About Heidi Dean:
Heidi Dean is known as the industry’s top social media strategist for actors and the creator of Marketing4actors.com. She’s a social media writer for Backstage Magazine and a frequent speaker at film festivals, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, conferences, podcasts and universities across the country. Her clients include Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, series regulars, directors, producers, casting directors, voice actors and audiobook narrators. Heidi turns social media rookies into ROCKSTARS!
How the heck did you get into doing social media with actors?
The tweetable version is well, I really got my start in social media marketing and I was actually running social for my husband who is a Broadway and television actor and now audiobook narrator.
And a lot of the things we were doing for him and promoting his album and everything, just started taking off. And of course, working...
About Maribeth Fox:
Maribeth Fox has worked with Laura Rosenthal Casting for fifteen years and has had the privilege of working alongside major talents like Todd Haynes, Paolo Sorrentino, Oren Moverman, Joachim Trier, Ed Burns, Mindy Kaling, Anton Corbijn, and Lisa Cholodenko as well as up and coming feature directors, Guy Nattiv, Olivia Newman, & Paul Downs Colaizzo.
Favorite credits include Olive Kitteridge and Mildred Pierce both for HBO, Jay-Z’s music video for Smile, Wonderstruck with Todd Haynes, A Quiet Place, Modern Love for Amazon and Liz Garbus’ narrative feature debut, Lost Girls.
Two of her three films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival broke sales records, Late Night and Brittany Runs A Marathon.
Most recent credits include Sharper for Apple TV, directed by Benjamin Caron, Bottoms, produced by Elizabeth Banks, Murder Mystery 2 with Happy Madison, and the upcoming A Different Man from Killer Films and A24.
How did you become a casting...
Today, I am going to talk about what is honestly sometimes a very painful thing to talk about, which is going home for the holidays.
Because actually going home for the holidays for me is a joyous thing now.
But when I was younger, it was harder. And it wasn't necessarily because of my parents, but it was things that triggered me, like the cold, like it being darker. And those kinds of things would bring up a lot of anxiety with me.
One of the things I will be talking about is triggers and how to take care of yourself around triggers.
So, what do I mean by a trigger?
A trigger for me is it gets darker earlier.
If you listen to my podcast episode 102, you'll hear that when it started to get dark when I was a child, that's when my anxiety would kick up.
Guess what happens now? It gets darker earlier.
Now, I will be honest with you: it still reminds me every year, but I also have come so far that it doesn't bother me anymore....
An actor shared that they had turned down an opportunity because, ultimately, they felt that they didn't deserve it.
And, I think that is an incredibly painful place, especially when she realized afterward what had been done and why they had done it.
It brings up the question, how many times have I turned something down or walked away from a potential opportunity because I felt I didn't deserve it?
And that programming that we have in our, as I put it, motherboard, in our belief system is so deep within us because that is what we operate out of.
And yet, what I am trying to do in these weekly classes is to make you more conscious.
And what do I mean by more conscious?
What I mean is when you are conscious, you are operating out of what the Universe sees you as, who you truly are, as opposed to who you think you are or how you were taught to be.
So there's who you really are, how the Universe sees you in all of...
Energy attracts like energy.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
Like attracts like, and we attract and create our world.
If I am not treating myself well, that is what I am giving out to the world, and I will end up attracting people who don't treat me very well.
By focusing not on what was but on only what can be, we create the world we choose. And we do this through the practice of affirmations.
So again, by not focusing on our past but focusing and putting our attention on the now and the future we wish to create, that is how we create a better life for ourselves.
Now, I'm not going to lie to you. When I first heard this kind of stuff, I was like, “That's a bunch of voodoo, voodoo, gobbledygook.”
Until I was, honestly, sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I was desperate enough to change.
Until I was like, “I cannot stand my life as it is right now. I...
About Jason Figgis:
Jason Figgis is an award-winning IFTA-nominated film and TV director who has had feature work commissioned or acquired by major broadcasters that include Sky One, Sky Arts, Channel Four, Hulu, RTE, Apple+, iTunes, KSM, SVT, Cinedigm, Discovery Channel, Amazon Prime, and Lionsgate Studios.
This work has been placed in territories that include 150 countries worldwide.
Figgis’ work includes the IFTA-nominated Discovery Channel documentary THE TWILIGHT HOUR, the Sky Arts documentary A MAVERICK IN LONDON (featuring Alan Rickman, Richard E. Grant, and Joanna Lumley), SIMON MARSDEN’S HAUNTED LIFE IN PICTURES (featuring John Hurt), High Fliers Films / Pinewood Studios release THE GHOST OF WINIFRED MEEKS (starring BIFA winner Lara Belmont) and LOVE? (written and presented by Samantha Beckinsale).
Figgis directed the official music videos for the QUEEN OF ENGLAND’S PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS IN...
About Joshua Lastine:
Joshua Lastine, Esq., Entertainment Business and Transactional Attorney is the Founder and Managing Partner at Lastine Entertainment Law.
A strategic negotiator, fierce advocate for talent, and a practical problem solver, Lastine strengthens his counsel with an ineffable passion for show business, its players, and creators.
As a former Lionsgate and ViacomCBS attorney, Joshua Lastine launched Lastine Entertainment Law in 2021, formally Lastine Impressions, to protect the artistry and livelihood of actors, production companies, writers, producers, directors, animators, social media influencers, and podcasters.
In his representations on behalf of entertainment talent clientele, including rights acquisitions, development/production deals, branding/commercial advertising deals, talent deals, and other contracts for new media, social media, and the Internet 3.0, Joshua Lastine has an intrinsic aptitude for structuring deals and closing contracts...
Fear and Courage.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
"If everybody feels fear when approaching something totally new in life, yet so many are out there doing it despite fear, then we must conclude that fear is not the problem."
Fear is not the problem. It's our attitude and our actions.
One of the things I coach with people is I look at their goal, and then I look at their thoughts around that goal, or their affirmations, their affirmative thought around that goal, and then I look at those actions around the goal.
So we make sure that the affirmative thoughts, or the thoughts that you are having around being a Working Actor, are not thoughts like, "Oh, I'm not good enough. It'll never happen. I'm too old for this shit."
Whatever it is, that we start turning those thoughts around because we need to have our thoughts and our actions supporting and backing up that goal.
That is how you create success in your life.
But for me, when I started first to learn this work,...
Fear and Bravery
One way to look at fear is that it is just a fact of life.
And I remember when I had so much anxiety as a child. And I used to think to myself, I'd be like, "If could just get rid of this. I just wish somebody could remove anxiety from me."
But remember that anxiety and fear were given to us for a specific reason: the sabertoothed tiger.
Because a long time ago, we needed to rely on our fear instincts.
I want to have some element of that ability to feel fear because, to be quite honest, I live near a mountain and these animals are around, and I need to be cautious; I need to turn on the lights, I need to make noise, I need not to be thinking about something else when I go outside at night and to be quite honest during the day as well. But really, at night, when I can't see anything.
So, I think again to understand that fear is something that was given to us to protect us and for us to know that we don't want to get rid of it...
Today, I am going to be talking about wisdom and choice.
A quote from William Jennings Bryan.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for. It is a thing to be achieved.”
In life, we always have a choice, even when we don't feel we do.
When I forget that I have a choice, what happens is that I am making myself a victim to life's circumstances, or to even life itself.
Choice is the freedom to see things as we desire, feel what we want, and live as we create our lives to be.
So, the question is, are you happening to life or is life happening to you?
Now, I firmly believe that I am the copilot in my life. But the chief pilot in my life is the universe.
And I choose for it to be that way because the universe is infinite, whereas me, just of myself, am finite.
In each moment, I can...