Monday, May 21, 2007
Agency Due DiligenceA few places to check an agent's background:
- California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Talent agency license database
- Association of Talent Agents list of members
- SAG's List of Franchised Agents
- AFTRA's List of Franchised Agents
Friday, May 18, 2007
48 + 48 + 1 = submission
Update 2012: postage rates have gone up again.
At a post office in Hollywood, I found there isn't yet a 97 cent stamp available. Nor can you add a first class letter stamp to a postcard stamp, as you used to, to reach the amount needed to mail a headshot (24+39=63 which was what it cost before Monday). You can do one of three things to get to exact postage:
- have the postal employee spend roughly 30 minutes with you printing out exact postage for each piece of a fifty piece mailing
- buy two 48 cent stamps and one 1 cent stamp for each headshot you wish to mail
- have access to a postage meter
Stage weapons will again be allowed in University theatrical productions... Administrators decided Monday afternoon to require that audiences instead be informed of the use of stage weapons before the start of every performance(from yaledailynews.com). I previously posted about this.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Acting for Free vs. Acting for MoneyA friend asked about how to pursue acting, and specifically asked, among other things, about acting for money verses acting for free. This is what I wrote:
Working for free for some is always acceptable since acting is for them more avocation than vocation. If one wants to make a living, I'd recommend, once you have some credits that may not have paid on a resume, only accept work that compensates in some way:Anyone have any other thoughts? Leave a comment.
Like all professions, eventually one must get paid for one's work if one plans to make a living at it. Doctors take 10 years to become doctors after college. Actor's should expect the same kind of investment of time to become established.
- artistically [helps to hone craft]
- builds career [looks good on resume]
Wednesday, May 09, 2007