Monday Myth Debunker – The Production Value in a Self Tape isn’t Important.

Buckle up, today’s #mondaymythdebunker is a controversial one! Member the good old days when you’d walk into a casting office and the room was equipped with everything needed to achieve the perfectly recorded tape? Well (currently) we’ve traded in-person auditioning with self taping/virtual casting so in a sense, we’ve passed the producing torch to you. That’s right—in the land of self tapes 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚍𝚞𝚌𝚎𝚛. 𝘎𝘶𝘭𝘱. We know it’s a lot. And we are …

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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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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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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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Monday Myth Debunkers – IMDB STARmeters Matter.

The STARmeter is IMDB’s ranking system based on searches done by the website’s users. Basically, the more you’re searched for on IMDB, the higher your star meter is. These rankings are updated weekly.⁠ ⁠ We’ve seen actors go through great lengths to get that coveted star meter up. ⁠ ⁠ And we can’t help but wonder.. 𝘸𝘩𝘺?⁠ ⁠ Here are a few reasons why your IMDB STARmeter does not matter:⁠ ⁠ 1. If we’re on IMDB, it’s to find contact …

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Monday Myth Debunkers – I Just Need to Book One Co-Star Job.

We hear this a lot: “I just need to book one co-star job and then…” And then…? YES booking your first co-star job is EXCITING, MEMORABLE, and DEFINITELY something to be proud of. YES booking your first co-star job can help you land representation. YES booking your first co-star job can lead to booking MORE jobs in general. BUT (and this is a big-fat-BUT) 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙥 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚. You are responsible for your future success, not your booking. Point …

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Monday Myth Debunkers – You Shouldn’t be Holding Your Sides.

While being off-book is supremely helpful in order for you to concentrate more on the direction we give you vs. your lines, holding your sides is A-OK. Here’s why:⁠ ⁠ 1. The frame we’re getting is fairly tight. A standard frame for in-person sessions and self-taping is a medium close-up (about mid-bust). ⁠ ⁠ Translation: we aint seeing those sides one bit. ⁠ ⁠ 2. If your sides act as a security blanket and help your feel more confident in …

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Monday Myth Debunkers – Casting Directors Don’t Actually Watch Reels.

If there was a prize for the biggest #mythdebunker, it would go to this one.  Nothing could be further from the truth. And here’s the why… If you didn’t already know: casting is a LOT of work.  Between the speedy expectations of casting, the multiple projects on our plate, we have to efficiently allot time for: producer sessions, emails, avail checks, breakdowns, script reading, generals, budget crunching, submission reviewing, list-making, reel editing, pitch calls, concept meetings, studio/network calls, director calls, …

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Monday Myth Debunker – It’s Better to Address Conflicts as They Come Vs. Book Out with my Agent.

No conflicts are better than any conflicts, right? Well, technically, sure. But there’s a worse situation to be in. It’s the scenario that CDs, reps & actors alike all dread.  That moment when your agent calls to pin you and — 😳😳😳 You have plans. Like, BIG unchangeable plans… right during that shooting period.  𝑮𝒖𝒍𝒑. Gulp is right. To give you an idea, here’s a little sample of what can happen if you’re picked as the choice for a role …

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