Terminology Tuesday – Table Read

Also known as a read-through, a table read is an organized reading of the screenplay or script by actors in a production.  In addition to the cast, table reads are usually attended by studio/network executives, producers, heads of department, writers, directors, among others. It’s the first time everyone will be able to hear the script aloud for the first time. Because of this, table reads are extremely helpful for the writer(s) to identify problem areas in the script.  Some differences …

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Monday Myth Debunker – Any Agent is Better than no Agent.

Have you ever had this thought? Or at heard another actor utter this phrase? We get it. Getting representation can feel like dating in LA. It can be hard & a little frustrating (ok a LOT frustrating). That’s why actors sometimes think they have to sign with someone the moment they hear a “yes.” But guess what? You don’t have to. AND it will not break your career.  As with anything in life: 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕤𝕒𝕪 “𝕟𝕠” 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕓𝕖 …

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Terminology Tuesday – Material

Your materials consist of your 3 main actor tools: your headshot, your resume & your reel. So when someone asks you for your materials, that’s what they mean.  We’ve talked a lot about headshots and reels already, so let’s dive more specifically into resumes today.  The purpose of your resume is to tell us your experience, training & skill set. That’s it! We’re gotten to be pretty good at reading them quickly. And because of that, it’s helpful if YOU …

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Monday Myth Debunker – Workshops are Pay-to-Play Auditions

Workshops are just pay-to-play auditions.  Ready to sing it? 🎶 Nopity nope nope 🎶 Before we dive more into today’s myth, let’s first properly define a casting director workshop: A casting director workshop is a class taught by a casting professional (casting associate & above) with the intent to teach and inform actors of varying casting perspectives. Now, you may or may not remember the 2017 lawsuit. It was big news. And there was a lot of words being floated …

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Terminology Tuesday – Loop Group

Also known as “walla” and, most correctly, as group ADR: Automated Dialogue Replacement. ⁠ ⁠ It’s also considered one of the cushiest jobs in the biz. More on that in a bit. ⁠ ⁠ In TV and film, only the principal actors are mic’d; the background actors are not. This is so that sound can stay clean for each scene and the principal actors can be heard. The loop group then comes in to create the ambiance for the entire …

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Monday Myth Debunker – I Need to have a Plan B

In the famous words of @prattprattpratt, “I didn’t have a plan B.” ⁠ ⁠ This might be scary to hear, but you don’t need a “back up plan.”⁠ ⁠ It doesn’t have to be THIS or THAT. ⁠ ⁠ You can still pour your heart, soul & energy into your acting and also pour energy right into… anything else. ⁠ ⁠ There is no limit to the number of dreams and goals you are allowed to have. ⁠ ⁠ And …

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Terminology Tuesday – Day out of Days

Also known as a board or schedule, a DOOD is a chart used by a film or TV production to tally the number of paid days for each cast member.  A lot of factors go into making these schedules. Predominantly: locations and contracted actor availabilities.  Casting offices use DOODs for a variety of important reasons: · To determine whether a co-star is a day player or on a 3-day/weekly contract · To make sure that certain actor requests have been …

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Monday Myth Debunker – You Need to be Sending out Mailers

*sigh* mailers.  What are mailers? Mailers are anything that actors mail to us or drop off in person (RIP to drop-off days though, at least for now).  They come in forms of postcards, letters, flyers, cards, headshots, stacks of headshots, USB thumb drives, Blu-Rays, QR codes, hand sanitizers, headshots within a retro 90’s View-Master, Starbucks gift cards, post-it notes, bags of candy with your headshot on every wrapper… you name it. We’ve seen it all. But is it effective? And …

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