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: http://www.amazon.com/How-Star-RIGHT-WHERE-YOU-ebook/dp/B015EVCCGY



Stay close to me and you will learn SO much.

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

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