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  • NAB - DDO vs. Daniel Hoff agency 06/29/2017  1:20am

    Hey all! Anyone have experience with either of these two agencies? How do they compare when it comes to NYC theatre specifically?

    beans620

    Can't speak to Daniel Hoff but I have friends with DDO. It is great for theater if you are a dancer. Someone who does a lot of ensemble work.

    sngrgirl1 06/29/2017  11:41am
  • NAB: First Tour? 06/29/2017  11:32am

    Hi all! Apologies if this has been discussed heavily before- the search function isn't working for me at the moment. I booked my first national tour (bus and truck), and am on the hunt for tips for someone new to the road! Anything you wish someone had told you beforehand? Things to definitely pack (or leave)? Any suggestions welcome.

    WheninDoubtMixitOut
  • NAB: New spots in accountability group with The Actor's Friend 06/29/2017  11:29am

    It's halfway through 2017 and I am setting goals of what I want to achieve by the end of the year. Do you need help/motivation with this too? shoutout.wix.com

    Polly
  • Dear Evan Hansen- Growing Studio 06/29/2017  9:37am

    NAB

    I can no longer attend this series and would love to find someone to replace me. Have paid the deposit and I can't get it back unless someone takes the spot and then pays me back directly. I can get it all arranged through them. Thanks for the help!

    give-me-a-job-realness

    Just as a matter of interest, be sure to post this on their community FB page also

    Showbizdreamer 06/29/2017  11:00am
  • you'vegotafriendinme

    The owner passed away about a year to and a year and a half ago. She was an elderly lady.

    I visited their office once to do a drop-off. It was a tiny office, uptown I believe.

    I heard someone that is with my manager say that she is with Andreadis and they are okay but "could be better". I also know someone who is with him, but he does stunt work. He says they have gotten him a few good auditions but he can't full comment because he does stunt work (which they get him auditions for).

    I see their agents, Yvette, Michelle, etc. doing workshops pretty often.

    They are a boutique agency. They're known. Can't say they have a ton of pull.

    JackSkellington 06/29/2017  10:22am

    wow. drop offs?! i didn't know this was still a thing. i thought it was really frowned upon these days. but i've never tried it. reading this makes me want to lol

    asgoodasitgets1017 06/29/2017  10:45am
  • When You're Gone... 06/27/2017  3:39pm

    Why is it always when you're out of town that suddenly all these casting directors want to see you....boooooo

    Smactor

    Please tell me I'm not the only Avril Lavigne fan out there who sang the title of this post.

    thejollyraja 06/27/2017  3:55pm

    ..........eh..............

    Smactor 06/27/2017  4:16pm

    @Raja, I was right there with you.

    Little_Oak 06/27/2017  9:15pm

    I did, Raja. I always do.

    ScreltersAnonymous 06/27/2017  10:43pm

    Always happens. Guess it's why they say we need to live active lives outside of acting or we'll go crazy. Every week I'm free and available for auditions... crickets. I'm always ready to go. The second I leave... auditions. Grateful they want to see me, but it's insane.

    JackSkellington 06/29/2017  10:20am
  • Social Media 06/24/2017  5:24pm

    Not bitching, just looking for opinions and experiences...how important/relevant is social media in terms of booking work, auditions etc, these days? I'm referring to youtube, twitter, Facebook, instagram a website....etc.
    Thanks!

    Hereigoagain

    More important than you might want it to be. (Or maybe you want it to be super important, who knows!)

    Every casting director I've encountered who has been asked this question has responded that you must *at least* have a basic, well-designed website so that people can find you and contact you. At the very least.

    r6 06/24/2017  8:02pm

    A website is definitely important. It's the easiest way for casting to see all of your materials in one place.

    As for actual social media like twitter/instagram, in my experience it's more important in the film/tv world. Just yesterday there was an actors access post saying to not even apply if you had less than ___ followers on twitter (can't remember the exact number, it was HIGH though). I've been asked about how many followers I have at a number of legit film auditions.

    Aside from the aspect of a social media "following", it can also be a really good way to showcase yourself/your personality. It paints a fuller picture about you and your "brand". If casting was down to you and one other person, and they googled you, wouldn't you rather have some good stuff out there for them to find?

    And this last bit is just my opinion, but you really don't need an official facebook page. I've never heard a CD say that FB is a must have. They're redundant to all the other stuff and the only people who are going to "like" it at this point are your friends and family. Also if I get another request to like a friends actor page I'm gonna scream.

    itwillbeme1day 06/24/2017  10:57pm

    thanks guys. thats pretty much what i thought. Though I kind of thought websites were outdated now and most casting just stalked social media like Facebook and instagram. But yes I agree, the "like my actor page" thing is awful. So I guess instead we toe the line between using social media for personal and professional reasons. I don't love the idea of accepting everyone onto my accounts for the sake of followers! Which is why people do the actor page I suppose - which I do understand. What an interesting world its turned into....Thanks for the POV!

    Hereigoagain 06/25/2017  11:50am

    wait one more question: If all this is important now - are people putting it on their resumes? like a website address or an @ .....?

    Hereigoagain 06/25/2017  12:23pm

    Gavin Creel (ya know, that guy that just won a Tony) recently spoke about how social media was what restrained him from achieving what he wanted.

    So. Fuck social media. Or not fuck it. Depending on who you are, and what you need. But in the end, if you're talented and and a hard worker, that's all that matters.

    dinglepuddle 06/28/2017  7:14pm

    Hey hereigoagain! I have my website url on my resume since it's my "actor" website and relevant (it's where they can see my video clips which aren't on my resume obviously), but no need for any other handles in my opinion since those are "extras" that they can find easily if they want them.

    dinglepuddle - Gavin Creel doesn't need social media to book jobs, he's been working consistently since before it was a big thing. He's not a struggling actor in the current (oversaturated) climate, and the industry changes drastically and rapidly, so just because he doesn't think social media is worth it doesn't mean we should all say "fuck it", especially when the people who are actually casting us have expressed the importance of it.

    It's a competitive industry and if you're in the early stages of your career, anything you can do to help yourself is worth doing, and unlike everything else we have to deal with (headshots, lessons, pay-to-plays) at least this is one tool that's free and that most of us are using anyway. To be fair, you did say that it depends on what you need, but I think that most of the actors that frequent this site are at a point in their careers where it's a big help to have it.

    I agree that it's very important to be talented and hard-working, but there are plenty of talented, hard-working, actors who are out of work.

    WillAct4Food 06/28/2017  10:52pm

    I really hate this. And I don't believe it at all. I do NOT believe you need social media to be successful as an actor. If you want to be some type of social celebrity, an Instagram model, a real housewife of assholeville, a host, DJ, all that type of public / entertainment type shit then YES obviously social media and your following matter. For Legit, real, actual acting? No. And Ill go as far to say that any casting director that cares about that is probably not casting legit film and tv projects. They're probably casting some type of realty based / related programming, and that shit is not only irrelevant but detrimental to progressing as a legit actor, at least in my opinion. I'll tell u what, I did fear this at one point, like the only way I could progress as an actor was to be somebody I'm not and pretend to be the prom king with a perfect life and millions of dollars on social media, but I have finally made progress, tangle progress I can see in my career and started from literally nothing with no connections at all, and I've done it without any social media at all. Yes I have a actor website with video clips. no Instagram, no twitter, no Snapchat or whatever the fuck else kids use these days. And I never will. I do, however, have a Facebook with a picture of Bernie sanders as my profile picture so I can talk to my random family members across the country that refuse to use a telephone. Social media or no social media, be yourself, be your unique best self as an actor, and that will make you successful.

    daylewiswannabe 06/29/2017  12:01am

    "Any casting director that cares about that is probably not casting legit film and tv projects." That's just ignorant.
    Here's a video of Benton Whitley from Stewart/Whitley talking about how important it is to have an online presence. www.backstage.com

    To clarify, I don't think you NEED social media to be a successful actor, but you also don't NEED to be off book at auditions, or have a reel, or even have an agent, but obviously it helps if you do.




    WillAct4Food 06/29/2017  6:57am

    As far as I'm concerned there's a difference between social media and having a website. A website isn't really social media per se. If you have a website, Everything else beyond it seems superfluous. Basically all CD's want is to be able to find you online somehow, whether it's YouTube, a website etc. but it seems the website to them is the easiest option since it's basically a one stop shop. Once you have that, they won't look anywhere else because they don't need to. And the FB artist profile I wouldn't say is necessary unless you've garnered a following to begin with.
    Frankly social media itself is something I prefer to keep separate as much as possible because it's SOCIAL media, not business media. I understand how sometimes they intertwine, but a website can possibly alleviate that.
    Which btw, unless you're using a wix site, no it's not free. And many friends of mine who have websites have said just bone up and buy a domain and skip wix because it looks more streamlined and professional. Which I tend to agree with, wix sites look odd somehow. But again, opinion only.

    Showbizdreamer 06/29/2017  8:41am

    willact4food...

    First of all, this guy does mention that he thinks having a website with video clips is a necessity, not having social media. he says either have it for personal stuff or professional stuff, and not to combine both and then post negative rants when your friends with casting directors and stuff. this makes sense, pretty obvious. however, you might not want to hear this but stewart/whitley STRIKES me as the type of casting office that WOULD care about actors having a social media presence! this office casts mainly musical theatre, not film and tv, which are two different beasts. look at how this office brands themselves, the picture of the 3 of them LOOK like they are a reality show on Bravo! clearly that's their niche. this guy also talks about how "at the end of the day, they just want to be able to hang out with you". I've heard some of this nonsense before. The point to take away, is to be a good human being that people want to actually be around and work with for 12 hours on set. You don't have to be BFF's with casting directors. yes you might want to be friendly and professional with them if you want to work. although this dude on this video is a particular type of breed. one that, personally, am not interested in involving in my career because I have different career goals and their particular brand and what they're all about doesn't agree with me. That's just me, I'm sure the majority of you theatre actors on here would disagree. . Real, actual, legit film & tv casting have no interest in "being my best friend", they want me to walk in the room, knock it out of the park, and be exactly what they're looking for for the role so they can cast it and move on to the next thing.

    rollinwithdahomies115 06/29/2017  10:18am
  • Dear all of my friends on facebook, 06/27/2017  1:15pm

    YOU'RE NOT ALL RAVENCLAWS. SOME OF YOUR HUFFLEPUFFS. ITS OK. ACCEPT YOUR FATE.

    No love,
    I want a burrito

    Fatniss_Neverlean

    Some of you are hufflepuffs.*


    ...the irony

    Fatniss_Neverlean 06/27/2017  1:15pm

    THAT TIME QUIZ IS FUCKING BULLSHIT. THE MOST FUCKING BULLSHIT.

    NOT BEING A SOCIOPATH DOESN'T AUTOMATICALLY PRECLUDE YOU FROM BEING IN SLYTHERIN JFC.

    thejollyraja 06/27/2017  3:14pm

    Whenever I've taken a quiz in the past, I've gotten Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, depending on the day and specific quiz. The Time quiz finally showed me why in its percentages- 41.9% Ravenclaw and 41% Hufflepuff. So, Ravenclaw by a teeny tiny margin (and I wouldn't post on fb since it's such a small margin).
    @Raja, I got 0% Slytherin, so...

    bwaylvsong 06/27/2017  4:24pm

    I'm afraid of ghosts.

    And sheets with holes in them.

    And regular sheets.

    I'm a Hufflepuff.

    CompensatedPaperweight 06/27/2017  6:35pm

    Slytherin!

    AFTC 06/28/2017  12:42am

    No idea why this is touchy enough to be brought up here, but alrighty then.
    As a matter of interest, Ravenclaw here. Hey, if Pottermore is what sorted me into it, I'll trust that over any other quiz ;)

    Showbizdreamer 06/28/2017  9:21am

    I love being a Hufflepuff especially since JK Rowling said it's her favorite house :)


    Seriously. Google it. We're awesome.

    42streetgal 06/28/2017  8:41pm

    you guys are fine i guess

    thejollyraja 06/28/2017  9:09pm

    Ew. JK said she was a Hufflepuff to make y'all feel better about being sorted there.

    Good marketing...

    Have you seen renderings of that common room?! No tea no shade but that's some Bilbo Baggins realness...

    #ProudSlytherin

    AFTC 06/28/2017  11:48pm

    Dude, our common room is basically a really cozy torture chamber. We have no legs to stand on.

    ...onbviously. because we're snakes.

    thejollyraja 06/29/2017  7:56am
  • Parkside Talent vs. Ingred French vs. Talent Expree 06/24/2017  12:06pm

    does anybody have any information about these management companies? i have a couple meeting set up, figured I'd see if anybody here has an friends repped by them or any personal experience. thanks guys!

    112233whorewhore

    i work with a girl who is repped by Ingrid and she has nothing but good things to say. I know she goes out for a lot of commercials and she's non union. not sure about the other two, never heard to them, which isn't a good sign

    mrrobot4592 06/25/2017  1:39am

    I know two people who are or were with Ingrid. One individual is happy if he goes out through her and his agent once a month. And I know someone else who felt Ingrid wasn't that invested in her. The other clients feels the same about Ingrid sometimes but still stays with her - he has nothing bad to say but I also get the feeling he doesn't feel she's awesome.

    JackSkellington 06/25/2017  9:37am

    i've heard pretty much what Jack has said. I think they are all starter. talent express more musical theatre. don't know anything about parkside, anybody heard of them?

    kcal1090 06/26/2017  10:27am

    Talent Express is not just musical theatre. THAT IS WRONG

    06/26/2017  10:43am

    thank you for that, anonymous Talent Express manager without a username. glad this is a safe space for actors to discuss stuff :)

    havesomeballs 06/28/2017  3:17pm

    a friend of mine used to be "managed" by one of the "managers" at talent express. take from that what you will

    fuckyourmother1017@gmail.com 06/29/2017  12:20am
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    thejollyraja 06/27/2017  10:52pm

    wyd

    thejollyraja 06/27/2017  10:53pm

    nm u?

    ScreltersAnonymous 06/27/2017  11:07pm

    But r u ok?

    bwaylvsong 06/27/2017  11:09pm

    I miss u

    consignhc 06/28/2017  1:23pm

    who dis?

    emuhe 06/28/2017  3:59pm

    🍆

    thejollyraja 06/28/2017  4:20pm

    🍑

    bwaylvsong 06/28/2017  4:47pm

    ^^ I knew you were a btm ^^

    AFTC 06/28/2017  11:54pm

    ^actually not into anal, but if I were to put on the sorting condom...

    bwaylvsong 06/29/2017  12:19am