Using the past to grow as an actor

Using the past to grow as an actor is one of the smartest things you can do to launch your acting career. You discover how to become a better actor. A List Mentor Lera has plenty of good tips, even ways you can become a better actor at home. Knowing the parts you can play is one of the major challenges you encounter when starting an acting career. Many actors struggle for years, submitting their headshots for roles and hoping to hear a callback. If they’re lucky, they may get a role once in a while, but they don’t regularly land the lead parts.  Instead of landing role after role, their acting careers are made of occasional gigs. It feels like there is an insider group of actors who get…

What if you don’t like how you look in headshots?

What if you don’t like how you look in headshots? What can you do about it? It’s a challenge you want to know how to overcome. Your headshots represent you to the casting agencies. If you don’t feel good about them, casting directors will know just by the way you look in your photos. It sounds crazy but it’s true. You are going to pay some money for decent headshots. They typically cost an average of $600. You have to retake your headshots every six months to a year, or whenever you alter your looks. In an average year, you will easily spend $1200 just on photos. It’s a good deal of coin to spend on something you aren’t happy with. You want every advantage for getting the part you…

Tips On Monologues

A-List mentor Lera loves to spill her tips on monologues. She is originally from Siberia and today lives her film industry dream. She knows what challenging times are. Her tips work for men and women of all ages because she’s learned from experience. Many actors go through tough times to make it in film. The solution through tough times is to listen to people like Lera who have been through it. Be smart. Speed up your acting career by listening to Lera. She already knows about many reasons why people struggle. Right now is a great time to practice monologues. You can improve your acting skills while at home. You can work on your self-tape. Spend some time to research plays. Pulitzer Prize winning plays are a great choice. Train…

Research Photographers

Your headshot represents you as an actor, so you must research photographers. Everyone claims they can take good headshots, but not everyone can. The film industry is a fast-paced business. Casting will only look at your headshots for a few seconds before deciding about you. You want to stand out to casting directors. A professional headshot will get you noticed. This means you need to be ready to pay money. A-List mentor Lera paid $1200 for her most recent headshots. She could have paid less money for headshot. She considers her headshot photo to be an investment, and so should you. Lera does her research to find her photographers. She fell in love with Sam Rockwell’s headshot. She felt the investment was worthwhile to hire the same photographer. Lera spends…

Crazy Confidence Calls

It might seem a little strange for the A-List Work Study Program to spend time on crazy confidence calls. Is it crazy though, or is it brilliant? Maybe it’s crazy and brilliant at the same time. The ending will tell, and we won’t give it away. But it will be GOOD! Come see! Emmy Award winner Janet Urban has given us a rare opportunity to glimpse the confidence work she’s done with countless successful film professionals. This is your chance to listen to the best, the secrets top industry professionals know when it comes to confidence. All those Hollywood stars, multi-millionaire producers, award-winning directors, and everyone else makes Hollywood the most coveted place to work on the planet. The film industry can be intimidating to you if you don’t know…

Working With Rude Producers And Directors In Film

There are going to just be some of those days when new production assistants are working with rude producers and directors in film. Rude professionals can come off as arrogant and egotistical. Production assistants who learn to be sensitive to the pressures of a film set can win over the toughest people. People starting out in the film industry are often afraid of how they will look to others on set. So many concerns run through their minds. It can be anything from worrying if they are doing their job right to hoping people simply like them. Then they run into producers or directors who seem rude, arrogant, egotistical, mean, short tempered – fill in the blank with any bad personality trait. Then the new production assistant does something they…

How To Get Professionals To Respond

You want to work in the film industry badly. You send them e-mails without getting any response. If you do get a response, it leads nowhere. You send out e-mails until it seems like the film industry is completely closed to new people. This is totally, absolutely, not true. People are breaking into the film industry all of the time. There are a lot of people sending out e-mails, only to get no response. The inboxes of professionals are full of e-mails from people like you. If you send a bad e-mail, you can get blacklisted. You don’t want that to happen. Getting on the blacklist means you won’t work at all. You might not ever find out that you were blacklisted. You have to wonder, then, what the successful…

How to Overcome Shyness & Dominate In the Film Industry

You can overcome shyness and dominate in the film industry. The film industry is full of top professionals who face the same fears that you do. The only difference between them and you is that they learn techniques to work through their shyness in order to make it. The film industry greatly rewards go-getter people, those who are willing to pursue their dreams with confidence. You want to put forward a self-assured and confident personality. You need to network with people to succeed. If you are a shy person, though, you wonder if you can make it in film. The worst part about it is that you can feel like you’re the only one who is shy, but you aren’t. That’s the funny thing about the film industry. It’s full…

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. Many actors miss the most important aspect in their…

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…