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Sunday, May 25, 2014

People Don’t Support My Dream To Become An Actor!


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.
People Don’t Support My Dream To Become An Actor!
Understand this: When people don’t support your dream to become an actor, it’s not because they lack confidence in you. It’s because they have fear of the unknown. They don’t know if you will be able to make a living at it and take care of yourself financially; something all people in a modern society have to learn how to do. Why? Because life is expensive and costs lots of money.
But if you face the truth and the facts about acting as a career it may make it easier for you to decide what to do. An acting career is the hardest career in the world to make money. Only 5% of actors make a living from it. If you want to act it has to be because you love acting more than life itself. It has to be because you feel more alive when you are acting than doing anything else. It has to be because you need it and you love doing the work. You love being an actor. (You won't know that until you do some acting in theater productions and in classes. So always start there.)
EXPECT...Did you hear that? EXPECT that if you are acting that you will have to find some OTHER WAY to pay the bills. Period. That's just how it is. Only a handful of actors get rich and famous. Ok? Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s not. Who knows? Even famous actors had NO idea it would happen to them. You can’t plan on it. It is a fluke like winning the lottery. You just act because you love it, even if it doesn't pay. So to make money while you are acing here is the best list EVER of flexible actor day jobs.

If you are a KID here is a great way for you kids to make money to be able to PAY FOR YOUR OWN ACTING CLASSES: http://secretsofatalentmanager.blogspot.com/2014/06/how-do-i-make-money-im-just-kid.html
 
The key to success is to work hard at what you want in this life. There is nothing stopping you from working hard, making your own money, flying to LA or NYC and going to acting school at the Stella Adler Academy or the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.
There is no reason you can’t go to any College or University, get your degree in Business, and at the same time take theater classes and do plays. There is no reason you can't make friends with students at local film schools then write and create your own webseries for You Tube.
You can be and do whatever you want to in this life. If you are willing to work hard and put the time and energy in...you will get results. Some will be great, some not so much. Sometimes you will win, sometimes you will fail. You just get up, brush yourself off and keep going. If you live your life following your heart and being true to who you are... you will be just fine. Believe in yourself because no one will ever believe in you more than you do or God does. And always remember your path on this planet is YOUR path. No one else's. Not your parents, not your friends or family. Just yours. They have their own.
Anything worth having is worth working hard to get. You will get out of it what you put into it. If you want acting roles you will have to work hard to get them. But nothing guarantees you will be a star. What it will guarantee is you will be an actor.

Do you think you become a Doctor by walking into a hospital one day and just say, "Hello, I am a doctor. Where is my patient?" No, Doctors have to go to years and years of school. Well Actors have to do years and years of acting classes, small roles no one has ever heard... of in tiny films, or in tv shows that get cancelled, or moves that fail, and commercials before they ever get noticed. 
But one of the main things you need to understand is that an acting career takes time to build. No matter where you live. Actors get successful over a LONG, LONG period of time and hard work. ALL of them. And most actors do not start out with connections. They build them as they go. The key to a successful career in acting is to do great work over time until people are talking about your work, recommending you for projects, and hiring you. Great acting rises to the top. Actors always have to be very busy building relationships with casting directors, writers, producers and directors. 

Simply put...there is no easy way to build an acting career.  Start at the beginning with training, training, MORE TRAINING along with live performances every chance you get.

There are so many ways to build your acting career. While you are in high school and college,
Take business classes, and act in plays too! Audition for short films that are being made at your states; film schools, create a webseries,  Take tons of acting classes. Sign up on Actors Access and BACKSTAGE.com and look for acting jobs to submit yourself to. Drop your headshots off at every film school in your state or every college with a film department and get involved with student films.


Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Identifying Your Brand - Advice By Matt Newton

Wendy with actress/model Isabella Mulford

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.
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Having a Demo Reel is crucial. Beginning actors have to do indie films, student films to get footage. Often its hard to get this footage once the project is complete. Sometimes the footage is great. Other times it's not the quality you expected. It's perfectly okay to go have your footage created at a production company. Casting Directors don't care if the footage comes from a legit projects. Casting directors simply want to see footage showing how you look on film, how you sound and most importantly if you are believable. But they do want good quality and good sound with the footage. So don't shoot it yourself in your kitchen with your iPhone. I recommend two great companies that can shoot your footage at reasonable http://www.createyourreel.com/

But before you shoot your reel it's important to know your type.


The following article first appeared in Backstage.com Posted Feb. 5, 2014, 3 p.m. 
and was written by Matt Newton
Link to original article


Let’s get honest. While it’s easy to look at others and get a sense of their natural type, doing the same for own your self can be daunting. Where do you even start?

Time to break this down. Put “range” aside for a minute and think about what look you are selling. It’s called your type and it defines you in this business. Remember: it’s not what you are, it’s what you play. You can be the smartest person in the world, and still go out for the “dumb jock.” You might not even play any sports! It’s not what your grandmother thinks of you, it’s what the “business” thinks of you. Just because you may have played wonderful parts as a character twice your age during high school and college, that does not mean you will be playing them in the “real world.” When I was 23 and right out of college (having done lots of Shakespeare), my first audition was for a 16-year-old on a soap opera. Reality check.

We are all born a certain way, with a certain “look” and unless we want to commit to drastic plastic surgery, then we will be cast as specific roles in our acting careers. It’s up to actors to be smart enough to identify that look, harness it, and use it to our advantage. Are you the young leading man who could play the new love interest on “Melrose Place” or are you the creepy old villain on “Homeland?” Does your face say “Gossip Girl,” or does it say “Walking Dead?” Are you the smart, clean cut and sophisticated young lawyer, or the early thirties slacker type? Don’t let this assessment put you off. Later in your career you can start branching out from your type, once you start booking lots of work.

Here are some easy steps to nailing down your type:

1. Take a good hard look in the mirror. Pay attention to your face, your weight, your ethnicity, and your personality. Do you have a receding hairline? Do you have a thick accent? Listen to your voice. Do you sound smart and articulate when you talk, or do you sound uneducated? Be. Honest. If you don’t look anything like Angelina Jolie, then that is the wrong type for you. Are you the funny chubby best friend? Tough guy? Young politician? Ingenue? Cool mom? Sassy friend? Dumb jock? Girl next door? Smug Sophisticate? Cute quirky hipster? Are you a hybrid between two of them?

2. Write down three actors who are stealing jobs from you. I mean, watch TV, go see movies, and find out which actors are playing parts that you were meant to play. Age, ethnicity, everything. That’s where your journey begins. What is unique about them, and why are they being cast in these roles? Yes, it’s about talent. But they have also cornered their market on that type. What else have they done? Have they always played this type? Some headshot photographers will talk to you about this before they shoot with you so that they can help you present yourself the right way.
3. Write down three shows you could see yourself on. Series regular, guest star, costar…whatever. There are about 30 shows filming in New York right now. Watch them, learn from them, observe what kind of actors they are casting. Take notes. Look up the casting director and the actors. If you are right for that show, and are trained, and they cast your type over and over, then by all means sign up for a casting director workshop to meet them in person. If you are over 50 and play “extraterrestrial” roles all the time, probably don’t sign up for a soap opera casting workshop. Again, it’s all about being smart and knowing yourself.
4. Finally, ask your close friends, an acting coach, or anyone who will be honest with you. Your good friends will be honest with you. Coaches will be honest. In my classes, type identification is an important discussion. Each person sits in the front of the class, while everyone else shouts out their different opinions on that actor’s type. It’s very eye-opening, very honest, and is an essential tool to presenting yourself the right way in this business. After all, it’s exactly what casting directors are thinking from the moment you walk into the room. It should be reflected in your headshots, your audition monologues, your demo reel, your attitude, your personality, the way you carry yourself, and ultimately strongly impacts your marketability.
From: NYC coach Matt Newton
If you are in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut you should absolutely study acting with him. http://www.mnactingstudio.com/ 
They also offer SKYPE coaching for those out of the Tri State area. 
Hi clients have booked roles on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, HOSTAGES, UNFORGETTABLE, THE BLACKLIST, ROYAL PAINS, GOSSIP GIRL, THE FOLLOWING, DO NO HARM, REVOLUTION, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, UGLY BETTY, LOVE BITES, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, SKELETON TWINS, HAPPY BABY, DELIVERY MAN, and countless other films and TV shows.
 Matt Newton has been a professional actor for over 15 years, and has guest starred on dozens of television shows, including UGLY BETTY, DRAKE AND JOSH GO HOLLYWOOD, ROYAL PAINS, THE AMERICANS, CRIMINAL MINDS, GILMORE GIRLS, GUIDING LIGHT, ALL MY CHILDREN, DRAGNET, and has appeared in the films MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, VAN WILDER, DAHMER and POSTER BOY, as well as countless commercials.  He is currently the on set coach for the CBS Show BLUE BLOODS, an industry expert contributor to Backstage, and the author of the book "10 Steps to Breaking Into Acting." 

If you have any questions, feel free to call Matt Newton Acting Studio at 347-915-5044 or email them at info@mnactingstudio.com.

 Keep Following Your Dreams!

Wendy Alane Wright
THE HOLLYWOOD TALENT MANAGER



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Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood talent manager and the president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared on television networks such as ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, and more. They have booked TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Blackish,” “Extant,” “The Colony,” “Animal Kingdom,” “My Haunted House,” "Nightshift," "Walk The Prank," 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. 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 the New York Studio for Stage and Screen in North Carolina For years she has appeared in numerous magazines, and on radio shows and talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.
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Did you recently graudate from high school and are now looking for a legit place to further your training in acting or music. Here are some ideas for you! You may have heard of Stella Adler, NYFA or the Lee Strasberg Institute, but consider these awesome options:

Academy of Art University - located in San Francisco, CA
• American Intercontinental University - Los Angeles - located in Los Angeles, CA
• American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies - located in Los Angeles, CA
• Art Center College of Design - located in Pasadena, CA
• Berkeley Digital Film Institute - located in Berkeley, CA
• Brooks Institute - located in Santa Barbara, CA
• CalArts School of Film and Video - located in Valencia, CA
• California State University, Dominguez Hills Digital Media Arts Program - located in Carson, CA
• California State University, Fullerton Department of Radio-TV-Film Department - located in Fullerton, CA
• California State University, Long Beach Film & Electronic Arts - located in Long Beach, CA
• California State University, Los Angeles Television/Film/and Media Studies - located in Los Angeles, CA
• California State University, Monterey Bay Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department - located in
Monterey Bay, CA
• California State University Northridge Department of Cinema and Television Arts - located in Northridge,
CA
• Cinema Arts Tech - located in Los Angeles, CA
• Chapman University School of Film and Television - located in Orange, CA
• Columbia College Hollywood - located in Tarzana, CA
• Film Arts Foundation - located in San Francisco, CA
• Film Connection - located in Los Angeles, CA
• Hero Film School - located in Hollywood, CA
• The Hollywood Film and Acting Academy - located in Hollywood, CA
• Los Angeles City College Department of Cinema and Television - located in Los Angeles, CA
• Los Angeles Feature Film Academy - located in Los Angeles, CA
• Los Angeles Film School - located in Hollywood, CA
• Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television - located in Los Angeles, CA
• Mount St. Mary's College Film & Social Justice Program - located in Los Angeles, CA
• Musician's Institute Program of Film - located in Hollywood, CA
• New York Film Academy, Universal Studios - located in Hollywood, CA
• Orange Coast College Department of Film - located in Costa Mesa, CA
• Orange County High School of the Arts - located in Santa Ana, CA
• San Diego State University School of Communication - located in San Diego, CA
• San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking - located in San Francisco, CA
• San Francisco State University Cinema Department - located in San Francisco, CA
• San Jose State University Department of Television, Radio, Film, and Theatre - located in San Jose, CA
• Stanford University Graduate Program in Documentary Film & Video - located in Stanford, CA
• Steinlein Productions - located in Los Angeles, CA
• University of California, Los Angeles Professional Programs in Screenwriting and Producing - located in
Los Angeles, CA
• University of California, Los Angeles School of Film, Theater, and Television - located in Los Angeles,
CA
• University of California, Los Angeles Extension's Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts Department -
located in Los Angeles, CA
• University of California, Riverside's Media and Cultural Studies Program - located in Riverside, CA
• University of California, San Diego Department of Visual Arts - located in San Diego, CA
• University of California, Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media Program - located in Santa Cruz,CA
• University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts - located in Los Angeles, CA
• University of Southern California School Summer Film School - located in Los Angeles, CA
• Video Symphony - located in Burbank, CA

Wendy Alane Wright
THE HOLLYWOOD TALENT MANAGER
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15 Ways To Book More Acting Jobs

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.


Every Actor has TWO  jobs. 
1) Get well trained. Train. Train. Train. And when you are the best in your class, switch to a class where everyone is better than you  and train until you are the best there too!
2) Be PROACTIVE every day. Book as much work as you can ON YOUR OWN. With or without an Agent or Manager. Agents and Managers are not responsible for building your career...YOU are.

When an actor is proactive and trains intensely, they become very interesting to agents and managers and can often find great representation who can add to their own efforts. The # 1 question I am asked by actors is “How do I book more acting jobs?” The answer is to hustle to find your own work. Introduce yourself to filmmakers, writers, producers, directors. You must get good at selling yourself.  And when you hand industry people your marketing package it should be top notch.

DEMO REEL
Your demo reel should be high quality HD with great sound and lighting; even if it is only 1 scene.  Make sure it is a strong piece of acting; very funny, scary, or even creepy is interesting. The character you are playing should be layered. It may start out with the character seeming like a sweet innocent person, but turns out they are hiding a terrible secret. Have a character Arc. Make sure your demo reel should is no more than 2 minutes, otherwise people will turn it off. 

HEADSHOTS
Your headshots should be professional, well lit, hair and makeup done, and your eyes should be expressing real emotion. Your headshot should also reflect the types of character you are most likely to play.

RESUME
Your resume should be formatted neatly and correctly. Filled with acting and training credits. I like to see 10+ shorts, student films and webseries on an actors resume. That tells me they have been working.

NETWORK
Finally you want to become exceptional at keeping in touch with people, offering your services, and following up using Post Cards, One Sheets and Castability Sheets. Every time you meet someone in the business that you hit it off with or work with add them to your contact book. Then every 3-6 months send them a note telling them what you booked lately and use your postcards, once sheets or castability sheets. Those are more creative and interesting to look at than a letter or an email. Remember to make relationships about what you can GIVE to the relationship, not what you can take from it. Add value.

Here are 15 specific ways you can get MORE acting jobs.
  1. Do many Student Films
  2. Do many Short Films
  3. Produce your own films, shorts, webseries. Don't wait for other to make your career.Submit your projects to festivals.
  4. Produce a Play. Cast yourself in it. Rent a Theater. Invite your friend and industry contacts.
  5. Network on Kickstarter and Indiegogo to find directors, actors and writers to work with.
  6. Backstage; read it every day and submit there.
  7. Do tons of Theatre
  8. Read Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety. Look for projects and network.
  9. Attend Film Festivals - Stay after films and meet the film makers. Give them your actor business cards and get theirs. Stay in touch, offer your help on their projects.
  10. Volunteer with SAG Charity Programs
  11. Join Film Making Groups
  12. Create Your Own Film Making Group.
  13. Attend Targeted CD Workshops
  14. Do Stand Up, Join an Improv Troupe
  15. Submit yourself every day to Actors Access and La Casting.
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Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager
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