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  • are "drop offs" worth it 09/21/2018  9:40pm

    has anyone ever been called in from just leaving their headshot/resume? is it basically just throwing a headshot away?

    interestingnamehere

    I have heard they are most useful when you have done the show(s) they are currently casting, have a specific special skill needed for this particular show, and/or are the EXACT type they have in mind for a role they need (right age, height, weight, race, training, voice type, etc) and its a harder to cast role they might not find through submissions or open auditions.

    I have a few friends who have gotten called in for things via drop off but they fit one of the above scenarios.

    musicalwarrior 09/21/2018  11:43pm

    I used to say don't bother, but literally just this week I was calling in from a drop off.

    mil7230 09/22/2018  6:41am
  • Glitter Talent Agency 09/21/2018  11:48pm

    Does anyone have any experience with this agency?

    sara1370
  • Party Worth Crashing Q 09/21/2018  3:06pm

    I asked on the thread on the main page but it might be better suited here.

    Here’s a link to the call: www.playbill.com

    So..what are we thinking about this? I submitted unsure if it was an actual Kerrigan-Lowdermilk production, but on further research it looks like they’re taking songs from their canon and making a new piece? Is that...legal? I know anyone can sing their published songs in a cabaret setting but this seems different. I mean, maybe they’ve gotten permission to do it. Who knows! Anyone have more info on this production or the company in general? Thanks!

    hermionegranger

    They’re a very new theatre company made up of 20’s somethings. Nice group. To my knowledge of them I do believe they have been in communication with the writers and are “workshopping” this song cycle type show.

    flux capacitor 09/21/2018  11:43pm
  • Hamilton Swing Work Session 09/21/2018  10:35pm

    Hey friends,

    Anyone have any insight on how a Hamilton Schuyler Sister work session goes? Do they really make you perform all 1,000 songs they sent you? Or do they focus on a few of each sister? Help a girl out! Thank you!

    IAmMe

    I had just a prescreen and they had me sing all 5 songs, so I'm sure they'd expect you to know everything they give you.

    nyc_etoile 09/21/2018  10:59pm
  • NAB - How to Work With Difficult People 09/21/2018  6:07pm

    I'm in the middle of a contract and guys, it's kinda hell. I mean, the two and a half hours on stage are incredible, fulfilling and everything I want them to be. But the other hours are just torture. Getting paid shit money has never been a big issue in the past because - in my expirience -it's what makes a cast bond together and rely on one another for mental and emotional support.

    But this one is different.

    For some reason, this cast is determined to fight with one another. Petty, rude and insistent on just creating and thriving in a negative environment.

    I've never been in a situation like this before. Usually there are one or two people that you have a conflicting personality and things just don't work. How do you all deal with a hostile environment when you can't escape from it? Mentally how do you survive. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

    2460noyoudidnt

    This is the worst kind of situation to be in.

    Fortunately, I stood up for myself one time, by calling someone out on their bullshit. I was then fired for it, because he was the company's baby. Don't really regret that.

    2nd time, I removed myself from the situation as best as I could. Would show up right at call, and leave almost immediately after, without saying anything to anyone except for my lines on-stage.

    Find other people outside of the production to befriend. If it is an out-of-town gig, go out on the town and make friends (tinder or grindr or bumble if you have to).
    Take yourself out to dinner, to the movies.

    AND ALWAYS REMEMBER- the next contract is guaranteed to be better.

    My most recent contract wasn't as bad as the ones mentioned above.

    Hang in there.

    Shall We Dance 09/21/2018  6:38pm
  • CHECK YOUR ACTOR'S ACCESS 09/19/2018  11:09am

    Just a reminder to make sure you're logging in frequently. Or you might find that you've missed a huge appointment. Just like I just did. It's a good thing that I'm dead inside, or this might really hurt.

    JCrewGinghamShirt

    Aw man, turn on your email notifications, it tells you when you have new CMAIL!

    Sorry this happened to you :(

    itwillbeme1day 09/19/2018  1:15pm

    Yes activate your email notifications!! Hey this means someone wanted you. Maybe try and message them and see if there's a chance for another audition. If not sure something else will come up. Sorry this happened tho!! Don't be dead inside lol

    Rosecat 09/20/2018  10:01pm

    Very sorry to hear that!
    Yes - reach out - can't hurt since they wanted to see you.
    Thanks for the advice to everyone.
    Also, sign up for their text notifications.

    soleil. 09/21/2018  4:08pm

    I reached out to the email in the breakdown immediately once I stopped staring at the screen and burning with rage. They haven't responded. And it was a casting office that I've been trying to build a relationship with for the past 2 years. Yeah. I don't know how I'm not a heavier drinker by now.

    JCrewGinghamShirt 09/21/2018  5:21pm
  • NAB: COMMERCIAL WORK 09/21/2018  1:40pm

    Hey All,
    This is for you commercial actors.

    I shot a non-union commercial in October of 2017. Standard session fee and guaranteed usage fee buy out contract.

    I was paid the session fee in February. Great! I still have not been paid for the usage, but other actors have.

    I have emailed my commercial agents Monday, and they haven't even responded to me.

    This isn't the first time they have dropped the ball on a commercial check.

    Is it silly to ask them? Do you guys know How long does it normally take to get paid? Don't they want to get paid as well??

    bluejollyrancher

    60 days at maximum. Who is your agent? That seems absurd. Have you tried reaching out to the production company to ask if they have paid the usage?

    dopplegang 09/21/2018  2:19pm

    I will definitely look into reaching out to production. I am with BMG.

    bluejollyrancher 09/21/2018  2:22pm
  • One on One (NYC) 09/06/2018  3:54pm

    Hey! It is the 5th (!!!!) time I went to One on One audition to become a member (!!!!) and again rejection with the note - please work on your craft and try again. How the F''' it is possible when during audition assistant is not even looking at you, and not paying any attention to your monologue. I have never done scenes, only 2 monologues. I had roles in couple short movies, commercials, web series, went to different acting schools, done lessons with private coach, working on the craft of monologues - I just don't get it........some young looking guy or girl who is not proper listening, looking like interns are deciding your fate whether you can join or not join pay to play things!!! I mean why???? I feel like I shouldn't try any more........I have seen different people at the auditions all the time during all this race in trying to become a member,

    actorinnewyork

    Was wondering if this ever happened with anyone?

    actorinnewyork 09/06/2018  4:14pm

    I’ve auditioned twice over the last year and a half, rejected both times. But the second time I went, I never got an email saying I was rejected like I did the first time. So I called to ask what was going on and they said well if you didn’t get a response you are not accepted. I have costar credits, film credits, commercial credits and a pretty good manager. Someone told me that if you are an over saturated type, they might reject you. I’m blonde, late 20s female.... so I don’t know if it’s true or not about type, but I am in a tough demographic bc there’s so many of us. I wish I knew more about why I was rejected.

    Glamron 09/06/2018  4:16pm

    They rejected me 3X before I joined. I think over 3 is ridiculous. Maybe just go elsewhere, they are not the BE ALL END ALL of workshop places. Really. Take your money elsewhere.

    FinallyGettingThis 09/06/2018  4:21pm

    I also never ever received an email with rejection..........that is why I am calling them and they are like all the time: looking up in the system and saying oh you got rejected with a note to work on your craft.....this is ridiculous!!!! I know that I am doing these monologues good, I was working with a coach on them and had feedback from people. I am not over saturated type either......I just don't understand it.......don't they want money since it is PAY FOR PLAY???? I wanted to become a member because 1 or 2 CDs are doing workshops only there .......but it is frustrating.........I am trying to get in there so many times.....and get rejections all the time!!!! from people who are not looking legit at all to judge the craft!!!!

    actorinnewyork 09/06/2018  4:23pm

    Just go to AGR.... she would take your hard earned cash!!!

    TommyWisaeu 09/06/2018  4:25pm

    F*****g Barden Schnee are doing workshops there and only there!!!! that's why I wanted to join! I just don't get it......why this non professionals are judging your performance and decide to reject you or not. For example today it was a very young looking girl who looks like F**** intern!!!!!

    actorinnewyork 09/06/2018  4:28pm

    This place has only left a bad taste in my mouth. I tried (and was rejected) only once. I felt very good about how it went, so I decided to reach out to them. When I tried to get feedback about why I was rejected, I was simply told “nobody gets in on their first try”.
    So apparently they have an unwritten policy that everyone has to audition (or more importantly to them, PAY to audition) multiple times, regardless of how well the audition went.
    No thanks. This place isn’t for me.

    1018 09/06/2018  5:29pm

    I'm not saying this to invalidate anyone else's experience, but I auditioned and got in (first try) and have had a good experience there (though I mainly take Bob's class with an occasional workshop). Just wanted to put that out there (I don't think they're profiting from auditions or anything).

    emuhe 09/06/2018  5:58pm

    Same. I got in the first time I auditioned. The monitor barely looked up from her phone when I did my monologues. She taped it, then I got an email. But, really, aren't most classes/showcases for general public? Aren't they really just vetting people to get into Bob's class? I've taken several classes there with all these Big CDs and the other actors were terrible. I've taken classes with CDs that like to talk about their acting days, I've take classes with Abrahams vp, CESD lady and they all give really helpful positive advice but they didn't sign me. Don't bring yourself down, if you want to act, take a real class. These places do nothing for your confidence. That's just one girl's opinion. There really is no short cut and you sound like you've got it going on.

    whattheheck 09/06/2018  7:08pm

    @1018 that cannot be their policy... I auditioned and was admitted on my first audition.

    I was a little skeptical too, and I didn’t know what to think, but have done some cool things there. Don’t know what their criteria is.

    Aphetoros 09/06/2018  8:11pm

    Never auditioned and still take classes there. I've had some friends have success, but I've had some bad ones. One lady gave me a scene from Law & Order where I played a gangster....and I'm, well, not that type. Some of it seems like a waste of money, but the fact that some have had success keeps me going.

    Smactor 09/06/2018  9:37pm

    Wow, sounds like they've really changed the process. I auditioned several years ago and Moritz von Stuelpnagel was my auditor. Gave me great advice for my comedic piece.

    actingactor 09/06/2018  11:16pm

    Rachel does stuff at Actors Connection too, not just One on One.

    Bento Tinderbox 09/08/2018  11:47am

    Y'all...One on One is like any other audition experience i.e. subjective. Maybe you're amazing and just not their type. Maybe you actually do need more training. Why does anybody book anything? Who knows..I *do* know, however, that y'all are gonna go cray trying to figure it out...so just move on and work on something else...

    Rain On my Parade 09/08/2018  7:02pm

    One on One is a fucking scam. The audition is so impersonal and random. You can get rejected with no feedback and you constantly have to pay the $10.

    It’s bullshit that the other places don’t put us through

    Urbanalchemist 09/21/2018  1:01pm
  • Adam Roebuck/AlphaNYC 04/28/2012  11:51am

    I just wanted to tell everyone to beware of this company. It was the worst experience I've had in theatre. Adam Roebuck does Spring's Awakening, Wizard of Oz, and several other shows over and over again all at Roy Aries. I was in SA a few years ago. He made us run the two-page scenes into the ground. He spent an entire rehearsal taking pictures of us for the show's facebook page (this was an early rehearsal - he didn't tell us he was doing this nor did he get our permission. Had I known, I would have dressed nicer that day). We received little to no direction, and during the rape scene, I thought the girl playing Wendla was going to get hurt. It was very uncomfortable. Also, the air conditioner was going full blast the day of opening, and most people's voices were getting drowned out. Adam came backstage and literally told us to scream our lines.

    It just turned out to be a very bad show (a handful of the supporting actors were pretty talented, but that couldn't stop the ship from sinking). My mother came to see it even though I suggested she not waste her money and time, but it was my first NY show. During bows I caught her eye - she shook her head and we both shrugged.

    I have not been in or seen any of his shows since the name has changed to AlphaNYC, but if he is directing all of his shows still, I would stay far, far away.

    HeatherNY

    Bump on this. Has anyone had more recent experiences with this company they would be willing to elaborate on? If so what was feedback like from industry (Casting Directors and Agents) you may have told about the project?

    ambrosepike 03/22/2016  8:17pm

    It's no pay work done in a rehearsal studio. So yeah, probably not gonna get you anywhere worth being.

    Aktin 03/22/2016  9:24pm

    It's known as a joke

    fuzzletwit 03/22/2016  9:54pm

    It's definitely known as a way to get experience in the city. A stepping stone for people who are a little more green. That being said, I have a friend who directs regularly who has started working there more as of late, and I think it truly depends on who is on your artistic team. People who worked with him have had nothing but great things to say. So like, do you.

    Fatniss_Neverlean 03/23/2016  9:46am

    I did a one act with this company some years ago. I swear the casting was picked out of a hat. I was playing some 30 year old actors mother ate the ripe age of 18. The lead role was supposed to have a beautiful singing voice. The girl who was cast in the lead couldn't even carry a tune and eventually dropped out the day of the show.

    If you're brand new to the city and want friends go ahead and do it. It's low commitment and will keep you busy for a few weeks but that's about it.

    INeverGotToBeAnnie 03/23/2016  11:17am

    I was casted for a show they did and I really wish I had turned it down. Like previous poster said, casting seemed to be very random to the point of what the fuck. If you are very new to acting and desperate for some experience, go for it. But if you are talented or special in a way, save your time and skip it. You can do better.

    HustlingActor 08/19/2018  2:22am

    If you want a good sense of what is rock bottom, do a show with them. I say you’re better off doing just about anything else.

    FierceConversations 08/19/2018  9:57am

    Thank you all for sharing-I was about to send them an audition tape but the whole thing seemed wonky...site is barely anything and seems not really that great. This confirmed my suspicions. No disrespect to those who enjoyed it but feels too weird to me, so I appreciate this.

    Rosecat 09/20/2018  9:59pm

    you know he is a broadway producer and investor. He also produces theatre in the west end

    TommyWisaeu 09/20/2018  10:18pm

    tommy keep telling yourself adam is gonna get you your big break. this company is community theatre BS

    dopplegang 09/21/2018  11:11am

    Never said he was going to give me my big break. BUT his own company is shit. I agree with that!

    TommyWisaeu 09/21/2018  12:16pm
  • Private Investigator Service 09/18/2018  11:13am

    Hello actor friends,

    I've started a private investigator service "Find My Break" with a good friend of mine who happens to be both an actor and retired cop.

    With so many actors struggling to find a way to stay in touch with Casting Directors, agents, and managers, we've decided to offer an affordable service that leverages our database of industry professionals with real-time location updates.

    Let's say for instance you took a seminar at casting director X at AGR, and have followed up with an email updating them of your goings-on, but still haven't heard back or been called in for an audition.

    With our service, we can provide accurate GPS location, home and office addresses, and CCTV updates to locate your mark in real-time. We can alert you with "Hey, so-and-so is at Starbucks on 6th and 23rd" and you can go find them and act like it's a spontaneous run-in.

    Face-to-face time is precious and rare, and we can help make that happen!

    Beta site is launching soon, just want to gauge a reaction.

    GumshoeNY

    That sounds.... absolutely terrifying...

    Tyrannosaurus Rex 09/18/2018  11:26am

    God I fucking hope this is a joke.


    Btw this shut is why people think actors are crazy.

    Icanseeyou 09/18/2018  11:38am

    This is a joke, right? (I really hope it’s a joke!)

    Glamron 09/18/2018  11:56am

    Not a joke. This is a real thing that can really improve actors' chances of being seen

    GumshoeNY 09/18/2018  12:17pm

    ...yah but you really seem like a troll boo.

    Rain On my Parade 09/18/2018  1:00pm

    This is a VERY bad idea. Please put your energy into pursuing authentic long-term relationships.

    FinallyGettingThis 09/18/2018  1:20pm

    its BS. if by some iota of chance it's not BS, you are a nutcase

    dopplegang 09/18/2018  1:43pm

    this sounds...desperate.

    YouKnowYouKindaLoveAndrewLloydWebber--Don'tHate 09/18/2018  1:44pm

    NOOOOPE.

    KingJoffrey 09/18/2018  1:51pm

    I read this out loud. This has to be a joke. Hahaha!

    KingJoffrey 09/18/2018  1:54pm

    This is why I fucking hate actors and why actors have such a bad rep.

    TommyWisaeu 09/18/2018  2:33pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    littleeagle 09/18/2018  2:47pm

    I pray that this is a joke

    LaVidaLoca 09/18/2018  3:31pm

    I know we’re separate and what have you, but this is def crosses the line into “Absolutely not” territory.

    Showbizdreamer 09/18/2018  3:52pm

    Desperate

    Showbizdreamer 09/18/2018  3:52pm

    As someone who works for a seminar/masterclass studio, I think this a great idea.

    For every breakdown casting in Film/TV, CD's can only call in maybe 20 people out of 2,000 submissions. I can totally see how you would move to the front of their minds, and soon roster, if you flash into their heads - "Oh, this person who came up to me at CVS would be perfect."

    You can't afford to miss out on opportunities that are literally knocking out your door. I think this a great idea, and if it actually takes off, I will be first in line to ask for a quote on where Lorne MIchaels goes to the gym (Ha Ha, just joking, but not really. I would love to be on SNL)

    I will mention this to some of my other pals at AGR and see what they think!

    KnowTheRules 09/18/2018  4:04pm

    Would the service be a monthly subscription or pay-as-you-go?

    Belterway 09/18/2018  4:16pm

    Right now, we plan on rolling out the service at a three-tiered monthly subscription price starting at $12.99. This includes 3 location updates per month. The 2nd tier is $19.99/mo and includes 2 per week, and then $49.99/mo (best value) for unlimited whereabouts and a weekly stakeout.

    GumshoeNY 09/18/2018  4:20pm

    This is gross.

    DorothyMichaels 09/18/2018  4:33pm

    Guys you all sound ridiculous, this is obviously not serious, you NEED to lighten up. THESE RESPONSES are why people hate actors.

    MyKingdomForARole 09/18/2018  4:52pm

    y’all sound like actual psychopaths that we are going to see on a 20/20 indepth investigation. but please, keep it up and make it easier for those of us who are NOT stalkers... ummm admin?

    galliegirl 09/18/2018  5:26pm

    I bet all of you falling for this also think The Onion is a real news source.

    INeverGotToBeAnnie 09/18/2018  6:02pm

    You know a casting director is going to see this and absolutely rip whoever created this out of this industry so fast it’ll make their head spin.

    Icanseeyou 09/18/2018  6:47pm

    To the OP -

    I bombed an audition two weeks ago for Ophelia Frick-Saperstein. My agents never heard any feedback and I’m worried I won’t be called in for New Amsterdam again.

    Can you provide any useful info on where she’ll be this week? I would love to show more of what I can offer.

    -Ken

    Ken-Shake 09/18/2018  6:57pm

    You know a casting director is going to see this and absolutely rip whoever created this out of this industry so fast it’ll make their head spin.

    Icanseeyou 09/18/2018  6:59pm

    LOL to “backstage legal”

    galliegirl 09/19/2018  9:19am

    Hi Ken,

    Our records indicate that Ophelia Frick-Saperstein will be having dinner with her husband tomorrow night at “Shuka” in Soho. Perhaps reserve a nearby table with a reader and prepare a 2-3:page scene

    GumshoeNY 09/19/2018  10:47am

    Hi Gumshoe! I am not Ken lol but I would love LOVE to meet Ophelia Frick-Saperstein too. Would it be too much to ask what time her reservation is?

    Thanks!

    TypeMeOut 09/19/2018  10:56am

    I recently had a very bad audition for Clementine Van Der Horn of Horn in the Woods Casting and Productions. Hoping to be seen for her upcoming Bway revival of "Ant Murders". Can you let me know when she drops her kids off at school?

    fuzzletwit 09/19/2018  11:00am

    THIS IS F%$&*# RIDICULOUS! You are talking aout INTERRUPTING a well-known and highly respected CD at a PRIVATE dinner with her husband.

    Desperate tactics like these are only going to make casting more insular and less likely to meet new faces. I hope you're joking. If not, $#&^ off.

    GoTellItOnTheSubway 09/19/2018  11:09am

    OMG. Dyinggggg, this is hilarious. C'mon folks, clearly a joke. TROLLZZZZZ I love it

    curlz 09/19/2018  11:40am

    The Frick-Sapersteins don't have a reservation for Thursday night. Our associates have just gleamed through her text message exchanges with her husband and her google search history that her and Jason will be going sometime after work.

    7-10 should be a safe enough window.

    GumshoeNY 09/19/2018  12:31pm

    I am actually loling reading this, and am genuinely concerned for the people who think this is serious :'D

    Adancerdancebelts 09/19/2018  10:11pm

    GOOD LORD you people are thick. How do you function in the digital age?

    actingactor 09/20/2018  2:48pm

    This is hysterical and horrifying. Just get your faces out of your phones and look around when you are in midtown...you will see industry folks everywhere. I ran into a CD in the Turnstyles Underground Market, My agent on the subway, a director I knew just walking down 8th ave, a musical director at a bar in Hell’s Kitchen, another director at a show I was at.

    sngrgirl1 09/21/2018  11:31am