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Actor Workshop: November 12 & 13

Actor Workshop:  November 12 & 13

Chez Studios presents a two day adult workshop (18 and older) with Mark Saks.  Topics will include L.A. vs NY, Agents & Managers, Television as a business, Pictures & Resumes, What is Talent and can it be taught?, Training & Education, The Regional Market, What's on the air now, The casting director is not the enemy, and SAG & AFTRA, and Audition Technique & Cold Readings.

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Self Taping for Auditions

In today's world, in person auditions are becoming a thing of the past, at least for the first audition. Many casting directors request talent to self tape their audition and submit it to them electronically, usually through a casting website, so they can narrow down the choices for the directors and producers.

With technology ever evolving in the entertainment industry (i.e. special effects, sound, lighting, etc.), directors and producers expect so much more of talent when watching a self taped audition. Actors and actresses are expected to be somewhat tech savvy when it comes to self taping.  Having a bad tape can cause you to be overlooked and someone else, with less acting experience, to be chosen over you.

Babes 'N Beaus / BNB Talent has some advice and tips on how to present yourself the best way, technology wise, if you are taping your audition at home and help you land that role.

  • Good Lighting . . . not too bright or dark. Your character may be part of a family or playing a younger version of the lead role. Directors need to make sure that you resemble the other talent making up the family or the lead role.
  • Good Audio.  Make sure the volume isn't too low. The directors actually need to hear how you deliver your lines. On the other hand, you don't want the volume to be too loud. There's nothing like the directors having to turn down the volume because it sounds like you're screaming.
  • Use A Tripod. This should be self explanatory as it alleviates the camera, cell phone, etc. from moving around.
  • No Outside Noise.  This goes hand in hand with having good audio. Directors don't want to hear a phone ringing in the background, your dog barking, or someone in your family talking in the background.
  • Have a plain wall behind you. Curtains, pictures, or other items behind you can be distracting, especially if that something behind you is moving. YOU WANT ALL EYES ON YOU!
  • Using a cell phone to film your audition? Make sure you turn the phone sideways. Otherwise, your audition will be sideways.

How to Get Signed With A Talent Agency

We always get questions about how to get an agent.  There are various ways to go about this.  Whether you're submitting photos to an agency, attending an open call, or participating in an event where you meet agents,  you always need to begin by doing your research.  

Start your research by searching for agents in your area via online searches, the phone book, word of mouth, etc.  You should visit the agency's website.  Typically, they'll have a page on their website with instructions on how to be considered.  They may even have additional pages with more information.  By researching the agencies in your area, you'll also be able to see if they would be a good fit for you or your child.  You'll also be able to see if they are a reputable agency.  If their website doesn't answer all of your questions, give them a call.  You can also learn a lot about them by visiting their Facebook page if they have one.

When submitting photos to an agent, please follow their instructions on how to submit.  This is your first impression with the agency.  Most agencies want natural photos that are non-returnable, so don't send them your only copy.  One headshot and a couple of full length photos are best.  If you have naturally curly hair or straight hair, they need to see this in your photos.  The information you typically should include is full name, date of birth, clothing size, height, weight, and valid contact information.  If you're interested in pursuing a fashion career, you'll also need to provide your measurements.  If the agency is interested, they'll contact you.  To ensure they receive your photos, you may want to put tracking on the photos so you know if they were received or not.  Please don't contact them to see if they received your photos.

Whether you attend an open call or an event or submitting photos, neither way guarantees that you will actually attain an agent as each agent has different needs and are always looking for something different.  Additionally, all agents are looking for the "it" factor.