Suggestion: take some business classes. Learn about pitching a product and about getting investments to create that product. You use the exact same principles in producing a film, if you want to do it properly. The product, in this case, is your film. That's what you need to view it as when you are trying to market it to directors -- a creative product that they would significantly contribute to. Too many films aren't approached the way they are supposed to be, with a proper business structure, and so money falls through, people get angry, and it's just not a good place to be.
TL;DR, take some business classes at a local community college. iTunes University has quite a few of these classes for free (accounting, marketing, management, product, etc.), so take advantage of your spare time and learn everything you need to know in order to properly pitch, produce, and market your film and get it seen. This also applies to web projects, shorts, etc.
Greta Gerwig just signed on to star in the "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff after getting nominated for a Golden Globe for the lead in Frances Ha, the movie she wrote with her boyfriend Noah Baumbach. Please tell me you've at least heard of him.
Broad City is a great show on Comedy Central and just got renewed for a second season. It's getting critical acclaim.
They might not be household names, but who cares? Most households are idiots and we need to do better than that as actors anyway.
I think doing your own work is not only great, but a requirement. You have to wear a lot of hats in this town to get noticed. However, the work that you do must satisfy a need within yourself. There are people who write, produce, direct and act always for the intention of being noticed. Well, of course you want to be! But, you also need to look at it from the perspective that it is helping you to grow professionally and personally.
EVERYONE these days puts something on Youtube, and the fact is, most of it is pretty bad. BUT.....even the bad gets noticed (especially if it is someone young and good-looking, and after all, in Hollywood that is really all the matters anyway.)
But the focus is: do it to express yourself, your need to use your artistic abilities, but not just to be noticed. "Just to be noticed" is too obvious and usually not memorable.
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Look up Jimmy Tatro. He started off making videos on YouTube and now he has a ton of subscribers. He also appeared in Grown Ups 2 (as an extra I believe, but still, that's a door that was opened for him that otherwise wouldn't have been).
Also, Workaholics. Those guys started off making YouTube clips and now they have their own very profitable show on Comedy Central, along with getting cast in other projects.
Creating your own work is definitely a good thing to do, but as has been stressed make it good and focus on the overall story and product, not your acting.
Okay, I've gotta say I just watched this guy's videos and they are actually funny. Plus, he is with UTA now. I wonder if that happened b/c of his videos?
Nice!! Yeah, thats actually how I started out...I was crewing on indie movies and they always pulled me in for quick cameos and such, and then it just grew.
I would recommend it to anyone to build contacts, as well as have a much deeper understanding of what goes on on a film set. I have done every job there was, but I sort of settled in to grip/electric and then art dept as I went on. These days I don't do it as much...but I am so glad I did!! The rewards have been significant!
Here is another great example of one of these modern "triple threats": Larry Fessenden. He has acted for the likes of Martin Scorcesse and Jim Jarmusch, written and directed movies, and produced and edited movies that were not his own. This article summing up his career for an award he won really sums up the magic of it all: http://winterfilmawards.com/20...ema-award/#more-3010
Nowadays, the direction of creatives like us is what SAG/AFTRA calls "New Media". Online there are countless serials, episodes, webisodes, what have you. We have the equipment sophisticated enough to create and produce our own work -- now the question is, is your work quality or does anyone else besides your family or best friend want to see it and follow it and talk about it? As far as reels, people do tend to take the route of filming what some call "vanity pieces" or "showcase pieces" to show the range they can do. I don't think it's all bad, it's just the progression of things, the DIY.
with that, we can become aware and even sympathetic to what each person goes through, what a writer, what a director, what a sound person, what an editor, what a cinematographer goes through. We can figure out what works for us, and why we should get someone else who can do the job better for us so we can focus on what we can do best.
Here is a new related Backstage article,
I just posted a new thread on a pilot that I wrote and produced...you can see the trailer in the thread:
Is there a way to find out about webseries that are casting if you don't know the people that are actually involved in it? aka newbie
If I could hop on this thread...
I'm 62 and have now just started acting...last week actually. (I was a pro baseball umpire in another life, so acting should not be a stretch).
I submitted my head shots to several backstage postings, attracted 3 auditions and got 2 supporting roles. Beginner's luck or not, perhaps my bald look, coupled with my adult size persona, is somehow interesting. Who knows yet?
In any case, I am seeking some advice. Initially, to attract an agent, do what?
Get a good headshot, one of the most important. Take some good classes, into look commercial classes first.
I create my own content. I wrote, produced, and starred in a 23 minute stoner comedy "pilot" with tons of CGI dinosaurs. You can see the minute long trailer here: http://vimeo.com/88321386
realized I posted the thread above....d'oh.
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