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Meet Talent Agent Jenne Nelson!

By BDH | published
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FIVE QUESTIONS FOR JENNE NELSON, TALENT AGENT AT HARDEN-CURTIS ASSOCIATES Q. How do you pronounce your name and do people generally get it right without you having to tell them?   A.  Its ‘Jenny’. Seldom do people get it RIGHT  but I am not the least bit offended as its happened practically my entire life. … Continue reading Meet Talent Agent Jenne Nelson!

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The BackStage Article

By BDH | published
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Here’s the original BackStage article, announcing the revolutionary service Actors Insite.  Some things have changed since then (the price of submissions has not!) but the core purpose is the same, getting actors on the radar of top industry pros.   Since the article came out in Spring 2012 thousands of actors have made contact with … Continue reading The BackStage Article

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Secret #7: Don’t worry about being off book

By BDH | published

…It is far better to freely refer to the sides and be in the flow of the scene than to be mentally reaching for the lines.

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Are You Guilty of These Self-Tape Mistakes?

By BDH | published
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Understanding how to act in a tight frame is something you should have been taught by the time you’re auditioning for film/TV projects, but often that is not the case.

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How to Act Emotional Scenes in a Close Up

By BDH | published

Raise the stakes.   My least loved acting direction, but one we hear all the time.   Too often, an actor told to raise the stakes in his performance will start to push, or get “bigger” with the scene, neither of which is what the director is probably after. So how do you raise the stakes … Continue reading How to Act Emotional Scenes in a Close Up

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CQ

By BDH | published
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Actors with high CQs get hired first.

There’s nothing much we can do about the genetic part of our CQ (physical) but there’s much more to it than that.

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An unusual success story….

By BDH | published

Recently I got a letter (it’s okay to call emails “letters”, right?) from a woman who’s success story isn’t about her, it’s about her son.

This is remarkable to me on two levels.

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Be Confident. Be Prepared. Be You.

By BDH | published

Q3: Conversely, what ways do you see that actors sabotage themselves?

A: The main place I see actors sabotage themselves is during the audition process. I’ve seen very talented actors allow their nerves or insecurities to enter the room…

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Why Actors Insite?

By BDH | published

What’s the biggest obstacle for an actor? Training? Talent? Living in the right city? Nooooo.

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The Zen of Demo Reels

By BDH | published

Just as with omelettes, there is no “best way” to make a demo reel. BUT, there are lots of worst ways. Here’s how to avoid some common mistakes.

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Force-of-Nature-Gal

By BDH | published

“The belief that you aren’t enough and don’t bring something very worthwhile to the table is so deep and the #1 career-killer.”

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Shaun T & Me

By BDH | published

Last night, I looked across the net and saw this bundle of energy and his partner, a woman probably closer to my age in tennis years.

Turns out the guy is Shaun T! He of the very successful fitness craze, Insanity.

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Free Credits Waiting For You!

By BDH | published

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Welcome to the new Actors Insite!

By BDH | published

We are very excited to be able to bring you our brand-new website, which will enable you to interact with the top industry pros better than ever. Here are some highlights of how the new site functions.

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Self Tape Answers (response to requests for help from CDs and talent reps)

By BDH | published
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These days, film and tv acting is all about being as quiet as you can. People on your tv are often whispering. They are fully audible in the final product, but the intimate, appealing quality in their voices is produced by barely being audible on the set. All the most successful actors we record auditions for use this technique, and it obviously works. But to be able to record them that way, you simply have to have a great audio set-up, which starts with having the actor miked properly. (Our microphones are, understandably, among the most expensive equipment in the room

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How to effectively wrap up a meeting with an Agent or Manager

By BDH | published
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Rebecca Atwood, Talent Manager from The Group Entertainment, shares a few thoughts on how to effectively wrap up a meeting with an agent or manager at a live workshop or in their office:

“I think that when you meet someone in person, it can be awkward to ask directly if they liked your work. My advice on how to wrap up a quick meeting is to say something like, “Well it’s so nice meeting with you, do you have any other questions for me?”

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Following up with Agents and Managers

By BDH | published
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One of the most common questions we receive at Actors Insite is, “What is the best way to follow up with and stay in touch with Agents and Managers”? There are always those lucky few that are signed right out of school, however, for the rest of the community, these relationships take time to build. We posed this question to a couple of agent and manager friends and here is the general consensus

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Agencies You Should Be Targeting

By BDH | published

Actors often ask us if it is worth their time and energy targeting larger agencies. The answer to that question really depends on your type and where you are in your career.

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How to Jump Start Your Career – by Rebecca Atwood (TGE)

By BDH | published

Actors who are looking to jump-start their career often ask me “what more can I be doing?” There are so many things you can do to be a self-starter as a performer. Just a few: Get into a great improv class. Try stand up comedy. Write to a few casting directors and offer to be a reader. Find scripts of new plays that have been recently produced, get some friends together, and read them aloud. Write a webisode pilot and work with friends to produce it.

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