37 Becoming a Working Actor with Actor Ralph Smith

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ralphsmithRalph Smith is an actor who has appeared in Newsies, Captain Fantastic & The Man in the High Castle!  Ralph shares with us tips on what it takes to become a working actor.

Topics we discuss include:

  • Working in LA when living out of state.
  • Making the most out of a trip to Hollywood.
  • The importance of goal setting.
  • Beginning a new career later in life.

Follow Ralph on IMDB, Twitter & Facebook!!

36 Should I Work a Free Gig or Should I Not ???

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filmmakersfocus_700x700_workforfreeWorking for free is an option that tends to come up more often than not.  Is this something that should be considered or even ethical?  And what’s the deal with freakin IMDB credits ???  We talk about this and how working for free CAN be beneficial…sometimes.

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BLOG:  Finding a Legit Agency, Ashley Noelle Jackson

Finding a Legitimate Agency

Hello Focused Ones!

Ashley here, a.k.a. The Fearless Actress, wanting to share with you the number one way to find a legitimate agency. If you are reading this post, then you are ready to take your acting career to the next level. However, there are many scams out there! Not everyone is out there to help your career. To cut out the foolishness, here is the best way to find an agency: NETWORK!

ashleyjackson_Now, you might be thinking, “Ashley, what does networking have to do with finding an agency? I want to be in commercials, movies, plays, right now!”  Networking has EVERYTHING to do with finding an agency. Need an example?

Back in 2013, I graduated from college with my degree in Theater Arts. During that time I had no idea how to begin my career. I foolishly thought my degree was the ultimate benchmark to my acting journey. This type of thinking is absolutely wrong! No one knew who I was and, most importantly, I didn’t know anyone in the industry.

Without wasting time, I searched the internet for acting and filmmaker groups in my area. I joined Meet-up.com and joined as many groups as I could. One group I found, Tacoma Filmmakers, hosts monthly networking events with accomplished men and women in the film industry. I took a chance on myself and attended the networking event. At the end of the night, I talked to everyone in the room and I listened intently to every conversation. It was at the Tacoma Filmmakers group that I found out about different shoots in the Seattle and Portland area.

Weeks later, I was at a shoot for an industrial for Kroger in Portland, Oregon. I made sure to talk to (and listen) to as many actors and crew as I could. Throughout the day, I learned more about agencies in the greater Seattle area than I would have by solely searching the internet. Whether good, bad, or indifferent, I heard it all! Because of all the information, I was able to make an informed decision about which agency to contact for representation.

Simply put, here are the action steps to take to find an agent:

  1. Network, network network!

-Find filmmaker and acting groups in your area and meet people! Don’t be scared. Get out there and become friends with successful people in the industry.

  1. Keep a notebook with you and take notes.

-Make sure to keep a small journal or notebook with you! The information you will hear will

be vital to your success.

  1. Use the internet to find contact information for agencies.

-Please do this step AFTER you complete steps 1 and 2. The internet is a great tool to find agencies in your area. However, the point of networking and becoming friends with people in the industry is to have support for your career.

  1. Be authentic! 

– People are smart. They know if someone is genuine and if someone is not. Get to know people in film. Trust me, you need friends to make it in this life.🙂

There you have it! Networking is crucial for finding an agent. The entertainment business is a relationship-based industry. Get out there, make friends, and create your career. For more acting tips, suggestions, and advice, check out my site at www.thefearlessactress.com and subscribe! When you subscribe, you will receive my free e-book, 5 Fearless Ways to Conquer The Audition. Stay blessed!

To your success,

Ashley❤

P.S. Special shout out to Tacoma Fillmmakers for helping me with my acting journey!  For more information about their group, go to www.tacomafilmmakers.com.

Ashley Noelle Jackson possesses many talents on and off stage and film. Originally from University Place, Washington, she attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts in 2013. Shortly after, she won Best Actress for her lead role in the short film, UnReflected at the Wait-A-Minute Film Festival in Tacoma, Washington. Jackson worked at KBTC Public Television and gained experience in TV production and hosting. She now resides in her hometown of University Place, Washington, but is willing to travel when the opportunity arises. When she isn’t working, Jackson loves playing video games, especially the Nintendo 64.

35 Selling Your Movie to a Niche Audience: Dan Benamor, co-writer/producer of Initiation

PLAY_BUTTON_01initiation_posterDan Benamor (IMDB) is a screenwriter and producer who has made a name for himself in the filmmaking industry.  His latest film Initiation has garnered critical claim within the Horror Film world.

In this episode Dan shares…

  • The value of writing and selling to a niche audience
  • Why writing to a location is valuable and how he uses that challenge to his advantage
  • Marketing Tips & More !!!

34 – 5 Tips for Actors seeking Work

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Although this episode is aimed at actors many of the tips shared apply to anyone in production.  Finding work as an actor is not easy.  If we’re honest it can get downright depressing at times.  In this episode I share tips for helping ease the pain of finding acting work, and tips that will help you not only land work but also help you grow along the way.  I can’t promise the moon because I don’t even have that, but I can promise that these tips will be of benefit to you as you move forward in your career.

 

33 Creating Unique Short Films: Supot Creator Phil Giordano

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phil_bio_pic_supot_mainPhil Giordano is an Italian-American filmmaker from Staten Island, New York.  He received his MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia.  Immediately after graduating, he accepted a contract to work as a writer director at Abundant Productions, one of the top production companies in Singapore.  While there, they were nominated for Production Agency of the Year.  Phil has worked on campaigns for Audi, Samsung, Guinness and Citibank and has won two commercial awards. His NYU thesis script SUPOT was a finalist at the Starz Denver Screenwriting Competition, a Semi-Finalist at the SHOWTIME Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition and an official selection in the Screenwriting Category at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.  Phil currently  lives and works in Singapore.

Check out Phil’s film Supot at www.SupotFilm.com 

Visit Phil at www.PhilipGiordano.com