Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Flying solo: The Loh down on how to launch a one-person show, now playing at InsideTheBusinessOfActing.com

If mounting your own one-person show is something you would like to explore, actress, writer and solo performance artist Sandra Tsing Loh gives you the Loh down on how-to at InsideTheBusinessOfActing.com.

Now playing, episode #3, gets into the nuts and bolts and dollars and cents. What Sandra has to say will help get you started -- and there is nothing quite like a work-in-progress personal performance piece to focus, inspire and empower any actor seeking to create both a challenge and an opportunity.

Another time, I'll tell you about my former Emerson College student Christian Johnsen's "Red Sweater" project. Inspiring and therapeutic.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The message is clear as a sizeable SAG majority gives the green light to a new contract …

It’s a good day in the business of acting today as both union and non-union actors alike – and all other industry professionals – begin to absorb the acceptance of a new two-year SAG contract, which was announced as approved by a stunning 78% of the Screen Actors Guild membership last night.

There is not much need for analysis here. It appears that the overwhelming victory for the new agreement sends a clear message: Stop the infighting, stop the politics and let us, confidently, get back to work.

This new contract has many gains, including its expiration date, which will allow SAG to make nice with AFTRA over the next two years and then work together in carving out a new “new” agreement that will be in the best interest of all union members – and those who will become union members.

Next up, SAG leadership needs to make nice within its own ranks. Too much infighting, too many harsh words, too much “actor vs. actor” … And the winner is … “nobody.” The new contract isn’t perfect, but given the landscape in which the business of acting currently exists, it’s a fine achievement, for now.

Full steam ahead. Let’s all get back to work with some sense of accomplishment. Seventy-eight percent? That’s a strong statement.

Complete details at SAG.org.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Hot tips on how to get your first film industry job now on "Inside the Business of Acting"

Whether you have just graduated from college or have been in the job market for a while, any information that can help you get a foot in the door and an on-ramp to the career journey you seek is hot, valuable and must-have information. It's even better when it's free.

Actor, writer, producer, director ... whatever your career goals and aspirations are in the business of acting, you must make time to watch our three-part interview with industry executive and entertainment career consultant Karen Kaufman Wilson, now playing on-demand on our Web TV series "Inside the Business of Acting."

Karen offers up some critical advice on how to open doors in Hollywood with a strategy that can't fail to get you moving in the right direction, if you follow the proactive plan of approach talked about in our interview.

Okay, now get moving to the Virtual Channel Network and have a pad of paper and pencil ready!