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Things that you should know about getting started in the biz!

So, Ya Wanna Be in the Movies?!

1.  The first thing that is needed for this business, is dedication. 
2.  The second thing, is PATIENCE!!!  If you are not a patient person, then this biz is not for you!
3.  You have to spend money to make, know that you are going to need photos!  HEADSHOTS are the key in the business.  Not unless you are trying to push your child!  Then just recent photos with the child ONLY in the photo.  Recent meaning, this past week.  Do not have anyone else in the photo, and try to have a close up type photo, from the shoulders up.  It can be a snapshot, or a polaroid!
4.  Headshots should be made by a headshot photographer.  Someone that KNOWS the business and knows how to take the photos.
5.  Look to spend anywhere from $300-500 for your photo shoot and mass production of your photos.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  This is just an estimate! Agents are looking more towards color photos now...ask to find out!
6.  If you THINK you want to be in this business, then try to find an agent. Talk to others and see who their agent is.  Call around to find an agent.  Sometimes an agent may be listed in your local phone book under TALENT AGENT.  Also, you can find publications that list so many professionals in the industry by going to:
They list pros in the business in their production manuals.
7.  Call the local film office, which is usually in the state capitol, and ask about agents. They are usually in your state capitol, however, some film offices are located in cities that have a lot of filmmaking going on.  Charlotte, NC, Wilmington, NC, Asheville, NC, Raleigh, NC, Atlanta, GA  Chicago, IL and NY and LA, just to name a few.
8.  Never pay any "upfront fees". 
9.  Sometimes there are agents that charge a small fee, and that is acceptable.  However, you should NEVER have to take their classes to be accepted in the agency.
10.  Now to classes.......Classes are good!  Ask around to find out WHO is the best acting coach, or who is giving a workshop so that you can learn something!  If you learned just one thing you did not know in a class, then it is worth the money!
11.  Always perfect your craft of acting!  Join actors clubs, network, network, network!!! Join the local theater.  The more experience you have, the better it is for you.
12.  Try to find jobs on your own if possible.  There are lots of links on the internet!!
13.  I would suggest if you "think" you want to do this as a career, then first start off as being an extra, just to see if this is something you really want to do.  Then look for an agent.
14.  One more thing, if you are going to be on set, either by being an extra or an actor, DO NOT bring valuables to the set.  They could get lost or stolen, and the production would not be responsible.
15.  Last, but not least....if you go on an audition, do the best you can do, and leave there knowing you did the best you can do.  Don't look for a "call back", so if you do get one you will be surprised, and if you don't get one, you won't be disappointed as much.
16.  Remember to NEVER GIVE UP YOUR DREAM!  Most of all, if you don't get the part, remember that you did the best you could do.  A lot of the time, it has to do with the LOOK and if you had the "LOOK" the director was wanting! 
 Good Luck!
(One last thing....if you had a leading role in a film or commercial......
the CORRECT spelling to put on your resume is "PRINCIPAL", not
"Principle").  Just thought you might like that info!!!

Headshots and Resumes

The industry standard is 8x10 black and white glossy.
However, things change, and some agents and some Casting Directors are asking for color, lasers, smaller prints and lithographs.  Ask the agent or the Casting Director what their preference is.
Remember to ALWAYS take at least 2 headshots or photos and resumes on all auditions.  No matter if you "think" your agent sent it in, take yours in!
Your resume should list name, agents name and phone number (if you have an agent).  Never put your home phone on your resume.  List a cell, your agent's, work number, or best choice....voice mail number!  If you have an agent, DO NOT put down your personal telephone number or contact information!
Put your Experience....Film, Commercials, Industrials, Documentaries, Videos.
Also, your can be school plays, drama, theater, workshops, acting classes, etc.
Make sure you add Special Skills and, bike riding, martial arts, swimming, sewing, drive a stick shift, anything like this....put it on there!  Make sure you do not lie on your resume, as if you do, you could be put in a situation where you may be confronted.  I have had situations in which I have cast a movie, and someone comes in with a resume stating that they were cast as a particular character in that film, and I KNEW that they were not!

If you would like information on where to get your headshots mass reproduced; here are a few companies that I know of:
Most agents are asking color for headshots now.  Ask the agent what they prefer.

Precision Photos tel: 212.302.2724


Exact Photo


Mass Photo

P & Q Photo



212-564-2568 or





 Photoscan                      (407) 839-5029 / OR    Toll Free (800) 352-6367

ACTING COACHES in the Carolinas:
Pamela Childs is located in Monroe, NC.  She taught Halle Berry, along with a list of other stars! 
Jordan Beswick is located in the Greensboro, NC area.
Elizabeth D'Onofrio is also an acting coach, however, she has moved from Asheville, NC.  (Elizabeth's brother is Vincent D'Onofrio, who stars in LAW and ORDER...tell her Maxann told you about her!)
(If you know of a great acting coach, please contact me and I will list them here!)

Do you have any questions? Send us an e-mail at: PO Box 4137 Rock Hill, SC  29732-6137
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