Thursday, May 27, 2010

Casting Director Workshops and Fairness

...if anyone in a field is allowed to PAY for a job interview, the playing field suddenly becomes very lopsided, and unfairly so. Should Rich Kid Sally have a better shot at that coveted office job with flexible hours, high pay, and an understanding that you’re going to need to leave for auditions over Poor Kid Joe merely because she could pay for a job interview? At that point, we are no longer looking at merit (or even connections, social intelligence, whatever) as a reason for hire. Suddenly the well-to-do are able to (ostensibly) move to the front of the line simply because of money. Restricting this practice does not come from a motivation of restricting choice, but rather to protect large portions of the population as well as attempting to have as level a playing field as possible

(Ben Whitehair's post about Casting Director Workshops).

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Commitment and Courage

Commitment is healthiest when it's not without doubt but in spite of doubt.

-Dr. Rollo May

And I paraphrase David Mamet in saying that acting is in part facing the unknown with courage.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Actors as Animals

An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal - falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox.

- Francois Truffaut

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

This Industry is Random

Rob Long's most recent Martini Shot podcast episode The List is more than entertaining, it elucidates how progress and opportunities are often random in this business (listen to the mp3).

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

How to Self-Tape Your Audition

Marci Liroff wrote a note about How to Self-Tape Your Audition. From that I found a video about 3 point lighting.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Sartre on Acting

Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.

- Jean-Paul Sartre

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

MBAs Running Show Business

I blog for Vicious Concepts and wrote a post about our industry:

MBAs running showbiz is like having a doctor hang ceiling tiles: they might get it right, but why would you ask them to try in the first place? To have MBAs, general business people, in charge of entertainment companies makes little sense in the final analysis. Sure they might know about allocating money and saying what stockholders, the board and colleagues want to hear, but they aren't showman (and show-women; show people) [read more]

(from Details - Video, Social Media and the Internet).

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