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Career 911

  • When the Industry Doesn’t Love You

    Sometimes it feels like you’re a thousand miles from the industry. Sometimes it feels like no one knows you and no one cares. No agent is calling, no casting director is noticing, no one is inviting you to do your work. And it’s not like you’re not doing everything to make it happen. You’re hustling, [...]

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  • Your Career Wake-Up Call

    The BGB Studio is an interesting confluence of casting office and acting studio and it affords us a bird’s eye view of actors and acting careers. We see what works. We get to observe every type of actor and acting career here. And beyond that, we also see the reality of the business because it’s [...]

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Audition Power

  • Show Us Your Humanity and We Will Cast You

    You want to impress the casting director, producers, and directors in a casting room. You come in wanting so badly to do well, to know your lines, and to give them what they want, which is completely understandable. But here’s the thing, nobody knows what they want other than to be affected. And what they [...]

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  • 4 Ways To Silence Audition Nerves

    Your heart pounds. You sit on a hard chair in a cramped closet of a packed waiting room. Twelve pages of thick dialogue swirl around inside your head. Each inhale sucks in the stew of nerves and fear simmering all around you. You're up next. Your heart pounds faster. Sweat beads. As your moment approaches, [...]

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The Craft

  • The Hangry Actor

    It usually happens around 3pm. A dull headache sets in, followed by irritability, and then an intolerance for anything and everything. My wife, daughter, and I are all among those who get what is referred to as “Hangry,” the marriage of Angry and Hungry. It's not a medical term, but one that accurately depicts what [...]

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  • How to Find the Right Acting Class

    So you think it's time to get back to class. Some of you may still feel like that frightened little kid on your first day of school, the tight grip of your little fingers clutching your parent's hand as you're dragged up the steps to the front door. Or like the high schooler, groaning, piles [...]

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Inspiration

  • Does Your Acting Matter?

    You’re racing down the freeway at top speed, pedal to the metal. The car shakes and your hands clench the wheel in a death-grip. You’re hell bent on reaching your career destination and you’re going to get there fast. Only problem is, you’ve been driving like this for months and your gaslight has been on [...]

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  • What to Do When Your World Feels Like It’s Coming Apart…

    The world feels like it’s coming apart. The industry seems uncaring. Your reps (if you have reps) are wrapped up in the Pilot Season/awards/industry swirl and can’t help; hell, they’re not even returning your emails. There’s a knot in your stomach and you feel stuck. As a deep-feeling being, you’re carrying a ton of stress, [...]

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Career 911

  • When the Industry Doesn’t Love You

  • Your Career Wake-Up Call

    The BGB Studio is an interesting confluence of casting office and acting studio and it affords us a bird’s eye view of actors and acting careers. We see what works. We get to observe every type of actor and acting career here. And beyond that, we also see the reality of the business because it’s [...]

    Read More
  • How to Fail Your Way to Success

    Somewhere amidst the singular focus on your career success, the relentless proving of yourself at every audition, and the daily justification of your choice to be an actor in the first place, something is missing. In trying to convince everyone (including yourself) that you are talented, worthy, and ready to be a series regular, you [...]

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  • 3 Reasons You Should Punch Your Type In The Balls

    Finding your type is the act of figuring out the recurring character types that present themselves in the Industry, then discovering what character type you are. It assumes that there are boxes and that it’s an actor’s job to fit into the box. Are you the Funny Best Friend? The Dumb Jock? Maybe you’re the [...]

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  • Declare Artistic Independence by Making Work

    What does it take to declare Artistic Independence? To decide that you don’t have to wait for the Industry, for anyone, to allow you to be an artist? To take command of your career and express yourself independent of an Industry that just doesn’t have the capacity to take care of you? This is an [...]

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  • BGB PODCAST: How To Love Your Auditions

    It’s all about showing up. You have to bring the full force of your creativity into the audition room, into your career, and into your life. The practice of play makes that happen. It’s time to disrupt old patterns, to discover and express the totality of your creative power in the audition room. To make […]

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  • A Surefire Way To Get Discovered

    You are burning to be discovered. You have loads of talent, desire, and drive. You’ve prepared- you’ve taken great headshots and have a few decent clips on your reel. And you’ve been doing the work. You’ve sacrificed. You love it so much and you want it bad. You just want to know how to get [...]

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  • 10 Essential Ways to Build your Resume, Reel, & Career in Atlanta

    Atlanta actors are in demand right now and there are amazing opportunities to book work. And that’s great! But are you ready when Hollywood comes calling? If you want to book the co-star role once in awhile, go for it. But we suspect you want more. If you want a robust acting career- from which [...]

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  • An Actor’s Side Job

    Yeah, it’s cliche. “Oh, you’re an actor? At what restaurant do you work?” If money from acting isn’t enough, actors have to support themselves. So they get jobs at restaurants, they drive Lyft, they tutor, etc. The Side Job is often necessary. But it has to be managed so it doesn’t take over. You have [...]

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  • Casting Directors Are People Too

    It often feels like Casting Directors are unapproachable, like the great and powerful Oz. True, many of them have limited accessibility; most of the time they’re working their asses off, dawn to midnight. Or they’re taking a few well-deserved precious hours to be with their families. Or… they’re out there hustling for a job just [...]

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  • 4 Excuses That Are Killing Your Acting Career

    Achieving the kind of acting career you’re striving for—lead roles on TV shows, big movies, Emmys, Oscars, etc.—is very, very difficult. Almost impossible. Most of you are trying to do no less than conquer the entertainment industry. And it’s something that many have attempted, but a microscopic few have actually done. This is a business [...]

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  • 1 Big Shift That Will Change Your Career

    You’ve sacrificed so much for the pursuit of an acting career. You’ve invested so much. But it still often feels like guesswork. It’s likely that you’re not where you want to be in you career. You want to know how to get a great agent and how to keep an agent. You want to know how [...]

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  • 12 Powerful Decisions to Get You to Success

    You may be thinking, I train a lot and I do tons of theater. So what am I not doing? You are very likely doing the right things and you want your hard work and dedication to pay off. Rightly so. But here’s the truth: You are one of thousands of deserving actors who works [...]

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Audition Power

  • Show Us Your Humanity and We Will Cast You

  • 4 Ways To Silence Audition Nerves

    Your heart pounds. You sit on a hard chair in a cramped closet of a packed waiting room. Twelve pages of thick dialogue swirl around inside your head. Each inhale sucks in the stew of nerves and fear simmering all around you. You're up next. Your heart pounds faster. Sweat beads. As your moment approaches, [...]

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  • The Actor Affirmations: 5 Things to Remember Before Every Audition

    No flakey New-Age voodoo here. Just 5 powerful truths about you and your craft that most actors choose to forget. So remind yourself. The day of the audition and every other day.  1. You are unique to the universe.  You carry with you a collection of experiences that no other creature in the universe carries. [...]

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  • BGB PODCAST: James Eckhouse and Why the Work Matters

    BGB teacher James Eckhouse has spent 30 years succeeding in the business. And he’s done it because he knows how to fight through failure. Listen to James, Risa, and Steve talk about why the work matters and how knowing your “why” helps book work. Listen…   Take a class with James or our other BGB […]

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  • The Only Path To Audition Success

    Over the years we've seen every kind of actor choose every kind of path in an attempt to carve out a successful acting career. And most actors fail. In fact, after all these decades, we've only seen one path that works consistently.  And we're going to tell you what it is. But let's start with [...]

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  • The Other Audition Technique

    No actor is safe. There is always a reckoning. There is always a moment when your training, your talent, and your dogged pursuit of the business fall prey to the forces that sabotage, undermine, and ultimately sink your career. And the worst part is no one tells you about it. Indeed, there is another acting [...]

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  • BGB PODCAST: How To Love Your Auditions

    It’s all about showing up. You have to bring the full force of your creativity into the audition room, into your career, and into your life. The practice of play makes that happen. It’s time to disrupt old patterns, to discover and express the totality of your creative power in the audition room. To make […]

    Read More
  • The Powerful Self-Tape Mindshift

    Another week, another self-tape. You didn’t get notes before hand. No one sent the script. There’s no one in the room to offer feedback or direction except your friend/Mom/camera operator at the self-tape shop. And none of them can possibly know what the decision makers want. All you have to draw from is a cryptic, [...]

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  • Self-Taping from Atlanta

    Atlanta is hopping right now and in many ways the playing field of the Industry has never been this level for actors. From your apartment in Atlanta, you can capture your talent on video, send it West in the blink of an eye, and be considered for some of the biggest roles that Hollywood has [...]

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  • The Self-Tape Essentials

    The playing field keeps leveling. Gone are the days when only a select geographically-fortunate few would have the possibility of being seen for a big TV pilot. Self-taping is the new normal so you have to know how to shoot self-tapes that capture your extraordinary work at a moment's notice and with no drama. 1. [...]

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  • 21 Things You Can Do to Make A Casting Director Happy in the Audition Room

    Casting directors are your advocates and your champions. Your work reflects on us. Your wonderful work makes us look good and actually gets the role cast. Your disconnected, tentative, muddled work does nothing for anyone. We need you to be great. We’re here to host your experience and shepherd you in, not hold you back. [...]

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  • Audition Like You Don’t Give A Fuck

    You enter the audition room. Your heart is pounding so loudly that you can’t hear the casting assistant. Your mouth is dry but you left your water bottle in the waiting room. Your head is spinning on that one line you just can’t freaking remember. The casting director looks weary and indifferent. The reader is [...]

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  • How To Audition With Power in 2018

    2018 is the year of your Power. A shift in the collective consciousness regarding the old power dynamics in our industry has occurred. The patriarchal power brokers of an antiquated industrial model are being brought to their knees by brave voices demanding change. We’re not going back. And this is the perfect time for you, [...]

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The Craft

  • The Hangry Actor

  • How to Find the Right Acting Class

    So you think it's time to get back to class. Some of you may still feel like that frightened little kid on your first day of school, the tight grip of your little fingers clutching your parent's hand as you're dragged up the steps to the front door. Or like the high schooler, groaning, piles [...]

    Read More
  • Un-Comfortability

      Charisma has a lot to do with two factors: 1. Being utterly present - receptive and vulnerable to the environment (particularly to be electro-statically alive to the other beings sharing the stage) AND 2. Our ability to be at home with un-comfortability. In life, we often find ourselves in a place of duress or [...]

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  • 7 Reasons Actors Don’t Train

    We have good intentions. We’re desperate to do things that are good for us. As we hit the pillow, we’re genuinely committed to change. But as we put on our morning chain mail and the fog of distraction creeps in, we find reasons that we just can’t actually commit. At least not right this minute. [...]

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  • 8 Reasons Actors Must Train

    "The only excuse for not coming to a class or a performance is death." - Stella Adler Class is hardly a luxury or an indulgence. It’s not for weak actors, or untalented ones. It’s certainly not only for actors who are untrained. Dancers, athletes, musicians, and yogis practice and work out on a daily basis. [...]

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  • After the Gold Rush

    In 1848 a man named James Marshall was checking up on a mill he was building on the banks of the American River in Northern California when a glint of light caught his eye from below. Looking down he saw a nugget of gold that would set the world ablaze with fever, draw enough attention [...]

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  • How Improv Changed My Life

    Improv – a game changer. Most people have heard of improvisation. They’ve seen Whose Line is it Anyway or a show at one of the prestigious Improv Theaters around the country. They are familiar with the quick-wits of the players and enjoy a night of laughing at the unexpected. What many people don’t know is […]

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  • The Power of ‘Abandon Script’!

    By: Will Doughty Improvisation training is the first thing any commercial agent and casting director will tell an actor to get on their resume. We knows this. Recently improv has started to flood into mainstream Television and Film. Starting with Waiting for Guffman and continuing with any Judd Apatow Production. Today actors flock to get […]

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  • AWRS (August Wilson Reading Series) at BGB 2017

    “The Commonalities of all culture within the life I know best – which is black life, that’s who I am – I’m gonna express that.  That’s what I am – I’m gonna express that. That’s what I want my art to be about. This is the way we do things. We all bury our dead, we all […]

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  • BGB PODCAST: The Myth of Success

    It can easily appear that Pilot Season is the reason for many actors’ success – Series Regular on a pilot, accolades and maybe even an Emmy award.  However, “appear” is the key word. Success looks different when you change your perspective and here’s our take on it – The work will and never should end.  […]

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  • Why Isn’t the Industry Chasing You?

    What does it take to declare artistic independence? To decide that you don’t have to wait for the industry, for anyone, to allow you to be an artist? To take command of your career and express yourself independent of an industry that just doesn’t have the capacity to take care of you? This is an [...]

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  • Thoughts from the Set of Masters Of Sex

    We asked some BGB Actors about their time working on Masters of Sex, Season 4. What they learned, what surprised them, what they felt, what felt like home. Here’s what they had to say. What did you learn working on Masters of Sex? “What surprised me about my time working on MOS was I realized […]

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  • BGB Actors #MyBGBStory

    We believe in the power of actors. We see your power every day at our Studio.  And because that power is clear to us, we don't engage in training that sees the actor as a helpless child who needs a teacher to spoon feed them.  To the contrary, growth at our Studio happens through skillful, [...]

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Inspiration

  • Does Your Acting Matter?

  • What to Do When Your World Feels Like It’s Coming Apart…

    The world feels like it’s coming apart. The industry seems uncaring. Your reps (if you have reps) are wrapped up in the Pilot Season/awards/industry swirl and can’t help; hell, they’re not even returning your emails. There’s a knot in your stomach and you feel stuck. As a deep-feeling being, you’re carrying a ton of stress, [...]

    Read More
  • Embracing Rejection

    Rejection feels crappy. It feels awful to have someone tell you, “No, we’re choosing someone else," or, “We’re letting you go.” It's especially hard if you’ve put yourself out there, if you’ve made yourself vulnerable. You’ve worked hard. You’ve invested in the job. You’ve done wonderful work. And you love it. But what about this [...]

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  • An Actor’s Response To Tragedy

    It all feels like too much; one devastating hurricane after another, never-ending racial inequality, horrific gun violence, political ineptitude. There is profound suffering everywhere.  Any rational person would be excused for disengaging, doing nothing because it feels like there’s so much to do. But actors aren’t often the rational ones. No, actors are different.  They [...]

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  • Show Us Your Humanity and We Will Cast You

    You want to impress the casting director, producers, and directors in a casting room. You come in wanting so badly to do well, to know your lines, and to give them what they want, which is completely understandable. But here’s the thing, nobody knows what they want other than to be affected. And what they [...]

    Read More
  • The Hangry Actor

    It usually happens around 3pm. A dull headache sets in, followed by irritability, and then an intolerance for anything and everything. My wife, daughter, and I are all among those who get what is referred to as “Hangry,” the marriage of Angry and Hungry. It's not a medical term, but one that accurately depicts what [...]

    Read More
  • Un-Comfortability

      Charisma has a lot to do with two factors: 1. Being utterly present - receptive and vulnerable to the environment (particularly to be electro-statically alive to the other beings sharing the stage) AND 2. Our ability to be at home with un-comfortability. In life, we often find ourselves in a place of duress or [...]

    Read More
  • 3 Reasons You Should Punch Your Type In The Balls

    Finding your type is the act of figuring out the recurring character types that present themselves in the Industry, then discovering what character type you are. It assumes that there are boxes and that it’s an actor’s job to fit into the box. Are you the Funny Best Friend? The Dumb Jock? Maybe you’re the [...]

    Read More
  • We Almost Quit

    For the last year, The BGB Studio has been on borrowed time. The lease on the building that has housed us the last 6 years was ending and the owner didn’t want us to stay (something about too many actors roaming around, clogging toilets, etc). We’d been actively looking for new space for two years [...]

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  • The Only Path To Audition Success

    Over the years we've seen every kind of actor choose every kind of path in an attempt to carve out a successful acting career. And most actors fail. In fact, after all these decades, we've only seen one path that works consistently.  And we're going to tell you what it is. But let's start with [...]

    Read More
  • 21 Ways To Ignite Your Artistry

    You are first and foremost an artist. Say that aloud a few times. We are all artists and often the hard part is simply embracing that. Steven Pressfield says in his wonderful book, The War of Art: “If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an [...]

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  • Declare Artistic Independence by Making Work

    What does it take to declare Artistic Independence? To decide that you don’t have to wait for the Industry, for anyone, to allow you to be an artist? To take command of your career and express yourself independent of an Industry that just doesn’t have the capacity to take care of you? This is an [...]

    Read More
  • The Other Audition Technique

    No actor is safe. There is always a reckoning. There is always a moment when your training, your talent, and your dogged pursuit of the business fall prey to the forces that sabotage, undermine, and ultimately sink your career. And the worst part is no one tells you about it. Indeed, there is another acting [...]

    Read More
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Pilot Season

  • How To Book Work Now!!

  • BGB PODCAST: Pilot Season Is Dead. Now What.

    This time of year can make you crazy. Post-pilot season leaves a deafening silence that can make you crazy.  It can make you search obsessively for a focus, somewhere to put your anxiety, disappointment, and desire, or make you totally check out and sit on the couch eating ice cream and watching Netflix for two […]

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  • So That Was Pilot Season…

    The most important three months in the history of the universe have come to an end. It was life and death. Studies suggest that one in five agents acquired more than two ulcers in the last three months. And that doesn't include agents whose clients didn't book a pilot. Heroes emerged, heads rolled, TV was [...]

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  • The 3 Secrets for Pilot Season Success

    Why is it that when an agent says, “Just go in there and have fun with it!” right before a big Pilot audition, you want to claw their eyes out? “This is life and death for me,” you think. “How the hell am I supposed to just have fun with it?” And it feels like [...]

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  • Pilot Season Takeover

    Our industry is changed. Antiquated power structures are shifting, sometimes tumbling town.  From here on in the work and the way the work is processed will will be different. From here on in, Pilot Season will be different. So it's time to rethink it all. It's time to kill your old expectations.  Expectations are dangerous. [...]

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  • 5 Ways to Prepare for Pilot Season Right Now!

    "No! It is NOT time to think about Pilot Season. I'm still processing my trauma from last year!" Actually, yes. We're here to inform you that now is the time to start thinking about Pilot Season. But it's not what you think. In the last few years we've made it our mission to educate actors [...]

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  • The Pilot Season- Check In

    Learn more from the BGB Studio and join one of our classes!

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  • Pilot Season, The Oscars, and You

    Pilot Season descends upon the town like a dense fog, lighting at first a flame of hope and excitement in every actor’s heart that is then diminished a month or so later by the reality of it all (no auditions and nothing booked, or many auditions and nothing booked).  And just as hopelessness begins to unpack […]

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  • BGB PODCAST: The Perfect Pilot Season Moment

    It’s almost here- that moment in Pilot Season when the desperation and panic reach a crescendo. In that moment, just as the town is about to implode, the clouds part, light emerges, and any actor who can meet that moment with magic can book a pilot. Listen… to find out exactly when that moment is […]

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  • BGB PODCAST: Pilot Season – Where are we right now?

    Pilot Season is doing its level best to beat everyone down again this year.  And we’re definitely feeling it here at the Studio. Risa and Steve give you the antidote to all of the ridiculousness.  Listen…

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  • What’s Working This Pilot Season

    By Steve Braun + Risa Bramon Garcia It feels like there’s even more pressure this Pilot Season. This Pilot Season, more than most, it feels like this antiquated system trying desperately to remain relevant. Pilot Season’s impossible mandate- make an amazing Pilot episode of television that satisfies both the shareholders and the artists- is made […]

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  • Pilot Season, Your Agent, and You

    Agents and managers. Whether you have one or not, most actors have a complicated relationship with agents and/or managers. You want them, you think you need them, once you get one you wonder if you need a better one. And during Pilot Season, when you expect to be busy with wall-to-wall auditions, that relationship gets […]

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  • Pilot Season Revisited: You Got the Power!

    Every pilot season we suffer. We suffer through the pressure cooker of casting a pilot. We suffer through this manufactured marathon called pilot season, as hundreds of creators and business folk scramble to make between 22 and 44 minutes of network broadcast television that they pray will be unique enough to catch the brass ring, […]

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