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deadCENTER Film Festival

 

The Actor Factory is proud to release #Factory30, a monthly call to actor for actors moving their careers forward. Each month, The Factory will challenge you to tackle a new area of the business. 

 

Keep The Actor Factory and your fellow actors up to date on your progress. Use #Factory30 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up to date. One participant will be randomly selected to revive one of the following prizes:

  • One free 30 minute audition coaching with Chris Freihofer

  • 10% off your next class at The Actor Factory

 

The Actor Factory team was so happy to see the involvement last month and we can’t thank you enough. The actor who used the hashtag liberally last challenge was David Burkhart. Congratulations! Please get in touch with us to claim your prize.

 

 

It’s June in Oklahoma and that means it’s deadCENTER film festival! 

 

If you don’t know deadCENTER, it’s a film festival held in Oklahoma City (the middle of the nation) in June (the middle of the year.) It’s dead center in the middle of everything. Actors from Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman have attended the festival of hundreds of short films, features, and fun events. 

 

We strongly encourage actors to attend this festival. You’ll be able to see great independent films, films made by Oklahomans, and some films you won’t be able to see anywhere else. Keep these things in mind while you’re there!

 

Always be learning

Aside from taking classes, auditioning, and working on set, another way to sharpen your craft is to WATCH MOVIES! Sounds simple, huh? Watching film with a keen eye looking for what works in a scene (and sometimes what doesn’t) can help you decide what you’d like to incorporate in your next scene.

 

Not only that, but staying up to date with film trends, up-and-coming directors, and fresh faced actors is always smart. Knowledge is power!

 

Be social

It’s always great to try to attend the parties and events at film festivals. You will rub elbows with directors, producers, and other department heads that may need actors for their next project. 

 

If there’s a film you saw and you really liked it, see if you can talk to the director…in a not ceepy/stalky kind of way. Was there an actor that you admired? Seek them out at a party and talk about their project. Going to parties is a great way to meet new people and make connections. 

 

Don’t forget to network

Meeting people is great. It’s a smart way to make connections with people and a casual way of being introduced. Bringing along a business card so you can stay in touch is always a good idea if you meet someone you’d like to work with in the future. 

 

You know what’s cumbersome and weird? Bringing your headshot and resumé to a film festival. Please don’t be “that guy” because you’re representing actors as a whole when you do so. Instead, a simple card exchange will keep things light, but give the people you meet a chance to stay in touch. 

 

Click these links for more infromation about deadCENTER:

2015 Schedule

Kick Off Party

Get Your Pass

 

Stay in touch with us while you’re at the festival. Use #Factory30 to tag us in pictures of you at the parties and premiers. Mention us in a post while you’re enjoying films, friends, and fun to be entered for a chance to win:

  • Free 30 minute audition coaching with Chris Freihofer

  • 10% off your next class at The Actor Factory 

Find your type

 

The Actor Factory is proud to release #Factory30, a monthly call to actor for actors moving their careers forward. Each month, The Factory will challenge you to tackle a new area of the business.

 

Keep The Actor Factory and your fellow actors up to date on your progress. Use #Factory30 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up to date. One participant will be randomly selected to revive one of the following prizes:

  • One free 30 minute consultation with CSA Casting Director Chris Freihofer

  • One free online 30 minute consultation with Chicago Casting Director Sarah Clark

 

The Actor Factory team was so happy to see the involvement last month and we can’t thank you enough. The actor who put on their CEO pant suit and really showed up to work was Megan Flynn (@ThatMFlynnActor). Congratulations! Please get in touch with us to claim your prize.

 

 

This May, we’re challenging you to find your type. What kind of actor are you? What hole in the market do you fill?

 

Some people think that being “typecast” is a bad thing. When the second part of that word is “cast”, why would any actor complain about booking? Yes, it can be frustrating if you only ever book the “cowboy”, “soccer mom” or “tough cop” but at least you’re working. This month, we want you to figure out what your niche is and let us know! Here are some tools to help you narrow it down:

 

What have you been called in to audition for?

A casting director’s job is to bring in a pool of actors that he/she feels will fill the talent slot perfectly. One of the easiest ways to do that is type casting. It’s quick and easy to make snap decisions about actors based on their headshot and past impressions.

 

So what have you been coming in for? Are you auditioning for lots of cop shows right now? What kind of commercials have you had auditions for? Take a good look at the last six months of auditions and write down what you’ve been called in for. See what your local casting director has in mind for you.

 

 

Ask around!

A great way to get an idea of what people think of you is, surprise, to ask them. Talk to your agent, your acting teachers, your spouse, friends, dog, whoever you respect, and ask them to tell you what they would call you in for if they didn’t know you.

 

You may think you’re putting out the “sweet girl next door” vibe, but it turns out you’re serving up “blonde bombshell”. Figure out what other people see and compare that to  what you want the film industry to see.

 

 

Decide how you want people to see you.

Great! Now that you’ve asked around and you have a better idea of what people see, decide if you’re happy with that.

 

  • Are your tools sending out the right message about you?

  • What can you do to make people see the actor you want to be?

  • Are there additional skills you could learn to reach those goals?

 

 

 

If you’re happy with the type you’re exuding, let us know what is it and we will send you a virtual high-five. If you’re not happy with your type, let us know what it is and how you’ll change it. The Factory community will be happy to offer up ideas if you ask for help.

 

Stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter to show us your progress!

 

The Actor Factory is happy to house #Factory30, a monthly call to action for actors moving their careers forward. Each month, The Factory will challenge you to tackle a new area of the business.

 

Keep The Factory and your fellow actors up to date on your progress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by using #Factory30. One person to get involved will be randomly selected to receive one of the following prizes of their choice:

  • A free 30 minute consultation with CSA Casting Director Ricki Maslar

  • One free Yoga for Actors class with Ginger Gilmartin at The Actor Factory

 

The Actor Factory is so happy to see that so many people got involved with February’s #Factory30! Thank you so much to everyone who got involved. Last month, this actor used social media to show us their polished actor tools. Congratulations Jasmine Shea (@Jasmine_Shea)! You won our first ever #Factory30! Get in touch with us to claim your prize!

 

 

 

 

 

This month, The Actor Factory is challenging you to be a CEO. Not the CEO who has a putting green in their office, but the CEO who knows the ins and outs of every aspect of their business.

 

In this industry, you are the product, the marketing team, and the office manager. It’s your job to know how your company is run from top to bottom.

 

Your Team

Actors have a few people on their team: their agent, their teachers, and honest friends. This month, check in with them and see how they think you’re doing. Find out if they need more (or less) from you. Ask your teachers what you need to work on to get to the next level. Check in with your agents to see if they have received feedback about you, if there is anything they feel you need to improve, or if you can provide them with any materials that will make their job of marketing you any easier. Grab coffee with a friend and talk out your plans for the year.

 

Marketing

How are you selling your product right now? Is it working? Is it working as well as you might like it to? What are other actors doing that you really like and you’d like to implement?

 

Create a strategy for how you’re going to market yourself this year. Take some time to figure who you want to talk to and how you want to approach them. If it’s an agent out of market, find out how to sell your product to them. If you want to get in front of a casting director, work on your marketing tools to be noticed by them.

 

Show us any new tools you build! We want to see your post cards, websites, business cards and anything else you’re sending out to people!

 

In the Know

Did you read your agent’s contract top to bottom? Do you know how long your last commercial has the right to use your footage? Find out!

 

It’s your job as an actor to be just as informed as your agent is about the work you do. If you recently worked, you should figure out what the usage agreement was. Can they use the footage for the rest of time, 13 weeks, a year? What happens if they show the commercial longer? Where is that student film you did? Is it at a festival? Check in with your past jobs and make sure you are reaping the benefits of your work.

 

Expand!

One trait of a good company is growth. How are you growing? Are you taking classes? Are you auditioning for student films when other productions are slow? Are you working with your local film community to create more opportunities in your area? Are you reaching out to casting directors and agents out of town? Tell us!

 

Get in touch with us to let us know what you’re doing to make your acting career bigger and badder every day. We want to hear from you.

 

 

 

Get to work, actors! We can’t wait to see all your elbow grease this month!

The Actor Factory is proud to announce #Factory30, a monthly call to action for actors moving their careers forward. Each month, The Factory will challenge you to tackle a new area of the business.

 

Keep The Factory and your fellow actors up to date on your progress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by using #Factory30. The person to get the most involved will receive one of the following prizes of their choice:

  • A free 30 minute consultation with Casting Director Chris Freihofer

  • 10% Discount off your next Actor Factory class

 

 

 

 

February - Get Your Tools Together

 

This month we are focusing on getting your tools ready for the coming year. January was the month that many of you got new headshots, enrolled in classes, and started the year out right. Now, let’s put those new tools to work.

 

Headshots

Hopefully, most of you have headshots that have been taken in the last 1-2 years. If not, please consider re-shooting to make sure you look just like the shots you’re presenting to casting directors. If you’re looking for a great headshot photographer, consider Jeff Nicholson.

 

Assuming that everyone has shots, let’s make sure they are up to snuff! Your headshot needs to be printed on 8x10 professional printing paper. There are many professional headshot duplicators we can recommend. Argentum is a great place to print, for one, and if you’ve shot with Jeff Nicholson, please get in touch with him for a discount code for Argentum’s services.

 

We strongly urge having your headshots professionally printed. It is a much higher quality product you deliver to casting directors and filmmakers, and it is much cheaper in the long run. No smudgy, discolored and flimsy images, no overpriced and sub-standard print jobs from the local drug store. Take your tools as professionally as you take yourself and get it done right.

 

And right now, during the month of February, many duplicators like Argentum offer 2-for-1 printing for pilot season.

 

Resumés

Unlike other resumés, the actor’s resume has its own format exclusive to the industry. If you’d like a template for this format, we have created one for you on our website.  It’s totally free. Please click here.

 

Make sure you name, contact/agent contact/ and specs (hair/height/eyes) are at the top. Your name needs to be the biggest thing on the entire page. Then, list all your credits, training and special skills.

 

Please make sure everything you put on your resumé is 100% true. It is very easy to do an IMDb search or find out you can’t actually ride a bull. Do not lie. Period.

 

Make sure that your headshot and resumé are stapled together when you bring them in the room.

 

Demo Reels

Demo Reel: a 45 second to two minute video compilation of your on camera work.

 

Demo reels make it easy for casting directors to see what you look like, sound like, and your acting abilities. It’s almost become a necessity for actors to have at this point. Unfortunately, it’s a vicious cycle. You can’t book unless you have a demo, and you can’t have a demo unless you book something.

 

If you do have enough footage to build a demo, congrats! We’d love to see it! Post it on Twitter or Facebook and use #Factory30 so we can check it out!

 

If you have footage, but you can’t edit them together, click here and let us help you!

 

If you don’t have any footage, how can you get some? Try a couple of these methods:

  • Grab a friend and a good camera and film a few scenes. If the quality is good and the acting is what you’d like to show off, you can create a temporary demo for potential clients to see. Just make sure you have excellent lighting and sound. 

  • Reach out to your local film schools and offer your talent in exchange for the footage. There’s no guarantee that the footage will be amazing, but it’s always worth getting on set and working.

  • Film an “Actor Slate”, a short video introduction for casting directors to hear your voice and see more than a picture. If you’re interested in scheduling one, please email Chris

  • The Actor Factory can shoot a top-quality demo reel for you. Using pro-grade video, sound and lighting equipment, a demo reel can be tailor-made just for you. Show off how you want to be considered and the talent you have to offer. Click here for details.

 

 

Websites

A website is a great bonus, but not a necessity. If you have the content for a website, we encourage you to have one. Casting Directors and producers use actor websites to get all the information they need in one place.

 

First, consider having your own domain.  Yourname.com or YourNameActor.com is what we recommend. Nobody wants to type long, confusing web addresses, or find your profile among many others on casting websites that list thousands of other actors.  See yourself as unique and have a unique URL to go with it.

 

Second, keep it simple! Make it easy for people to use. Put your headshots, demo, resumé and your agents contact information right in front of your audience. Lots of different pages and hard to use websites will make people leave your site faster. Having as much content as possible on one page, or very few pages, will make it easy for everyone!

 

If you’re looking for a website advice, contact Sarah for more information.

 

Business Cards

While not a necessity, business cards are a very important way for actors to network and drive traffic to their website. They can be very affordable ways for the beginning actor to get their name out.  Have you met an industry professional at a workshop, film festival, screening or social gathering? Hand out a business card that includes your headshot, contact info and web address so they can view your reel. When that perfect project comes up, they know how to get in contact with you.

 

Any headshot duplicator can also print business cards for you, or you can print them on your own, or at places like moo.com. For a discount code from moo.com email Sarah. Keep a few with you at all times. You never know where you might meet someone.

 

 

 

Let’s get to work, actors! Show us your headshots and resumés, link us to your demo reels, and send us your website links. #Factory30

 

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!