In the spirit of my recent online audition for The Glee Project (link is here, please click ‘like’ if you haven’t already!: http://www.thegleeprojectcasting.com), I decided to do an article about auditioning through the internet. Nowadays, a large part of the entertainment business is actually done online.the glee project You can submit resumes and headshots to agencies via e-mail, and you can apply to roles online through LA Casting or Actor’s Access. Being an actor is all about promoting yourself, and with technology improving the way it is, selling yourself just became a whole lot easier. That being said, there are a few key tips that you should follow when submitting anything online, because they can make the difference between getting noticed and someone clicking the ‘next’ button.

1. Make sure the pictures you’re using show the REAL you. Don’t use a headshot that looks nothing like your true appearance, because believe me, a casting director won’t be happy if you show up

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Do’s and Don’ts of Hollywood Recording Studios

Recently, I went into the studio with my band, Dear Silence, to lay down vocals for a couple of tracks. It was the first time I’ve done something like it, so I learned a lot from the experience and thought I’d share some tidbits with all of you aspiring artists out there.

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-Bring water. And lots of it. I went through something like 5 bottles, in addition to tea, over the course of about 8 hours. Trust me, there’s no such thing as too much water in the studio.

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-Make suggestions. Your input is just as important as anyone else’s, so if you’re hearing an alternate melody or if you don’t like the way a certain line is sounding, say something. You’ll likely be glad you did.

-Come prepared. Don’t show up with half a song written when you only have a certain amount of time to get everything done. You’ll only upset the producer and your band, who are counting on you to bring the song together.

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How To Deal With Difficult Personalities Working in Hollywood:

Let’s face it, we’ve all had an experience (or two) with someone who we didn’t quite mesh with. In the entertainment business especially, it’s very easy to meet people who don’t exactly beat to the same drum that everyone else does. Don’t get me wrong, this can often be refreshing and a lot of fun, but other times, it can make you feel a bit uncomfortable or even unsafe. I’ve been to plenty of auditions where a fellow actor or crew member freaked me out more than a little, whether through inappropriate comments or some other strange/rude behavior. In an ordinary situation, you can just brush that person off and be on your way, but at an audition, you’re often forced to be around many different people for long periods of time. Here’s a little advice on how to deal with these kinds of situations.

I hate youFirst of all, try not to encourage whatever they’re doing that’s bothering you. As much as you might want to just be nice and oblige them, they may take that as a green light to continue their advances and that can get very dangerous. I once made the mistake of doing this, of speaking to a man who was making me incredibly uncomfortable at an audition that I was at, and it ended up with me running back to my car in a total panic, convinced that he was going to try something inappropriate. Luckily, I was

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As promised, here are my remaining 5 auditioning tips. If you haven’t read the first 5 Tips, click here. >> More Audition Tips

6. If you’re doing a monologue and it’s not to camera, place the person right in front of you– don’t use the casting people, and don’t put the person beside you, because they want to see your face when you audition. I’ve heard a lot of different answers on this one, but in my experience, looking straight at the director is uncomfortable for both you and them. Trust me, it doesn’t feel right to make some random person the character that you’re supposed to be interacting with, and it’ll probably make them feel awkward as well. Auditions in HollywoodIt’s much easier to create that person in your mind and imagine that they’re right there in front of you. Some say that you can use the wall too, but again, I think that this makes for a very one-dimensional piece, because it won’t exactly be realistic if you’re trying to emote and bounce off of a stack of bricks. So stick to the ghost-in-front-of-you technique, unless you’re supposed to be doing it to camera, and in that case, you need to make that lens the person you’re talking to.

7. On the same note, if you’re doing a prepared scene

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As many of you are probably aware, auditions are a necessary evil for anyone who’s looking to be a big-time actor in Hollywood. Just like applying for a job, you cannot get a role without going through the interview-like process of weeding out the bad actors from the good ones. Usually, an audition includes a cold read, prepared sides, and/or a performance of a prepared monologue for the casting director. After that, there can be another round of auditions, or the callbacks, and those decide who is going to get the role.

audition tipsMost auditions are gotten through an agent, but there are other ways to access them, such as LA Casting, Actor’s Access, or Craigslist if you’re looking for something free (check out some of my other posts for reviews on a few of those sites.) As a whole, auditioning is a very difficult process that can sometimes screw with your head and make you lose confidence in yourself, but there are ways to get through it in one piece. Here are 10 useful tips from

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My New Show!

So, I got cast in a local play, Dark Side of the Moon, and I’ve been rehearsing for it nonstop for the past two weeks. We open this Sunday at the Next Stage Theater on 1523 La Brea Avenue in Noho.

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It plays for 8 weeks, the first four weeks being at 9:30 on Sunday and the second four being at 8:00 on the same day. A long commitment, but definitely worth it.

The play is movement based, which means that there’s no dialogue– we do the entire show to Pink Floyd’s famous album. It’s very intense and emotional, definitely a show that sucks you in from the moment you hear the first note. If you’re looking for an all-consuming, heartfelt kind of experience, I’d absolutely recommend it. I’d love to see some of you all there! (And if you do show up, make sure to mention my name at the door– that’s how we actors get paid!)

I really didn’t think I was going to love this show as much as I do, but it’s been an incredible experience so far. Everyone is so nice and so funny;

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Brooke Prince takes one for the team and gives us her honest review of LA CASTING and their online ‘Fee-Based’ casting service:
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So, I avoided this website / company  like the plague when I first came to Hollywood (LA CASTING  @ http://home.lacasting.com/), mostly because I thought that it was a scam and that there had to be other ways of getting casting calls, but just last week I finally caved and decided to create an account. I am so glad that I did.
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This site is completely professional, efficient, and incredibly easy to use. Sure, it’s $15 dollars a month, but honestly, you can make that back within a week as long as you submit yourself to every role that fits you and stay patient as you wait for auditions. It hadn’t even been a few days before I got my first one, and I’ve gotten another one since then, all within a very short amount of time. Yeah, it doesn’t sound like much when compared to the amount of submissions I sent out, but hey, I’m used to that– as I said in my Craigslist post, you only get about one e-mail back for every fifty you send out, and that’s if you’re lucky. So I’ve definitely gotten some success out of the site so far, and I can only hope for more as I keep using it.

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