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Elena Lockleis
If it's your passion, if it makes you happy, please keep going.

Hi!

While casting, I try to provide an open line of communication and I thought I’d extend that here. I’ve spent a lot of time watching self-tape auditions. My latest project, completed during this time of staying at home, I ended up watching more than 200. It was an extensive search to find the righ...

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Lydia Kalmen

Thanks Elena! I do have a question for you...where do you post a lot of your castings? I've not found the right fit for an agent yet, so I of course don't have access to all the breakdowns. I'm on Bac...

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Elena Lockleis

Hi Lydia,

I post most of my castings on Backstage but recently switched to Breakdown Express (the casting site associated with ActorsAccess). Haven’t used Casting Networks yet but it seems like another...

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Lydia Kalmen

Great, thanks Elena!

Tasha Lewis

Welcome and thank you for the offer Elena Lockleis.

Ying Jie Wang

Wish you success in your career!

Peter Roach
Screenwriting lessons from an Indie movie

Notes from a non-romantic.  Yes, I have been accused and found lacking. . I admit I can’t write Rom-Coms but I like their charm.

So I took a chance and watched an unheralded little movie ; The Locksmith.

Couple things:  

A complete unlikely ( it has to be unlikely ) simple plot line  built into an ente...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

So, you didn’t make The Locksmith, but you watched it, correct?

Peter Roach

Karen, I read your comment twice. Then for clarity I made an edit.

Original: So I took a chance on an unheralded little movie ; The Locksmith.

Edited: So I took a chance and watched an unheralded little movie ; The Locksmith.

My editor is pleased, I presume !

Jill A. Hargrave
"The Bottom Line" Zoom Play Reading

Hello Actors,

With the help of Nick Assunto, I am putting together a cast for a Zoom play reading of my screenplay, "The Bottom Line," to take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at around 6:00 pm. This is a full-length feature film that the cast will be reading. I am looking for two male actors - on...

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Wayne Jarman

Good plan, Jill. Have fun!

Tom Eboli
Going FICORE is looking better and better

Really SAG? C'mon

As a creative, I'd rather be in control of my own career, my income, my healthcare, and negotiate my own deals with producers.

IMO unions are becoming irrelevant.

I suggest doing some research on how they we...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Thanks for sharing this, Tom! How does signing up for health care work through the unions? And what are their "fiduciary duties"?

Ying Jie Wang

Dear Tom, My friend Tom. I wish you happiness!

Melanie Scroggins
What changes (if any) have you had to make in your business this year to stay above the fold?

Business is always changing, even outside of a year rife with all the things that come out of a pandemic.

What changes have you had to make recently in your business, if any? How are you working to stay relevant in the industry?

I'd love to know!

Here's a recent article I wrote for Stage32 about how I...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Umm, well... I've had to dissolve my company from Maryland and start anew in California - but that's more because of the move and less because of COVID. I'm also no longer afraid to both speak with an...

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Marci Urling

Now it's about a knowing. Like you said in your article, it's business and now more then ever I must treat it as such. I've skilled up with audio (DAW) and now I'm an promo/trailer (writer/edit/produc...

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Melanie Scroggins

Oooooh good ones, Karen "Kay" Ross!

Melanie Scroggins

Love those, Marci Urling. "Skilling up" is such a good way to describe getting better and investing in yourself. Thanks for sharing!

Marci Urling

Good read. Always the reminder...you are a business. I love the creative process and collaborating but at the end of the day, it's a business.

Mel Barrett
Any actors interested in scene study with a director?

Hi all,

It's been a while since I've directed anything, so I'm hoping to work with a few actors on a couple of my most recent scripts, to get back into the swing of things. COVID makes everything more difficult, but if you're interested in working a few scenes with me, I'd greatly appreciate it. It...

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Ekaterina Tarakanova

Hello Mel, I would pretty much enjoy that I guess. If it can give you a kick - great! If it is a mutual kick - AMAZING !! I need some company as well here, I'm sitting on a few projects and it is defi...

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Marci Urling

I'm interested. I just saw this post.

Karen Fei
Exposure when we can't be on set...

Hey everyone,

Anyone figured out any good ways to "get your foot in the door" during the pandemic or just generally keeping your skills sharp?

I was having a tough time finding gigs even before this and don't know what to do while we sit around waiting for things to get better. Was looking at a possi...

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Matthew Cornwell

What market are you in? Here in Atlanta, we've been booming since August. Over 30 or so TV/film projects currently in production. But in LA and NYC, word is projects are much more limited. So dependin...

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Karen Fei

I'm in southern New Hampshire so sometimes I head down to Boston for small gigs (usually student films) or local theater in my area. I depend on public transportation to get to Boston which is obvious...

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Jameson Martel
On set with fellow artists for feature film Super Hot!

Wrapped my character Randy for the feature film "Super Hot!" yesterday! Had a blast with these fine artists!

Shoot me a message if you would like to talk about acting or making movies!

~JM

Jameson Martel

You can check out the cast by going to the IMDb page at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12496552/

Melanie Scroggins
How do you prepare for an audition?

Ahh, the audition. The lifeblood of any actor's career. A single audition could change the game for an actor. But before we show up and step into the spotlight for our chance, what do we do?

As a voice actor, auditions are a little different for me, but I treat each one as if I'm in the room with th...

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Oscar Ordonez

Melanie Scroggins voice acting must be incredibly fun. But I can imagine how your performance can undergo highest scrutiny because everything coming from you is caught on recording.

Do you have to do...

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Melanie Scroggins

Steve James Yes! That is so on point. Especially about being ready to take whatever direction is given, which often means pivoting from the initial delivery. It can be so hard to adjust, but it's cruc...

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Melanie Scroggins

Oscar Ordonez So sorry I'm just now seeing this!

Yes, it is a lot of fun but can be nerve-wracking in a live session because it is 100% about you and your performance. To answer your question, f I hav...

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Oscar Ordonez

Melanie Scroggins I can imagine!! It takes a little talent but I'm sure it's a lot of work just like anything else! I'd love to hear more work that you do :) Best of luck.

Melanie Scroggins

Thanks so much, Oscar Ordonez! You can check out my previous work here if you're interested: https://www.melaniescroggins.com/previous-voice-over-work/

Reach out if I can ever help you in any way!...

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Hidde Simons
Missing Pieces - Worldwide monologues from people at home performed by actors

How are you handeling being at home?

Me: Being at home, home teaching, being a dad, taking care of the house. Just going outside for shopping or, gladly still possible in the Netherlands, a small walk or bike ride.

Enjoying being closer to the kids than I am used to, enjoying the peace it brings in t...

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Missing Pieces Monologues
Missing Pieces Monologues
Missing Pieces - Monologues of people sitting at home, all over the world. Please share your stories by sending them to missingpieces2020@gmail.com in your native language and maybe you will find your…
Hidde Simons

Hi Karen, thank you for your responce and question. Since it is happening now, the true deadline in 'as long as it is happening' . But I do also believe the feeling people could have of 'being stuck a...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Hidde Simons! Let's see if we can get more people on board, then! I can't tag people in the comment, but I can share this post's link via DM. Will you share this post with five actors in your net...

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Walter Anaruk

I just saw this and clicked the link to youtube. One looked like it was just posted. Are you still doing this? I'd love to share and participate.

Hidde Simons

Hi Walter, thanks for your interest in Missing Pieces. The project is still in full effect. Last week we posted a monologue from Zanzibar and today we where filming one from Brasil. Let's see how you can participate. :-)

Debbie Croysdale

@Hidde COOL idea. Two way win, participants get thoughts off their chest and the audience enjoys cos its helps us realize we are not alone in this weird new world. Documentary style could morph later...

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Stage 32 Short Film Contest!

Hey guys -

My name is Arielle, and I am an NYC-based actor. I recently acted in and created the story for the short film, "Sac de Merde." I entered the short into the Stage 32 Short Film Contest, and it was one of the winners! The contest is amazing. If you're one of the winners, you are automaticall...

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James Drago

This is the 2nd thread I've seen regarding the short film program! I'd love to see these films. Are there plans to show them here?

James Drago

Congratulations Arielle Haller-Silverstone

Dean Silvers

Congratulations!

Alessandro Machi

Very Nice of you to share your experience. Can we see your film?

Lisa Vandiver

Congratulations

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