Hey lovely people,
I'm looking to buy a small, cheap video camera (like a flip video camera or that kind of thing) with good enough audio to record singing, guitar, monologues, etc. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thank you so much!! :)
It's ok to get it off your chest.
Hey lovely people,:-)
I'm 23 and an actress and graduate student in LA. I have had several small roles in independent films and I have been in several commercials. Yesterday I auditioned for a moderately major role (not tons of screen time, but important character) in a film with a major actor. The role includes nudity, something I have never done, am nervous about, but have always said I was open to considering if, and only if, it really fit the role and the movie (in this case it does).
I must have done well in the audition because I got a callback (yeah!). But I have been told the second audition includes a body check. I'm not sure precisely what that entails and my agent is out of town for the week. I'm really nervous and would like any advice or information anyone might have about exactly what it is, exactly how it works, exactly how they do it, etcTory
So I read the Secret Agent Man column on Backstage all the time.... He is very blunt and brutally honest, and I can't stand when people sugarcoat the answers I am truly looking for, so I enjoy his articles. However.... this got under my skin.
I know that the real world is tough, but what does this guy expect people to do? He completely undermines a college education. As a Musical Theatre student, his sarcasm irritates me. We can still be professional and we know what we are signing up for. Obviously we will not be in class forever and obviously we will all have to take on "day jobs" like waiting tables when we are getting started. Doesn't mean our training is useless... UGH. Someone plz tell me that agents value a degree.xohottiewittabodyyaaahh
Lately, I've seen a lot of posts about people complaining casting directors want x thing that I don't have. For anyone who has been following my posts here, they know I am a very specific type and often have difficulty booking work because of this. This used to get me down in the dumps but I've changed the way I approach things now. Instead of complaining about how a show wanted people who played instruments, I started learning different instruments a little a day and have gotten roles solely from playing those instruments. Instead of complaining about my height I wrote a musical that is tailored made to showcase me and I now have two Broadway producers interested in it and have set up an industry reading. My point is, while I understand this is the bitching post, I wish people would try to think beyond the bitching. Don't embrace excuses, embrace solutions. Be innovative and do something no one else is doing. Like any business, the ones who get ahead are the ones who can come up with solutions and come up with new ways of doing things that no one else has thought of.TheresaCaputo
Is there a way to look up old threads on here? Was trying to find that thread about survival jobs, etc. Thanks!tilly
(GENERIC ACTOR RANT)
I need new headshots and I can't pay $400, and this shit sucks.Fatniss_Neverlean
Is anyone who attended the original open call for the The Bats planning on auditioning for the chorus of their upcoming production as well? Or do you think this is unnecessary if they've already seen you back in November?
Anyone have any info on Charles Kerin Associates - Norman Meranus and Ron Ross?fuzzletwit
So my beloved voice teacher is a superstar and is going on tour. So I am looking for a new voice teacher.
what i want: to work with someone who is really on top of technique and healthy vocal production. If said person is also awesome at recommending audition rep, awesome, but that's not my top concern.
who i am: a legit soprano who also enjoys belting her face off on occasion but who always maintains that I have ONE VOICE, not 3 separate ones.
SO, all my single ladies: recommendations? know of any good fits?nycgrl4ever
HEY guys so I have a great keyboard and have been wanting to find a writing partner/someone to hopefully get together with me and get an acoustic set together to do some cabarets or restaurant or whatever gigs. Is anyone interested?tryintomakeit
Hey! I am about to go out on the road for a bit and I would like to buy a good, easy to use, not-too-expensive video camera for video submissions so I can continue auditioning while I am away. Any suggestions?i<3expresstrains
The NY college question down below got me thinking about my own MFA thoughts...
So I'm thinking some of you might be like me and are getting slightly overwhelmed by MFA auditions that are just around the corner. I'm super excited for a possible new path on my journey, but I'm also slightly worried about school selection. I want to pick which school fits me the best, but let's say I get crazy lucky and lots of schools like me and I like lots of schools! Here's my dilemma: I have been living in NY for a few years now, and feel like I'm finally starting to get the hang of it. I've finally got "my guys"- my laundry guy, my coffee guy, my gym guy, blah blah blah...routine things that make life a little easier. I'm loving the city, and the friends I've made. However, there's a couple of really fantastic schools that I'm auditioning for on the West Coast, as well as Yale in Connecticut, and a couple of NY schools. For anyone who has left NY for grad school (either to the not so distant Connecticut or all the way to the other coast) and then come back, what has that change been like for you? Was it harder/easier to get back into the swing of things? Did you wish you were closer to the action? Was the NY showcase at the end worth it for the 3 years away from the city? Any and all help/advice would be fantastic. I don't have many friends who've pursued MFA's so I'll take all the wisdom I can get!Everyonecanwin
First result: auditionupdate.com
Second result: actorsequity.org
Third result: amazon.com
Fourth result: auditionupdate.com
Looking for some opinions. I was on set for a photoshoot as a stand in, when finished I stood on the side along with everyone else (PA's & wardrobe) and watched the shoot. After the take I got singled out and told I could leave. I had also watched the scene before mine previously and it was no problem.
Was it green of me to assume I could stay and watch?Subeedd
Question. This annual la duca sale. What exactly do they have? Is it all the shoes on sale or just a sample sale? I'm going to buy some taps but am not sure if I should wait till the summer or just do it nowicantihaverehearsal
I've been getting emails from this site...looks like a few of their auditions overlap with legit sites... But is exploretalent.com a scam or legit?Kmawiggy
Are monitors sticklers on up to date cards? Especially if they just expired?
I want to audition for La Jolla today but don't want to go up to AEA membership to pay them. Lazy, I know. and also poor.LadyRachel
I'm going to have to do this soon and I'm sort of dreading it. I'd love to hear from anyone who has done this in the past...is honesty always the best policy here? How much detail should be given, etc. The truth is that the other offer is too good to pass up and it's the right career move for me...is it fair to just say these things over a quick phone conversation?
Thank your for your help!Beltforjesus
Any suggestions on good places to make websites? I would like my own URL and also do not want to spend a lot of money!letsbookit
Hi friends! So there was an awesome conversation about therapists/counselors/psychoanalysts going on at some point but i cannot find it.
SO- anyone have a therapist/counselor/psychoanalyst they highly recommend? preferably female, actor friendly, and not horrifyingly expensive?
thanks in advance y'all!nycgrl4ever
Hey guys, does anyone know if non-union are allowed to participate in the free flu shots at AEA? I can't find anywhere on the equity website where it specifies.
Back in the spring I attended the *local* EPA of a regional LORT. I auditioned directly for the AD of the company with two full 2-minute+ monologues and had a great talk after the monologues, including which role(s) I'd like to be considered for. A good rapport. Left the room pretty high.
Fast-forward several months and a call for submissions for individual shows are coming out, to be sent to the CD in NYC. I've never had the opportunity to audition directly for the CD, only an associate. I have submitted a number of times to this office, for other companies; never called in. With my limited exposure, I think my submissions to this office are on the fast track to the circular file folder.
Given the opportunity to *really* audition, plus having some semblance of an interview, I made an impression on the AD. Meanwhile, I'm invisible to the CD, the immediate decision maker. So, what to do? I'm considering sending a cover letter to the AD of the company, trying to explain why I'm writing directly to the company and not the CD. I have NO IDEA how well this would be received.
Obviously there's an Off-Bway contract where you make $500ish a week, but I've seen a couple shows that are under Off-Bway contracts and you get paid $75ish per show plus hourly for rehearsal, and then there are off-Bway venues that house shows where the actors aren't getting paid at all. So I guess I have 2 questions- Can you get your Equity card from the modified Off-Bway contracts that pay per show? And if you do an unpaid show in an Off-Bway venue, do you list it as Off-Bway on your resume? Thanks!aeasomeday
How do you cope when your significant other goes on tour? Obviously you're happy for them, but also kind of bummed to be staying in NYC and facing a future of long term long distance. What are some ways you guys have found to keep a touring relationship happy and healthy?dolcevida72
I'm thankful for the fact that this resource is even available. I can know with a touch of a button that a call already has 800 people in line and I should just go back to bed or that somebody else booked the show and I should give up hope.
But mostly, I'm thankful that in a business that is as tough as ours is, there is a community that is willing to post advice, encouragement, and praise when it is due, and let off a little steam when fucked up shit happens.
So thank you audition update community. :)Northgg
Not nearly as helpful as the last blog. Much more personal, but still might resonate with some of you. We need to try to be thankful every day in this very difficult business. Right now, I am thankful for Sauvignon Blanc and pjs.http://pollymckie.blogspot.com/2013/11/and-still-youre-grateful.htmlPolly
Happy Weekend All...
Recently wrote an article called "The Cost of Following a Dream" based on my experience in the biz. Would love to hear if you agree/disagree.
Anybody out there know where to get a pair of bloch jazz shoes in the city? I have a crappy, ill fitting pair of capezios that are darn near worn down to a nub and am looking for a new pair of jazz shoes. Does anyone have a suggestion for affordable but not crappy, capezio, jazz flats? I already have a couple of pairs of La Ducas but I'm looking for some shoes to practice tricks in.Anothersoprano
Hi Guys! So there's been some discussion in the callback corner on the whole callback process for them. How they ask you to see the show for half-price before you come to the audition and so on. Someone also posted that this show is a joke in the industry? Is this true? Marissa Perry is in it and she's been on Broadway. It is an off-Broadway show. But is it worth going to the callback? I really don't have that much credits on my résumé and I thought this would be something great to send out to agents and CD's that I've finally booked something. (That's if I actually book it! Lol) I would love some advice on this. Thank you!poopie
Just wondering if you're SAG eligible, but waiting until I'm a "Must-join" is it worth putting on resume? Does it make a difference or just looks silly that you won't pay the 3000 initiation fee?julia91
I was at an audition last week and it was really specific typing. All adult cast but some were to play children/pre teens. So the breakdown and the email sent to the submissions who were given appointments specifically gave height restrictions. 5' 3" and under could only audition for the kids and 5'6" and above for adults only. Pretty understandable and easy to follow, right? It even said in the email that if you are 5 foot and want to play an adult, don't even show up.
So I'm at the audition filling out my sheets and one girl comes out of the room storming mad. I would say she was like 5'9" and going in for the pre teen female lead of the show. Apparently the director gave her a no thanks in the room and she starts screaming at him for being unoriginal and hard headed! This man has directed in some of the best professional theaters in my area! Has anyone ever experienced this?! I understand being mad but what could possibly be going through your mind that you would not even attempt to hold in your frustration?
Just a little rant. I'm all for breaking types and doing something new but when it's an all adult cast where some play kids, the tall people just can't play them. That's just not how it works.
End. Sorry friends haha.LetMeSing
Does anyone have tips or techniques on show makeup? I'm going through the "wear makeup for a show everyday and now my face hates me and I'm breaking out" phase.NYtheatre
"....oh yea...thanksgiving." My lifeFatniss_Neverlean
Do you think that people who attend college in NYC have more advantages to get ahead and make contacts than those who are in school in the middle of nowhere?keepingitreal
Should I list my TV credits - actual credits, not background work - on my theatre resume for theatre auditions? Like, should I just keep it all one resume instead of having two separate ones?Aktoria
Hi everyone! I am looking in to showcases and workshops with agencies. I am curious if anyone has had an experience with, or knows someone who works with, the following agencies-
Do these agencies send their clients on a significant amount of auditions? I am really trying to find an agency that will provide more opportunities. Is there a certain type of talent that these agencies rep? (ex. I've heard that Bloc is big on commercials and Headline is more tv/film)
I am a 20 year old actress, strong in Musical Theatre, with a huge interest in having more film/tv opportunities
will be deleted... lawyers... arg.)xohottiewittabodyyaaahh
Has anyone had any experiences with these guys (management company)Mortimary
Hi guys! I hope everyone is enjoying (or looking forward to) a lovely day off and some holiday deliciousness! A couple of months ago, a former classmate and I started a podcast called “hurryupandwait,” chronicling our experiences as BFA wielding, table-waiting, always growing actors in New York. With the recent slew of AU posts about feeling discouraged in this career (and since holiday travel is the perfect time to catch up on podcasts!) I think this might be the right time to share it with everyone here. I’m particularly proud of our fifth episode, “Actor Finance” featuring fellow AU user thebrokeandbeautifullife ☺
I held off on posting because I don’t want to be caught up with self-promotion, so if this isn’t your cup of tea, I’m sorry- please ignore!
This past Monday, the Trumbull High School administration in CT has informed the theater department that we will not be able to produce our production of the school edition of RENT. We have been told that the topics it covers are too “sensitive” and “controversial” for a high school, and that now is not the right time.
This is one town over from where I grew up, but it could be the town that most of us came from. A show like RENT is so important for a high school student to see because it is truly transformative. the music is accessible to a modern ear and shows the audience that love can come in many forms. It takes LBGT characters and shows them not as caricatures, but as people. This is something a high school student NEEDS to see. Sign the petition.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION
I know we're a long way from Chicago, but has anyone here recently taken classes at Second City? I'm interested in possibly doing their immersion program for improv/writing over the summer. Thoughts? Suggestions? Advice? (Also, any ideas on good dorm housing nearby? I know they list places on their website)
Hey y'all, with the recent threads of dancers vs. singers and all of us wanting to work, I really want to share with you a class that I find very special. It costs the same as all the classes in town, is never crowded, focuses only on musical theater AND is taught by someone who can help cast you at a local theater with a great reputation.
Vic Dimonda's Theater Jazz class at Alvin Ailey, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday has changed my life. I was dancing in the ensemble of "Oliver!" when the choreographer came up to me and said quietly, "You're doing fine, but if you want to stop hopping through your doubles, come to my class"
And with that, I began training with Vic. Every single class he works on pirouettes, which is often the difference in being kept past a dance call. Every week he teaches an advance beginner combo that continues throughout the week, building in difficulty and technique with a focus on performance and acting in the dance. The warm up is technique and ballet based, and WILL make you not only a better dancer, but SELL a combo.
Vic is a veteran theater gypsy who has been around the block and perfectly mixes salty and sweet. He's become both a mentor and friend to me.
Ailey is making more money on fitness-classes like Zumba then Vic's class because the sad reality is he gets you working. Great for you, bad for having a consistent amount of dancers in class.
Take this class. You will thank me. Whatever your level, he will take you to the next one.Jean Francois Champollion
Has anyone ever worked for the Sacramento Music Circus? For the breakdown that just came out on Actors Access, are they only looking for West Coast actors? Because auditions are in LA it seems.. Thanks!attheballet
Hello AU gang!
We are now planning our 2014 open dance calls! I have always been very curious on what days/times are preferable for dancers.
Monday vs Friday? Weekends vs Weekdays?
How early in January is too early? How late in December is too late?
Would love to hear from you!
Good luck this week everyone.
Is anyone here a member of AGVA? I'd love to hear your experiences with it. I've heard you can audition for Equity with an AGVA card or even eventually join Equity. Is it a good union to be a part of?bowe123
Just wondering if anyone has taken any acting classes with the Barrow Group? If so would you recommend it?
Thanks! Happy Monday!hkmac728
Okay, this has definitely been discussed before, but what is some general advice people can give about being on tour?
1. How do you stay healthy while on the road?
2. What are some things to do to keep you occupied while driving?
3. Other things I'm missing that people can tell me about!icantihaverehearsal
Okay - perhaps it's not a bitch...
I am just curious whether anyone else is having this same issue. I have never gotten a HUGE response from my submissions on AA - be they individually paid or with the subscription - but this year I don't think ONE person responded to me. I am debating whether to renew my subscription but not if it doesn't lead me to ONE audition. I was slightly disappointed last year with maybe only a response or two - and this year was worse. I have a decent resume and such so I am wondering if they just have SOOO many people using it now that it's harder to stand out?
Would love to hear otherwise and figure out what I'm doing wrong!!
Recently I've started turning down auditions for Non-Equity theaters because I want to take my career to the next level, etc. I don't want to work somewhere where there's no hope in climbing the latter, ya know? But ugh, it is tough knowing that you could be working right now in gorgeous Florida or Arizona and instead you're a waiter in the city.Aktoria