Wednesday, October 5, 2011

AFTRA Radio Plays Auditions Coming Up!

Audition for the AFTRA Radio Plays!
*Please note you MUST be an AFTRA member in Good Standing to audition.  Auditions are open to all members regardless of experience, age, gender, ethnicity or disability.  If you have been cast in a radio play within the last 12 months you are ineligible to audition.

The 5th AFTRA Radio Play (ARP) is Thursday, October 27th , 2011 at the Autry National Center and we hope you will be a part of it! The Episodes that will be presented are Baby Snooks and Daddy: Halloween Show, It Pays to be Ignorant Game Show, and Our Miss Brooks: Thanksgiving Show.

If you are interested in auditioning, please e-mail your full name and AFTRA ID to at 12:00pm TOMORROW, October 4th , 2011. -Audition e-mail requests sent prior to 12:00pm tomorrow will not be considered.
-Audition e-mail requests sent to any other e-mail address will not be accepted or replied to.

Auditions will be scheduled according to the order emails are received and by appointment only. Auditions are on Friday, October 7th from 10am – 3pm in the Frank Maxwell Boardroom at the AFTRA offices located on 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Lobby Level (parking will be validated).  Sides will be provided that morning.

If cast, rehearsal time commitments will vary upon cast & director schedules.  There will be a mandatory rehearsal on Wednesday, October 26th and a tech/dress rehearsal on Thursday, October 27th at the Autry prior to the evening performance.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Actor's Reel and Why It's MORE Than Paramount

Ok, so, you haven't saved enough money to pay someone to put your reel together....nor have you auditioned for any student films...why??!!

Folks, one of the BEST things you can do for yourself (besides securing GREAT headshots) is to get an Acting Reel together.  If you are not concerned with, nor obsessed with having a great reel, you may find yourself eating the dust of the other actors around you!

I can't stress enough how important your reel is in landing you roles. Are you SERIOUS about acting? If you aren't, then maybe it's time to take another look at some other career options? If you are, then I wish the following for you:

A. Get your reel done!
B. Do More Student/Indie Films and Keep it updated and fresh!
C. Get it up on Actors Access and LA Casting!

Here's how to get it up on the submission sites!

Actors Access

A Performance Video is your online demo reel. It can be anything from episodic TV and features to hosting, commercials, and stand-up, even monologues. We upload your demo reel, then you or your representation select the appropriate clips whenever you submit to a casting director.
We can upload your demo reel either as one Performance Video or as separate clips, so you can customize your submission to fit the role and project.
Service   Price What You Get
Each Minute   $22.00    One or more clips


What do I need to bring with me?
Bring your 1/2" tape, DVD, mini-dvd, or mp3 audio file to our main locations in Los Angeles or New York or to one of our actor centers. For street addresses, call Breakdown Services at either 310-276-9166 (Los Angeles) or 212-869-2003 (New York). Do not compress your media file before bringing it in. We will take care of compressing your video using a professional compression algorithm. If you bring a tape, please be sure to have the tape cued-up to where you want us to start your Performance Video.
Can I send you a tape instead?
Mail tape or dvd directly to Breakdown Services, 2140 Cotner Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025, or 575 8th Avenue Suite 1720, New York, NY 10018. (be sure to include a phone number so that we can set up a credit card payment). You can send your video or audio demo reel by email using services such as Please use this email only:
Click here to add media (after your logged in).

Here's some more great info on Reels!! READ THESE!!
What Should Be on Your Demo Reel?
Seven Actor Demo Reel Tips

Personally, I don't believe in paying anyone to CREATE a reel for you. I think that the experience on student film sets is priceless, along with the fact you don't know WHO the next big director will be and who knows, it could be one of the student directors you will/have worked with. My favorite student films over the years have always come from Chapman and USC, hands down. I encourage you to check out their film programs and keep submitting to EVERYTHING you fit. If your auditions shine, you should PROBABLY be landing 5 out of every 10 auditions for something. Personally, I don't take non-speaking roles unless it's a GOOD cameo guarantee with face time or it's a chance to work with any award winner-you WANT them to know who you are.

Remember, Auditions ARE your work, they are a chance to entertain folks that will remember you for other roles. Believe me when I say, your work IS your auditions! A role is the icing on your audition cake, which is made from the flour, sugar and eggs of all the waiting rooms, the getting lost, the sweat and the tears....the list goes on.

It's a long and tough road to the top and to get to where you are making a LIVING at Acting. You must keep strong and keep moving and keep working, at all costs! Don't let ANYONE ask you - "Why do you keep doing all this free work?" It's insulting to your professionalism and drive and spirit that makes you a fantastic actor! And believe me, it's never "FREE" work. Reel content is worth about $500 a shoot to you! Don't EVER feed into that stuff-you never do FREE work, that's preposterous!  Get away from the negative people, you CAN and WILL do it! Only YOU know what it takes to get where you want to be, don't let anyone stop you, ever!  Keep around other Positive Actors that "get it!" We all can refer each other for roles we fit and we should all be actively doing that. There are no two actors alike, what comes around goes around. I know, it's so cliche, but it's true.

So, STAY POSITIVE, stay focused and remember, the reel is REAL WORK!!

Now go get em'!

Norma Jean

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Update - Six Days to Launch

My intern, Jaymie Bellous and I ran a test today on the Podcast. Looking good! After the first Introductory Episode runs on the 12th, we'll be able to submit it to iTunes. That process is very quick and easy but the waiting period for iTunes approval can take up to two weeks. In the meantime, use the RSS Feed - easy peasy! It was a productive day, we've got the outline completed for the first episode and we've got an idea of what Episode 2 will look like. Thanks for your support and just six more days to launch, very exciting! NJ

Monday, May 30, 2011

Being Positive - A Way of Life

Ok, so if you know me or you don't, know this: I'm a Positive Person!

One of the reasons I wanted to start this podcast was the string of negative remarks coming out of auditions. Even though our community is extremely positive in nature, we tend to take some things personally even when we know it's nothing personal.

Personally, I've never had a problem with this. I go in, do the best audition I can, and leave...knowing I was prepared, did the best job I could and certainly happy about the connection I had just made.

I know it's a bummer, sometimes we can get down on ourselves and just go home and sulk. People!! Don't do it!! Believe me, I know it's hard to do, but you just have to set your mind at the end result.

So, think about this today...what are your acting goals? Who do you want to be in the end? What do you want to leave your audiences with?

THESE are the things you should constantly strive to be thinking about. If you go in a negative direction, you won't be able to TRULY share your acting gifts with those that were meant to experience it.

Every Audition is a Celebration-Every Audition should be your BEST work!

Now go get 'em!

Norma Jean

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Welcome to The Positive Actor

You probably reached this blog through the Positive Actor Podcast or a Social Media post.

I want to personally welcome you here and thank you for your interest. Stay tuned for great Episodes, which kick off on June 12th!

Make sure you visit The Positive Actor home:

The Attic Community Theater

Thanks again for being here and please, tell your friends!

Norma Jean