Episode 101: The 6 Business Tools Every Actor Must Have
Nov 18, 2020
Remember “How you do one thing is how you do all things”
The Six Business Tools Every Actor Must Have:
1 - Resume
- easy to read
- quality is more important that quantity
- list by credible credits, not by date done
- the importance of CREDIBILITY!
2 - Pictures
- embrace your age and “you-ness”- “I am what I am”
- don’t try and be something that you are not
- watch TV and find yourself - be what you see on TV, but be yourself!
3 - Cover Letters and Emails
- Mailings DO WORK! But they MUST to be done in the Language of the Agent and the Casting Director or they just don’t work
- Helpful to study with teachers that the industry recognizes as the Best.
- Keep all communications brief!
- Cap & Bold anything credible!
4 - Follow up List
- Always mark down and keep an updated list of every Agent/Casting Director/Writer/Producer, etc you have met face to face on a Zoom call. Have their updated contact info and let them know when you have booked a job, gotten a call back, or been put on hold.
- Keep these updates solely to the people who work in the particular area you have booked a job or gotten a callback in - for example - Commercial and Print callbacks and bookings only go to Commercial and Print Agents and CD’s - not to Theatrical Agents/CD’s - same with Theatrical (Film/TV/Theater) those updates go to Theatrical Agents and CD’s - not to Commercial and Print Agents and CD’s
5 - Demo Reel
- Something is better than nothing - it is about the WORK!
- A 30 second great scene is a better reel than 2 minutes of blah that includes a 30 second great scene - get right to the good stuff and delete the blah
6 - Website
- EVERY ACTOR MUST HAVE A WEBSITE!
- Keep it simple and user friendly!
- Website Pages: Home/Pictures/Resume with Downloadable PDF/Reels/Press (Optional)/Contact Page