*Always be on time for your audition. In fact, plan on arriving 10 minutes prior to your audition appointment. Traffic or train delays will happen (this is NYC!) so plan ahead!
*Always bring a few headshots at every audition or event you attend. You never know who may be there.
*Always follow up with a thank you note for any audition and meeting. This note should be a simple and succinct.
*Do not appear desperate or make any reference to the fact that you "cannot find work" or say "I never book anything". Our words are so powerful so choose what you say to yourself and others wisely!
*When going into the audition room, do not tell your life story or about how bad your day was. Greet everyone in the room and be prepared with the audition material. When the audition is over thank them and leave the room. Do not ask for feedback!
*Prepare fully for any audition that you are on. If they ask for a monologue, be fully prepared to give one or two. If sides were provided, they were done so for a reason- prepare them. Every actor should practice with a coach or peer before every audition.*Do your research before every audition. If you are auditioning for a TV Show or stage show it is best to see a few performances so you can pick up on the dynamics of the characters
*Once an audition is over, let it go.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the difference between a manager and agent?
A: A manager works more closely with the actor in guiding their career such as suggesting specific headshots, classes, and introducing them to agents. Agents are licensed and regulated. Agents are focused on submitting their clients daily to breakdowns.
Q: How do I know if an agency or management company is legitimate?
A: An agency is a regulated business, If in doubt, ask other actors who have interviewed or have worked with that company. That is usually your best source of information. A legitimate agency never charges any upfront fees such as website, photography services, classes, or submission fees. Agents only receive 10% commission when their client books any work that was a result of their efforts. You never should pay an agent for anything other than the 10% commission. You need to have solid training and a good headshot, but an agency should never push a specific class or photographer on to you. If the agent is pushing something onto you, it usually means that they are getting compensated by that studio.
Q: I am new to the acting business, what can I do to build up credits?
A: Being an actor is a full time career. While, you may need a survival job, you should still treat this business as a career. Therefore, you should be on the casting sites and networking daily. Audition for plays, student films, and independent films. Some of these projects may be non-paying, however they are a great way to network with upcoming directors, actors, producers, and playwrights. Also, become friends with other actors as they can often be a strong support system. It may take a few years to build up your resume, but never give up hope or get discouraged!
Q: What mindset should a performer adopt?
A: Be positive, no matter how hard things might seem at the moment. Perseverance is the key in this industry. Most veteran actors have been at it for years before their big break. If you do not get a call back from an audition, it is not the end of the world. There are many factors as to why an actor is not cast and most of the time it has nothing to do with performance. Take advantage of every opportunity and audition as much as you can. Also, it is important that you are always receiving some form of training or coaching. Acting is a skill and an instrument, and as with any skill or instrument you need to practice and fine tune it daily. As a rule only submit yourself and audition for projects that you are right for. It is a waste of time and a big turn off to submit yourself to projects that do not call for your type.
Q: How do I get an agent?
A: Invite them to attend showcases that you are in or film screenings that you are in. Make sure you invite them to a performance in which you have a strong role in. I made a comment about networking with actors earlier, as many agent interviews take place due to referrals from other actors that are working with that agency. Contrary to popular belief, you do not always need an agent to get credits or progress in this industry. Many actors book quality projects on their own. So if you do not have an agent at this time, do not get discouraged. The stronger your resume, the better your chances of landing representation. You are always your best agent!
Q: What do you look for in a performer:
A: I look to see if a performer is "bookable". To do this, I look for actors that are auditioning and always working on projects even if they are unpaid. Agents look for someone that will represent them well too and that they can make money from. This is why agents are very selective in who they choose to work with. I also look for someone who has a positive attitude and is resourceful. It is also expected that the performer will search for work on their own in addition to being represented by my agency. An agent is never 100% responsible for one’s career. This is your career, so give it 150% priority and responsibility. Another important point is to follow up with everyone you meet. Keep all industry updated with bookings & callbacks.