Monday, December 14, 2015

5 Industry Networking Tips by Actor ALEXANDER RAIN

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. Wendy clients have booked TV shows including MODERN FAMILY, BLACKISH, EXTANT, THE COLONY, 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. 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.

HEY FOLKS! TODAY I HAVE A GUEST BLOGGER JOINING ME:) HIS NAME IS ACTOR ALEXANDER RAIN. I am so impressed with Alex's resourcefulness and professionalism. The other day we were talking about his career. He was telling me all of the things he has been doing to develop relationships with casting directors, writers and producers. These techniques have really been paying off and leading to great opportunities for him. I asked him to write 5 Industry Networking Tips he could share with my "Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager" Blog readers and 1/2 million viewers. Here is his amazing contribution. Thanks Alexander!

    A L E X A N D E R   R A I N
5   I N D U S T R Y   N E T W O R K I N G   T I P S

Have you ever heard of the term, “You'll never know if you don't ask?" One of the biggest struggles I had to overcome as an actor was my shyness. As a child I was very timid, always hiding behind my mum’s skirt. It wasn’t until my second grade teacher, Mrs. Rhon, who I’ll never forget, assigned our class an assignment. We were to pick our own plays and perform them in front of the entire school, but it was all on us. As per usual, no one was picking the shy kid in the corner and it was in that moment that I took it upon myself to walk over to the play books where I pulled out a cute story about barnyard animals who ate the farmer’s wife's birthday cake and in their distress, attempt to bake a new one. My next move, honestly shocked me. I simply walked up to a few students in class and asked if they had a group yet and if they wanted to be in this play with me. To my surprise, they all said yes! It was with that simple action that I realized people were actually interested in me and would give me what I asked for if I simply just asked. Adults work a little differently obviously, especially in Hollywood, but the same basic principals apply. I have grown my industry address book exponentially over the years which has led to more castings, more bookings, more referrals, more meetings and more friendships. 

T I P   1 :   U H . . .   D O   I   K N O W  Y O U ?
            My first tip, I like to refer to as “The Social Media Trap.” How do you react when a stranger blindly approaches you on social media? It’s a little off putting, right? If you want to make new industry contacts you have to start getting out there in the real world. Make time in your calendar to go to event parties, screenings, acting classes, casting director workshops, even birthday parties and other non-industry related events. These are all great places to actually meet industry professionals IN PERSON. This doesn’t mean to shy away from adding your favorite industry professionals on social media, by all means, ‘like’ their fan pages! If they offer exclusive videos or newsletters, sign up immediately and only comment or respond if what they’ve posted actually interests or triggers a light bulb in your head. Do your research by looking at their social media profiles along with IMDBPro credits and at their websites. Watch the projects they are working on. Take note of the personal things they post on social media and share their content. Ask the people you already know if they've heard of them. Slowly building a relationship in moderation is key and people are more likely to respond to your social media friend requests, comments, tweets and private messages if they begin to recognize your face. 

T I P   2 :   T E L L   M E   A B O U T   Y O U 
I personally hate when I hear that. Me, I'm a little shy and my private life I like to keep on the down low. If I wanted you to know all about me I would be a reality star but I'm an actor, therefore, I would rather you get to know me over time. When it comes to meeting a casting director, agent, manager or maybe even another actor that you are interested in connecting with, stay away from “Me, Me Me, I, I, I!” Never start off by asking for anything or talking about yourself straight away. Honestly that’s very rude. Be more interested in them and what they have to say and listen. LISTEN. LISTEN. LISTEN! You will make great industry contacts by taking an interest in their day. Make it personal for them rather than for me. Ask how they are and how their day has been. "What did you do today? Oh, you had lunch at Simplethings! That's my favorite place. I always order the roasted chicken salad and the mini banana cream pie! What do you order?!" Turn the conversation back around to them while only giving away a small piece of information about you. Keep them guessing! We all know how to have a conversation. A meeting with an industry professional should be no different. It's not a job interview! Hollywood is fun and again, people want to work with fun people that they like who also happen to be very talented, which you are! They will find that out while you find common ground and bond over silly thinks like your favorite hiking spot, your dogs and even favorite restaurants. Don't force a connection. It takes time and be considerate of their time and recognize how busy that person you're trying to connect with actually is. 

T I P   3 :   I   A M   F R I E N D S  W I T H . . . 
We all have that one friend in Hollywood who seems to know every celebrity, every agent, every manager, every casting director, every director... But do they really? And why are they throwing out these names to you so freely? Why is it relevant? Most times I find that it's not and that whoever I'm talking to is simply trying to "impress" or "one up" me. And more importantly they don't actually know that person. In honestly, it doesn't matter. Don't be a name dropper, especially when meeting an industry professional. It's great that you have contacts and are maybe even good friends with a certain celebrity. But discretion goes a long, long way! Unless you are in fact having a conversation with an individual who actually needs to know that you have a friendship with a celebrity, keep it to yourself. It's just not professional to be a name dropper. Instead, have a list of your industry contacts with the directors, agents, managers and casting directors that you do know and only share that list when meeting with an agent or manager for representation. They will also know if you're lying. Don't lie. Never lie. This shows your professional discretion and that you are actually doing the work to become a real Hollywood actor and that you're not getting swept up in the glitz and glam of Hollywood celebrities. After all, these people are going to become your co-workers and as actors, we have to give a huge amount of trust while working together on set. Your agents and managers need to know that you're not going to "fan boy" out when meeting a celebrity or that you're going to run around town bragging. Keep it classy.

T I P  4 :  I T ' S   B E E N   A   W H I L E  
You've done the work. You've gone to the social events. You've mingled. You've put in the social media hours. But now what? Staying connected I've found is where most actors fail. This is where your list of industry contacts pays off to your benefit. Before we get into staying in contact, let me just drop a few tips on how to get the contacts to begin with. Most people don't have business cards anymore, so once you make that personal connection, it's okay to simply ask for their email address or to be friends on a social media profile. ALWAYS, follow up with a simple email or direct private message in the first 24-72 hours. Simply say how nice it was to meet them and that you look forward to getting to know them in the future. Again, this is not the time to ask for anything. Remember, you have to put in the time and build a relationship first. A rule of thumb is to have had 3 social encounters, be it in person or online, before asking for anything. 

Personally I like to send out a random message to a contact once a month or even every other month. Make it personal and share your success stories that you have had since your last correspondence. If they played any part in that success, tell them about it! I always share my success stories with the people that helped me achieve it even if they had no idea that they have. Also share your failures and hard times. It makes you more human when you share that a family member is sick, or that your dog has died or maybe you're just struggling with why you didn't book a gig you thought you were perfect for! Our industry contacts want to see us succeed and to see the human side of us good and bad. One last tip, always send your emails on Sunday evenings/nights. It's Sunday, most people are at home preparing for that dreaded Monday morning. For example, I sent an email to an industry contact on a Sunday night and I received a response in less than 5min! Trust me, Sunday nights are where it's at! 

T I P   5 :   I  C A N ' T   H E L P   Y O U
You've put in all the work and you've finally built that relationship with an industry professional. They like you, you like them and you feel it's time to ask a question or maybe for a favor. So you simply ask. Remember, "You'll never know if you don't ask." No one likes to be rejected but the sad reality is, as actors, we hear "no" more than anyone! The best way to handle rejection is to remain positive. Never take a "no" personally. It doesn't mean that you somehow failed in your attempt to connect or that you're even a bad actor. It simply means that you're not ready. I have found that "no" in Hollywood doesn't actually mean "no." It means "not right now." Maybe you're just simply not ready for what it is that you've asked for and that's okay! Hearing "no" is a good thing. It simply means that you're putting in the work, you're making progress and you're still learning and it's time to better yourself and go back to your actor tool box. Always keep in contact even if someone has rejected you. "No" is not indefinite. It's simply means "not today." Keep commenting and sharing your success with the people that have told you "no." One day, they might just say "yes!"

I want to share a story with you before I go. Someone once said to me, "...from the outside looking in I would have never of guessed that you struggle with anything in life." 

Wow! What a statement that blew my mind! Of course I struggle! I can say that the only reason this person thought that was because I keep a very positive attitude. I have bad days sometimes but I always count my blessings and people recognize that. Honestly, all of my tips can be taken with the grain of salt, as does every piece of advice you obtain in Hollywood. The best advice I can ever give an actor for networking is that you have to just do it. Go out and meet people. You have to put yourself out there in order to be seen and heard. Always remember to stay humble, be nice, friendly and confident. Don't be arrogant or entitled and always stay away from "me, me, me, I, I, i". Be fretful for the opportunities you do receive and always say "thank you."

ALEXANDER: Hi (Directors Name anonymous)! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving! I was actually wondering if I may ask you a question? I've created a TV show (lot of time and effort put into this story and the characters) and was wondering if you would take a look at the first episode or 2 for me? At your convenience of course. I would just like a professionals opinion as its a supernatural show and I feel it is up your ally.

TV/MOVIE DIRECTOR: Hey, thanks for thinking of me. Sure, send it over as a PDF and I'll put it in my "to read" folder.

ALEXANDER: Thank you again for the phone call, (name). I look forward to hearing back from you, you're such a joy and so full of knowledge. I learned so much just from our conversation haha.

To sum it up, be genuine. These techniques simply work for me and I hope they do for you too! - Alexander Rain


He recently booked the new LEE DANIEL Pilot (EMPIRE) shooting in January 2016.
Alexander Rain was born on December 18, 1988, in the large northeast Hampshire town Basingstoke, in south central England. His father was on the American Air Force promoting Xander to be raised in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where he took his first step toward acting at the age of seven. Singing and acting lessons soon led to stage performances in "Les Misérables", "Rent", "Hairspray" and the cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show".

In 2008, Xander relocated to Los Angeles where he began his modeling career appearing along side The Used in Alternative Press Magazine. Independent films soon followed, including Darren Stein's "G.B.F." (2013), Jack Henry Robbins "Opening Night" (2014) and James Franco's "Memoria" (2014). He appeared in a scene along side Kristy Swanson in the Lifetime TV movie, "Merry ExMas".

He has also been busy with castings! Alexander shot a fashion print ad for local LA brand Proverse, had an editorial photo shoot, played the ex-boyfriend to an indie artist in his first music video, filmed a romantic film about two sisters who fall in love with their next door neighbors, two brothers, set in 1969.  He is recording his first single for a New Year's Eve promo this week and has a table read for his next film - a thriller about an accidental murder. My film "The Moment I Was Alone" which was accepted at the Carmel Screen Festival!

He has also been keeping active in short films such as "Police State", "THEM" and most recently the syfy thriller, "The Door Best Left Shut". He recently booked the new LEE DANIEL Pilot (EMPIRE) shooting in January 2016.

He is repped by Impression Entertainment Group for Runway Modeling and WAW Entertainment in LA for Theatrical and Commercial.


A L E X A N D E R   R A I N
Actor . Model . Screen Writer 

I.E.G.   I M P R E S S I O N S   E N T E R T A I N M E N T   G R O U P
Commercial Rep:

Runway Rep:

2034 Cotner Avenue, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90025  
Phone: 310.473.4200

 I hope you enjoyed the article. We have more guest bloggers to come with great tips!
Keep coming back.
Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Child Acting - Don't get scammed! A list of NYC most reputable talent agencies

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. Wendy clients have booked TV shows including MODERN FAMILY, BLACKISH, EXTANT, THE COLONY, 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. 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.


A list of NYC most reputable talent agencies

I receive thousands of inquiries from parents about the child acting industry. My e-books and blogs have been tremendously helpful for parents who are trying to figure this madness out:)

To help you find REPUTABLE representation, below is a list of SOME of the top talent agencies in NYC if your child is interested in acting (TV, Film, Voiceover, Theater, and Commercials).

Good luck all! See you on the Red Carpet!


325 W 38th STREET
SUITE 1203
NEW YORK, NY 10018
(212) 840-4100
Submit info and pictures of your child on their website at:


Submissions to Take 3 Talent can be made online via their website:


212-477-6622 – VANESSA GRACIA
*** CESD Website states: “If you are looking for representation we accept mail in submissions only; no emails or phone calls please.”

275 SEVENTH AVENUE., 26th floor
NEW YORK, NY 10001
(646) 486-4600

SUITE 1008
NEW YORK, NY 10011

**Submissions can be made via email to
Be sure to include one or two photos, name, age, size, etc.




As stated on FBI website

Q: How do I submit myself for representation?
A: If you would like to submit yourself for representation, please mail your headshot and resume to us (please do not cold-call our office). We will contact you if we are interested in meeting with you.


Info below was taken from their website:

“For children ages 4 and up:
-Professional pictures are not needed.
-Please send snapshots and include on the back of the picture your child’s height, weight, date of birth and phone number. Enclose a self addresses stamped envelope if you would like your photos returned.
We will contact you within two weeks of the submission if we are interested in setting up an appointment.
We only accept submissions via mail. Please do not stop by our office without an appointment.”

10 East 44th Street
New York, NY, 10017

**** Youth division contacts:

SUITE #2030
NEW YORK, NY 10107
The following information is from their website:
**To be considered for representation by our agents, please submit one recent headshot (or snapshot) and via mail. Also accepted are video/dvds of dance performances, and audio cassette/cd demos of vocals.
If you are submitting from out-of-town, but will be in the NYC area, please include dates of travel in your cover letter.
Please include the following with your submission:
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair & Eye Color
  • Performance Experience
  • Relevant Training
  • Awards
  • Special Skills (sports, foreign languages, etc)
Date of Birth (for children and babies)
***If an agent is interested in meeting you, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment in our NYC office. You will be interviewed, given a scene to read, and an opportunity to sing for the agent.
*Until age 4, children are considered strictly from photographs. Babies begin working at around 3 months old. Baby submissions will be kept on file until an appropriate project arises. At that time you will be contacted to schedule an audition for the given project. Please send updated photos on a regular basis, especially for infants (every 3-6 months). You must include your child’s date of birth on all submissions.


**For more information on representation by FFTV, you can contact them at

And here is a short list of reputable talent agencies in LOS ANGELES.

Top 10:
  1. Abrams Artists Agency
  2. CESD Talent Agency
  3. Mavrick Artists Agency
  4. Coast to Coast Talent Group
  5. LA Models/LA Talent
  6. Paloma Model and Talent
  7. Zuri Model and Talent
  8. Brand Model and Talent
  9. Daniel Hoff Agency
  10. Osbrink Agency

Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager WAW Entertainment

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Advice for Parents getting their kids started in show business.

TALENT SHOWCASES. SHOULD I DO  THEM?? Talent Manager Sounds Off. 

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 clients have booked TV shows including MODERN FAMILY, BLACKISH, EXTANT, THE COLONY, MY HAUNTED HOUSE, HENRY DANGER, and hundreds of Commercials. 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 I spend all year building an actor's knowledge of the entertainment industry, helping them build their contacts and confidence, guiding them, helping them get agents, teaching them how to deal with their agents, assisting with headshots and online casting profiles and getting them the coveted Auditions. It's so GREAT when they finally start booking and we BOTH start making money from the hard work we are both doing. I am so proud of all of my clients who are training hard, preparing for auditions and rocking the audition room.

DRUCILLA PEREZ booked a great job with SKETCHERS, HAYDEN HISHAW booked a Pond 5 Commercial and a PILOT!! SAVANNAH LILES just landed the lead in a feature film, BRETT HARGRAVE was offered the lead in her 2nd feature film with the same director!, CASSIDEY FRALIN booked episodes of Amazon's JUST ADD MAGIC, BLACKISH and EXTANT, TAEHO DE VITTON booked a Legos Commercial, an episode of the COLONY on USA and an episode of Ellen De Generes new series LITTLE BIG SHOTS, TIERRA PETERS booked a Pilot!!! ISABELLA Mulford shot a short film and walked the catwalk for LA FASHION WEEK, GRANT DAVIS shot the lead in a feature, KAITLYN BROWN booked K-Mart Print campaign and starred in the short film STARDUST, SEAN LAGUNA starred in a short film which screen last week at RALEIGH STUDIOS in Hollywood, CHASE MOORE booked an OSMO commercial DANIEL ROVIRA shot the lead in 3 films this year with IMAGINATION OF YOUNG Screening December 9th at The Landmark. I am so proud of them all.

WAW clients signed with this year with great agencies including Abrams Artists, Media Artists Group, CESD, KSM, Paloma Model & Talent, LB Talent, ZURI MODEL & TALENT, CLEAR TALENT GROUP and DDO/HOWARD TALENT WEST.

Thank you to my partner WENDY LILES for working so hard for our clients. Thank you Agents for believing in our WAW clients. Thank you Casting Directors for calling so many of them in for auditions. (And let's not forget my loving husband JIMMY who lets me works around the clock doing what I love to do) I am so grateful and exited about these amazing actors and humbled and honored to be a part of their dreams. And a huge, HUGE "THANK YOU" to each and every parent who sacrifices so much time, energy and money to make their kids dreams a reality.

Becoming a WORKING ACTOR takes hard work, lots of time and so much PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE. It's a really tough business. The ones who make it never stop trying and working towards their goals. Parents if you have children who are interested in being on TV and Film it's going to take a lot of time and hard work. There are 2,000 submission for every TV or FIlm role and uo to 14,000 submission for every print and commercial role. Compertition is fierce. The most important things you can do are the following:

When an opportunity comes up you want them to be ready and warmed up to deliver. Atheletes don't go into a game cold. They practice all week long and then play the game. It's the same for actors. Your kids should be in acting classes all week long so when an audition comes up they are confidence, loose, comfortable, prepared, experienced and READY.

Actors need all kinds of training to be able to express themselves on camera or on the spot with people depending on them and staring at them. Actors need On-Camera training, Commercial training, scene study, improvisation. I always suggest actors train with one teacher for 6 months then move on to another one every six months.

There are too many bad headshots being tossed around,. You may save $200 by shooting with your friend or brother's neighbor's cousin, but lousy headshots just go in thrash.  The headshot must be excellent. It must show your children's eyes clearly. It must be in FOCUS. It must have emotion and expression. If it doesn't, it wont get your child auditions. Plain and Simple. Save $$$ a little longer and go with a great photographer.

Fly Girl Photo
Kenneth Dolin
Alex Kruk
Marc Cartwright
Nancy Jo Gilchrist

To find a great photographer in your area look at the websites of these photographers to see what great headshots really look like. Then show the pictures to the photographers in your area. That is what they have to look like. Simple. A wedding Photographer is not a headshot photographer. Sometimes you have to drive 10-30 hours to a BIGGER CITY to get them done. Just do it.

Submit your child's headshots and resume to local agents in your state. Build their resume with smaller projects like student films, short films, webseries, local commercials and theater. Stop worrying about getting an LA Agent or Manager. Get your child experience right where you live. LA Agents and Managers want kids that live in LA. Auditions come up so quickly you have to be near them.

There are so many things you can do to help your child build their resume. I highly suggest you read the book HOW TO BE A STAR RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE. You will learn so much and really help your child start working in the business. You can get it on AMAZON here:


Stay close to me and you will learn SO much.

See you on the Red Carpet!
Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Legit Talent Showcases for kids, teens and young adults.

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,” "Walk The Prank," “Henry Danger,” "Murder Among Friends," "Night Shift," as well as hundreds of commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Justice, Walmart, Little Tykes, Foot Locker, Hot Wheels, Home Goods, Universal Studios, 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 seven 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.


As a Talent Manager in LA I am always looking for new faces, and talented kids for TV, Film, Print and Commercials. All over the country reputable Talent Agents and Talent Managers are at showcases to look for new faces, talented actors and committed parents to help kids get started on TV, Commercials and Films.

I attend showcases throughout the country looking for future stars (or potential working actors) who have parents who are 1000% committed to helping their kid take on the many responsibilities required when getting kids into show business.

Parents do MOST of the work when their kids enter show business. It becomes a 2nd full-time job. Parents pay for headshots, online casting websites, acting classes, workshops and take their kids to hundreds and hundreds of auditions. It's costly, competitive and a lot of work. For a handful of very lucky and talented kids there are HUGE payouts for this investment. For the majority of kids, there are smaller paying jobs here and there, but still  everyone gets a taste of the limelight nonetheless. It's fun, it's exciting and for me it's addictive! Nothing thrills me more than helping a kid follow their dreams and seeing them succeed.

BUT, there are sharks in this business who will take your money and make empty promises that drain your bank account and feed on your child's dreams and your commitment to being great parents.

Who is for real? Who is a scam artist? How can you tell? It is hard to tell. But I can tell you this - these showcase companies you hear about on the radio or in the malls are in the business of taking YOUR MONEY and as MANY kids as possible into their showcases to parade them around in front of agents WHETHER THE KIDS ARE READY OR NOT.  

And Agents and Managers DON'T sign kids that are not ready.

We are looking for kids who are confident, can speak, up and speak clearly. Kids who make the scripts believable. We want kids who have taken acting classes, on camera acting classes, and improv classes. We prefer kids who have had theater experience and have acted in their school plays or community theater. We sign kids whose parents are willing to work on their kid's business like a 2nd job. 

AGAIN, Showcase companies will take a lot of kids that are not ready to be there. They are in the business of making money off of you. The training they offer is often not good enough to compete with kids actors who are in LA.  And those are usually the kids who book jobs on TV.  That's why you should take acting classes OUTSIDE of the showcase system as well. Extra training won't hurt your kiddo. Every state has acting classes, especially the big cities. And anyone can SKYPE coach with LA acting teachers. Just call LA Acting schools like Actorsite and see who can Skype coach your child.

Also LA MANAGERS and AGENTS usually only sign kids who will come to Los Angeles for 4-8 weeks in the summer or during pilot season from Feb-March. Thats why' it is important to have an Agent in your OWN state to be getting you out on auditions in your local market.
Start building your kids acting experience right where you are 1st and see if they even like it or are any good at it - before you pay thousands of dollars for showcases.

And when you are doing a showcase research who is attending. Every prent should invest in IMDPRO so you can do your research. IMDbPro is a professional, subscription-based network to get deeper insights and invaluable information into the Showbiz industry, which you wouldn’t be able to find from some place else. With the monthly subscription you can find out exactly which AGENTS have clients, which clients are working, which agents are reputable. All you have to do is type in their name and read about them. When you are approached by a company offer training and a Talent Agent Showcase at the end, ask them who the agents are that will be attending. You can look those agents up on IMDBPRO.

You may ask will every child be signed at a showcase? The answer is no. Noe can predict who agents and managers will sign. It depends on if the children are well trained. If the children have had acting experience in school plays or community theater. If they are very confident, can speak clearly and be easily heard. Many children will be signed but not all. Some kids are more ready than others. It takes time.

  Yes, you can submit to agencies directly. Many kids get signed that way. You just send an email with your child's headshots, resumes, acting clips DIRECTLY to agencies and interested agents may call you in for a meeting.

Can you tell me the names of some talent showcases?
iPOP, IMTA, Barbizon, John Casablancas have been doing showcases for years. I have signed kids from them. My concern is they are expensive ways to give your children exposure and opportunity for representation - but in rural regions you may not have other options and access to industry people.

Some talent showcases are much more affordable like the Model and Talent Expo, Global Stars Network, Big Talent Showcase and Talent Development Showcase - which I HIGHLY recommend.  No matter where you go to be seen remember Agents almost always will want you to be in the city their agency is in. They can't do much for you if you are planning on staying in your home state after the showcase.

To learn more about what Agents and Managers expect if your child gets signed click HERE

That's why it's important to go into any showcases with realistic expectations. AGENTS AND MANAGERS ARE LOOKING FOR talent is taking their career seriously enough to move to the NEXT level. That means the talent needs to come to the agent or manager and move to the bigger city OR be in the bigger city for 3-4 months at a time. 

ALSO - Your child will be competing with thousands of kids they have seen that year at every event they have gone to. Do your child is only going to be as good as their training. If your child has zero experience and very little talent not much is going to come out of any show case you do, except maybe a fun experience for your kids. Natural talent is a great starting point, but kids needs training and lots of it. Remember Agents and Managers are looking for the best out of any group of kids. They will not hesitate to over look yours if they are good enough yet. That is not the fault of the showcase system. You as the parents are responsible for getting your children into as many acting classes as you can BEFORE you spend outrageous amounts of of money on showcases and wishful thinking.

Some Showcase systems offer good training and others do not. When you are just starting out you may not know the difference. So to be safe and smart always have your children taking classes OUTSIDE of the showcase system as well. If you hear nothing else I am saying... hear that.It is really important and that is why I have said it twice!

Every year I put on the California Stars Talent showcases that bring in top teachers, casting directors, agents and managers. California Stars Talent Showcases often have a 100% Callback ratio.

Our latest showcase was no exception. I want to thank you parents for bringing your amazingly talented kids to our 3 weeks of acting classes and my Industry showcase!

CAROL GOLDWASSER, one of the Industry's Top Kids Casting Directors taught a scene study class

Over the years she has cast many Disney programs including Hannah Montanna, Dog With A Blog, and Austin & Ally.


Top kids Commercial Casting Director Scott Wissner taught  commercial audition class. 

WOW! Gabrielle Elyse one of the stars of Ricky, Nicky, Dicky and Dawn will  taught techniques for audition and improvisation. The kids were a little star struck:)

And actress Tierra Peters taught with Gabrielle. The kids learned so much and had so much fun! We were excited to have all these wonderful teachers!

In our Classes our students learn:

  • On-Camera Audition Techniques
  • Cold Reading
  • Commercial Acting 
  • Scene Study
  • Casting Interview Skills
  • and Improvisation
  • We get them ready and prepared to audition for agents. (Why pay thousands of $$ to put your kids in showcases if they are NOT ready!)
OUR AGENT SHOWCASE was AMAZING!  We had 7 top Agents and Managers come to see the 19 kids. 
9 of the kids were SIGNED!!


This was great opportunity for 19 wonderful kids. We all were happy to train them and get to know them. I fell in love with all of them:) I always do.

Unfortunately showcase companies like JRP, iPop, IMTA, Barbizon and others charge between $5,000-$17,000 for their showcase. In MY opinion that's OUTLANDISH. Sometimes the kids come out of their 3 month programs and don't even know what a cold reading is when they are done. They don't speak up, they mumble, Its embarassing. 

You can also read a lot of books about how the industry works. Then you can make informed decisions:

Read Mine:
"How To Break Your Kids Into Show Business" by Wendy Alane Wright
"The Hollywood Parents Guide" by Bonnie Wallace

Find them on Amazon.

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Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager, WAW Entertainment
Acting Career Coach
Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

I interviewed a bunch of my personal industry friends to give you the REAL information you need. I find that successful people are very willing to help new actors succeed. Don’t be intimidated by Casting Directors, Agents or Managers. We love actors; that’s why we do what we do.
If you want to learn HOW to get more auditions this book is a MUST READ for every actor - "25 WAYS TO GET MORE AUDITIONS - with Insider tips from 30 Casting Directors, Agents and Managers."!untitled/cktc
These answers are the REAL deal. In this book you will hear from people who hire actors EVERY SINGLE DAY. Take their advice to heart and put it into action. You CAN have a successful acting career. You just need to know what to do! 

Here are just a few Pros sharing their advice....
Chris Gehrt -  Casting Director 

Wendy, I think the two biggest ways to get more auditions are REPETITION and TRUST.  Always be performing, whether it be plays, stand up, sketch or Internet videos. Work begets more work. If a Casting Director is on the fence about calling you in, they're more likely to take a chance on you when they know you are taking this seriously by performing in mediums that aren't necessary for money or fame. Plus if you're constantly performing your resume will speak for itself.  

Actors are always told to promote themselves, which can sometimes make them appear like desperate car salesmen. The confidence you'll get from always performing will make you appear less desperate which in turn will make people in the industry take you more seriously. And at the end of the day, have fun with it because people like to be around people that are not a pain in the ass.  

Chris has worked in casting on 50 TV and film projects including Sons Of Anarchy, Teen Wolf and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Mark Atteberry - Working Actor

Wendy my advice to actors is always "persist." Nothing will get actors more work than simply keeping at it; working harder than everyone else and never giving up. And, I am a big fan of self-producing and creating your own work. That old adage of "work begets work" is so true. The more work you create for yourself the more work you'll get. I did a series of four short films with my very talented friends a few years back and it has led to tons of legit work for us all. All four films won at festivals, one got me a "Best Actor in a Leading Role" award and one went viral and got 40 million hits! That one is now being made into a feature film (Butterfly Circus). Spending several weekends with finds creating exciting work for ourselves has brought me more auditions and work than submitting to Actor's Access, doing Casting Director Workshops and sending out post cards could ever do combined. "Always be working" is my motto.

Mark has acted in 38 Film and TV projects including: Scandal, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, The Newsroom. The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Dexter, Young & The Restless, Gone Girl and 24. He also has one of the best TYPE classes in the business located in Los Angeles called:


Melissa Skoff - Casting Director

My best advice is to get into an excellent class, be around actors, get a great reel up online, stay on top of your agent, and look your best. The more actors make themselves visible to the casting community, be it through actual film and TV bookings, plays, online media channels, mingling, etc., the better chance they have. But the ultimate criteria is, when you go into an audition or are asked to put yourself on tape, or whatever, how good really is your audition? Do you think out of the box? Did you give the character enough substance to stand out from other actors' auditions? Ultimately, it comes down to the impression one makes in the room. Casting people don't forget a great audition, whether or not you book the role. If not here, then hopefully something else that comes up will give
you another opportunity. Remember, you can always improve your cold readings and prepared readings. And a good buzz is always a great thing! 

Melissa has worked on 84 TV and Film projects including Soul Man, 18 Again!, Deep Star 6, Back To School, JAG, Quantum Leap, Dukes of Hazzard, and Police Academy; Mission to Moscow.

To hear what 23 more Industry pros say download your copy today.!untitled/cktc

Amy Jo Berman – Casting Director  (Yes we know eachother:)


Wendy, I tell actors if you want to get more auditions (which assumes you're already getting some but want MORE), then get REALLY good at knocking their socks off anytime you get any opportunity to audition. An actor is much more likely to have someone who knows and likes you bring you back again and again, than get in for the first time for someone who doesn’t know you at all. Leverage that relationship you already have by making sure you have extremely competitive auditioning skills. Great auditions make Casting Directors want to give you more audition opportunities.

As HBO’s Vice President of Casting, Amy worked on dozens of critically acclaimed, award-winning projects including John Adams, Recount, Game of Thrones, Angels in America, The Pacific, Elizabeth I, Grey Gardens, Rome, Boardwalk Empire and Game Change. To learn more from Amy please visit:


There are so many INDUSTRY PROS in this ebook sharing their insider advice ++ PLUS 25 of my own SECRET tips that I use to help my signed actors get more jobs in TV and Film. 

Don't wait you... need to get informed! Download the BOOK Here and start getting MORE AUDITIONS NOW. $10
When you follow the advice in this ebook you will be amazed by the results you can get.

After you read it and start APPLYING what it says to do email me at and let me know the projects you are booking! I will share them on my social media. I love success stories... especially ones I help create :)

See you on the RED CARPET!

Wendy Alane Wright

Talent Manager
WAW Entertainment 

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