Im not tryin to be mean, but why in the heck would you shell out so much money to see casting directors in Ohio when where to my understanding, ZERO amount of network television is done there, and not many studio funded movies either.
The point of workshops is to establish relationships, and hopefully make your money back via the office that you meet. Typically though, to make that money back, you need to actually live where the work is being shot.
I hear you! The first one was to learn, and she (my daughter) did get a bit of good feedback and a confidence booster. After that, I suppose the answer that we tried one more is that you have to start building a relationship somewhere, right? But clearly, we have learned now, this isn't really a first step towards building a relationship and being seen in this format doesn't really count for anything here, even if you are good. It was for my daughter and she will go to LA someday if this is still the path she is choosing. If she got a break, we could head out there now.
Finally, there aren't cheaper options. But it doesn't matter, we're done with them!
Hope our experience is helpful to someone!
I wouldn't feel too bad about it.
1st , many of us including myself have lost $300 or more doing things for the industry that you regretted later. Whether it was for unnecessary headshots, some self help seminar, showcases filled with promises, or a whole bunch of other crap that cost hundreds of dollars.
Also, many people out here in LA get great feedback too at workshops and often nothing becomes of it. Then they get bitter and denounce the whole practice and wanna blow up buildings
But out here, where there are lots of active projects, workshops can be a great tool for unknown actors to build some kind of a relationships with CD's because they can help save CD's the time of searching through thousands of thumbnails.
However I will say they do seem to work best when you have a agent, and at least a few recognizable credits.
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