Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Acting Camp and 5 Agent Showcase July 11-August 1, 2015

NEED TO GET YOUR KIDS GREAT TRAINING
AND AN AGENT THIS SUMMER!?


The 3-Week Summer Audition CAMP is coming up soon! Just a few more weeks:) 

The class is almost FULL so please, get your registration forms and payment in as soon as possible if you havent already. 

Thank you parents for all the early sign ups.

GREAT NEWS!  CAROL GOLDWASSER, one of Disney's Top Casting Directors will be teaching one of the classes on July 20 3:00pm -6:00pm. Over the years she has cast Dog with a Blog, Lab Rats, Hannah Montana, and Austin & Ally. We are looking forward to having her teach your 

Also top kids Commercial Casting Director Scott Wissner will be teaching a class. And More surprise teachers will be coming!

Here is the Class schedule:

START DATE  July 11- August 1 
 with 9 classes on: 
Monday July 13 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday July 15 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday July 18 10:00am - 1:00pm
Monday July 20 3:00pm - 6:00pm   
Monday July 27 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday July 29 3:00pm -6:00pm 
CLASSES WILL BE HELD in Tujunga, Ca 91042

CLASS ATTENDANCE: If your child can't make every class that is OK! This training is going to be very intensive during every class, so come for the classes you can. I understand people have to take vacations and you should, you deserve one. Don't worry I will keep every child up to date and doing their best.

THE AGENT SHOWCASE 

We have 5 top agents coming to see your kids!

Friday night July 31 we will have a RUN-THRU/presentation for parents only.

PAYMENT
The class is almost FULL so please, get your registration forms and payment in as soon as possible.

1 child $500 Please pay with this link:

Sibling price $600 for 2 kids (or 2 friends) 

Please pay with this link:

Kids are going to learn:
  • On-Camera Audition Techniques
  • Cold Reading
  • Commercial Acting 
  • Scene Study
  • Casting Interview Skills
  • and Comedy Improv
  • This gets them prepared for agents and to be ready to audition. Especially if they haven't had any training because there is a lot of competition for each role.
It's going to be GREAT fun and real work so, get signed up. Only a FEW spots left!

FOR PARENTS:
There is a really place town the next town over called DOWNTOWN MONTROSE. It’s a quaint little town where many commercials and TV shows are filmed. There are great restaurants (my favorite is Black Cow), a movie UA theater, nails salons, shopping. You will love it. We are also only 15 minutes from downtown Glendale, Ca with the outdoor shops and restaurants of American at Brand and Glendale Galleria. We are also 15 mins from Pasadena with its busy shopping streets, museums, restaurants and movie theaters. Descanso Gardens is also just 10 minutes away and a wonderful place to stroll.

I am so looking forward to our 3 weeks together! See you soon!

Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment
818.203.6080
wawentertainment.com
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Monday, May 4, 2015

GET DISCOVERED! 3 Week Audition Bootcamp and Agent Showcase Los Angeles July 11- August 1, 2015



Talent Manager Wendy Alane Wright has released her new e-book “How To Break Into Show Business; Secrets Of A Hollywood 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. 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.



If you are going to be in Los Angeles this summer this 3-week audition bootcamp would be very valuable for your children. When meeting new kids, Agents are looking for kids that know how to speak up, make eye contact, be expressive, not shy and have fun with the commercial and theatrical material they are given to audition with.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY CHILD MEETS WITH AN AGENT?
A typical meeting with an agent looks like this. They say hello to you and your child. They ask you to have a seat in the lobby and want to speak with your child on their own. They do this because children tend to hide behind their parents when they are around and this would prevent the agents from seeing how the child does on their own. When a child is going into an audition or working on the set, the parent isn't going to be standing there in the way, so agents have to see if the child can carry on their own conversations without prompts from the parents. 

The Agent typically brings just the child into their office and sits down across from them. The agent will ask your child questions like, "How old are you? What grade are you in?" The child will either answer with lots of energy and look directly at the agent while answering, which is great. OR the child will look down, mumble, speak too softly and not have much personality.  This isn't very appealing to the agent. Shyness is absolutely NOT what we are looking for.

The agent will continue to ask questions and hope the child starts to speak up and get more vibrant. It's a good sign if the child does. It means it only takes a few seconds for that child to warm up to someone new, or new circumstances. That is a great skill because that is precisely what the child will have to do in every single audition the agent would be sending the child on. 

The agent only wants to work with kids who have that skill, otherwise the child will go into the audition room, not  impress the casting directors and someone else will book the job- meaning the agent won't make any money. That's not good.

So the third test will be the Agent handing the child a commercial script and asking the child to read it. That's called a COLD READING. It means the child has never seen dialogue before. There are a lot of professional techniques for doing a Cold Reading that I will discuss momentarily, but for now the most important thing the agent is looking for is enthusiasm and energy when they say the words on the page. 

"My mommy makes me eat Waffles for Breakfast. She smothers them in syrup and gives me a tall glass Alta Dena milk to go with it. I love my mom, she's great!"

So the agent isn't expecting the child to memorize this yet, but they are hoping to see spark of excitement or mischief in the child's eyes, enthusiasm, lots of energy in the voice. Even if they screw up on the words they want to see personality!!  It's the personality that matters first, and then the words. 

They also hope the child looks up at the agent while they are speaking, says it with clarity and means it. They want to see a genuineness. If they see these things the agent will likely be interested in signing the child. If the child is energetic and can speak up great! The agent has just found another kid to work with who can maybe make the agency money.

On the other hand, if the child isn't enthusiastic, speaks kind of monotone, mumbles, or doesn't look up, the agent probably has made up their mind and is ready to send the child back to the parent and say thank you for coming. 

If the agent really likes the child's look he/she may try one more time to redirect the child by saying, "can you say that with a big smile on your face?" And if the child does it the exact same way again, without correcting themselves, the interview is over. The agent will assume one of two things, 1)the child isn't ready and needs more training or 2) the child doesn't have the personality for this business. Either way the agent isn't interested and they have 10 more kids to see that day. In this case you will be quickly ushered out. It's up to you if you go get your child training and try again in 6 months.
 
If your child hasn't been kicked out of the office yet, the agent will sometimes ask for the paper back and ask the child to do it again without the paper. Most kids memorize really fast so they will notice if the child can or cannot memorize quickly, but that isn't critical. Now they want to see if your child has the general jist of what the ad is about and can say something similar to it but again, they are still looking mainly for how much personality the child puts into it. 

The children that show energy and enthusiasm, can speak clearly and have fun with the material are the ones the agent will want to sign. You will be invited back into the room with the agent who will explain they are interested in signing your child. They will explain that your child needs headshots, training and must be available for the auditions they will be setting up for you. If you are interested in placing your child with the agency, they will give you a 1 year contract to fill out and have you create 3 online acting profiles for your child which the agent will use to submit to casting offices. (Actors Access, Casting Networks, Casting Frontier)

You will usually be handed a list of photographers you can go shoot professional headshots with and acting classes you should put your child into immediately. In the interview your kiddo may have done a pretty good job with the Cold Reading but they are going to need to get GREAT at it in order to compete without thousands of other children for the same job. Agents know the kids that nail the personality interviews, who can speak pretty well can learn techniques they need for reading commercial material. They will expect them to grow in their acting classes as they learn how to interact with the products and other actors.

Kids usually start their careers in commercials which then leads to small roles in TV and film and then to larger roles in TV and film. Some kids get series regular roles on TV programs while others do voice overs for cartoons and video games. Kids are very busy in this industry training and working. Thousands of kids across the country are trying to break into the business. The better trained and prepared your child is, the better chance they have of getting signed to a great agency.

If you are looking for an agency there are many companies that offer showcases to exhibit your children's talents in front of agencies. But they typically charge thousands of dollars and usually don't offer good enough training. I have seen kids at showcases come out of a 3 month training program and still not know they have to look up from the page when doing a cold reading audition for an agent. That makes me so mad because I know those parents paid $5,000- $10,000 to have their kids trained and seen by agents. If you put your child into 3 weeks of training with me and you'd better believe they will be ready to audition and interview with agents. It burns me up when parents get taken advantage of.
  
That's why...I decided to offer my 3-week Audition Bootcamp with an Agent Showcase for brand new kids. I do it several times a year. Unlike every other place out there I only charge $500. I refuse to over charge parents. I don't believe in it. My next training and showcase is coming up on July 11 - August 1, 2015. If you want to enroll your child email me for more information at wawentertainment@yahoo.com 



To see dates of the other workshops visit my training website regularly www.talenttrainingandperformancestudios.com

As always keep coming back to my Blog of insider information. I discover kids all the time, get them agents and get them working. Right now I'm excited because I found this gorgeous 9 year old kid in a rural town Mississippi. I spent a few month developing her skills, working with the incredible mother and now this stunner is signed to BMG Models, one of the largest and most reputable modeling agencies in the world. There are a lot of beautiful kids in the world. but they don't all get signed to BMG. You have to know what you are doing. Well now that I have mentioned her I simply have to show her to you:)


 






Read my Blog and Books, watch my You Tube Videos and take my advice. Great things can and will happen for you and your children. You will learn a lot from me so stay close!

WEBSITE

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

Here is another interesting article from PARENTS.COM
http://www.parents.com/kids/style/modeling/child-model/

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Secret To Getting MORE Auditions - Insider tips from 30 Casting Directors, Agents and Managers!




25 Ways To Get MORE Auditions!
By Talent Manager Wendy Alane Wright

Every day actors ask me this question: "How Can I Get More Auditions?" The majority of actors I speak to feel they are just not "getting out enough" with their agents. Or they don't have an agent and they need MORE auditions. These 25 insider tips will help you get more auditions and make you more marketable to potential employers!
You should also know it is possible to get more auditions without an agent. You simply have to know what to do.

I am going to give you very specific advice for actors who want to increase their auditions. Assuming you already have trained extensively at becoming an actor, this advice won't be for the lazy actor. It will take WORK, but it works! 
And you are worth it.


I interviewed a bunch of my personal industry friends to give you the REAL information you need. I find that successful people are very willing to help new actors succeed. Don’t be intimidated by Casting Directors, Agents or Managers. We love actors; that’s why we do what we do.
If you want to learn HOW to get more auditions this book is a MUST READ for every actor - "25 WAYS TO GET MORE AUDITIONS - with Insider tips from 30 Casting Directors, Agents and Managers."



http://www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com/#!untitled/cktc
These answers are the REAL deal. In this book you will hear from people who hire actors EVERY SINGLE DAY. 
Take their advice to heart and put it into action. You CAN have a successful acting career. You just need to know what to do!






Don't wait. Download the BOOK TODAY! Only $10 http://www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com/#!untitled/cktc


When you follow the advice in this book you will be amazed by the results you can get.

Email me and let me know the projects you are booking! I love success stories... especially ones I help create :)

See you on the RED CARPET!


Wendy Alane Wright

Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment 
wawentertainment@yahoo.com

Friday, April 17, 2015

85 Fun Things To Do While You Are In LA For Pilot Season



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 is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.

If you are in LA for Pilot Season you have probably left your family and friends back home in your home state. That's always hard to be away from your loved ones and part of the sacrifice we make to help our children's dreams come true.

Since you have some time out here in this beautiful state of California, take advantage of it! Here are some MUST see places you can visit in between auditions and acting classes.

California is full of beautiful scenery, out door activities, interesting towns and cities in every direction you drive, these are my favorites which I separated by area.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Ahmanson
Silverlake
Hollywood
Universal City Walk
Magic Castle
North Hollywood
Chinatown/Thai Town
Museum of History
LACMA
Getty Center
Griffith Observatory
LA Zoo
Dodgers Games
Pasadena
Monrovia
Bonaventure/Yamashiro
Malibu
Theatres on Santa Monica
Catalina
Downtown LA
LA Live
Science Museum/Space Shuttle
Beverly Hills
Marina Del Rey
Santa Monica Pier Carnival
Pasadena Old Town
Eaton Canyon
Manhattan Beach, Seal Beach, Redondo Beach 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY
Mission Inn
Riley’s Apple Orchard
Lake Arrowhead
Big Bear
Palm Springs
Morongo
Desert Hot Springs
 

ORANGE COUNTY
Claremont
Brea
Newport Beach
Laguna Beach
Disney Land
Knotts Berry Farm
Medieval Times
Dana Point
San Clemente
Disney California Adventure
Antiques in Orange

VENTURA COUNTY
Ventura
Oxnard
Ojai
Presidential Library
Filmore Train Ride
 

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Solvang
Santa Barbara
Hearst Castle

SAN FRANCISCO  COUNTY
San Francisco
Monterrey
Sacramento
Carmel
Sequoia Redwoods
Mill Valley
Santa Cruz
Winchester Mystery House
Shasta Cascade


SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Old Town San Diego
San Diego Zoo
Wild Animal Park
Sea World
Carlsbad
Temecula
La Jolla
Coronado
Lake San Marcos
Tijuana

LONG BEACH
Aquarium Of the Pacific LB
Long Beach
Queen Mary
Cruises from Long Beach


FRESNO COUNTY
Yosemite
Mammoth Lakes
Reno
Lake Tahoe
Truckee

LAS VEGAS and of course HAWAII:)

Any of these places and activities will make for a fun day for you and your family. Being in LA for pilot season can be a lot of work and stress so...remember to have a lot of fun too!! You deserve it!
See you on the Red Carpet!

Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager
www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com

Sunday, April 12, 2015

25 Ways To Get MORE Auditions!

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 is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.


25 Ways To Get MORE Auditions!

Every day actors ask me this question: "How Can I Get More Auditions?" The majority of actors I speak to feel they are just not "getting out enough" with their agents. It also possible to get more a audtions without an agent. But you have to know what to do.

I have some very specific advice for actors who want to increase their auditions. Assuming you already have trained extensively at becoming an actor, this advice won't be for the lazy actor. It will take WORK.

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1) Do outstanding work in short films that go to Sundance.

2) Get exposure through commercials. (Did you know Spielberg watches commercials to find new actors?)

3) Produce your own Webseries and short films.

4) Raise enough money to cast name actors. Collaborate on other actors projects.

5) Build real relationships with writers, directors, producers you work with.

6) Be a reader in various casting offices.

7) Send a VERY strong acting clip and cover letter to directors you want to work with - mail it to the Directors Guild Of America which will forward the mail onto their members.

8) Nurture the relationships you make, be of service on other peoples projects.

9) Produce and star in a play that gets incredible reviews and delivers industry turn out. Invite CDs to attend.

10)  Know your type and be sure your acting clips on Actors Access match your type. Whatever your top 3 types are, be sure you have a clip that showcases each one so your agent has them to submit with.

11) Every 3 months ask your agent for your Talent Report which shows what you have been submitted for.

12) Your headshots must be outstanding. Try various pictures until you find ones CDs respond to.

13) When presenting scenes go to Showfax and look for something that was a scene for a guest star or a film that wasn’t too popular. Pick a scene that isn’t a famous scene.

14) Pitch your own projects to Networks.

15) Make people find and come to you, instead of begging them to see you.

16) Empower others, lift everybody else up on every project you work on. Be the kind of person people want to work with, again and again.

17) Produce a YouTube channel with great content that showcases your work and brings massive viewership.

18) Build up your Twitter / social media following.

19) Stay in touch with the CDs that do call you in for any auditions.

20) Use EVERY opportunity to market yourself always add your demo reel link in your correspondence. The more people who see your work and are familiar with it the better. You never know who is watching.

21) CDs are also building a career of longevity. A CD may remember your work for years and
call you in to audition years after they initially saw you.

22) Try to get in front of the top CDs like Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins. People who can put you in projects that get watched.

23) KNOW it may take 10+ years of doing quality work and building solid relationships.

24) Upload Great Acting clips that show your type so you, your agents and or manager can use it to submit you with.

25) Ask your friends who are signed with great agents or managers to introduce you to their representatives who may be able to get you more auditions.

Time, Time, Time. Do what you can control. This business take time, perseverance, delivering solid work all the time, every time, and something very important that you can't control...LUCK.

The fact is this is a very hard business to get successful in. There is so much competition. In addition to being a very highly skilled actor, you must be highly adept at marketing and networking. Forget about pipe dreams and overnight success. In this business slow and steady wins the race. Good luck!

Wendy Alane Wright
THE HOLLYWOOD TALENT MANAGER
www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How Can My Child Meet Disney and Nickelodeon Casting Directors?

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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 is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.


In Los Angeles, child actors have the opportunity of doing workshops and 3-week intensives with Disney and Nickelodeon Casting Directors all year long. These CDs see these kids regularly so they know their talent, skill level and in fact, watch them grow up.  They know which kids are ready for the small roles, and which ones are ready to star in a series. They are following their progress.

When kids live out of state that don't have that luxury. Out of state kids don't have that continuous exposure to these very important people. If you live in LA, I always suggest to my clients and their parents to attend classes and workshops with Disney and Nickelodeon Casting Directors at least 3-4 times a year. There are 3 training schools in LA that I highly recommend that have these Casting Directors in regularly, as well as OUTSTANDING acting training for kids. They are, in no particular order:

 


My advice is go to their websites, get on all 3 of their mailing lists and stay updated about upcoming workshops. Be sure to enroll your child in them often. 
But FIRST BE SURE your child is ready to do CD workshops by having your children take numerous acting, improv, and audition classes  at these 3 schools first. Many series regulars go to classes at these schools 5 times a week. So be prepared to live there.

If you live out of state and are planning a visit to LA for spring break or the summer, those are perfect times to visit these 3 schools and take classes. The level of training is professional and invaluable. Be sure to tell then Wendy Alane Wright sent you.

To get you familiar with who's who, here are some of the important CDs you should be looking out for for your children to do workshops with.


Disney Casting Directors

Carol Goldwasser
Barbie Block
Sally Stiner
Gayle Pillsbury (Zane/Pillsbury)
Bonnie Zane
Dana Gergely (Brice/Gergely)
Brandi Brice
Howard Meltzer
Suzanne Goddard- Smythe
Ruth Lambert
Robert McGee
Sheryl Levine

Nickelodeon Casting Directors

Barbara Stordahl
Angela Terry
Daniel Aufierro
Amber Horn
Jamie Snow
Lori Wyman
Harriet Greenspan
Sean Cossey
J.J. Oglivy
Krisha Bullock 

Of course when your agent or manager submits your child for roles being cast by the above TV royalty they bring in the kids they want to see for auditions. It's important that you realize Casting Directors receive about 1,500 pictures for every role. They typically call in about 100- 200 to audition in person or see tapes, 25 or so are called back and only 5 are in the finally running for a job. ONE lucky person will book the role. So those are the odds 1 in 1,500. I think doing the workshops help your child become recognizable to the casting directors and therefore increasing the odds of getting the chance to audition at all.

My company WAW Entertainment is always looking for new & talented kids and teens. If you have a child who is serious about acting feel free to email me their headshot, pictures, resume and demo reel if you have them to wawentertainment@yahoo.com If you child is what I am looking when I receive your email I will get back to you to set up a Skype Consultation. 

But FIRST read another one of my blogs to learn what is expected of you if a manager in Los Angeles is interested in your child: http://secretsofatalentmanager.blogspot.com/2015/01/what-happens-if-la-agent-or-manager.html

See you on the Red Carpet! 

Wendy Alane Wright
President WAW Entertainment




Monday, February 9, 2015

Rock Your SELF-TAPE AUDITIONS!

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 is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.


Video Taped Auditions are happening more and more often. It is CRUCIAL you learn how to master the technology regarding this very important audition skill. This is one of the very best articles I have ever read on SELF TAPING and I thought I should share it with you. This was written by my friend JACK TURNBULL owner of Actorsite in North Hollywood. Jack is responsible for training and building more series regulars than any one in the industry. If you are looking for acting training for your child sign up for classes ACTORSITE.

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Video auditions are IMPORTANT and getting MORE IMPORTANT all the time. -  Jack Turnbull





Shooting your VIDEO AUDITION:

BEFORE YOU TAPE YOUR AUDITION, BE SURE TO PRACTICE YOUR SCENE AT LEAST 50 TIMES OUT LOUD! All of this preparation won’t help if you suck at your acting, so BE SURE TO PRACTICE IT OUT LOUD at least 50 times. Most scenes are just one to three minutes, so that means that an hour of prep will help you ROCK YOUR AUDITION! PREPARATIONS is the MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT!

1. BACKGROUND: Keep a simple background but DON’T USE WHITE. I like shades of blue and gray, but browns are great too! Keep it simple and not too busy, but not white.

2. CAMERA: Use your IPHONE or SAMSUNG phone. Be close to the phone for good sound, about 3 feet or so. Make sure you are in a room with curtains and carpet for better sound, they keep the room noise down. Don’t be 4 or more feet away, as the sound will be lost. Remember, on a film or TV  set, the sound recorder needs you to speak loud enough to record, don’t swallow your words thinking you are being emotional. Emotions are expressed, not suppressed in film/TV. If you use a camera, be sure you are close for good sound or use a separate microphone. I like the phones better because they have super microphones.

(There are many selfie stands  available at AMAZON)

3. TRIPOD: Use a SELFIE STAND on a table or mount on a tripod. Tons of these at amazon.com .  They are cheap and very effective.Five head light from Target…use 100 W CFL Bulbs.

4. LIGHTING: Use a huge window if you have one—no direct sunlight, only reflected light, or use a SOFT light source like the 5 head lamp at TARGET. Put 100 W CFL lamps in it and you have a super light source. Place it behind the phone/camera so it lights the face from the front, not the side. Or, if you wish you can order a softbox set like those shown here:
http://www.ls-photostudio.com/shop/lighting-kits.html

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Sample audition framing….

5. Frame your audition in a head and shoulders shot, unless directed otherwise. Make sure you don’t leave a lot of space at the top of the frame. The top of the head should be close to the top of the frame.

6. Go right into your scene at the beginning. No photos, no title, etc. Go into your scene. Don’t try to be cute, it’s your PERFORMANCE they want to see, not a photo montage or other time wasting items.

7. The READER should stand 3-4 or more feet BEHIND the camera, so your eye line as you read with the reader is good. The reader should NOT be closer to the camera than the Actor, because their voice will be too loud. Actor should look at the READER for the audition, and at the camera for the SLATE. You should be able to see the actor full face but not looking into the camera, but at the reader. Don’t look at the camera during the audition, only in the slate.

8. USUALLY you SLATE at the end of the scene. SPEAK SLOWLY AND CLEARLY. Usually they want NAME, CONTACT INFORMATION, HEIGHT, CONTACT INFO and sometimes they request other information.  If they want a full length shot in the slate, scan the body up and down quickly! If you want to put a slate card with your contact information, this is when you put it up. Some auditions, they want you to hold a paper with your info in the video, make sure it is clearly written and do a close of up of it.

9. NAME YOUR VIDEO: TITLE-ROLE-YOUR NAME. For instance, if the ROLE is SAM and your name is SUZY SMITH and the project is call ICEMAN, name your video  ICEMAN-SAM-SUZYSMITH.m4p. Use abbreviations if the title is too long.

10. If you are uploading or emailing, be sure to include your CONTACT INFORMATION in all correspondence. That would include your PERSONAL CONTACT if you are not represented, and your AGENT and MANAGER if the tape is for them. If it’s a personal submission like on Backstage or LACASTING, most agents and managers don’t want their info listed, so put your personal information. They can’t hire you if they can’t find you. You would be surprised to see the fantastic audition videos sent in without any contact info.

11. Casting likes uploads to sites where they can download the video if they like your performance and send it to the producers with their other videos. That’s why we recommend VIMEO or GOOGLE DRIVE for your uploads. You can post a comment if you have good luck with other services. I personally like YOUTUBE to view videos, but they aren’t easy to download, just the link.

SUPER! NOW ROCK YOUR VIDEO AUDITIONS!
All the best,

COACH JACK TURNBULL
https://www.actorsite.com/

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Produced by Robgraves Productions, Los Angeles

I also think every child actor who is starting out should have a Slate Shot, Personality Clip and a Commercial or Monologue like the one above uploaded on their Actors Access, Casting Frontier and LA Casting Accounts. To watch click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZkZRMcTXxc&feature=youtu.be

A 30-second sample like this gives casting directors a clear idea of your child's personality, the way they talk, look and speak. As you start submitting your child for different commercials, student films, short films and music videos - you can add these clips to your submissions to INCREASE your auditions.

Once you start getting work you can replace the monologue and commercial demos with actual footage from the jobs your child books. I have partnered with Robgraves Productions to create great HD demos to use with your child's submissions. $175 for 3 clips.  Please contact me to set up your child's session with cinematographer Kent Hargrave. (818) 203-6080 or wawentertainment@yahoo.com

See you on the Red Carpet!

Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment
http:///www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com