I am stuck in character roles, what does that mean? How much experience should I have before making the move to LA? Amy answers these questions and more on this week’s Ask Amy! Each week Amy answers your questions here! Do you need acting technique tips or career advice? Send them here: AskAmyLyndon@gmail.com.
Amy Lyndon is a Celebrity Booking Coach, CEO and Author of “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking.” She has 40+ Series Regulars, an Emmy Winner, an Imagen Award Winner and 1000’s of Working Actors around the globe all using her Technique. She’s also an Award Winning Actress, Director and Writer currently with 91 IMDB credits and was the CEO – Personal Manager of Gold-Levin Talent for 9 years.
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Hello, I am Indian. I have done some work here in India, but I want to work in Hollywood, so what should I do?
I can’t tell you how many times I get that question… So, here goes… Make sure you have some recognizable credits or scenes with stars from your country before you come here. You can get an agent inside the USA in several states and in Canada and the UK, but it’s not possible to have one here and live in India. So, before you move to Los Angeles, save up 3 years worth of bank to truly focus on building and creating a career. It’s impossible to work in Hollywood without living here when you don’t have credits. It’s hard enough when you do live here to work without credits. Good luck on your journey! Hope to be welcoming you to LA LA Land soon.
I am always cast as the “friend.” I have been told I have a unique look, not what I usually see as leading roles but I think I have what it takes! Is there any chance a “goofy-looking” girl could ever be the lead?
If you’re not a model and you’re over 18, then probably 95% of actors are considered “Character.” There are TONS of Character Leads! Take some time and really look at the casting on Television… Mindy Kaling, Mayim Bialik, Lena Dunham, Viola Davis, Ellen Pompeo… Seriously, the list goes on. There is room for EVERYONE!! The only requirement is that you’re brilliant!
Hello Amy. I am putting together my demo reel and I’m not sure what to put in it. I have been in some big movies but only very small parts. I also have some unknown movies where I have longer monologue-type scenes…. What should I include/what should come first?
Start your demo with a small scene with a star from a big movie, then put up the Title Card with your name and then put a killer acting scene no more than 35 – 40 seconds after and then keep layering in 20 – 35 seconds of different characters one after the other – then end with a Title Card with your name and an email. People get excited by great acting and range – help them see how many ways they can make $ off of you by all the great roles you can play. Put the smaller recognizable scenes in-between the longer kick butt ones. You tell them how to market you.
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