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5 Things YOU Do That Make People Hate You On Set

You finally booked the role – woohoo!  Now, don’t fuck it up.

First of all, don’t be a creeper!  No one goes to set with hopes of falling in love, especially with you.  Don’t ask anyone for his or her phone number, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat… ok, maybe Snapchat because seeing people with filters that make them look like random animals is fun.  When you are on set be focused on what you should be doing, pay attention to what the director is saying, and do the best you can to make the production better.  Being on set is not “hanging out”, it’s not like being at a bar, or a coffee shop – you are there to work and get your job done so the project can move along.  Don’t be that girl with the fake lips that tries to fuck the producer to get the next movie role, there’s a special place in Hell for people like that.

Do not complain!  When you are on set and things are not going your way, the last thing anyone wants to hear is you talking about how upset you are.  Don’t be a little baby about it, and if you don’t like it then leave.  Don’t be the vibe killer on set, when you start complaining all it does is make everyone else want to crush your vocal chords.  Obviously, if there is a real problem on set (i.e. asking you to do something not in your contract), then take a break and call your manager.  A good manager will sort out any legitimate problems you are having. Read more

Author: Jaimie Beebe
Category: The High Fives of Acting
Date: October 24, 2016
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5 Ways to Annoy A Casting Director

So you want to be famous?  That’s not going to happen if you annoy the Casting Director to the point they feel like vomiting when they get an email notification from you!

To start out with, don’t call/text/email me that you aren’t going to make it to your audition AFTER it’s over.  Advance notice is required.

Secondly, be prepared!  It is your responsibility to figure out where the audition is being held, look over the sides, practice with your friends, shower, etc. I’m not going to hold your hand, if you want the part you will need to put forth some effort.
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Author: Jaimie Beebe
Category: The High Fives of Acting
Date: September 19, 2016
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5 Photos NOT to Send to a Casting Director… or put on Tinder

There are plenty of photographers out there that want to charge and arm & a leg for a good headshot session, and many actors just can’t afford it.  But that does not mean you can send a shitty photo to a casting director and hope for the best!

I’m going to enlighten everyone on 5 types of headshots you should NEVER send to a Casting Director, or even put on tinder for that matter…

First up is the “Friend Photo”.  I’m sure you’re very popular and have lots of awesome photos of you hanging out with your friends at bars, at the beach, and having dinner… but I don’t care.  The last thing I have time to do is blow up the photo and try to figure out which one is you.

Secondly, if you’re wearing sunglasses and a hat in the photo you send, I’m not going to be able to see what you look like… duh.
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Author: Jaimie Beebe
Category: The High Fives of Acting
Date: September 14, 2016
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Successful Self-Submissions for Auditions

The BSTA Warm Up:  The following  three suggestions are given at the starting line to help get YOU to the finish line (the audition).  Explore and use only what works for YOU because YOU are special and unique.  Choose to follow some paths but also feel empowered to try other routes you pave for yourself. Go TEAMYOU!  LISA BERMAN, CEO of the BERMAN/SACKS TALENT AGENCY LLC (the BSTA)

1)  A Single Submission for Each Project:

Unless otherwise instructed by Casting, only submit once to a single project.  When Talent self-submits to projects there is a tendency to want to submit for more than one role. While Talent can often be right for several roles in a single project, it is generally a mistake to double submit.  Instead, it is best to pick one role and go for it.  Casting can easily move Talent to a different role within their project. Casting can bring in Talent for unreleased roles after receiving Talent's materials on a released role.  Double, triple or quadruple submissions by the same Talent, on the same project, may be a negative flag to Casting that the Talent might be inexperienced.  Multiple submissions also clog up Casting's submission files and waste Casting's time causing them to wade through duplicate submissions when creating their schedules.  Multiple submissions may also upset Casting when it causes them to accidentally give one Talent a duplicate audition spot. Casting rarely asks Talent to read (audition) for two different roles at two different times for the same project. When up for multiple roles, one Talent will read for various roles during their one audition appointment.  If Casting decides at that moment the Talent is also right for another role, they will give the Talent sides (dialogue) and time to prepare to read for them in that same audition appointment.  The BSTA rule is always make Casting's job easier, not harder, in order to win them over.

2)  Select a Photo That is Right for the Specific Role:

Select a recent photo to submit that looks the most like the role desired. If the role calls for an athlete playing in a sports competition, submit a photo in athletic attire, rather than an office suit and tie shot.  Neutral black t-shirt shots are best kept for Stage projects.  Auditions for Television, Film, Commercial and Print projects are best sought by using photos that suggest the role by the wardrobe worn in the shot.  Until Casting KNOWS a Talent personally, through auditioning or hiring them on projects or by seeing their professional work on television, in films, on the internet or in commercials, Casting can only go by the photo and materials submitted to them. In Los Angeles, unknown Talent tend to get auditions for roles that are closely related to what is suggested in the photos submitted.  Casting needs to know what Talent looks like today.  Casting tends to pass over Talent who submit old photos that Casting has seen repeatedly over the years.  Casting presumes Talent no longer looks like they did in old photos taken years ago.  The BSTA way is to submit a RECENT photo that helps Casting easily see you playing that specific role.
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Author: Lisa Berman
Category: Tips for Actors
Date: September 12, 2016
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