Sunday, September 20, 2009

Costumes anyone?

It's that time again! Halloween is just around the corner, and that means the catalog companies have been shooting models with our agency.
If you are with Peak Models & Talent, feel like you would be great, or have shot costumes in the past, email me your photo and I will keep it on file for the next round of catalogs.
Remember too, that the shoots for particular seasons take place months prior to the release of the catalog.
What that means is that when you see a catalog, those images were probably shot 6-8 months prior. It takes time for editing, printing, mailing.
So, make sure to keep us posted on whatever images you feel would help to book you in a particular area!
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

FREE COMMERCIAL CLASS IN LA!

HI everyone,
From time to time we get offers for the models and talent, and I thought this might be of interest to some of you.
I am just passing this on, and have no affiliation with this company, but I have heard good things from people that have attended. So, here it is, if you want to find out what it takes to get going on television commercials, here is a FREE class offer...


Free Commercial Class
at Hey, I Saw Your Commercial! Institute

 

Artistic Director and Booking Coach Mike Pointer is offering another round of FREE COMMERCIAL CLASSES this month. The upcoming dates are:

Saturday, September 19th, 6pm

Sunday, September 20th, 11am

Wednesday, September 23rd, 6pm

Saturday, September 26th, 6pm

Sunday, September 27th, 11am

Tuesday, September 29th, 7pm

Wednesday, September 30th, 7pm

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

* How to master the On-Camera 30 to 45 second “personality pitch”

* Receive an evaluation of your skill set

* What Casting Directors are looking for in your performance

* How to eliminate nerves

* How to identify and attract a Top 50 Commercial Agent

* Get the latest updates on scam agents and phony casting websites

* Door prizes including Free photo shoots, Agent Guides, Showcase

discounts, photo reproduction discount vouchers and much more!

Excellent information on how to make thousands of dollars in residual income doing television commercials. Coach Mike teaches outstanding cutting edge strategies that has helped hundreds of actors quit their day jobs, and build a successful career in TV commercials. Coach Mike’s powerful on-camera techniques and strategies have also helped hundreds of actors book television and film roles and has set a new standard and approach that other commercial workshop coaches are feverishly trying to imitate. These classes are highly recommended by top agencies such as Commercial Talent, Commercials Unlimited, The Pantheon Agency and Casting Directors that also teach classes! Bring a headshot and resume. Arrive 15 minutes early for awesome door prizes.! RSVP at 323-939-4612 or sign up online at:

http://www.heyisawyourcommercial.com/free_acting_classes.htm
 

Address: Hey, I Saw Your Commercial! Studios

1017 South La Brea Ave. #B (1 Blk. South of Olympic Blvd.)

LA, CA 90019

323-939-4612 Studio Line




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Audition , Rejection, Repeat!

Leaving the casting office after your third audition in one week, you think to yourself how cool it would be to book all three jobs. You know you nailed them all and can’t wait for that callback. A couple days go by and no word from your agent. You think to yourself, “Well maybe they just haven’t had time to view the audition tapes.” A week later, and still no call...from anybody. What went wrong? You know you did great but nothing, not even a callback!!! Come on at least one out of three would have been nice.

There are many reasons that you might not get a part that you audition for, and you may be surprised that they don’t have to do with your acting ability.

It may just be that you have the wrong look for the part. Producers hire casting directors to find the best possible talent for the role. Most of the time directors and producers have a certain image in their mind of what they want. If you don’t fit EXACTLY, you’re out. It’s not because you didn’t do a great job or something is wrong with your looks, it’s just that you may not be exactly 5’6”, with long brown hair, green eyes, olive skin, and have an athletic build.

Now this is hard to think about and every time you do it makes your body numb. You are clearly the best choice for the role, but it goes to the person with more experience or the guy that was in the director's last film. Maybe even the guy that has known the casting director since they made home videos as childhood friends. Most of the time people pick talent based on their ability but there are a lot of people that slip in there because of “Who they know.”

Your agent emails you the breakdowns for the lead role in a music video. It says, “You may have to do a little dancing, but just go with the flow and feel the music, NO professional experience required.” You arrive to the casting office and SURPRISE! There is a chorographer with a group of people that look like they just got off the show America’s Best Dance Crew. Sometimes you can be caught off-guard by an audition. You fit the character description perfectly but don’t know you may have to do something a little unexpected. Most of the time you and your agent have all the audition details but sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it. You can only prepare for an audition with the information that has been presented a head of time. If they surprise you, be a good sport and do your best. Never have a tantrum.



Next time you’re in the situation where you know you nailed the audition and gave it 110% but didn’t get that callback, remember that some things are not in your control. Try to learn from every audition, take the best out of it, and use it for your next role. No matter how well you do (or don’t do), don’t blame yourself. Know you have the skill, it may just be that you’re not exactly what someone has in mind. Go out and get that next role, chances are you’re what that next producer or director is looking for… and if not… repeat until you get to the right one. You will eventually.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Once is Rarely Enough

You’ve worked hard to get your portfolio ready, you’ve done research on the best casting agents, you’ve mailed out zed cards, and you’ve answered every ad with a submittal. Now you wait to hear from everyone all at once, right? Wrong. I consider the first round of photos and submissions and mailings to be something like a dress rehearsal. It gets you practice and helps you find out what you might need to do different next time. It might even, possibly, get you filed in someone’s huge file cabinet. You’re probably sure you’ve sent the best photos ever and that you’ve written the mother of all cover letters. I hate to be delivery boy of The Reality News but so has everyone else. Casting agents, producers and directors probably account for 87.5% of the mail deliveries in LA and every letter has pictures and resumes as good or even better than yours. Ok, slight exaggeration – maybe not 87.5%, but close.

I’m not trying to discourage you from getting your information out. I’m hoping you’ll read this and realize that once is rarely enough. Don’t pout, don’t get angry and whatever you do, DON’T GIVE UP. Simply keep in mind that the more you send out, the better chance you have of being noticed. It’s a never-ending process but it’s all a part of your work so make it a habit, and try to budget for it. Nobody (except relatives and friends) ever said acting/modeling is easy. Working your craft is the fun part but like any job, the details will get you every time. Be good with details and you’ll get ahead much faster.

Maybe somebody hooks you up with a great connection so you send pics and go in for an interview. You’re already planning where to put your star on Hollywood Blvd. because you know you aced it. Then, nothing. They don’t call or write or even send an email. So you wait and wait. Now is not the time to give up, it’s the time to start the process over again and make new calls, send new pics, and possibly an email to let them know you enjoyed meeting them and will be sending updated info for their files. Then do it. If possible, drop by the modeling office or casting agent and remind them who you are (and how irresistible you are in person!). In marketing a product it is known that the consumer needs to see a new product three or four times before actually committing to buy it. Get your info out three or four times or more. Space out the timing so you seem both fresh and familiar. It’s a fine line but you can do it.

Each time you send new info you’ll find ways to make it better. Your picture on a postcard or clear envelope saves them the time of opening a letter. Plenty go straight to the trash when the secretary or agent is busy. Even though you liked your old photos, new ones will be current and you’ll look (and be) more experienced.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Unforgettable!

Ok. You’ve actually worked and you know that you’ll never, ever, ever forget each and every experience. Unlikely. Although every well-won job may seem totally unforgettable, the majority of us have a human brain and it will most definitely get filled up with new adventures. As this happens, your “unforgettable memories” will be pushed farther back in the file cabinet of your mind. You need help. We all need help.

Get yourself a daily planner, diary or journal and USE IT. Write down appointments, audition times and addresses, and most of all – use it to leave notes to yourself about a job completed. Not only will you need the info to add to your ever-expanding resume, but – hey! – you plan to be famous so why not keep notes for your autobiography?

I know from experience that writing things down on old envelopes, napkins, the back of your hand or the inside of a candy wrapper just doesn’t cut it. Do you have any idea how long it takes to go through your car and find the piece of trash that really isn’t trash because it has the soap opera casting agent’s phone number on it? You know, the one you’ve hoped would call you for six months! I know that sicky-icky feeling and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, or even the guy up against me for that part in a commercial.

BE ORGANIZED. I don’t care if every report card since kindergarten mentioned, “Needs help organizing his work.” You may never have done it before, but you NEED to do it now. Have current appointments easily at hand and always keep every phone number given. Make notes about a job and the name of the PA and director and even extras or models. Then when you get to a job and people look familiar, you can go through your notes and kick-start the memory. Can you imagine walking up to the PA and asking how his kid’s birthday party turned out? Yes, thoughtful - and maybe even worth a bump to your part.

I’m just saying that there are many uses for a journal and every one of them is a good one. If nothing else, it will be great reading when you’re 90 years-old and want to impress your grandchildren, or maybe you get the lifetime achievement award and want to remember why you’re getting it! A journal/daily planner is a tool of acting just as a carpenter needs a hammer. Maybe you think you can do without it, but you’ll be a lot more professional when you have (and use) the correct tools of your trade. Please – get a journal, daily planner, or diary – and USE IT!




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Friday, September 11, 2009

Confident or Cocky?

Whether going out on a modeling audition or for an acting role, there’s one thing both auditions have in common if you want to succeed… confidence. Casting agents want to see you radiate self-confidence and shine from the inside out. I’m not talking about being the best-looking person in the room. I’m talking about attitude! Agents can walk down the street every day and see beautiful people, especially in LA. Even if the role you want requires you to be “Average Joe” or “Everyday Ethel,” success is more likely to happen when you have belief in yourself.

When casting a role, agents are looking for someone who isn’t afraid to stand out. Walk through that door with a smile on your face and a sure stride. Many times it’s just a matter of the interviewer taking your photo and recording as you say your name. No big deal, right? Wrong! They have to sort through hundreds of pictures and videos later so make yours memorable. Say your name with energy behind your voice. Smile and mean it. Let your inner confidence shine as you stare directly into the camera. You’ve got one shot so make it count.

If the audition involves a lot more than a picture and you flub it up, make the most of the situation. Don’t whine or beg or apologize for twenty minutes. Get up and do it again right if they’ll let you and if not, take it with humor and learn for next time. No one wants to hear how much you miss your girlfriend and can’t memorize lines or how your boyfriend cheated the night before. They want to see someone who is ready to work.

Here’s where a warning becomes helpful. Confidence and cockiness are two very different attitudes that are easily confused. Be sure to know the difference and choose the right one. Confidence is a positive quality. By definition it means, “great faith in oneself or one╩╝s abilities-a lifelong confidence that enabled her to achieve great things despite powerful obstacles-Synonyms: aplomb, assurance, self-assurance, self-confidence, self-esteem.”

By contrast, an attitude some people mistake for confidence is cockiness. Again we go to the dictionary and find that cockiness is defined as: “heedless of the consequences : AUDACIOUS-a brash adventurer-b: done in haste without regard for consequences : RASH -brash acts-.”

No casting agent wants someone who is heedless of consequences or is too self-absorbed to work as a team. Think about the difference between the two when mentally preparing for an audition. If it were you hiring, what qualities would you hope to see? Self-esteem is a highly sought after personality trait. Egotism (cockiness) is not only unattractive but it usually puts an actor/model on the Don’t Call Again list.

Being yourself is always important; just try to be the best you possible. Show casting agents you have a unique inner light that will be enhanced by the camera and that you are responsible enough to take your audition seriously. Be ON TIME. Be Confident. Be hired!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hurry Up and Wait

Once you’re on set of a movie or TV show, you suddenly become aware of all the time you spend – waiting. You wait between scenes, you wait for lunch, you wait for lunch to be over, you wait for scenes to be re-shot, and you wait for your turn to go on. Waiting is probably the biggest surprise and most frustrating part of acting. In fact, although some days are full of “your scenes,” most days are not and you may find that only 15-20% of your day was actually spent working.  So what do you do while waiting?

 

I’m a strong believer in positive thinking so I’d like you to use your power of positivity to turn waiting into opportunity. Think of it as getting paid not only to work but also to catch up. How often can you get paid to catch up on email or finish a paper if you’re a student, or write that Pulitzer Prize winning screenplay?  Seriously, whether you have a way to go online or not, you have your most powerful computer in your own mind and can still write, read, create and study. Creativity is the key.

 

Ideally, you can bring your laptop or Blackberry and even use the extra time to submit for jobs. If you have a laptop but can’t get online, you can write emails and then send them from home that night, or make lists, or finish homework. Positive affirmations are really important to program your thinking to success. What better time than while on set to read, write, or memorize your positive thinking techniques? Create your next jobs mentally while physically working on your current job!  How cool is that?  Do you have a monologue prepared for a sudden audition that calls for one? Bring it with you and memorize it while waiting. You have the extra-added bonus of other actors (also waiting) who would be happy to listen and give you feedback. Waiting actors have a real sense of camaraderie and are usually willing to help each other. (After all, they want something to do, too). And speaking of that, make friends. You will be amazed how much you can learn from fellow actors and their experiences, including auditions you may not know about. Making friends in this business is a real plus.

 

Another benefit of being on set is that many times you’re able to watch the action as the filming takes place. You are theoretically being paid to study your craft. Watch the actors and how they prepare for scenes. Notice how easily they walk to their marks or how carefully they listen to the director. Pay attention to how they handle themselves between scenes or what techniques they use to express various emotions. Many times you’re sequestered in another area, but when you get the chance to be in on the filming, PAY ATTENTION! Real life is the best acting class you can take.

 

If you ever tell me you’re bored or frustrated with all the waiting, I’ll know you haven’t even begun to tap into your true creativity. As long as your mind is active, you should never use the B word – bored.



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Stay Positive!!

There’s lots of “How to’s” when starting out in the acting/modeling field.

I plan to share many ideas and experiences to help you get going, but I also want to share how to keep going once you’ve started.

 

So you have “the look” down and you’ve started eliminating high school plays from your resume because you actually have some real experience! You’ve managed to be on set and realize that no matter how long it takes, this is the career you love. There’s a jump in your heart every time you get a call for auditions, and you plan your grocery shopping around what you’ll be eating from Craft Services. As great as it all seems, there is a major quirk in the works. As happy as you are, your relatives, girlfriend, boyfriend, 4th grade teacher, or all of the above are equally as unhappy. They keep telling you that you’re a dreamer and your girl/boy friend is threatening to break up unless you get a “real” job. Your parents tell you they won’t send money if you continue such a pointless path. Your 4th grade teacher says she didn’t teach you everything she knows about the Pilgrims so you could throw it all away as a stand-in for Jack Black.

 

What do you do to stay the course when everyone you always respected seems to be causing waves?  First of all, check deep inside your heart and soul. Are you doing this because you truly want it with all your heart? Because if you are, don’t give up your dream. If you just want some glamour and think it’s an easy way to meet “the beautiful people,” then go home and think of some other way. It’s not easy and you have to want it more than anything else. For those who can relate to that feeling, stay positive. Don’t let anyone get you down. Walk into every audition with confidence and energy. If you have one line, make it the best line in the show or movie. Use affirmations to replace your own negative thoughts and doubts.  Maybe people are saying discouraging words but you can replace those with positive words of your own. Every successful person had someone who didn’t believe in him/her – but they didn’t give up.

 

“I am prosperous and successful.”

“I am a success in work and life.”

“I am being led right now to my perfect good.”

 

Make up the affirmations that fit you and then use them without ceasing. There’s a lot of time on set and you can both write or say them to yourself. When no one else helps lift you, lift yourself.  YOU CAN DO IT! 



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Monday, September 7, 2009

Casting directors...

A Casting Director (CD) is a person that is hired by the producers of a show, commercial, or print ad etc. to find talent for a project. Casting Directors are the people who agents will send photos and resumes to, and the actor (you) will audition for. It’s the Casting Director’s job to find the best possible talent out of thousands of actors and models submitted for each role. A CD wants you to do well so they look good as well. Usually, a good CD will walk you through the audition process so you do your best job.


If there's a Casting Director that you'd like to meet with it's a good idea to mail them your headshot and resume. It’s also a good idea to send postcards to the CD’s with your recent projects. I usually do this every couple months. It’s good to get your face out there on a regular basis, eventually the casting director will bring you in to audition for a part that’s right for you. 

 

It’s possible to submit your photo and resume directly to a Casting Director if you know of a role being cast, however they usually only consider submissions by an agent or actors they already know. The best way to get to know a casting director is by auditioning for another role with that CD or you can set up an "interview" which is a tuff process with all the talent out there and everyone wanting to meet with them.

 


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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Auditions What to expect?

Auditions: What to Expect

 

The wait is over, you’ve finally been called in for your first audition, now what?

 

You arrive in the casting office and realize there are about 15 complete strangers that are auditioning for the same exact role as you. Some are sitting rehearsing lines to themselves in the corner, others may be bragging about all the jobs they are booking to the guy next to them. Find your way to the sign-in sheet and make sure you have all your paperwork, polaroid’s, and headshots ready to go before it’s your turn. Ask any last minute questions and check to see when the callback and shoot dates are. In the meantime find a seat in the lobby and wait for your turn. Rehearse your script one last time and don’t pay attention to the guy talking about all the jobs he’s getting, usually it’s just for show.

 

When you’re called in for the audition the people in the room will consist of yourself, the casting director, and even more complete strangers staring at you with a blank look on their face. Some of the other people in the room may be the producer, a camera operator, a representative from the advertiser, or the casting director’s buddy. No matter who’s in the room, treat everyone with respect. That guy munching on a sandwich in the corner, with old torn jeans, and sending text messages, could be the producer.

By the time it's your turn to audition, the casting director has probably seen hundreds of other people, which means he/she and anyone else in the room is likely to be tired, bored, and maybe a little irritable. Try to make the casting director’s job easy and not talking until it’s your time to talk is one of the best ways to do this. Don’t tell the people in the room some story about your friend Timmy’s new band and how they blew their first show.

Someone may ask for your headshot and resume if you haven't already handed one in. At some auditions, someone may take your picture with a digital camera, so the casting director can review all the people who auditioned that day. This may be before you walk in or at the beginning of the audition. Be sure to smile, dress the part, and look your best.

Next someone will tell you where to stand which is usually a mark on the floor made of tape. The casting director will then ask you to slate which means saying your name clearly with a smile.  He/she may also ask you to include other information such as your agency, age, or related experience for the part. The casting director will then say “OK GO,” “Start,” or “ACTION.” This is your cue to start the audition you’ve been preparing so hard for.

After your audition is complete, thank everyone who helped you out, the casting director, the man eating a sandwich in the back, and the receptionist who helped you check in. Also, before you leave the audition, you may have to sign out on the same sign-in sheet if you are part of a union. After you sign out, leave quickly and make sure you have your keys, phone, portfolio, and anything else you don’t want left behind. Now just sit back and wait for that call back.

 Chris Fabregas Actor  / Model


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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fashion Designers behave yourselves!

I like to pride myself on giving people the benefit of the doubt when meeting them. I assume the best, just as I would hope they would assume of me.  I have recently discovered that in the modeling world, this rule of thumb might need to be ruled out.

I've been modeling for about 16 years and about a year ago, I started my modeling career back up again after a baby break.  A model friend gave me a few contacts to help rebuild my book and get me started.  One of the photographer contacts was very willing to refer me to some big names, one of which owned a very reputable high fashion magazine. I immediately made contact.  I will refer to him as Ron in this blog.

 

Over the course of the year, I have been in contact with Ron about certain projects, endevors etc., that he and I (separately) have been involved in all the while hoping to catch his interest for his magazine.  All contact was online via myspace and facebook and the occasional quick IM. All very formal.  All very professional.  All very...normal.

 

Finally he was ready to take me serious as a model. He booked me to walk in his fashion show for LA Fashion Week.  I didn't end up walking for reasons far too boring to mention but I did go and help him run his show. I coordinate fashion shows and other events as well so for me this was a huge honor.

 

So the day came and went smoothly.  We met.  He seemed very sweet and genuine.  I did my job and left.

 

A few days later, he offered me a gig modeling his clothing line, which I wasn't able to take, but I thought it was my big break and maybe, finally, my way into his magazine.

 

Three days later, I was walking in another fashion show and ran into his ex-girlfriend and another model who were talking about him. They didn't realize I was listening or even that I knew him. As the conversation went on, I realized he was harrassing the model and trash talking her online to other people. She was begging his ex to speak to him on her behalf. The ex later explained that he already had a police record for violently kidnapping her. Yikes. I never let on that I knew him.

 

Needless to say, I dropped all contact with this person and will avoid any further contact with him. I think it is a good rule of thumb that when you are working with people in this industry, especially when not agency referred, to err on the side of caution. Don't trust blindly just because they have credits, a huge following, experience or a big fashion world name. 


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Looking good wearing a bag?

" As I stood at my camera, all of my equipment in order, my mind in  
the game, focused and completely prepared for the test shoot, I  
became eager and excited to shoot some beautiful models. Finally the  
door cracked open.  Out came a foot, then a hand, then.... a huge  
sack-like shirt that I am pretty sure ate the model inside." -  
Anonymous Photographer

 Ladies,
Lets take a trip back to high school english class and analyze this  
quote. The photographer comes fully prepared to complete the task  
ahead of him which is to take the photos correct? He has all of his  
equipment, he is mentally and physically prepared, and looks forward  
to the possibilities that will come out of this test shoot. Then we  
have the model, who rolls out of bed or maybe even purposely dresses  
in a trash bag. I understand this is a new fad going around with the  
leggings and humoungous shirts or dresses. However, baggy clothes are  
like curtains on a stage, hiding the talent from the viewers eyes.  
Photographers nor clients are able to see your beautiful figures  
underneath. Keep in mind that this industry is the most critical  
judgmental industry in the world.  They read into anything and  
everything. Inappropriate dress in their eyes equals lack of care or  
responsibility.
This rule does not only apply with print castings but ESPECIALLY  
with fit casting. FIT castings love nothing more than a girl who  
arrives in FITted clothes. Key things to bring to fit castings  
include pony tail holders (for those shoulder measurements) and a  
bikini (just in case always keep one in your trunk).
 Modeling is like a job in sales,  you must arrive to castings fully

prepared and ready to sell the product, which in this case is your  
beautiful figures, faces and spirits!

So the moral of this blog is, NO MORE TRASH BAGS LADIES! :) 

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