Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com Come inside the acting business Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:24:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://actorstalkacting.com/feed/podcast/ Come inside the acting business with SAG-AFTRA actor Tommy G. Kendrick. Acting, Casting calls, actors auditioning tips, starting an acting career, maintaining your acting career, when to join the acting union SAG-AFTRA, maintaining the passion for acting. All these topics and more are explored via In-depth interviews with working professionals in front of and behind the camera. Actors Talk Podcast clean Actors Talk Podcast tommy@actorstalkpodcast.com tommy@actorstalkpodcast.com (Actors Talk Podcast) ©2016 Tommy G. Kendrick One on One Interviews with Actors and other Creatives in the Movie Business Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/TommyGKendrickItunes2013.jpg http://actorstalkacting.com TV-G Austin, Texas Bi-monthly Michael Bott – He’s A Marathon Man | 066 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/actor-michael-bott-a-marathon-man/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:33:15 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=4031 <p>Michael Bott – Marathon Man Follow MICHAEL BOTT on Twitter @MichaelBott and @ActorChatTV Here is the Michael Bott WEB SITE Why do I say Michael Bott is a Marathon Man? Because it seems to me he embodies the notion that an acting career is ‘a marathon not a sprint’. He’s in for the long haul. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/actor-michael-bott-a-marathon-man/">Michael Bott – He’s A Marathon Man | 066</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p>

Michael Bott – Marathon Man

Follow MICHAEL BOTT on Twitter @MichaelBott and @ActorChatTV

Here is the Michael Bott WEB SITE

Why do I say Michael Bott is a Marathon Man? Because it seems to me he embodies the notion that an acting career is ‘a marathon not a sprint’. He’s in for the long haul.

Michael BottWith 35+ years experience in stage and film acting with credits such as the National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company in addition to a number of film and television roles (most recently a 15 episode stint on the BBC daytime drama DOCTORS) Michael Bott has a resume to be proud of.

This actor’s journey hasn’t been all in a straight line, however. After about twenty years in ‘the game’ Michael stepped away temporarily from acting to work as a videographer and documentary filmmaker. One of his projects is an outstanding documentary called STANDING WITH STONES. More about that project a bit farther down the page.

Michael Bott – Actor Chat

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I first became aware of Michael via the BLAB.IM live streaming platform. I had heard about BLAB while listening to a podcast and I decided to see what all the stir was about.

Of course I went there searching for content about acting and filmmaking and one of the first shows I happened upon was one called Actor Chat, with Michael Bott as the host and discussion leader. I found the Actor Chat sessions to be absolutely terrific and I was hooked on them and I suppose to an extent on Blab.

I recall being absolutely shocked while listening to one of the Actor Chat recordings when I heard the discussion veer onto a topic that included a reference to some content from an episode of this podcast. Wow! I always HOPE that some helpful information is being distributed through Actors Talk, but to hear something referenced in a live chat happening across the Atlantic was pretty cool indeed.

Michael Bott – Actor Notes Podcast

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As I began to search for more information about Michael Bott and his career, I soon learned that, like myself, he produces a podcast.

Once I had found and subscribed to his ACTOR NOTES podcast, I became an even bigger fan. The presentation skills Michael Bott possesses are top notch. With a smooth delivery and a wonderful tone to his voice, I quickly ‘binge listened’ to (at the time) all nine episodes of Actor Notes. I never miss an episode.

As a bonus, not only is the listener treated to Michael’s thoughts about acting and ‘the business’ but he also has a series of shows featuring his wife, Sharon Bott, who is a life coach and a terrific podcaster in her own right.

If you check out just one episode, I think you’ll become a regular listener.

Michael Bott – Standing With Stones

One of his documentaries, a film called STANDING WITH STONES, which he photographed and directed, is particularly impressive. Imagine packing up in a motor home and hitting the road to through Britain, Ireland and Scotland to shoot a film about prehistoric stone structures. That’s what he did, along with fellow traveler on this project, writer, Rupert Soskin.

Here’s what Michael Bott has to say about the project:

In 2005 my dear friend Rupert Soskin and I threw caution to the wind and embarked upon the production of an epic documentary film – a travelogue visiting the standing stones, stone circles and other ancient sites of Britain, Ireland and Scotland. It took two years and the result, of which we are very proud, is ‘Standing with Stones.

Standing with Stones – The Trailer from M. Bott on Vimeo

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Michael Bott – Marathon Man Follow MICHAEL BOTT on Twitter @MichaelBott and @ActorChatTV Here is the Michael Bott WEB SITE Why do I say Michael Bott is a Marathon Man? Because it seems to me he embodies the notion that an acting career is ‘a marathon n... Follow MICHAEL BOTT on Twitter @MichaelBott and @ActorChatTV
Here is the Michael Bott WEB SITE
Why do I say Michael Bott is a Marathon Man? Because it seems to me he embodies the notion that an acting career is ‘a marathon not a sprint’. He’s in for the long haul.
With 35+ years experience in stage and film acting with credits such as the National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company in addition to a number of film and television roles (most recently a 15 episode stint on the BBC daytime drama DOCTORS) Michael Bott has a resume to be proud of.
This actor’s journey hasn’t been all in a straight line, however. After about twenty years in ‘the game’ Michael stepped away temporarily from acting to work as a videographer and documentary filmmaker. One of his projects is an outstanding documentary called STANDING WITH STONES. More about that project a bit farther down the page.
Michael Bott – Actor Chat

I first became aware of Michael via the BLAB.IM live streaming platform. I had heard about BLAB while listening to a podcast and I decided to see what all the stir was about.
Of course I went there searching for content about acting and filmmaking and one of the first shows I happened upon was one called Actor Chat, with Michael Bott as the host and discussion leader. I found the Actor Chat sessions to be absolutely terrific and I was hooked on them and I suppose to an extent on Blab.
I recall being absolutely shocked while listening to one of the Actor Chat recordings when I heard the discussion veer onto a topic that included a reference to some content from an episode of this podcast. Wow! I always HOPE that some helpful information is being distributed through Actors Talk, but to hear something referenced in a live chat happening across the Atlantic was pretty cool indeed.
Michael Bott – Actor Notes Podcast

As I began to search for more information about Michael Bott and his career, I soon learned that, like myself, he produces a podcast.
Once I had found and subscribed to his ACTOR NOTES podcast, I became an even bigger fan. The presentation skills Michael Bott possesses are top notch. With a smooth delivery and a wonderful tone to his voice, I quickly ‘binge listened’ to (at the time) all nine episodes of Actor Notes. I never miss an episode.
As a bonus, not only is the listener treated to Michael’s thoughts about acting and ‘the business’ but he also has a series of shows featuring his wife, Sharon Bott, who is a life coach and a terrific podcaster in her own right.
If you check out just one episode, I think you’ll become a regular listener.
Michael Bott – Standing With Stones
One of his documentaries, a film called STANDING WITH STONES, which he photographed and directed, is particularly impressive. Imagine packing up in a motor home and hitting the road to through Britain, Ireland and Scotland to shoot a film about prehistoric stone structures. That’s what he did, along with fellow traveler on this project, writer, Rupert Soskin.
Here’s what Michael Bott has to say about the project:
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Chantel Riley – RACE and THE LION KING |065 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/chantel-riley-race-and-the-lion-king-atp065/ Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:27:56 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3994 <p>Chantel Riley – From Open Call To Broadway Chantel Riley was working at an insurance agency in Toronto,CAN and pondering if she should become a dance instructor at the school where she had studied. Then IT happened. A friend told her about and open call for Disney. For THE LION KING. Let’s put a hold […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/chantel-riley-race-and-the-lion-king-atp065/">Chantel Riley – RACE and THE LION KING |065</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p>

Chantel Riley – From Open Call To Broadway

Chantel RileyChantel Riley was working at an insurance agency in Toronto,CAN and pondering if she should become a dance instructor at the school where she had studied. Then IT happened. A friend told her about and open call for Disney. For THE LION KING.

Let’s put a hold on Chantel Riley’s story for just a second. Time for a reality check.

Open Call – Cattle Call

Google search the term OPEN CALL or alternatively CATTLE CALL and, if you’re an inexperienced, hopeful actor/singer/dancer, prepare to be jolted into reality.

Open Calls are just that – OPEN. To anyone who fits the basic profile of the talent sought – age, gender, height, body type, sometimes even ethnicity can all be relevant to what the producers are searching for.

Chantel Riley Open Call

Still since we are talking Open Calls, there is almost a certainty that if the casting call specified the producers are looking only for blonde women at least 6 feet tall, there will be a certain number of hopefuls who show up not even coming close to the desired specs. They’ve heard the stories about actors getting discovered in stranger ways and JUST MAYBE THEY will be the lucky one who gets picked ahead of the mass of actors who DO actually meet the desired spec. Stop it. Throw cold water on your face and get a grip on reality.

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Chantel Riley has been in THE LION KING on BROADWAY for several years as of this writing and now she’s landed her first role in a major Hollywood film. RACE from Focus Features is the film about American track star Jesse Owens and his experiences at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. After seeing the trailer for this film several times recently, RACE has the look of a good film and hopefully, a big hit.

Chantel Riley, Paging Chantel Riley

Typically everyone is told to arrive at the same time. The actor (or the actor’s parents) will sign in and take a seat. Then they will typically wait. And wait. And wait.

According to Chantel Riley, when she arrived at the open call she attended, it was packed. She signed in. And she waited. Just like everyone else.

At some point, if the actor is actually in the ballpark physically, she/he will be called to audition. If the audition goes well, the actor may get a callback. Or, as with any other audition, the actor may be terrific, but just not what the producers are seeking. Such is the nature of the business.

That’s the good news.

Open Calls – The Bad News

The bad news is that the experienced, trained talent is grouped, at least initially, in with the likely majority of ‘talent’ who have little or no training and a similar amount of experience. This is one reason experienced, trained actors stay away from open calls. There is no filter for who is allowed to attend.

I’m not even going to get into the total SCAM OPEN CALLS that purport to be casting for Disney or some other reputable entity when in fact they don’t. Does that really happen? Again, just take to Google or your favorite search engine and do some research.

The bottom line on Open Calls and Cattle Calls is this: If you have the time and patience and if you have little training and no agent representation, then go for it. If you have training and experience but you’re not booking work then you might want to consider an open call. As long as no one asks you for any money, ANY MONEY, all you’re likely to be out is your time. You might even get some good from the experience.

Back to the Chantel Riley story

chantel rileyWhy all the above about OPEN CALLS. Because this episode of Actors Talk is about a dancer / singer who did take the shot at a legitimate Open Call and hit the jackpot.

Chantel Riley was working at an insurance agency in Toronto,CAN and pondering if she should become a dance instructor at the school where she had TRAINED. (Keep that word TRAINED in mind.)

Then IT happened. A friend told her about and open call for Disney.

Chantel Riley was a talented, TRAINED dancer/singer but a largely untrained actor at the time. Still he had the desire backed by her extraordinary talent and she was able to perform at a high level under a stressful situation.

The Callback

Following her initial audition, Chantel Riley received a callback. She came back with prepared to perform some new material she had been given. That callback went well but still she would wait to see if this open call was the beginning of a new adventure, maybe a new career, or just a false alarm, an afternoon diversion. Promise with no payoff. That’s certainly what it was for the majority of the other performers who waited their turns with Chantel Riley that day in Toronto.

But the call DID come and Chantel Riley was flown to Germany to AUDITION again, this time for the German company of THE LION KING.

After learning THE LION KING show IN GERMAN, learning it phonetically as she did not speak German, Chantel Riley joined the cast of THE LION KING and performed as NALA in that company for a year.

Then the opportunity came to AUDITION again, for the BROADWAY company. Yes, she had been hired and had been performing the character for a year and still she had to audition again to make the BROADWAY cast.

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Chantel Riley – RACE and THE LION KING

What a story, eh? Yes, the improbable…almost impossible it seems, does happen now and again. It happened for Chantel Riley.

She’s been in THE LION KING on BROADWAY for several years as of this writing and now she’s landed her first role in a major Hollywood film. RACE from Focus Features is the film about American track star Jesse Owens and his experiences at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. After seeing the trailer for this film several times recently, RACE has the look of a good film and hopefully, a big hit.

Let’s Be Clear

The Chantel Riley success story that I’ve briefly described above is a LONG SHOT. A very long shot. Even with great talent Chantel Riley’s story could have had a very different outcome.

I say that not to be negative to put some caution out to all the hopefuls who will hear her story but lack her talent and work ethic. If you have THE DREAM, by all means GO FOR IT. But go for it with training and preparation.

Give yourself a chance to rise above the masses of people who will show up at an open call untrained and unprepared for what is required.

Chantel Riley has a great story. Let it inspire you but not deceive you into thinking that what she has accomplished has been easy or for the faint of heart. Could you learn a book and a score in a foreign language, perform that show not really understanding what you were saying and do it convincingly enough to remain employed until the language barrier became a lesser issue and you could finally begin to rock your talent? That’s what Chantel Riley did and I have great admiration for that kind of hard work and great talent.

So YOU Want To Be On Broadway?

Work hard. Maximize your talent. Always keep training. And follow your dreams knowing you’re ready to do your best.

MAYBE,just maybe, you can be the next Chantel Riley. And maybe I’ll get the chance to tell your story one day.

That would be really cool. Go for it.

Actor Michael Bott

Join me in early March for Actors Talk Podcast Episode 66 when I’ll be interviewing British actor, Michael Bott.

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Chantel Riley – From Open Call To Broadway Chantel Riley was working at an insurance agency in Toronto,CAN and pondering if she should become a dance instructor at the school where she had studied. Then IT happened. Chantel Riley was working at an insurance agency in Toronto,CAN and pondering if she should become a dance instructor at the school where she had studied. Then IT happened. A friend told her about and open call for Disney. For THE LION KING.
Let’s put a hold on Chantel Riley’s story for just a second. Time for a reality check.
Open Call – Cattle Call
Google search the term OPEN CALL or alternatively CATTLE CALL and, if you’re an inexperienced, hopeful actor/singer/dancer, prepare to be jolted into reality.
Open Calls are just that – OPEN. To anyone who fits the basic profile of the talent sought – age, gender, height, body type, sometimes even ethnicity can all be relevant to what the producers are searching for.

Still since we are talking Open Calls, there is almost a certainty that if the casting call specified the producers are looking only for blonde women at least 6 feet tall, there will be a certain number of hopefuls who show up not even coming close to the desired specs. They’ve heard the stories about actors getting discovered in stranger ways and JUST MAYBE THEY will be the lucky one who gets picked ahead of the mass of actors who DO actually meet the desired spec. Stop it. Throw cold water on your face and get a grip on reality.

Chantel Riley has been in THE LION KING on BROADWAY for several years as of this writing and now she’s landed her first role in a major Hollywood film. RACE from Focus Features is the film about American track star Jesse Owens and his experiences at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. After seeing the trailer for this film several times recently, RACE has the look of a good film and hopefully, a big hit.

Chantel Riley, Paging Chantel Riley
Typically everyone is told to arrive at the same time. The actor (or the actor’s parents) will sign in and take a seat. Then they will typically wait. And wait. And wait.
According to Chantel Riley, when she arrived at the open call she attended, it was packed. She signed in. And she waited. Just like everyone else.
At some point, if the actor is actually in the ballpark physically, she/he will be called to audition. If the audition goes well, the actor may get a callback. Or, as with any other audition, the actor may be terrific, but just not what the producers are seeking. Such is the nature of the business.
That’s the good news.
Open Calls – The Bad News
The bad news is that the experienced, trained talent is grouped, at least initially, in with the likely majority of ‘talent’ who have little or no training and a similar amount of experience. This is one reason experienced, trained actors stay away from open calls. There is no filter for who is allowed to attend.
I’m not even going to get into the total SCAM OPEN CALLS that purport to be casting for Disney or some other reputable entity when in fact they don’t. Does that really happen? Again, just take to Google or your favorite search engine and do some research.
The bottom line on Open Calls and Cattle Calls is this: If you have the time and patience and if you have little training and no agent representation, then go for it. If you have training and experience but you’re not booking work then you might want to consider an open call. As long as no one asks you for any money, ANY MONEY, all you’re likely to be out is your time. You might even get some good from the experience.
Back to the Chantel Riley story
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Joe Hansard Character Actor The Knick |ATP 064 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/actor-joe-hansard-the-knick/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:13:59 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3964 <p>JOE HANSARD – CHARACTER ACTOR Joe Hansard, the actor I’m pleased to spend some time with on this episode of Actors Talk is a wonderful character actor from the New York area. Joe has been a professional actor for several decades and it shows in his presence on the screen. Whether he’s playing one of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/actor-joe-hansard-the-knick/">Joe Hansard Character Actor The Knick |ATP 064</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p>

JOE HANSARD – CHARACTER ACTOR

Joe Hansard, the actor I’m pleased to spend some time with on this episode of Actors Talk is a wonderful character actor from the New York area. Joe has been a professional actor for several decades and it shows in his presence on the screen. Whether he’s playing one of America’s most wanted, a NY Cop at the turn of the century on THE KNICK or a homeless person on the mean streets of the big city, Joe Hansard brings something special to each role. The label, Character Actor, is a badge of honor, as well it should be. He wears it well.

Follow Joe on Twitter
Interested in having Joe Hansard in your project? Joe’s Agent

Equally at home in mainstream media and the independent film scene, Hansard has years of experience as both lead and supporting player. Known for an eclectic screen persona, his characters span the gamut, from hillbillies to the homeless — a mixed bag of lovable creeps, kooks, cops, etc.

What image comes to mind when you hear the term ‘Character Actor’?

Hansard_soderbergh550xIf you’re a fan of the Steven Soderbergh series, THE KNICK, then you’ll recall seeing Joe Hansard recently in his fine turn as Tuggle, a bull dog of a detective who bites off more than he can chew in THIS IS ALL WE ARE, the final episode of season two. Or maybe you caught him as the homeless man in MYSTERIES OF LAURA or on THE WIRE, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET or one of the many other shows to which he’s contributed his talent.

Joe Hansard – Nature of The Business

It’s the nature of the business that many fine actors, fine character actors in particular, often labor in a kind on anonymity. They are ‘that guy in that thing.’ Or ‘you
know…THAT guy.” Familiar faces who always deliver something interesting in what can be rather pedestrian programming.

They are actors whose faces may ring a bell but whose names, sadly, often escape us. But to the people who produce and cast television and film roles, it is these wonderful actors who can be pivotal to the success of a project.

I’ve been following the career of Joe Hansard for a few years now and, full disclosure, I consider him a friend. Not that we’ve ever met. But as a character actor myself, I’ve always appreciated what my fellow character actors bring to the set and then to the screen.

Wonderful actors like Joe Hansard are, in large part, made we want to try to work in this crazy business…made me believe there might be a place for me.

I hope you’ll enjoy my chat with Joe Hansard. Joe Hansard offers a revealing glimpse into the struggles and celebrations that make up an actor’s journey.joe hansard
It’s an honest and revealing chat and a look into the heart of a terrific actor.

CHARACTER ACTOR – It’s a title Joe Hansard wears honorably and wears well.

And if you haven’t checked out THE KNICK, be sure to do so.

Be bold, start with the final episode of Season 2, THIS IS ALL WE ARE, so you can see what I’m talking about when I say Joe Hansard is an actor I will always look forward to watching on screen.

MORE ABOUT CHARACTER ACTORS

What exactly IS a character actor?

That question will likely provoke lively debate among fans but here’s a decent definition I found in Wikipedia:

A character actor is a supporting actor skilled at playing distinctly unusual, interesting or eccentric characters, such that they are “almost unrecognizable from part to part, and yet play many, many roles convincingly and memorably.”

Not a bad definition. But What about you? Who is on your ‘go to’ list of favorite character actors?

Perhaps you think of Paul Giamatti, Steve Buscemi, Gary Oldman, Danny Trejo or John Hawkes.

Let’s not forget wonderful female character actors like Joan Cusack, Tilda Swinton or Maya Rudolph to name just a few.

Listeners closer to my age might first think of someone like Karl Malden, Jack Albertson, Alan Arkin, Ned Beatty or Wilford Brimley. And character actresses like Lois Smith, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sharon Gless, Mary Kay Place, Regina King,

Older still might go to Peter Lorre, Charles Bickford, Walter Brennan, Gabby Hayes, Harry Carey or his son Harry Carey Jr. who like his father had a very successful career
as a Hollywood Character Actor, predominantly in westerns.

I can’t leave out actresses like Ellen Corby, Jessica Tandy or Thelma Ritter.

Gregory Walcott and Tommy G KendrickI would also be remiss if I excluded my great friend, the late Gregory Walcott a leading man early in his career but best known as a reliable guest star on hundreds of episodic television shows from the 1950s through the 1980s and for dynamic character turns in films such as Battle Cry, Joe Kidd, The Eiger Sanction, Norma Rae and my favorite of his character roles, Weenie in Prime Cut opposite Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman – two more examples of character men who had long careers as major stars.

Who Is Missing?

Is one or more of your favorites missing? Of course they are. Any ‘top of the head’ listing of these wonderful actors is bound to leave out scores of deserving men and women.

Want to have some fun? Check out these few lists of favorite character actors, male and female. If you really want to honor your favorite character actors, make your own list on IMDb.

Best Female Character Actors of All Time

25 Great Character Actors

Best Character Actors Of All Time

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JOE HANSARD – CHARACTER ACTOR Joe Hansard, the actor I’m pleased to spend some time with on this episode of Actors Talk is a wonderful character actor from the New York area. Joe has been a professional actor for several decades and it shows in his pre... Joe Hansard, the actor I’m pleased to spend some time with on this episode of Actors Talk is a wonderful character actor from the New York area. Joe has been a professional actor for several decades and it shows in his presence on the screen. Whether he’s playing one of America’s most wanted, a NY Cop at the turn of the century on THE KNICK or a homeless person on the mean streets of the big city, Joe Hansard brings something special to each role. The label, Character Actor, is a badge of honor, as well it should be. He wears it well.
Follow Joe on Twitter

Interested in having Joe Hansard in your project? Joe’s Agent
Equally at home in mainstream media and the independent film scene, Hansard has years of experience as both lead and supporting player. Known for an eclectic screen persona, his characters span the gamut, from hillbillies to the homeless — a mixed bag of lovable creeps, kooks, cops, etc.
What image comes to mind when you hear the term ‘Character Actor’?
If you’re a fan of the Steven Soderbergh series, THE KNICK, then you’ll recall seeing Joe Hansard recently in his fine turn as Tuggle, a bull dog of a detective who bites off more than he can chew in THIS IS ALL WE ARE, the final episode of season two. Or maybe you caught him as the homeless man in MYSTERIES OF LAURA or on THE WIRE, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET or one of the many other shows to which he’s contributed his talent.
Joe Hansard – Nature of The Business
It’s the nature of the business that many fine actors, fine character actors in particular, often labor in a kind on anonymity. They are ‘that guy in that thing.’ Or ‘you

know…THAT guy.” Familiar faces who always deliver something interesting in what can be rather pedestrian programming.

They are actors whose faces may ring a bell but whose names, sadly, often escape us. But to the people who produce and cast television and film roles, it is these wonderful actors who can be pivotal to the success of a project.
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INFINITE TOMORROW – LUCAS KITCHEN |063 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/infinite-tomorrow-lucas-kitchen/ Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:25:25 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3917 <p>LUCAS KITCHEN – A CREATIVE MIND – NOTES Affiliate Link: Infinite Tomorrow: The Kingdom Chronicles Book One On this page you’ll find the host’s notes taken as he listened back to the recorded interview with Lucas Kitchen. TIME STAMPS At various headings and in the interior of some comments you may find some ‘time stamps’ […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/infinite-tomorrow-lucas-kitchen/">INFINITE TOMORROW – LUCAS KITCHEN |063</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p>

LUCAS KITCHEN – A CREATIVE MIND – NOTES

Affiliate Link: Infinite Tomorrow: The Kingdom Chronicles Book Oneinfinite1200x

On this page you’ll find the host’s notes taken as he listened back to the recorded interview with Lucas Kitchen.

TIME STAMPS

Lucas Portrait200xAt various headings and in the interior of some comments you may find some ‘time stamps’ designated [21:29] for example.

That is the approximate location within the recording that the comments noted occur. Hopefully that will make it easier for you to skip to areas that you might find most interesting.

If you’d like the notes in their entirety, look for the ‘Read Full Transcript’ notice at the bottom of the page and click the arrow.

Please let me know if adding the time codes is of any help or value to you!

LESSONS FROM DAD

[4:15]

Dad had a lesson he taught us – never go anywhere without a sketchbook
We always had something to draw with or something to write with
There were definitely times when we’d stop the van and pull over to sketch a scene or something

MUSIC THEN WRITING

[5:37]

Writing came along later, I think for a very specific reason. Being a pretty poor speller and confused about punctuation as a young kid, I thought I couldn’t write.
I thought that technical skill that I lacked would keep me from writing. So for years I shied away from letting people see my written work because I was afraid I was
doing it wrong.

I wish someone would’ve sat me down and said ‘hey, you’re a good storyteller, you havve some weaknesses, it would be great if you worked on those because you really
could do something with this. [6:14]

lucas books

LUCAS KITCHEN – VOCATIONAL EDUCATION ROCKS

[7:50]

I’m a big believer in high school level vocational programs. I first picked up a camera in a high school media class. I got acquainted with a lot of the basics of video production there, using a camera, storyboarding, etc.

LUCAS KITCHEN – KID’S CAMPS TO START

[8:28]

First professional

projects were kid’s summer camps. Someone asked me to shoot video at a summer camp. He called around and booked 10 camps to video that
summer and a freelance videography career was born. That phase of the career lasted 7 years.

LUCAS KITCHEN – THE DREAM

[9:28]

Work on freelance videography projects to fund the kind of film projects I really wanted to be doing. The benefits were that I had the equipment and the skill to put together shot film projects and even some feature length documentary projects. The freelance work was fueled by the education and confidence gained originally via the high school vocational video classes

LUCAS KITCHEN – WHY STAY IN A SMALL MARKET

[12:00]

I wondered if Lucas had ever considered giving up a rather enjoyable small town lifestyle for life in a bigger market. My question, which I failed to follow up on
properly was really about being able to work with more accomplished people than one might find in a smaller market.

Lucas’ talks about the reality that in larger markets there is a lot more competition from talented people. In his East Texas location, there is a lot of work and less
competition

LUCAS KITCHEN – OTHER THOUGHTS ON STAYING PUT

once you get to the level you thought you wanted to be to…a lot of times it’s not nearly as satisfying as you thought it would be [11:40]
The peaceful lifestyle would be very hard to give up. When I was in L.A. or in even more distant locations like India, shooting, I realized I’d really rather be at home. I like east Texas.

LUCAS KITCHEN – STORYTELLING

[12:40]

Writing a story is just magical
From the first time I bought a camera to do commercials, I dreamed about making feature length narrative movies

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LESSONS FROM DAD [4:15]

Dad had a lesson he taught us - never go anywhere without a sketchbook

We always had something to draw with or something to write with

There were definitely times when we'd stop the van and pull over to sketch a scene or someething

MUSIC THEN WRITING [5:37]

Writing came along later, I think for a very specific reason. Being a pretty poor speller and confused about punctuation as a young kid, I thought I couldn't write. I

thought that technical skill that I lacked would keep me from writing. So for years I shied away from letting people see my written work because I was afraid I was

doing it wrong.

I wish someone would've sat me down and said 'hey, you're a good storyteller, you havve some weaknesses, it would be great if you worked on those because you really

could do something with this. [6:14]

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION ROCKS [7:50]

I'm a big believer in high school level vocational programs

I first picked up a camera in a high school media class. I got acquainted with a lot of the basics of video production there, using a camera, storyboarding, etc.

KID'S CAMPS TO START [8:28]

First professional projects were kid's summer camps. Someone asked me to shoot video at a summer camp. He called around and booked 10 camps to video that

summer and a freelance videography career was born. That phase of the career lasted 7 years.

THE DREAM [9:28]

Work on freelance videography projects to fund the kind of film projects I really wanted to be doing

The benefits were that I had the equipment and the skill to put together shot film projects and even some feature length documentary projects

The freelance work was fuled by the education and confidence gained orginally via the high school vocational video classes

WHY STAY IN A SMALL MARKET [12:00]

I wondered if Lucas had ever considered giving up a rather enjoyable small town lifestyle for life in a bigger market. My question, which I failed to follow up on

properly was really about being able to work with more accomplished people than one might find in a smaller market.

Lucas' talks about the reality that in larger markets there is a lot more competition from talented people. In his East Texas location, there is a lot of work and less

competition

OTHER THOUGHTS ON STAYING PUT

once you get to the level you tought you wanted to be to...a lot of times it's not nearly as satisfying as you tought it would be [11:40]

The peaceful lifestyle would be very hard to give up

When I was in L.A. or in even more distant locations like India, shooting, I realized I'd really rather be at home. I like east Texas.

STORYTELLING [12:40]

writing a story is just magical

From the first time I bought a camera to do commercials, I dreamed about making feature length narrative movies

DISTRIBUTION MODEL CHANGES [14:13]

We talk about how the business of making and distributing creative content has changed dramatically in recent years. With the maturing online platforms such as

YouTube, it's not an absolute requirement to get a theatrical release for your project.

The same kinds of changes are happening for #actors as well, as more and more roles are being cast from self-taped auditions sent to regional production centers, in

Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, New Mexico, etc. [14:52]

IDEA EUPHORIA [17:30]

Lucas talks about having ideas for what he calls extravagant movies wth enormous budgets. After a time of shooting film work he realized that these ideas were

unrealistic

FIRST FEATURE BOMBS [17:57]

The first narative feature we did was a total bomb! We totally rushed the writing phase. We were like oh people will just love it and we'll just skimp on the script.

[We had the attitude of] We'll make it where we're loose or whatever. We made it and it was the worst move ever."

It looked good, good cinematography, but they made terrible mistakes with the story.

The experience made him realize how much work it was to do narrative features and how expensive they are to produce...the expense was a real deal breaker...he began to

ask himself what am I going to do with all these great story ideas that are too expensive to make as movies?

WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL MY STORY IDEAS [18:37]

Lucas related that he realized he would not be able to make movies that were so expensive to shoot but he had all these fantastic story ideas. What could he do with

them?

He decided that even though he knew his technical writing skills would need an editor and proofreaders, he would start writing these ideas as books instead of movies.

I started wrting and I just had a blast. It was like I could build a set in thirty seconds. I could cast the story in another fifteen seconds. And I could be shooting

a minute later. I mean, that's what it felt like. The tool for storytelling was just so much more readily available.[19:27]

That was sort of intoxicating. It was such a magical thing. So what got me into writing was wanting to do movies. As soon as I kind of discovered that, the big

narrative movie dream was basically replaced. [20:09]

I'd love to see my stories made into movies, but this is the medium for me, I think.

AUDIOBOOKS [21:13]

In my mind the audiobook is just the most fantastic thing I've ever experienced.

I love audio. When I write something I'm interested to see it become an audiobook fairly quickly.[21:29]

There are some in my audience that don't necessarily read, they listen.

PICKING A NARRATOR[22:00]

I asked Lucas how it was as the author to hear his characters speaking out of someone else's mouth.

He said in essence that he has learned through trial and error that is was worth it to connect with professionals, with people who have some experience - narrators who

have some craft. ( My term not his.)

You can get blinded by Mr. Big Voice. What Lucas says he has learned is that getting an actor who understands how to tell a story with his/her voice is much more

important that just finding someone who has a 'big' voice. [22:28]

INFINITE TOMORROW - WHAT'S THE STORY [23:22]

It's set on a planet called Newearth, a planet that comes after our earth and it opens in a sort of gardened setting where 12 young boys are being taught by a

character called an Elvangeline. It's sort of a 'boy goes on a journey' story. The protagonist [Abriel] is given a task to complete. Anyone who is familiar with ths

style of story understands that the lesson is in the journey not in the completion of the task.

It's largely what I [the author] would call a millieu story. It's largely about the world he's living in. This NEWEARTH. More books may come from this same setting,

possibly a trilogy. [24:20]

FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION or SCIENCE FANTASY [24:53]

I'm very interested in technology and where it is going in the future. How we as humans interact with technology. I'm enamored of the idea that science fiction and

fantasy are not really all that different. An author that Kitchen likes once said 'the only dfference between science fiction and fantasy is that one has rivets and

one has trees.'

In a lot of my stories, the fantasy elements are woven into the scifi elements [25:58]

WHO IS THE AUDIENCE [27:10]

I don't really know who it's for until it's finished. [With this book]I'm sort of targeting fantasy lovers who are young at heart, that love a journey sort of story. I

read Narnia and The Hobit every couple of years and those are children's books. I feel like a young teen could enjoy it and an older reader will get more from it. I've

been saying it's probably best for age 13 and up.

A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY [28:31]

The story has at its core a spiritual journey or quest that is undertaken by Abriel, the protagonist. Lucas talked a bit about the spiritual aspect of this story. He

spoke about how fiction is often effectively used as a means to tell a story with spiritual or social significance. He also alluded to influential people throughout

history from Jesus to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Ghandi and how they were great storytellers.

ABOUT FICTION [29:11]

I think whenever we have a lesson or moral we really want people to understand, I think there's no better vehicle than fiction, just because it [the lesson] sort of

creeps up on you, you realize it at some point but you're still enjoying the story

Web Site [30:03]

Lucas describes the type of works that can be found there: fiction of all kinds, web comics and

wearefiction.org

JOIN ME ON BLAB [32:10]

I'm going to try something a bit different for me this coming Saturday 1/30/2016 as jump into live streaming on the BLAB.im platform

Blab is a relatively new platform that combines some of best traits of Google Handouts and Hangouts On Air with a real time chat feature where audience members can

easily make comments or ask questions in real time. It looks like a very promising platform for an interview show like Actors Talk Podcast. It is live, so whatever

happens, happens. Join me if you'd like as I interview fellow podcaster, videorgapher Doc Kennedy.

That's a wrap for Episode 63.

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LUCAS KITCHEN – A CREATIVE MIND – NOTES Affiliate Link: Infinite Tomorrow: The Kingdom Chronicles Book One On this page you’ll find the host’s notes taken as he listened back to the recorded interview with Lucas Kitchen. Affiliate Link: Infinite Tomorrow: The Kingdom Chronicles Book One
On this page you’ll find the host’s notes taken as he listened back to the recorded interview with Lucas Kitchen.
TIME STAMPS
At various headings and in the interior of some comments you may find some ‘time stamps’ designated [21:29] for example.
That is the approximate location within the recording that the comments noted occur. Hopefully that will make it easier for you to skip to areas that you might find most interesting.
If you’d like the notes in their entirety, look for the ‘Read Full Transcript’ notice at the bottom of the page and click the arrow.
Please let me know if adding the time codes is of any help or value to you!
LESSONS FROM DAD
[4:15]
Dad had a lesson he taught us – never go anywhere without a sketchbook

We always had something to draw with or something to write with

There were definitely times when we’d stop the van and pull over to sketch a scene or something
MUSIC THEN WRITING
[5:37]
Writing came along later, I think for a very specific reason. Being a pretty poor speller and confused about punctuation as a young kid, I thought I couldn’t write.

I thought that technical skill that I lacked would keep me from writing. So for years I shied away from letting people see my written work because I was afraid I was

doing it wrong.
I wish someone would’ve sat me down and said ‘hey, you’re a good storyteller, you havve some weaknesses, it would be great if you worked on those because you really

could do something with this. [6:14]

LUCAS KITCHEN – VOCATIONAL EDUCATION ROCKS
[7:50]
I’m a big believer in high school level vocational programs. I first picked up a camera in a high school media class. I got acquainted with a lot of the basics of video production there, using a camera, storyboarding, etc.
LUCAS KITCHEN – KID’S CAMPS TO START
[8:28]
First professional
projects were kid’s summer camps. Someone asked me to shoot video at a summer camp. He called around and booked 10 camps to video that

summer and a freelance videography career was born. That phase of the career lasted 7 years.
LUCAS KITCHEN – THE DREAM
[9:28]
Work on freelance videography projects to fund the kind of film projects I really wanted to be doing. The benefits were that I had the equipment and the skill to put together shot film projects and even some feature length documentary projects. The freelance work was fueled by the education and confidence gained originally via the high school vocational video classes
LUCAS KITCHEN – WHY STAY IN A SMALL MARKET
[12:00]
I wondered if Lucas had ever considered giving up a rather enjoyable small town lifestyle for life in a bigger market. My question, which I failed to follow up on

properly was really about being able to work with more accomplished people than one might find in a smaller market.
Lucas’ talks about the reality that in larger markets there is a lot more competition from talented people.]]>
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Interview with Sean Johnson and  Sydnee Simone

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Screenwriting Workshop WITH New York Film Academy Top Graduate SEAN JOHNSON JR

Writer of "Down By The River," Sean Johnson will be hosting his 2nd annual Screenwriting Workshop in Houston, Tx on January 16th, 2016.

The top graduate of New York Film Academic will be sharing the secrets to help you turn your idea into a feature length screenplay. 99.9% of notable screenwriters use this same technique from what we like to call the "Beat Sheet."

He will teach you how to finish your story from beginning to end before you even type the first letter of your script! You can reserve your seat now!

Click here to go to the EventBrite Sign Up Page.

Or you can make a payment for $75 via PayPal.

The PayPal Email is seanjohnsonjr@me.com and we'll send your ticket to enter the workshop.

seanjohnsonjr@me.com
Jason Tyler
Sean Johnson's screenwriting class teaches how to know your screenplay from the beginning to end before you even type the first letter of your title page! He truly teaches you how to master the screenplay
Nzinga Rideaux

Sean Johnson's Screenwriting Classes are a must for beginners. As an aspiring screenwriter I thoroughly enjoyed the class and his one on one coaching style. I am now in the process of completing my first screenplay for review. This would not have happened if I had not taken this class.

My guests for this episode of Actors Talk are filmmakers Sean Johnson  and Sydnee Simone. Sean is one of the Exec. Producers and Syndee is the director and one of the lead actors in a new indie film called Pastor's Daughters.

In this episode I spent a few minutes with Sean and Sydnee exploring some of the challenges of producing in the low budget indie market, in the faith-based niche and also to some extent, for an African American target audience.

​Pastor's Daughters was the first feature film that Ms. Simone has directed but as you'll hear in the interview, she was well prepared following a long season of training behind the scenes from every position from PA to Unit Production Manager prior to accepting this directing assignment.

​For those of you who are long-time Actors Talk listeners and readers, you'll remember Sean from previous episodes. He first appeared on Actors Talk in Episode 14 to talk about his first feature film, DOWN BY THE RIVER and then again in Episode 41 to talk about another film he produced called WALK BY FAITH.

I love having Sean on Actors Talk because he is actually out in the marketplace making movies. And as you'll hear his movies ARE getting distribution deals. ​


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After recovering my site following the recent hack as explained in the podcast audio, I have started using a new tool called Thrive Content Builder. Unfortunately there are some issues between this plugin and my audio player. So for now, Please scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to listen to this episode. Hopefully I'll be able to return the player to the top of the page soon. Thanks for your patience!!


Interview with Sean Johnson and  Sydnee Simone



I got HACKED! Listen to my comments following the interview with Sean Johnson Jr and Sydnee Simone and I'll tell you how I rescued 4 YEARS of podcast episodes after some low life hacked my site and my web host closed me down!




Screenwriting Workshop WITH New York Film Academy Top Graduate SEAN JOHNSON JR


Writer of "Down By The River," Sean Johnson will be hosting his 2nd annual Screenwriting Workshop in Houston, Tx on January 16th, 2016. The top graduate of New York Film Academic will be sharing the secrets to help you turn your idea into a feature length screenplay. 99.9% of notable screenwriters use this same technique from what we like to call the "Beat Sheet." He will teach you how to finish your story from beginning to end before you even type the first letter of your script! You can reserve your seat now! Click here to go to the EventBrite Sign Up Page.Or you can make a payment for $75 via PayPal.The PayPal Email is seanjohnsonjr@me.com and we'll send your ticket to enter the workshop.seanjohnsonjr@me.com







Jason Tyler





Sean Johnson's screenwriting class teaches how to know your screenplay from the beginning to end before you even type the first letter of your title page! He truly teaches you how to master the screenplay








Nzinga Rideaux




Sean Johnson's Screenwriting Classes are a must for beginners. As an aspiring screenwriter I thoroughly enjoyed the class and his one on one coaching style. I am now in the process of completing my first screenplay for review. This would not have happened if I had not taken this class.















My guests for this episode of Actors Talk are filmmakers Sean Johnson  and Sydnee Simone. Sean is one of the Exec. Producers and Syndee is the director and one of the lead actors in a new indie film called Pastor's Daughters.In this episode I spent a few minutes with Sean and Sydnee exploring some of the challenges of producing in the low budget indie market, in the faith-based niche and also to some extent, for an African American target audience.​Pastor's Daughters was the first feature film that Ms. Simone has directed but as you'll hear in the interview, she was well prepared following a long season of training behind the scenes from every position from PA to Unit Production Manager prior to accepting this directing assignment.​For those of you who are long-time Actors Talk listeners and readers, you'll remember Sean from previous episodes.]]>
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The Dogs of Mexico Audiobook |061 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/the-dogs-of-mexico-audiobook/ Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:46:48 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3797 <p>From The Novel To The Audiobook From the novel to the audiobook. That’s the journey we’re taking in this episode. If you are an actor who wants to explore audiobook narration but don’t know where to start, this episode will hopefully give you some information you can use. In this episode I’ll be talking with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/the-dogs-of-mexico-audiobook/">The Dogs of Mexico Audiobook |061</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p>



From The Novel To The Audiobook

John J AsherFrom the novel to the audiobook. That’s the journey we’re taking in this episode. If you are an actor who wants to explore audiobook narration but don’t know where to start, this episode will hopefully give you some information you can use.

In this episode I’ll be talking with my good friend John Jones. In the interview you’ll hear me refer to him as John J Asher. That is his pen name.

As John J Asher he has written a collection of short stories called Stories From Separation, Texas and the novels A Dignified Exit, Yellow Mesquite and The Dogs of Mexico. All of these works can be found at his website, JohnJAsher.com or on his author’s page on Amazon.

This episode is a bit different in that it was not recorded via a Skype interview, it was recorded in person in John’s home. Other than the intro and outro to this episode, all audio was recorded live on a Zoom H4N portable recorder.

A Little Backstory

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John grew up in West Texas, in a town of about three hundred. His earliest artistic inclinations were not toward writing but drawing and painting. John tells me in the interview that he was always drawing and sketching as a youngster, even in the Baptist Hymnal at church. His favorite subjects to draw: Guns. Maybe he was just preparing for some of the action scenes he would much later write in THE DOGS OF MEXICO.

john j asher books

From west Texas, John journeyed to Southeast Texas to the Golden Triangle, though I’m not sure that’s what it was called in those says. He worked at the refinery in the Beaumont-Pt. Arthur area and continued to draw. John met several local artists including Lynn Sweat with whom he remains friends to this day.

With layoffs happening at the refinery, John took the opportunity to take a severance from that job and head to New York. There he worked as an artist and illustrator. After having completed a significant number of paintings, John approached several New York galleries and made some promising connections. While waiting for an upcoming show that would showcase his work, John lost all of his paintings, over 50 in number, and collection of art books in a house fire.

The fire took a toll on John’s aspirations in the art world. He spent the next several years designing and building a new house on the site where his house and all his paintings had burned.

John continued to work as an illustrator for many years in New York and later in Austin, Texas where he now lives and writes.

 The Dogs of Mexico

Audiobook Production at Home

I have talked and written previously about my interest in narrating audiobooks. I believe I’ve also mentioned some of the challenges associated with producing and narrating audiobooks.

The challenges can seem quite daunting. I know that for a fact. It was contemplating these seemingly endless challenges that kept narrating as a ‘bucket list’ item rather than a reality for far too long.

Let me give you an idea of what is required by ACX, the Audiobook Creation Exchange, to produce acceptable audio:

AUDIO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS – FROM THE ACX SITE

Audiobooks uploaded to ACX must adhere to the following requirements. The ACX Quality Assurance team may reject titles that do not meet these standards, and their retail release may be delayed. The following requirements help ensure customers get a great listen.

Your submitted audiobook must

    be consistent in overall sound and formatting and be comprised of all mono or all stereo files

    include opening and closing credits and a retail audio sample that is between one and five minutes long

Each uploaded audio file must

    contain only one chapter/section that’s shorter than 120 minutes and the section header must be read aloud

    have room tone at the head and at the tail and be free of extraneous sounds

    measure between -23dB and -18dB RMS and have -3dB peak values and a maximum -60dB noise floor

    be a 192kbps or higher MP3, Constant Bit Rate (CBR) at 44.1 kHz

I have to tell you it was those last two lines that stopped me in my tracks. I don’t have a proper recording studio. I don’t even have a walk-in closet available to convert into a studio like a lot of narrators use in their home recordings.

So I was pretty certain that I could not meet the ACX specifications for recording fidelity. I was so sure of it I didn’t try.

Fortunately, I was able to take a wonderful class that I have written about previously, the ACX Audiobook Master Class taught by Dan O’Day and David H. Lawrence XVII. I won’t go into more about that class here but if you are interested in knowing more, check Actors Talk Podcast Episode 58.

My Home Studio

For all of you who think you can’t record at home and get good audio because you don’t have a sound proof booth or a great walk-in closet to use, take a look at the photos below. These are photos of my ‘studio.’

The Dogs of Mexico was recorded here moving blankets studio

Yes, The Dogs of Mexico was recorded in its entirety right there in that little space with nothing more than a few moving blankets behind and to the side and a Reflexion Filter-X behind the AT2020 USB Plus microphone plugged into an old Acer netbook I had sitting around unused.

Had I not taken the ACX Audiobook Master Class, I never would’ve had the confidence to give audiobook recording a try in my funky non-studio recording space. I’m glad I took the plunge.

Not only did my audio pass muster with ACX/Audible, it passed through quickly without even one technical glitch to fix. If I can do it, you can do it. Here’s a sample of the audio:

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The Home Recording Challenge

While the audio quality I produced was acceptable to ACX, I will tell you that getting there was not easy. Not from an equipment standpoint. The equipment above together cost less than $300. No, it wasn’t the equipment that was the issue it was the lack of sound proofing.

Because I don’t have a sound proof recording space, certain adjustments had to be made.

I had to record mostly between the hours of 9pm – 2am because that’s when everyone else in the house was in bed.

I had to be able to turn off the A/C to eliminate that noise.

I had to have quiet from the neighborhood – no cars passing by. And no birds chirping.

All of those things dictated that I had to record at night. That presents a challenge as well. After working all day, a body gets tired. And a tired voice is not good for narration.

So I would typically take a nap for an hour or so in the early evening so I could be rested enough and have good vocal energy to do my nightly recording.

I was able to do some daytime recording but it was sporadic and wasn’t the greatest experience because of all the additional noise issues. Stopping and starting for cars or kids playing or, did I mention BIRDS?

Those are some of the challenges with recording at home and without a proper sound treated space. But still it is doable. I know it is because I did it.

How Is The Pay

I’ll get back to you on that.

I produced The Dogs of Mexico on what is called a Royalty Share basis. I did it that way because it was my first book and the author is a friend. If the audiobook sells, the author and I will split the royalty after Audible takes their cut. This is not likely to be a significant money-maker unless we get very lucky with sales.

Narration opportunities on ACX come with several types of payment: PFH – Per Finished Hour; RS – Royalty Share; Stipend – A form of PFH pay; and a so-called hybrid method that is part PFH and part RS.

I won’t lie. There is a lot of competition – Go figure – It’s the ACTING BIZ – when is there not a lot of competition. And it takes time to build up some credibility as a narrator. I’ve just completed book one!

I’m now in the hunt for the next “Dogs of Mexico” to add to my experience and grow my ability as a narrator.

Get The Audiobook

If you have an Audible account, check out THE DOGS OF MEXICO and see if it’s your cup of tea.

If you don’t have an Audible account use the banner link below and sign up for a 30 day free trial and get THE DOGS OF MEXICO as a free book. If you do the free trial deal, understand that you must cancel before day 30 or you will be billed $14.95 / month until and unless you cancel your subscription.

Audible Audiobooks

Note: Some links above are affiliate links. That means if you click a link and buy something I get a small commission. You won’t pay any more for the items but a commission flows this way to help support the podcast. Thank you in advance.

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From The Novel To The Audiobook From the novel to the audiobook. That’s the journey we’re taking in this episode. If you are an actor who wants to explore audiobook narration but don’t know where to start, this episode will hopefully give you some info...



From The Novel To The Audiobook
From the novel to the audiobook. That’s the journey we’re taking in this episode. If you are an actor who wants to explore audiobook narration but don’t know where to start, this episode will hopefully give you some information you can use.
In this episode I’ll be talking with my good friend John Jones. In the interview you’ll hear me refer to him as John J Asher. That is his pen name.
As John J Asher he has written a collection of short stories called Stories From Separation, Texas and the novels A Dignified Exit, Yellow Mesquite and The Dogs of Mexico. All of these works can be found at his website, JohnJAsher.com or on his author’s page on Amazon.
This episode is a bit different in that it was not recorded via a Skype interview, it was recorded in person in John’s home. Other than the intro and outro to this episode, all audio was recorded live on a Zoom H4N portable recorder.
A Little Backstory
[vimeo 134268479 w=500&h=281]
John grew up in West Texas, in a town of about three hundred. His earliest artistic inclinations were not toward writing but drawing and painting. John tells me in the interview that he was always drawing and sketching as a youngster, even in the Baptist Hymnal at church. His favorite subjects to draw: Guns. Maybe he was just preparing for some of the action scenes he would much later write in THE DOGS OF MEXICO.

From west Texas, John journeyed to Southeast Texas to the Golden Triangle, though I’m not sure that’s what it was called in those says. He worked at the refinery in the Beaumont-Pt. Arthur area and continued to draw. John met several local artists including Lynn Sweat with whom he remains friends to this day.
With layoffs happening at the refinery, John took the opportunity to take a severance from that job and head to New York. There he worked as an artist and illustrator. After having completed a significant number of paintings, John approached several New York galleries and made some promising connections. While waiting for an upcoming show that would showcase his work, John lost all of his paintings, over 50 in number, and collection of art books in a house fire.
The fire took a toll on John’s aspirations in the art world. He spent the next several years designing and building a new house on the site where his house and all his paintings had burned.
John continued to work as an illustrator for many years in New York and later in Austin, Texas where he now lives and writes.

Audiobook Production at Home
I have talked and written previously about my interest in narrating audiobooks. I believe I’ve also mentioned some of the challenges associated with producing and narrating audiobooks.
The challenges can seem quite daunting. I know that for a fact. It was contemplating these seemingly endless challenges that kept narrating as a ‘bucket list’ item rather than a reality for far too long.
Let me give you an idea of what is required by ACX, the Audiobook Creation Exchange, to produce acceptable audio:
AUDIO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS – FROM
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The Authentic Actor with Michael Laskin | 060 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/the-authentic-actor-with-michael-laskin-060/ Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:31:31 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3764 <p>Your success, however you may define that, is likely tied to some ‘personal indelibility’ some instant reaction people have to YOU, not to the part you’re playing, but to YOU. That’s hard to teach…in fact you can’t teach it. But you can open people’s eyes to it. Michael Laskin – Actor – Teacher – Author […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/the-authentic-actor-with-michael-laskin-060/">The Authentic Actor with Michael Laskin | 060</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p>

Your success, however you may define that, is likely tied to some ‘personal indelibility’ some instant reaction people have to YOU, not to the part you’re playing, but to YOU. That’s hard to teach…in fact you can’t teach it. But you can open people’s eyes to it.

Michael Laskin – Actor – Teacher – Author

In this episode of Actors Talk I’m speaking with actor, teacher and now author, Michael Laskin about his new book The Authentic Actor The Art and Business of Being Yourself and about how he came to pursue the actor’s life.

Some actors and other artists I speak with know from a very early age that we want to act or write stories or music or pursue other creative endeavors, and sometime it’s others who see in us something we might not yet see in ourselves.

 The Authentic Actor - Michael LaskinSuch is the case with Michael Laskin. I found out that Michael is a Minessota kid who was a good student but really had no aspirations to become a professional actor…at least not until his high school guidance counselor planted that seed in his mind that acting was something he could study and just maybe do well.

He went to Northwestern and studied theater, moved to Minneapolis and became immersed in the regional theater scene: he was in the company at the Gutherie, worked in Seattle, Louisville, off-Broadway for 10-11 years and in 1983 decided to move to L.A.

With that as a background we pick up the interview where I’m asking Michael what percipitated the move away from a successful career in regional theater into the film and television world in Los Angeles.

ACTING – FROM STAGE TO SCREEN




Michael Laskin made the move from busy regional theater actor to L.A. based actor around 1983 with a play called THE BASEMENT TAPES written by Erik Brogger.

So, I wondered, was the transition from stage to screen an easy one or were there some bumps in the road.

“For me it was a difficult transition and…in a large way it has informed my teaching and the book I wrote…”

He had early success.

Michael tells how his friendship with a writer on HILL STREET BLUES, Stephen Bochco’s seminal 1980s era cop show, help Michael gain a foothold into the L.A. market.

Within six weeks of landing in L.A. he had an agent and he had booked his first job.

But, Michael says,

I was terrible in my first job. I saw it on TV and I was just mortified….That pivot from stage to screen was a challenge.

LEARNING FROM A REAL PRO

… most TV and film actors do not get the chance to be transformative. we are generally hired to be something akin to ourselves a more truthful dynamic version of who we appear to be when we enter into any human transaction..

Michael credits the late Jack Warden for helping him make the transition into becoming an authentic actor.

While working on a recurring role on Warden’s show CRAZY LIKE A FOX, Michael says he learned by watching how Warden worked.

Michael says he realized “Oh, he’s the same guy I’m talking to off the set when he’s on the set…it’s seamless. He’s mastered the art of completely being himself while doing all the things one has to do…to be a good actor.”

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

 Michael says he ‘went to school on Jack Warden and on several other skilled actors he was able to work with and observe.

So what were the biggest challenges he had to overcome to make that transition from skilled stage actor to skilled on camera actor?

That, says Michael in the interview, gets to the heart of what his book, THE AUTHENTIC ACTOR is about.

A key idea that Michael explores is that actor training is largely still wedded to approaches, ‘the old dogma’ as Michael says, that train the actor to DO rather than to BE. In those schools of actor training “It’s about what you can go not who you are,” he says.

You may see someone and you say ‘he’s not very good…but he’s booking everything…what is he doing? The thing is he’s not doing anything…he’s just disabusing himself of the notion that he has to pretend to be somebody else.”

So is the Authentic Actor just to ‘play himself’ in every role?

“If that ‘self’ that you present is examined and interesting, if yoiur worldview is clear and interesting, that kind of trumps talent a lot…

TALENT – THE PRICE OF ADMISSION

One phrase you’ll hear from Michael is ‘talent is the price of admission.’

It’s a given that most people who are working in the business are talented. Talent alone simply isn’t the whole answer.

ON CREATING THE KIND OF CLASS HE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE

When he was presented with the opportunity to teach, Michael says he was actually disaffected with acting classes and especially with acting ‘gurus’ where the class becomes more about the teacher than the students.

He says he didn’t really see anyone teaching this notion of marrying the ‘who you are’ with ‘what you can do’ and he thought perhaps he could design a class that would be one he would like to go.

ABOUT THE AUTHENTIC ACTOR

I love this book, The Authentic Actor. As producer of Actors Talk, I am often approached by publishers, publicists, writers and performers who would like to be interviewed. For the most part, I have to say ‘no’ simply as a matter of time.

But I also don’t want to bring to you, the Actors Talk audience, material that I don’t really find valuable and think YOU will find valuable.

All of the authors I’ve interviewed have met that standard. I knew immediately upon reading the galleys for THE AUTHENTIC ACTOR that Michael Laskin knew what he was talking about, had a clear vision for what he was teaching and that his experiences and his teaching can help actors of all experience levels.

THE AUTHENTIC ACTOR is certainly an excellent addition to the library of the beginning actor. But those of us who have been ‘at it’ for a little while or a long while will also benefit from Michael Laskin’s approach.

The book is brilliantly and thankfully devoid of fluff.

I promise you will not have to read twenty pages to get two paragraphs of usable content. Every chapter has nuggets of gold. Every chapter. And the chapters are rather short – not because of anything lacking – but because the author gets to the point.

Maybe it’s because Michael Laskin and I are of a similar age ( I think I’m a year older than he.) But I found myself saying ‘yes’ out loud as I read this book. I was not only learning some new concepts but also having my own ideas and concepts reaffirmed by his teaching. I get where he’s been and where he is in his own career.

A TEACHER, A MENTOR – NOT A GURU

He has the heart of a mentor. If you’ve listened to many of my Actors Talk episodes, you know how much I value mentorship.

Let me stop now because I don’t want to make Michael Laskin sound like a guru. He would hate that. Because that’s not what he is about. It’s not about him. It’s about you. The person. The actor.

If you want to understand more, I recommend, without reservation, that you purchase THE AUTHENTIC ACTOR. Read it. Underline it. Keep it handy.

If you want to do Actors Talk Podcast a favor, use the Amazon link at the top of the page when you go there to buy THE AUTHENTIC ACTOR. A few cents in commission will flow back this way to help keep all episodes of the podcast free for the listening.

You can also purchase THE AUTHENTIC ACTOR from the publisher Michael Wiese Productions.

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]]> Your success, however you may define that, is likely tied to some ‘personal indelibility’ some instant reaction people have to YOU, not to the part you’re playing, but to YOU. That’s hard to teach…in fact you can’t teach it. Your success, however you may define that, is likely tied to some ‘personal indelibility’ some instant reaction people have to YOU, not to the part you’re playing, but to YOU. That’s hard to teach…in fact you can’t teach it. But you can open people’s eyes to it.

Michael Laskin – Actor – Teacher – Author
In this episode of Actors Talk I’m speaking with actor, teacher and now author, Michael Laskin about his new book The Authentic Actor The Art and Business of Being Yourself and about how he came to pursue the actor’s life.
Some actors and other artists I speak with know from a very early age that we want to act or write stories or music or pursue other creative endeavors, and sometime it’s others who see in us something we might not yet see in ourselves.
Such is the case with Michael Laskin. I found out that Michael is a Minessota kid who was a good student but really had no aspirations to become a professional actor…at least not until his high school guidance counselor planted that seed in his mind that acting was something he could study and just maybe do well.
He went to Northwestern and studied theater, moved to Minneapolis and became immersed in the regional theater scene: he was in the company at the Gutherie, worked in Seattle, Louisville, off-Broadway for 10-11 years and in 1983 decided to move to L.A.
With that as a background we pick up the interview where I’m asking Michael what percipitated the move away from a successful career in regional theater into the film and television world in Los Angeles.
ACTING – FROM STAGE TO SCREEN






Michael Laskin made the move from busy regional theater actor to L.A. based actor around 1983 with a play called THE BASEMENT TAPES written by Erik Brogger.
So, I wondered, was the transition from stage to screen an easy one or were there some bumps in the road.

“For me it was a difficult transition and…in a large way it has informed my teaching and the book I wrote…”

He had early success.
Michael tells how his friendship with a writer on HILL STREET BLUES, Stephen Bochco’s seminal 1980s era cop show, help Michael gain a foothold into the L.A. market.
Within six weeks of landing in L.A. he had an agent and he had booked his first job.
But, Michael says,

I was terrible in my first job. I saw it on TV and I was just mortified….That pivot from stage to screen was a challenge.

LEARNING FROM A REAL PRO


… most TV and film actors do not get the chance to be transformative. we are generally hired to be something akin to ourselves a more truthful dynamic version of who we appear to be when we enter into any human transaction..

Michael credits the late Jack Warden for helping him make the transition into becoming an authentic actor.
While working on a recurring role on Warden’s show CRAZY LIKE A FOX, Michael says he learned by watching how Warden worked.
Michael says he realized “Oh, he’s the same guy I’m talking to off the set when he’s on the set…it’s seamless. He’s mastered the art of completely being himself while doing all the things one h...]]>
Actors Talk Podcast clean 41:09 Rogues of L.A.- with MARKUS FLANAGAN | 059 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/rogues-of-l-a-with-markus-flanagan-059/ Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:25:37 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3730 <p>MARKUS FLANAGAN IS A ROGUE When I found out that actor-writer-teacher Markus Flanagan was doing ROGUES OF L.A., a new web series, I was immediately intrigued. At first, I admit, I was a little confused. Perhaps because I learned of the project via social media and didn’t have all the details, I wasn’t sure exactly […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/rogues-of-l-a-with-markus-flanagan-059/">Rogues of L.A.- with MARKUS FLANAGAN | 059</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p>

MARKUS FLANAGAN IS A ROGUE

 Rogues of L.A. castWhen I found out that actor-writer-teacher Markus Flanagan was doing ROGUES OF L.A., a new web series, I was immediately intrigued.

At first, I admit, I was a little confused. Perhaps because I learned of the project via social media and didn’t have all the details, I wasn’t sure exactly how Markus was involved.

I assumed he was acting in the show but didn’t realize until doing some investigating that his involvement ran much deeper than ‘just’ another acting gig.

You see, Markus Flanagan isn’t only part of the cast, he created and produces the show. That really should have been my first inclination.

Rogues trailer from Rogues of LA on Vimeo.

Over the past couple of years I’ve gotten to know Markus a bit, first as my guest on Actors Talk (Episode 12 – One Less Bitter Actor) then at an all too brief meeting here in Austin and also by watching some of his teaching videos online.

Through these points of contact I’ve come to trust Markus as an artist who truly has the heart of a teacher…the kind of person you’d want to mentor your kid if they were pursuing the actor’s journey.

So what kind of web series would this guy create? And why would he even go down this road? With a resume as robust as his, isn’t a web series somehow beneath him?

Sometime I make myself laugh out loud.

 markus flanaganSee, the Markus Flanagan I’ve come to know is not about the surface stuff that blinds many people in the acting business. It’s not about how cool it must be to work on this or that hit show. It’s about the experience. Is it remembered fondly for all the right reasons, or is it remembered as just another payday that really wasn’t all that rewarding.

His character, his values, his connection to ACTING go deeper. He is a teacher in the best sense of the word. He is a mentor. He is an artist. But he’s also a DOER.

Not satisfied to just come up with the idea for the show and try to sell it off, not interested in waiting for someone to give him ‘permission’ to do the show at a traditional network, Markus made the decision from the getgo to produce ROGUES OF L.A. as a web series.

The web series is the result of too many creative people frustrated over the thought that becoming successful at acting is now more about marketing than actually acting. When anyone with desire to contribute can’t find a suitable outlet they begin the slow progress into living the mundane life that’s presented.

ROGUES OF L.A. – THE PREMISE

 rogues of l..a.

The premise is beautifully simple: what if a group of twenty-somethings look around at their world, their immediate community and decide that they will be givers not takers; helpers not the helped? Why? Because they can.

“Rogues” are about finding a place to contribute, by fixing other people’s problems. It’s risky and it’s exciting and it’s being done by characters that aren’t specialists in this sort of thing.

Simple premise, yes? But brilliantly so. For a series, the story possibilities are almost endless.

From a practical point of view, and in order to keep the budget manageable, Markus Flanagan has tapped into all the resources he has at hand : He is a teacher at both his own Westlake Acting Studio and at California Lutheran University. These resources provide a ready supply of locations on campus and he is able to tap into his database of current and former students to act in the show.

 Rogues of L.A. Cast

But lest you think the show is acted only by beginning actors and students, know that Flanagan has asked for and received strong support from seasoned professional colleagues from in front of and behind the camera. Another benefit of the show: younger actors getting on set with seasoned pros who are there for the love of the work.

A SAG-AFTRA SIGNATORY PRODUCTION

Did I mention that because ROGUES is produced under a SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement, that a number of actors put to work on the show have already secured SAG-AFTRA membership. This is a very big deal for young actors in the L.A. market where being in the union is a goal not easily accomplished.

There are just so many layers to this story that I could write much longer…but I’ll spare you, hoping that you listen to my interview with Markus where he explains his concept for not only the ROGUES OF L.A. series, but also for the potential of forging a network of similar shows spread out across the country…or the world for that matter.

It’s a bold vision and one that I personally find quite exciting.

Be sure you to to the ROGUES OF L.A. page on Facebook and LIKE it.

Hit the ROGUES OF L.A. web site and watch the episodes online. And just maybe you’re a writer and/or producer who wants to take Markus up on his idea of building a ‘franchise’ of similar shows.

 Rogues of L.A. on Actors Talk

You never know, this could be the start of something big. But then, I think it’s pretty big right now.

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MARKUS FLANAGAN IS A ROGUE When I found out that actor-writer-teacher Markus Flanagan was doing ROGUES OF L.A., a new web series, I was immediately intrigued. At first, I admit, I was a little confused. Perhaps because I learned of the project via soci... When I found out that actor-writer-teacher Markus Flanagan was doing ROGUES OF L.A., a new web series, I was immediately intrigued.
At first, I admit, I was a little confused. Perhaps because I learned of the project via social media and didn’t have all the details, I wasn’t sure exactly how Markus was involved.
I assumed he was acting in the show but didn’t realize until doing some investigating that his involvement ran much deeper than ‘just’ another acting gig.
You see, Markus Flanagan isn’t only part of the cast, he created and produces the show. That really should have been my first inclination.

Rogues trailer from Rogues of LA on Vimeo.

Over the past couple of years I’ve gotten to know Markus a bit, first as my guest on Actors Talk (Episode 12 – One Less Bitter Actor) then at an all too brief meeting here in Austin and also by watching some of his teaching videos online.
Through these points of contact I’ve come to trust Markus as an artist who truly has the heart of a teacher…the kind of person you’d want to mentor your kid if they were pursuing the actor’s journey.
So what kind of web series would this guy create? And why would he even go down this road? With a resume as robust as his, isn’t a web series somehow beneath him?
Sometime I make myself laugh out loud.
See, the Markus Flanagan I’ve come to know is not about the surface stuff that blinds many people in the acting business. It’s not about how cool it must be to work on this or that hit show. It’s about the experience. Is it remembered fondly for all the right reasons, or is it remembered as just another payday that really wasn’t all that rewarding.
His character, his values, his connection to ACTING go deeper. He is a teacher in the best sense of the word. He is a mentor. He is an artist. But he’s also a DOER.
Not satisfied to just come up with the idea for the show and try to sell it off, not interested in waiting for someone to give him ‘permission’ to do the show at a traditional network, Markus made the decision from the getgo to produce ROGUES OF L.A. as a web series.
The web series is the result of too many creative people frustrated over the thought that becoming successful at acting is now more about marketing than actually acting. When anyone with desire to contribute can’t find a suitable outlet they begin the slow progress into living the mundane life that’s presented.
ROGUES OF L.A. – THE PREMISE

The premise is beautifully simple: what if a group of twenty-somethings look around at their world, their immediate community and decide that they will be givers not takers; helpers not the helped? Why? Because they can.
“Rogues” are about finding a place to contribute, by fixing other people’s problems. It’s risky and it’s exciting and it’s being done by characters that aren’t specialists in this sort of thing.
Simple premise, yes? But brilliantly so. For a series, the story possibilities are almost endless.
From a practical point of view, and in order to keep the budget manageable, Markus Flanagan has tapped into all the resources he has at hand : He is a teacher at both his...]]>
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Audiobook Narration – An Intro to ACX | 058 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/audiobook-narration-intro-acx-058/ Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:17:55 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3700 <p>Audiobook Narration I’ve been interested in audiobook narration for quite some time. Since I have no experience in that aspect of the voice over business, I’ve never really pursued it. There just seemed to be too many uncertainties. Too many complications. When I heard or read information from narrators, it was often of the negative […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/audiobook-narration-intro-acx-058/">Audiobook Narration – An Intro to ACX | 058</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p>

Audiobook Narration

I’ve been interested in audiobook narration for quite some time. Since I have no experience in that aspect of the voice over business, I’ve never really pursued it. There just seemed to be too many uncertainties. Too many complications.

When I heard or read information from narrators, it was often of the negative sort. It was too time consuming. It was a hard niche to break into. Etc. Etc.

ACX

ACX is a marketplace where professional authors, agents, publishers, and other Rights Holders can post fallow audiobook rights.

At ACX, those unused audio rights will be matched with narrators, engineers, recording studios, and other Producers capable of producing a finished audiobook, as well as with audiobook publishers.

The result: More audiobooks will be made.

Too many authors have been left out of the quickly growing and culturally repositioned digital audio market. Until now.

ACX puts you in the driver’s seat. If you’re a Rights Holder, you choose how you produce your audiobook—whether on your own or by engaging a Producer on ACX—and you choose among two royalty models.

If you’re a Producer, ACX allows you to post a profile and be seen. Plus, you can be proactive and audition on ACX for posted titles.

I’m not sure when I first became aware of Audiobook Creation Exchange or ACX.

Probably a couple of years back.

I’ve had account there for more than a year, I do know that. But once I created the account, I didn’t do anything with it.

Actually, the story is worse than that.

Not only did I not ‘do anything’ with ACX, I actually turned down a couple of opportunities that came my way from just establishing a profile there.

What? Yes, I turned down potential audiobook narration, money paying work. Why?

Because I was afraid. Of what?

I was afraid I wouldn’t be good enough…I’ve never narrated a book before.

I was afraid I would not be able to deliver the audiobook narration files in a manner that complies with the ACX audio quality control requirements.

 And the editing requirements. It takes a LONG time to edit the narrated audio, removing bad takes, etc. Right? Yes. But one of the core elements of the ACX Master Class is instruction on how to speed up the editing process using the excellent, free audio editing software, AUDACITY.

I have no experience interacting with a rights holder in this way and I was also afraid of not knowing enough to be even modestly professional.

So I did nothing…mostly. Oh I would hit the site once or twice a month and download audition material to practice on. But really, that was it.

ACX MASTER CLASS

About a year ago I got an email about a class called the ACX Master Class.

The class, with a comprehensive syllabus covering audiobook narration on ACX, was to be taught by Dan O’Day and David H. Lawrence XVII. Dan O’Day, I wasn’t familiar with, but I was fairly familiar with Lawrence, who is a well-known voice over talent and teacher. He is also the developer of an app I like quite a bit called, Rehearsal. It’s an iPhone app for actors that helps with line memorization.

As it turns out Dan O’Day is very well-known and respected in the radio world.

As time to register for the class approached, I began to receive more marketing materials about the class and I was, indeed interested.

However, when it came time to register, I discovered that the class was quite expensive. As in QUITE expensive.

Due to the expense and some uncertainties I had about whether a union issues and about meeting the ACX quality control standards, I decided to pass on the class.

ACX MASTER CLASS REDUX



Fast forward to January, 2015 and I began receiving emails again about the ACX MASTER CLASS. The same class I had passed up in 2014.

The marketing materials this time around included testimonials from students from the first class…the one I passed on. One of the first videos I saw was the one just above. This video was recorded by the narrators without the input of the class creators. At least that’s their story, and I have no reason to doubt it.

After listening to the testimonials and doing a good bit of online research, frankly, looking for any ‘bad news’ that was lurking about concerning the class, I decided that this time around I was not going to let the opportunity pass.

I talked it over with my wife, Jane. I had her watch some of the student testimonial videos with me and she was as sold on the idea for me as I was for myself.

So, I’m happy to report that beginning on the evening of February 2,2015, I will begin a four-week master class on audiobook narration and specifically how to use the ACX site to begin working in this very interesting niche of the acting business.

It is my plan to report back my own experience in the class.

I have every expectation that my ‘final report’ will be very positive. But, if I find the class is not what it’s cracked up to be, I’ll certainly report that as well.

Did I mention that this class is expensive? It is. But it also looks to be a very good value. Sometimes, you get what you pay for.

Either way, I’ll let you know in a month.

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Audiobook Narration I’ve been interested in audiobook narration for quite some time. Since I have no experience in that aspect of the voice over business, I’ve never really pursued it. There just seemed to be too many uncertainties.
Audiobook Narration
I’ve been interested in audiobook narration for quite some time. Since I have no experience in that aspect of the voice over business, I’ve never really pursued it. There just seemed to be too many uncertainties. Too many complications.
When I heard or read information from narrators, it was often of the negative sort. It was too time consuming. It was a hard niche to break into. Etc. Etc.
ACX
ACX is a marketplace where professional authors, agents, publishers, and other Rights Holders can post fallow audiobook rights.
At ACX, those unused audio rights will be matched with narrators, engineers, recording studios, and other Producers capable of producing a finished audiobook, as well as with audiobook publishers.
The result: More audiobooks will be made.
Too many authors have been left out of the quickly growing and culturally repositioned digital audio market. Until now.
ACX puts you in the driver’s seat. If you’re a Rights Holder, you choose how you produce your audiobook—whether on your own or by engaging a Producer on ACX—and you choose among two royalty models.
If you’re a Producer, ACX allows you to post a profile and be seen. Plus, you can be proactive and audition on ACX for posted titles.
I’m not sure when I first became aware of Audiobook Creation Exchange or ACX.
Probably a couple of years back.
I’ve had account there for more than a year, I do know that. But once I created the account, I didn’t do anything with it.
Actually, the story is worse than that.
Not only did I not ‘do anything’ with ACX, I actually turned down a couple of opportunities that came my way from just establishing a profile there.
What? Yes, I turned down potential audiobook narration, money paying work. Why?
Because I was afraid. Of what?
I was afraid I wouldn’t be good enough…I’ve never narrated a book before.
I was afraid I would not be able to deliver the audiobook narration files in a manner that complies with the ACX audio quality control requirements.
And the editing requirements. It takes a LONG time to edit the narrated audio, removing bad takes, etc. Right? Yes. But one of the core elements of the ACX Master Class is instruction on how to speed up the editing process using the excellent, free audio editing software, AUDACITY.
I have no experience interacting with a rights holder in this way and I was also afraid of not knowing enough to be even modestly professional.
So I did nothing…mostly. Oh I would hit the site once or twice a month and download audition material to practice on. But really, that was it.
ACX MASTER CLASS
About a year ago I got an email about a class called the ACX Master Class.
The class, with a comprehensive syllabus covering audiobook narration on ACX, was to be taught by Dan O’Day and David H. Lawrence XVII. Dan O’Day, I wasn’t familiar with, but I was fairly familiar with Lawrence, who is a well-known voice over talent and teacher. He is also the developer of an app I like quite a bit called, Rehearsal. It’s an iPhone app for actors that helps with line memorization.
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Conrad Goode – From Football to Filmmaker | 057 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/conrad-goode-football-filmmaker-057/ Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:32:59 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3638 <p>WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS aka HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, is now available on DVD at AMAZON.COM or for streaming or digital download on AMAZON.COM and on iTUNES Don’t miss this film which features a top-notch cast headed by: Bailee Madison, Jonathan Banks, John C. McGinley, Laura Bell Bundy, and Conrad Goode. as Butch. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/conrad-goode-football-filmmaker-057/">Conrad Goode – From Football to Filmmaker | 057</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p>

WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS

WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS aka HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, is now available on DVD at AMAZON.COM or for streaming or digital download on AMAZON.COM and on iTUNES

Don’t miss this film which features a top-notch cast headed by: Bailee Madison, Jonathan Banks, John C. McGinley, Laura Bell Bundy, and Conrad Goode. as Butch. Director is Rajeev Dassani.

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Conrad Goode – A Change In Plans

conradandbailee400xConrad Goode, unlike a lot of the prior guests on Actors Talk, did not grow up dreaming of becoming an actor, writer or filmmaker. He had other dreams and aspirations.

Conrad Goode’s father and step-father were both accomplished football players. That’s American football. College and Professional football to be more precise. Conrad’s father was an All-American football player for the University of Missouri and went on to play professionally for a time in the Canadian football league. Conrad’s step-father, Irv Goode had a long career in the NFL with the then, St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins.

It is not surprising, given this background, that Conrad grew up wanting to excel in sports. And excel he did. He was highly recruited out of high school and considered powerhouse schools such as Ohio State and Notre Dame before deciding to stay closer to home and attend the University of Missouri.

Watercolor Postcards Trailer 1 from Rajeev Dassani on Vimeo.

There he, like his father before him, won All-American honors and like his step-father, transitioned from college into the pros. He was drafted as the 87th overall pick by the New York Giants in 1984. His dream of playing professional football had become a reality.

But…yes there is a ‘but’… it didn’t take long for the life in professional football to lose its luster. There is a scene in WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS where BUTCH, a former pro football player, played by Conrad Goode, talks about how he wound up in this small Texas town selling watercolor postcards on the side of the road.

I had to break down years of brainwashing from all the football coaches to show any type of vulnerability…

 

conrad_laurabb400xHe, Butch, had become disillusioned with football and simply walked away. And when he did, he found freedom from expectations but lost the relationships of those who could only see him as ‘Butch the football player.’

Conrad Goode tells me in our interview that this scene is definitely autobiographical. One day during preseason he realized his love for the game was gone. Football no longer made any sense to him. He was with the Chicago Bears at the time and simply went into Mike Ditka’s office and told him the passion for football was gone and so was he.

Conrad Goode The Actor

watercolorposter550xWhen Conrad Goode was still with the Giants he had received a call rather ‘out of the blue’ from a talent agent who helped him get cast in a beer commercial. Somehow something as pedestrian sounding as a beer commercial proved to be the key that unlocked a new passion for Conrad Goode.

After retiring from professional football, he would spend a decade studying to develop his craft as an actor.

I had suggested in our discussion that there were many athletes, many professional football players who have toyed with acting and the movie business.

As Conrad Goode said to me,

 

“A Lot of football players have tried to get into the film business, but a lot of them don’t want to do the work…I stayed in classes for ten years…Meisner for two years, scene study for five years…different types of classes working on my craft so when I got the opportunity, I knew I wasn’t going to lock up when standing next to Jack Nicholson or something like that….”

 

Obviously this transition or transformation from football player to dedicated actor was not an overnight thing, not easy. His first acting teacher had some advice that he took to heart:

 

…You’re going to have to tear that macho football stuff away if you’re going to be a good actor. He pushed me into writing. I started writing poems. Poems became songs. And I really enjoyed writing. When I was in school I couldn’t stand it. I started writing scripts in the late ’80’s and here we are…

 

You can’t have one without the other.

Conrad Goode has put his athletic talent and his physical presence to good use in his acting career. But he has always wanted to be seen as more than the bad guy. One of the reasons he has worked so long and hard to bring WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS / HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS to the public is because he wrote the role of Butch for himself so he could play against type.

Holding onto the script wasn’t always easy. There were a few times when he could have sold the script and walked away with a nice payday, but no guarantee of a role in the film

I could have sold it a couple of times. They were writing some big checks and passing them across the table but they wanted me to walk away from the project. I knew this script. I HAD to be the guy if anyone was going to see me in another light than being a heavy.

 

watercolor postcard standSo, for eleven years he held onto the script and through persistence, passion and perseverance he was able to get this passion project made with an outstanding cast and a terrific young director.

This type of tenacity and gumption along with Conrad Goode’s talent deserve recognition and support in the marketplace.

Hey, we all like action films. Conrad Goode would have had a far less successful career if not for action films. But his acting chops go deeper than that. If you even occasionally like movies where character and story instead of action and special effects are the stars, then you should definitely check out WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS aka HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS.

By the way…what’s up with the two titles? The film was produced as WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS. The distributor for US territories has decided that they can better promote the film as HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS. As Conrad Goode says in our interview….filmmakers, read the fine print. He had no idea the distributor could change the title, but they could and they did.

Either way it’s a film I’m happy to ask you to support. My thanks to Conrad Goode for adding his story to the body of work at ACTORS TALK.

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WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS aka HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, is now available on DVD at AMAZON.COM or for streaming or digital download on AMAZON.COM and on iTUNES Don’t miss this film which features a top-notch cast headed by: Bailee Madi... WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS aka HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, is now available on DVD at AMAZON.COM or for streaming or digital download on AMAZON.COM and on iTUNES
Don’t miss this film which features a top-notch cast headed by: Bailee Madison, Jonathan Banks, John C. McGinley, Laura Bell Bundy, and Conrad Goode. as Butch. Director is Rajeev Dassani.

Conrad Goode – A Change In Plans
Conrad Goode, unlike a lot of the prior guests on Actors Talk, did not grow up dreaming of becoming an actor, writer or filmmaker. He had other dreams and aspirations.
Conrad Goode’s father and step-father were both accomplished football players. That’s American football. College and Professional football to be more precise. Conrad’s father was an All-American football player for the University of Missouri and went on to play professionally for a time in the Canadian football league. Conrad’s step-father, Irv Goode had a long career in the NFL with the then, St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins.
It is not surprising, given this background, that Conrad grew up wanting to excel in sports. And excel he did. He was highly recruited out of high school and considered powerhouse schools such as Ohio State and Notre Dame before deciding to stay closer to home and attend the University of Missouri.

Watercolor Postcards Trailer 1 from Rajeev Dassani on Vimeo.
There he, like his father before him, won All-American honors and like his step-father, transitioned from college into the pros. He was drafted as the 87th overall pick by the New York Giants in 1984. His dream of playing professional football had become a reality.
But…yes there is a ‘but’… it didn’t take long for the life in professional football to lose its luster. There is a scene in WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS where BUTCH, a former pro football player, played by Conrad Goode, talks about how he wound up in this small Texas town selling watercolor postcards on the side of the road.




I had to break down years of brainwashing from all the football coaches to show any type of vulnerability…
 
He, Butch, had become disillusioned with football and simply walked away. And when he did, he found freedom from expectations but lost the relationship...]]>
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1500 Steps Movie Goes The Distance | 056 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/1500-steps-goes-the-distance-056/ Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:05:13 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3589 <p>Revisiting 1500 STEPS EASY SKETCH PRO 2.0 AFFILIATE LINK: Take me to Easy Sketch Pro [10/30/2014 12:20:04 AM] Josh Reid: Hey Tommy. Just wanted to let you know I finally finished 1500 Steps. If you are interested I’m up for a follow-up interview… I hadn’t logged onto Skype for a few days and had missed […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/1500-steps-goes-the-distance-056/">1500 Steps Movie Goes The Distance | 056</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> Revisiting 1500 STEPS EASY SKETCH PRO 2.0 AFFILIATE LINK: Take me to Easy Sketch Pro [10/30/2014 12:20:04 AM] Josh Reid: Hey Tommy. Just wanted to let you know I finally finished 1500 Steps. If you are interested I’m up for a follow-up interview… I had...
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[10/30/2014 12:20:04 AM] Josh Reid: Hey Tommy. Just wanted to let you know I finally finished 1500 Steps. If you are interested I’m up for a follow-up interview…
I hadn’t logged onto Skype for a few days and had missed the message above from Australian filmmaker, Josh Reid. So, in the first week of November, I replied to Josh and we were able to set up a new interview.
Was I interested? You bet I was. When Josh contacted me I realized I’d really forgotten about 1500 STEPS.
It has been almost three years since we last talked about 1500 STEPS, written by Maureen Gibbons and directed by Reid. As part of the preparation for this episode I went back and listened to our earlier encounter. I have to say I really loved that interview, published in February of 2012. And it made me sort of angry at myself for not keeping touch with Josh, up on what was going on with 1500 STEPS.
I invite you to go back to that interview either before or after listening to this episode of Actors Talk that once again features Josh Reid and me discussing 1500 STEPS which had completed principal photography but was awaiting post production completion. You’ll find the previous interview in Actors Talk Podcast, Episode 8.
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…if you don’t know how to use the medium, whether that’s writing a letter, talking on the radio, producing a film or writing a book, if you don’t actually know how to communicate through your chosen medium, then the message is irrelevant…that message is not communicating through…
I’ve had the pleasure of talking with a number of filmmakers at different times during the filmmaking process for ACTORS TALK. It really gives me a great opportunity to find out what went right, what went wrong and how might the filmmaker do things differently next time.
I think that kind of discussion can be very beneficial to you as a filmmaker. And it gives the filmmaker I’m interviewing the chance to give back to the community as well…to maybe save another filmmaker from making a similar mistake. Certainly Josh Reid’s comments about sound issues on 1500 STEPS should add one more real world example of just how important it is not to scrimp on your sound department.
And what if you’re an actor and not a filmmaker? My feeling is that everything that goes into making movies is information that the actor should...]]>
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Blind Courage The Movie | 055 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/blind-courage-movie-055/ Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:58:53 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3528 <p>BLIND COURAGE – Never Lose Faith – Never Give Up Bill inspired me to look at my life and to just keep going — whether it’s on the script, my career, my family — to just keep going and have a good attitude. Below you’ll find some of my thoughts on this project and about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/blind-courage-movie-055/">Blind Courage The Movie | 055</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> BLIND COURAGE – Never Lose Faith – Never Give Up Bill inspired me to look at my life and to just keep going — whether it’s on the script, my career, my family — to just keep going and have a good attitude. Below you’ll find some of my thoughts on this ...
Bill inspired me to look at my life and to just keep going — whether it’s on the script, my career, my family — to just keep going and have a good attitude.

Below you’ll find some of my thoughts on this project and about my interview with BLIND COURAGE producer Paula O’Neal and director Clint Ross. But before I go too far into the show notes, I want to make sure you are aware of the Indiegogo campaign currently underway for this project.

Below is a BLIND COURAGE concept trailer that was shot on location on the Appalachian Trail.
In this video, the role of Bill Irwin is played by, Bill Oberst Jr.an outstanding actor who has well over 100 IMDb credits and is a strong force in one of my personal favorite films of the past several years, THE RETRIEVAL. His guide dog, Orient is played by DANTE from the Seeing Eye organization.

This is one of the best concept trailers I’ve seen for a crowd funding campaign. I can get a feel for what it will be like shooting this movie in this very environment.
To the left are producer Paula O’Neal and Debra Irwin on location in the Appalachian Trail for the concept trailer shoot.
In case you missed the link above, CLICK HERE to become an active supporter of BLIND COURAGE. The goal of $300,000 is ambitious but obtainable. This is one project I have no problem asking you to support.
Director, Clint Ross went from latchkey kid whose academic work in high school prevented him from getting into college to a self-starter with an advanced degree in filmmaking. Paula O’Neal went from a fourteen year old with an interest in photography to a filmmaking degree and to work with Hollywood film companies.


Both Paula and Clint have both cut their creative teeth on numerous short film projects as writer director and/or producer.
These two individual stories of courage and inspiration are examples of what it is to follow your passion, your calling. Pair the two of them with the extraordinary story of Bill Irwin and you have the potential for a film that will be exciting, entertaining and inspiring to a very broad audience. What you have is BLIND COURAGE the movie.
I have to admit that somehow the Bill Irwin story had, until recently, escaped my consciousness. That’s a shame because I would have loved to hear him tell this story in person. He was, I am told, an incredible motivational speaker. After learning about his story that is easy to believe.
Some months ago I began to see Facebook posts from producer Paula O’Neal about this project she was working on – BLIND COURAGE.
WHO IS BILL IRWIN
In 1990 Bill Irwin and his dog Orient thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. That’s a 2100 mile trek that took either eight or nine months. In researching this story,]]>
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Love Covers All Movie With Kyle Prohaska | 054 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/love-covers-all-kyle-prohaska/ Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:53:00 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3465 <p>KYLE PROHASKA – FILMMAKER This is my second time to interview Love Covers All writer-director, Kyle Prohaska. Kyle was previously my guest on Actors Talk Episode 15. Kyle had written, directed and produced his first film, STANDING FIRM, for his own production company, Praise Pictures, when barely more than a teenager. As a young director […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/love-covers-all-kyle-prohaska/">Love Covers All Movie With Kyle Prohaska | 054</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> KYLE PROHASKA – FILMMAKER This is my second time to interview Love Covers All writer-director, Kyle Prohaska. Kyle was previously my guest on Actors Talk Episode 15. Kyle had written, directed and produced his first film, STANDING FIRM,

This is my second time to interview Love Covers All writer-director, Kyle Prohaska. Kyle was previously my guest on Actors Talk Episode 15.
Kyle had written, directed and produced his first film, STANDING FIRM, for his own production company, Praise Pictures, when barely more than a teenager.

As a young director flying largely by faith fueled passion for becoming a filmmaker, he had guided that film to an almost unbelievable success for a first-time filmmaker. His movie not only got made, but through some savvy marketing and a lot of hard work Praise Pictures got the film into Christian bookstores, into RedBox and into the hands of thousands of consumers.

I was able to interview Kyle a couple of years after the release of STANDING FIRM after he had time to digest the experience and assess his own performance as a filmmaker on that first film.
To have Kyle back on the eve of release of his new film,Love Covers All, struck me as a great opportunity to see how this filmmaker has grown over these past several years. I am hopeful that our conversation will inform and encourage others who are in the midst of preparing a first or second film.
One thing I know for sure – Kyle Prohaska is a talented young man with a vision for his company, Praise Pictures. Kyle wears his passion for making movies and making them well, on his sleeve.
He and his films are a ‘work in progress’ and he has a refreshingly realistic take on where he is as a filmmaker. And where he wants to go.
The progress he has shown as a filmmaker between STANDING FIRM and LOVE COVES ALL is easy to see and fun to observe. All aspects of LOVE COVERS ALL are far ahead of Kyle’s first film, as one might expect.
Listening to him talk about the vision he has for Praise Pictures and the kind of company he wants to run I have no trouble visualizing his eventual success.
LOVE COVERS ALL might strike you as a ‘Hallmark Hall of Fame’ type title. That’s how it struck me. And that’s not a bad thing. There’s no pretense of who the audience is for this film. This is a family friendly film made for the Christian audience.
Filmmakers like Kyle Prohaska can crush the notion that faith centered movies are by definition poorly produced and poorly acted and well, that’s okay, because the filmmaker’s hearts are in the right place.
You know the attitude: If they produced another bad movie that perpetuates the reputation of Christian movies are substandard, amateur affairs, then get off their backs because those filmmakers have a greater purpose.
Those words are mine, not Kyle Prohaska’s. But it seems clear to me after talking with him, after seeing what he writes publicly about making movies, that he wants no part of the old paradigm for Christian films.
The Christian move making community appears to be taking some rather large strides in stepping up their fil...]]>
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Confessions of A Rising YouTube Star | 053 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/053-atp-confessions-of/ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:07:20 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3394 <p>A YouTube Star is Born I don’t think it’s any mystery as to why I started ‘Confessions of a Bitter(sweet) Actress.‘ … At the time, I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to showcase my talent to an audience because I wasn’t getting auditions and therefore wasn’t booking… until I realized that auditions and bookings […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/053-atp-confessions-of/">Confessions of A Rising YouTube Star | 053</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> A YouTube Star is Born I don’t think it’s any mystery as to why I started ‘Confessions of a Bitter(sweet) Actress.‘ … At the time, I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to showcase my talent to an audience because I wasn’t getting auditions and therefore... I don’t think it’s any mystery as to why I started ‘Confessions of a Bitter(sweet) Actress.‘ … At the time, I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to showcase my talent to an audience because I wasn’t getting auditions and therefore wasn’t booking… until I realized that auditions and bookings should never be an excuse to not share your abilities. We are in such a wonderful time period where we can create our own work on an iPhone and share it with whomever we want within seconds.
I was in show prep mode for my interview with actress and YouTube rising star Cheryl Texiera, when show business press stalwart, Variety published an article entitled New Breed of Online Stars Rewrite the Rules of Fame.
By the time I read the Variety article, I had viewed a half-dozen or more YouTube videos starring, written and produced by Cheryl Texiera.
I related to Ms. Texiera (I’ll refer to her as Cheryl from now on) in our chat that as I read the Variety article I kept expecting to see her name mentioned. It was not.
That her YouTube comedies are mentioned in some future article detailing ‘where it all started’ for Cheryl Texiera, will surprise me not at all.
How was I so quickly captivated by this talented dynamo? We’ll get to that in a moment. But first, a little background on Cheryl Texiera.
Cheryl is a native New Yorker who has wanted to be an actress since childhood. (See episode 1 of Confessions of a Bittersweet Actress.)
She has four siblings and while she’s the only actor in the family, her two brothers, Peter Texiera and Robert Texiera are both professional photographers.
Growing up in New York with dreams of being a Broadway actress, I wondered why she made the move to the west coast.
Confessions Of – Moving To L.A.
I asked Cheryl why she made the move from New York to Los Angeles and I got a beautifully candid answer:
She was unable to really get a foothold on the business in the Big Apple, or as she says she ‘never figured it out’.
She really had dreams of being on Broadway and she began to notice that many actors appearing in Broadway shows were actors coming from Hollywood.
“I did the Equity open calls and I tried get my feet wet in Broadway but nothing ever really took off.”
Before she made the move to Los Angeles, did she have any infrastructure, any contacts, a mentor?
“Not at all and I admire all of the people who realize that they should probably have that in place before picking up and moving across the country. Because I did not have that at all. At all.”
How did I become a fan of Cheryl Texiera? It starts with a simple confession.
Confessions of a Bride-to-Be
“I started noticing quite a few people are making names for themselves in this industry by having a strong online presence.”
Confessions of a Bride-to-Be started as a class assignment. Cheryl tells me in our interview that she was taking a class in producing content for the internet.
The class assignment was to post a weekly video on YouTube. Still,]]>
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Actor Muscle – Building An Acting Career|052 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/052-atp-actor-muscle/ Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:05:34 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3299 <p>Beverly Leech – Building Actor Muscle My guest for this episode is actress, teacher, writer, dancer and failed childhood clarinet player Beverly Leech. Beverly is a busy Los Angeles based actress, who has written a most excellent book called Actor Muscle – A Professional Guide to the Business of Acting. Beverly got her early training […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/052-atp-actor-muscle/">Actor Muscle – Building An Acting Career|052</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> Beverly Leech – Building Actor Muscle My guest for this episode is actress, teacher, writer, dancer and failed childhood clarinet player Beverly Leech. Beverly is a busy Los Angeles based actress, who has written a most excellent book called Actor Musc... Building Actor Muscle
My guest for this episode is actress, teacher, writer, dancer and failed childhood clarinet player Beverly Leech.
Beverly is a busy Los Angeles based actress, who has written a most excellent book called Actor Muscle – A Professional Guide to the Business of Acting.
Beverly got her early training with the legendary Stella Adler. The material in Actor Muscle was taken from Beverly’s 30 years’ experience and was developed in part through classes she has taught at the Stella Adler Academy, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and South Coast Rep. as well as from many private coaching sessions.
Building an acting career is not an exact science. You won’t find any hard and fast rules, but there are basic, established methods and protocol. I’ve shared those that I’ve found most useful, to show you a path toward a career worth having.
You’ll find that quote among the information about Actor Muscle on Amazon.com where you can purchase the book and also the companion audio CD Actor Muscle: Nuts & Bolts of Audition Technique which I myself purchased and recommend highly.
Actors Talk is sponsored in part by your purchases on Amazon.com so if you like what you hear today and want to pick up a copy of Actor Muscle I would appreciate you doing so by clicking on the link above or the Amazon banner in the sidebar.
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“It’s not about failing, it’s about getting up.”
Actor Muscle – Why Beverly Wrote The Book
The book itself came out a class I’d been teaching at AADA and South Coast Rep for a number of years. It was a big success, and in demand. BUT it was clear to me that the information needed a broader base outside of the campus. Once upon a time, I’d been a starving actor, and for a long time, too, so I’m empathetic to the life of most young actors. Not many newbies pounding pavement in LA and New York can afford the $800-$1200 registration costs that the schools were charging, and the hundreds that couldn’t afford to take such a class were getting bamboozled by scams and hit-and-run classes currently offered in LA. I felt it was my duty to pass on a modestly priced book that every actor could afford; that didn’t just give broad strokes by talking “about” the business, but gave step-by-step, in-depth actions to take to build a legitimate path for an acting career.]]>
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I Will Rise – Five Films By Anita Cordell | 051 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/051-atp-anita-cordell-actress-producer-will-rise/ Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:25:51 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3232 <p>Meet Actress – Producer Anita Cordell   I did not produce because it was the love of my life or anything. It was a way for me to become a part of a project called the 168FilmProject Though I’ve known Anita Cordell for several years as a Facebook friend, I only recently had the pleasure […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/051-atp-anita-cordell-actress-producer-will-rise/">I Will Rise – Five Films By Anita Cordell | 051</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> Meet Actress – Producer Anita Cordell   I did not produce because it was the love of my life or anything. It was a way for me to become a part of a project called the 168FilmProject Though I’ve known Anita Cordell for several years as a Facebook friend... Meet Actress – Producer Anita Cordell
 
I did not produce because it was the love of my life or anything. It was a way for me to become a part of a project called the 168FilmProject
Though I’ve known Anita Cordell for several years as a Facebook friend, I only recently had the pleasure of meeting her in person. Anita was the producer and acted in an award-winning short film called Charismata that played here in Austin at the Attic Film Festival.
It was my pleasure to meet Anita at the Attic festival and to attend a screening of Charismata, which also featured an appearance by the director, Joni Adahl.
I knew then that I wanted to have Anita as a guest on Actors Talk and I’m excited that she is here to talk about working as an actor in a Non-L.A. market (she’s writing a book on that subject) and about her work as a producer, primarily of short films. Take a look at Anita’s credits on IMDb and you’ll see that she’s acted in and/or produced close to 20 short film projects.
Anita is proactive in her career. She’s dynamic on-screen and off and she has some terrific insights into what it takes to forge an acting career in a non-L.A. market.
 
Anita has not stopped at just waiting for the opportunities to get cast. She started up River Productions back in 2011 and jumped into producing films, not only for herself, but for others.
 

From PK to Producer of a Five Film Series on Human Trafficking
Cast Shot From the I WILL RISE Project


Anita Cordell, a PK or preacher’s kid, was born in Tulsa, OK but grew up mostly in Kansas. Like a lot of preacher’s kids or other kids who grow up with a strong involvement with church, she got her early theatrical training there. Though at the time she didn’t know that’s what she was doing.
She was just doing what all ‘church kids’ do – singing, acting in skits, reading Bible verses aloud for class or congregation, etc. But those skills were developed over time and would pay off later as an actress on stage and more recently in commercials, television and in films.
Here’s some biographical info from Anita Cordell’s Website:
Anita is often seen in local and regional commercials in the Midwest, as well as many Independent films across the country. She is currently the Spokesperson for Slim4Life, which is airing in many Mid-West markets, she is the current HyVee mom, and she recently shot a National Print job for Dairy Queen.
Anita Cordell resides in Kansas City as a VoiceOver, On Camera and Print Actress, as well as a Commercial/Film Producer with 6 nominations associated with her productions, including 2 for best actress. Anita has also worked in over 30 film projects including several award-winning films: ‘THE LAMP’, ‘ALPHA, BRAVO, CHARLIE’ and ‘BONNIE & CLYDE VS. DRACULA‘.]]>
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Jen Rudin Confessions Of A Casting Director | 050 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/050-atp-jen-rudin-confessions-casting-director/ Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:56:12 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3192 <p>JEN RUDIN – A Unique Perspective When I was approached by publicity representative of HarperCollins about the possibility of interviewing casting director Jen Rudin about her new book CONFESSIONS OF A CASTING DIRECTOR I was immediately interested. My interest was not solely because Jen Rudin is a busy casting director (The Incredibles, The Princess And […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/050-atp-jen-rudin-confessions-casting-director/">Jen Rudin Confessions Of A Casting Director | 050</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> JEN RUDIN – A Unique Perspective When I was approached by publicity representative of HarperCollins about the possibility of interviewing casting director Jen Rudin about her new book CONFESSIONS OF A CASTING DIRECTOR I was immediately interested. When I was approached by publicity representative of HarperCollins about the possibility of interviewing casting director Jen Rudin about her new book CONFESSIONS OF A CASTING DIRECTOR I was immediately interested.
My interest was not solely because Jen Rudin is a busy casting director (The Incredibles, The Princess And The Frog, The Lorax, Squirrels to the Nuts), now based in New York.

No, the thing that intrigued me most is that Jen Rudin began her career as a child actor. Certainly I wanted the opportunity to have a major market casting director on Actors Talk, but to interview a former working actor who had chosen to move to the ‘other side of the table,’ that was interesting. And my hope was that the unique perspective of actor turned casting director would come through in Rudin’s book.
Not to worry. After reading CONFESSIONS OF A CASTING DIRECTOR, I knew Jen Rudin would make a wonderful addition to the roster of experienced professionals I’m seeking to bring to you.
We couldn’t possibly cover all the important topics Jen discusses in CONFESSIONS OF A CASTING DIRECTOR but below you’ll hopefully find enough information that you’ll see the value in adding this book to your actor’s tool box.
Who Is Jen Rudin

Jen was Director of Casting and Talent Development for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York City from 2007-2009. From 2002-2007, Jen served as head of casting for Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California and she won the 2006 Artios Award for casting Chicken Little and the 2010 Artios Award for The Princess and the Frog. Additional animated films include Meet the Robinsons (2007 Artios Nomination), The Wild (2006 Artios nomination), Academy Award Winning film The Incredibles and Academy Award nominated Brother Bear. In Los Angeles, Jennifer cast the Los Angeles premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s musical “13”, winner of the 2008 LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Jen has taught Master Classes at NYU, Boston Conservatory, Northwestern University, Emerson College, Webster University, Baylor University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and University of the Arts. She lectures and teaches numerous workshops around New York City.
Prior to joining Disney in 2002, Jen was a freelance casting director for film and theater in New York City. Her independent films have premiered at such prestigious film festivals as the Tribeca Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Hamptons Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival, among others. Jen served as resident Casting Director from 2001-2002 for the esteemed Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City. She has also cast hundreds of national television commercials; including the famous “Can you hear me now?” campaign for Verizon. Upcoming films include Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, and Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrels to the Nuts.
Jen is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in History and Women’s Studies, and a past Board Member for the Casting Society of America. In her spare time, she is an avid cyclist.

You’re a hired consultant to the project. You are not: producer, director or writer. You’re hired to bring them choices of actors for the project. But you don’t have the final say.


Casting Background & Philosophy

Casting is about having an opinion

IF YOU COULD DO ANYTHING …I’ll tell you this: If you believe it’s impossible, then it is. But if you believe it’s possible, then it is. It comes down to you. What would you do? If you could be anybody you wanted to be, …I’ll tell you this: If you believe it’s impossible, then it is. But if you believe it’s possible, then it is. It comes down to you.
What would you do? If you could be anybody you wanted to be, if money weren’t an issue and failure not an option, what would that one thing be? That THING that defined you as a human being?

RELEASE YOUR BRILLIANCE
The questions above were ones Tracy Trost and his employees and associates discussed some years back when they were reading, as a team activity, a book called RELEASE YOUR BRILLIANCE by Simon T. Bailey.
Here’s a bit about the premise of the book from the author:
Each of us is born brilliant. Then we spend the rest of our lives having our brilliance buried by people, circumstances, and experiences. Eventually, we forget that we ever had genius and special talents, and our brilliance is locked away in a vault deep within. So we settle for who we are, instead of striving for who we were meant to be.
And here is how reading this book became the tipping point for Tracy Trost to begin working toward his life long dream of becoming a filmmaker:
Each week, Tracy has a book meeting with his employees where they go through a chapter of a book and look at how they can use the lessons in the book to become better at what they do at the company and in their lives. One week, Tracy asked his employees, “If money wasn’t an object and you couldn’t fail, what would you do?” As he went around the room, each employee shared their dream for their life with everyone. After they shared their dream, Tracy then asked them the following question, “What are you doing on a daily basis to make that happen?”
He went on to explain, that in order to take a trip there are certain steps we all have to take. If you want to somewhere you need to get plane tickets, book a hotel, get a rental car, pack your things, and a number of other small steps that will make your trip not only possible but successful. Tracy told his employees that the same is true in life and unfortunately most people spend more time planning a weekend getaway then they do their lives.
After he finished, one of Tracy’s employees, asked him what it was that he has always wanted to do. Tracy quickly replied that he had always wanted to be a director. As long as he could remember, he has always wanted to direct movies. Then the employee asked him what he was doing on a daily basis to get there. He fired her. No not really, but that “dare” is what it took for Tracy to follow his own dreams and Trost Moving Pictures is the result of it and all of us at TMP Studios couldn’t be happier that he took it.
Making movies is what we do, but making a difference is what we love!
FOCUS ON WHAT I CAN GIVE NOT WHAT I CAN GET

I first became aware of filmmaker Tracy Trost around 2010. He was in production on his first full length feature film, A CHRISTMAS SNOW. A couple of things attracted my attention about that production. First was that Muse Watson, probably most widely known as Mike Franks on the hit CBS show NCIS was one of the leads along with Catherine Mary Stewart and Angel’s Perch – The Story Everyone has an emotional home. It’s not necessarily where you were born, or even where you grew up, but it’s the place that you dream about in the quiet moments—the place that defines your happiest memories. The Story

Everyone has an emotional home. It’s not necessarily where you were born, or even where you grew up, but it’s the place that you dream about in the quiet moments—the place that defines your happiest memories.

A young man must return to his small Appalachian hometown to face his grandmother’s worsening Alzheimer’s disease only to discover that his own painful memories are holding him back in his life.
Set almost entirely in the small, historic logging town of Cass, WV, Angel’s Perch examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss.
The material was so heartfelt that it made it possible for us to bring in these well-known, talented, amazing actresses and have them work for scale for us because they were so inspired by the script.


Angel’s Perch – The Cast

Not Waiting For The Phone To Ring
While listening to Stacey Parkes’ Startup Film School podast with Angel’s Perch producer Kimberly Dilts and writer-producer-actor J.T. Arbogast, I shouted in agreement when I heard Kim Dilts say:
We were at a point in our careers where we were starting to see that there’s a limit to what you can do if you’re not making your own work. You’re waiting for the phone to ring. Always.
I knew then and there that I wanted to have Kim and J.T. on Actors Talk to tell the story of this journey of theirs from actors,to theatrical producers to filmmakers. And a great story it is.
If you’re a regular listener to Actors Talk you’ve no doubt heard me say something similar to the quote above on more than one episode.
In fact one of my goals for this show is to encourage actors, especially actors who are in the early stages of their careers, to understand this concept: Be creators, not just interpreters of someone else’s work.
We can do more than sit impatiently waiting for our agents to call, text or email about the next audition. We can do more than ‘just’ go to class. We can learn how to create work and in the process we can only enhance our abilities to be interpreters as well.
In an ideal world we would be able to take this film and leverage it into good representation that sees that we’re capable of making work and helps us get our work produced so that we don’t have to wear 300 hats for the next one.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Angel’s Perch and I’m delighted to say it’s a terrific ‘little’ film. There are no explosions, no wrecked cars no FX sequences that cost millions. I say ‘little’ not in a negative way. Angel’s Perch is about character and heart and story. In short it’s the kind of movie I really like.
Take a look at Angel’s Perch official trailer.

Kickstarter Success Tips
Why Kickstarter:
There was something for us on the Kickstarter side…something about a goal and an amount of time…if you didn’t raise it by a certain date you didn’t get anything… there was something about the pressure and urgency of that we both responded to… we felt like this was an all or nothing venture.
The other thing was at the time, Kickstarter had much more traffic than Indiegogo...]]>
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Intro to VOD Distribution with Linda Nelson | 047 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/047-vod-distribution-with-linda-nelson/ Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:25:16 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=3037 <p>VOD DISTRIBUTION – 20 TIPS FROM INDIE RIGHTS’ LINDA NELSON I hope you have or will listen to the interview with Linda Nelson. This podcast episode is not intended to be nor does it pretend to be an all-inclusive discussion about Video On Demand. But if you’re an indie filmmaker struggling to get a handle […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/047-vod-distribution-with-linda-nelson/">Intro to VOD Distribution with Linda Nelson | 047</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> VOD DISTRIBUTION – 20 TIPS FROM INDIE RIGHTS’ LINDA NELSON I hope you have or will listen to the interview with Linda Nelson. This podcast episode is not intended to be nor does it pretend to be an all-inclusive discussion about Video On Demand. INDIE RIGHTS’ LINDA NELSON
I hope you have or will listen to the interview with Linda Nelson. This podcast episode is not intended to be nor does it pretend to be an all-inclusive discussion about Video On Demand. But if you’re an indie filmmaker struggling to get a handle on some of the issues involved with a VOD release, I think this will get you started nicely and give you some resources to consider. Be sure to check the ’20 VOD DISTRIBUTION TIPS’ listed further down the page.
Find Nelson Madison Films / Indie Rights:

Nelson Madison Films Web Site

Indie Rights on Facebook

Nelson Madison Films on Facebook

Nelson Madison Films / Indie Rights on YouTube

The following is taken from a wiki article about Linda Nelson and Michael Madison’s company INDIE RIGHTS:
Indie Rights, a subsidiary of Nelson Madison Films, is a technology partner for filmmakers. Based on the experience of its founders, Linda Nelson and Michael Madison, the need for a new type of distribution for independent films is evident. Thousands of great independent films are made each year and never find an audience. They play at film festivals all over the world and are never discovered by the sales agents and distributors that frequent only the top-tier festivals, such as Sundance and Cannes. These festivals used to be filled with fresh original voices from new talent, but now act as advertising vehicles for “classic divisions” of major studios or showcases for already established actors, directors and producers. Film markets, like AFM, are too costly and complex for most independent filmmakers.
Indie Rights offers distribution and technology services to filmmakers who have feature-length films that have not yet found an audience. We also arrange licensing of film content to qualified buyers for broadcast and cable TV. Finding an audience for your independent films has never been easier. New digital distribution platforms exist that will allow you to benefit directly from your work. Indie Rights was formed to help you do this. Much of the work can be done by you, but if you want or need help distributing your film, we can provide that help.
Indie Rights specializes in digital placement of movies and has excellent studio level partnerships and relationships with all the major platforms so that your film can be available to audiences through such popular platforms as MGo, Google Play, Roku, iTunes, Hulu, Playstation, YouTube Movie Rentals, Snagfilms, and Vudu as well as the most popular DTC apps for Facebook. Our services are non-exclusive, we charge no up-front fees and we work with all our filmmakers to educate them about the use of the most innovative marketing and social media tools available for marketing independent film.
My Conversation with Linda Nelson
Working with Indie Rights: The filmmaker gets 80% of all revenue and they don’t charge any expenses. Indie Rights handles encoding which is included in their 20% split.
Since I’m a podcaster myself I suppose it only makes sense that I listen to a LOT of podcasts.
What Is Hack Hollywood Hack Hollywood is an online community and training course for actors. It’s a subscription site that costs $27 per month. So the question is: Is Hack Hollywood worth your monthly investment? Hack Hollywood is an online community and training course for actors. It’s a subscription site that costs $27 per month. So the question is: Is Hack Hollywood worth your monthly investment? Or is it just another program or system that makes big promises that it can’t possibly deliver on? Is it just another of the endless ways that actors can waste their hard-earned money? Or is it a great value that might be worth every penny or even more than the subscription rate? Those were questions I had when I first heard about Hack Hollywood.
I was approached by a Hack Hollywood representative to see if I would be interested in interviewing Hack Hollywood creator, actor David Patrick Green. Of course my first move was to IMDb.



Good news there as I recognized David from his television appearances and I was able to verify that indeed he has a substantial acting career.
Still, I wanted to be certain that I wasn’t being mislead. I want you to be able to trust that if someone or some organization or product is presented on Actors Talk that I have done some due diligence prior to an interview.
So, prior to setting up an interview with David Patrick Green I asked for and was given access to explore the Hack Hollywood site just as any paying customer would. I wanted to make sure before putting this information out to the Actors Talk listeners that there was true value in this effort. Call me a cynic, but I guess I’ve just observed too many workshops and classes and schemes that are nothing but a money pit.
I had to be sure that Hack Hollywood was not just another part of what David called the ‘actor cottage industry’ that makes big promises and delivers little or nothing.
After spending several hours listening to audio and watching video content on the site, watching other videos of David on YouTube and listening to testimonials, I was convinced that there is a lot of value at Hack Hollywood, especially for the beginning actor.
I was able to spend about an hour on Skype with David within the past week or so and I found him to be disarmingly candid about his own journey. That same honest approach comes through in his audio and video tutorials. I hope that comes through in the interview.
I trust this information will be helpful to you whether you are in Los Angeles or somewhere far removed from Hollywood. As always, I encourage you to contact me with questions or comments about the information presented in this episode.



We are not in competition as actors:





No one else is like you!



On Moving To Hollywood

Become as successful as possible where you are. I say, “Be a star where you are.” Because if you can’t succeed in your home market then L.A. is going to eat you up and spit you out in no time…
If you can create some relationships with people [where you are], who obviously have a few contacts in L.A. then they can introduce you to those people.
Then you can skip swimming through the quicksand and getting preyed upon by this sort of actor cottage industry…”


Hacks That Empower
But there are other hacks that are positive and at their best, empowering. Those are the hacks that we’re exploring in this episode of Actors Talk.
The hacks that we’re exploring offer a kind of insight or strategy that might be overlooked by the masses. A new way to look at an existing tool and make it better.
We’re probably all familiar with hacks to certain software or hardware tablets that extend the functionality of those tools.]]>
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When Crowd Funding Is A Matter Of Faith | 045 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/045atp-crowd-funding-matter-faith/ Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:47:51 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=2888 <p>Crowd Funding From A New Perspective ATP Episode 45 is jam-packed. The main focus of Episode 45 is my interview with filmmakers Susan Shearer and Christopher Shawn Shaw about their new faith-based short film project FAMILIAR SPIRITS. Before getting to the interview I have a phone message to share from writer-director Ron Newcomb, a former […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/045atp-crowd-funding-matter-faith/">When Crowd Funding Is A Matter Of Faith | 045</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> Crowd Funding From A New Perspective ATP Episode 45 is jam-packed. The main focus of Episode 45 is my interview with filmmakers Susan Shearer and Christopher Shawn Shaw about their new faith-based short film project FAMILIAR SPIRITS. ATP Episode 45 is jam-packed. The main focus of Episode 45 is my interview with filmmakers Susan Shearer and Christopher Shawn Shaw about their new faith-based short film project FAMILIAR SPIRITS. Before getting to the interview I have a phone message to share from writer-director Ron Newcomb, a former guest on the show, who called with some exciting distribution news for his film Rise of The Fellowship. I also share a call from writer-director Joe Graceffo, the winner of the MASTER SHOTS VOL 3 book courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions. Joe was the first to leave me a voice mail requesting the book and letting me know about his new short film, Chance Reunion. Lastly I want to let you know of my appearance on This Week In Acting with host James Delong. If you want to see me on the ‘other side of the mic’ for a change, check out this terrific new show.
FAMILIAR SPIRITS IS…


a Supernatural Drama with a Thriller twist. Our Biblically based film addresses the Supernatural and aspires to compel people living in the here and now to consider their own soul’s fate in the hereafter. “Familiar Spirits” is an intimate tale of tragic loss and bittersweet hope. A widow dealing with the loss of her only child is forced to make a tough decision . . . will she dare to ask the question that might take her daughter from her forever?
The past year has been spent in fine tuning it, getting feed-back from professional script consultants, rewrites, having a Table Read at CBS Studios before a live audience for their reactions, more rewrites and here we are today.
Crowd Funding Faith
This episode of Actors Talk features my interview with SoCal screenwriters and filmmakers Susan Shearer and Christopher Shawn Shaw. The topic of the day is their faith-based suspense thriller FAMILIAR SPIRITS. You read that correctly, faith-based suspense thriller.
I seem to be on a ‘suspense thriller’ roll here on the podcast as the previous episode featured my interview with actor-writer-director Michael Crabtree about his indie suspense thriller ODD MAN OUT, an excellent film that had a somewhat different target audience.

FS FaithLauncher Pitch Video QTC from Familiar Spirits on Vimeo.

What are Crowd Funding Success Rates
Unless you’ve been under a very big rock, you know at least something about Crowd Funding. You almost certainly know something about Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Perhaps you’ve contributed to a campaign to fund a film or build a better mouse trap. Perhaps you’ve tried to fund your own project that way. If so, were you successful?
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This First Time Director Is No Odd Man Out | 044 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/044atp-first-time-director-no-odd-man-out/ Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:24:41 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=2805 <p>Can A First Time Director Make A Good Movie? Well, of course. But it is not going to be easy. Every movie director was once a ‘first time director’ so what’s the big deal? Am I using ‘first time director’ as an excuse in the discussion of Michael Crabtree’s ODD MAN OUT? Or maybe as […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/044atp-first-time-director-no-odd-man-out/">This First Time Director Is No Odd Man Out | 044</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> Can A First Time Director Make A Good Movie? Well, of course. But it is not going to be easy. Every movie director was once a ‘first time director’ so what’s the big deal? Am I using ‘first time director’ as an excuse in the discussion of Michael Crabt... Well, of course. But it is not going to be easy.
Every movie director was once a ‘first time director’ so what’s the big deal? Am I using ‘first time director’ as an excuse in the discussion of Michael Crabtree’s ODD MAN OUT? Or maybe as a pejorative term? Neither.
In fact in this case I think the tag ‘first time director’ can be viewed as something of a badge of honor. Let’s think about this ‘first time director’ thing. How many first time directors in the indie sector begin a project but never finish? I don’t have a number but I know anecdotally that the number is LARGE.
How many first time directors take on many – too many – production responsibilities: director, screenwriter, producer, line producer, location manager, cinematographer…and oh yeah, actor?
Wearing multiple hats is de rigueur for the indie filmmaker. I get that. But does that add to the ‘casualty’ rate for first time directors? How much responsibility can one person undertake and still perform each of those tasks in a professional fashion…and live to tell about it?
What steps can the first time director take to help ensure that his or her project will not collapse from the weight or too much responsibility in too few hands? How can the first time director succeed?
What are the chances that a first time director will succeed in getting the film shot, through post-production and then securing distribution. Well, you might say, those aren’t directorial responsibilities, not all of them. True, but the first time director in the indie arena will likely be intimately involved in each and every one of these steps.
So…how did Michael Crabtree do as a first time director? We talk about that in the podcast. We talk about the challenges and the successes and the tasks still to be completed. Read that last part: DISTRIBUTION.
Since I have screened ODD MAN OUT, I can truthfully say that Crabtree has exceeded expectations for most any director, not just a first time director with his work on this movie.
I hope you will enjoy this episode of Actors Talk and if you are a first time director or will soon be, I hope you will let me hear from you in the comments section below this blog post. Was the interview helpful to you in some way? Let me know.
Odd Man Out – The Story
Take two brothers at odds over the beautiful woman they both love. One brother is mentally strong but physically weak – sentenced to life in a wheelchair following a crippling accident. The other is physically strong but plagued by a strange malady called hyperthymestic syndrome that forces him to relive every moment of his life in excruciating detail.
Stir in a hired hand who has a regular poker game with a group of store mannequins and fancies himself a protector of the beautiful woman. Now lock these characters up for the night in a Felliniesque antiques emporium in a small Texas town. What do you get? You get writer-director Michael Crabtree’s new indie thriller, Odd Man Out.

It was both the worst and the best two years of my life



About his motivation to get this film produced:
I’m 61. I’m in the fourth quarter here and time’s going fast. So I was just determined to try to get this made. We just decided we’d do it out of our back pockets.
Location, Location, Location
It’s not just in real estate that location matters.]]>
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Amy Lyndon Teaches How To Book Acting Jobs | 043 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/043-booking-acting-jobs-amy-lyndon/ Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:28:32 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=2689 <p>The 15 Guideline Map To Booking I first became aware of Amy Lyndon about two years ago when I discovered her book online. I had been going through a bit of a rough patch in my own auditions and just felt disconnected and a bit adrift, sad to say. I knew that I could get […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/043-booking-acting-jobs-amy-lyndon/">Amy Lyndon Teaches How To Book Acting Jobs | 043</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> The 15 Guideline Map To Booking I first became aware of Amy Lyndon about two years ago when I discovered her book online. I had been going through a bit of a rough patch in my own auditions and just felt disconnected and a bit adrift, sad to say. The 15 Guideline Map To Booking
I first became aware of Amy Lyndon about two years ago when I discovered her book online.
I had been going through a bit of a rough patch in my own auditions and just felt disconnected and a bit adrift, sad to say. I knew that I could get the ship righted with some good coaching and I soon discovered 15 Guideline Map To Booking.
Was the material in the Amy Lyndon book revolutionary or something I’d never heard of or pondered on my own? Never figured out for myself over the past thirty-five years? I can’t say it was. After all, we’ve all trained and we’ve taken that training and adapted to how we work best. Hummm….or do we? What about our ‘shortcuts’ and bad habits that might develop and grow along the way?
One thing to get out-of-the-way up front. The 15 Guideline Map To Booking is much, much more than some simple list of audition tips for actors. To be sure there are ‘tips’ built into Amy Lyndon’s book and her coaching. But ‘tips’ doesn’t quite seem to do justice to what she has going on.
The actor must approach acting like an Olympic athlete. The more you practice the necessary skills, the more you will book. When a high level of discipline and concentration on the work is achieved, you will see incredible results.
About Amy Lyndon
From The Amy Lyndon LinkedIn Bio:
The Lyndon Technique is a revolutionary “15 Guideline Map To Booking” Technique that provides a practical approach to auditioning and booking the job. This way of working is for any actor at any level in their career who wishes to learn the art of competition.
By learning this technique you will know how to break down a script properly and always know what you are doing in your audition. This technique can take you from the bottom 99% to the top 1% of actors booking jobs. “The Lyndon Technique” has helped thousands of students learn how to book acting jobs, run successful businesses and consistently earn their living as actors.

If you want to be an interesting actor, go over every moment and detail and cover it with deep understanding. Every line is like a note in a song. Listen for the music

I’ve heard and tried about every tact you could think of over these many years, to make the audition process something that I can actually enjoy. That’s not easy for most of us. The audition room is not the stage and it is not the sound stage or movie set. But without mastery of what goes on in front of the gatekeepers as well as the decision makers, our chances to actually get the job and ACT for a living are hampered.
Amy Lyndon Says: I teach people who are ready to stop messing around



The Story Always Comes First
Throughout Amy Lyndon’s book you’ll see references to THE STORY. THE WRITER. This is key to Lyndon’s technique. Understanding what it is the writer has placed in front of us. Choices? Look to the script.
The writer makes your ‘choices’ for you. Believe me, making random ‘choices’ is the biggest mistake an Actor can make…Take the time to figure out the Writer’s intent. This is the key to getting into the 1%.
Good Advice From Amy Lyndon: The writer needs you to play the role as written. If you want to book more,]]>
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She’s Talented Smart and Beautiful – Meet Mara Marini | 042 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/042-actors-talk-podcast-shes-talented-smart-and-beautiful-meet-mara-marini/ Wed, 09 Oct 2013 06:37:49 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=2548 <p>Funny Girl – Actress Mara Marini My guest interviewee is talented, funny and, very easy on the eyes as we used to say and she is actress Mara Marini. Many of you will have seen Mara in her multiple appearances on PARKS and RECREATION a very popular television show here in the US. She’s also […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/042-actors-talk-podcast-shes-talented-smart-and-beautiful-meet-mara-marini/">She’s Talented Smart and Beautiful – Meet Mara Marini | 042</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> Funny Girl – Actress Mara Marini My guest interviewee is talented, funny and, very easy on the eyes as we used to say and she is actress Mara Marini. Many of you will have seen Mara in her multiple appearances on PARKS and RECREATION a very popular tel... Actress Mara Marini
My guest interviewee is talented, funny and, very easy on the eyes as we used to say and she is actress Mara Marini. Many of you will have seen Mara in her multiple appearances on PARKS and RECREATION a very popular television show here in the US. She’s also appeared in a number of comedy and horror films.
Connect with Mara on Twitter and Instagram: @popgloss
SOMETHING DIFFERENT Soars
Thanks to my guests from the previous episode Something Different, Trina Brown, Sean Johnson Jr. and LaMarcus Tinker…I understand they had a standing room only premiere of Something Different last week in the Houston area and I couldn’t be happier for them and their efforts with that film. Be sure to check out the interview if you missed haven’t done so.
What’s A Girl To Do? – Laugh, Of Course

In 2013 she launched a popular comedy video series called “Inside Dating” which is online at the MadeMen.com web site. We’ll be talking about what it’s like to come to L.A. to pursue an acting career, the importance of staying true to who you are in the midst of trying to forge a career in this business and for you actresses listening we talk a bit about some of the challenges that pertain to females in the business that us guys just don’t have to deal with.
Just a caution if you’re the parent of a child actor. The dating videos are funny but risqué and not appropriate for kids, so just be aware of that.
Inside Actors Talk Episode 42 with Mara Marini


* Which family member does Mara credit with passing along the ‘creative gene?’
* Actor Talk About Moving To L.A. From Canada
* Acting School In Hollywood – Was that a good move?
* Listening to Your Own Voice – Was Her First Agent Right?
* Challenges For Women Actors – How Many Roles For Women vs Those For Men?
* Getting Creative – Twitter and YouTube Can Be Your Creative Partners
* Working On Parks And Recreation – Must have been a funny conversation with your parents…
* Dating In Hollywood – Funny Enough To Be A TV Show
* Coming Up Next for Mara Marini


Working on PARKS AND RECREATION

On Parks and Rec they couldn’t have been more welcoming and wonderful…all the crew, the writers, all the actors, everyone is so happy to be there and it just permeates through everything…I’ve never been a part of a more wonderful situation.
I am blessed to get to talk to a lot of great people, sitting behind my trusty Heil PR40 here in Austin, Texas. People I’d likely never meet, otherwise. It’s one of the really fun things about producing a podcast.
I found Mara to be a total delight to interview. She’s bright, she’s talented and as you can see from the photos and video, she’s just a little bit pretty! Thanks, Mara for being my guest on Actors Talk Podcast. You were terrific.
Update on Westish: The Web Series
SOMETHING DIFFERENT HAS A NEW TITLE WALK BY FAITH Click HERE to order the DVD A new independent feature film from WISDOM PRODUCTIONS and the same family of filmmakers who brought us DOWN BY THE RIVER, Sean Johnson Jr. , WALK BY FAITH
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A new independent feature film from WISDOM PRODUCTIONS and the same family of filmmakers who brought us DOWN BY THE RIVER, Sean Johnson Jr. , LaMarcus Tinker and Trina Brown.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT had its premiere on September 29,2013. If you were able to attend the premiere, or if you’ve seen the film since, please leave comments below about the story, acting, production quality or any other aspects of the film you’d like to comment on. I’m sure the filmmakers will appreciate all honest feedback.
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Something Different takes you through the journey of a teenager living with the disease [sickle-cell] on a daily basis. While researching a school project he discovers a potential cure that sets him off on a journey of faith and hope – hoping to one day become disease free.

Something Different Trailer from Trina Montreuil Brown on Vimeo.

THE CAST
Here are a few of the cast members from SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Find out more about this film at the SOMETHING DIFFERENT web site.
Dominyck McCargo (Corey), Rochelle Ojeda (Carrie), Bradley Smith (Kevin) and Trina Brown (Ms. Fortune)




Sean Johnson Jr. and LaMarcus Tinker have joined us previously on Actors Talk.
I first became aware of Sean sometime around May of 2012 when I saw a trailer for a film he wrote and starred in called DOWN BY THE RIVER. The trailer for that film really caught my attention and I wanted to learn more about this talented writer-actor-filmmaker.
Then in January of 2013, I was able to convince Sean and his brother actor, LaMarcus Tinker ( Glee, Friday Night Lights, etc) to join me along with two other indie filmmakers on an experimental live broadcast via Google’s Hangout On Air technology.
Sean recently got in touch to tell me about a new film he and LaMarcus and their mother, Trina Brown have produced called SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
Like Down By The River, a major plot element for Something Different is a disease called Sickle Cell, also referred to as sickle-cell anemia or sickle-cell disease.
SICKLE CELL
Sickle-cell disease (SCD), or sickle-cell anaemia (SCA) or drepanocytosis, is a hereditary blood disorder, characterized by red blood cells that assume an abnormal, rigid, sickle shape. Sickling decreases the cells’ flexibility and results in a risk of various complications. The sickling occurs because of a mutation in the haemoglobin gene. Individuals with one copy of the defunct gene display both nor...]]>
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John Badham On Directing | 040 - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/040-actors-talk-podcast-john-badham-on-directing/ Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:22:07 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=2391 <p>NOTES FROM THE SET OF SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, WAR GAMES AND MORE My guest for this episode of Actors Talk with Tommy G. Kendrick is film and television director John Badham. Most listeners will know Badham from his films Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta, War Games with Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, Short Circuit […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/040-actors-talk-podcast-john-badham-on-directing/">John Badham On Directing | 040</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> NOTES FROM THE SET OF SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, WAR GAMES AND MORE My guest for this episode of Actors Talk with Tommy G. Kendrick is film and television director John Badham. Most listeners will know Badham from his films Saturday Night Fever with John Tr... NOTES FROM THE SET OF SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, WAR GAMES AND MORE
My guest for this episode of Actors Talk with Tommy G. Kendrick is film and television director John Badham. Most listeners will know Badham from his films Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta, War Games with Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, Short Circuit with Ally Sheedy, Stakeout, Another Stakeout and Whose Life Is It Anyway all starring Richard Dreyfus and many, many more.
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A MATTER OF TRUST
“Why do we care about the trust? We care because a trusting person is going to give you more of their creativity. A person who doesn’t trust you is going to say I”ll

just give him what I know is safe. “
In his new book, John Badham on Directing, Badham picks up where he left off with his prior book, “I’ll Be In My Trailer. ” Through his own experiences and those of his many contributors, Badham tackles the issue of TRUST between directors and actors. And how trust, of the lack thereof, can win over the actor and help him/her to give their best performances or fracture the relationship and result in a working experience and that is anything but optimal for either director or actor. And that’s just the first part of the book.
DIRECTING ACTION AND SUSPENSE
The second section deals with directing acting and suspense. Badham relates experiences, the good and the bad from his films like Blue Thunder, War Games, The Hard Way and those of many contributors like Steven Soderbergh, Richard Donner, Taylor Hackford, Jodie Foster, Sydney Pollack, John Frankenheimer and so many more.
THE DIRECTOR’S CHECKLIST
“Before you start rehearsals, any rehearsals, what questions have to be asked?…Whether you’ve directed no films or a hundred films these are the basic tools that help deconstruct a script or a scene, looking for what makes the film or the scene either work or not work.”
The final section of John Badham On Directing is devoted to what Badham calls the director’s checklist – twelve questions to assist the director in breaking down each scene in a film:
What happened before the scene – What does it add – What’s different at the end -Whose point of view – Where are the beats – Where is the tipping point in the scene ̵...]]>
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Turning Minutes Into Moments AND Moments Into A Career
In “Know Small Parts – An Actor’s Guide To Turning Minutes Into Moments and Moments Into A Career” Laura Cayouette approaches the acting business with the viewpoint and insight that can only come from experience. In this case, experience with auditioning for and booking scores of ‘small parts’ over a career that now spans more than twenty years. Some actors may turn their noses up at the prospect of acting, nevermind embracing small roles for more than ‘a year or two’, or ‘just to get started.’
Get Know Small Parts – An Actor’s Guide To Turning Minutes Into Moments and Moments Into A Career Here
During our conversation for this episode of Actors Talk, Laura offered this:
The book is predominantly for people trying to ‘figure it out’ so those are the ones that I really want to reach…the actors who are in the first five years of their career. And you know actors of course think that the first five minutes of their career is all they need to suffer through…or the first five weeks or months or whatever…they don’t realize that in the first five years if you’re working at all, that’s pretty good progress…
You’ve definitely heard the expression,’ there are no small parts only small actors,’ right?
My favorite reason to know how to make the most of a small part is that they deserve it.
There are no small parts, only small actors – Laura Cayouette turns that phrase on its ear a bit with the title of her excellent new book: “Know Small Parts – An Actors’s Guide To Turning Minutes Into Moments & Moments Into A Career.”Laura takes her 20+ years of experience as an actress in Los Angeles and now in New Orleans and her work in films and television shows like Django Unchained, Now You See Me, Kill Bill, The Evening Star, Friends, Treme, etc. and offers actors a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities that come with auditioning for and booking small parts.
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Small Parts – Big Opportunities
One reason small parts are a big deal to me is that I make a living playing them
I began our conversation by asking Laura Cayouette if there were any common questions she was hearing from classes and workshop students when she was out promoting her book. Inevitably, among the first questions, she says is something about Quentin Tarantino.
That hardly seems surprising. Cayouette has one of the best roles of her career as Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly in Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Lara Lee, you will remember is the sister to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie.
KEVIN SIZEMORE – RETURN ENGAGEMENT Connect with Kevin Sizemore on Facebook or on Vine, Twitter or Instagram with the handle @kevinsizemore This is the second appearance on Actors Talk for actor, Kevin Sizemore. Connect with Kevin Sizemore on Facebook or on Vine, Twitter or Instagram with the handle @kevinsizemore
This is the second appearance on Actors Talk for actor, Kevin Sizemore. Kevin was my guest for Episode 25 in October of 2012. At that time, Kevin was promoting a new film called Red Line, which is currently enjoying international distribution.
Since Kevin has a recurring role in the new series UNDER THE DOME, a production of CBS, Amblin Television and DreamWorks Television, and has several other projects ready to drop, I thought it was time we got together for another chat.
Producing A Web Series
Kevin and I began this conversation talking about an interesting project he’s doing with his acting class.
Kevin and his students are producing a web series that he and the students are writing. This web series will be used for multiple purposes. It gives his acting students a chance to take what they’re learning out of the classroom and into a real working situation. It gives the actors potential demo reel material to present to agents and casters. And, because the series is being produced under a SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement, the actors who are not already union members, become eligible with their participation in the project.
RED LINE – CAN I GET A WITNESS PROTECTION?
After getting an update on the action-thriller, Red Line , called The Limit in Japan, Kevin brought me up to date on several additional projects: Can I Get A Witness Protection, a faith-based comedy written/directed by Robert G. Lee about a family forced into witness protection after the dad witnesses a murder.
SKYPE YOUR WAY TO THE SET
Kevin related how he came to get cast in NECESSARY ROUGHNESS in an episode directed by actor Rob Morrow (Numb3rs, Northern Exposure).
Lacking a way to get to a callback in L.A., Kevin was able to set a Skype casting session with Rob Morrow and ended up booking the job.
I got Kevin to elaborate on the experience of doing a callback for a guest star role via Skype. In the changing world of casting, we actors need to be prepared to utilize every tool available. This is a great real-world example of how familiarity with current technology allowed an actor to book a role he otherwise might well have lost.
SET DYNAMICS – TEAM WORK – ENJOYING YOUR TIME ON SET
Kevin and I discussed one of the aspects of being the guest actor on a show that relates to ‘fitting in.’ When you join a show that’s already up and running, whether it’s for one episode or multiple episodes, there is already a ‘family dynamic’ in place among the existing cast and crew. How does the new kid on the block ‘fit in’ in a way that allows him/her to do the job they’re hired for in the most seamless fashion? This can be more of an issue earlier in the career journey,]]>
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037 ATP – North Of Hollywood – Actor Rick Lenz’ Award Winning Look At Hollywood Life - Actors Talk - Come Inside The Acting Business http://actorstalkacting.com/037-atp-north-of-hollywood-actor-rick-lenz-award-winning-look-at-hollywood-life/ Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:54:21 +0000 http://actorstalkacting.com/?p=2274 <p>North Of Hollywood For every fan of Hollywood, the movie business, of the actor’s journey, you’ve probably read numerous accounts of ‘how to succeed’ in shown business. Rarely will you have the opportunity to read such an honest account of what succeeding in Hollywood can mean, especially if one gets attached to the fame that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com/037-atp-north-of-hollywood-actor-rick-lenz-award-winning-look-at-hollywood-life/">037 ATP – North Of Hollywood – Actor Rick Lenz’ Award Winning Look At Hollywood Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://actorstalkacting.com">Actors Talk</a>.</p> North Of Hollywood For every fan of Hollywood, the movie business, of the actor’s journey, you’ve probably read numerous accounts of ‘how to succeed’ in shown business. Rarely will you have the opportunity to read such an honest account of what succeed... For every fan of Hollywood, the movie business, of the actor’s journey, you’ve probably read numerous accounts of ‘how to succeed’ in shown business. Rarely will you have the opportunity to read such an honest account of what succeeding in Hollywood can mean, especially if one gets attached to the fame that comes with success.
Rick Lenz’ memoir NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD takes the reader places that most memoirs gloss over or avoid completely. He takes us into his private life and into the difficulties, many self-inflicted, that can come with the territory.
Since this interview was originally broadcast, NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD has garnered seven book awards for the author including: Finalist, Forward Reviews Book of The Year; First Runner Up, London Book Festival (Biography)and winner of the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival.
Following is my review of NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD. After listening to my conversation with Rick Lenz, I hope you’ll hit up your favorite book seller and pick up a copy of NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
REVIEW: NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD by Rick Lenz
In NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD, author Rick Lenz says:
I love acting, but I don’t much care for show business…
Show business as a career, for those of us whom it chooses – we never choose it; no one lacks that much common sense – is the most enticing siren the gods ever conjured, at least to those with the weakness…
Any wayfarer with even miniscule common sense would take whatever evasive action was necessary to avoid that route.
And that was from a successful Hollywood actor.
NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD, winner – Best Biography at the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Book Festival is an often funny, sometimes gut wrenching and immensely engaging true tale of one actor’s journey to grab the brass ring of show business success and by extension, celebrity.
Rick Lenz moves in for an ECU (extreme close up) on a very successful career and an often dysfunctional personal life.
How does the professional actor manage the demands of ‘the business’ and the responsibilities of a husband and father? Is it possible to maintain equilibrium in both? Of course it IS…but it’s not going to be easy. And this isn’t an ‘easy’ book.

Actor-playwright-artist and now author
NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD gives the reader a raw to the bone, bravely personal view of what it can mean to succeed in show business. And what happens when, almost inevitably, that success slips away.
From Lauren Bacall giving ‘thumbs up’ to Lenz taking over the role of Igor in the Broadway production of CACTUS FLOWER, to his rise to stardom following release of the film version with Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman, the reader is along for what will become a bumpy show biz ride.
The work, the fame, the celebrity are all enticing and seductive but ultimately a mirage:
When I arrive on the set the director seems surprised. “I’m really sorry,” he says. “You’re not quite what I had in mind.” When I ask him what he had in mind, he shrugs and simply says, “Someone younger.”
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