Former Talent Agent Spells Out Exactly How To Get Paid For On-Camera Acting Gigs In This Two Hour Recorded Live Training
Actors are stupid.
That’s what the owner told me on the very first day I started working for a talent agency.
I’ll never forget those words.
They made me mad!
I mean, I was also an actor, and I considered myself far from stupid!
But after working at the talent agency for a week, I knew exactly what he meant.
Most actors aren’t stupid, but they are pretty clueless when it comes to understanding the business side of entertainment–things like agencies, unions, rates, and contracts.
But it’s not their fault!
The entertainment industry has its own hierarchy, just like any other business or any good episode of Game of Thrones.
And sadly, most actors are at the bottom.
It’s almost like people send mixed messages on purpose, just to confuse actors!
I completely understand–I was an actor myself, and had many of the same questions as you…
How do I get an agent?
How can I get into commercials?
When do I join the union?
How much should I be getting paid?
How do I find auditions for these gigs my other actor friends are getting?
I was completely clueless about all these things UNTIL I started working on the other side of the camera, for a talent agency. During my time there I helped get actors booked on commercials, training videos, voiceovers, film & TV, and print jobs.
Many of these actors that were getting booked on high-paying jobs didn’t have a lot of experience at first.
In fact, many of them started out as clueless as I was.
Over the course of several years and meeting with hundreds of potential talent, I found that most actors had the exact same questions that I had before I started working at the agency.
The good ones eventually learned what they were doing, but sometimes it took a long time–even years!
I wondered why this information wasn’t out there, so actors could learn some of this stuff before they came to meet with a talent agency.
I never figured out why actors were always kept in the dark, and I couldn’t find any good resources out there, so I created my own.
In January of 2010, I hosted a workshop for actors where I spelled out step by step exactly what they needed to do in order to get good auditions, get signed with a talent agency, and get paid as an actor.
For the first time ever, a recording of that workshop is available.
I always intended on selling this training–that’s why I had it recorded.
I was planning on creating a DVD or packaging it as a higher-end online course.
But, that never happened.
Other projects came up, and I got busy with some other film work. My plans for creating this course got lost in the shuffle.
And the recording has literally been sitting on my hard drive ever since.
I was going through some old files on my computer a couple weeks ago and I came across it.
I gave it a look–it’s funny to watch now!
In 2010, the equipment used to shoot this was top of the line for an indie filmmaker.
But technology for filmmakers has gotten WAY better since then.
So to watch it now it doesn’t come across as too impressive.
But the INFORMATION is still good.
Most of the questions that I got from actors back in 2010 are the same questions I get now, and I go through many of them in the video.
And because this was a recording of a live workshop, you’ll actually get to meet the other actors that were there…learn about their own backgrounds and experiences, and hear the questions they asked–maybe some of the same questions you have.
NOTE: We never finished the “course” so there is no supplemental guide, just the actual two hour recording
This was an all day workshop and we covered a lot of ground. I’ve cut out all the extra junk and distilled things down to just under two hours. Here’s a little bit of what is covered in the recording:
- Why “real people” can get cast more easily than young, hot models
- How the SAG & AFTRA can help you find an agent, even if you’re not part of the union
- Why there’s always a “middle man” of a talent agent or casting director between you and the client
- How to make money as an actor when you’re just starting out
- The one thing that you absolutely MUST have as an actor…the right one can get you booked on jobs without even having to audition!
- How to get print work even if you’re not a “model”
- Why you shouldn’t waste your time auditioning for voiceovers UNLESS you have this one thing…
- The simple formula that agencies use to figure out how much actors should be getting paid
- The truth about film & TV work outside of Hollywood
- Where to go to find the best auditions for the really high-paying jobs
- and more!
Near the end of the video there’s a section where I do some live teardowns of actor’s headshots. The actual photos are blurred out (I never sought permission from the photographers to use them) but the actual critique is really valuable. Your headshot is your calling card as an actor, and it’s usually the gateway to auditions and bookings. Every actor should be watching this section so they can critique their own headshot.
And if you don’t have a headshot, the video will explain exactly why you’re missing out on jobs worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars!
Now, there is a cost to get this video training.
But it’s small–VERY small compared to how much the training is actually worth.
And how much is that, you ask?
The going rate for a print job in 2010 was at least $125 an hour (for an adult).
A 13 week local commercial would’ve gotten you at least $185.
A half-day shoot for a workplace training video–$250, minimum.
If you got ONE gig using something you learned here, this would pay for itself.
And if you actually go through and apply the material…well, there’s plenty of money to be made in the entertainment industry.
But of course, there’s no guarantee–anyone that tries to “guarantee” that you’ll make a certain amount of money or get a certain amount of bookings is either stupid or trying to rip you off.
If you can’t act your way out of a wet paper bag, I don’t know that this training is going to help you.
But the vast majority of people will be able to learn something from this video, so if you do the work and apply what I teach you, you should see a noticeable difference in the quality of auditions you’re getting and the amount of money you’re making.
The actors that attended the live workshop paid $65 each.
(and that was WAY underpriced).
For you–I’m only charging $20.
Twenty measly bucks gets you the recording of this live training that (if applied) could get you hundreds or thousands of dollars in bookings over the years.
For your one time payment of $20, you’ll get immediate access to a private page where you can view this training online.
You can also download a copy of the video to your computer (which I highly recommend) so you can view this offline.
There’s even an MP3 version you can download–this is great if you have a long commute or like to go on walks or runs. Download the MP3 and throw it on your phone or iPod and you can absorb some of this information while you’re on your way to work.
I’ve never sold this before, and it’s a very special deal that I’m ONLY offering to people that are signed up for my email list, so please don’t share this with anyone!
Consider it a little “Christmas bonus” for good little actors that are ready to start making some real money doing this.
And just like the fat man’s visits, this deal has a limited run…after this Friday December 22nd, this offer will disappear faster than milk & cookies left out on Christmas Eve.
Ready to get yourself a little early Christmas gift?
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