I'm bumping this because there's some great advice I'd been following and would like to reiterate ...
Dammit! In broad daylight? Really???
lots of good advice. One thing: be wary of hot-button political topics. People have lost work(myself among them) for being a bit too vocal about my beliefs on certain topics. You'll figure out which ones quickly enough. I can't emphasize enough how much bullshit people spew about their "meetings" and "projects". Check out anyone who's running their mouth about being hot shit on inbaseline and IMDB..listen, but take what you hear with enormous grains of salt. When you book a job..talk about it AFTER you shoot, not before. sometimes things happen. your one-liner gets cut, etc, and that day of work you were crowing about never goes down..so play cards close to vest. let your agent crow..you, just work. everyone will backstab you for any old reason. jealousy and resentment will get people in a dark place..so choose your friends very wisely. avoid druggies(potheads are usually cool, I'm talking coke/heroin). never take a meeting at someone's house if you don't know them, let people know where you are anytime you meet at a non-public location..lots of very bad people here, unfortunately. be aware..be smart. no one can make you a "star". except you. good luck
I wish somebody had told me to start taking workshops earlier. I waited 3 years until I took one, and then at that point I basically walked right into the strike.
Some people may hate them, but for me they have been pretty useful as far as getting on the radar of CD's. Especially the CD's that don't release breakdowns for co-star roles.
This is the best post I have seen so far....lol
I miss Miss Stone! I heard she met someone and rode off into the horizon. God Bless her!
Thank you so much for posting that - I was just thinking about Miss Stone the other day, wondering why she doesn't post any more. I'm so glad to hear it's for a happy reason!
(Now, where's Morgin Felicia?)
absolutely. I've been away from this board for a while and have just started coming back. Sure, you can avoid some scams from the information here but...you don't really know who your co-posters are or if they are here to promote. Every now and then there will be a gem of advice but this is the bare basics.
Secondly, I would say find a real job that is flexible not a serving in a restaurant job: waste of time, waste of energy, never really enough money to pay for rent, payments, good health, acting tools, classes, AND savings/security. Also, you get stuck B****ing about tips with a very small petty mind that scavenges savings and uses free time inefficiently. And all of your other restaurant friends will be in the same frame of mind. Few people get out of that cycle. The ones who do tend to book early. I thank God I found this lesson out while I'm in college and that I didn't drop out for the "glamour of trying to make it." It definitely has been a sacrifice BUT, I prepared a schedule for myself that allows me to go out on auditions.
Laugh when people try to take you as a fool.
Adding on to what totallycool just said: Beware bartending jobs. Everyone thinks it's the "actor" thing to do to get a job in the service industry, but you'd be surprised how easily you get off track working a job like that. You're working nights so you get up late the next day. You get up, go get coffee (waste of money), go to the gym, meet up with your co-workers (who become your entire social circle), bitch about the industry, then head back to the bar to begin the whole cycle again. Everyone is so wary of getting a 9-5 because it'll "interfere with auditions" but, hey, if you're not even getting auditions because you can't afford headshots. might as well get a decent job to support yourself for a while. You can always quit if you have to.
Also, as others have said take EVERY piece of advice with a grain of salt.
Yep i know a bottle service girl with that same delima of fatigue...
Laugh when people try to take you as a fool.
so true so true.
Bumping for the new college graduates that will be flooding into town over the next 3 months.
Best facebook post by one that got here to do a showcase the other morning:
Nobody told me that apartments do not necessarily come equipped with refrigerators. Many of the ones that were available when I came to town had every amenity imaginable except a fridge! I had not budgeted for that and was shocked. You have now been warned.
So what would you suggest is a good schedule that allows for this? A flexible boss or not working Thursday afternoons?? (kidding, if only it were that black and white)
"Decide that you want it, more than you are afraid of it." Bill Cosby
..."moving to LA - prepare everything in life to put on hold except acting!!!!"
This is a pretty great article related to this:
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