Terminology Tuesday – Studio/Network Test

Anyone here actually miss testing in-person for a pilot? …Anyone? Well, ok, while getting to the studio or network test portion is usually a GOOD thing, it can also feel pretty daunting.  Let’s power through the testing process to help you understand what it’s about, why execs do them, and how to nail your pilot test.  What is exactly is a studio or network test? A studio/network test is essentially the “last” audition in the casting process for a pilot. …

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Terminology Tuesday – Single Vs. Multi-Cam

Today’s #terminologytuesday was a request that we are happy to oblige! When you go in for a comedic audition, it’s important to first decipher whether the show is a single-cam or multi-cam comedy.  Single-cam & multi-cam comedies have a different tone/feel and your performance should be adjusted as such.  Multi-cam comedies can feel “bigger” and a little more “theatrical.” They are more fast paced and joke-driven. Shows like Seinfeld, Friends and Big Bang Theories are all multi-cam comedies. In short, …

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Monday Myth Debunkers – Casting Offices Don’t Take Pitches.

This one might be more for the agents/managers in the house but it’s also helpful for actors to hear too.  Oh, pitches. It’s what causes our phones to fall off the hook and is the primary reason we are ever weeks behind on emails.  Are they effective? Are they annoying? Do they matter? First, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page as far as what pitches actually are.  In this instance, we’re specifically referring to agent/managers who pitch …

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Terminology Tuesday – Throw It Away

Dear beloved actors: one of the biggest “mistakes” we see in the room or virtually is actors either not understanding our note or just not taking it. ⁠ ⁠ So today, let’s dive in to one of the most common notes we give: “throw it away.” Sometimes we’ll even just say to “simplify.”⁠ ⁠ I know I’ve had actors look at me like I have 3 heads when I’ve told them to “simplify” the dialogue and realized that maybe, for …

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Monday Myth Debunkers – Casting Directors Are Not On Your Team.

Well, ok, we’re not on your management team. ⁠ ⁠ But we ARE the people who want you to trust us and who want you to book the job.⁠ ⁠ Let’s repeat that again: ⁠ ⁠ We actually (desperately even) want you to do well and book the damn job. ⁠ ⁠ Actors: TV/film may have stereotyped us into snack-obsessed-audition-ruining-heathens…⁠ ⁠ But here’s the truth about how we advocate for you:⁠ ⁠ 🎦 We’ll cut up your reel—scour the internet …

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Monday Myth Debunkers – It’s All About Looks.

It’s true! You must be attractive to get auditions and book jobs. ⁠ ⁠ *𝘨𝘢𝘴𝘱*⁠ ⁠ But by “attractive” we don’t mean six-packs, veneers and balayage. ⁠ ⁠ 𝕎𝕖’𝕣𝕖 𝕥𝕒𝕝𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒𝕥𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕖 𝕚𝕟 𝕢𝕦𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕚𝕖𝕤, 𝕗𝕠𝕝𝕜𝕤.⁠ ⁠ Attractive actors = ones who work hard, have a can-do attitude, have the ability to be present & stay-focused, and be a pleasant person to be around. ⁠ ⁠ Ok, ok, you’ve heard those things before. ⁠ ⁠ So let’s get to the crux of …

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Terminology Tuesday – Loan-Out

A loan-out is a personal company & legal business entity. ⁠ ⁠ The individual, YOU, are technically employed by your own loan-out company. ⁠ ⁠ Loan-out companies can take many different forms such as an LLC, an S-Corporation, or a C-Corporation. ⁠ ⁠ ᴡʜʏ ʙᴇᴄᴏᴍᴇ ɪɴᴄᴏʀᴘᴏʀᴀᴛᴇᴅ?⁠ ⁠ There are a few benefits:⁠ ⁠ 💰 Lower tax rates. While individuals are taxed on a sliding scale according to their earnings, corps are usually taxed a flat fee. The savings can be …

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Terminology Tuesday – Packaging

Packaging is a type of bundling where an agency develops a film or television project using writers, directors and/or actors it represents, before giving other agencies a chance to submit their clients for the project.⁠ ⁠ A packaged project is in between the script stage and the pre-production stage. ⁠ ⁠ A typical packaging of a film might include a shortlist of the main actors who are willing to commit to being in the film, a name director and/or cinematographer …

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Monday Myth Debunkers – The Market is too Saturated with my Type.

Acting is an art, no doubt. But it’s also a business. ⁠ ⁠ And if there’s one thing successful businessmen and women want you to know; it’s that there’s no such thing as an overly saturated market, especially when the “demand” is so high. ⁠ ⁠ And the demand is high. ⁠ ⁠ Even now. Even during a pandemic. Even as productions just start to go back. ⁠ ⁠ We are looking for you. ⁠ ⁠ YOU!⁠ ⁠ You, the …

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Terminology Tuesday – Deal Memo

A deal memo is a less formal employment contract, usually implemented by the studio and drafted by a casting director or associate. ⁠ ⁠ Because they are less formal, they generally contain significantly less wording than traditional contracts but are still binding. ⁠ ⁠ In a deal memo, you can find all details of the job including terms of employment, financial compensation, billing and any travel points such as transportation/accommodations/per diem etc.⁠ If you’re represented, your agent/manager will take care …

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