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! :)


Friday, April 19, 2019

Post-network television pilot season presents a great opportunity to refresh the page on your career journey ...

Post-Network pilot season is often a time of change. Agencies routinely assess and drop clients at this time of year, while seeking fresh talent for their rosters ... and actors should look at this "season" as an opportunity to be pro-active about seeking the kind of changes they feel will best suit their career needs moving forward. My latest Backstage column, out today, offers a perspective.

Use these next several weeks to carve out the action plan for your next step. What changes do you want to see for yourself in the new television production season ahead? 

It should not be just about booking a job; it needs to be bigger than that. Think globally. If you're not yet booking the kind of work you that believe you're ready to take on, then take on the role of content creator during this time to create for yourself the evidence of your career potential that the gatekeepers have yet to see.

It's about putting Chapter 5 in "The Next Edition" to work for you.

You can do this ...


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Business of Acting Career Clinic one-day workshop returns to Albuquerque the weekend of May 10th!

I am headed back to Sol Acting Academy, in Albuquerque, the weekend of May 10th and I couldn't be happier about the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones! 

Friday evening, 5/10, 7-9PM, we will have a Meet and Greet free event and then on Saturday, 5/11, from 1-6PM, we will be knee deep in my Business of Acting Career Clinic master class and Self-Tape Workshop

Each visit is always a great time and a wonderful discovery of emerging and thriving Albuquerque-based talent. If you're a NM local, I hope you will join us for one or both of these great events!


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Creativity has its limits when crunching the numbers for your business of acting tax returns ...

As the tax-filing deadline for all of us approaches, it's the perfect opportunity, as you start crunching the numbers, to read my latest Backstage column.

I am not a CPA, accountant, or tax prep pro, but I can suggest an approach to maximizing what you may potentially be able to write off as acting business expenses. I strongly suggest that you take the time to research and find a tax preparer who has experience working with actors. While this service may initially cost more than your local tax preparation office, the overall savings and write-offs you might gain will be money well spent.

Whatever your business structure, the root of any write-off you intend to take is your ability to substantiate that deduction. It is important to set up a system that will help you easily keep track of the expenses you incur during the year so that you’re prepared to take advantage of all the deductions you’re legally entitled to take. You’ll have to have earned money as an actor during the reporting year (and have reported it as income) in order to write off the related expenses. The benefits of doing this work are there.