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Social Media Networking, Demo Reels, in this week’s Ask Amy

Poster WebSocial Media Networking, Demo Reels, in this week’s Ask Amy: Amy dishes on how to harness the power of social media networking, putting together a demo reel, finding a manager, and the manager perspective. 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.

Watch And Learn The Technique Streaming Online From Anywhere In The World – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thelyndontechnique

Amy Lyndon

CEO – The Lyndon Technique

Phone: 818.760.8501

Website: http://thelyndontechnique.com (Order Amy’s Book here: “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking Technique”)

Amy’s Actor Business Site: http://TLTaccess.com (Learn How To Match Your Package With Your Talent – Get A Free Week)

Testimonials: http://www.coldreadingclasses.com/testimonials.html

Hello Amy, 

My name is Olu and I’m just fascinated by how casting directors are using social media more to recruit potential acting talent, in contrast to the more of the traditional approach like holding face to face auditions. Not just online but I’ve even heard stories of casting directors scouting people off the street to portray certain roles, which I find remarkable. Anyway, my question is what are your views on online casting calls? And what other things do you see casting directors doing in recruiting more faces in future?? Many thanks!

Olu, it really doesn’t matter where someone finds you, as long as they find you. Whatever you can do to make that happen is where you need to be. Get out there and start meeting people at auditions and online. The CD’s that are scouting off the street… well that’s just plain luck for those people privy to it. Book films that go to film festivals – that’s another place to meet people. Especially Sundance Film Festival.

 

Hi Amy!

I am a 17-year-old actress, singer and model from Puerto Rico and would love to head start my career in the US but a lot of agencies only accept local talent. Any tips on how to make this possible? Do you know some agencies that work internationally?

Make it in your country and then come here with credits and footage. Don’t know what agencies work internationally, but I’m sure you can google search it. It’s all about getting a work visa. Contact Richard Burke to get one: https://www.facebook.com/richard.burke.568632?fref=ts

 

I am trying to get a reel together for my daughter. I want to put something together now from what I have and add more later. I have 1 commercial and 3 clips from independent and short films. Should I put commercial and film together, since I don’t have much right now? Should I have dramatic and comedic film together? How about scenes with no dialog, can they be included?  How short or long should the reel be?  Should the reel open with her name and agents phone number? I have attached a link to show you what I have so far. If you have time I would love for you to let me know what you think.  🙂

Thank you so much for your time,

Jackie Williams

Hi Jackie. If the reel doesn’t represent what your daughter is selling, then you need to get a new one made. There are some great companies that do that. Without seeing the footage… I’d say keep them separate. Put the drama with the comedy because you don’t have much. If it’s not recognizable material try to keep it to a minute for each demo. Stand alone clips are good too. Start with a clip then her name in white on a black background – continue on, and end with the name again and an email. If you want more information… call the office 818 760 8501 to attend my Business Workshop that I hold each month and you can also learn the business by signing up on my site http://TLTaccess.com 🙂

 

Dear Amy,

How can an actor deal with this? As a manager, I feel like they should be prepared for casting directors who read flat, skip lines and can be generally uninterested… but since I’m not an actor I don’t know what that experience is like and don’t want to be too critical… thoughts? 

Michelle Jannone – Personal Manager

Dear Michelle,

Actors need to understand that it’s not how the casting director is reading, but how they hear what the casting director says from their character point of view.  Actors need to be auditioning for everything and anything to be able to deal in any situation.  If anything is throwing them, then they’re still too inexperienced.  It really does take practice to deal with the disinterested, disrespectful and lame reads that some CD’s give.  The truth is… if they gave a great read, then they would only be concentrating on their own acting and not the actors.  It’s easier to speed-read it and skip to the actor’s parts in order to see if they’re the character or not.  They already have a job.

 

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Personal vs. General: Why the latter is Death to the Actor

Being ‘general’ in your work is death to the Actor

Being ‘general’ in your work is death to the Actor

No one remembers the generic actor. Be personal in your work; being general is DEATH to the Actor! Perhaps the most important internal work an actor can do, to build upon the imaginative, creative work one must do to create a profoundly moving performance for an audience to witness, is to attach his or her self – his or her own real life – in a deeply PERSONAL way – to the events, circumstances and dialogue of their character. As I wrote about in the article SPECIFICS, being general in your work is death to the actor. This is in regard to the specificity of something that has an effect on a given scene, like a Physical State. How drunk are you? How many drinks? Four? Or nine?? What type of liquor have you been drinking? How long have you been drinking? But this concept is even more crucial to personal dynamics that might be the threads that lead you through an entire part, an entire play or film, or even a TV series that lasts for years. For example, the useful and important question for actors to ask when working on a scene is “What is this relationship like in my own real life?” – or “Who is this person to me?”

To create deeply personal dynamics in your performances, the following are simple, practical exercises and techniques that can help tremendously.

Personalization / Endowment

Attach qualities and characteristics of a person in your life to another character in the play. Take specific stock of the characteristics that the person in your life and the actor playing the part share. ENDOW your scene partner with the specific nature of the relationship you hold with the person from your life. Hence, if you are playing a police detective, you can endow your “Chief” with the power and respect you hold for your father.

If you INVEST in this personalization, its power and specificity, you will respond instinctively and fully in the desired manner. You won’t have to plan too much or think too much about how to respond in the scene, your work will become more impulsive and if the character you are personalizing never appears on stage, but is only referred to in the play, then when you speak of that character, simply “make” that character the person from your life – and essentially – speak about them with the writer’s words.

Tell a Personal Story

Write or improvise a story of something that happened in your life. Make it up from your imagination for the character you are playing or use something referred to in the script and from YOUR ACTUAL PAST – mix them up at your leisure – and at your impluse. Someone watching should not be able to tell what is imagination and what is real. The story, ideally, should, in a profound way, express who you are and what makes you that way – or – who your character is and what makes “them” that way.

The Actor should use all of their abilities to communicate, just as they would in approaching a monologue or role that exposed someone else’s deepest self. Use intelligence, humor, anger, sorrow, charm and simple truth. Reach out. Affect your self and therefore, your audience. As an exercise make sure the story has a beginning, a middle and an end. You must have a private NEED (Justification/Intention) for telling the story. That means deciding WHO you are telling it to. This will give the story the thrust of an INTENTION – whatever INTENTION the Actor CHOOSES that will fulfill that NEED.

This is a clear path to self-exposure, self-revelation, and the challenging process of SHARING DEEPLY PERSONAL PARTS OF ONE’S SELF with an audience, and integrating it into a character. This is ACTING PERSONAL.

 

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No Credits? No problem! Technique, Audition-speak, and Help for the Brand New Actor

Poster WebNo Credits? No problem! Technique, Audition-speak, and Brand New Actors: Amy talks acting technique, confusing audition-speak, and how brand-new actors can break into the industry. 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.

Watch And Learn The Technique Streaming Online From Anywhere In The World – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thelyndontechnique

Amy Lyndon

CEO – The Lyndon Technique

Phone: 818.760.8501

Website: http://thelyndontechnique.com (Order Amy’s Book here: “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking Technique”)

Amy’s Actor Business Site: http://TLTaccess.com (Learn How To Match Your Package With Your Talent – Get A Free Week)

Testimonials: http://www.coldreadingclasses.com/testimonials.html

 

Hi!… My name is Raymond, and I would like to know if there’s any chances you know any websites or technique that explains how to project a feeling on camera?

Thank you!

Yes. Raymond. Check out the technique that has turned out 40 Series Regulars, An Emmy Winner and an Imogen Winner. It’s the Technique that saved me when I moved to Los Angeles. This technique will help you find your feelings and when you know where they are you will let them breathe through the material and work as an actor. Go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thelyndontechnique and become like one of these Series Regulars and Film Stars: Christel Khalil (Won an EMMY for The Young and the Restless), Carlos Pratts (McFarland, USA), Denise Vasi (Single Ladies), Nadine Velazquez (My Name Is Earl/Flight), Adam Brody (The OC), Hosea Chanchez (The Game), Sterling Knight (Sonny with a Chance), Kenton Duty (Shake It Up), Chris D’Elia (Undateable), Paris Smith (Every Witch Way), Autumn Wendel (Every Witch Way), Gabrielle Elyse (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn), Jake Brennan (Richie Rich), Lauren Taylor (Best Friends Whenever/Richie Rich), (Olivia Stuck (Kirby Buckets) and Raini Rodriquez (Austin and Ally). http://TheLyndonTechnique.com

 

Dear Amy,

I had an audition the other day for a feature film and I was improvising on camera as directed, all seemed to be going well when the CD asked me to reverse the scene. I had no idea what he meant! Did he want the characters to reverse the roles? Or just to reverse the scene itself? I felt like such an idiot and I guess I should have done something, but I just professed ignorance and he didn’t elaborate. Needless to say, I didn’t get a call back and the part was perfect for me! What should I have done?

Ignorant in Reseda!

Mercy

Dear Mercy,

Can’t help you with that one.  Strange.  What I can say is that it is YOUR AUDITION and you should never put yourself out there without full clarification ever.  You should not have continued YOUR AUDITION without knowing full well what the adjustment was in detail.  Don’t forget… this business is extremely inconvenient.  You have to download the sides, change your schedule, get all dressed up, deal with LA traffic, pay for parking, walk a mile and deal with the outer office nonsense all to not have clarification????  What a waste of your precious time and money.

 

Dear Amy,

I don’t have many credits on my resume.  What should I do?

What you need to ask yourself is, if anyone were to turn over my picture and look at my resume, would they be engaged by my uniqueness to ask a question?  Never be ashamed of your accomplishments.  If you can whistle through your nose, write it down as a skill.  You never know what casting is looking for. If you speak languages, have unique dialects, play professional ball or have CPR training, write it down.  Anything that’s special about you can get you noticed.  Focus on your Training/Special Skills section and beef up your theatre credits as much as possible.  If you are interesting, people will be interested.

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the Cast It Talent website. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  #RightActorRightJob

 

The Nudity Question: To Bare or Not to Bare?

Outside, winter creeps apace, chilly winds heralding a glorious season of hibernation. It’s that sluggish time of year when we can stop exercising, grow lumberjack beards, and/or safely wear jeans over unshaven legs, content in an external, sub-zero justification of self-neglect. But one noble industry is pumping away, determined to keep America—nay, the world, steamy and self-consciously alert. These heroes never sleep. They are the masterminds that work year-round to bring you Bond girls, most Kate Winslet films (sorry, Kate, much respect) and Hugh Jackman’s naked backside (Not sorry. Thank you, Days of Future Past). That’s right! For actors, there is no off-season, not when nudity is so frequently used to provoke, reveal, and, of course, sell.

If you plan to pursue a serious career as an actor, you will most likely be confronted with some variation of the following sign-in sheet question: “Are you comfortable with nudity?”  Sometimes it is part of the character description. Sometimes it is the only character description. If these words strike terror into your heart, never fear. We’re here to strip away the outer layers and expose the truth of the nudity question. (Article disclaimer: all puns intended). Here are some factors to consider if you don’t know where you stand:

1.     Answer The Question Honestly. First things first. If you are staring the question in the face before an audition, it can be tempting to fall back on the actors stand-by of say yes now, learn new skills/negotiate later. I am every bit as guilty of perpetuating this policy as anyone else, and I am not saying that it never applies to the nudity conundrum. Just remember, this is one of those white lies that will become pretty immediately apparent, and potentially a problem. If you know in your bones (or bone. Geeeeeeet it? I’m done), that you are not and will not be comfortable with nudity, don’t go out for that role. It’s just bad form. Everyone will be justifiably annoyed if you pull a bait and switch on this one, which will be bad for your reputation, if nothing else. On the flip side, remember that nudity does not always mean full frontal. If you would be fine in a Calvin Klein ad, but feel queasy at the thought of flashing the family jewels, advertise your comfort with partial nudity. Just be honest, specific, and make sure you know what’s in a contract before you sign it.

2.     Do It For The Right Reasons. Honesty is all well and good, as long as you know where you stand. But if you have never been confronted with the possibility of bringing your birthday suit to a costume fitting, it can be hard to locate your true feelings on the matter. While neither I nor anyone else can answer that question for you, here is what I can advise: if you’re going to do it, do it for the right reasons. Those reasons include, but are not limited to:

a.  Because it is necessary to the plot.
b.  Because it has an artistically compelling message and a reason.
c.  Because you are genuinely excited about it.

On the other hand, if any of the following are the backbone of your argument, it might be time to reconsider:

d.  Because you are trying to prove something.
e.  Because you feel pressured to do so.
f.  Because you are getting paid a lot and think it will make up for your discomfort.

Either way, try to keep a level head. Remember that this industry is often voyeuristic and exploitive, especially when it comes to young actors hungry to begin a career. Before you even consider nudity onstage or in films, you should be one hundred percent sure the project is safe and legitimate, that you trust the people for whom you are working, that you are being appropriately compensated, and that your needs will be heard and addressed. Also, regardless of your personal opinion on the matter, know that there are certain perceptions in the media about actors who bare all. Discuss the implications on the direction of your career with your agent or other advisors before wading in. Nudity is not a way to get attention and kick-start a career. It’s an artistic call that should be handled with utmost professionalism on all sides.

3.     There Is No Wrong Answer. It is your career, your body, and your decision. You get to decide what is right for you as an actor and a person. Doing a nude scene does not make you a slutty, trashy, cheap, or less worthy of respect as an artist. It also does not make you more daring, edgier, or more serious than your fully-clothed colleagues. Declining a role that requires nudity does not make you prudish, cowardly, or less committed to your art. It also does not buy you class or clout. You will define your career by your talent, character, and work ethic. All the rest is someone else’s problem.

 

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Advice on Character Roles and When YOU Should Move to LA

Poster WebI 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.

Watch And Learn The Technique Streaming Online From Anywhere In The World – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thelyndontechnique

Amy Lyndon

CEO – The Lyndon Technique

Phone: 818.760.8501

Website: http://thelyndontechnique.com (Order Amy’s Book here: “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking Technique”)

Amy’s Actor Business Site: http://TLTaccess.com (Learn How To Match Your Package With Your Talent – Get A Free Week)

Testimonials: http://www.coldreadingclasses.com/testimonials.html

 

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.

 

Hi Amy,

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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How do Actors Build an Online Career? Matt Lieberman Tells All!

AAP_EP_MATT_LIEB1_FinalHave you ever wondered how actors become online sensations overnight? How do you build an online career? Not to worry, Matt Lieberman of SourceFed is here. Matt tells all about building an online career and the best parts of being an online host.

Actors Anonymous, founded by Wesam Keesh, is a podcast that focuses on the Los Angeles actor and the struggles and hardships of their careers, as well as their success stories.

Cast It Talent is proud to sponsor the Actors Anonymous Podcast. We believe that the message promoted by Wesam and Producer, Jordan Burbank helps actors stay unified as a community, navigate the acting world, and stay motivated to reach their goals.  As founder Wesam articulately stated; “Living and working as an actor has showed me that many of my fellow artists waste away years of their lives in a state of negativity, disillusion, and unnecessary competitiveness. This needs to stop if we want to grow as artists, professionals and human beings.” This refreshing, supportive take along with insightful interviews, makes Actors Anonymous a podcast anyone interested in acting should give a listen.

EPISODE 67: MATT LIEBERMAN
Matt Lieberman (SourceFed, AskLiebs, Afterbuzz) is on the show talking about how he built his online career, works to help others better themselves, and some of the best parts of being an online host.

 

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