Terminology Tuesday – Local Hire

We thought this would be a good term to follow yesterday’s #MondayMythDebunker.    What exactly does it mean to be a local hire? A local hire means that you are able able to work in the shooting location without the need for travel expenses. If you consider yourself to be a local hire, it means you are willing to: fly yourself to the shooting location, put yourself up at a hotel or other residence, and get yourself to/from set without …

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Monday Myth Debunker – You need to live in LA/NY to be a working actor.

We’ll just jump right in with a big, fat NOPE!⁠ Let’s start with this fun fact: In 2016, Georgia overtook California as the state location with the most feature films produced 🤯 ⁠ Productions have been venturing out of LA/NY for years and it’s mostly due to the tax rebates and lower costs of shooting. The film/TV world has been surging (during the non-Covid world) in places like New Orleans, Atlanta, New Mexico, and Austin. ⁠ Let’s sweeten the deal …

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Monday Myth Debunkers – It’s Who You Know.

Double-tap if you’ve been told this at least once in your career. ⁠ Is there any validity to it? Well, maybe. But let’s sprinkle some truth in there too. ⁠ Nepotism might appear to be your biggest Hollywood enemy. And while it’s not necessarily encouraged, there are definitely times when “knowing someone” might have pushed you in the door or helped you book the job (hence why almost every creative will shout from all angles to network your socks off). …

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Terminology Tuesday – Buyout

Since commercials seem to be among the few survivors of production during Covid, we felt talking about buyouts could be helpful.  A buyout is a flat fee/lump sum that is paid to talent in lieu of receiving residuals (residuals are those fun checks you get in the mail every time your commercial or TV episode airs). Most of the time, buyouts are used for low budget or non-union commercials since there is more leeway. For most union commercial jobs (and …

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Monday Myth Debunkers – Your Audition Starts the Moment you Walk Through the Door.

Or at least, for the foreseeable future, the “virtual” door.⁠ ⁠ Today’s #MondayMythDebunkers is more of a yes/no answer. Let’s break it down: ⁠ ⁠ YES: How you react, handle yourself, listen & communicate in the room are all things we mentally take note of. And YES, it is helpful to be a thoughtful, kind & gracious actor. However, it is important to know that we are not measuring an audition by your bubbly-ness level. You don’t get extra credit …

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Terminology Tuesday – Billing

Although it sounds like billing might be referring to how much money you’re going to make, it’s not. Rather, “billing” refers to Hollywood’s other form of currency – credits.  An actor’s billing refers to where & how an actor’s name gets credited in a film or TV episode. Agents, managers (and lawyers!) will negotiate tirelessly about how and where your name is placed. Position, font size, and whether your name appears alone or alongside another actor(s) are all negotiable points. …

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Monday Myth Debunker – Diversity Cost me the Job

Today’s #MondayMythDebunker felt appropriate. ⁠ ⁠ This statement is an excuse. Using the push for diversity is an “easy” way for actors to feel like they have a sense of control and explanation as to why a career in acting is hard. ⁠ ⁠ Acting is hard because the job itself is… pretty dang hard. And because there are a lot of good actors in the world.⁠ ⁠ But the truth is that the best actor wins the job. And …

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Monday Myth Debunker – I Need to Show Tears in Order to Nail the Scene

Have you ever left an audition feeling like you didn’t do your best because the person leaving before you was wiping away tears and you weren’t? The point of this post is to remind actors that extra congestion & smudged mascara is not a requirement to nailing a scene.  Remember: tears and authentic crying is not the goal. It’s an emotional result.  “Ok, I know, I know. My goal is the objective. But still, I’m not going to book after …

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