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  • How to Build Your Acting Resume

    Acting is a beautiful art that requires a lot of hard work and passion. Going to auditions is what people with traditional jobs call going to an interview. In order to best present yourself to the casting director, you need to do a variety of things. One of the most important things is your resume. Read on to find out how to build your acting resume:

    1. Say Yes to Good Opportunities

    Building your acting resume can be hard, but it is best to consider saying yes to every role that comes your way! 

    2. However, Don’t Say Yes to EVERYTHING

    You want to have a cohesive background in acting. However, it is best to set your limits. If you don’t feel comfortable doing a certain scene it is perfectly okay to put your foot down and refuse. 

    3. Seek Out Obscure Jobs in Video Production

    Go to video production companies in Los Angeles and ask if they need actors for coming shoots. Leave your headshot and a resume. Video production companies are often in need of actors to shoot videos for their clients. Video production companies are always looking for fresh talent and interesting faces.

    4. Audition at Your Local Theater

    By doing plays you show your range of talents. If you can sing well, and we mean sing seriously well, not just dabble, audition for a musical! Musicals are also a fun way to get more experience and a great thing to have on a resume.

    5. Join Your Local Improv Group

    This is more for practice, but it also doesn’t hurt to have a membership to an improv group in your resume! Improv also shows directors that you have a creative mind, not just an actor who can memorize lines and reiterate them. Improv also helps hone in your acting skills. 

    What are your thoughts? What have you done to buff up your acting resume? Let us know!

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  • How to Choose Your Monologue For Your Next Audition

    Auditioning for a role is always a nerve-wracking experience. You’re up against many talented actors, so you need to stand out. The best way to truly stand out is to choose a monologue that depicts who you can be as an actor. Here as some tips to choosing the perfect monologue for your next casting call:

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    1. What Has Had a Big Impact In Your Life Recently:

    Choose a monologue that depicts your life at the moment. What was a big change you recently went through? It also doesn’t have to be something too drastic of a change, but maybe you’re trying to cook more? or maybe you’ve taken up a new hobby like running half-marathons. Take from your own experiences and translate that to a monologue of a character that has overcome a similar obstacle or who went through something similar. 

    2. Choose an Active Monologue:

    You don’t want to be that person who stands in front of the casting crew and recites a paragraph long monologue. Remember, these people are seeing hundreds of actors do their monologue. You want to engage them so you will stand out more. However, be cautious when doing an active monologue as you don’t want to be over-dramatic. 

    3. Choose a Professional Piece:

    What does this mean? Well as Melissa Hillman writes, “don’t choose pieces that are full of graphic violence sex or offensive language.” After all, what is a casting audition? It’s a job interview. You wouldn’t use that sort of language at a job interview, why use it during an acting job interview? It’s often taken in bad taste. You will be memorable, but not for the right reasons. To read more about Hillman’s advice click here

    4. Don’t Experiment:

    Why shouldn’t you experiment? Unless you have a skill that you’ve truly mastered and have been revered about it, don’t whip out some mediocre skill that will leave the casting team unimpressed. It is best to play it safe, but only up to a point of course. It’s a double edge sword that needs to be tread lightly. 

    How do you pick your monologues? What inspires your to pick your monologue? Share your storied below!

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