The Actors Brand! With the ever-growing population of actors out there in LaLa Land, in order to stand out from the rest, an actor needs to build their brand. While some actors will use social media to post photos and list their latest roles, a key element that most actors overlook is having a great website to keep 5 key elements in one place. These elements create a picture of who you are making you look professional and at the same time memorable to Casting Directors and Agents/Managers.
So without further ado, here are the 5 Key Elements To A Great Acting Website:
1. Headshots- The Number One element in getting you in the forefront. This should be on the first page of your website. It should also be linked together with your Resume and accessible through a PDF download. I recommend having a couple of different Headshots on your website where you are smiling with confidence in a few and perhaps a few that show a bit of intrigue, something deep and meaningful about your character type.
2. Resume. Your resume, in addition to your headshot should always be available for download and should be linked together with your Headshot. It should be in PDF format and make sure to always update it whenever, you have added a new role to your roster, or have taken a new class or learned a new skill.
2. Reel. Your Reel just as your headshot and resume is also a key element in building your Brand. Even if you have a few small clips of your acting ability, have it professionally done, and create a link to Youtube. Make sure to have a couple of stills from the scene.
4. Blog: A blog is a great way to get the Latest News about your ac=ting career thus far.. You can write about the latest audition you were on, or what classes you have taken, maybe recommend some of the great acting coaches you have had, and you can even recommend great acting books that have helped you. See it's always good to share your experiences with others and it makes you stand out. I recommend that you update this every month or so.
5. Contact Info: It is always important to let people know where to find you. A professional email address with your name, and a Google Number. As opposed to listing your own personal number a Google Phone Number gives you a bit more privacy, while still allowing people to reach you and it also looks professional. You can have this info on your first page and last page as well.
**BONUS** You can link all your Social Media accounts throughout your website. The footer on each page works. See, now you can link your website to your Social Media and vice versa. And you thought I would forget.
So there you have it. If you need help, ask me, and I may build one for you.. Please share this article with your fellow actors.
10 tips to reduce your stage fright:
Getting in front of and auditioning for people can feel scary! Fear sets in, blood pressure rises, and this leads to forgetting lines, and not feeling or acting confident, which can show. So to overcome these feelings, here are some great tips;
1 - Shift the focus from yourself and your fear to your true purpose—contributing something of value to your audience.
2 - Stop scaring yourself with thoughts about what might go wrong. Instead, focus your attention on thoughts and images that are calming and reassuring.
3 - Refuse to think thoughts that create self-doubt and low confidence.
4 - Practice ways to calm and relax your mind and body, such as deep breathing, relaxation exercises, yoga, and meditation.
5 - Exercise, eat well, and practice other healthful lifestyle habits. Try to limit caffeine, sugar, and alcohol as much as possible.
6 - Visualize your success: Always focus on your strength and ability to handle challenging situations.
7 - Prepare your material in advance and read it aloud to hear your voice.
8 - Make connections with your audience: Smile and greet people, thinking of them as friends rather than enemies.
9 - Stand or sit in a self-assured, confident posture. Remain warm and open and make eye contact.
10 - Give up trying to be perfect and know that it is OK to make mistakes. Be natural, be yourself.
I hope this helps you get that next audition!
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15 THINGS TO CARRY WITH YOU WHEN AUDITIONING
Getting that audition is probably one of the most awesome feelings an actor can get. And in most cases, are last minute, which is great. But as we are running out the door, we sometimes forget little things. And that's what this list is about "THINGS" an actor you should bring to an audition even if it means putting them in your backpack or handbag:
1. Water - Yes, that all important element that keeps us hydrated, clears our throat and keeps us calm...Add a little lime and you're good to go.
2. Snack Food - I recommend something healthy, like fruit or trail mix, or even a healthier to keep your energy up!
3. Dental Floss/Tooth Brush & Toothpaste - For a great audition, a great clean smile goes a long way.
4. Mints - Refreshing, keeps your mouth clean. #Altoids are great!
5. Headshot/Resume - Your Number #1 Branding Tool, extremely important and necessary.
6. Business Cards - Just as necessary as your headshot, a business card is a great compact branding tool that should include your photo, name, contact info, website and Social Media links.
7. Highlighter/Pen - An actors true friend when getting sides.
8. Make-Up! - Both male and female actors should wear light make-up to an audition for purposes of removing shine, a little powder will do.
9. Comb/Brush/Hairspray - You want to always look your best and be presentable. A little light hair fix helps a lot.
10. Tissues - Great when they want you to cry on cue or if you need it as a prop for a scene.
11. Hand Lotion - Keeps your hands soft, great if you are auditioning for a hand model job.
12. Phone Charger - Very important that your phone is always charged, especially if you are going from audition to audition, job to job, and staying in touch with your agent/manager.
13. Comfortable Shoes - I recommend Rockport shoes, for both men and women, comfortable, great for traveling in the big city and stylish too!
14. A Friend - Now while you can't fit this person in a handbag, you can bring them along for moral support.
15. Thank-you Notes, Pen & Stamps- Talk about going a long way! Yes, snail mail is still vital these days and is more tangible than a cold email. A very nice thank you letter means a lot and makes you memorable, especially, if you personalize it!
Stay Calm, let your nerves work for you and get that Call Back!!!
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Experience acting in NYC and long term goals.
I’ve always been a traveler and acting has been quite a journey for me so far. I began at a community theatre in Houston, Texas and in September 2014, I made the move to NYC when I got accepted into an acting program. While working at five restaurants and couch surfing through seven apartments, I managed to graduate from the two year acting program eager to start working. What I’ve learned so far is that the work comes from a variety of sources. Each location has its own story whether it’s animation voice overs, singing events, commercials to professional film and theatre. I’ve taken a Greyhound to Philly to shoot a commercial, I’ve taken trips to Long Island to act in a web series, I’ve auditioned for Broadway in the same studios that I studied voice, speech, and acting. I also booked my first regional theatre role. I’ll be in a new musical called The Fabulous Lipitones at the Penobscot Theatre in Maine (more traveling?!).
My long term goals include working with my favorite actors on stage, film, and TV and even branch out into international dramas, films, and anime’.
Review for Tony/BackstagePhotography (5/5 stars)
When experience, creativity, professionalism and camera skills meet; you get Tony Cammarata. He’s worked with professional studios and is now is his own boss and he’s great at it! During the shoot, he gives actor friendly direction. I felt like a professional model while shooting with him. After the shoot he sends hundreds of the best shots. He’s very easy to contact before and after the shoot. Even when my wifi screwed up and I couldn’t download the photos, he was patient and helpful with that too. AND the price can’t be beat! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants great photos at a great price! I look forward to my next session with him!