Exactly. I got the same type of invite from Mark Teschner. Fool me once...
I'd say it's probably worse in LA than NY, but I don't totally disagree with you. The problem is, it's such a small percentage of the CD workshops, that are worthwhile; maybe 5%, 7%.
Ultimately, though, the fact is, you are paying to audition for them. To meet them, to be seen by them, in the hopes that they will remember you and bring you in sometime down the line.
I'm wondering if at least, at the very least, just ONE person, has scored big time, from all the years CD's have been doing workshops.
Oh I'm sure it is. There's so little of them out here that the cheapest ones are still about $100. Which is a big price gap from LA.
I'm sure there's at least someone who has gotten something worthwhile
I just hate that the workshop game has become standard.
There's a guy on the upcoming season of Mind Games that once met Jason Lapadura at workshop, kept in touch with him over the course of a year,and now he's joined the elite league of series regulars. Jason said he had to help this guy even get an agent to do the deal.
Its not typical to score that high, but your look, demographic, and ability, timing plays a bit into it as far as even getting called in for smaller roles. Not to mention being submitted by your rep.
I will say they do work a lot better when you already have credits of note, and a rep who is well liked.
The 5%-7% you listed is low. I would say that's the percentage of CDs that will give a newbie that's uncredited a chance, but the overall percentage that call in is definitely higher.
I personally don't mind them. Its a way to stand out from every other Joe Actor that refuses to do them.
But remember this too----EVERY ACTOR IS NOT AS CUTE, FUNNY, INTERESTING or TALENTED AS THEY THINK THEY ARE. Thus, no calls, no work. To include little kids overhyped by parents with cash.
Michael, you are exactly right. They do only call in people for that very reason. I'm one of those people who seriously questions just how much power most casting directors have anyway. Some don't even have the power to call you in for an audition, let alone get the job. Many of these casting directors treat workshops as their "second job". Some do them 7 days a week, and see hundreds and hundreds a week, too. And I've never heard of anyone getting a job from them that more than "under 5" anyway. A real rip-off for actors if you ask me.
And remember most casting directors are EX Actors. Many of them really don't like actors. They are jealous of them
My new mantra when questioning whether I should attend a CD workshop.
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