I’m happy to report that I have a new commercial agent here in LA. I just signed with JLA! Sumer is delightful, and I’m really looking forward to working with her!
I had my new headshots taken by David Carlson last Friday (all 1200 of them!), and I’m in the process of getting feedback from my managers and agents as to which ones they want me to print and/or upload to the various casting sites. We covered a lot of ground with the shots, from “warts and all” to glam senator’s wife, so there are lots to choose from. I’m sure I’ll be posting a few of the chosen shots after the verdict is in.
Another great tv CD workshop earlier this week as well as two awesome voice over workshops! In between, I recorded, edited and uploaded several voice over projects in addition to an ISDN session.
I had a great little phone session with Bonnie Gillespie this week, too. She had some wonderful, insightful suggestions for tweaks to my resume, acting demo reel, and this site as well as input on my new photos. Those will all be implemented soon!
Met with my new manager, ESI Network, to sign paperwork and get my homework, talk about pictures, plans, etc. I have quite a few things to do in order to help my manager market me correctly. Fortunately, having been in the business for over 20 years, many of the things are already done like listing with numerous casting websites, budgeting for business, investing in my business, etc.
Now, I need to do things like get specific about my short and long terms goals, and make a list of the shows that I want to do and in which I can see myself being cast. These are things I’ve been thinking about anyway, but good to get organized and put it down in black and white.
Of course, I need new headshots, too. I know I’ve needed them for awhile, but thought I’d wait until I was out here. It also helps to know what types of shots the manager and agent need. So, I’m gearing up for that. I’ve been referred to a good photographer by acting friends, and I’m excited to work with him.
I’ve also scheduled 10 casting director workshops during the month of July, so that will keep me busy in addition to my voice over work!
Found a hairdresser here – so that’s a sigh of relief, too. 🙂
Have to say I’ve been missing my family especially over this holiday weekend. We’ve been keeping in touch, but didn’t feel like I could make the trip home for the 4th of July while in the middle of everything here. Will hope to work out all that scheduling as we go. I will be going home for a visit soon
I’ve been learning so much lately from a variety of courses and sources! I’m getting ready to take the plunge into the LA market, so I’ve been updating websites, demos, reels, resumes – you name it! I’m waiting to get new headshots until I get to LA because I want to wait to see what my new manager and agent will want. It seems there are differing ideas depending on who you talk to. Bottom line, they need to look like me, of course, but whether I just want/need shots that express me or if I’ll be requested to provide headshots for specific categories – that still represent the real me, of course – remains to be seen. I like Amy Jo Berman’s way of describing that headshots show CDs what to do with you.
Another topic discussed in Amy Jo Berman’s “Social Discover Me” course was the acting demo reel. So much good information! I was already in line with many of the things discussed, but there were some areas on my demo reel that needed to be tweaked. I’ve also just received footage from my appearance on Salem, so it was a great time to clean up that theatrical demo reel!
Here’s the result:
Leave a comment to let me know what you think!