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How to Prepare for an Acting Audition and Sign with a Talent Agency

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by Tim Russell on 4 December 2012

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Transcript of How to Prepare for an Acting Audition and Sign with a Talent Agency

By: Tim Russell How to Prepare for an Acting Audition
and Sign with a Talent Agency Four Things any Actor Should Have Resume Headshot Preparing for the Audition Contacting, Interviewing, and Signing with a Talent Agency So you want to be an actor? Well you have to start with the basics... 1. Headshot
2. Resume
3. Monologue
4. Agent That's it...? You ask. Correct. However, to make it as a professional actor you must dig a little deeper. There are many different details that go into making sure these four things are spot on and presentable, or as an actor might call it "Show Ready" Your path to success starts with your... - An acting resume is different then that of a normal business resume. - There are six different categories that need to be listed on your resume. 1. Name, address, e-mail, and telephone number
2. Personal Profile
3. Education and Training
4. Experience
5. Skills
6. References 1= Simply stated write your full name, e-mail address, and telephone number
2= This includes things such as hair color, height, weight, eye color, and vocal range
3= Any previous acting training whether from specific programs you have completed or your specific major from college
4= Any and all acting experience whether it is previous shows or commercials you have been in. Anything you have performed in you should put in this category
5= Any interesting skills that you can do well. This can be virtually anything from riding a bike, dance training, painting, rock climbing, and various accents. If you can do it you can list it.
6= Individuals you have previously worked with and who know your craft. It can include acting professors, design professionals, and even theater directors. Next up... - Headshots are important because they show off your look. This is the most important item a casting director or talent agent can have because this is how they categorize actors. It is all based off of look. -Headshots should be taken from the midsection up
- Having a professional photography company take these pictures is best
- The better the quality the more you will stand out - For both men and women make sure to have a fresh clean look
- Dress to impress
- Avoid vibrant colors
- Logos and name brands should not be visible
- Leave excessive jewelry and piercings at home - Pose in a natural way
- Do not forget to smile! - Headshots should be printed in black and white
- Printing in color is also sometimes acceptable
- Have at least two copies with you at all times
- Make sure your headshot is current. Do not use one that you have had for years past Bad Headshots Good Headshots Up Next... - You can search for agencies online or in the yellow pages
- First find an agency that is close to where you live
- One important rule is to never call an agency seeking representation
-There are steps to properly contacting agencies - Electronically or physically submitting a headshot and resume by mail is the proper way to network yourself
- Do not provide false information, be truthful in all aspects - Your work is done. Simple as that. The next step is wait to get a call from the agency
- If an agent contacts you it means that they are interested in having you as a client
- From here an interview is set up in which you go to meet with the agent - It is very important to be prepared
- Look the part
- Have an extra headshot and resume in hand
- Be prepared to do anything they may ask of you
- Be professional while continuing to showcase yourself and your personality
- Personality plays a huge factor in gaining representation - Never pay an agency
- If they ask for money they are most likely a scam
- Agents make money from the commission on work that the actors themselves get - If you have found a legitimate agency who wants to represent you they will ask you to sign with them
- This means the agency will be your representation as an actor and will hold all audition information
- The agency will then have the authority to sign and book you for jobs And Finally... - Preparation is key
- Make sure you have a headshot, resume, and monologue
- It is imperative that a proper monologue is chosen - Four different genres to choose from
1. Dramatic
2. Comedic
3. Contemporary
4. Classical - A talent agency will specify which to look for
- They may even provide scripts for you to perform with -You must be yourself and showcase your talent
- Demonstrate what you can bring to the production - Before beginning your monologue you must first slate
- Slating includes stating your name, the play or film your monologue is from, and the character you will be playing - The fun in acting is evolving as a character
- Make sure to be vocal and annunciate
- Once your monologue is done make sure to end with a simple "thank you"
- The production team may ask you to read another part or act a scene with another actor
- Be prepared for anything - Concluding the audition means your fate lies within the hands of the casting directors and other production team
- Now it is your turn to sit back and relax
- The phone call with your booking will soon be on its way And that is how you become a professional actor. Now get out there and make it happen! Doug. “Acting in Miami: “CSI” Casting Director Ellen Jacoby’s Inside Perspective.” Miami Beach 411. Ellen Jacoby, 11 Jan. 2008. Web. 16 Nov. 2012. <http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/acting-in-miami>. Works Cited http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-directors-cut-clap-board-image14067933 http://showwatcher.com/special-directors-supreme-special-true-extended-cuts/ http://creatingvangogh.blogspot.com/2012/08/directors-cut.html http://www.clarotechnico.org/robowar/ http://www.professionalphotography101.com/blog/?tag=headshots http://comedy.rancerizzutto.com/be-a-working-actor-step-1/ http://blog.hhcolorlab.com/photo-lab-post/5-easy-steps-to-bad-headshots-2 http://jessica-pierce.com/the-importance-of-professional-headshots-for-job-seekers/ http://colemanphotographix.com/headshots/frequent-questions/good-headshots-vs-bad-headshots/ http://www.examiner.com/article/acting-101-how-important-is-a-good-acting-headshot http://www.headshot-photography.com/ http://www.jeremyfolmer.com/blog/ http://www.justresume.org/Acting-Resume-4.html http://www.sagactoronline.com/2010/01/resume.html
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