Celebrate what you accomplished this year. No matter the size or scope; take time to reward yourself for all of the hard work and success!
It’s December -- time to evaluate this year.
Track every booking, callback and audition. What can you learn?
If you list a special skill on your resume, be sure you can actually do it if called upon--like on the spot, right there.
It’s a good idea to have multiple resumes. If you work consistently in the industry, then you can simply adjust it according to the job.
If you’re auditioning for a theatre play, then place you theatre roles at the top. If you are auditioning for a TV/film role, then place that first.
Be sure your resume is clear and easy to read.
It’s extremely time consuming to put together a resume that looks professional and has everything listed in a coherent and consistent way, but it will pay off for you.
As an artist, continue to stretch yourself in your craft and in your knowledge of the industry.
Learn something new everyday.
There is a reason why so much attention is on the southeast and specifically the state of Georgia in the entertainment industry right now. We are on the cutting edge of some pretty exciting things.
Motion Capture. You may or may not know what this is right now, but you are guaranteed to in the future, and you have access to this knowledge and technology right here in Atlanta through the GSU and the Creative Media Industries Institute.
What is Motion Capture?
Merriam-Webster defines it as “a technology for digitally recording specific movements of a person (such as an actor) and translating them into computer-animated images.”
Some of the most beloved movies and actors have used this technology in recent years, and most of us do not know it is even being used.
Seth MacFarlane as Ted (2012), Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' (2013), Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in 'The Avengers' (2012), Sam Worthington in 'Avatar' (2009), Bill Nighy as Davy Jones in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' (2006).
All of these performances were captured as a result of motion capture technology. If you are an actor, stunt performer, dancer, and you want to know more about this incredible technology that is right here in Atlanta, then check out the workshop below. Learn more about cutting edge technology and how it will continue to change the face of the industry as we know it.
If you want to learn more, check out the amazing workshop happening right here in Atlanta soon: https://thearts.gsu.edu/educational-outreach/mocap/
Never underestimate the use of a simple “thank you.”
When you leave the room from an in person audition, it is an absolute necessity.
Contributed by Gerra Avery
1. What makes you unique as an agency?
I think we are unique because we are a family owned business. We all work well together and bring that sense of family to our relationships with our actors. Do not get me wrong, it cannot all be daisies and roses, but we all genuinely care for one another and that is the foundation of our agency.
2. How long have you been in business?
We have been in business since 2004; 2007 we took on actors. So 14 years.
3. What do you look for in an actor who is seeking representation with you?
We look for what we do not have, actors with credits, and that wow factor. BUT Ultimately it boils down to well-trained professionals who are ready to hustle!
4. What is your best piece of advice for actors working in the SE?
As mentioned above, the best actors are hustlers. You must constantly be moving to make things happen for yourself. You MUST put in the work! When we see this in an actor, it makes us work harder for them.
5. Share a success story with us. Keep in mind it can be for you as an agent or specific to a client and their journey.
With so much gratitude, we have had so many! But what comes to mind is one actor in particular, one of his first tapes: he wore a fur and bones around his neck then dimmed the lights for "ambiance." We hung in there with this actor because of our relationship with him and now he is a series regular on a very popular show. It warms my heart to even mention that story.