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Acting Audition Tips & Advice

Ready to become an actor or become an actress? Here are some great tips to get you started. An acting audition is a job. You have to get that in your head. Doing well at an acting audition is the only way you will get the actual job and get paid. While you never know what you might be doing at an acting audition (especially a commercial audition) there are some things you should never do. These are things that may just get you blacklisted from a casting director so they’ll never call you in again. Try explaining that one to your agent. Acting Audition Tip #1 - Don't Chew gum Don’t ever walk into an audition chewing gum. It’s unattractive and comes across terribly on camera. Plus it likely doesn’t fit the role you’re auditioning for unless it’s a valley girl. Even so, show them who you are without the gum, that can always be added later. Acting Audition Tip #2 - Don't Talk too much Don’t talk too much. It will annoy the casting director and assistant and then may cause you to miss something they tell which is important, like some directions on how to do your audition or scene. Acting Audition Tip #3 - Don't Forget your headshot Make sure you always have your headshot with you. It doesn’t matter that they’ve seen your photo before. They want another one, give it to them. Or maybe they didn’t even see your photo. Your agent may have called you in. They need to see you and keep a picture of you. Acting Audition Tip #4 - Don't Have an unstapled resume Staple your resumes before you get there. It’s tacky to use their s... read more



How To Improve Your Catwalk Skills

Are you ready to become a model? Here are some great tips to get you started: If you want to be a runway or high fashion model you will need a killer catwalk. It's a must. The walk on the runway is what sells a designer's clothes and if you have an awkward walk or look uncomfortable it will have an effect on the clothing. Suddenly a gorgeous garment will appear strange or slightly off. For this reason a designer will never book a model for a runway show unless they can really attack that walk and sell the clothes. So break out the stilettos, a video camera, digital camera, tape, and grab a good friend, because it's time to practice. Try out the shoes Always practice in high heels. Mix it up between stilettos and regular high heels as well as clogs and shorter shoes. You need to learn how to balance in each shoe and comfortably take a stride. The more shoes you try walking in the better because you never know what a designer or stylist will put you in. Posture Work on your posture. Push your shoulders back and tilt the pelvis forward and upward. You should be leaning back slightly. This is the correct posture for walking the runway. Hold this posture for several minutes at a time before relaxing. The more you practice the more natural it will become. Tape the floor Use masking tape to create a straight line down a hallway, outdoor patio or across a long room with a wood floor. Walk on the line one foot crossing in front of the other. You want to lead with your hips and extend your walking leg out fairly far so you are taking strides, not baby steps. Land on the toes and press your foot into the floor through your to... read more



How To Become Famous by Optimizing Your Movie

Ready to become an actor or become an actress? Here are some great tips to get you started. Acting is a business: that is what most people forget. Many young performers think that all it takes is talent to get famous, and that work and planning come last. However, acting in films is no less of a career choice than being a gymnast or a pro football player. It takes training, practice, and strategy. The good thing about treating your acting career like a business is that it gives you the power to become a success, to get famous, and to do what you love, sometimes for a heck of a lot of money. The first thing that a working actor needs to do before casting can begin is to get organized. Keep track of everything you do and everyone you meet. Who knows what relationship might one day lead to an audition or a great casting session. Even extras work has its place. Then make a chart, listing every person that you know in the entertainment business, even if they work in the coffee shop on the Sony Pictures Lot. You may be surprised how many “industry people” you actually know. Then get some numbers and start making calls. See who is doing what with whom and if any body knows anything about anyone. Soon you will be going to parties and casting sessions, and luncheons. Never say no to anyone who can help you. How to be famous and becoming a movie star is part talent, part skill, part luck, and part drive. You must make sure that you have the drive. If you have never heard of a “mentor”, it is about time you do. Mentors are invaluable allies in your battle to get famous. Most mentors are famous experts in your field who you contact a... read more



Become Famous: Tips to Get Famous

Ready to become an actor or become an actress? Here are some great tips to get you started. Want to know how to become famous? Here is a guide to help you! Once you arrive in Hollywood looking to get famous as a screen star, you will face one main question: how do I break in? Well, first off, there are a number of good ways to become famous, and you need to get yourself up in front of casting directors, producers, and an audience quickly. The fastest ways to do that are - classes, extra jobs, self-promotion, low budget films, and getting representation. Make sure that you have a headshot (8x10 photo of your face), and some sort of resume, and then charge into stardom like a bull. How to become famous: Step #1 CLASSES Depending on your particular talents, you may take dance, singing, or scene study; but for sure you need an audition class, an on-camera & casting class and it is always good to take an improv class just to loosen you up. A place like actor’s boot camp is good, and The Improv Olympic will put you on stage immediately (a good way to become famous). How to become famous: Step #2 EXTRA JOBS Being extras can be fun and profitable. Some of the biggest stars began their careers doing extras work and bit parts. Contact Central Casting (centralacsting.org), for extra jobs, they’re the biggest extra’s casting agency in LA. Once you get some extra jobs, you will be well on your way to get famous. Remember, as soon as the guard at the studio gate finds your name on t... read more



How to Get Jobs if You Like Dancing

Dance agents are the key to opening the doors for real dance jobs. Sure there are jobs out there that hundreds of dancers take to do small shows and at home music videos but these jobs don’t pay. If you want the good jobs; the big music videos, tours, Broadway and the much sought after commercials you have to have a dance agent. Casting directors know which agencies have the best hot new dancers and that’s exactly who they call. Often times a breakdown isn’t even sent out because there’s no need, they can fulfill their roles with one or two agencies dancers. Thus acing your audition with a top dance agent is vital. But how do you know what they’re looking for? It’s simple, they want a great dancer, right? Yeah, but they also want a lot more than that. Well trained Take some classes at well known studios and put those on your resume. Sure you could have danced for fifteen years at your home studio but if you’ve never taken a class from a major conservatory or famous studio in LA or NY your picture and resume are going in the trash. Training counts. Killer technique When you dance for them hold back on going crazy with tricks and turns you’re not capable of doing cleanly. Technique is extremely important, especially for Broadway or tour auditions. They want technically trained dancers who can turn out from their hips, wing their toes and produce clear, crisp taps. Varied styles Becoming a professional in one style is great but for auditioning you need much more. Much of today’s work is mixed styles already so you need to be able to adapt and pick up choreography quickly, there’s no time for practicing and reviewing time and again. Able to do tricks<... read more



Tips for Standup Comedians

Successful stand up comedians need more than a talent for being funny. Stand up comedians also need some smarts and a talent for improv and "working a crowd." The following tips will take you from funny guy to professional stand up comedian. 1. Know Who Your Audience Is - When working out your material for a show, keep who your audience is in mind. A comedy set that will work for a rowdy out-of-towner convention of toilet salesmen may not work for a company's annual afternoon family picnic. Do your research and know whom you will be performing for so that your set is both funny and appropriate. 2. Memorize Your Set - This doesn't mean you can't veer off with some improv or totally go in a new direction once you've started, but never step foot on stage not knowing where you will begin or what you will say. Lead your audience into your set and let them know where you're going. This will help you avoid the dreaded "train wreck"; or "lack of direction"; comedy set. 3. Realize That Everyone Will NOT Love You - It's hard for many comics to digest, but every person in every audience you perform for will not think you are incredibly fabulous and may not be totally receptive to your set. Get over it quickly and move on. Who cares if everyone doesn't think you are brilliant… do you think every other comic is brilliant? 4. Bring It - From the second you step foot on stage, bring it… "it" being confidence. Your audience will have formed an opinion of you before you even hit the microphone, so with that first step grab their attention, be confident, and bring your winning "I'm funny" attitude. 5. Own the House - Come on stage and take control. Own the ho... read more



How To Make A Short Film

So, you want you want to know how to make a short film. Making a short film is so easy, right? WRONG! Even though it's short, making a short film can be a lot harder than a full-length feature film. With less than ten minutes to tell an entire story or get a point across, it calls for some good organization and filmmaking skills. Consider the following when shooting your short film. How To Make a Short Film: Tip #1 - Make Interesting Short Films - Write or choose original and creative scripts that are interesting to you. If you film something you are enthusiastic about, it will come through in the final finished edit of the short film. How To Make a Short Film: Tip #2 - Choose Your Medium Wisely - Are you shooting digital video, high definition, or something else? Your medium affects the overall look of your story, so know the good and the bad and choose your medium wisely. How To Make a Short Film: Tip #3 - Avoid Typical Shots - Take the time to make your short film stand out by avoiding typical shots. Short films allow you the opportunity to be a little more artsy and less boring when it comes to shot choices. Many filmmakers use short films as a step toward directing full-length feature films, so make it stand out. How To Make a Short Film: Tip #4 - Sound is So Important - Most filmmakers become so focused on the visual that they ignore the sound, but sound is incredibly important to the success of a short film. People are more forgiving of a short film that doesn't have amazing video quality or special effects, but if it's hard to hear, they will be brutal about the quality of a short film. Don't ignore the importance of good sound to your short films. <... read more



Becoming a Successful Freelance Artist

Ready to join our Artist Network? Here's some advice to get you started. If you are a skilled artist, freelancing may be the ideal artistic lifestyle for you. Not every artist is right for art school or college, but many art design jobs require a college education. By freelancing your artistic talents in your own business, it does not matter what kind of education you have. All that matters is the art. After all, the daily nine to five grind is not for everyone, especially many artistic types. Freelancing offers artistic spirits the opportunity to make their own rules in a dream career in art. There are many factors to consider when opening a business and freelancing your artistic talents. First, comes the art. Drawing - Even if you do not specialize in reality drawing, such as drawing human figures or nature as it exists in reality, you should be able to do it well. All artists, like those who primarily do abstract paintings, may even need to draw occasionally in a freelance art business. People who hire freelance artists will expect good drawing skills as a basic component of being a good artist. Color - Know about color theory, color mixing, and how to use color to achieve a vision, emotion, mood, or desired result. The ability to choose and mix colors is vital to every artist, including illustrators, graphic designers, painters, animators, and even interior decorators. Color is a powerful tool for all artists. A good knowledge of the color wheel will go a long way in a successful career as a freelance artist. Different Mediums and Textures - A freelance artist should be able to work in many mediums and textures. Differ... read more



How to Promote Music on the Internet

Ready to promote your music and join our music community? Here are some great tips to get you started. When it comes to music, promoting it is almost important as creating it when you are pursuing a career as a professional musician. The Internet provides many ways to promote music out to the people who will purchase it. If you ignore the Internet as a vehicle to promote music, you are missing out. The Internet provides a way for you to market your music to the world for pennies. With the entire world as your new audience, you will find millions of potential fans. It doesn't even matter if they live near you or if your album is available in their local store. With the Internet, people who love your music can live anywhere. Offline marketing can only reach so many people. With millions of people accessing the Internet daily, you have a huge instant audience. Not only will people from around the world listen to and buy your music, but you can become an overnight star. While the Internet is a great tool when it comes to getting fans, its hugeness can leave some musicians a little bewildered as to where they should begin. Consider the following when promoting your music on the Internet. Promote Music Tip #1: Categorize Your Music - As artists, musicians hate to be labeled, but think about consumers before refusing to categorize your music. By categorizing and promoting the category of music you fit into, you will make it easier for your potential fans to find you. If rap is your thing, categorize yourself so that people who love rap music can find you in an Internet search. The time you spend... read more



Organize An Art Show

Ready to join our Artist Network? Here's some advice to get you started. If you are an artist who wants to show your art, but don't feel you are ready for a gallery showing yet, consider putting on your own art show. Organizing an art show doesn’t have to be complicated. By using the following steps, you can put on your own art show where you can show or sell your art to build your reputation as an artist. Find a Venue There are plenty of places for an art show other than a gallery. Great places to consider include coffee shops, restaurants, local shops, restaurants, cafes, and even the local library. Call and make an appointment to speak with the owner or person in charge of your target location. You can simply contract to hang your art on their walls or actually hold an art showing. By exhibiting your art on the walls of a business, more people will see your art than at an art show. You can place a small sticker with information on your art and a price or contact number or website where people can go to purchase your art. If you decide to hold an actual show, make sure you will have plenty of space to both exhibit your art and make room for the people attending your show. Make an agreement with your location that lays out all of the details of your art showing. For example, commissions to be paid, rental agreement, insurance requirements, and who is responsible for what. Set the Date Weekends, including Friday or Saturday evenings, are best if you are having an actual art showing. This gives you a time that doesn't compete with busy weekday evenings. By holding your art show on a Friday or Saturday (or ev... read more



Graphic Design Careers

Looking for a graphic design job? Here are some tips about careers in graphic design to help get you started. Graphic Design Careers Graphic design Careers require artistic talent along with skill, knowledge, and the ability to work in a wide range of styles. Graphic designers use technology, images, and words to create visual designs that include everything from corporate logos to artwork, advertising, and multimedia presentations. Interacting with clients and business professionals, those seeking graphic design careers need to know how to market themselves. To build a successful graphic design career in today's graphic design market, graphic designers also need the following graphic design skills. Graphic Design Careers: Skill #1 - Adobe Photoshop - As a graphic designer, you must be skilled using Adobe Photoshop. A crucial program for graphic designers, Adobe Photoshop involves pixels, layers, masks, color correction, channels, photograph manipulation, and much more. Adobe Photoshop is the computer program used by most graphic designers and graphic design schools. Graphic Design Careers: Skill #2 - Adobe InDesign - This computer program helps graphic designers with page layouts for projects such as brochures, catalogs, magazines, books, advertisements, and more. In addition to putting together layouts with photographs and illustrations, InDesign also allows for setting text within page designs. Most printers prefer to work off pages designed with Adobe InDesign, but many also work with a similar program called Quark Express. Graphic Design Careers: Skill #3 - Adobe Illust... read more



How to Put Together a Modeling Portfolio

Are you ready to become a model? Here are some great tips to get you started: Putting Together a Modeling Portfolio Putting together a modeling portfolio allows you to easily present your modeling photographs to potential clients. Your modeling portfolio should include a collection of photographs that show you in your best looks. Modeling agencies usually have a set way they like a modeling portfolio to be arranged. This differs by agency, but you can put together a modeling portfolio separate from your agency portfolio or just for your own use if you are not represented by a modeling agency. Keep the following in mind when putting together your own modeling portfolio. Buy a 9"x12" or 11"x14" simple black portfolio book for displaying your photographs. Portfolio books can be found at any art supply or photography store. Make sure you get a portfolio book and not a picture album. There is a big difference. A black portfolio book that zips shut and has two black handles is perfect. The quality of the photographs in your portfolio is more important than having a large number of photographs in your portfolio. If you have three really great pictures, they will make for a better portfolio than using fifty not so great ones. More is not always better. Go for quality. Larger pictures of 9"x12" or 11"x14" are better than smaller sizes. Large pictures are industry standard for portfolio use and give clients a better image when considering you for a modeling job. Go for variety when possible. Don't put ten photographs of you with the same back... read more



Audition Tips for Becoming a Ballerina

Audition Tips for Ballet Company Auditions Auditioning for a ballet company is the dream of many little ballerinas, but ballet is serious business. Treating your ballet company audition in a professional way can ensure fulfilling that dream of being a prima ballerina. It's Different Than Ballet Class - An audition for a professional ballet company is different from just going to ballet class. While your teacher in ballet class will take the time to make sure you thoroughly understand a combination, a choreographer at an audition will not. Don't expect to be catered to as your ballet teacher does. Auditions are not classes. Auditions are job interviews. Be Prepared - Know everything about the audition before you attend. Call ahead and ask questions so you will be prepared for anything. Check to see if you need to bring both soft ballet shoes and pointe shoes. Ask what other shoes you might need. You don't want to leave your tap shoes behind thinking it's only a ballet audition, just to have the choreographer ask everyone to tap. If you are supposed to perform a certain variation from a ballet, make sure you know it well and never assume the choreographer will go over it with you. Ask if you should bring a photograph, resume, audition fee, or anything else to the audition. Know the Dress Code - Just as with ballet classes, many ballet companies have dress codes for auditions and rehearsals. You may wear a long-sleeved pink leotard and pink tights at your ballet studio, but if the audition requires a spaghetti-strapped navy blue leotard, you may not be allowed to audition just because you aren't wearing the right dancewear. If there is no specifi... read more



How to do well at Singing Auditions

Ready to promote your music? Here are some great tips to get you started. There is little chance of getting around it. If you want a singing career, at some point you are probably going to undergo the stress of a singing audition. While singing auditions can be stressful, you can help them be a little more stress free if you are prepared. Most of the time singing auditions take place in a small space, not on a stage. Singing auditions for record labels often occur in a boardroom type situation with record executives in an office gathered around a large table. Sometimes singing auditions can resemble American Idol auditions in that they take place in front of a table of several judges or casting directors. The number one reason singers do not perform well at an singing auditions is nerves. Many talented singers clam up at an audition because they are nervous to the point of shaking, having a trembling voice, and forgetting their words. If you want to sing well at singing auditions, you have to calm down and realize that the people auditioning you want you to be good. They are rooting for you. They have the tough duty of finding the right singer for the job and they cross their fingers that every singer walking through the door is incredible. Unfortunately, with many singers suffering from uncontrollable nerves and with the singers who audition who are not good singers, the singing audition panel does not often find the great singer they hope to find. While singing talent is vital, it is not enough to ace singing auditions. Consider the following when preparing for your singing auditions. Singing Auditions: Tip #1 - Know what the audit... read more



Stand-up Comedy - Top Ten Tips for Writing Jokes for Your Own Act

Stand Up Comedy - Ten Tips for Writing Jokes for Your Act 1. Stick With Formula - The basics of joke building include a traditional two-step formula: the set up that explains the joke and the punch line that delivers the funny, making people laugh. If you are new to stand up comedy, stick with the formula. The more unexpected your punch line is, the better laughs you will get. Make sure your jokes are about things commonly known to the average person. For example, telling jokes about building an airplane will only be funny to people who build airplanes. Everyone else in the audience will be left in the cold if your airplane building jokes are not made up using common knowledge. 2. Look for the Joke in Everything - Try to find the funny in every situation. It is great practice for writing jokes, even if they do not all end up in your act. The more you make up jokes, the better you will get at making up jokes. Even if it is a situation as simple as waiting in line for a half hour at the Post Office, find the funny. 3. Embarrassing Moments - If you have any experience (or friends and family) with embarrassing moments that would make for a punch line payoff, they are great material for your act. Everyone loves to hear about funny embarrassing moments, especially if your audience can relate to the situation. 4. List Jokes - List jokes, like "Top Ten Lists" or "Top Ten Reasons Why," are a fairly simple and easy way to beef up your act. 5. Comparison Jokes - When writing a comparison joke, you should point out wide differences between two people or situations to come up with a punch line. 6. Simile Jokes - A simile is w... read more



Animation Opportunities for Artists

Ready to join our Artist Network? Here's some advice to get you started. If you are an artist with above average computer skills, especially being familiar with computer animation technology, you could make it big with a career in animation. Animators can take ideas and turn them into lifelike images that efficiently and realistically communicate through video games, movies, television, the Internet, and more. An animator can take many different career paths. Most people associate animation with television or movie cartoons. While cartoons will continue to offer numerous opportunities for animators in the future, there are an increasing number of other options for creative animators. Today, more and more creative businesses are hiring animators. Lucrative employment opportunities are available for animators with advertising agencies, video game producers, animation companies, movie studios, television studios, web design companies, and more. Thanks to the Internet, many animators are working at home in their own animation businesses on a freelance basis. While most basic animation positions require a bachelor's degree in animation, media, or fine arts, newly developed animation schools and art institutes are offering specific animation courses. However, any animator with the knowledge, talent, and a killer portfolio will likely be hired just as quickly, regardless of their level of formal education in animation. Animation for Film and Television Production Companies There is a huge market for talented animators within television and movie production companies. Projects for film production companies include everything from movie logos to 3D ca... read more



Picking the Right Songs to Sing

Ready to promote your music? Here are some great tips to get you started. Singers work on their voice, their stage presence, and even their look but they often neglect one crucial component that can make or break their singing career - song choice. If you are not a songwriter and do not have your own original songs, you must sing other artist's songs, also known as cover songs. Not having original songs will not necessarily hurt your chances of making it big in the music industry, but choosing the wrong cover songs could actually ruin your career quickly. The first step in choosing the right song is to evaluate your singing voice. Every singer is different, even famous ones. Some singers specialize in power while others have a smooth, sultry quality. People with a thick southern accent often choose country songs and singers with classical vocal training usually stick with opera or Broadway songs. This may sound a little silly and obvious, but before choosing a song think about who you are. You want to choose a song that is believable when you sing it. It is odd when a thirteen-year-old girl sings a song like Reba McEntire's Does He Love You, about a cheating spouse. Likewise, it would be strange for a fifty-year-old singer to sing Taylor Swift's teenage love song, Our Song. It is not always best to pick the songs you love to listen to when choosing songs to sing. Look for songs that fit your vocal type and ability so you are comfortable singing and can put your extra energy into putting on a great performance. If you have a soft, low voice, you will struggle through Christina Aguilera's The Voice Within but Colbie Caillat's Realize may suit you perfectly. By c... read more



Networking in the Talent Industry

Ready to become an actor or become an actress? Here are some great tips to get you started. Making it in the talent industry can be tough, whether you pursue music, art, acting, comedy, modeling, or dance. Many times, it takes more than talent to be successful. Networking is a great way to help stack the odds of making it in your favor. By networking with industry professionals, getting support, advice, and referrals, you can go from an unknown talent to a sought after star. Going about networking isn't as complicated as it may sound. Networking just means getting in contact with others (especially decision makers) within the talent industry. Even if you're new to networking or to your chosen field, you can use the following simple methods to get your name out there and meet people who may help your career no matter where you live. Tell Everyone About Your Aspirations By nature, people are giving and do want to help other people. If you tell everyone you meet about your career aspirations, you are more likely to get that help. You never know - maybe you'll play your band's CD for a new friend you met at the DMV who will love it and whose uncle just happens to be a VP at Universal Records. Don't keep quiet about your talent or your career dreams. No one will ever help you if you don't speak up - not because they don't want to, but because they won't know to in the first place. Make Connections Locally Check out your local newspaper and any local websites for groups in your area that relate to your field of talent. If you are an actor, check out your local theatre com... read more



Ten Tips for Breaking into Plus Size Modeling

Are you ready to become a model? Here are some great tips to get you started: Modeling isn't just for the stick thin anymore. Today, there is a huge demand for plus size women to model fashion, lingerie, in catalogs, or even in advertisements for commercial projects. This is a victory for full figured women everywhere. The field of plus size modeling is wide open right now. Opportunities for plus size models are expanding every day. If you are full figured and would love a glamorous job that allows you to travel the world, you should consider plus size modeling. The following ten tips will get you started in the lucrative field of plus size modeling. 1. Make Sure You Are "Plus Size" - This may sound obvious, but agents turn away aspiring plus size models every day, telling them they need to gain weight to be considered "plus size." Many women have skewed visions of themselves, thinking they are full figured when they are actually far from it. If you want to pursue a career as a plus size model, consult with a modeling agent to make sure you qualify as "plus size." 2. Learn About Modeling - Plus size modeling is still modeling. Before you pursue a plus size modeling career, take the time to learn about the field of modeling. There are different types of modeling for different sizes and even different body parts. By learning the business of modeling, you will be ahead of all of the other aspiring plus size models auditioning for the same modeling jobs as you. 3. Plus Size Modeling is Selling - Modeling is all about business. The purpose of every modeling job is selling. Models are used to make a p... read more



Advancing Your Career in the Music Industry

Ready to promote your music and join our music community? Here are some great tips to get you started. What should you do if you're having trouble getting managers, agents, and record labels interested in promoting your music? Do it yourself! By doing it yourself, you show your professionalism, dedication, and the possible profitability of your music. By achieving a level of success on your own, you will attract the attention of managers, agents, and record labels that will be happy to take your music to the highest level. Your Music Your music is the most vital part of advancing your career in the music industry. Good songs, marketability, and talent drive the music industry. Take the time to work on your songwriting, vocals, musicianship, and performance abilities. It is also important that you are able to classify your style of music by putting it in an existing genre. The music industry is caught up in classifying music by category, so make sure your music fits into one. Write up a sentence about your style of music so you will be ready to describe it quickly and accurately. Your Management Another important aspect to a successful career in the music industry is having good management. Most artist management companies will not be interested in a musician just starting out. The best way to get past this is to practice self-management. Honestly evaluate how well your music can compete in the music industry. Study other musicians that are similar to you, looking for ways that you can emulate their success. Come up with a plan for reaching your fans and moving your career... read more



Stand-up Comedy: Tips for Open Mic Night

If you want to be a stand-up comedian, one of the best ways to get started is with open mic nights. Providing a low stress way to work on your act, open mic nights are great for up-and-coming stand-up comedians. The following ten tips will help your open mic night performance be a success. 1. Visit the Club - Go to your local comedy club to watch an open mic night a few times before you decide to perform. By visiting the club, you will better know what jokes will work well with the crowd. When you visit a club to observe an open mic night, get to know the club owner, the servers, and other comedians. You will feel more comfortable at the club during your open mic night performance if you are familiar with the surroundings. 2. Write your Set - Since you have visited your local open mic night, you should know the length of a typical comedy set. A comedian’s set at open mic night usually last three to five minutes. Write your comedy act before contacting a comedy club to book a spot in an open mic night. By writing your set first, you will not be rushed to come up with material for an open mic night set that is days away. 3. Call and Book a Spot - Once you have written your set, call your comedy club and ask for the person in charge of booking comedians for the open mic night. Sign up for a spot, verify how many minutes you will have to perform, and ask for any other information you may need. 4. Rehearse - Now it's time to learn your set inside out. Don't just read your written notes, rehearse your set aloud. Rehearse in front of a mirror or a video camera so you can watch it back. Some comedians find it uncomfortable, but it really helps to make you look more comfortable on stage. Practi... read more



Tips for Low-Budget Filmmaking

If you're ready to film your movie, but don't have the funds for a high budget production, don't worry. The following tips can help your low or no budget film be a success. 1. Stick With Telling a Great Story - When you break it down to basics, filmmaking is storytelling. If you are planning to shoot a low or no budget film, you need a great story written down in a tight, compelling script. You don't need a hefty budget to make an awesome film, but you do need a great story. 2. Limit or Avoid Special Effects - When making a low or no budget film, stay away from pricey special effects. It is difficult to pull off complicated special effects without a big budget. Unless you have a way to be inventive when it comes to special effects, it's best to stick with telling a great story instead of trying to wow your viewers. 3. Stunts and Action Scenes - If that huge car chase ending with an explosion isn't integral to your story, it's best to leave it out if you don't have the budget to shut down the streets to film it. In addition, stunts and action scenes are a serious liability issue and if your film is not properly insured, you could be asking for trouble if anyone gets hurt. 4. Look for Simple Locations - When filming a low or no budget film, you are better off staying with only a few simple locations. It's expensive to travel, especially with a cast and crew, so stick close to home. Once you have reserved a location, shoot all of the scenes that take place in that location at the same time when possible. You don't have to shoot a movie in chronological order. This helps limit the number of times you have to reserve a location, get your cast and crew to the location, s... read more



Top Ten Tips for New Musicians and Bands

Ready to promote your music and join our music community? Here are some great tips to get you started. Many times great musicians and bands remain a secret to the world. Why? Because those great musicians and bands don't quite know how to market themselves. Sometimes they are a little intimidated at the thought of "tooting their own horn." Marketing your music is a lot easier than you may think and it all begins with a good press kit. Don't freak out! A press kit is not difficult to put together. It's not mysterious or incredibly expensive. A press kit is simply a demo of your music along with pictures and information about you and/or your band. After putting your press kit together using the following ten tips, you'll be ready to market your music to the world. 1. Be Professional - Your music may be creative, even bizarre, but the theme of your press kit should be all business. This doesn't mean your press kit should sound stuffy. It just means that you should keep it professional while putting forth a "hip" image of you and your music. Agents, reps, radio stations, and club owners get tons of press kits and most of the time they are not put together well. Don't make a bad impression on someone who could make or break your career. If you present a professional press kit, you will give the reader confidence in your talent and dedication to your career. Besides, many times people will look at your press kit first before deciding whether to listen to your demo. If your press kit is good, your demo will be heard. 2. Be Honest - Don't lie in your press kit! You o... read more



How to Be a Soap Star: Casting Information for the Soaps

Ready to become an actor or become an actress? Join now to apply to open casting calls. Here are some great tips to get you started. If you're an actor who wants to star on your favorite soap, let them know! It's perfectly okay to send your headshot and resume directly to soap opera casting directors - just make sure you do it by regular mail instead of in person! Important Notes: -Don't just throw your headshot and resume into an envelope and slap on a stamp. Get the casting director's attention by writing a cover explaining why you are sending your headshot and resume. Keep it short and to the point. Explain that you would like to be considered for auditions and give the casting director an idea of why they should call you in for an audition. Be sure to include your age range, height, weight, and contact information on your resume. -If you don't already live in the city where your target soap opera is filmed, consider that you will have to relocate if you get a part. Soap operas are filmed in New York and Los Angeles, while you can fly-in for an audition, if you are cast, you'll have to move to do the part. -If you have a video, or "reel," of some of your acting performances, state that in your letter, but don't mail your reel unless they call or e-mail to ask for it. Even better, post your acting reel on your website and include the address of the link in your letter where the casting director can view it anytime. -If the casting director thinks you are a good fit for the show, they may call you for a live ... read more



Contacting Casting Directors Directly

Ready to become an actor or become an actress? Join now to apply to open casting calls. Here are some great tips to get you started. Don’t have an agent, but still want to get into major auditions? It’s possible to get into those auditions without an agent if you market yourself directly to casting directors. The best way to market to a casting director is by regular mail. If you can get the attention of the person who opens the mail, a casting director just may call you to come in for an audition. When marketing yourself to casting directors via mail, keep the following in mind. • Appropriateness – Most casting directors specialize in certain kinds of casting. If you are an aspiring film actor, do not market yourself to casting directors that only cast commercials. If you are looking for theatre roles, don’t market to television casting directors. Make sure your submission is appropriate for the casting director. • Mailing Envelope – Your first impression is your mailing envelope. Usually, an assistant will open the casting director’s mail, then sift through what the casting director will see and what he won’t. A casting office may receive multiple envelopes from actors every day. Send a clean, new mailing envelope of the correct size for the contents. • Mailing Label – Do not handwrite the address on your mailing envelope. Even if you have good handwriting, a handwritten mailing address/return address is not professional. Print the mailing address and return address on a mailing label u... read more