What Kate Loves

If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color. Johnny Depp

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.Michael Jordan

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Workshops, teachers and classes

http://www.vo2gogo.com ( David H.Lawrence, Kate’s voiceover guru )

http://www.sabellamills.com (David Sabella, highly recommended voice teacher)

Bonnie Gillespie, Self-Management for Actors http://www.bonniegillespie.com/
http://www.theactorskey.com

http://www.theactorssource.com

http://www.actnownetwork.com

Submission Sites

http://home.lacasting.com

https://www.nowcasting.com

http://actorsaccess.com

Scripts and Monologue resources

http://www.whysanity.net

http://www.imsdb.com

http://www.mypdfscripts.com/

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You are the sea in my dream, bright sky in my morning, your love is the wheel that turns me toward you and encircles my heart with your heart.

This is just a bit of a beautiful poem by Abigail Albrecht, called “Begin in the Night.”

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You just want to be really prepared before coming out here where more than 1/2 the population are actors.Casting Director Danielle Eskinazi

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Interesting articles on careers in Acting:

The Art of the Ask – www.Backstage.com

Before anything can happen, you first have to get the meeting.

By Kristine Oller

DECEMBER 15, 2010

Having conversations and building relationships with people who are established in this industry can significantly accelerate the development of your career. Of the actors who manage to muster the courage to request meetings, too many are denied access simply because they do not understand “the art of the ask.”

The “art” is about phrasing your “ask” in a way that lowers the other person’s defenses and puts him or her at ease. The recipient of your request always has three main questions. The more specifically you answer them, the more you increase your chances of getting a favorable response.

1) Why are you contacting me in particular?

Whether you are communicating in person, over the phone, or via a letter, always relate to the person and not the person’s job. The typical “I’m an actor and you’re a casting director, so I want to meet you” request can feel insulting because it’s so generic.

Demonstrate that you know a bit about who the person is. Example: “When Donna Smith (who just directed me in a play) and your client Jason Doe heard I was looking for a theatrical agent known for helping actors move from guest-star to series-regular roles, they both said I had to include you on my list.” Another tack: “Not only is ‘True Blood’ one of my favorite shows, but you were credited with writing my favorite episode of last season: ‘Bad to the Bone.’ “

2) How much time will this take?

Being vague about the amount of time you want from someone allows that person to envision the worst-case scenario: being trapped for more than an hour with a babbling actor who wants to be hired for something. You can address this concern and put the person at ease by clearly explaining what you want: “I’d love to speak with you for seven minutes at your convenience sometime this month. I have three questions I’d appreciate getting your guidance on.”

By phrasing it like that, you are communicating that you know how busy this person is and will respect his or her time, that you know what you want to ask and only seek guidance. Best of all, you’re telling the person that the pain will last only a very short time. Requesting exactly seven minutes (or three minutes or 17 minutes) of a person’s time is a great way to catch his or her attention and arouse curiosity about you. Plus, it’s awkward to reply, “No, I do not have seven minutes anywhere in my schedule to talk to you.”

3) Who has to take the next step?

Whenever possible, keep the follow-up ball in your court. If you are making a written request or leaving a voicemail message, state that you will call the person’s office for a response on a specific date. Not only does this make it easy for your quarry, but, should he or she wish to decline, an assistant can be delegated to give you the bad news. Giving people an easy and gracious way to opt out of a request demonstrates your respect for them and lowers their defenses.

If it isn’t possible for you to make the next move—either you don’t have direct contact information or you’d be following up an email with another email, which isn’t very effective—then give the person all the information necessary to contact you: “If this is something that appeals to you and if it is something your schedule permits, I can be contacted by email at _________ or by phone at _________. I have enclosed my headshot and résumé to refresh your memory of our meeting.”

The people you want to meet are not out of your reach. Be courageous, master the art of the ask, and connect with them.

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A thought that helped

I was talking with a friend, a lovely actor whose life has been turned upside down by personal matters, and was considering giving everything up and moving to Hawaii. I had a chat with her and asked what her plan was, and she really wasn’t focused on anything but the stress in her life.

She needed something to just simply start with to turn things around and be able to make informed healthy decisions about what she was going to do.

Something popped into my head that I was told a long time ago: do more of what works, and less of what doesn’t.

I think that making a list of all the things that we do to further our careers, have nice personal and social life, be better in our relationships – whatever the path we’re looking at – can benefit from making a list of all of our actions, and honestly assessing the real results each action has given us. Then, we take those items one at a time, and cross off the list the things that aren’t working. Then, focus on doing more of the things that are left.

David H. Lawrence

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful,
the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the
clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire
within you to leave this world better than when you found it.
Wilfred Peterson

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