Monday, June 6, 2016

Are There Opportunities In Hollywood For My child?

                                               Talent Manager Wendy Alane Wright

Every year I go to Showcases throughout the country looking for new talent for my management roster at WAW Entertainment in Los Angeles. I am looking for the best kids in the bunch. They can be all types nerdy kids, athletic, teens, little kids, outgoing, big energy, charismatic personalities, dorky, fat and bullyish, goth, strange looking kids, gorgeous or really unique looking... all types and all ethnicities.

But the one thing in common that I am looking for is actors who are BELIEVABLE and seriously committed to building an acting career. I am not looking for the curious, I am looking for the serious. I want actors who will come to LA to spend 3-4 months every year auditioning for projects, getting to know casting directors, taking acting classes here in LA and working their way up the ladder of success so we can make money together.

Actors under 18 need their parents to be fully committed as well because 99% of the work actually falls upon the parent. The parent is the one driving the actor back and forth to auditions, callbacks, and the sets of the jobs their kids book. The parents are the ones paying for acting classes, dance classes, voice classes and new headshots every few years as the kids grow and change and always need new pictures to reflect their child's current look.

The struggle is real. Parents often have other children and have to be away from those children for long periods of time, and away from their spouses. That's not easy. It is expensive to live in LA and the traffic is horrendous. Literally, it could be 5 miles from your audition and it can take an hour & 1/2 to get there. As a parent of an actor you will spend all day in traffic.

Many of the parents I talk to ask "What I am looking for?" When I tell them I want kids who are going to be in LA 3-4 months every year some are shocked and certainly are not going to be doing that. That's fine and I say get a local agent in your own state for film and TV auditions they may have there. Have your child do plays there and audition for student films in your local colleges. And have them takes lots of acting classes where you live.

The majority of opportunities for pro acting jobs for TV are in LA and some are in the certain hubs like New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. If you are not in those big cities you have to find opportunities where you live, I discuss that in detail in my ebook HOW TO BE A STAR RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE which you can instantly download here: http://www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com


Wendy and her future star client JAYDEN HEDDEN


PARENTS OFTEN ASK WHAT OPPORTUNITIES YOU CAN GIVE MY CHILD?

Many parents say, "I will come to LA if you have opportunities for my child."
Or "I can come for 2 weeks in June. Can you get him auditions during that 2 weeks?"

Because I hear that comment so often I felt it would really be helpful for parents if I explained very clearly why that is NOT the way opportunities work. 

The fact is we don't know what opportunities your child will get and here is why:


Every Talent Agent and Talent Manager gets a daily list of projects that are being cast. That list is called The Breakdowns. It describes the characters that Casting Directors are looking for in every project that is currently being cast that day. The descriptions might be:
 
[TOBY STEVENS] Male, 30s, angry and confused. Social Worker. GUEST STAR
[CINDY] Female, 8-10. African-American. Spiteful. Devious. RECURRING CO-STAR
[VI] Female, 7-9. Caucasian. Soccer player, rude.  RECURRING CO-STAR.
[BRANDON] Any ethnicity. Can play 12- 13. An aggressive and competitive basketball player. 3 lines, 2 speeches.

(Note: Somedays or weeks there will be no descriptions that fit your child)

Agents and Managers look at these daily descriptions and see which of their clients fit those descriptions. If we have a client that fits the description of what the casting director is looking for that day, we submit our client's headshot, resume and acting clips to the Casting Director. The Casting Director will receive about 2,000 submissions for the role from every Talent Manager and Talent Agent in town that has a client that fits the description. The Casting Director and their Associates and Assistants will go through the pictures and resumes they have time to review and set up appointments to see the actors in person.

The Casting office will email Managers and Agents a pre-read/audition appointment time for the actors they want to see along with the part of the script the actor needs to learn - that is called the "sides."  Casting schedules those audition 5 minutes apart and see every actor they have time to see. 

For TV Episodics (weekly shows) casting only has 2-3 days to find the actor they need because it shoots the following week. For films they can cast for months and casting has time to see everyone they want to.

The selected actors go in to audition whichever actors they think were CLOSEST to the description of the character will be called back for a 2nd audition. Sometimes they call back 10 actors, sometimes just 2 or 3. That 2nd audition is called the Producers Session because show's producers, writers and directors will be coming to watch the auditions to see the actors the casting director is suggesting to them. 

There will also be actors who have gone straight to the producer session and skipped the 1st pre-read audition because casting already knows they are right for the role because they have auditioned them many times before or have hired them before for certain roles.

We never know what characters/roles are needed until the day the breakdown comes out therefor we cant predict opportunities. Also don't know who will get callbacks or get the job. We all gamble around here :) If our client gets the job they get paid $585 for a Co Star which is 1 day of work or $2,800 for a Guest Star which work 3-5 days. If they book a Series Regular role they could earn $5,000 - $25,000 an episode. Every Agent and Manager hopes that the clients they sign will get auditions and that their clients will book a Series Regular role. And if it gets picked up and it's a HIT actors can get paid $100,000 - $300,000 and episode or become a spokesperson for a product like LEE Jeans which may pay $1 - $3 Million Dollars for the campaign which pays the REAL money we are all in this for.

There is one final stage of auditioning called Network Testing where the final 2 or 3 choices for each role are brought into together to TEST. If our client gets called back from a producers session to TEST that means producers and the Network executives are seriously considering our client for the role. Now everyone wants to see the actors work together to determine what the chemistry is between the actors. Most actors are let go during this process and the final actors who Producers and the Network feel have the best fit together will be cast in the series. All of this is a process totally out of our hands and yours.

The Producers will decide who gets the role and casting will call the Agent or Manager who represents that actor and tells us the good news. They do not call and tells us which actors did not get the part. Also they do not call and tell every single Agents and Manager why the clients they submitted did not get a callback or go to Producers. People are WAY to BUSY for that. 

Everyone just moves on to the next auditions...and so should YOU.

Since auditions come up out of the blue and are totally unpredictable, sometimes our clients are called in the same day for a role, maybe the day before, or even a few days before. Actors that live here are available for every audition they may get. Actors who don't live here will never be called in for Co star or Guest Star roles. Show audition and book locals for those roles because they are cast very quickly and they want to see people right away. 

Actors who live out of state could be asked to go on tape for Series regular roles and if the casting director wants to bring them in the actor/parent will pay the expense themselves. If the actor is asked to test, then the network will pay the cost to bring the actor in.


WHEN ARE THE AUDITIONS?

Episodic Season is Sept - November 
That's when shows that are already picked up and given airdates show their programs. Those shows are looking for actors every week to be in the next weeks show.

Pilot Season is end of Jan-end of April 
That's when the majority of new SERIES REGULARS are cast. This is the gold mine we are all digging in.

Summer Season June- Aug 
Because there are so many cable channels now many shows that cast year round and hold auditions even in the summer. Of course in summer there are considerably less opportunities for TV outside of pilot season - but summer is a great chance to:
  • Come out and get LA training
  • Get some really good headshots with LA photographers
  • Meet some casting directors in classes they teach during the summer at places 
  • like Actor Training in LA and Actorsite
  • and go on some auditions for short films, student films, feature films and commercials. 
  • It's a time test the waters while your child is out of school and see if this is even right for you or your child.

Commercials and Films cast all year round. For Commercials actors MUST be in LA to get any commercial audition whatsoever. Commercials don't ever ask actors to go on tape.

Films audition year round. Film Casting Directors can ask out of state actors to go on tape and again the actor will have to pay for their way to LA to audition in person if they are asked.

So you see, being in LA for longer period of time you have the most opportunities. Many actors come in just for pilot season to take a chance on being called in for auditions. Obviously, the actors who are here throughout the year have probably already seen the casting directors for other the smaller roles and casting has had a chance to get to know them throughout the year. That is an advantage.

When pilot season comes around in January, Casting will bring in the actors they already know and often bring them straight to producers. They bring actors who have tested before straight to producers and actors who have been on a Series before will go straight to producers.That is an advantage.

The miracle is when an actor who no one has ever seen before goes in to audition and gets tested and cast as a Series Regular ! 

That is like winning the lottery and we all want to win the lottery right?

Wendy Alane Wright

See You On The Red Carpet!




Wendy Alane Wright is a Talent Manager and president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients work in TV, Film, Commercials and Print. She is the author of 5 books on breaking into show business in her series "Secrets of A Hollywood Talent Manager" She has been on numerous radio shows and is asked to coach actors and parents throughout the country.
Coaching Website: http://www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com
Management website http://www.wawentertainment.com

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Frustrations Of A Talent Agent



Wendy Alane Wright Talent Manager in Los Angeles Offers critical insider advice to actors and parents of actors who are looking to succeed in show business.

Hi folks! Today I am sharing a post from Atlanta Talent Agent Dorecia Carr. She shares many of the same issues Agents and Managers face in LA and NYC.

THE FRUSTRATIONS OF A TALENT AGENCY

I'm a talent agent. Our agency has 2 branches; 1 in Atlanta and 1 in Chicago. We represent actors for television/film, commercial and Print. I take pride in the fact that I've built a very strong roster of actors, but the issues I run into everyday are nearly unbelievable. I wonder if other agents have the same problems.

There are so many things I'd like to address, but today, let's talk about the kids. We represent actors of all ages, but truth be told, the kids are our favorites (I hope my adult actors don't get jealous). Kids are so very interesting to me. They are extremely talented, and they are fearless. We have some AMAZING child actors! Some of our child actors have better reels than our adults. Sometimes we sign kids who may not be as experienced, because we see potential in them, and we know what they can accomplish. We may love their look, and their charisma.

We have signed multiple kids with no experience who have gone on to book national commercials and feature films within a month of being signed to us. But unfortunately, we've recently made the decision to only accept children who are experienced young actors. Because for some reason, we almost ALWAYS have issues with the parents of the inexperienced kids. Some of these parents want the agents and the managers to do so much for them, and they think we can magically wave a wand to get their child on television. However, THEY DO NOT WANT TO LISTEN!!!

I'm an agent. I have the capability to provide your child with opportunities to
get in front of major casting directors, producers, & directors. You do not have that capability. You came to me for this reason. Why won't you LISTEN to me? For example, headshots! HEADSHOTS, HEADSHOTS, HEADSHOTS! I refer actors to successful, respected photographers who have gotten actors booked on major television/film projects from their headshots. I do this, because clearly THOSE photographers know what works in whatever market they have been successful in.

We always get the parents who say "oh I know a photographer who only charges $100". Well guess what, that photographer may not be a photographer for THIS industry. Maybe they are a photographer who usually does family portraits. Or maybe they are a photographer who usually takes school photos. We need you to have strong commercial and theatrical, and even character headshots for THIS industry. You know how there are different types of doctors? Or different types of lawyers? Well, there are also different types of photographers.

LISTEN TO YOUR AGENT. Then, there are the parents who won't UPDATE their child's headshots, but they expect their child to book! I have parents who sign with us, then 3 months later their child gets braces, and they don't notify us. Other parents whose child has headshots from over a year ago, and now looks way older. Kids grow very fast.

My son looked 12 years old 6 months ago, he now looks 14! Here's another thing, there are actually parents who for some reason think their child does not need acting classes. We always run into this problem. Your child should CONSTANTLY be training. They should be taking their craft serious and getting guidance to help cultivate their talent. There is so much to learn, and you can never learn too much. And they should be training with the best. Just because someone says they are a coach and charges less than everyone else in town, doesn't mean they are the right coach for your child.  I go by results.

If I see an acting school that has students who ALWAYS book, I'm going to refer you to THAT acting school. Your child should have a successful well respected acting coach. Acting coaches are very important. There are many acting coaches who have connections and can actually get you booked! But again, we get parents who don't want to pay for classes. Then there is the issue of sending in terrible taped auditions. We send our actors auditions for television shows on major networks such as Disney.

I guarantee you the Disney execs are NOT going to sit and watch a terrible cell phone video. Use a professional taping service. The parents will try to tape the audition themselves, send it to us at the last minute, and it ends up being a poor quality audition. The parents also don't follow the taping instructions that are provided by the casting directors. And when I try to explain what's wrong with the audition, they feel there's nothing wrong with it.

We refer our actors to wonderful companies that provide taping services and they charge anywhere from $10-40 depending on how much time it takes. The great thing about using a taping service is they are professionals, and they know how to follow the instructions we send them. They always send great quality auditions, and most of them are familiar with the casting directors in town and know what they expect.

Then there are the parents who complain about not getting enough auditions, but when they get the auditions, THEY DECLINE THEM!!! "Oh my child can't make it to that audition they have a birthday party to go to...oh we will be going out of town that day...oh I won't have time to tape my child because my child has swimming lessons at that time". When you submit your child to an agency, the agent is under the impression that you want your child to WORK. I don't know how many times I have to tell parents to give me their book out dates. Notify me when you will be out of town. That way, I know not to submit your child on those dates.

Now the BIGGEST problem I run into, are the parents who expect me to answer every call they make to me, even if their call is not important. To expect an agent to answer every call is a very false expectation. Your child is not the only child on the roster. I've had parents call me over and over asking "is my child going to get submitted for this?....have you heard back from the casting director?...what has my child been submitted for this week?..." LET ME DO MY JOB.

I have over 200 actors. I'm on the phone with casting directors, production companies, accounting, I rarely have time to talk on the phone. I am very very transparent with my actors. I provide them with a talent report every 6 months showing them what they have been submitted for, and most of my experienced actors LOVE that. Because the experienced actors know that ALL agents don't provide a talent report, but I do. If you don't trust me to do my job, you should find someone you trust. Now, with all that being said, I understand that being an actor can be costly; headshots, acting classes, traveling for auditions, paying to get auditions taped. However, that's something that comes with the territory. Consider it an investment. I am not trying to be mean, and I hope I'm not coming off that way. But if you are not ready to invest in your child's career, then you may not be ready to start searching for an agent or manager right now.

Remember, there are hundreds of other kids casting directors see everyday who have the FULL PACKAGE. They have amazing headshots that make them stand out. They have a reel or amazing video clips. They can travel for in person auditions. Their taped auditions are professional. We have great success with our kids. Our agency receives hundreds of submissions every month. Parents submit their children to the agency because of word of mouth, social media, or workshops we've  done. So although I hate to do it, I have no problem with removing a young actor from my roster because of issues with the parents. You are ruining your child's career before it even starts. Relationships are very important in this industry. The moral of the story is, LISTEN TO YOUR AGENT!

Dorecia Carr
Owner/Agent at YJB Talent

"There is purpose in your pain...."

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Is My Agent Really Working For Me?


ACTOR QUESTION: HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR AGENT IS COMMITTED AND SUBMITTING FOR YOU?

WENDY'S ANSWER: Communication with your agent is key. Establish a Rapore early on. Get to know them a little in your early meetings. (What are their hobbies?) Send them clips from NEW work you do, let them know what CDs Know your work, send them a birthday card, holiday gift, follow them in Twitter, stay in touch with their assistant, get involved in their passions and charities, stay in touch with them every few months. If you build a Rapore you should be able to feel if they are passionate about you.

But understand no matter what you do, with RARE exceptions, you will almost always be a number to Agents because they play a numbers game.

AND... EVERY Agent (and Talent Manager) on Breakdowns can print a TALENT REPORT that tells you exactly what they are submitting you on. I have attached one of my clients reports below. Some Agents will be happy to send you yours some won't. I send them to my clients regularly. I'm doing my job, and if I'm doing my job I should have no problem showing my talent reports to my clients. And I don't feel offended if they want to know if I am doing my job. My clients use their reports to inform their CD Target list and build relationships with CDs.

But YOU have to be working for your Agent MORE than they are  working for you. You need to make sure you give them great acting clips that represent your type,and great head shots that represent the types of characters / roles you play, and constantly be networking with filmmakers, and submit yourself for every single project you can find that you're right for.

It's a TEAM. Teamwork makes the dream work. They only make 10% of what you earn because they only do 10% of the work. An actor's career is their responsibility!

You should be getting a strong % of callbacks and if you are not you need to figure out why. When DROP SEASON comes around every year and Agents are deciding who to cut on their rosters, they will cut actors who don't book or get callbacks.

This is a business and they want to make MONEYYYYY. If you aren't making them money you are useless to them.

Learn about this business, train your acting skills like an Olympic athlete, build your connections, shoot your own projects and stay POSITIVE and FOCUSED. Be BOLD, take chances, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. There are good things ahead of you! #secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager

If you are interested in speaking with me directly I do acting career consultations on Skype and I'm happy to discuss your career and help you map out a 2 to 5 year plan. Just visit my coaching website

Http://www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com

See you on the Red Carpet!

Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager

Friday, January 15, 2016

Advice for Parents from Talent Manager Wendy Liles of WAW Entertainment


Wendy Liles, Talent Manager 
WAW Entertainment, Los Angeles



Talent Manager Wendy Liles has lots of insight and experience to share. Kids that sign with WAW ENTERTAINMENT Talent Management are in good hands!

Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself. My daughter is 9 years old and we have been in LA since February and have been through all that you will be experiencing.

My daughter and I have gone from knowing absolutely nothing to now she is the lead in an independent feature film and has been on an episode of a top Nickelodeon show! I will be able to give you advice from my own experience as a mom of a child actor. 

You will definitely want a car out here. Everything is really far away from everything else and the bus service is not as great as it is in cities lie New York or Chicago. You just have to be careful to read the  street signs and meter signs because the cops are ticket happy. There's always lots of back street parking which requires a fair amount of walking, so good shoes are important.

I personally enjoy showing up an hour early for auditions and exploring the different areas of the city that we end up in. It's an adventure. Bring a sock or small purse full of quarters for the meters, extra headshots and resumes along with water a snacks.

As far as headshot photographers go, we highly recommend Fly Girl photography and Olesja Mueller-Astraukas, Alex Kruk, Thiyani, Kenneth Dolin and Marc Cartright. Some are more expensive than others, of course, so call around until you find one that fits your budget.

I homeschool my daughter and we use Bridgeway Academy, which provides books rather than all online. That works best for my tactile kid. But a lot of parents use K-12 or Connections Academy. You should check with whatever school your child is in now to see who they recommend. There might be a program that their school will accept grades from or who they work well with that will allow them to go back to school they choose.


There are also a couple of acting schools that offer daytime ACTING classes for homeschoolers. These are Actorsite and Lisa Picotte's Young Actors Studio. Both are very good. Actorsite is more affordable for beginners and offers a monthly rate for unlimited classes, which you won't find too often. My daughter loves it there, so we supplement the more expensive classes with that. Most classes will be between $50 and $100 per 1.5-2 hour class.

At Actorsite, you can take about 5-6 hours a week for something like $250/month. I can't remember the exact amount. Google awesome acting club or Actorsite (they are the same thing). They also offer online classes for when you aren't in LA. I hope this information is helpful. This is an exciting adventure. Enjoy the journey!

Wendy Liles
Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment

Monday, December 14, 2015

5 Industry Newtorking Tips by Actor ALEXANDER RAIN


WENDY ALANE WRIGHT
TALENT MANAGER
Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Wendy clients have booked TV shows including MODERN FAMILY, BLACKISH, EXTANT, THE COLONY, MY HAUNTED HOUSE, and HENRY DANGER, as well as hundreds of Commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Hot Wheels and many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.


HEY FOLKS! TODAY I HAVE A GUEST BLOGGER JOINING ME:) HIS NAME IS ACTOR ALEXANDER RAIN. I am so impressed with Alex's resourcefulness and professionalism. The other day we were talking about his career. He was telling me all of the things he has been doing to develop relationships with casting directors, writers and producers. These techniques have really been paying off and leading to great opportunities for him. I asked him to write 5 Industry Networking Tips he could share with my "Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager" Blog readers and 1/2 million viewers. Here is his amazing contribution. Thanks Alexander!







    A L E X A N D E R   R A I N
5   I N D U S T R Y   N E T W O R K I N G   T I P S

Have you ever heard of the term, “You'll never know if you don't ask?" One of the biggest struggles I had to overcome as an actor was my shyness. As a child I was very timid, always hiding behind my mum’s skirt. It wasn’t until my second grade teacher, Mrs. Rhon, who I’ll never forget, assigned our class an assignment. We were to pick our own plays and perform them in front of the entire school, but it was all on us. As per usual, no one was picking the shy kid in the corner and it was in that moment that I took it upon myself to walk over to the play books where I pulled out a cute story about barnyard animals who ate the farmer’s wife's birthday cake and in their distress, attempt to bake a new one. My next move, honestly shocked me. I simply walked up to a few students in class and asked if they had a group yet and if they wanted to be in this play with me. To my surprise, they all said yes! It was with that simple action that I realized people were actually interested in me and would give me what I asked for if I simply just asked. Adults work a little differently obviously, especially in Hollywood, but the same basic principals apply. I have grown my industry address book exponentially over the years which has led to more castings, more bookings, more referrals, more meetings and more friendships. 


T I P   1 :   U H . . .   D O   I   K N O W  Y O U ?
            My first tip, I like to refer to as “The Social Media Trap.” How do you react when a stranger blindly approaches you on social media? It’s a little off putting, right? If you want to make new industry contacts you have to start getting out there in the real world. Make time in your calendar to go to event parties, screenings, acting classes, casting director workshops, even birthday parties and other non-industry related events. These are all great places to actually meet industry professionals IN PERSON. This doesn’t mean to shy away from adding your favorite industry professionals on social media, by all means, ‘like’ their fan pages! If they offer exclusive videos or newsletters, sign up immediately and only comment or respond if what they’ve posted actually interests or triggers a light bulb in your head. Do your research by looking at their social media profiles along with IMDBPro credits and at their websites. Watch the projects they are working on. Take note of the personal things they post on social media and share their content. Ask the people you already know if they've heard of them. Slowly building a relationship in moderation is key and people are more likely to respond to your social media friend requests, comments, tweets and private messages if they begin to recognize your face. 


T I P   2 :   T E L L   M E   A B O U T   Y O U 
I personally hate when I hear that. Me, I'm a little shy and my private life I like to keep on the down low. If I wanted you to know all about me I would be a reality star but I'm an actor, therefore, I would rather you get to know me over time. When it comes to meeting a casting director, agent, manager or maybe even another actor that you are interested in connecting with, stay away from “Me, Me Me, I, I, I!” Never start off by asking for anything or talking about yourself straight away. Honestly that’s very rude. Be more interested in them and what they have to say and listen. LISTEN. LISTEN. LISTEN! You will make great industry contacts by taking an interest in their day. Make it personal for them rather than for me. Ask how they are and how their day has been. "What did you do today? Oh, you had lunch at Simplethings! That's my favorite place. I always order the roasted chicken salad and the mini banana cream pie! What do you order?!" Turn the conversation back around to them while only giving away a small piece of information about you. Keep them guessing! We all know how to have a conversation. A meeting with an industry professional should be no different. It's not a job interview! Hollywood is fun and again, people want to work with fun people that they like who also happen to be very talented, which you are! They will find that out while you find common ground and bond over silly thinks like your favorite hiking spot, your dogs and even favorite restaurants. Don't force a connection. It takes time and be considerate of their time and recognize how busy that person you're trying to connect with actually is. 


T I P   3 :   I   A M   F R I E N D S  W I T H . . . 
We all have that one friend in Hollywood who seems to know every celebrity, every agent, every manager, every casting director, every director... But do they really? And why are they throwing out these names to you so freely? Why is it relevant? Most times I find that it's not and that whoever I'm talking to is simply trying to "impress" or "one up" me. And more importantly they don't actually know that person. In honestly, it doesn't matter. Don't be a name dropper, especially when meeting an industry professional. It's great that you have contacts and are maybe even good friends with a certain celebrity. But discretion goes a long, long way! Unless you are in fact having a conversation with an individual who actually needs to know that you have a friendship with a celebrity, keep it to yourself. It's just not professional to be a name dropper. Instead, have a list of your industry contacts with the directors, agents, managers and casting directors that you do know and only share that list when meeting with an agent or manager for representation. They will also know if you're lying. Don't lie. Never lie. This shows your professional discretion and that you are actually doing the work to become a real Hollywood actor and that you're not getting swept up in the glitz and glam of Hollywood celebrities. After all, these people are going to become your co-workers and as actors, we have to give a huge amount of trust while working together on set. Your agents and managers need to know that you're not going to "fan boy" out when meeting a celebrity or that you're going to run around town bragging. Keep it classy.


T I P  4 :  I T ' S   B E E N   A   W H I L E  
You've done the work. You've gone to the social events. You've mingled. You've put in the social media hours. But now what? Staying connected I've found is where most actors fail. This is where your list of industry contacts pays off to your benefit. Before we get into staying in contact, let me just drop a few tips on how to get the contacts to begin with. Most people don't have business cards anymore, so once you make that personal connection, it's okay to simply ask for their email address or to be friends on a social media profile. ALWAYS, follow up with a simple email or direct private message in the first 24-72 hours. Simply say how nice it was to meet them and that you look forward to getting to know them in the future. Again, this is not the time to ask for anything. Remember, you have to put in the time and build a relationship first. A rule of thumb is to have had 3 social encounters, be it in person or online, before asking for anything. 

Personally I like to send out a random message to a contact once a month or even every other month. Make it personal and share your success stories that you have had since your last correspondence. If they played any part in that success, tell them about it! I always share my success stories with the people that helped me achieve it even if they had no idea that they have. Also share your failures and hard times. It makes you more human when you share that a family member is sick, or that your dog has died or maybe you're just struggling with why you didn't book a gig you thought you were perfect for! Our industry contacts want to see us succeed and to see the human side of us good and bad. One last tip, always send your emails on Sunday evenings/nights. It's Sunday, most people are at home preparing for that dreaded Monday morning. For example, I sent an email to an industry contact on a Sunday night and I received a response in less than 5min! Trust me, Sunday nights are where it's at! 


T I P   5 :   I  C A N ' T   H E L P   Y O U
You've put in all the work and you've finally built that relationship with an industry professional. They like you, you like them and you feel it's time to ask a question or maybe for a favor. So you simply ask. Remember, "You'll never know if you don't ask." No one likes to be rejected but the sad reality is, as actors, we hear "no" more than anyone! The best way to handle rejection is to remain positive. Never take a "no" personally. It doesn't mean that you somehow failed in your attempt to connect or that you're even a bad actor. It simply means that you're not ready. I have found that "no" in Hollywood doesn't actually mean "no." It means "not right now." Maybe you're just simply not ready for what it is that you've asked for and that's okay! Hearing "no" is a good thing. It simply means that you're putting in the work, you're making progress and you're still learning and it's time to better yourself and go back to your actor tool box. Always keep in contact even if someone has rejected you. "No" is not indefinite. It's simply means "not today." Keep commenting and sharing your success with the people that have told you "no." One day, they might just say "yes!"

I want to share a story with you before I go. Someone once said to me, "...from the outside looking in I would have never of guessed that you struggle with anything in life." 

Wow! What a statement that blew my mind! Of course I struggle! I can say that the only reason this person thought that was because I keep a very positive attitude. I have bad days sometimes but I always count my blessings and people recognize that. Honestly, all of my tips can be taken with the grain of salt, as does every piece of advice you obtain in Hollywood. The best advice I can ever give an actor for networking is that you have to just do it. Go out and meet people. You have to put yourself out there in order to be seen and heard. Always remember to stay humble, be nice, friendly and confident. Don't be arrogant or entitled and always stay away from "me, me, me, I, I, i". Be fretful for the opportunities you do receive and always say "thank you."

SUCCESS STORY: 
ALEXANDER: Hi (Directors Name anonymous)! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving! I was actually wondering if I may ask you a question? I've created a TV show (lot of time and effort put into this story and the characters) and was wondering if you would take a look at the first episode or 2 for me? At your convenience of course. I would just like a professionals opinion as its a supernatural show and I feel it is up your ally.

TV/MOVIE DIRECTOR: Hey, thanks for thinking of me. Sure, send it over as a PDF and I'll put it in my "to read" folder.

ALEXANDER: Thank you again for the phone call, (name). I look forward to hearing back from you, you're such a joy and so full of knowledge. I learned so much just from our conversation haha.

To sum it up, be genuine. These techniques simply work for me and I hope they do for you too! - Alexander Rain





MORE ABOUT ALEXANDER

He recently booked the new LEE DANIEL Pilot (EMPIRE) shooting in January 2016.
 
Alexander Rain was born on December 18, 1988, in the large northeast Hampshire town Basingstoke, in south central England. His father was on the American Air Force promoting Xander to be raised in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where he took his first step toward acting at the age of seven. Singing and acting lessons soon led to stage performances in "Les Misérables", "Rent", "Hairspray" and the cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show".

In 2008, Xander relocated to Los Angeles where he began his modeling career appearing along side The Used in Alternative Press Magazine. Independent films soon followed, including Darren Stein's "G.B.F." (2013), Jack Henry Robbins "Opening Night" (2014) and James Franco's "Memoria" (2014). He appeared in a scene along side Kristy Swanson in the Lifetime TV movie, "Merry ExMas".


He has also been busy with castings! Alexander shot a fashion print ad for local LA brand Proverse, had an editorial photo shoot, played the ex-boyfriend to an indie artist in his first music video, filmed a romantic film about two sisters who fall in love with their next door neighbors, two brothers, set in 1969.  He is recording his first single for a New Year's Eve promo this week and has a table read for his next film - a thriller about an accidental murder. My film "The Moment I Was Alone" which was accepted at the Carmel Screen Festival!

He has also been keeping active in short films such as "Police State", "THEM" and most recently the syfy thriller, "The Door Best Left Shut". He recently booked the new LEE DANIEL Pilot (EMPIRE) shooting in January 2016.


He is repped by Impression Entertainment Group for Runway Modeling and WAW Entertainment in LA for Theatrical and Commercial.
 

For MORE info on ALEXANDER RAIN:

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A L E X A N D E R   R A I N
Actor . Model . Screen Writer 


I.E.G.   I M P R E S S I O N S   E N T E R T A I N M E N T   G R O U P
Commercial Rep:
blake@impressionentertainmentgroup.com
tracey@impressionentertainmentgroup.com

Runway Rep:
chanelle@iegmodels.com

2034 Cotner Avenue, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90025  
Phone: 310.473.4200



 I hope you enjoyed the article. We have more guest bloggers to come with great tips!
Keep coming back.
STAY CLOSE and I'll SEE YOU ON THE RED CARPET!
Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager
www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Child Acting - Don't get scammed! A list of NYC most reputable talent agencies


 
Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Wendy clients have booked TV shows including MODERN FAMILY, BLACKISH, EXTANT, THE COLONY, MY HAUNTED HOUSE, and HENRY DANGER, as well as hundreds of Commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Hot Wheels and many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.

 

A list of NYC most reputable talent agencies


I receive thousands of inquiries from parents about the child acting industry. My e-books and blogs have been tremendously helpful for parents who are trying to figure this madness out:)

To help you find REPUTABLE representation, below is a list of SOME of the top talent agencies in NYC if your child is interested in acting (TV, Film, Voiceover, Theater, and Commercials).

Good luck all! See you on the Red Carpet!

Wendy



CLEAR TALENT GROUP
325 W 38th STREET
SUITE 1203
NEW YORK, NY 10018
(212) 840-4100
nyinfo@cleartalentgroup.com
 
Submit info and pictures of your child on their website at: http://cleartalentgroup.com/contact/
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TAKE 3 TALENT
555 EIGHTH AVENUE
SUITE 710A
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10018
646-289-3915
info@take3talent.com

Submissions to Take 3 Talent can be made online via their website:
http://take3talent.com/submissions/
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CESD TALENT AGENCY
257 PARK AVENUE SOUTH #900

NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10010
212-477-6622 – VANESSA GRACIA
*** PHOTO SUBMISSIONS TO CESD NEW YORK ARE ACCEPTED VIA SNAIL MAIL ONLY AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS.  ATTN: VANESSA GRACIA
*** CESD Website states: “If you are looking for representation we accept mail in submissions only; no emails or phone calls please.”
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ABRAMS ARTIST AGENCY
275 SEVENTH AVENUE., 26th floor
NEW YORK, NY 10001
(646) 486-4600
vincent.devito@abramsartny.com

http://www.abramsartists.com/contact.html
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GENERATION TV
20 WEST 20TH STREET
SUITE 1008
NEW YORK, NY 10011
212-727-7219

**Submissions can be made via email to generationtv@generationmm.com
Be sure to include one or two photos, name, age, size, etc.
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INNOVATIVE ARTISTS
235 PARK AVENUE SOUTH
10TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10008
212-253-6900
talent@iany.com

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FRONTIER BOOKING INTERNATIONAL (FBI)
1560 BROADWAY
SUITE 512
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036
212-221-0220

As stated on FBI website

Q: How do I submit myself for representation?
A: If you would like to submit yourself for representation, please mail your headshot and resume to us (please do not cold-call our office). We will contact you if we are interested in meeting with you.
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JORDAN, GILL & DORNBAUM TALENT AGENCY INC. (JGD)
1133 BROADWAY
SUITE 623
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10010
212-463-8455

Info below was taken from their website: www.jgdtalent.com

“For children ages 4 and up:
-Professional pictures are not needed.
-Please send snapshots and include on the back of the picture your child’s height, weight, date of birth and phone number. Enclose a self addresses stamped envelope if you would like your photos returned.
We will contact you within two weeks of the submission if we are interested in setting up an appointment.
We only accept submissions via mail. Please do not stop by our office without an appointment.”
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DON BUCHWALD AND ASSOCIATES
10 East 44th Street
New York, NY, 10017
212-867-1200
info@buchwald.com

**** Youth division contacts:
victoria@buchwald.com
and
pgoldman@buchwald.com
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CARSON ADLER AGENCY INC.
250 WEST 57TH STREET
SUITE #2030
NEW YORK, NY 10107
The following information is from their website:
**To be considered for representation by our agents, please submit one recent headshot (or snapshot) and via mail. Also accepted are video/dvds of dance performances, and audio cassette/cd demos of vocals.
If you are submitting from out-of-town, but will be in the NYC area, please include dates of travel in your cover letter.
Please include the following with your submission:
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair & Eye Color
  • Performance Experience
  • Relevant Training
  • Awards
  • Special Skills (sports, foreign languages, etc)
Date of Birth (for children and babies)
***If an agent is interested in meeting you, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment in our NYC office. You will be interviewed, given a scene to read, and an opportunity to sing for the agent.
*Until age 4, children are considered strictly from photographs. Babies begin working at around 3 months old. Baby submissions will be kept on file until an appropriate project arises. At that time you will be contacted to schedule an audition for the given project. Please send updated photos on a regular basis, especially for infants (every 3-6 months). You must include your child’s date of birth on all submissions.
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FFTV
381 PARK AVENUE SOUTH
SUITE 821
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10016
212-686-4343

**For more information on representation by FFTV, you can contact them at fftv@fftmodels.com







And here is a short list of reputable talent agencies in LOS ANGELES.


Top 10:
  1. Abrams Artists Agency
  2. CESD Talent Agency
  3. Mavrick Artists Agency
  4. Coast to Coast Talent Group
  5. LA Models/LA Talent
  6. Paloma Model and Talent
  7. Zuri Model and Talent
  8. Brand Model and Talent
  9. Daniel Hoff Agency
  10. Osbrink Agency


Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager WAW Entertainment  wawentertainment@yahoo.com 
www.wawentertainment.com

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

TALENT SHOWCASES. SHOULD I DO THEM?? Talent Manager Sounds Off.


TALENT SHOWCASES. SHOULD I DO  THEM?? Talent Manager Sounds Off. 
WATCH VIDEO BELOW.




Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager with WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared in numerous national commercials, movies, webisodes, short films, and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, plus many more. Previous to being a Manager and a Talent Agent at Burn Down Entertainment, she assisted many high profile Managers, Agents and Publicists in the careers of Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Sarah Michelle Geller, The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Meatloaf, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Guttenberg, The Cranberries Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond. Wendy clients have booked TV shows including MODERN FAMILY, BLACKISH, EXTANT, THE COLONY, MY HAUNTED HOUSE, HENRY DANGER, and hundreds of Commercials. Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.


As a Talent Manager I spend all year building an actor's knowledge of the entertainment industry, helping them build their contacts and confidence, guiding them, helping them get agents, teaching them how to deal with their agents, assisting with headshots and online casting profiles and getting them the coveted Auditions. It's so GREAT when they finally start booking and we BOTH start making money from the hard work we are both doing. I am so proud of all of my clients who are training hard, preparing for auditions and rocking the audition room.



DRUCILLA PEREZ booked a great job with SKETCHERS, HAYDEN HISHAW booked a Pond 5 Commercial and a PILOT!! SAVANNAH LILES just landed the lead in a feature film, BRETT HARGRAVE was offered the lead in her 2nd feature film with the same director!, CASSIDEY FRALIN booked episodes of Amazon's JUST ADD MAGIC, BLACKISH and EXTANT, TAEHO DE VITTON booked a Legos Commercial, an episode of the COLONY on USA and an episode of Ellen De Generes new series LITTLE BIG SHOTS, TIERRA PETERS booked a Pilot!!! ISABELLA Mulford shot a short film and walked the catwalk for LA FASHION WEEK, GRANT DAVIS shot the lead in a feature, KAITLYN BROWN booked K-Mart Print campaign and starred in the short film STARDUST, SEAN LAGUNA starred in a short film which screen last week at RALEIGH STUDIOS in Hollywood, CHASE MOORE booked an OSMO commercial DANIEL ROVIRA shot the lead in 3 films this year with IMAGINATION OF YOUNG Screening December 9th at The Landmark. I am so proud of them all.

WAW clients signed with this year with great agencies including Abrams Artists, Media Artists Group, CESD, KSM, Paloma Model & Talent, LB Talent, ZURI MODEL & TALENT, CLEAR TALENT GROUP and HOWARD TALENT WEST.



Thank you to my partner WENDY LILES for working so hard for our clients. Thank you Agents for believing in our WAW clients. Thank you Casting Directors for calling so many of them in for auditions. (And let's not forget my loving husband JIMMY who lets me works around the clock doing what I love to do) I am so grateful and exited about these amazing actors and humbled and honored to be a part of their dreams. And a huge, HUGE "THANK YOU" to each and every parent who sacrifices so much time, energy and money to make their kids dreams a reality.

Becoming a WORKING ACTOR takes hard work, lots of time and so much PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE. It's a really tough business. The ones who make it never stop trying and working towards their goals. Parents if you have children who are interested in being on TV and Film it's going to take a lot of time and hard work. There are 2,000 submission for every TV or FIlm role and uo to 14,000 submission for every print and commercial role. Compertition is fierce. The most important things you can do are the following:

KEEP YOUR CHILD TRAINING.
When an opportunity comes up you want them to be ready and warmed up to deliver. Atheletes don't go into a game cold. They practice all week long and then play the game. It's the same for actors. Your kids should be in acting classes all week long so when an audition comes up they are confidence, loose, comfortable, prepared, experienced and READY.

MAKE SURE THEY GET THE RIGHT TRAINING.
Actors need all kinds of training to be able to express themselves on camera or on the spot with people depending on them and staring at them. Actors need On-Camera training, Commercial training, scene study, improvisation. I always suggest actors train with one teacher for 6 months then move on to another one every six months.

GET GREAT HEADSHOTS.
There are too many bad headshots being tosses around,. You may save $200 by shooting with your friend or brother's neighbor, but lousy headshots just go in thrash.  The headshot must be excellent. It  must show your children's eyes clearly. It must be in FOCUS. It must have emotion and expression. If it doesn't, it wont get your child auditions. Plain and Simple. Save $$$ a little longer and go with a great photographer.

Fly Girl Photo
Kenneth Dolin
Alex Kruk
Tihanyi
Marc Cartwright
Nancy Jo Gilchrist

To find a great photographer in your area look at the websites of these photographers to see what great headshots really look like. Then show the pictures to the photographers in your area. That is what they have to look like. Simple. A wedding Photographer is not a headshot photographer. Sometimes you have to drive 10-30 hours to a BIGGER CITY to get them done. Just do it.

GET A LOCAL AGENT.
Submit your child's headshots and resume to local agents in your state. Build their resume with smaller projects like student films, short films, webseries, local commercials and theater. Stop worrying about getting an LA Agent or Manager. Get your child experience right where you live. LA Agents and Managers want kids that live in LA. Auditions come up so quickly you have to be near them.



LEARN ABOUT THE BUSINESS.
There are so many things you can do to help your child build their resume. I highly suggest you read the book HOW TO BE A STAR RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE. You will learn so much and really help your child start working in the business. You can get it on AMAZON here: http://www.amazon.com/How-Star-RIGHT-WHERE-YOU-ebook/dp/B015EVCCGY


ALSO WATCH THIS VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHd1vmSeiIk




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHd1vmSeiIk

Stay close to me and you will learn SO much.


See you on the Red Carpet!
Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment