Introducing Your New Mobile Friendly Talent Profile

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Empowering you to maintain control over all aspects of your online profile is important because an actor’s profile is exactly what casting professionals, agents, and managers see when talent is being considered for a role.

Casting Frontier is committed to developing innovative casting solutions to serve actors, agents, casting directors and their clients alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relationships and your acting career (part one)

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Starting, building and maintaining a romantic relationship is always a bit of a challenge…especially if you’re an actor whose first priority is your career.

There are many successful actors who are involved in long-term, healthy, stable, giving relationships. A relationship with the right person can bring a lot of joy, excitement, growth and – most of all – comfort to your life. There is nothing better than sharing your journey with someone who loves you as much as you love them.

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However, the nature of a career in Hollywood offers many challenges to a relationship, especially when it comes to such vital necessities as time, energy and dedication.

An acting career can put a strain on any kind of relationship, especially if your partner isn’t an actor and doesn’t understand the work involved. Having an acting career means constant hard work, inconsistent pay and unrelenting devotion. Pursuing an acting career requires a tremendous amount of patience from your partner.

When you don’t have that in a relationship, it can become a distraction to your career.

An unhealthy relationship

All relationships require work. Some believe that if you love each other enough, a relationship shouldn’t be work. I define working at your relationship as a mutual exploration to understand and help fulfill each other’s needs and desires. That type of work can lead you to a healthy relationship.

In an unhealthy relationship, that work can sometimes lead us to give in, give up or sacrifice our individual needs and desires. We relent to the pressures of the relationship and the expectations of our partners, distracting us from what we really want to do.

I have seen many actors struggle with issues with their romantic partners. Sure, every relationship has its problems, but when these problems outweigh the good times, they become a “distraction.” Because these significant others are so important, these problems are tough to shake or simply ignore. They fester in your mind and heart and they distract you from the work at hand. You love that person and you want to fix the problem within the relationship, so that’s where you put all your focus.

Relationships are similar to family in that way. Your partner will have a tremendous influence over everything that you do. They will impact you and your decisions on a daily basis. They may put certain pressures or restraints on you (consciously or unconsciously) if they feel your career is becoming more of a priority than the relationship.

It can become more problematic when your partner isn’t involved in an artistic field. Just like your family, they might not understand why you chose this unpredictable profession. If they have a steady job, they won’t understand when money is tight or why you have to work at night or how you might have to leave to go on an audition or work on an acting job. They don’t understand your true desire and need to pursue this career. Or they do understand it, but don’t really accept it. At heart, they don’t support your decision to be an actor. They might say that they support you, but their actions say otherwise.

This unhealthy relationship will affect you, going beyond just the discussions and arguments over your career and your priorities. When you don’t have someone who understands or supports your dreams, your confidence level sinks, making you question yourself.

It keeps you from putting your energy toward your craft and career. You love and respect this person so much and to have them not support you is depressing. It trickles down into everything that you do.

It can be more difficult when you’re married or if your boyfriend or girlfriend has moved out to Los Angeles with you. Suddenly there is that extra pressure on you to produce. If you’re married, you may need to provide for your spouse (and children). That can be tough with an acting career, especially when you’re just starting out. If you’ve had a loved one move out with you, there will be a feeling of responsibility toward them. You’ll feel like you need to show them why it was the right move to make. All that does is add to the stress.

They just don’t understand

The most common distraction I’ve seen in relationships is the metaphorical tug of war with the actor and his or her career. In many relationships, the partner expects the relationship to be the first priority. If an acting career is important to you, though, then that acting career must be the first priority.

Your significant other will want your time and energy. That doesn’t mean they’re bad partners — it’s only natural. If they don’t understand why you can’t always give them that time and energy, problems can arise.

I’ve seen actors come to class moody, distant and agitated, sometimes with tears in their eyes because they just had a fight with their girlfriend or boyfriend. It’s almost always about their acting career taking priority over the relationship. The most common thing I hear is, “They just don’t understand.”

Many actors get distracted with the pressure to be the good boyfriend or girlfriend. They do whatever they can to appease their partner, including forfeiting everything they came out to Los Angeles to accomplish. They play the role of the obedient girlfriend or boyfriend, slowly but surely losing themselves in the relationship.

Or they become the point person in the relationship — the responsible, practical, organized one who has to take care of all their partner’s needs. Once again, all their efforts go into the relationship and there is nothing left to put toward a career.

Sometimes this relationship distraction is a little tougher to see. You can get so wrapped up in keeping your partner happy that you are blind to how much you’re sacrificing in your career. Then suddenly, months and even years have gone by and you have nothing in your own life or career to show for it. It’s easier to spot when the person blatantly tells you they’re not supportive. Unfortunately, I’ve seen just as much of a distraction from actors who say they have partners who “totally understand and support them.” When push comes to shove…they don’t.

Distractions don’t always smack you in the face. They’re not always noticeable right away, but if you’re in an unhealthy relationship, they will at some point rear their ugly head.


SeditaImgWhether you’re auditioning for a co-star or a series regular on a half hour comedy, sitcom guru and acting coach Scott Sedita will teach you The Sedita Method of sitcom acting, which comes with it’s own terminology, coined phrases and unique glossary.

Scott’s internationally best-selling book, “The Eight Characters of Comedy. A Guide to Sitcom Acting & Writing, 2nd Edition” has sold over 100,000 copies and has become a “bible” to Hollywood comedy writers, directors, producers, and actors; and is used as a textbook in over 100 colleges and universities. Find Scott and his staff of professional actors, teachers and coaches at ScottSeditaActing.com.

Headshot Sale with The Headshot Truck & Casting Frontier

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The Headshot Truck is an all-inclusive, mobile photography studio where actors can get headshots taken by a team of experts including a makeup artist, wardrobe consultant, and a photographer. If you’ve never heard of The Headshot Truck, you can check out their overwhelmingly positive reviews that many actors have written on yelp. Often enthusiastically mentioned are the convenient and affordable service, the supportive and knowledgable team, and most importantly, the quality headshots that are produced.

Casting Frontier Premium or Premium Plus members receive a 30% discount off the price of a photo session with The Headshot Truck for three days: January 15, 16, and 17th. Casting Frontier Basic members s receive a $15 discount on standard packages.

Keep in mind that there will be limited availability at this popular event, so sign up now!

Happy Holidays from Casting Frontier!

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All of us at Casting Frontier extend our warmest wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy holiday season.

Here’s to a 2016 filled with health, joy, and prosperity!

Also, we invite you to donate a new, unwrapped toy to our Holiday Toy Drive. The toys will spread holiday cheer to the children at Children’s Hospital. Donations can be dropped off at our Casting Frontier office until 5:30 p.m. on December 22nd.

Items requested:

  • Generic coloring books–no holiday reference
  • Soft baby dolls–appropriate for children under 3 years
  • Crayons–all sizes
  • Interactive crib toys/musical
  • Markers–all sizes
  • Super hero action figures
  • White artist paper
  • Hello Kitty items
  • Dinosaurs
  • Bubbles (bottles with no attachments)
  • Craft and bead kits
  • Play-Doh (jars with no attachements)
  • Pop-Up Toys (cause and effect)
  • UNO cards
  • Bath & Body Works sets for older girls
  • Medical First Aid kits
  • LA Sports Team sports swag
  • Baby Rattles

Casting Frontier is located at 6565 Sunset Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Drop-off Hours are between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

For further details, please email support@castingfrontier.com or call us at (323) 300-6129.

Do You Have Headshots with a Mustache?

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During the month of November, you may notice a surge in classic burly, brawny facial hair…particularly mustaches. Why? Well, the infamous upper-lip hair has proven to be a great way to raise awareness for Movember Foundation‘s annual global charity which is committed to helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives. This is not a passing fad; the foundation has inspired the growth of a whopping five million November mustaches, and has raised $650 million since 2003.

In fact, HBO Now is celebrating Movember’s campaign by showcasing a collection of episodes and programs centered on iconic mustachioed characters pulled from the network’s archives. Expect to see Al Swearengen’s Deadwood mustache, as well as an assortment of fleecy characters from shows like True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep, Flight of the Conchords, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Bored to Death, as well as Sex and the City. Now that’s a lot of facial hair! Fans of the bristly characters will be growing their own mustaches to tweet and post over the internet. All of this bewhiskered enthusiasm benefits research in prostate and testicular cancer, mental health, and physical inactivity.

Are you interested in growing your own mustache? If so, you have quite an assortment of styles and sizes from which to choose: curly, twirled, untamed, as well as horseshoe, chevron-, pencil-, painter’s brushmustaches to name just a few. From the beginning of film, Charlie Chaplan wore a toothbrush-style mustache for comedic effect while he preferred to go clean-shaven in his personal life. Similarly, Groucho Marx, Chuck Norris, Hulk Hogan, Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds are among the mustached Hollywood elite.

As far as your acting career is concerned, if you’re a clean-shaven actor who is willing to wear a mustache some of the time, adding mustached headshots to your actor profile is a great way to showcase different looks. When going in for headshots, you can start by taking pictures with facial hair; and then bring along shaving supplies so you can end with your clean-shaven shots. With your Casting Frontier profile, you can switch your main headshot as often as you like to match whichever look you’re currently wearing. Just make sure when you go in for auditions that you appear as your main headshot–unless of course you’re asked to do otherwise. You never know which looks will land you more auditions until you try them.

How about you? Are you planning on joining in on the Movember Foundation’s month of growing a mustache?

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Who’s In Charge of My Casting Frontier Profile?

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In either of these instances, it’s important to note that your profile is considered the talent’s property and thus it’s your responsibility to maintain it. In other words, regardless of who created your account, it belongs 100% to you, the actor. So, if you’ve developed a new skill, have an additional credit to add to your resume, have fresh headshots, or switched to a new agent, please take the initiative to update your profile on a regular, as-needed basis.

What happens to my profile if I eventually leave my current representation?

It’s important that you feel able to maintain the ownership of your profile. First of all, you’ll need to disassociate from any agent that you leave. Similarly, if you’ve added or changed your representation, it’s your responsibility to make the updates on your profile whenever such a change is made. In circumstances in which an actor’s agent drops him or her, then the actor’s profile will automatically change to unrepresented. By properly maintaining the status of your agent on your profile, you are preventing problematic issues with bookings and avails in the future.

How can talent make changes to their profile?

To make any profile changes, talent can log into their profile at castingfrontier.com. Casting Frontier has a number of helpful support tutorials on their support web page, including how to Modify Your ProfileAlso, for immediate help in updating their representation or making profile changes, talent can call (323) 300-6129 or email support@castingfrontier.com.

It’s Casting Frontier’s goal to make your online experience as user-friendly as possible.

 

Comedy is a Serious Craft! (PART TWO)

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Being aware of what makes up your personal “funny,” finding the comedy in yourself and your everyday life, is vital to becoming a successful comedy actor. As I mentioned in PART ONE, in order to be funny you must tap into your Funny Gene. And where does your Funny Gene come from? Your sense of humor has a number of influences, which include your family and your environment.

Let’s begin with your family. You inherited your sense of humor either from your mother’s side of the family, your father’s side, or both.

If you can’t look back into your biological family history, look to your environment (your upbringing) as it also plays a major role. Whether your sense of humor was inherited or comes from your environment, or both, it all starts with family.

So look to the family that raised you. Is your mother funny? Is your mother’s mother funny? Is your father funny? Are your grandparents funny? Do you have an aunt with a wicked sense of humor, a cousin who plays practical jokes, a flamboyantly bitchy uncle or a shameless sibling who “marches to the beat of their own drum?” Or do you have all of the above?

Who made you laugh? It’s important to know. Because funny starts with your family and it goes back generations. But what is the primary source of their humor? Where does it all ultimately start? Well, comedy starts with pain. That’s right, comedy comes from conflict, desperation, oppression, repression and persecution. It comes from unadulterated, horrific deep-seeded pain.

What?!

Stay with me. It is a fact that many of yesterday’s and today’s top comedians and comedy writers come from generations of disenfranchised and persecuted people, be it for their cultural differences, beliefs, customs, or philosophies. The history of the world is made up of groups of people who have faced oppression at some point in time (some more than others). One way to deal with that pain is with a strong sense of humor. The idea is either “you die, or you laugh about it.” They could have chosen to be miserable and depressed about their situation or their individual and ancestral experiences (some have and continue to do so). Others chose to find the humor in their hardship. This can be said for any group of people that has faced generational repression and persecution. Every race and culture has something painful in their ancestry that can be tapped for comedy.

Our sense of humor doesn’t just come from our ancestral pain.

It also comes from the pain we experienced growing up and the pain we feel on a daily basis. Our individual sense of humor comes from our environment, our upbringing and our personal experiences. All of these play a major factor in how we perceive life, death, family, society, ourselves…all of those wonderful comedic topics.

I had two parents who were funny. I had a mother who was smart and sarcastic, and a father who was a well-intentioned, overgrown child. Before they were divorced (the second time, that is), I remember them constantly arguing. It wasn’t funny to me as a child, but looking back now as an adult, it’s hysterical.

If I were to pitch my family to a network as a sitcom, I would say my childhood was kind of a cross between “Maude,” “The Middle” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” It was at times tumultuous, but there was always humor, sometimes intentional, sometimes not. At no time was this more evident than during the holidays. Oh yes, those wonderful holidays!

In my family, Thanksgiving and football did not go hand in hand. One Thanksgiving, my Dad, once again going against my Mom’s very strong wishes, not only insisted upon watching the game but actually rolled the TV set into the dining room! Upon seeing the TV, my mother got so upset that she picked up the whole cooked turkey and hurled it across the dining room…breaking it into pieces. My father’s response? “Well, at least now I don’t have to carve it.”

Funny, huh? But it came out of pain…my mom’s pain, my dad’s pain and my pain (the hungry participant, observer and future storyteller). My parents were funny characters and they helped me form my own sense of humor. Humor became my weapon, my way of dealing with my pain, and it derived from my parents and from my upbringing. Think of your own life. What’s funny about it? What about your childhood was funny? What’s funny about your life now? Who in your family is funny? Who among your friends is funny? Combine all of that with a Funny Gene, some ancestral and personal pain, and you have your sense of humor!


 

Whether you’re auditioning for a co-star or a series regular on a half hour comedy, sitcom guru and acting coach Scott Sedita will teach you The Sedita Method of sitcom acting, which comes with it’s own terminology, coined phrases and unique glossary.

Scott’s internationally best-selling book, “The Eight Characters of Comedy. A Guide to Sitcom Acting & Writing, 2nd Edition” has sold over 100,000 copies and has become a “bible” to Hollywood comedy writers, directors, producers, and actors; and is used as a textbook in over 100 colleges and universities. Find Scott and his staff of professional actors, teachers and coaches at ScottSeditaActing.com.

 

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Final Days of Casting Frontier’s Labor Day Sale

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This offer is for a 24-month period. It’s valid for first-time upgrades only, and requires a 24-commitment to a Premium or Premium Plus profile. Offer expires September 11, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.. Savings are compared to a monthly subscription.

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Nurture Yourself And Find Your Hidden Talent

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I get calls from Hollywood agents and managers all the time asking me if I believe a certain actor has talent. Very rarely do I say, ‘no’ because most actors have talent. I remember Stella Adler once said, “You have to have a talent for your talent,” which means: do the work. Everyday fulfill the steps you need to take that will bring you closer to your dream—which is to be a working actor. When you are consistently booking roles, you are using your instrument all the time. It’s in tune. When you are not regularly working on a television show, in a film, or on stage in a play your instrument can get rusty very quickly. Think of it as taking yourself to the acting gym. It’s a workout! You have to do the work before getting the work. Working out in an acting class is where you get the chance to flex your acting muscles by working on plays or screenplays that are right for you. Try exploring characters you feel that you would never get cast as, but that would stretch, expand, and strengthen you as an actor.

Actors need to constantly be working on material that excites them. Having a sense of community or access to a group of talented peers you can call and say, “Hey, let’s get together and work out today; or let’s pick material and work on it.” is a great phone call to make. You have to nurture your acting talent by also working on your voice as you mature as an actor. With the mic or boom so close, it’s a mistake to think that voice is not a priority. Working on your voice enhances how your acting performance comes across and energizes the room. Having verbal will is important as it sends the text in to action!

Garrett Backstrom, the young actor that played ‘Herman’ in my movie was shooting one of his pivotal scenes. It was a night shoot (4 a.m. to be exact). He chose to keep himself awake with energy drinks. When I test-screened the movie, the audience was not as moved as I wanted them to be. That was because in that climatic moment, Garrett’s voice was not aligned with his body properly. I decided to rehearse and reshoot with him that same scene with an emphasis this time that would be more vocally driven… and yet, once again with the final screen test to make sure it would have the overall effect the scene needed. It was a success because his voice was connected to his body this time!

Find a vocal warm up that you do everyday so that your whole body can be an emotional vessel for the expression or impulse that is moving through you. Do exercises in acting that have to do with sensory and triggers. They are your pushups! Work on three senses everyday. Try the basic sensory such as drinking a hot drink, discovering a specific scent in nature, or hearing an intense sound. Create scenarios for yourself that may trigger your ability to recall emotional experiences that you can use to walk a character into a scene using your five senses. Develop and work on them everyday. They are your tools!

Flexing muscles in acting is equivalent to pianists’ playing a piano. There’s a lot of fine-tuning, practice, discipline, and focus for this pursuit. The only way to feel your potential as an actor is to find a way to act everyday. An actor acts. An actor sees. An actor takes in everything and receives. Try to expand your horizons. You have to experience as many things as you can—go to movies, watch or read artist interviews and biographies, visit museums, attend festivals. Contribute something to a cause or volunteer. That is how you nurture your talent.


Michelle Danner is a renowned acting coach who works with A-List Actors privately as well as on set. Michelle trained with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen and was voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers and featured coaching Andy Richter on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.  Michelle has two books coming out in 2016, The Daily Ritual and The Golden Box.  Please find more about Michelle and her acting classes at michelledanner.com.

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Casting Frontier’s New Way to Connect with Representation

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Earlier this month, Casting Frontier changed the way that talent adds their profiles to managers’ and agents’ rosters.  Casting Frontier allows agents and managers to view actor profiles in a “pending” file.  Agents and managers can choose to approve that talent’s profile or decline it. Either way, talent will be immediately notified via email of their status with that agency or manager. This format gives talent the reassurance of staying informed of their status with prospective representation. Actors are also made aware if they’re still pending with that agency in the event they haven’t been informed of an updated status.

Casting Frontier proudly continues to innovate and create new tools to assist actors, agents, casting directors and their clients in their quest to make the casting process as simple as possible. Wishing you continued success in your acting journey!

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