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Your Questions About Actors Access

Laura asks…

Actors Access and LA Casting?

Are these websites both really good? Reviews would be helpful(: i want to sign up for LA Casting but AA im wondering about because i want to do paying jobs not no pay. My acting teachers said they were both good but if you have an opinion please let me know!

admin answers:

Both are legitimate, and very good websites. Sometimes they have the same audition notices, but both are essential to success as an LA actor, because you need to know about ALL opportunities. I would also suggest Backstage and using CastingAbout (run by Breakdown Services) and Casting Networks. These websites will obviously list nonunion (thus lo/no/deferred) roles, but they are also the most likely to post union (higher paying) jobs as well.

Note, if you use Actors Access, get the yearly subscription, if you plan on submitting more than 34 times (which you probably will), it is cheaper to do that than pay per submission.

Betty asks…

Is actingaccess.com(acting access) for only professionals or for unknown actors?

I want to sign up but I’m not sure. I would go for the free package.

admin answers:

The above poster has it right in that it is ‘actorsaccess.com’. And it is for everyone, and it is the perfect place to begin, especially if you are new to the industry. It is actually a division of breakdown services (the people to supply the breakdowns for all the major TV and film roles). The best thing, to be honest, if you’re want to submit via actors access is spend the $68 (not $50) for the ‘Showfax’ account which gives you not only unlimited submissions, but access to all the ‘sides’ for every audition happening – big stuff as well as little.

The only possible issue is that it helps to live in geographic areas that are serviced by actors access. It, along with LACasting.com, are the only legit audition resources for the beginning actor that I would EVER recommend.

David asks…

What do I post on my notes in applying for a role on Actor’s Access?

admin answers:

I use Actors Access and am giving you the real deal.

You post anything that is relevant to the casting.

For example:
-If they ask for improv experience and you honestly have some, you can say something like “Studied at Second City/Groundlings/UCB/IO etc.”

-If they ask for musical instrument. If you’re experienced, you can say “B.M. In music peformance, violin”

I’ve interviewed casting directors and myself have been on the casting director side of actors access and can tell you that writing relevant facts do help you.

Mark asks…

How can a user of “actorsaccess.com” go on to be a successful (paid) actor in films?

If you use “actorsaccess” is it just a building block for your resume? Or what?
You go there.. get discovered by an agent? Or… What exactly is it about? After you sign up, do a few movies, whats next?

admin answers:

I’m an LA Actor and user of Actors Access so I’m giving you the REAL DEAL!

Actors Access is an affiliate of Breakdown services where more than 95% of the MAJOR film/tv Casting Directors post their castings. However, Breakdown Services is ONLY accessible by agents. All of the smaller jobs and whatever is left over are posted on Actors Access.

On Actors Access, you’re ONLY going to see 30% of the work out there. ONLY agents have access to the other 70% and can submit you to audition for the 70%. You need to do the 30% to build your resume and reel so you can get an agent who can send you to major Film/TV auditions.

Here’s the cliffnotes of what you can do to be successful in acting and eventually get an agent:

1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

*=If you’re on a budget

Acting business:
*Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
*How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
*Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
-How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
*An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
-One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
-So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
-Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

Acting:
*Book the Job-Doug Warhit
*Intent to Live-Larry Moss
-Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
-Acting in Film-Michael Caine
-Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

Method Acting:
*Art of Acting-Stella Adler
*Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
*A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
-Actor’s Art and Craft-William Esper
-The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
-No Acting Please-Eric Morris
-Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
-Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
-You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
-Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

Comedy
-8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
-The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

Improv
-Anything by Viola Spolin
-Steve Book on Acting: Improv

Auditioning/Cold Reading:
*How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
*Audition-Michael Shurtleff
-Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

2.GET TRAINING!

Regardless of how “talented” you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

Definitely take classes in:
-Cold Reading/Auditioning
-Improv
-Scene study
-Commercials

3. Get GREAT headshots

Here’s is a good place to start:
http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/110106342

4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

Sample Resume:
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/ELDORADO59/scan0002.jpg

How to make an ACTING resume:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

-ActorsAccess.com
-LACasting.com
-Nowcasting.com
-NYCasting.com
-NYCastings.com
-Backstage.com

Free but proceed with caution:
-Castingcallsearch.com
-Mandy.com
-Craigslist

5. Get an Agent

Look up LEGIT agencies here:
http://www.agentassociation.com/

http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
-Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
-Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
-Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

DON’T
-Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
-Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

Maria asks…

Has anyone tried actors access?

does this work

admin answers:

Yes, and Yes

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