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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Start Your Acting Auditions WHILE you are in College. Dont wait to gradutate!

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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hey college students! You want to be an actor so you enrolled in college and are taking acting classes or you are majoring in theater. You are probably thinking when you graduate college that's when you are going to start your acting career, right? But let me tell you something that will really help you- Professional acting is the kind of business that works better the younger you start. By the time you graduate college you will be 4 years older other actors will already have professional credits and those are the actors you will be competing with for the same roles.

So here is my very important advice for college students in or around Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Dallas

While you are studying in college, its is important that you are also auditioning for film and TV in NYC or LA at the same time - or the closest big city that has casting directors and auditions.

You need to start meeting casting directors as soon as possible so they start to get familiar with you and your work. Do NOT wait until you graduate. Get an agent, go on auditions and start doing some professional work in commercials, TV, film and theater DURING the years you are in college. I'll say it again, you do NOT want to wait until you graduate to start building those relationships. Start as soon as you can while you are young. Do BOTH school and audition at the same time.

Even though you are taking acting in college, you need to take a professional acting classes to develop your cold reading and audition skills. Once these are strong you are ready to get your first agent and start audioning for casting directors.


Do theater productions at college and in the community. Take acting classes in audition techniques, acting, scene study and on camera. Some of your classes will be at collegeand others at professional schools. There is no reason you can't take an acting class in the closet big city 1 or 2 days a month. You need this professional training and so does your resume.


Create an account on upload your picture and create a resume. You can submit yourself to all kinds of acting projects like webseries, student films, short films, and commercials. Do it. You need to get experience and you need the credits on your resume.


You should be building your resume while you are in college by adding a new acting class to it every year, AND by adding acting jobs that you do in short films, commercials, webseries, theater productions, and small roles on TV show etc.The reason I tell you this is the older you are the harder it is in this business. By the time you graduate college in 4 years you want to have at least 2 or 3 TV co-star or guest star credits on your resume.

What is a Co Star Credit?
A co-star is usually one day of work on a TV show with 5 lines or under.

What is a Guest Star Credit?
A guest start is usually 3-5 days of work on a TV show.


Read my book "How To Be A Star Right Where You Are." You can find it on my website

When agents and managers are looking for new clients, we typically start with kids ages 7-19. They are easier to get auditions for. When you become an adult you will be comptering with actors who already have some TV credits. So YOU need to get some too! That makes agents fell more comfortable signing adults. So get some TV credits and build your resume while you are still in college.

Good luck!!!!!

Wendy Alane Wright
The Hollywood Talent Manager