Acting : Representation, Acting Sites, etc by Abigail Yates

Abigail Yates

Representation, Acting Sites, etc

Hello my fellow actors! I'm curious about finding out-of-state agencies. This year I will be New York, LA, and possibly even Seattle. I live near Nashville, TN. I would love to have representation in larger markets. Next year I plan to return to the same cities as well as going to Cannes Film Festival. I'm very serious about my success and I am professionally trained (in fact, the reason I am going to the places I am is to work with an acting coach I love.) I will also be at Sunscreen in LA this year as well as having been involved with my local fests including the upcoming Film-Com which I will begin attending immediately upon my return from NYC. What agency do you recommend in LA, NYC, and/or Seattle? I have representation in Nashville. Also I would like to know what your thoughts are on actor sites meant to promote you. Which are your favorites and why? Please share a link. Also, if there are any you feel should be 100% avoided and why. Finally, who is your favorite professional acting coach? Where are they? Do they have a website? Thank you!

David Timber

I will dare to start with recommending an acting coach. Josh Pais is a professional actor in Hollywood Features, Showtime's Ray Donovan, Denis Leary's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and various independent projects. He runs a program called Committed Imulse as well as offering private coaching. I would also recommend Jim Bonney who is based in New York and can be found on this website, Stage32.

Abigail Yates

Thank you David

David Timber

Your welcome. Abigail

Kaitlin Christine Burke

Abigail my acting background is strong with an NYU MFA background I would be happy to coach you in anyway I can. I've coached all ages. Message me I live in madiso we could get together and play

Abigail Yates

Madison, TN Kaitlin? I have a BS in Theater plus working with Alan Dysert from All My Children (http://actorsschoolusa.com/about/), Gary Austin founder of The Groundlings (http://garyaustinworkshops.com/about-gary/), and other workshops and teachers. But I love to get together with other actors and run scenes! I would love to do that! If you're in Madison, TN then you are also within 30 minutes of me. We can bring a camera and play back our performances so we can critique and improve too. I say yes.

Andrew Bee

Hi Abigail. The three main sites I am on are: Casting Workbook http://www.castingworkbook.com/ . Now Casting https://www.nowcasting.com/actor/ . Actors Access http://www.actorsaccess.com/? . These are all used heavily in the Industry. I am also on several other sites as well, all as part of getting myself out there. In Toronto, my agent simply won't work with anyone who isn't on at least Casting workbook because the world is almost completely digital. He can't even submit actors anymore who haven't got there materials on these sites. Good luck with your dream!

Abigail Yates

Thank you Andrew. I've actually been in the industry for a long time but it takes a long time to weed through all the sites for networking and finding work. I use to be on actors access, I don't recall why I'm not still. My agent keeps electronic portfolios and information so it can be easily shared. I just have to keep it updated and I have been working on getting everything updated lately. Thank you so much for your input, I will look at casting workbook, I've heard of now casting but haven't been on it. Again, thank you.

Andrew Bee

Hey, no sweat, Abigail. Glad to offer help. It's tough when you really want to go for it and you are not in a major center. I wish you all the success in the world.

Marlene Hamerling

Hi, Abigail, and welcome. I've never heard of Casting Workbook; but Andrew, you're in Toronto, correct? So I think it must be local to you -- or Canada, in general. And Now Casting seems to be an online audition delivery service. I might be missing something, but...I can see how it might be useful if you're self-taping and need to get a tape to someone, but otherwise, I'm not sure. And most studios that provide taping services will upload it for you, anyway. The best US sites I've found for auditions are actorsaccess.com and castingnetworks.com (though you have to sign up separately for NY [nycasting.com] and LA [lacasting.com]). Some people swear by castingfrontier.com for commercials. I haven't had much luck there, but it may be more my age and profile than the site. Another invaluable site is castingabout.com, which has up-to-the-minute info on what's being cast, who's casting it, etc., and provides contact info for the CDs. This and imdbPro are my go-to sites for research. Hope this helps.

Abigail Yates

Thank you Marlene. I will definitely check out all the sites. I'm on iMDB and trying to get my name changed on it. Someone else sat it up originally. I'm going to create a "maintenance schedule" to keep everything updated. It'll include a maintenance list of sites to be maintained and my username and passwords and my calendar will be marked "time to refer to Maintenance List" so everything stays accurate. I have such a big to-do list right now!

Marlene Hamerling

You're welcome, Abigail. My to-do list currently juuuust fits on a roll of toilet paper. I feel your pain.:-)

Christopher Wisniewski

This is a good site for the research. But Backstage, the newspaper, also has additional resources.

Andrew Bee

Casting workbook has around 70,000 members from USA and Canada and I believe London, so it is fairly large, but Actors Access is the biggie.

Marlene Hamerling

Thanks, Andrew. This is first I've heard about it from anyone... other actors, agents, or CDs. I'll definitely check it out.

Abigail Yates

Thank you all for your feedback! I love this group, I wish we could all have one large meetup and share our knowledge and friendship! I love creative people. There are so many websites and options out there for networking and staying in the loop but nothing beats getting to actually network in my opinion. Still, it's not always possible to be face to face and that's why we must hunt down the best places to bide our networking/job hunting time. On a slightly off not, I once tried working in engineering and nearly died! I came back to acting and modeling and felt alive again. This literally is my life and I love it.

Andrew Bee

Good for you, Abigail. Most of the world is asleep and spend their entire lives living badly, and they don't even know it. Only the few who go after their dreams and live their own lives really experience what life is about.

Marlene Hamerling

I completely understand, Abigail. The steady paycheck isn't worth your sanity.:-)

Christopher Wisniewski

Hi Abigail. How are you? After reading your message, I have to say....your are energetic. I'd like to pass you on to my manager if you wish. She helps promote me in NYC, my market. Contact me if you interested.

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