera gives us some quick tips on good headshot taking. Some advice in the film industry can be simple and easy to follow. Lera tells us to Google performers who inspire you. Look at their headshots for inspiration. Not all important advice, though, is as intuitive as Googling your favorite performer to find the right look for your headshot. That’s where the A-List Work Study Program supports you….

Why is it so hard to believe I can have a career in film? How To Stop Self Sabotage Behavior

Many people wonder why it is so hard to believe they can have a career in film, but it’s important to stop self-sabotage behavior. Destructive thinking like this stems from a lack of understanding about how the film industry actually works, combined with learned behaviors. The film industry is growing at an extraordinary rate. There is work happening everywhere, all of the time. It’s possible for you to have a career in film. The process should be an enjoyable one, but many people starting out compare themselves to other people further along. It seems other people are able to succeed and are better off. Then doubt sets in and they sabotage themselves. They wonder if they can succeed in the film industry themselves. The people around you, even those who…

Discovering Who You Are And Getting Into Film

Becoming an actress is all about discovering who you are and getting into film. A-List mentor Lera emphasizes that in order to become a great actress, it’s crucial to know who you are. Her acting coach is Giles Foreman, the same instructor who taught Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, and Emilia Clarke. Knowing who you are guarantees you will be authentic in your performance. There are a lot of people who will try to tell you who you are, people who don’t know any better. Lera says when you are starting out, your compass might be a little bit shaky. You might be inclined to listen to anyone for direction, thinking they know better, but they can derail you. Authenticity for an actress is crucial for success. It’s just one of…

Why do you want to be an actor?

Do you know the answer to this question, ‘Why do you want to be an actor?’ Maybe you do, and maybe you don’t, but it is a question anyone aspiring to act thinks about. A-list mentor Lera is an industry insider and an A-List mentor. Her secret on how to become an actress begins with answering the why. If you want to know what to do if you want to be an actor, start with the why. The why is your reason, the how is your toolbox. In her interview with Janet Urban, Lera gives us her why. As you watch the video, you might discover your reasons for wanting to act are similar to Lera’s. Whether they are or not, it’s good to ask yourself what is important to…

Casting questions and answers | Have answers ready for the Casting Director

As a TV performer, you have to be ready for casting questions and answers, so have your answers ready for the casting director. You’ll be getting the interview and you need to be ready with your best answers. The number one question on the minds of casting directors, managers, and agents are always about what TV shows can cast you and why. It’s a tough question that stumps a lot of performers, but it is one you are going to have to answer if you want to look professional. Consider, also, for yourself. Your time is valuable and you want to target the people who are most likely to hire you. You will save yourself a lot of time by targeting auditions for roles you know you have a good…

The One Thing You Need To Do Before Recording A Self-Tape – How To Research

Learn the one thing you need to do before recording a self tape – how to research! Ania speaks directly from an A-list training, a snippet that let’s us begin to understand the thinking and knowledge of top film professionals! This training focused on commercials, where we find some of the biggest money. When making a self-tape audition, Ania teaches us about using an iPhone, the tricky details of setting up lighting, the art of self-tape audition kits, and the crucially important backdrop. Ania stresses never to send the first take. There’s a saying that filmmaking is retaking! Just like on a real film set where the director makes many takes to get exactly the right shot, we should make several takes before submitting our own self-tape audition. Thinking like…

Self Tape Tips and Advice – Write Your Name on Your Self Tape

Ania shares some self-tape tips and advice – write your name on your self-tape and more. These are tape tips great for self-tapes made by actors. It’s easy to do, even on an iPhone! Ania provides a snapshot of the training in the A-List work study program. Film is the most exciting industry to work in, and it requires great attention to detail. Listen to Ania, who is successful. There are plenty of small things that can go awry and quash progress. The A-List method gets into the nooks and crannies, that nitty gritty where aspiring talent trying to triumph trip over tiny technicalities. Get over that fear of small errors. Attention to detail propels careers. It’s just one aspect of something called Get It Factor! Get It Factor is…

AJ’s Review

Oprah Vision Tour 2020

You’ve been dreaming of working in the film industry, so take fifteen minutes and watch AJ’s review. AJ credits his success in the industry to the A-List program and talks of the impact Friends In Film has had for him. Just ask AJ if all of this is legit. AJ recently wrapped Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour! AJ dreamed of working in the film industry just like you. Before the A-List program, he lived the ordinary life. He worked 9-5, paycheck to paycheck. A life like that didn’t leave him feeling fulfilled, and life certainly wasn’t a lot of fun. He lived like most people, which is the way you live it now. He tried a lot of different things to get into the film industry. Nothing…

Want to work for Netflix as an Actor? Here’s what I know…

Do you want to work for Netflix as an actor? There are many ways to work for scripted TV. With the A-List Work Study Program, you can learn how to work for Netflix from home, or how to work for Netflix as an actor. For all those binge watching fans dreaming of breaking into scripted TV, here’s what I know from my years of experience working in Hollywood. There is plenty of opportunity to work for scripted TV today. With more than fifty networks working on scripted projects and productions like Netflix, Disney, Hulu, and Amazon (just to name a few), production companies are constantly looking to hire new people. The industry is growing fast and will only grow faster in the future. Great opportunity does not mean those jobs…

Your Current Job Will Get you into the Film Industry!

Here are three reasons why your current job will get you into the film industry. Yes, you already have certain skills that will help you get there! Someone recently asked me whether their current job can help them break into film. The regular work-a-day world and the world of film seem so different one might think they happen on different planets. It’s true that the film industry is unique. It’s one of the reasons I love it so much! In certain key ways, the film industry is down to Earth. Most people aren’t doing the kind of work they would like to be doing. This creates ‘negative drive’, the motivation to get out of the situation one is in. Even if you are lucky enough to be satisfied or even…