Obstacle or Opportunity?
Crisis! It happens in everyone’s life…how to cope? See it as a disaster, a threat, an obstacle …. OR as a OPPORTUNITY to grow and learn.
The potential strike length … I’ve heard many players say in a terrible voice: “Now that ruin everything, I am without hearings, which will delay my finding an agent.” Oh! Oh!
They’re missing the point. A strike is a turning point-no going back. As there is new media, there’s a need for new contracts, new jobs and NEW THINKING!
E hÃ ¡ a new mount of casting for mini-sÃ©rie on web now. One sÃ©rie of new dios producers to create mobisÃ ³ shows and webisodes, while still Ã© an open market. This Ã© what Ã© the strike. As actors, in ³ s we can explore these markets, audiÃ§Ã£o, obtain votes, and is prepared to write and to produce ours prÃ ³ prias rows. How Ã© that stops the control of its career? Great!
During a lull in normal production, we can update our marketing tools-headshots that are older than 9 months should be re-shot, refresh the wardrobe, shoot a new scene for a demo reel. If you add scenes to your reel that look like you were just on Grey’s Anatomy, House, Shark, Law & Order, CSI or Weeds, the industry can see what you can play. So, you’ll probably get auditions and jobs playing those parts.
Once you plan and take new steps the energy starts flowing. The SECRET to ATTRACTING wealth and happiness is nothing more than FOCUSing on exactly what you want. If you focus your energy in the right direction, fear and anxiety disappear. Instead, there’s excitement about your career and enthusiasm because you’re taking action steps to make things happen.
The strike could potentially be a blessing. It is about change and a wake-up call, a wonderful time to take to rethink its goals and measures to preserve it.
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Obstacle or Opportunity?
I don’t know of anyone in the last several decades who hasn’t heard of the Wizard of Oz, that wonderful musical journey down the yellow brick road with a teenage Judy Garland singing her heart out. It’s brought out of the MGM archives every now and then and played to another generation who are delighted with the story. Besides being entertaining it teaches us four valuable themes about life.
First, that life seems better elsewhere – like over the rainbow. But in fact, there’s no place like home. What you have and have been given is usually pretty good if you can recognize and accept it. Dorothy wanted to explore the world beyond Kansas but after experiencing it realizes the farm with loving Aunt Em and the farm hands is pretty wonderful.
Secondly, no one is ever really alone. When lost in a strange world and you need friends in life there will always be a Tin Man, a Cowardly Lion and a Scarecrow to stand by you.
Thirdly, there will always be threats and challenges in life- from the spooky forest to the Wicked Witch of the West. But there’s always good in the world as well. That’s why Glinda, the good witch comes to help Dorothy when she truly needs her.
And Fourth, Wizards are not always infallible. Sometimes they can lead you astray. The journey itself down the yellow brick road was actually more valuable for Dorothy than finding the wizard because she learned so much about life and herself. She gained confidence and learned to trust her friends, finally finding her own way home.
How does this relate to an acting career?
1. Over the Rainbow-I’ve never met an actor who didn’t at some time resent that another actor had gotten cast in a role he wanted or got a contract role on a TV series or a B’way audition or achieved movie star status. Things always look better when someone else possesses them.
Lesson: A smart actor has to be wary of jealousy and resentment. You rarely see the real or downside to being a movie star or what it would be like playing someone else’s role. Accept that who and what you are is wonderful and that your path is yours alone. Enjoy the work and the path. That is real success!
2. Friends- are wonderful if they support your agenda-what you’re trying to accomplish-as the whimsical trio did for Dorothy. They dropped everything to help her get home.
Lesson: Make sure your “friends” are true friends. When your “crowd” however consists of other out of work actors who are resentful and hostile, beware! They can definitely pull you down. Hang around with winners and you become one! Join a Mastermind of like-minded, success-oriented actors!
3. Threats and challenges- Fortunately, there really aren’t people in this world whose goal is to destroy actors but there are some industry pro’s including acting teachers/divas, casting directors, film directors or others who may discourage, demean or insult performers. They’re to be avoided “like the plague” and ignored. The Wicked Witch of the West shouldn’t have any control over you. Tell them to “be gone!” or you’ll “drop a house on them!” (That’s what Glinda the good witch advises Dorothy to do).
LiÃ§Ã£o: NinguÃ©m can say if vocÃª good or bad Ã©, or same if vocÃª must consider one another career. A professor in exercÃcio and director of cast in £o must be paid to a classroom or a workshop where its mind and psique damages. Happily, few of these people very exist to leave the store. They seem to die with ” Studio era”.
Perhaps 4 Wizards let us can translate the celebrity my agents, managers, those that você to arrive wool
What makes a great headshot?It’s the simplest thing in the world but most actors get it wrong. And photographers get it wrong and ironically, many headshot photographers working specifically with actors get it wrong. What’s the secret? Nothing. Doing nothing. All you have to do is be yourself in front of a camera. Simple. And yet very difficult for most actors who are incredibly SHY when it comes to being themselves. If they can’t focus on being another character- something we all spend years learning to do as actors- then there’s confusion, insecurity, fear and tension which makes for a lousy headshot. Adding to that is the frustration of most photographers I’ve met or worked with who don’t know HOW to get an actor to RELAX. So they say things like “Relax, chill, be more calm, stop biting your lip or squinting your eyes!” or “Relax your forehead-there are lines and wrinkles where you’re frowning, lower your shoulders, breathe!” The list goes on. The result? An actor gets more self-conscious, upset, more nervous and more tense. It’s a downward spiral. What to do?Five Easy Steps To a Great Headshot1- Choose a photographer that YOU feel comfortable with not the “trendy” hot guy to whom every actor goes. (“Oh, if only I had a HEAD SHOT with this top guy I would be successful, too!”) NO, not true. 2- Go over your “type” and range-the kind of roles in which you will be cast and play BEFORE you decide on the wardrobe. There’s nothing worse than a generic headshot, one with an actor dressed in a boring white shirt or a black sweater with a phony smile. Know your roles. Doctor, Lawyer, Businessman, Teacher, Mom, Dad? Dress it or suggest it. Wear your favorite colors-solids are generally better than prints. Another mistake? An actress wearing too much jewlery, make-up or choosing outfits that are more suited to a disco, a beach party, baseball game or just hanging out at a bar. That’s OK if that’s what you’re selling as your brand. If not, casting directors are confused about how to cast you or call you in for a role, so they don’t! (Get the advice of a Career Coach if you don’t know your type or what to wear). 3- Explain thoroughly to the make-up artist and hair stylist EXACTLY how you look every day. All too often a stylist will do your hair they way they see you not the way you usually look so you end up with photos that don’t accurately represent YOU. This is especially true for women but may apply to men with longer hair that can be altered with mousse, spray, a curling iron. For women with curly hair-if that’s how you look don’t straighten your hair just for the headshot unless you want to do that everyday of your life henceforth. Casting Directors want to see the real you not how you “could be”. 4- Bring a CD or several with music you love. Create your own “space” and place within the studio. Bring water or your favorite juice, snack, food. Bring your favorite photos of your pets, children, family or partner so you are thinking about positive images and memories. Focus on just being comfortable. THEN, take a half hour or even 15 minutes to sit still and just be- yourself. Don’t arrive late and rush into a shoot with the stylist fussing, getting dressed, photographer clicking, lights blinking. All that creates tension. Relax BEFORE you sit in the chair or stool on which you will be photographed. In my experience with over a dozen top headshot photographers in as many years, the best shots I ever obtained were taken by a photographer who was a part of a husband/wife team. He greeted you at the door and offered refreshments leading you to a peaceful dressing room where you could unwind with soothing music. She sat and talked/laughed with you for a full half hour BEFORE you heard a click from her camera or saw a flash of light from the strobe. Of course they knew lighting and were skilled in the art of photography but their success as a team was understanding the psychology of relaxation and harmony for their actor/clients. Brilliant! 5- Use your acting “technique” while you are being photographed. Think Fun thoughts (your subtext or inner monologue). Talk about your life. Tell a story about your family or your travels. Let the relaxation of JUST TALKING show on your face. That’s being You. Talk, tell a story and then let it go. Sit still and “glow” in the memory or the laughter. Then, you are giving the photographer something to capture. YOU. Your energy. Your joy of living. The joy of being YOU. And THAT makes a great headshot!
Happy Marketing!GwynGwyn Gilliss is the Executive Director of TAM, The Actor’s Market (www. theactorsmarket. com) a marketing firm for actors. They provide monthly FREE seminars/teleseminars, FREE weekly marketing tips as well as access to top photographers, graphic artists and videographers (www. sizzle-reels. com) who provide every marketing tool an actor needs. Gwyn’s acting career spans several decades during which time she appeared on and off-B’way, in classical roles in American Repertory companies in over 18 contract and recurring roles in Daytime/Primetime TV, Films and dozens of network commercials and V. O. ‘s. As a Career Coach she is available to work One-on-One with actors at all levels.
I once had a very powerful agent at a major agency with movie star clients. At the time, I was a “soap star” client making a hefty six figure income. He stopped me one day and asked if I wanted to move on, get to the next level. I thought he was talking about leaving the agency and HIM. No I said, things are going well. He took me aside in his office and we had a heart-to-heart.
“If you want to get to the next level in your career you have to finish your Soap contract and never do another soap!” I was stunned. “Tell them –the agency- that you’ll turn down any future offers. You only want to do Primetime TV and Film roles. You have to say NO!” At the time, I didn’t see it clearly. I thought he was crazy.
money is good, but a six figure income! do not have to walk, right? And I appreciate the roles that I have, I have been nominated for an Emmy! ” He smiled, shrugged and let it go. Obviously I was not going to be a movie star. He scratched his short list. He encouraged me as another actress in the starring role in a movie, I wanted to do. When the call came for the test / test screen, I was on the set of TV series # 1-8 day clock during the night in jail. The actress went to another hearing in my head, got the part and was very successful, a big star. As I understood where he came from.
My very worse client…ever…became one of my biggest successes! Is he a movie star? Yes! Is he a household name? Almost! Is he Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise? Not quite! But I respect his privacy as I do with all my clients so he shall remain anonymous for now. When an actor requests an interview for the opportunity to work with me as a Career Coaching client, I always require a headshot and resume first. Is this person serious about their career? I ask. Do they have marketing tools? training? talent? Do I want to spend months of my time helping them? Jason didn’t have any of the above. He had one quality, PERSISTENCE. Even without the requisite resume/headshot he called and pleaded about 20 times tricking my assistant to get through to me on the phone until I gave him an appointment. We met. It was scary. He carried enough weapons to set off alarms in any high rise building in NYC, except mine obviously. He seemed young and enthusiastic but totally ignorant of what an acting career entailed. But the scary part was-He lived almost on the street. He said he had just quit his “gang” but had scars and tattoos all over his face, neck, baldhead, hands…well, it was fascinating! It was hard to understand what he was saying except when he said “my dream-acting career-movies”. Those were almost the only words I could understand. After we met and spoke, I gave him a list of things to do. I told him to take 6 months and complete everything on the list or not come back. These were the things on Jason’s list:Get into an acting class or two, Get speech training,Get a headshot, Get cast in a few off-off b’way plays to build a resume and credits, Lose about 40 pounds-too much pizza and beer, I thought Grow in his hair-he had a young boyish face and was only 18 but looked 28 with the bald head and the weightGet some kind of wardrobe other than army guerilla fatigues and a blood-stained t-shirt…Work on his incomprehensible accent. He was almost impossible to understand and I don’t mean mumbling like the charming Sylvester Stallone. I mean, impossible to understand more than one or two words in a sentence. And the guy wants to be an actor? A communicator?“If you do all these things, you can come back and we’ll talk,” I told him. He answered with confidence, “Whatever it takes!” That I understood. I thought if I wrote out all these requests he’d re-consider acting as a career or just go away. But, no. He came back in 6 months. His hair was grown in, no tattoos-ANYWHERE! He had them removed. That must have been difficult or painful!He was wearing a Ralph Lauren blue oxford shirt and khakis, expensive designer shoes and an Armani jacket. He had a resume which stated he had studied with 4 of New York’s most respected acting teachers. He must have been in class 7 days a week. And he must have spent thousands on voice and speech training. Must have. I could understand what he was saying. He sounded almost like an actor from the Royal Shakespeare Company. He looked like he was about to enter Harvard. I was stunned. This was a guy from the streets who’d been in knife fights and a gang when he last had shown up for an interview. How did you do it, Jason? He just laughed gleefully. He knew I was impressed. “Whatever it takes! He said. I calculated that he must have spent at least $10-20,000 in the last 6 months. God knows where and how he got the funds. I didn’t ask. “Now, can I be your client?” He asked. He performed his monologue for me. He did 5 monologues-one was with an Italian accent, one was Shakespeare, one a sitcom. He was excellent. And he was funny! He could do comedy. I laughed and I actually cried. I was so touched that he did all that. And I was impressed. He really wants to fulfill his dream. “You can be my client,” I said. ” How much? I’ll pay you…whatever it takes!”For FREE, I said…you deserve it. I’ll go to work for you. ”And we did. We wrote scripts for him and shot a demo reel-in 3 very different challenging roles. He was brilliant in each. He must have taken an on-camera class as well. I sent him to our photographer for current headshots. I introduced him to agents and managers at the LA Marathon, which he attended a month later. He got something like 12 offers for representation with major agents and we had to decide with whom he would sign. He got a film within 2 weeks –his screen test blew them away and then another film role and another. This was about 4 years ago. He appeared as a guest star in a few top TV primetime shows-always unbelieveably good. But just a few weeks ago I saw him at a preview screening of a film he’s in. “Jason…it’s amazing …what you’ve done!” Congratulations! I said. “Thanks…only with your help!” he said. What can I tell my other career coaching clients about you? What do you want me to say to them?He laughed and mumbled,”smvlsmvmnvfmm!”What? I couldn’t understand him-it was the way he used to speak. He was putting me on…and laughing. “Whatever it takes!” He winked and walked on. The press scurried to follow as did fans seeking his autograph. So, I tell my current clients…if Jason can do it…what excuse do you have?Successful Marketing!GwynGwyn Gilliss is the Executive Director of TAM, The Actor’s Market, a marketing firm for actors. They provide monthly FREE seminars, teleseminars, FREE weekly marketing tips as well as access to top photographers, graphic artists and videographers who provide every marketing tool an actor needs. Gwyn’s acting career spans several decades during which time she appeared on and off-B’way, in classical roles in American Repertory companies, in over 18 contract/recurring roles in Daytime/Primetime TV, films and dozens of network commercials and Voice-Overs. As a Career Coach she is available to work One-on-One with actors at all levels. ©Copyright Gwyn Gilliss 2008. All rights reserved.
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My first Broadway audition was for a musical. I was very young and the experience –now it seems hilarious- at the time, was a nightmare. I was not as prepared as I should have been. I made four tragic mistakes:1 – Accepting an audition for a role that wasn’t appropriate for me2 – Not being ready for the audition. I whipped together a song two days before3 – Choosing the wrong material, a song from the actual show that wasn’t within my range and ability4 – Not knowing when or how to leave (or just not going in the first place) I could chalk it up to youthful exuberance, false courage, wishful thinking, optimistic delusion or just GREED. I WANTED so badly to get work as an actor that I put myself in an embarrassing and ridiculous situation. Instead of telling the agent who called that I wasn’t really a strong singer, not ready for a Broadway audition and losing the trust of that agent I instead jumped in and said, Great! I’ll be there! THERE was the Shubert Theatre, the most respected and classic of the old theatres on 46th St in the heart of Broadway. Almost every famous actor in the history of New York Theatre had appeared on this stage. I was awed!I had the chance to audition to replace the leading lady in a long running successful rock musical (an era long gone), so I naturally chose the “hit” song of the show made famous by many great singers. It was a passionate love song requiring a strong belt voice. I was a light lyric soprano with a weak/non-existent belt voice. Wrong choice!I went with my coach who drained my confidence when he kept asking every 10 minutes, Do you really wanted to do this? Eeeew. They called my name. I stood on the stage feeling euphoric. Broadway! Visions (delusions) of starring on Broadway as a successful leading lady ran through my head instead of the reality at hand. My coach stood in the wings as the accompanist started playing. Uh-oh. Why wasn’t my coach playing? Why is the tempo so fast? Why is it in a different key? Oops! Why was the piano on wheels rolling across the stage in front of me? I had to keep stepping to the right to avoid being hit by the piano while also attemping to keep up with the unfamiliar pace, hit the notes, breathe and…and wham! Gasping, I came to a final line in the song, the lyrics of which said it all, “KNOWING WHEN TO LEAVE MAY BE THE SMARTEST THING THAT ANYONE CAN LEARN…GGOOOOOOOO!”Within seconds I heard a strong voice from the back row of the orchestra yell,“RIGHT!” The director had heard enough. Audition over. Silence. My face was red, blushing, humiliated, close to tears, still out of breath, I was gasping. Through the mist I felt the arm of my coach who had stopped the rolling piano and was leading me out of the theatre via the backstage door. Exit Stage Right. Lesson Learned? Know your abilities and your limitations.
I NEVER accepted an audition again for ANYTHING unless I knew I could play the part and knew in my heart that I was going to BOOK that job. I stopped trying to be a B’way belt singer when it wasn’t me-didn’t have the chops and wasn’t interested in the work in the first place. No more time and money wasted on expensive musical coaching! It would have been equally disastrous if I had tried to audition for Chorus Line as a dancer NOT being a dancer!Instead, I focused on the areas in which I was trained and which suited me-Classical and modern Theatre, TV and Film. From then on, I never stopped auditioning, booking, working and succeeding. This is the checklist I created to make sure I was always ready and I want to share it with you:1. PREPARATION – get the script and know it. Make the strongest possible “decisions” about the character, the motivations and emotional arc of the scene. Having a strong structure gives you freedom during the actual audition. 2. VISUALIZATION – see yourself clearly performing the piece with joy, energy, awareness. 3. ENTRANCE – Walk into the room with an aura of confidence and strength. No doubts. Say to yourself, “I can do this excellently. You are going to hire me!”4. BEING IN THE MOMENT AS WELL AS IN THE CHARACTER – Play it as it lays, go with the flow, be open to all possibilities during the audition. Know that there will be surprises with any audition including who your partner or reader may be. 5. ENJOYING THE PROCESS – Whatever happens find pleasure in it. If the director asks you to do it differently -OK, that’s cool. If they ask you to come back –good, that’s cool. If they say you are the wrong type, sorry! – That’s cool. Just leave. You did your best work. That’s all you have to do. Having the right attitude brings amazing results and future jobs. People remember people they like, respect and trust. There’s ALWAYS ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ROLE. 6. KNOWING WHEN TO LEAVE…AND HOW. Learn to say thank you, smile and head slowly to the door. Never look back. On to the next audition. Never dwell on how it COULD have been. Happy auditioning! Successful Marketing!
When I was studying theatre at Carnegie-Mellon there was a classmate who had a famous father, an opera singer well known in Europe. He was very talented and had a huge following. I heard this story about one of his opening nights while performing in a Wagnerian Opera. Always friendly and outgoing, the tenor was chatting with someone backstage when the orchestra started playing and in the darkness the curtain went up. Obviously, he was pre-occupied with telling a joke or some story when there was a hush over the audience, total silence. Then the orchestra stopped and suddenly- hilarity. Everybody was screaming with laughter. Looking out at the almost empty stage, he realized too late that he had missed his entrance on the back of a HUGE SWAN. Without missing a beat he turned to the stage manager and asked, “When’s the next Swan?”Often when I speak to actors I mention our upcoming NY or LA “ActorMarathons or our Sitcom, Film, Commercial bootcamps taught by celebrity guest directors I’m always amazed that so many have to think about it for a while or they ask the question, “When’s the next one?” I wonder if they really WANT to be successful working actors or if they just want to keep doing the same old, same old- having a day job and putting off attaining their real career. What is it that keeps good talented actors from achieving success?? Not lack of talent or training. There’s plenty of that out there. Is it fear, poverty mentality or just the disbelief that a specific opportunity would really make a difference? I don’t believe its fear. If somebody really wants something they overcome the fear whether it’s asking someone out on a date or cutting off their long hair. And it’s not lack of funds. If someone really wants something, they’ll find the money. I’ve even had actors tell me that they couldn’t afford good headshots because they had booked a vacation to the Caribbean. Somehow they found the money for the trip but not for necessary marketing tools. Gee! Priorities were off there!I think the reason that good actors are not successful is a perception that they have a lot of time- that opportunities are plentiful and that they’ll stay young forever. PROCRASTINATION. “Oh, NEXT year I’ll go to LA to get work on a primetime show. ” “I’ll get a demo reel in six months when I save some money. ” “I’ll get around to taking that class next semester”. There’s an assumption that everything is on hold for them, that nothing ever changes. This is an incorrect assumption. It’s also the assumption of people who never get what they want out of life. Somehow they just miss the boat or the swan because they don’t make a COMMITTMENT. Winners are able to make decisions FAST. They can see the “possibilities” in every opportunity so they get to that audition, hop on that plane, get there-they find a way! They COMMIT. And they have their lives set up so they can go forward. In short, they have their ducks in a row. How do you set up your life so that you can be a winner? What “DUCKS” did you need to get in a row?These are the 6 things WINNERS seem to have in common:1- A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE that’s pleasant, clean, NEAT, and SAFE. Create an office, a place where you can have a computer, database and marketing tools. You are your own one-person business. 2- A SYSTEM of consistent communication with the Industry. That means that every week you DO something to further your career: a class, a professional meeting, a self-submission, updating your tools, shooting a new demo reel. WORK daily at building a career. 3- A CONSISTENT INCOME from a day or evening job to pay for marketing tools, classes and still allow the availability for auditions. If you’re broke and desperate when you go to an audition, you’ve already lost the job. (I can’t begin to tell you the number of actors I’ve met who are always broke, can’t afford to get the tools they need or meet the top agents who could change their career/LIFE! What are they thinking??)4- Good PERSONAL HABITS- staying physically and mentally healthy-being happy and optimistic: daily exercise, eating properly, getting enough sleep. Maybe your 9-5-er friends are able to party all weekend and show up at their offices Monday morning tired, hung over. It may not make any difference to them- they have a guaranteed weekly check. But you may have the audition of a lifetime! Looking great for that audition and having energy to spare may make the difference between a major career break and unemployment. You can’t afford to blow it. You need to COMMIT to yourself to always be in top form. 5- A MENTOR – someone to advise, encourage and inspire. Absolutely no successful person got there ALONE. Everyone needs encouragement and advice. 6- A PLAN- goals for the short term and long term and a schedule to carry them out. This includes further training, networking with industry contacts, auditioning for everything you can, developing as an actor by getting into as many shows and performance groups as possible whether you’re paid or not. Revise your plan monthly. If a market or goal isn’t working change it or change your location, tools, approach. Get advice!OK! Here’s to hoping you get your ducks in a row so you won’t miss the boat!Meanwhile,Successful marketing!Gwyn
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