How to get a high level manager

How do you get a high level manager?    I get asked this all the time through email.    This question used to 'frustrate' me.    Cause the real answer is, you don't.   You get the agent, the manager, when you're ready for it.   And this is still true.    But when you get 'inside' the opportunity to get a meeting with a high level manager could come very fast.   This is the power of being 'inside.   This is what happened for Andrew.    You never know who will hook you up.   Anybody in the business can do it.  Andrew met an Oscar award winning Special Effects make up artist.   He won the OSCAR not 1 time, but 3 times. This guy is on…

Become a triple threat actor today

Crew member with "pipe dream" of becoming an actor?    no no no. If you have a pipe dream, you have a pipe dream.  You've already lost. If you are a go getter, you'll give yourself whatever experience and education you deem necessary to get there.   And you will!  

Acting tips – Are you good enough?

One of our members voiced a concern that many of us feel as we pursue our acting career.   He's hoping that he's 'good enough'.  Will they like my acting?    So Andrew made this video for anyone who wonders if they are good enough.   Here ya go!

How find casting calls in 2014?

How do you find casting calls in 2014?  Casting calls that matter?   the GOOD auditions.   One of our members asked this question and it's a good one.   Here's the answer:   Tell me you're enjoying my stuff, cause it's a lot of work.   Leave a comment so I know someone's listening!!!   And if you really like it, share this with your friends!

Sweet Corn Dreams…

Andrew and I are working on some new training for the mentorship program…  Working that hard takes some real brain cells.  So we had to give ourselves a break …

Audition no nos from a Casting Director

I have a good friend who is a Casting Director.   Here are some no nos and DOs that she recently shared with me.   1.  Don't apologize.   What I mean by that is, if you can't do something well, don't tell them that in the audition.  Example:  If you can't sing and they ask you to sing, don't say "Well, I can't sing very well, but here goes…"   Just sing, give it your best shot, because you don't know what they're looking for.   Heck, they don't often know what exactly they are looking for! 2.  Don't ask for a 2nd try… Let me explain further on this one.    Sometimes people will ask for a 2nd try, because they seem to think that if they linger…

Wanna go to Costa Rica?

So, I was on a shoot last week at the InyoKern airport, about 3 hours north of Los Angeles, near the Sierra Nevadas.  (beautiful) and I get this call, “Hey Janet, Chris ___ here.  (I didn’t know this guy), Hey we’ve got a shoot in Costa Rica, are you available from Saturday the 8th to Saturday the 18th?” I’m like “Let me check my schedule and get back to you!”  This shoot was only 2 days away!   So I rescheduled a little shoot that I was supposed to do, and called them back and said “I’m IN!”   We did a little negotiating back and forth on the rate, through email (because they were already in Costa Rica).   I gave them my passport number so they could make…

HOT set, in more ways than one

Whew!  What a great week!  The thing is you start off the week and know you have jobs, like this week I had 2 jobs.  One was a 3 day shoot and the other was a 1 day shoot.    The 3 day shoot was in Van Nuys, Beverly Hills, and downtown Los Angeles.   The Director was so frickin nice!    And so was his entire production team, Producer was a backpacking, kayaking cool woman, and the Production Manager was a smart, sassy, cute woman who is married to the 1st Assistant Director.    Who is a sweetheart too!    He was there to doing his thing, 1st ADing. I only have 1 picture from that shoot.   Which a PA took of me because he liked my necklace….

Film jobs Case Study: Lessons from the set

  OK, I had 2 shoots this last week.  One was an industrial for Bank of America.   The production company was out of Chicago, super nice guys.   And they had a good budget and paid people well.   AND they did a Starbucks run every afternoon and we ordered whatever we wanted.  Nice. Then, on Wednesday, I get a call from Andrew, VTR, telling me about the technical challenges of the shoot coming up on Friday and Saturday.   I got the first hint that Friday and Saturday weren't going to be so straightforward. So I ask the production team to email me the storyboards.   They emailed over the pre-production book right away.   I see some crazy shots and moving around and start to get into 'I better get to work on…