As a performer, body language is absolutely one of your greatest tools to communicate with your audience, right? But what if you only had your voice to express a story?
Enter the major fears that come with a career in voice over. "How do I know if my voice is good enough?" "Isn't it super competitive?" "Where do I even begin?"
DON’T PANIC! I had to overcome the same fears and I’m ready to pass on What You Need to Know Before Starting a Voiceover Career.
This week kicks off Voiceover Camp - a summer-long #AskAnExpert series with Amy Russ of Actor-Webs. She, maybe like you, was curious about the transition I made from one form of acting to working in voiceover. Together, we break down what you should expect before starting a career in voice over, the technique and training that comes with the career, and the big differences in auditioning for a voice over role as opposed to other auditioning opportunities.
SPOILER: What I really wanted to express to Amy was how much voice over has completely changed the course of my acting career. If you approach it with the right mindset & training, it can be the most lucrative and fun branch of your acting career, too!!
So what do you think?
Ready to dive into the world of voiceover?
Let’s do it together!
If you're feeling EXTRA inspired, grab my VO Starter Kit below!
As mentioned in the video, you'll want to pick up your free gift: The Global Actor GPS here!
This is the second of 3 videos Ava & I shot together. Be sure to check out our first one "How to be a Working Actor from Anywhere" here! And be sure to join us next week when we discuss "How to Survive a Move Back Home.
Is the expense of living in a major market like NYC or LA causing more stress in your life than progress in your career?
What if you didn't actually have to live in one of these two cities in order to be a working actor?
Well... contrary to popular belief, you don't actually HAVE to live in NYC or LA to make all your money from acting, and in fact, you may be able to get the work you've been seeking in a smaller community.
Curious to learn more?
In this week's video, hosted by Ava Gaudet, (Bwy: RENT TV: NCIS, Ugly Betty), we discuss the origin story of The Global Actor and explore a few key steps you can take right now to move forward in your acting career, no matter where you are currently living.
Check it out!
Click here to get your hands on your free copy of The Global Actor GPS!
And then, in the comments below, let us know where you live and how you are or are NOT making it work in that community. Would love to know! We're here to support :)
Networking. You either love it or hate it. Am I right?
Have you ever felt awkward or nervous at an industry event? Has it kept you from connecting and meeting new people? You are not alone, my friend.
But what if your approach to networking was related to your acting technique? Specifically, let’s think of good networking as being an amazing listener and rather than being so worried about what to say, you just react to what’s happening in the moment.
The following may seem obvious for some, but if you’re not currently focused on consistently building fabulous relationships in the industry, be sure to start here.
We all want to be heard.
Rather than worrying about your elevator pitch or making sure folks know your website URL, let your next interaction be all about the other person. Whether you’re meeting a fellow actor, director, or writer for the first time, remember that they’re also humans and therefore want to be loved, accepted, and heard.
Read the full article, published on Backstage April 10, 2018 here.
Want some help?
I've created a Networking Challenge just for you to have more fun and success at your next opening, mixer or other industry event. Check it out here!
In the past few blog posts/videos, you've learned
In this week's 4th and final video with Kari Nissena, she let's us in on a juicy insider story from her own acting career. Find out why she thinks it is so very important to just "Put A Date on the Calendar!"
So, how can you apply this advice to your own acting career?
Well... What is an event or milestone that you can schedule and then work towards? Even if you don't know how to get there right now-- put it on your calendar and share what and when it will be in the comments below :)
And if you haven't yet, be sure to pick up Kari's FREE GIFT at - tinyurl.com/FreeGift3Steps
You can further connect with Kari at any of the links below:
GET MORE INFO HERE:
Be sure to check out Ep. 1, Ep. 2 and Ep. 3
AND Then join us in the #GlobalActors FB group for ongoing discussion, tips, and tools for your acting career!
So, now you know-- be sure to leave a link to your IMDB profile below so we can check you out and boost your STARMETER!
Also, Kari has a FREE GIFT for you at - tinyurl.com/FreeGift3Steps
You can connect with Kari further here:
GET MORE INFO HERE:
Be sure to check out Ep. 1 & Ep. 2 of this interview AND
Join us next week for Ep. 4 w/ Kari & I!
Ahh! Tax Season has arrived... So this year and next are looking quite "special" (I use the term loosely) for us artist types.
This week, while prepping for my appointment with my beloved tax lady, I thought it might be fun to share a few resources I've collected over the years which have helped me in this oh so joyous task of preparation.
And please if you have other resources that have helped you this year, or even in past years, please share in the comments, so that we can all be a bit more savvy in our record-keeping for 2018!
Joining an acting union can be an exciting moment. The possibility of receiving benefits like higher pay, health insurance, a 401K, a pension and more is suddenly real.
But while there’s a lot to gain by joining a union, there’s also a lot to consider before making this financial and professional decision: Once you pay those initiation dues, you pledge to follow the rules, only accept union work, and uphold the rights and responsibilities expected in a professional performer.
Recently, Actors’ Equity announced a change in their Equity Membership Candidate Program, offering candidates the opportunity to join the union sooner (at 25 weeks instead of 50). While 25 weeks might be right for some actors, waiting it out to 50 weeks might be better for others—it’s really dependent on you and your specific career and lifestyle.
So let’s explore this decision. Here are some major things to consider before “taking your card.” Read the Full Article originally published on Backstage.com here!
And take this quiz to find out if joining Equity is right for you!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Whether you are reading this on February 14th or you have just come across this post, it's always a good day to show yourself some love & care...
As I write to you I am in the middle of a challenging, exciting rehearsal process for a play and as I try new things I find myself needing to come back to the well of self-love often. Saying to self "SHOW UP. BE CONFIDENT. And PLAY!" I don't know about you, but sometimes I take this whole "play" thing a little too SERIOUSLY. And seriousness can only take you so far in "play".
As you find yourself in the middle of a busy audition or performance season, it is super important that you keep your mindset fresh & positive.
You and your mindset have the power to be your greatest fan and your greatest obstacle in your acting career.
So I've put together a few ideas to practice being your greatest FAN today:
1.) Write A Love Letter to Yourself.
What are you most proud of in this moment? In the past month? year? Decade? What is your favorite song? Personality trait? What makes you smile? Light a candle, put on some inspiring music and write... let yourself know how proud you are of all you are up to in your life & career. Acknowledgement is powerful. Use a tool like FutureMe.org to schedule this love letter to arrive in the form of an email you'll receive weeks or months down the road.
2.) Create a "Kind Words" Folder in your Email Inbox.
It's time to flag, save, and remember all of those beautiful things other have said about you. Take photos of thank-you notes you may have received from fellow actors on an opening night, or directors/teachers complimenting your work in and out of the audition room. Send these pictures to your email inbox and place in your new folder titled "Kind Words"-- or come up with your own title if you wish! This is a place for fabulous reviews or emails that "just make your day". It's also a place for you to come back to and review when you're NOT feeling like your biggest fan. Let it serve as motivation that you ARE loved and your work does have an impact on others in the world.
3.) Make an Artist Date with Yourself.
Okay, this one comes to you via Julia Cameron and her book The Artist's Way. An artist date is a date just for yourself, that you go on by yourself. Treat your artist self and explore your sense of play. It may be a museum visit, going to see a play or concert on your own. Check out this list of 101 artist date ideas!
Please share below how you are celebrating some self-love today! And e-mail this post to yourself, add it to your new "Kind Words" folder, and come back to it at those times when you are needing a little pick-me-up!
All my love, Elise
Photo Source: Photo by John-Mark Kuznietsov on Unsplash
So you’re planning to add a new city to your local hire list or maybe you’ve lived in a regional market for a while or perhaps you feel it’s time to begin working with an agent. Whatever the cause, it’s my intention to empower you to be your own agent in that regional market.
First, let’s determine exactly what it is you might be expecting from an agent. Then we’ll explore how you can take on these responsibilities in order to own it in your region!
Agents build relationships with casting directors and other industry professionals.
Over months and years, agents cultivate relationships with casting directors and other decision makers by consistently sending talented, prepared clients who show up on time, are easy to work with, audition well, book jobs, and make the casting director’s job easy. In turn, CDs have certain agencies they’ll call first when they have specific needs, based on good track records with their rosters.
How do you do this as your own agent?
Attend auditions for projects you’re right for, attend general auditions, take advantage of any opportunity where you can begin developing relationships with casting directors, directors, writers, and other decision-makers.
Click here to read the full article on Backstage.com!
Originally published on Backstage.com
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