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Section 2: BEING THERE: GAINING THE FOOTHOLD – The Long Haul

Section 2: BEING THERE
GAINING A FOOTHOLD

Finally, here are a lot of the previously ‘unwritten laws’ about respecting the roles of other industry professionals and creating a professional approach to your work.

A Pro's Work Ethic: Laying the Foundations of Proactivity

I remember again going back studying with Peter Kass asking ‘What is a good artist anyway? How can I learn to be that?’ and Peter very wisely saying ‘Don’t worry about being a good artist- become a good plumber’ . I loved that! Being a good plumber meant developing the craft, the technical skill, the ...

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Agent- Actor Relationships: Your Greatest Champion

From my interviews, I’ve discovered that a lot of actors, especially new players in The Biz, are quite scared or overly suspicious of their agents. Agents are a much maligned and highly misunderstood breed, so I’ll let the great Jack Menashe (owner of US-based Independent Artists Agency) speak about his gig… There’s really no one ...

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Being A Pro: Respecting The Roles of Other Industry Professionals

There is nothing more unattractive than ambition, but there’s nothing as attractive as conscientiousness. There’s an urban myth that crews hate actors. It’s not true. Crews, generally, love actors, otherwise they wouldn’t do that job. But if you go in as an ambitious starlet, ignoring everyone, making everything about you, they won’t like you. Go ...

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Breaking the Bubble Wrap

Got trained ?Survived showcase ? Now… STOP. Stop everything you’re doing and read the following quote. Then read it again. Note the question within it. Ask that EXACT question of yourself right now. Meditate on it, picture yourself as the young poet and then answer the question as truthfully as possible. It’s all good, I’ll ...

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Casting Directors- Your Place In Their World

Yes, I know this looks suspiciously like a section on auditioning technique but I assure you that this isn’t the case. Across this entire resource we will be keeping artistry at arm’s length and dealing only with day-to-day practicalities. We did not intend to add to the already groaning bookshelves of audition technique, so it’s ...

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Pigeon Holing & Typecasting VS. Branding

The most successful and most happiest actors know themselves, know what they do best and know where they fit in – all with remarkable clarity Brian O’Neill Fear not, dear reader! This is not a section that is packed full of ominous warnings about the evils of typecasting. Instead we’re going to deal with the ...

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Regarding Praise – A Brief Warning

Hollywood is the only place where you can die of encouragement. Pauline Kael This used to be a small bullet-point way down the list of items I had to cover. But many of my colleagues deemed it important enough to warrant its own section. The next few words are intended to save you from one ...

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THE ETERNAL COMMANDMENTS

THE ETERNAL COMMANDMENTS THE CARDINAL LAWS KNOW THAT AS A PROFESSIONAL ACTOR, YOU ARE OWED SAFE SET PRACTICE, SAFE THEATRE PRACTISE AND INTIMACY GUIDELINES. It is a real delight to pen this paragraph and place it as the first cardinal law in The Eternal Commandants. Due to the effectiveness of various industry movements and the ...

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