You have to start somewhere! Why not here?
Do you have an interest in the movie industry? Are you looking for a right place to start? I'm going to share my experiences and advise with you. You'll also hear view points and invaluable information from a few friends in the movie industry.
Ever since the age of 4, I knew that my lifelong dream was to perform. As my parents watched their favorite shows, such as "The Carol Burnett Show, I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners"...I would extensively study and act out the character scenes. I would sing commercial jingles and attempted to be their daily entertainment. Yes, it was quite a hilarious sight! That carried into adulthood, where the stage and set is now my second home!
In September 2011, I began to reach out to several casting agencies. By October that year, I was cast as an Extra for background work in the movie, "Thunderstruck." From that point, I received countless movie and commercial opportunities with every casting agency across the state. That Extra work lead to Featured Roles, Body Doubles, Stand In, auditions for main roles, Inspirational Speaking and Life Coaching. From those castings, I've also been contacted by Producers and Directors across the country. It's been quite the adventure, and looking forward to further endeavors along the way.
Now that I've shared my experiences with you, are you ready for some exciting news?
You now have one central spot for all casting! "My Casting File" www.MyCastingFile.com
That's right! One spot where you can sign up for FREE and even *Upgrade to Pro* for only $24 a year. I highly recommend doing this, as you can add more content and improve your chances of being cast. Another word of advise is to get a Talent Agent and Professional Headshots! So, you're ready to be an Extra?
Now's your chance to hear from these select few...
"Stay vigilant. Learn as much as possible. Don't approach talent when on set. Make sure you get professional head-shots from a head-shot photographer. I have shot over 600 actors and know exactly what casting wants. There's so much more... When you sign up for a class with me, you'll learn everything you need to know!"
Owner and Operator of AMP'D Studio
A Full Service Photography & Videography Company in New Orleans. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shot.by.steve/
"If you have ever been interested in acting, being a movie star or background actor...it's a great place to start. It's fun and you get paid. This is how I started my journey into acting and I must say that I do love it. Many people think you have to take expensive acting classes that can cost up to thousands for modeling agencies.
"Package deals" that usually tell everybody they can make them a star. Don't fall for it. These are scams. Never pay up front fees to get into movie extra work. Many real casting agents and agencies post calls for movie extra work on their websites, and many use Facebook. Yes that's right, Facebook! You can also check Craigslist under gigs or Talent gigs. This is the best way to start. Remember, real agencies never require an upfront fee. Once you have made it onto the movie sets, remember to network - network - network and do not be afraid to ask questions! Before you know it, you'll be a pro and on the road to being a professional actor.
Michelle Torres, Actress
The Next Step...
From informative advise and tips to contact resources, you're now one step closer to being cast as an Extra! So, make your next move and get some professional head shots made. You're going to need those along your way. I highly recommend Steve Hammond, as he knows the movie industry inside and out. Not to mention, the top quality you'll receive! Next, go to www.MyCastingFile.com and register. Communicate with others doing the same, and ask questions. You'll be surprised by the wealth of information you can gain from other like-minded professionals in the industry. Do you want to pursue an acting career? If so, you will need those professional head shots more than ever and a Talent Agent. In next Saturday's Blog, we'll cover agency search do's and dont's.
For those beginning your journey as an Extra or in your acting career, I hope you've found this blog to be insightful. Now, I'd like to open
this blog up to any questions or other information you'd like to share. Ok? Ready, Set, Go. Like & Comment below...
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