TOOLS OF THE MOVIE TRADE
Be willing to invest in the TOOLS of the movie trade.
PHOTOS: These (HEADSHOTS) are your calling cards and must always
look like you. Don't even think about getting 'glamour shots' because they won't look like your everyday look.
This is your record of experiences and training in the movie and modeling industry. Keep it up to date with accurate information
and contact numbers that are not scratched through.
WEBSITES: Create your own or join one that will display your
photos, resume and bio. Add your voice and movie audition clips if you have them.
MOVIE CLIPS: Keep a video record
of the roles you have performed, auditions, screen tests, etc. This provides a visual history of your growth and development.
EMAIL US: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be willing to take an active role in your marketing and promotions. It will not just "happen" for you. When you
have proved yourself, you will then be sought after. Never stop being involved in creating your image.
TALENT SCOUTS, TALENT AGENTS, PERSONAL MANAGERS
Expect to pay a percentage of your earnings to your agent and/or manager.
Personal Managers will help you to make
the right contacts and to keep your career focused, therefore, they will require payment before, during and after you land
Talent Scouts are usually paid by an agency, not by the recruit.
SCAMS, SHAMS AND DEAD ENDS
"There is no such thing as getting discovered".
What this means is that you should expect to pay your dues,
work hard to promote yourself and when some one "discovers" your hard-won talent, skills and abilities, know that
there will be cost involved.
Do not fall prey to those who will tell you that you should not pay anything to get
into the acting arena. That may be true if you are just an "BACKGROUND EXTRA", but if you intend to compete for
a speaking role, you'd better have the skills and the packaging.
Also note those who will tell you that will turn
right around and accept your check for $1,500 for a photo shoot.
Every training session is more valuable to your
career than the small tuititon fee.
Looks alone may get you a second look, but you'd better have some bonafide skills
to stay on top and in demand.