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Saturday, June 21, 2014

How Do I Make Money If I'm just a kid?




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.

Often kids say to me I don't have the money for acting classes or headshots...so there is nothing I can do. WRONG! I have good news for you kids. There are LOTS of things you can do. The first thing is to stop waiting for your parents to do things for you. Successful people figure out how to do things for themselves. 

There are plenty of ways hard working kids can make money so they can afford acting classes and headshots. Here is a list of job ideas for kids:

  • Tutoring
  • Babysitting
  • Dog Sitting
  • Dog Walking
  • Shoveling
  • Raking Leaves
  • Create a Landscaping service
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Web design
  • House Cleaning
  • Teach Guitar or Piano

Create and hand out fliers around your neighborhood, offering you to do things such as gardening, yard work, filing, babysitting, cleaning -- anything you are good at and willing to do.

Ask your school principal to hand out letters to parents around your school, or post them somewhere you know is safe, so that you know your customers are trustworthy.

Arts and crafts maker? You may be able to make money selling your items at craft shows or consignment stores.

Learn calligraphy so that you can provide handwritten invitations and thank you notes to prospective wedding parties, birthday celebrations, etc. Seek out clients through wedding planners at nearby churches and temples. A starter calligraphy kit usually runs around $20 and anyone can easily pick up this skill. The going rate is usually $1 per hand addressed item. 

Personal Assistant
Would you like to run errands, do laundry, clean, and do odd tasks for a family? You might be able to find a busy mom needing some extra help. You might post a flier or two at a grocery store in the affluent part of town. You might type something such as "Needing help with laundry, errands or general housework? Reliable and Motivated Teen is Willing to Work For You!" You will need to set your own rates, it is probably best if you start your rate at minimum wage.

  • Lemonade stand
  • Bake sale
  • Car wash (in your driveway)
  • Yard sale
  • Selling their outgrown toys and video games on eBay or Craigslist
Put on a music concert in your back yard and charge an entrance fee.

MORE TEENS JOBS
amusement park employee
fast food restaurant team member
grocery store cashier / bagger
lifeguard
summer camp
skating rinks
surf shops / skate shops
shoe shops
butchers
night packer at supermarkets
check out dude (supermarkets, retail stores
washing dishes in restaurant
mail room person in large business
porters in hotels
caddy at golf course
farm hand
receptionist or administrative assistant
movie theater attendant
parks and recreation departments
Go to the library and look at the book "100 Jobs for Kids & Young Adults" by Eva Marques  for some ideas.

Get it? Now you can get on with it YOUR goals. Make your OWN money.

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








Friday, June 20, 2014

My Parents Do NOT Support My Singing Career! What Do I Do?

 

My Parents Do Not Support My Singing Career! What Do I Do?


I received this note on line today. See if you can relate....

"Hi Wendy,  I'm a young singer and I was wondering if you can please do a video about parents not wanting there kids to be singers. Cause my mom today was like "I don't get it.  I never here you sing the songs your voice teacher teaches you, and now your singing random songs"

In my head I know I can sing whatever I want but my mom thinks I can't, she always doubts me. I know one day when I become a good singer that she will be like "I was proud to see her become a good singer and take around places to perform it was stressful but I knew she would do it one day." 

Like there is an Open Mic happening not far from where I live and I want to enter by my mom is doing nothing to help me. I'm a kid, I can't just walk up and register. But I know I might not win but I'm trying my best until I'm going to win! My parents just never in a million zillion life times would understand unless if I become someone like Taylor Swift or Jodie Foster."


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Wow. I DO get that. I understand exactly what this person is saying. And I have to tell you, your parents may NEVER support your singing career. Oh well. But you can STILL HAVE AN AMAZING CAREER! You have to follow your heart. It's YOUR life. Your Dream. Your skills, Your Talent, Your Goals, Your Time, Your Money. You can do whatever you want in life as long as you are not causing harm to others. 

However, until you are 18 you have to follow their rules if you live in their house. They may not understand show business, nor feel comfortable with you going it to it. It's not a sure-thing like becoming a mechanic, lawyer, teacher. The pay isn't steady or reliable for most actors or singers. In fact most performers have 2nd careers which really pay the bills. Veterinarians that sing with their local choir, teachers that act in their local community theaters, business owners who also make movies on the side.

Your parents "no" is out of care, fear and concern for your well-being. They want you to have a successful life. There are so many things you can do to create a successful, artistic life if that is who you are. I live a creative life: acting, singing, managing talent, coaching actors, speaking, teaching, writing books and blogs, and I love it. I can't see myself doing anything else... And I never could. But your parents are not the enemy (unless they are abusing you and in that case call 911 and report them) 

If they are concerned for your future that is ok, they should be. You need to respect your parents. And you can still become an actor or singer later if that is what you want to do. I'll give you 2 important pieces of advice:

1) TRAIN HARD.  In business and as an actor. It's called SHOW BUSINESS for a reason. You need to learn about the show and business. Yes study acting, read acting books, watch online acting classes, read actor autobiographies (tons of them) interviews with actors, take online classes, in person classes for acting. Learn about Business. Read business books, read autobiographies of successful business people, learn about sales and how to sell, take Business classes. You need BOTH. Being an actor means owning your own business, and YOU are the product you are selling. You need to get good at sales. 

2) Watch this: https://youtu.be/u0jy7KFP6X0

So how can you do it? In a smart way of course. I'll teach you. It's... a STRATEGY.

1. First thing. This is a must. Take care of all your responsibilities at home and at school. Do well in School. Get good grades, do your homework, be on time for school, keep your room clean, help out around the house. If this is done your parents will be happier. You will be demonstrating responsibility. They still might not support your singing career, but they would be wrong to complain about any of that. I mean if you are doing all that, you got EVER RIGHT to go sing. Okay?

Lesson 2. Get a job; babysitting, at McDonalds, dog walking, selling lemonade in the park...whatever you can do to make money, legally. Accumulate it, save it. Save up and use your OWN money to take private singing lessons. That way you are not putting ANY financial struggle on your parents for your singing career. They can't argue you with you about that. They can I suppose...but they have NO reason to. Stay calm and carry on. GET TRAINED. Training is SO critical. You must learn how to sing properly and control your voice. Take FREE lessons at your school, sing in the Choir, The Glee Club, Chorus, do Musical Theater. If they don't let you train in person with someone -look online and everyday practice with all the signing training exercises you can find on You Tube.

Using this strategic approach, you will also be showing your well meaning, but oblivious or confused parents just how mature you are! And how hard you are willing to work for your goals. Most people tend to respect people like that, I know sure do. And if your parents are still complaining, well... they ain't got no reason to complain. They just are. So you just relax and carry on, knowing you ain't doing NOTHING wrong. Okay?

Listen, kids you can trust me. I have been a singer for 25+ years. Here is a funny story. When I was in school I sang every day in my house after Junior High and High School. I sang for  3 hours every day after I came home from school and before I stated by homework, My dad didn't even notice.

When I was 19, I went to sing Kareoke in the mall after school. My dad didn't even know because he thought I was just shopping when he dropped me off:). I jot a job selling bonsai trees in the mall and on my break every day I went and sang in the Kareoke booth. I entered a singing contest in my home town and my Daddy came to see me sing. Afterward he was shocked. He said two things to me I''ll never forget. 1)"Wendy, when did you learn to do that?"

(okay...I smiled at my father but I said to to myself ... uh ...duh... every day! 2 hours a day practicing for 6 years right in front of you at home, plus 1 year of voice at college for  2 semesters... duh) But I kept smiling at my handsome daddy. I was amazed that he had no idea that I could sing living right under the same roof all my life. Geez. Okay...

Then he looked me right in they eye, smiled with pride and say mater of factly, "Wendy it looks like you belong up there." I was so happy to hear that, and of course...Yes I did belong up on stage signing. I always knew that.  I didn't wait for any parent of mine to support my singing career.

3. Get professional coaching from a working singer in your home town if you can find one or on Skype. If you work and save your money maybe they will let you pay for the classes yourself.

If acting and singing is your passion no one is going to stop you from doing it. You will always find a way to do it. When I was growing up I spent hours in my room singing to music and taping myself, then listening back and teaching myself how to sing in key by copying the notes I heard Precisely. If the note was not exactly the same tone I would do it over and over and over for hours until it was. I did that for 6 years after school and on weekends. I listened to Mariah Carey and learned how to do everything she could, and that taught me how to control my voice.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

4. NEXT and SO, SO, SO IMPORTANT. When you turn 18, or get your parents permission, you must go Sing LIVE every chance and everywhere you can. To the girl who wrote me the letter up there. Why can't you walk right up to that Kareoke and ENTER? Sometimes Bowling Alleys have Karaoke, and restaurant and birthday parties. Do it. Kids can accomplish great things. You can to. Believe me. Your parents may, or may not support your singing career. But you know its what you want to do.... so do it right where you are. Enter local singing contests. Ask your parents if you can go sing at nursing homes to the old people. Then call the nursing homes and ask what day you can go in and sing a few songs to the old folks. They NEED excitement and entertainment. Share your gift. See if you can sing the National Anthem at your schools Sports games.


5. GET MORE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO BUILD A SINGING CAREER. Read. Read articles month internet, read autobiographies of famous singers.If you like you can read my e-book "How To Be A Singing Star Right Where You Are." You can get it online at Paypal HERE.
Or you can send away for it in the mail it's just $10. Save your allowance and build your singing career. With that book you will have me to guide you, to believe in you, to encourage you, to support you. Parents don't always understand. And that's okay. They do they best they can with what they've got and how they were raised. But growing up means each of us finds our OWN way.

My e-book "How To Be A Singing Star Right Where You Are" is something you can do all on your own. I teach singers how to become a singer writer where you are- It teaches you how to find the right songs to sing, how to meet other musicians, how to get your songs recorded professionally and for cheap, what songs should you sing live, how to sell your songs online, on ebay, cd baby, iTunes etc. You will learn how to get booked with other musicians, how to find venues you can play, how to join or start a band, how to write your own songs, shoot your own music videos, how to meet booking agents, get a music manager, get a record deal, get your songs in film and TV. This book offers other brilliant music biz resources you can read. You MUST have this e-book. I wish I had this book when I was starting out. I had to figure all of this out on my own, but since I have already done all that, you can learn from my experience.

I have been a professional singer for 20 years. My videos have been on VH1, MTV and BET. My songs have been on the radio, in TV shows, films and commercials. I have made money singing and recorded 3 solo CDs which you can find here on CD BABY Online Store. I know how to get you started as a professional singer because I have done it too! Follow my advice, it works!


 
Me recording my CD "As I Am" in the Studio


Okay...I will give you one SECRET from my book: Super Stars know this. You need to sing regularly in public everywhere you can. 

FOR THE NEXT 2-3 YEARS GO SING AT:


  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Fairs
  • Farmers Markets
  • Nursing Homes,
  • Kiwanis Clubs
  • Lions Clubs
  • Knights Of Columbus
  • Elks Clubs
  • Fundraisers
  • Charity Events
  • Family Events
  • Have A Concert In Your Backyard And Sing For Your Neighbors, Family And Friends
  • Enter Every Singing Contest, Competition And Talent Show Within At Least A 100-200 Mile Radius
  • Colleges Or University Events. Call The Events Department
  • At Colleges And See If There Is A Local Event You Can Sing At.
  • Country Fairs
  • Art Galleries
  • People Homes At Private Parties
  • Sing The National Anthem At Every Sporting Event In Your
  • Community And Surrounding Communities, Towns And States
  • Sing At Local Corporate Events
  • Major Or Local Political Events
  • Weddings
  • Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs
  • New Years Eve Parties
  • Fashion Shows, Zoos, Etc.
  • Sing On Local TV Show Or Radio Stations
  • Open For Musicians Or Big Acts Visiting Your Local Town
  • Sing At Local Music/Night Clubs
  • Coffee Houses
  • Hotel Bars
  • Restaurants
  • BBQ’s
  • PTA Benefits
  • Wedding Anniversary
  • Funeral
  • Picnics
  • Halloween Parties
  • Spring Or Fall Festivals
  • Weiner And Marshmallow Roasts
  • Christmas Revues
  • Department Stores Events
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Veterans Clubs
  • Annual Christmas Dinner Dances
  • Local Circus
  • Museum Fundraiser
  • Find Out Where Your Local Open Mics Are And Go Sing At them!
  • Local events in small towns sometimes sound like this… 
  • The Annual Milk Fund Benefit
  • Auxiliary American Legion Show,
  • Rainbow Girl’s Valentine Day Dance
  • Campfire Girl’s St.
  • Patrick’s Day Lunch, 
  • Safeway Employees Association Benefit, 
  • Yacht Club, 
  • Big Time Revue Vaudeville Night…Sing at those too!
  • Put on a concert at your local church. Create flyers. Invite everyone you know. Friends, family, teachers, post them allout. Invite other people you know to sing with you, Take charge of your life.
  • Sing On Local Jingles For Local Businesses.
  • Audition for local musical theater groups and get experience
  • On stage and working professionally. Later, you may be ready to move to New York to audition for Broadway if that is your dream!
  • On You Tube
  • Audition for every national singing contests you can including: American Idol, America’s Got Talent and The Voice. Go online to their websites and follow directions. You can audition in person or online by sending in a tape."Audition may times for the same contests. Some singers get on TV competition shows after their 4th or 5th audition. Don’t give up. Don't give up your dreams. If you are good, you are good, Keep putting yourself out there. Not everyone gets on but you never know. I’m just saying…don’t try once and give up. Be persistent.
It doesn't matter what state or country you are in...singing live will give you experience, confidence, help you develop a strong stage performance, better performance skills, an ability to handle and relate with audiences and an opportunity to grow your audience and collect their email so you can inform them of upcoming dates you sing.

So kids... you are welcome to share this BLOG with all of your parents or your music teachers. It's okay to let them know what you are up to, And you always want to go with a friend (or parent/sibling) when you are going to new places. You don't need to go alone. Let your parents know what you are doing. You can ask for help. Sometimes you will get it, sometimes you won't. When you don't, oh well... you just keep doing what you love to do. SING!!

You can't sit on your behind and quit or complain if no one in your family is helping you. My parents didn't help me become a singer and I have song on over 60 CD's a handful of commercials, my music has been in film, TV and on the radio. The fact is: often other musicians will help you more than your own family, or mentors and singing teachers like me. The other ...well they just don't understand.

Remember this...no one will ever believe in your dreams more than you do. That's why they are YOUR dreams.

I look forward to working with you and guiding you to the Red Carpet, Award Shows, Recording Studio, CD Sales, and reading newspaper and magazine articles about YOU!

Believe In Yourself. I believe in you:)


Wendy Alane Wright'
The Hollywood Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment
(818) 203-6080



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New York's Top Acting Teachers, Coaches, Photographers and Managers


Every year since 2006, Backstage has asked readers to pick their favorite headshot photographers, acting teachers, rehearsal spaces, and other providers of actors' services. Here are the top three in each category, in order of the number of votes received. (Back Stage does not endorse any of those listed below; they are chosen by an impartial online poll.) This list was taken from Backstage Magazine. 

Favorite Headshot Photographer
1. Dennis Kwan
2. Caroline White
3. Douglas Gorenstein

Favorite Dance Studio
1. Broadway Dance Center
2. Steps on Broadway
3. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Favorite Scene Study Teacher
1. James Tripp
2. Maggie Flanigan
3. Jagger Kaye

Favorite Rehearsal Studio

1. Ripley-Grier Studios
2. Simple Studios
3. Shetler Studios & Theatres

Favorite Audition Technique Teacher

1. Jagger Kaye
2. Karen Kohlhaas
3. Andrea Burns

Favorite Cold-Reading Teacher
1. Jagger Kaye
2. Karen Kohlhaas
3. Charlie Sandlan

Favorite On-Camera Teacher

1. Rosalyn Coleman Williams
2. Ron Burrus
3. Jagger Kaye

Favorite Private Acting Coach

1. Jagger Kaye
2. Maggie Flanigan
3. Rosalyn Coleman Williams

Favorite Vocal/Singing Coach

1. Nancy Mayans
2. Alyssa Ciccarello
3. Alithea Phillips

Favorite Voiceover Teacher

1. Diana Lote
2. Roger Becker
3. Andy Roth

Favorite Improv Training Center

1. Upright Citizens Brigade
2. The Peoples Improv Theater
3. Castings Classes Studios

Favorite Acting Class for Kids

1. Castings, Classes-Kids
2. The Performing Option
3. ACTeen

Favorite Litho/Reproduction House

1. Reproductions
2. Modernage
3. Precision Photos

TALENT MANAGERS
And just in case you were wondering who some of the top Talent Managers in New York are here is my list to get you started with your research.

1. Eric Faber - Faber Talent
2. Cyrena Esposito - Red Letter Entertainment
3. Rachel Maran - MKS&D
4. Cori Gardner - Whole Artist Management
5. Michael Katz - Michael Katz Talent Management
6. Rebecca Atwood - Door 24 Entertainment
7. Sana Hanible - Steinberg Talent
8. Caralie Chrisco - Davis/Spylios Management9. Chris Evans - One Entertainment
10. Achilles Tsakaridis - Prestige Management Group

And a few more really good ones..... Cima Talent Management Inc.

Stay Close and see you on the Red Carpet!

Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager
www.secretsofahollywoodtalentmanager.com

Friday, June 6, 2014

TOP 40 Reputable Commercial Talent Agengies in Los Angeles (views 47,059)



 
Wendy Alane Wright with Stephen DeCayette Head of Commercial/Print Department 
at Prestige Talent Agency. 

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


List of 42 Reputable Commercial Talent Agengies in Los Angeles

Are you interested in being in Print and Commercials? Great! I have compiled a list of 28 of the most REPUTABLE commercial agencies and agents in Los Angeles for you. First I will answer the basic questions.


DO I NEED PROFESSIONAL PICTURES?
Yes. You should get some professional headshots taken. My suggestions are Marc Cartwright, Stephanie Girard, Richard Wright, and Michael Helms.


AFTER MY PHOTO SESSION WHAT SHOULD I DO?
1. Create a Profile on LACASTING.COM
2. Upload your pictures to your LA Casting profile.
3. Create a Model Mayehm Account
Upload your pictures to your Model Mayhem profile


DO I NEED TRAINING FOR COMMERCIALS?
Yes. I suggest you take ON-Camera Commercial Acting Classes with any (or each) of the following teachers:

Judy Kain at Keep It Real Acting
Carolyn Barry
Terry Berland


ARE THERE MODELING SCAMS?
The agencies I have listed below are 1000% Legit. So start there.
Scams do unfortunately exist so be careful. NEVER give anyone money upfront! Legit Talent Agencies NEVER charge up front fees for any reason. If you are asked for money up front, simply walk away. An example of a modeling agency scam is when an agency claims to have work but they are really trying to sell photo shoots and modeling courses to aspiring models. A legit agency will only make a profit from agency commission off the work they book for you.

My company WAW ENTERTAINMENT talent management in Los Angeles is always looking for talented & beautiful kids ages 6-14 for Film, TV, Webseries and Commercials. If you live in Los Angeles or plan to be here for 2-3 months between Feb-July or Sept-Nov. submit headshots and Resumes to wawentertainment@yahoo.com

Please include: Photos of your child, age, height, weight, city and state you live in and a 30 second video of your child talking about something important to them. Sports, friends, school, food, movies etc. You can record the video on your iPhone, upload it to You Tube, mark video as unlisted and include the link in your email to us. If we are interested we will contact you. We want to get an idea of their personality. We look forward to reviewing your submissions.

LIST OF 40+ REPUTABLE COMMERCIAL TALENT AGENCIES



Abrams                                                             Jeremy Apody
AKA                                                                  Doug Ely, Julie Fulop
Amatruda, Benson, and Assoc.                         Kimberly Gola
Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier/Pinnacle              Gloria Hinojosa, Milton Perea
Angel City                                                         Mimi Mayer
Aqua                                                                  Courtney Peldon
Arlene Thornton and Associates                       Janet Tscha
Avalon Artists                                                   Craig Holzberg
Beverly Hecht                                                   Teresa Valente-Dahlquist
BiCoastal                                                           Greta Hanley
Bobby Ball                                                         Brandy Wilkerson-Caldwell
Brady, Brannon, and Rich                              Judy Rich or Pat and David Brady
Brass Artists                                                       Randy Cabrera
CESD                                                                 David Ziff, Carol Lynn Sher 
Clear Talent Group                                             Allison Sweeney or Raynard Pearson
Coast to Coast                                                   Hugh Leon
Commercial Talent                                           Neil Kreppel, Blair Taylor

Sonia Warren Brandon's Commercial Unlimited  
                                                                           Sonia Warren Brandon
Daniel Hoff                                                        Daniel Hoff
DDO                                                                   Marlene Sutton, Matt Taylor
DPM                                                                   Daniel P. Mulheran 

Envy                                                                   Daniel Mahan
First Class Talent                                                Cynthia Barry, Cheryl Jackson
Flick Commercials                                             Tina Kiratsoulis
Imperium 7                                                         Tracy Mapes
Independent Artists                                          Laura Fogelman
Innovative Artists                                             Marcia Hurwitz or Cher Van Amburg

Jana Luker Agency                                             Jana Luker 

Howard Talent West                                           Lynn Eriks
Jaime Ferrar Agency (JFA)                                Jamie Ferrar, Joey Robson
KMR                                                                 
Cindy Kazarian, Mark Measures 
LA Talent                                                            Pam Loar
Lemon Lime                                                        Robin Harrington or Chaim Magnum
LB Talent                                                            Jackie Lewis
LW1                                                                     Sean Robinson
Mavrick                                                               Brad Diffley
M. Greene and Associates                                    Michael Greene
Momentum                                                          Garry Purdy
Osbrink                                                                Angela Strange
Paloma Model & Talent                                      Alyssa Brennan                      
Pantheon/Tag Models                                          Patricia Dawson or Tag Turner
Special Artists Agency                                        Alix Gucovsky
Sutton, Barth, Venari                                        Pam Sparks

Tilmar Talent                                                       Elton Bolden
Wild Models Talent Agency                                Kurt Clements



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HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR HEADSHOTS
When emailing an agency send your BEST three photos. One full body, one great headshot, and bathing suit, athletic wear or business attire. Photos should be headshot size 8x10, or comp card. Be sure to send the photos "ATTENTION SAM JONES or whichever AGENT you are sending it to. Do not expect to get your photos back if you mail hard copies. 

 
SAMPLE COVER LETTER
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Dear Mr. Jones,

Hi my name is Lucy Stevens. I am an actress in Memphis, Tennessee. For the past 3 years I have been studying acting at the Horowith Acting Academy and I take on-camera commercial technique with Judy Kain at Keep It Reel.

I recently booked a commercial for Pet Smart and starred as Anne Frank in “The Diary Of Anne Frank” at the Alliance Theater. Attached is my Headshot and Resume for your consideration. 

I would love to set up a meeting with you see if I may be a fit for your roster.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Lucy Stevens
www.lucystevens.com
(555) 555-5555

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KEEP YOUR COVER LETTER SIMPLE
Keep your cover letter it that simple, to the point and professional. People do not need your life story, nor do they want to hear you begging for them to sign you. That will surely get your letter tossed in the trash. Remember, professional people want to work with other professionals. So always be professional. That means keep your personal life out of it. 

SEND YOUR RESUME AS A PDF
Make sure you attach your headshot and resume to the email or in the envelope if you are mailing it. Be sure your resume is sent as a PDF and not a word document, otherwise the words will come out all over the page and look terrible. That is not good first impression. NOTE: ALWAYS Email the email to yourself FIRST to see how it looks. Check the links, check the PDF. Check it over again before you send it.
  
GENERAL RULES OF THUMB
When attending agency appointments you must be on time. That means get there EARLY. Find your parking, bring quarters, give yourself plenty of time to relax and sit in the waiting room for 5 -10 minutes. Wear a minimum of makeup. Dress to impress. Leave your problems at the door! Meaning, come with a beautiful personality and warm smile. 

WHAT TO SAY DURING THE INTERVIEW
Be positive and up beat. Don't talk negatively about anyone or anything. If you have had bad experiences with managers or agents in the past do NOT mention them at all. Keep the meeting friendly and light. Be ready to answer where you have trained, what commercial acting classes you are currently in,  and be prepared to do a cold reading in their office. If you don't know what a cold reading is, or what commercial copy is then get yourself to an on-camera commercial acting class and find out. Agents are looking for trained professionals. Get trained and be professional in your meeting.

SIGNING WITH AN AGENT
Most agency contracts are 1 year, with an out clause at 6 months if you haven't been offered a legit job by an employer.

SHOOTING NEW PICTURES
Your agent may choose additional shots from your photo session and ask you to upload them to your La Casting and/or Casting Frontier accounts. 

WILL I EVER NEED NEW PICTURES
Likely. Over time your agent may ask for more headshots. Often agents will give you a list of reputable photographers they work with and ask you to shoot with one of them to get new pictures. This is standard. The cost will be between $300-$500.  
So this information should get you off to a great start on your commercial acting career:)

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