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Friday, November 15, 2013

The #1 resource for new actors, e-Book "How To Break Into Show Business; Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager"

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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.


“How To Break Into Show Business; Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager” is the #1 resource for new actors filled with critical information to help actors move to the next level of their careers, and the next. It is not a book of generic lists and information anyone can get off the internet. Rather, it is a powerful resource created by a working talent manager who has inside information into what really works to get actors working.


SEE WHAT REAL ACTORS ARE SAYING!!
  "I loved the e-book!! I am soooo happy you made this....honestly...I would've been winging it....and wasted so much money, time, and probably doing circles!!  Your e-book gave me the confidence and tools I need to move forward in making my dream a reality. Thank You!!!!!!- "-Diana Izarry
 

"I just wanted to Thank you. I took your advice on how to market myself to talent agents and follow your advice. Two weeks later, I had three agency interviews and I signed with one of them. God bless you Wendy"  -Tierra Ferra

     Wendy, You can't be for real! I am thrilled with your endless endeavor and drive to share your knowledge with actors around the world. Your book "Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager" has already helped me tremendously to prepare for my move to LA. I can't thank you enough. Like you say in the book, I definitely feel that you are a part of my team. - Patrick J. Thomas, Stuttgart, Germany.



"Wendy thank you so much I'm already obsessed with this book, it's great!" - Dariod

          "Wendy, I have to say that I am a fool no more. It's amazing what being educated can do for a person. You have given me the general outline of what I need to do to start my career and I feel so empowered. Now I know I can make my dream happen because I know the steps I have to take. Thank you very much." (London, England)
-Cherry-Jane Bruce-Baumgarten

"I just finished reading the book. It is an amazing thing you've done for us actors. I didn't know where to start and what to do before. Now I know what my goals are. You deserve all the respect. Have a wonderful day." - Mariuca

       Wendy I just wanted thank you. The book is really good. Now I'm confident on how I have to pursue my career thanks to all information you provided. - Nathan Theis
   
 

"Your advice has made it so much easier to understand areas of the business. Thank you so much again, you have made it that much easier for me to pursue my dream." - Dwight

"This ebook is extremely helpful, and I have already begun to take your advice Wendy." -Misty Vance
 

          "Wendy I absolutely love your book. People really need to know the truth about things and you totally Just lay it out for people the way it is and it's amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" -KK Ryder
 

"You're book is well worth the $21. It's the playbook that actors must follow. Its not a magic placebo but will definitely help actors get started on the right path instead of wasting time going down dead end roads." - Vehuel

"Hi Wendy, I just wanted to thank you for your e-book.  I have such a better understanding of what is to come and what is expected of both my child and myself. Avery has gone through 2 of the 3 stages at landing a talent agent. That is because of your expert advice!! We go next week for a face to face meet! We are super stoked and we truly appreciate you and your passion for helping pass along advice to the "newbies"!!! - Thanks again Tara And Avery:)


     "It is the Super Bowl game and you have the play book to the other team. Do you have an advantage? A resounding, "Yes, yes!" That is how I feel looking with my copy of "Secrets of A Hollywood Talent Manager." Wendy, you gave away the store. Thank you for your angel like heart." - Charlz Williams


"Wendy thank you for all these resources you have provided for us (YouTube videos and THE e-Book). You are the manifestation of my 'Law of Attraction' because I stumbled upon your videos as I was searching, mostly unsuccessfully, for a clear and reliable answer to literally all those questions you answer on your videos and in your e-book.  I have been hooked since. THANK YOU A MILLION!" - Deandra


"Wendy we read your "Breaking Your Kids Into Show Business" e-book in its entirety. Thank you very much for making it so detailed! Following your directions, I have meetings with both Howard Talent and First Class Talent to discuss getting our son into modeling and acting." - Shawn

      "Hey Wendy! I bought & read your e-book...so much wonderful information. I currently work in a "non-LA" Market (New England). Many things in your book have ideas that apply universally to any market & preps those considering moving to LA. Kudos!" - MD Violette



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Hello actors! I am so excited about my this book and giving you critical insider information I KNOW will help you get working in this business and achieve your dreams. The acting clients on my roster are working booking feature films, commercials, TV, websiodes, theater, short films, music videos, modeling jobs and indie films. That could be you too! If you want your life to be different next year than it is today don't wait another minute to get serious about your acting career. I can help you make it a reality. Now is the time.

Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager is a powerhouse collection of information gathered from my 25+ years of my experience in the entertainment business.  You will receive:

  • A list of photographers that 3 different Talent Agencies have personally hand selected and recommend to their clients.
  • The names and emails of 9 Commercial Agents who take on new talent.
  • Detailed breakdown of which acting classes are most respected by agents and managers, and will make a difference on your resume and help you get more auditions and acing jobs. 
  • Which casting directors hire the most actors and cast large amounts of Indie Films, Short Films, Features, and Television Episodics. Casting directors 5 – 10 projects per year. These CDs are much more important for you to meet than those cds doing 1 show or 2 films per year simply because they can offer actors much more opportunity for work. Don't waste time and money barking up the wrong tree. A generic list can’t tell you that but I can.
  •  The 3 Casting directors that call people in out of their workshops ALL the time.
  • Tips for great Demo Reels, Sizzle Reels, Minilogues and what Casting directors really want to see on them. 
  •  The best acting coaches for auditions, and which ones specialize in coaching for Co-Star, Guest Star, and Series Regular roles.
  • AND AS A BONUS I will tell you my number one secret about Casting directors workshops so you can get called in for more auditions.
and so much more!!

You DON'T want to be without this book. No new actor should be. Do yourself and your career a favor and buy it today. You will find nothing else like this. I have actually been told by a top manager not to give actors so much information. Are you kidding me? Good thing I have never been one to follow directions.

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WAW Entertainment
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

52-Week Online Career Mentorship "The Winners Circle"

Step-by-Step 52-Week Online Career Guidance from a Hollywood Talent Manager




Beloved Actors, I am so excited! I have found a way to help make you a success :)


The problem you have, and all beginning actors have is - when you are new, most managers won't take you on because you probably won't make them any money for the first few years. So managers typically look for actors who are already working. But you still need a manager, or someone who can tell you what do you do?

At the beginning of your career, only a handful of lucky actors get a manager. But you still need someone who can help you and guide you...to make sure you get great headshots that pop to casting directors, to help you figure out your type so your headshots will show your type,  to help you figure out which casting directors you should be meeting and where to meet them. You need a manager to teach you how to build you resume up so it will impress casting directors. You need a manager to help you understand how to use online marketing, postcards, actor one-sheets and followup emails with industry people. You need a manager to make sure you write great, professional cover letters, to help you decide when to join SAG-AFTRA, when to stop doing student films, what acting jobs should you be trying to put on your resume, how to get a commercial agent, how to create a demo reel, a sizzle reel and create profiles online that are great and resumes that POP! But you can't get a manager yet, because you aren't going to make them any money. But you still need one.

That is why I created an Online Program to meet every beginning actor's needs. It's called TALENT MANAGER IN YOUR POCKET - A STEP-BY STEP 52 WEEK COURSE. When you sign up for my program I personally guide you for 1 year online making sure you do all the right things to begin your journey as a working actor. It doesn't matter what part of the country you are in, I can help you do everything we just talked about. It is the solution to your catch 22. But this program isn't for everyone. It is only for real actors.

I am a Talent Manager with 25 years experience in the Entertainment Business. Prior to being a Talent Manager, I was a Talent Agent. I have worked in Casting, Production, Network Television and at top Talent Agencies and Public Relation firms. I was also a professional singer and actor so believe me, I know this business inside and out. I know what it takes to work in it. This program is only for serious actors. If this is a hobby forget about it, I can't help you.

As a manager, I usually represent about 25 actors at a time, who are working in film, tv, webisodes, print, indies, shorts, theater, commercials etc. I get my actors agents, they book jobs and they work. But I can't represent every actor that submits to me. This year alone I have received over 2,000 submissions. I can only handle 25 actors at a time. (and even that gets rough) That's why I created an online program to guide every actor who wants professional help advancing their careers.

My online program THE WINNERS CIRCLE - THE WAW ELITE ACTORS CLUB is a  STEP-BY STEP 52 WEEK COURSE that fills the gap- it gives you the direction of a Talent Manager so you aren't guessing what you should be doing, or wasting money and time. Trust me, you need guidance on so many things... you don't know 1/2 of what you are doing. I get so many submission from actors who don't know what they are doing. Every day I look at lousy cover letters, resumes wrongly formatted, headshots that don't work, and demo reels that look so amateuristic. No wonder those actors aren't getting ahead. I hate for you to be in that category sitting with Casting Directors missing out all your amazing talent. But now with my online program, I am so excited, (I really am) I can help every actor who wants professional guidance. Waahooo! And that includes YOU!

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To sign up now, go to my website WAW Entertainment and join. Choose whether you want to be billed $100 monthly, or $300 every 3 months. By the end of the year you will be miles ahead of where you would have been without it. - See more at: http://secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com/talent-manager-in-your-pocket-step-by-step-instructions-for-every-actors-first-year/#sthash.mp93t6LL.dpuf
To sign up now, go to my website WAW Entertainment and join. Choose whether you want to be billed $100 monthly, or $300 every 3 months. By the end of the year you will be miles ahead of where you would have been with out it.

After you have joined THE WINNERS CIRCLE - THE WAW ELITE ACTORS CLUB 
email me at wawentertianment@yahoo.com to set up our first Skype Call. I look forward to speaking to your personally and getting to know you. We can talk about where you are right now in your career -what classes you have already taken, if any, and you can show me your current headshots and resume so I can review them and make changes to your resume to format it correctly. In our Skype conversation, we will also talk about your type, and your online profiles. I will give you immediate advice you can implement right away to get you onto the right path.

    I will be giving you all the SAME advice and guidance I give to all my signed actors. GO AHEAD AND SIGN UP TODAY!

    The cost is for this 1 year program is only $100 per month!  (That's less that $25 a week for professional guidance.) Compare that to just 1 acting class which costs $295 a month. So obviously, I am making it affordable for every actor who wants the guidance of a talent manager, but they are just to early in their career to attract one. You need a professional guiding you, so here is your opportunity. Just follow my simple monthly instructions for 1 year and step-by-step together we will advance your career.

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    SO... congratulations on deciding to join the club and work with me.  You will also be receiving a FREE copy of my e-book "Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager" which we will use as a guide through the year, along with tons of helpful tools, audition secrets, workshops you should take, event invitations, and insider tips throughout the year to add to your success!

    Having a talent is a gift. Sharing it with the world is privilege. Having someone help you do it is good fortune. I look forward to working with you... if you are serious about doing the work :) 
This is going to be fun.

    See you on the Red Carpet,

     

    Wendy Alane Wright
    Talent Manager
    WAW Entertainment
    www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    How Managers Can Build A Star...One Step At A Time.


    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.

     As a talent manager my job is to bring clients up from one level, to the next. They start with a fairly empty resume, so we build it. They start with minimal training so we build it; adding cold reading, improvisation, audition techniques, scene study and acting. They begin doing students films, Webseries, and short films to get experience and perhaps some footage for a demo if we're lucky. (Not all student footage is good. They are still learning too remember?) When a client has trained properly for commercial auditioning we get them a commercial agent. Hopefully they book and book and make some money! 50% of actors income comes from commercials.

    Here is a resume of a 16 year old in Kentucky. She is serious about becoming an actor and her resume PROVES it. Look at the training she has had and the theater she has done. How does yours compare?  Click on this link to see Alicen's resume. This is what you need to start building your resume into.



    Then it's time to move to the next level...TV...co-star roles, guest-star, recurring, series regulars and feature films. This is where it gets TOUGH. The competition is fierce. All your ducks have GOT to be in a row. You can not waltz into this stage. If you could EVERYONE would be a star and all actors would work. But only 5% of actors are successful and actually make a living at acting. 95% do not. And those 95% do not pay my bills.

    It's in my best interest to try and create an Actor in the 5%. My God that's hard work...and I don't even get paid really until I do! That's why you'd better be following your manager's direction to a "T" if you want to navigate these turbulent rapid waters...waters that throw most Actors out of the boat. This next stage separates the boys from the men, the wannabes from the doers, the curious from the serious. Stick to it. Shake off the rejection. Make sure you have THE BEST headshots and demo reels to represent you. Understand you need to learn about the business side of this business if you are going to succeed.

    And sadly, this is where actors think they know more than everybody else and spend years making stupid mistakes until they get burned out and quit. I see actors who have been in LA trying to get discovered and never do because they  are using Headshots their friends took and horrible demo reels. Urghh. They just don't get it. The competition in this business is off the charts. You MUST be at the top of your game in your training, your acting skill, your marketing naterials, and your business knowledge.

    We managers and agents see unrealistic and unprepared Actors so often, unfortunately they are the norm. That's why agents and managers are continually and diligently attending showcases, plays, doing workshops and interviewing new actors, searching for the exception. The turn over rate in this business is incredibly high. We insiders know that. Actors don't. Jack Nicholson's longtime Agent Sandy Bressler said to me recently, "All actors have one thing in common; They all think it's going to happen for them."

    As you can see, there is a method to this madness, and an experienced manager knows how to navigate you from one level to another, seeing the big picture that you don't see. Understanding it in a way you couldn't possibly. The trick of management is creating a realistic picture without crushing the dream.

    To move to the next level, there is very little room for mistakes. Your Demo reel needs to be great. Not from an actors point of view, or your friends or family's points of views, or even your point of view, but from the casting directors points of view. You need your professional website up and running with links to ALL your online casting sites (LA Casting, Actors Access). Your demo needs to be on You Tube, uploaded to your online casting sites. When a casting director is investigating you they need immediate access to everything you have. While you are sleeping they are watching your demo reels, viewing your website, reading your resume. If it is difficult to find any of this information...they move onto the next Actor and you lose the opportunity. You might not even know you had an opportunity. Happens all the time - to the amateurs who don't have all their ducks in a row. A manager worth a grain of salt us diligently trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together so preparation meets opportunity!

    So...next... basically the way it works when you move to the next level is you determine what type you will be type cast as. This is crucial because casting directors want to know exact how to cast you - as the villain, the hero, the dad, the executive, the criminal etc,. (and even though actors can play many things- casting directors don't care about that) they want to know your top 3 roles you will most likely always play in the beginning if your career) Then your headshots should reflect those 3 types.

    Then your demo reel should reflect those three it should not be a combination of every role you have been hired to play. It should a combination of the top 3 roles you will most likely be cast as at first. Then you do CD (Casting Director) workshops and send thank you post cards after each one. If a CD is impressed with your work enough they will pull you right out of a workshop and bring you in to audition. If your not ready to compete with the actors they already know, they will not bring you in for auditions directly.

    Once you have met 10-20 CDs and they like your work and are calling you in for auditions you now have some "currency" in Hollywood. I'll explain this more later.

    When you get a theatrical agent, they will pitch you for whatever your right for, but it will always be difficult if the casting directors don't know you and if you don't have TV many credits. No matter who the agent is. So getting an agent is a great start... But helping them by doing CD workshops so the casting directors know you when the agent calls to pitch you is crucial. If an agent can't get you in they will drop you and you will need another agent. If an agent can get you in, and you get a high ratio of call backs, they will keep working with you. If you are not getting call backs when you compete against seasoned actors, they will drop you.

    Building your currency with casting directors is something you can control and use to benefit your career. Even without an agent, CDs that like you will bring you in. Happens all the time. So those are all the steps for you. Straight, clear and to the point.

    Your job will be to keep track of every CD you audition for and take workshops with. Send them thank you cards and postcards every 2 months. The post cards should say what you haves booked lately and what callbacks you have gotten: with which CDs.

    It's a lot of work, and you spend more time marketing and networking than you actually do acting, but that is how a star is made. And hopefully if you are talented, prepared and downright lucky... you will get great projects, by great writers and directors that become well known and bring you to notoriety:)

    It's a long haul, a lot of work and a dream worth pursuing! I love this business. Just hang in there. There is only one word you need to have tattooed on your brain PERSEVERANCE.

    Wendy Alane Wright Smith
    WAW ENTERTAINMENT
    wawentertainment@yahoo.com
    Twitter: WAW_Wendy

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    Friday, May 17, 2013

    The # 1 Secret To Becoming A Working Actor Overnight.

    Wendy A;ane Wright with Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett, Jr.


    The # 1 Secret To Becoming A Working Actor Overnight.
    by Wendy Alane Wright

    Common in so many actors is an underlying tension that flows through them. It's so thick you can cut it with a knife. If you stand near them you can feel it. When they open their mouth you immediately hear it. It says, "How long will it take for me to make it?" "Shouldn't it have happened by now? "I mean really, how long until I am on television and I'm a famous actor?" My answer is tomorrow. You can do it by tomorrow.

    Are you stunned? It's true, by tomorrow you could be a rich, famous and successful actor. You could also be a doctor, the President of the United States, a lawyer, senator, teacher, astronaut, CEO of a fortune 500 company, certified public accountant, professional basketball player, maxillofacial surgeon, coach of a major league baseball team, nuclear physicist, nobel peace prize winner, biologist, architect, pharmacist, engineer, veterinarian, cardiothoracic surgeon, orchestra conductor, pediatrician, dentist, optometrist, construction manager, IT manager, commercial airline pilot...all by tomorrow. Of course.

    As a Talent Manager, I can't tell you how many "actors" come to me and want an agent in their first few months of being in LA. They also want to be on TV within their first year here. It's ridiculous and so completely unrealistic. I hear them whine "I have been here two years and still not on tv! I'm not getting enough auditions. I can't find an agent, or, my agent isn't getting me out enough." Oh Vey!

    Here is the problem: these people are not even thinking about becoming great actors. They are thinking about becoming famous. Every good manager, agent, acting teacher, and casting director can tell the difference between a great actor who has intensely worked on the craft of acting to develop mastery, and the one who thinks they can waltz into an acting job, off the cuff. Guess what? The actor who has acted for years in small unknown theater productions, often unpaid, who has studied with great acting teachers and worked closely with acting coaches to master the art of acting are the ones who work. They are the ones that have succesful acting careers. And believe me, they are the ones that become the stars. Ok, I lied. You cannot become a succesful working actor by tomorrow.

    When I attend acting showcases I am handed so many resumes of actors who are looking for a manager and they have taken only a handful of acting classes, or trained for only a year or two, or only have a college degree from an acting school. That's right I said that, you heard me correctly. Yes, the degree shows a consistent interest in the arts, but to industry pros, who knows what kind of training you have received there? You still are at ground zero. We will see what level of actor you really are.

    There is a strange misconception about the career of acting. People think it's is different than other careers. I don't know why. Maybe because it looks easy and they see people on TV doing it all the time. But people from around the world they think they can come to LA or NY, get an agent, get an audition, land a job and become a star. Oh you think I am exaggerating? But I am not. For some reason many people believe that all you have to do to be an actor is stand in front of a camera and "be." Just be you. They think because they talk and move that is enough to be a great actor, but of course it isn't. Anymore than you or I can stand in the operating room and cut open someone's head and do brain surgery on them... just because we're, well you know, us. Okay, I am exaggerating a little, but I am not far off. Ask anyone who has been in the business for awhile. Actors who come newly to LA sound like this for the first few years, that is until reality kicks in.

    In order to bring the kind of performance to the screen that makes an audience really feel moved to the core by an experience an actor is having, an actor has to learn how to go deeply within themselves and bear emotion that is true to their core - without any concern for how they look, who they are, or how they feel other people are perceiving them. Most people can't get to this level. They are so hyper-conscious - especially the ones that want to be actors. Quite frankly, this kind of actor is the exception, even with training. It takes a special kind of talent and an extensive amount of trained skill to have this much command of yourself, and this level of vulnerability - which 9 out of 10 times is only accomplished through years of genuine acting training and experience. Even Stars are getting coached continually with great acting teachers. This is not a field you can waltz into and be successful in by tomorrow.

    This kind of strange misunderstanding about acting is bizarre in a field that has such high levels of competition. You would think people wouldn't even put themselves into the casting room until they knew they were better actors than anyone else around. When there are 2,000 submission for 1 role, your chances of getting it are slim, like winning the lottery. So you better believe you need training, and something incredibly special about you that you can identify and sell. An average actor is not going to get the job. If you are an average actor, you better go work with an amazing acting coach until you are the best actor in your class - if you want to work - because producers, writers, directors, managers, agents, casting directors and networks are looking for the best. Not the average, not the under-trained, and not the confused.

    And it goes beyond your training. There is a general rule in Hollywood -- talent won't get you there, but persistence just might. With training and talent you are halfway there. Now you need luck and persistence. It's crucial that you don't give up. You need to give yourself realistic goals and time frames. It take years and years to become a working actor. Actors that can't hang in there for the long haul aren't going to be successful working actors. If you can't hang in there and be happy on this journey...that's okay. Go find something else to do. Whining about how long things are taking and beating yourself up for not being an "overnight success" is not healthy. You have to love the process, the journey and the work. If you don't, my advice is go find what you do love. You deserve to be happy.

    I'm sorry if I am being to harsh, but as a Talent Manager I have to tell it like it is. Would you want less? Here's the truth, if you want to be on TV, the answer is yes, that is do-able. I will tell you exaclty how:

    1) You are going to have to work really hard at becoming a great actor.
    2) You will need to work for years to build connections and relationships with people in the industry such as casting directors, producers and directors. It really is who you know in this business, and more importantly, who knows you.
    3) You will need to get very lucky.

    Indeed, you may book a few jobs here and there, but remember only 5% of actors become successful working actors. So if you really want a career in show business, a paying one, you better get off your high horse, get your head out of the clouds and give yourself a reality check. You have a lot of work to do. No, you will not be on TV tomorrow, you likely will not be a rich and famous actor by tomorrow, not by next year, and not before 10 years. You still want to be an actor after knowing all that? Great! Then maybe you are cut out to be one. You could be in that 5% of working actors. In fact, I hope you are. There is no reason you couldn't be. After all, life is what we make it.

    My professional advice is always go for your goals and dreams, temper it with reality of what you need to do to accomplish them. Know that with hard work and determination almost anything is possible. Keep a good attitude and develop the ability to enjoy your journey. That includes it's ups and downs, the acceptance and the rejection, the wins and the disappointments. If you stick with it, you will get to have extraordinary creative moments, so deeply fulfilling, challenging and rewarding. You may even get paid to do it!

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    Prior to being a manager and a talent agent at Burn Down Entertainment, Wright assisted many high profile managers, agents, and publicists. For 20 years she was a recording artist, actor, and music producer, and is now the author of five books called, “Secrets of a Hollywood Talent Manager.” Wright teaches the business of acting all over the country and is on the faculty of schools including the New York Studio for Stage and Screen in North Carolina and LA Acting Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. For years she has appeared in numerous magazines, and on radio shows and talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    Why do I have to keep getting New Headshots???





    What!!! I need new headshots again?

    Headshots are typically your first expense when starting your new acting business. They are part of the start up costs of your business. What every actor should understand about headshots is that you have to keep taking them until you find a picture that "pops" to casting directors and gets you called in for auditions. Sometimes an actor gets lucky and gets a picture that pops from their first session. Others may have to shoot 2, 3, 4 times with different photographers until that magical picture happens. It's all part of the start up cost of your acting business. No one knows why some pictures "pop" and some don't. No one can tell you why a photographer can create a picture that "pops" for one actor, but that same photographers pictures do not pop for another actor. It's truly a mystery.

    But it is a fact. And the expense is real. Recently I had a client shoot with a fantastic photographer, who has a history of his pictures popping for actors, but no one in casting is responding to her shots. Her agent wants her to shoot again with a new photographer and try someone else. I have to call my client and explain this. The thing with actors is they just don't understand how that could happen. "The shots look great, what do you mean they don't pop?"

    The only thing I can compare it to is advertising commercials, because it is very similar. An advertising team will come up with a concept, create a commercial story board, get the idea approved, cast it, shoot the commercial, air it and after all that money is spent the commercial may not "pop" to audiences and bring in a substantial amount of new or repeat business. Therefore, a brand new advertising campaign must be developed. Of course when the commercial is working, or it "pops" to audiences you may see that commercial 5-10 times a day until it runs out of steam. Then a new campaign must be shot and the whole process starts all over again.

    Your headshots are your advertising. They are your billboard. They are subjective and there is no way to determine if the artwork is effective until you create it. If Actors are going to be serious about this business, there is no use complaining about headshots that don't work. It's just time to re-shoot and create a new campaign. (On a side note: When it comes to kids, their looks change so quickly parents have to get new headshots for kids twice every year!)

    As a talent manager I am known for telling it like it is. No sugar coating. Sorry to burst your bubble! But if your headshots aren't working, it ain't personal. Just suck it up and re-shoot. It is part of the cost of doing business. Sometimes it amazes me how actors think that running their own acting company is going to be cheap. Newsflash, it isn't. It is actually costs about $8,000 a year with headshots, classes, workshops, etc. So be a smart entrepreneur and always save your money for the multitude of endless costs that come with running a business. Headshots, well I don't think any working actor is ever done shooting them. But, the cool thing is the more successful you become as an actor, then others start picking up the tab for your photo sessions! Waahoo, don't you just love that?

    Here is a word from my friend "down under" about headshots. He is spot on.

    Liam I agree with what you said on your website about headshots! - Wendy Alane Wright, The Hollywood Talent Manager

    " Why is a good headshot important?
    Your headshot is your calling card as an Actor and it can make or break your reputation and be the difference between you getting seen by Casting Directors, Agents and Directors.

    So many Actors and Actresses I know choose to go for the cheapest headshots around or will get their shots done by their friends or anyone with a camera. The age old adage you get what you pay for really does apply in this industry.

    Anyone can take a photo that makes you look nice or attractive but only someone that really understands the industry and how to help you stand out and market your best attributes will get you a great headshot!

    Your headshots are the first impression you are going to send out as an Actor and it's so important to make it a lasting one. If they aren't of the highest quality then you're just going to fade into the background and remain at an amateur level. Liam Murphy, Australia

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    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    5 Proven Ways to Start Your Singing Career




    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.
     
    When you first start performing live as a solo act or a band your goal is to try and build a following. You want to create a fan base and keep in touch with them through email, Twitter and Facebook. You are also performing live to get experience mastering the stage, mastering your own performances, and mastering making a connection with your audiences - so you keep becoming a better, and more interesting performer.

    An artist grows by performing live, so you want to perform live everywhere you can. The bottom line is...it all come down to what happens when a solo singer or band performs live. Do people get riled up and excited, or bored? Loving an artist is something organic that either happens or doesn't. You can not force it. People either show up or they don't. People either come back to listen to you again, or they don't. Of course you have to invite them back and offer them a great show, have merchandise available if you have it and giveaways like free t-shirts are always nice; but it won't make them like you or your band. Music is subjective. And when someone is feeling the music their body reacts, or it doesn't.

    Here's an example, after the great comedian Chris Rock finished his stint on Saturday Night Live, he wasn't getting much work, no one would hire him. He decided to go back to Chicago to a theater and start doing standup again. He worked on routines and jokes and his performance, but no one was really coming. He continued to try new material and work on his act. Finally he started getting lines on the street for people to come see him. And over time he was sold out. He worked out his act until whatever he was doing was working.

    It is the same for singers. It takes time to figure out what you do that makes people stand in line to come see you. Singers may have several bands before that happens, or it may happen with the 1st one. The reaction people have is organic and cannot be forced. They either like it or they don't. By performing live as much as possible, as artist can find their wings on stage. They learn about themselves and what they do in their own expression of their music. They learn how to connect with an audience. They learn how to speak with an audience. They learn which material speaks to an audience and which material does not. In a band they need to find the chemistry between them, which comes from time and shared experiences. They should hang out in between gigs to get to know each other so that camaraderie appears on stage. They all need to have fun on stage so it will show.

    # 1 BOOKINGS
    Artists need a booking agent locally, who can submit video of the band or solo artist to local venues to see if they will have them - colleges, fairs, festivals, clubs, charity events etc. So the artists can get out there and see if they can cause a stir. At every gig they should hand out a bumper sticker or postcard with the bands pic on it and contact info. Someone should be on hand at every gig to collect email addresses to enter fans into a drawing to win a Band T-Shirt. Then they take those email addresses, enter them into a contact list and stay in touch with their fans, letting them know where they will be performing next. Constant Contact or Mail Chimp is great for this.

    # 2 PRESS
    Artists should also send a press release to local papers letting them know about their gigs. The booking agent can be a friend - or a professional. But has to be someone who can consistently make phone calls to venues/events and send emails with links to the bands video to ask for bookings.

    # 3 FAN BASE
    This business is all about contacts and exposure. So singing every where you can is key. And making the most of each gig is very important. So at every gig you should be dressed the part, have business cards you can hand out so people who like your sound can see where they can buy your music, or they can follow you on Twitter or like your Fan Facebook page. Use your mailing list to keep everyone informed about where you are singing next

    # 4 4 SONG CD
    If you have been at this for awhile you probably already have a 4 song demo recorded. If you are just starting out you need one.

    # 5 WEBSITE
    Of course you need a website with your music, cool photos of you in your regular life and on stage? A place where people can go to find ou all about you, your music, buy your music and see your upcoming gig dates. Fan want access.

    THIS IS A BUSINESS
    Treat your career like a business. You are selling a product - YOU. You need to make sure the product always looks good, define your image, and your work either a 4 Song Demo or full length CD is easily accessible to buy on line and at shows.

    Use these handy tips to get started and keep me updated on your progress!

    Follow your dreams!

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