TVI Founder, Alan Nusbaum heading back to Los Angeles after 10 days at TVI Actors Studio in New York. The wonderful new product on United Airlines is the GoGo Internet service so I can work while traveling.
The Acting School in NYC and Los Angeles
Casting Director for “Taking Woodstock” was New York Casting Director, Avy Kaufman.
TVI Actors Studio Los Angeles member, Kelly McCraken guest starred on “The Mentalist“. Three scenes with Simon Baker. Kelly stated, “it went REALLY great”. It airs March 11 at 10:00pm pm on CBS. Casting Directors were Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer and Robert J. Ulrich from the casting office of Ulrich, Dawson and Kritzer.
So we had our first in a series of 4 commercial agents last week. Kevin McShane from Fifi-Oscard was wonderful The students got wonderful insight into the agents job when showing their clients to Casting Directors. We’ve all heard bout “its who you know” in the business and Kevin is most definitely in the know! Since the success of our agent showcase (Legit coming in Late Feb.) We have decided to open the remainder 3 agent series available for you to join! Just call your Career Coach or anyone at TVI and ask for the agent series!The include: Phil Cassese @ Talent Works, Lakey Wolf @ CESD and Matt Depoala @ Gersh.
http://www.tvistudios.com/email/NY_commercial_showcase_01_10.html NOTE: You do not need an audition to attend!
Many actors love the opportunity to work as a “presenter”, that is, host for a Television show, game show, reality TV show. While it can be financially rewarding, it is also challenging work. It is not always easy to be “YOU” in front of a camera, especially you are having a bad day. That is why actors oftentimes make great host’s. There is a technique involved. It involves energy, personality, confidence and the ability to think on your feet. Consider taking an intensive class with Barbara Barna. She has cast for jut about every show out there; from HGTV to “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and everything in between. Its not just a chance to meet her, but actually work with somebody who can evaluate your skill set and get you going in the right direction. Barbara will be teaching at TVI Actors Studio. Find out more!
I wonder if you are like me. As a kid, when I saw someone my age playing a character on television, I wondered, “how did they get the job?” Even though I knew nothing about casting, agents, LA or NY, the idea that if someone was on TV, why couldn’t it be me-became my mantra. I continued to have those thoughts through High School and College. Over time, I eventually achieved my goals. If there is any advice I can give (now I am old enough to pass it along) it is this; It all comes down to “Learn By Doing”. Putting yourself in the best position to learn and grow with classes, meeting industry pros, remaining teachable. That is the key. So, follow your passion, create yourself, always be the student. FYI Candice Alustiza, Casting Associate for “Ugly Betty” is teaching at TVI TVI Actors Studio
TVI member Kelly McCracken just booked another episodic as a result of our one night casting director workshops. CBS hit drams, “The Mentalist” will welcome Kelly to their set next week for a couple of scenes with it’s star, Simon Baker. Kelly was booked by casting directors Eric Souliere and Eric Dawson (Ulrich, Dawson, Kritzer) and is repped by Bonnie Black.
Whether its a guest starring appearance on “Gossip Girl” or being featured on a TV commercial, getting cast is usually the final step for an actor in search of a job. Being prepared is the key to a successful career. Many believe that just meeting a casting director is all that is needed to “get the job”. Well, here’s a reality check: Casting Directors meet or see hundreds if not thousands of eager actors. Which means that unless there is something spectacular, unique, special about you, chances are that you will not be remembered. There is hope however. Consider working with a Casting Director who also teaches a class. This is now a double win for you. First, you learn about what skills you may need, tips for success and gain understanding about the casting process. Second, you can make a positive impression about your talent and personality over time with a class taught by the same casting person who may just need what you have. Of course, there is no guarantee of employment, just an opportunity to learn AND increase your visibility. This is especially true if you work with top casting people like Pat McCorkle, Rebecca Yarsin, Findley Davidson.
To dream of being a TV host is one thing, to have an attainable goal is quite another. Some may think kit is simply a matter of personality. Show up at an audition with a smile and forced energy and you will surely be on your way to hosting success. Right?. Not so fast. Consider the following. What are your specific skill sets for the job? Do your presentation skills and personality match the kind of opportunities you are looking for? How much energy is appropriate? Does your voice match your face? How do you package yourself so that others will “buy” what you are selling. You should not find yourself, you should create yourself. Take a hosting class, get involved, work with pros. It is the best way to reach your goals. Consider classes at TVI Actors Studio.
Producers of Broadway’s West Side Story had two reasons to celebrate this week.
Not only did the production at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) break the theatre’s box-office record two weeks in a row — but two of the show’s stars have renewed their contracts well into 2010.
Tony Award winner Karen Olivo (Anita) and Tony Award nominee Josefina Scaglione (Maria) have both renewed their contracts.
Here are a few answers…
I get asked about joining the performers unions. Screen Actors Guild has some specific rules that just might help:
1) An actor can join SAG through the Taft-Hartley Act, which makes it possible for an actor to work on a SAG-recognized project for 30 days, even if he or she is not a member.
2) An actor may be able to joinSAG if he or she can prove that they have worked or are expected to work on a SAG-recognized project.
3) Actors may be able to join SAG if they can prove that they have been a member of another actor union, such as the Actors’ Equity Association, and they have had a lead (principal) role while a member of that union.