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The 10 minute fix!

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Thats all it takes, just 10 minutes! AS SOON AS YOU SHOOT anything; print ad, photo campaign, commercial etc. Hop on to Casting Workbook and Actors Access and update your resume. All the details that you need are right in your booking email.

Don’t make the mistake of getting so excited about booking a project (I mean, you’re awesome, of course you booked a project!) that you forget to update your CV. Star everything that is linked to the project so that is is easier to find. We all know how it goes, the email gets pushed down, the project name changes from a generic ‘Project Cookie’ to a more meaningful title, and you forget the original details.

Going back through mountains of correspondence to search for the production house name can be a nightmare. The more traction you make in the industry and the busier you get, the more this small step is crucial.

Adding to your online resume only helps you. The more resumed of an actor, the more casting directors and producers look upon you with respect. It shows your ability to take direction and produce quality work.

Just as with a corporate resume, your acting resume is just as important, if not more so. How often do you apply for a ‘job’? My guess is not half as often as your agent submits your headshot and resume for consideration. This is why updating is crucially important, it helps both you and your agent make the best impression you can.

Don’t forget the format!

  • Television/Film
  • Commercial
  • Print
  • Training

Project name-Actor Type-Production Company:
Children’s Aid Society – Principal – Phanta Media

Video Reels/Demos

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The acting world is a media based beast. Everything we use, do, and intake revolves around an electronic submission.

As actors, our careers are navigated by any number of media outlets. Our electronic footprint either moves us towards our goals or stagnates our results. Its no wonder that presenting our best selves online contributes directly to our achievements and advancements (or lack thereof).

One way to showcase our talent is with a video clip/demo reel. It is uploaded to our agency recommended casting websites (Actors Access & Casting Workbook) and serves as a highlight and preview for Directors and Casting Agencies.

Just like adding pictures to a social media profile, it increases our chances of being viewed and short listed as your skills are physically highlighted. What do we add in our demo reel? A number of options depending on your experience!

A slate is recommended for everyone. It showcases your voice and presentation capabilities as well as your personality. All of which can secure you a role before the audition even starts.

For those actors just beginning, or who only have print campaigns and SOC roles, workshop and bootcamp recordings are great material to showcase your range. 

Once you have a few projects under your belt, you can edit a few of your clips together to make your own demo reel. Depending on which site you are posting to, there may be an editing option available directly on the site. Alternatively, I recommend learning an editing program (or at least a few basics!). iMovie is a great program for the technological apprentice, or if you are a diehard Windows User such as myself, I use the free version of LightWorks. It is a bit more complicated (the amount of time I have spent watching tutorials vs actually editing is kind of embarrassing!) but it does not limit your final product, and has a plethora of editing options.

Adding video clips and demo reels to your acting sites aid your chances, and can help propel you to bigger roles and opportunities. Remember, this is all up to you to do. You are a self employed contractor, your product is yourself. The better you sell your brand, the more people will come and knock at your door!

Acting Wardrobe Do’s and Don’ts

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Here is a handy – dandy pocket sized guide to your ever growing wardrobe.

While this may not be an exhaustive list of *every* rule a director or stylist could abide by, it is a great general resource for quick reference!

Do’s Avoid
Be comfortable!

If you can’t sit, or walk with confidence, there’s no way you’ll be able to convince anyone you are the right guy/gal for the job!

Loud patterns

No stripes, zig zags or anything flashy. You are there to show them what you’ve got, not what you’ve bought

Have a variety

Bring multiples in varying shapes and colors to a fitting. Shading can mean the world for that exact right look

Sparkles/Sequins

While these are a fav of every little girl (and lets’ face it, stage moms too!), they play tricks with the cameras and are not recommended

Always bring back-up

Spilt your coffee? Splashed by a passing car? Another actor in the same Aritzia top as you? Always be prepared with a ‘just in case’ outfit

Anything Neon

Pretty much for the same reasons as sparkles and sequins, neon is not flattering unless you are specifically styled that way by your wardrobe team

Keep it simple

Fussing and mussing about isn’t only distracting to you, but to the directors and casting agents as well. Showcase yourself, not all those extra layers

Showing *too much* skin

Especially for kids! Avoid spaghetti straps and short shorts

Always be cleaned and pressed/steamed

Whether you prefer an old fashioned iron, or a new styled hand steamer, make sure you are wrinkle free. It shows you have put effort into your appearance without showing the effort behind the thousands of auditions and late night commutes

Logos/Words/Team names

These have been copy written by their respective affiliates, and cannot be shown or photographed without explicit permission

Lead with confidence

Sometimes thinking outside the box is the best course of action. Your acting, attitude and confidence will sell your audition far more than a carefully chosen t-shirt

Red!

It does not show well on screen, there is this horrible orange aura! Accenting with red is ok, but nothing overbearing

Shopping for your acting wardrobe doesn’t have to be a laborious chore, scope out second hand and vintage shops. Above all else, remember to HAVE FUN!

Here is a printable option for you! Acting Wardrobe Printable