I read this in an issue of the Back Stage West and I
think that all aspiring young actors should take heed.: "DON'T PAY TO PLAY.
Remember: Managers and agents make money after you get work. Never pay a fee to
be represented, submitted or considered for a role. If you do, the only thing you're being
considered is an easy mark. A message from the Back Stage editorial staff."
No truer words were ever spoken. If you have paid a fee sometime in the past, please
send me your expierence and I will post it here for others. Give me the names of those
representatives and I will publish them so that others don't fall into the trap.
A young actor came to me the other day to find
out if he made a good choice. You be the judge. He answered
an ad in the San Diego Reader that read: "Actors/Models Start your career!
STARZ Theatrical & Model Management is now looking for new performers ages 7 and up to
develop careers in modeling, acting, TV commercials! Call for an interview, their phone
number." He answered the ad. He went to La Jolla for the interview. After Camie
J. Carpenter and another lady named Rhonda interviewed him and told him their fee ($800
Cash -$895 on a payment plan), they told him he could earn back the fee through working as
an extra. He had head shots, but was told that they should be renewed every six months. In
their formula for success is the name and phone number of their Photographer (Miguel
He was referred to an Extra Agency (Tina Real Agency) their fee is only
$25.00. They need 14 color snapshots to help get him work. Their photographer is listed in
their "Professional Extra Guidline" booklet (Rique Monroy - fee $35).
They have classes. Here are some notes from the first couple of
classes: 1. What are golden global wards? foreign press association judges
sit votes. 2. New Leo film the Beach 3. Height for a female super model
5 ft. 10 inches. 4. Cable and direct TV direct has satellite and cable his regular
TV. 5. It is important more jobs for actors 6. Notice to medium for models
Internet. 7. M. H. how people perceive you how you present yourself. 8.
First impressions are important yes. 9. Where same close to callback as audition
yes. 10. The theatrical Company which has ads in newspaper or Yellow Pages
no: go to Better Business Bureau, California Labor Board. Agencies cannot charge or sell
you pictures. Go to any union to find out about them.
Image: eyes need to look good radiant first part people see. Skin
playing: have ones skin care product alphahydroxy, Nitseutogena, were darker,
looks slim, get lighter material all. Eyeglasses should not be wider than the widest part
of face. Faces oval, round, Square, rectangle, heart. Hair style do with
look that flatters you. 1. Clear precise calm eye contact when walking in 90
percent is presents, how you carry yourself, appearance and preparation, be fair 15
minutes in lobby before interview, dont drink during interview, dont fidget,
get up three hours before interview, leave early to get to interview 15 minutes before
and. 2. Articulation yes or no, correct grammar those lying. 3. Courtesy
extended courtesy goes long way good manners people. To receptionist. 5 take care of self,
portfolio, had shot resume; you do want to look "new" of the look at the
may be needed via tape bring appointment book then legal pad. 6. Sell yourself
confident: dont lie, but give encouragement; sometimes you have to tell white lie
that will embellished. 7. Conversation give the interviewer I complement dont
act conceited, no gum. 8. Posture and sipping, standing, interviewing, dont
cross Lakes, cup hands to keep from fidgeting. 9. Talk good about self. 10. Go over six
elements of performers day, look for agents, asked for recommendations, go see,
promotional activities, doing jobs, follow-up paper with files. stay away from run-on
sentences. Get a day planner.
1. Nielsens number one program: Who wants to be a millionaire, number one network ABC.
Golden Globe winners picture: American beauty and toy story to; TV: the sopranos
and sex and the city. 3. Sundance film Festival. 5. Show lists in Nevada some of: show
east in NewYork all show west. 6. "Next Friday" number one movie and box
office. 7. Prop person get you in TV or movie no. 8. No union for models. 9.
Commercial prints, artistic runway three types of modeling. 10. High fashion,
regular, fitness, Internet three types of commercial prints. These are some rough
notes he took for the first couple of classes. Click
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