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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 1 decade ago

IS ACTOR REPS IN HOLLYWOOD A SCAM?

Okay so last week my sister applied for an extra position & so she called n everything n the receptionist told her to go the next day which was a Thursday. SO the next day came & she woke up late so then she's like ehh it was probably a lie so then like about 4pm a lady called her from Actors rep and told her why she didnt make it. SO then my sister told her something dumb. SO the lady is all like okay can you make it tomorrow which was on a friday & so my sister said yeah. So l didnt sign up but l still went with her & after 10 minutes asked the lady in the front desk if l was able to audition & she said yeah sure. So we got there signed up & they gave us a monologue to read but not memorize. So my sister when in first & then came out happy with a paper of their work & a business card where she had to call this guy next next day a exactly the time the card said. So then it was my turn. I did good whatever & then gave me the same paper & card. I had to call this guy the next day too. What did that mean that we both did good? Idk the point was that we called the next day & my sis spoke to him first & he said that the lady put a good word for her. So now the guy wants a head shot of 8x10 & that his going to help her with her resume & then put her in the system. So then my sis told this guy that l was already there with her so if he just wanted to talk to me & he said yeah sure. So l did but with me it was different. He told me to call back in 3 weeks to do a re-read of another monologue with another casting director. SO lm pretty nervious about that.

I dont know though if this is a scam. It just sounds too free like too good to be true. You know. Well has anyone ever gone to this agency? Well l dont even know if its an agency. But is this a scam if yes why & if not why?

Please help me out. Im a college student & l was thinking of dropping all of my classes for this job. But now l want to know what other people have seen or heard.

thanks so much!

-bella

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  • 1 decade ago
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    SCAM! They are NOT an agency and only deal with Extra work. You DON'T need headshots for extra work! They will also ask for money upfront. RED FLAG!

    I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

    Here's the cliffnotes version of what you need to succeed in LA:

    1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

    READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

    *=If you're on a budget

    Acting business:

    *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr

    *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers

    *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie

    -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter

    *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez

    -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan

    -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens

    -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

    Acting:

    *Book the Job-Doug Warhit

    *Intent to Live-Larry Moss

    -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr

    -Acting in Film-Michael Caine

    -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

    Method Acting:

    *Art of Acting-Stella Adler

    *Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner

    *A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg

    -Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper

    -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck

    -No Acting Please-Eric Morris

    -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen

    -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen

    -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown

    -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

    Comedy

    -8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita

    -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

    Improv

    -Anything by Viola Spolin

    -Steve Book on Acting: Improv

    Auditioning/Cold Reading:

    *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber

    *Audition-Michael Shurtleff

    -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

    2.GET TRAINING!

    Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

    Best schools in LA:

    Cold Reading/Auditioning

    -Margie Haber

    -Brian Reise

    -Amy Lyndon

    Commercials

    -Hey, I Saw Your Commercial!

    -Chris Game

    -Stuart K. Robinson

    -Stuart Stone

    -Killian McHugh

    -Francine Selkirk-Akerman

    -Carolyne Barry

    Improv (All four are great)

    -Groundlings

    -Second City

    -Upright Citizens Brigade

    -Improv Olympic

    Scene Study/Acting (It varies. Some schools are not for everyone. Chubbuck, Eric Morris, and Howard Fine are not for people who aren't fans of Strasberg or Uta Hagen (ie. affective memory and substitution.) Playhouse West, Joanne Baron/DW Brown, and Acting Corps are more Meisner oriented. Try to audit these places and make sure if they're for you or not.

    -Doug Warhit

    -Stephen Book

    -Diana Castle

    -Kimberly Jentzen

    -Beverly Hills Playhouse

    -Howard Fine

    -Stella Adler

    -Ivanna Chubbuck

    -Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown

    -Tom Todoroff

    -Playhouse West

    -Aaron Speiser

    -Acting Corps

    -Eric Morris

    Comedy:

    -Scott Sedita

    -Lesly Kahn

    3. Get GREAT headshots

    Here's is a good place to start:

    http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/801103...

    4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

    Sample Resume:

    http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/ELDORADO59...

    How to make an ACTING resume:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200910...

    The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:

    ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE SCAMS!

    -ActorsAccess.com

    -LACasting.com

    -Nowcasting.com

    -Backstage.com

    Free but proceed with caution:

    -Castingcallsearch.com

    -Mandy.com

    -Craigslist

    5. Networking

    Here are some of the best places in LA to meet casting directors and theatrical agents:

    -Reelpros

    -Network Studio

    -Casting Network

    -Actorkeys

    -Talent to Go

    6. Get an Agent

    To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

    You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:

    -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.

    -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.

    -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

    DON’T

    -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!

    -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!

    -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!

    -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

    Here are some agencies that are more open to taking developing actors:

    Top Youth Agencies:

    CESD

    Osbrink

    Coast to Coast

    Abrams

    Daniel Hoff

    Amsel, Eisenstadt, and Frazier

    Savage

    Top Commercial Agencies(*=definite winners):

    KSR *-Alicia Ruskin

    Abrams *- Mark Measures

    CESD *- David Ziff or Adrienne Berg

    Diverse *- Wendy Morrison

    Coast to Coast * -Hugh Leon

    Daniel Hoff * - Daniel Hoff

    Commercial Talent * - Neil Kreppel

    Commercials Unlimited - Richard Reiner

    Innovative Artists * - Marcia Hurwitz or Cher Van Amburg

    Independent Artists- Jenine Leigh or Laura Fogelman

    Bobby Ball-Mike O'Dell

    Flick Commercials- Tina Kiratsoulis

    DPM - Daniel P. Mulheran

    DDO - Marlene Sutton

    Venture IAB - Noel Palm

    Sutton, Barth, Venari * -Pam Sparks

    Arlene Thornton and Associates - Tracy Mapes

    Pantheon * -Patricia Dawson or Pierre Gatling

    Beverly Hecht -Teresa Valente-Dahlquist

    Don Buchwald and Associates *- Kristy Dax

    M. Greene and associates - Jim Lighte

    AKA * - Doug Ely

    Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier -Gloria Hinojosa

    Brady, Brannon, and Rich * - Judy Rich or Pat and David Brady

    Brass Artists - Jack Ianacci

    Aqua - John Kolinofsky

    Special Artists Agency - Alexandra Gucovsky

    Amatruda, Benson, and Assoc. -Kimberly Gola

    Angel City - Gwen Davis

    BiCoastal - Greta Hanley

    Clear Talent Group - Tim O'Brien

    Lemon Lime - Robin Harrington or Chaim Magnum

    LA Talent - Pam Loar or Mike Casey

    LW1 - Sean Robinson

    Mavrick - Brad Diffley

    Momentum - Garry Purdy

    NTA*- Nancy Luciano

    Talentworks-Emily Hope

    House of Representatives

    Sovereign - Annalisa Babich

    Hollywood Select Talent-Mike Sutton

    Theatrical Agents (Minus the Big 4 (William Morris, UTA, ICM, CAA) and the B Agencies(Gersh, APA, Paradigm, Innovative) who do NOT take beginners) :

    Buchwald

    Abrams

    David Shapira and Associates

    Diverse

    Domain

    The Glick Agency

    GVA

    IFA

    Kazarian Spencer (KSR)

    Metropolitan

    Michael Greene and Associates

    Pakula King

    Peter Strain

    SMS Talent

    Sovereign

    Stone Manners

    SDB Partners

    Talentworks

    AEF

    AKA

    Chasin

    Coast to Coast

    Daniel Hoff

    Defining Artists

    Gage Group

    Geddes

    Hervey Grimes

    Henderson Hogan

    House of Representatives

    Pantheon

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    do you even know if there is a position available?

    Is it going to be for a film, theatre, a series?

    Do you know the name of the guy / agency, etc...?

    For what you've just said, I think that you're not doing things right. If it's an agency which usually works/calls castings/has been on the business for some years, etc... it'll be on the net more likely than not. Keep your eyes open, be sensible, use your head and common sense -which neither you nor your sister seem to have used until now- and don't take rush decisions because of something which may or may not happen.

    If you had missed the first casting like that, I wouldn't have given you a second opportunity. That's for sure.

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