Friday, March 27, 2020

Financial assistance now available for actors, artists and others in the business of acting from Coronavirus outbreak ...

There is an important article in today's Los Angeles Times about financial resources that are available for artists and others in the entertainment industry who have been hard-hit as a result as the coronavirus epidemic. Also, be sure to explore financial assistance from unemployment departments in states around the country that is now available for self-employed people and those of you who work as independent contractors.
Usually these categories of workers are exempt from this kind of assistance. But it's a whole new world now, so don't overlook some relief that might be available to you now that may not have been accessible to you before this outbreak.
I hope you are safe and well and getting ready for both your figurative and literal close-ups when all of this is behind us.

Monday, January 27, 2020

New Mexico actors begin to make their mark in a big way as opportunity flourishes in the Land of Enchantment ...

New Mexico has become a  thriving and growing market for film and television production ... and that means work for both "above the line" and "below the line" artists there.

That point was brought home in a news report by Grace Reader, of KOB-TV, the NBC-TV affiliate in Albuquerque, who covered our sold-out Business of Acting Career Clinic this past week at Sol Acting Studios.

Thank you, Grace for your coverage and thank you Sol mates for work well done this weekend in class!


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

As the year-end approaches, make time for a year-end career audit. But don't let income define your journey ...

As we approach the end of the year, it's a great opportunity to run a "forensic" audit on your career journey. 
As you review the acting work you did, the opportunities you earned and the new relationships you began to development, take stock of those wins. 
But as my just-out, year-end column in Backstage addresses, do not make the mistake of judging your career progress this past year by the amount of money (if any) that your acting work may have generated for you in 2019. 
It will be a great new year ahead! :)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Merry, Happy & "Why Aren't You a Star Yet?" Holiday Visits Home Often Require Patience and a Bit of Pre-Planning ...

Heading home for the holidays can stir both joy and anxiety ... particularly when family members start quizzing you about why you're not a star yet. My Backstage column last year at this time is worth reading again.
Squeeze all of the joy you can out of this holiday season by being prepared with the right answers to those questions that inevitably will get asked from well-meaning loved ones.
I hope this helps!
Wishing you a tolerable holiday ... :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

TV Pilot Season is now a year-round event ...

My latest Backstage column addresses the new pilot season landscape. In short, it's not really a "season" any more. Now, it is pilot season all of the time ... and that now requires year-round preparation and readiness for both actors and those of us who represent them. It also means potential access to greater opportunity without actually having to be in Los Angeles, at least for the initial part of the process.

As television networks struggle with how to maintain and grow a shrinking audience base, slivercasters are hitting the mark with shows, series and projects that speak to specific, targeted demographics on countless new media platforms, rather than to just one mainstream, "global" audience.

This is great news for all of us in the business of acting ...


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Thank you, Betty White for showing producers, casting directors, networks and production companies "the way" ...

Older actors are hot properties these days ... and we all have Betty White to thank for the shift in perspective.

It's never too late to embark on a new adventure or a "next chapter" career -- and if it's the new business of acting you have set your sites on, then I hope you will take a few minutes to read my latest column in Backstage. 

There is some helpful advice there, too, for actors of any age. But if you're a bit older and new to the business (or want to be), this one is for you! :)


Monday, July 8, 2019

How did you spend your summer? Hopefully prepping for the fall phase of your career journey!

It's "back-to-business Monday" after the July 4th holiday break ... and for actors that means back to the business of prepping for the fall phase of your career journey -- and that's the topic of my latest Backstage column that has just been published!

While many people take it a it easy during the heat of the summer, a smart actor recognizes that now is the perfect time for a career potential evidence tune-up.

All too soon, the business of acting will get very busy again, particularly with the start of production on the new and returning network television shows for their fall premieres. Now is the perfect time for actors to refresh, dump and/or create new video performance clips for submission use. If you are repped, your agent and/or manager will enthusiastically thank you! If you are self-submitting, you will quickly find that having some new (video) tools in your actor's tool kit can help broaden both the range of your brand and the kinds of roles you can appropriately submit on.

Read more in my latest "Backstage Expert" column, then get busy. There's work to be done! :)