I learned to not pay attention to certain negativities here, like notTruthteller or JackTravern. I am more proactive when negativity is far from my eyes or ears.
Im guessing you were the actor with the baseball cap on.
ActorinLA, you're one of those who clearly can't handle any comment that's not patting you on the back. If you don't like my comments in particular, you can KICK ROCKS!
And btw, I recall you saying not long ago that you were done with the boards. Why are still hanging around with your sensitive behind?
I have actually seen that segment, and being a black woman, I can relate! If I could just toss another question into the mix to think about: there are always going to be people who won't listen to advice, no matter what form it comes in. As TRUTHTELLER59 said, some actors do suck at listening. I think (or maybe, being optimistic, I HOPE) that those people are in the minority when it comes to actual professional, this-is-my-job, this-is-how-I-pay-my-bills actors. Does it make sense to dumb down or, I guess, change the tone of our criticisms and advice for these few naive, who probably still won't get it anyway? What about the rest of us who DO listen and DO take criticism well? Are we forced to suffer because of the few? (honestly asking, would love to hear people's thoughts!)
Suffer? Overall I find this board to be very useful and no more negative than any chat board--you always get little wars and disputes it seems when people are anonymous.
If SAM writes a provocative column that gets more input it is fine with me--keeps the board open. Backstage wants the eyeballs. Other than a few who help out there are very few professional actors here. It is mostly newbies or those on the outside wanting to get in.
There are some posters on this board who I have blocked because they never contribute anything of value and I want to remember who they are. You can do that by clicking on their name and choosing ignore.
A LOT of dumb actors!
There's a reason why less than 10% of actors are doing well. It's because there are so many people in this business who don't listen, educate themselves, train, nor have common sense in general to belong in this business. They're the other 90%. So it's far from a minority that makes the hard workers look bad.
Couldn't agree more Truth. I can't tell you how many commercial auditions I've been on where either the actor didn't read the breakdown and wardrobe suggestion before arriving, simply doesn't care, or is too stupid to realize that this is a business.
Role is that of a business executive. Wardrobe in the breakdown says business suit. (duh). So why is half the room guys in jeans, tennis shoes (maybe flip flops) and an open collar shirt with a sport coat, if that? Don't get me wrong, it increases my odds of a callback, but still... If they can't be bothered to pay attention to something as simple as what to wear to an audition, how do you think they'll be on set?
So SAM's comment "don't smell like ass" is dead on. Some are too stupid to realize they smell like ass I guess, or don't care. It's called show "business" for a reason. A lot of actors don't get that.
Jack, it may already be too late for Actorinla whose real name was outed on this blog several weeks ago. During a recent audition at CAZT a well known CD was talking about her in a very negative way. Not a good thing when you're trying to find work in this business.
Haha. How did this conversation about actorinla come up?
Which is why it sucks more when something that happens at an audition is casting's fault, and not mine.
I got it from a friend of mine who works in a busy casting office and she told me that the CD was talking about various actors who have really pissed off a lot of industry people. Her name was specifically mentioned.
"If you’re over 40 and you still don’t have any professional credits, it might be time to rethink your life".
I'm over 40, decided to give the acting life a serious shot about 5 years ago. Except for a couple of things on the Discovery and Animal Planet networks, and a couple of $100K indies, no real professional credits to speak of. Have never had specific theatrical representation.
And I need to look for a new agent; my commercial agent has not dropped me, but has not gotten me an audition since January; I haven't booked that many gigs with her, so I'm sure I'm probably at the bottom of the pile for my list of types on her roster.
Is there any hope for an older guy? Any agencies in town that specifically take on older actors? I have a fairly decent resume and demo reel which, at the very least, shows a decent booking history.
For an older guy, what's the best way to go about getting meetings with agents these days?
Any advice, SAM?
Thank you, SAM. Entertaining and informative article that, personally, gives me hope that I can sign with a theatrical agent this year.
Well, according to your profile, Survivor666, I should have been reporting you to the moderators for months now. Oh, wait, I did, and no action was taken.
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Report ,me for what? I'm one of the only people on these board who has defended you.
I'm not the source of your problems, you are. When anyone reads any of your posts, it's you that should be barred . You're ridiculous. But because of Kevin , I'll still be there for you. But stop playing the victim, please!
Your website link on your profile does NOT take you to a makeup site!
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