Make 2014 Your Year with CF’s New Year’s Resolution Sale

January 1, 2014

new-year's-resolution-actor.jpgFind a way to make your acting dreams come true in 2014! Do what you need to do to be the best you can be. That might include making healthier choices with your diet and work out routine, or refining your acting chops through acting classes and workshops, or getting a better grasp on the business end of the entertainment industry. But whatever your specific goals are for this year, you will most certainly benefit by upgrading your Casting Frontier basic profile. Why?

A Casting Frontier premium profile is more valuable now than ever!

Casting Frontier’s digital tools are continually upping the ante with innovative and comprehensive services to benefit casting directors, agents, and actors alike. As a result, a growing number of casting directors are using Casting Frontier to streamline all their casting needs. And as companies are working harder to keep customers purchasing their products, advertising executives and producers are demanding that CF be used for their jobs. They trust the efficiency, flexibility, and reliability of CF’s services to empower their workflow. And it is through your CF profile that they get to know you, see how you are growing as an actor, and learn what you’ve been up to in recent months.

So make sure your profile is complete, up to date, and is brimming with your strengths and your authenticity. You very well might be just the person they’re looking for at this moment!

During the month of January, Casting Frontier is offering up to a 35% discount for first-time upgrades when you choose a 24-month term.  

By upgrading to a premium or premium-plus profile, you will have more digital tools to present what makes you unique and of value to those who can make a difference in your career. So take advantage of the savings as this offer expires when January is over.

Wishing you a Happy, Productive, Successful New Year with many auditions, and many callbacks!

Finding Your Inner Honey Boo Boo

August 8, 2013

“I was raised on the ketchup.” –Honey Boo Boo

Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson exhibited undeniable star power when she burst on the beauty pageant scene in TLC’s reality show, Toddlers & Tiaras. The spin off, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, is in the midst of its second season starring the charming yet controversial seven-year-old child and her southern working-class family.

Honey Boo Boo’s mom, June Shannon has been criticized for subjecting her daughter to the rigors of competitive beauty pageants, exploiting her family for reality TV fame and fortune as well as the diet she feeds her daughter which includes “Go Go Juice”–a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew that contains the caffeine level of two cups of coffee. The concoxtion is used to sharpen her daughter up for fierce pageant battles. Shannon has responded to this criticism stating, “There are far worse things…I could be giving her alcohol.” But Honey Boo Boo’s ambitious mom has also been praised for her tenacious business sense: she feeds her family on $80 a week by clipping coupons, cooks up roadkill whenever possible, and she obtains child-support checks from each of her four children’s fathers. Honey Boo Boo’s favorite “sketti” dinner recipe of loads of melted margarine and ketchup poured over pasta, is just one in a stready stream of outrageous, offensive, or “must-see TV” moments. Oddly enough, several reviewers have noted somewhat wholesome–if unorthodox– family values exhibited in the family dynamic. For example, The Guardian criticized TLC’s attempt to portray the Thompsons as people to “point and snicker at,” arguing, “None of the women or girls who participate in the show seems to hate themselves for their poverty, their weight, their less-than-urbane lifestyle, or the ways in which they diverge from the socially-acceptable beauty standard.”

So, as you devote yourself to honing the craft and pursuing healthy habits, along comes Honey Boo Boo swooping down on the scene, grabbing millions of TV viewers including Johnny Depp, Tina Fey, and Anderson Cooper. This phenomenon reflects modern-day TV culture that rewards the outrageous, the controversial, and the fame-obsessed. This can be challenging for an aspiring actor to compete with when he or she is trying to do serious work. But, keep in mind, Honey Boo Boo’s success is based primarily on her genuine appeal. Let’s face it: She has “It.” She’s bold, authentic, and unapologetic. These are qualities that any actor interested in success aspires to. Time to take stock in your inner Honey Boo Boo: What are the genuine qualities within you that make people take notice? Figure it out and fully value it. There’s your gold–tap into the vein!

 

Super Bowl Bum Day: When Casting Calls for Envy

February 5, 2012

So, the bowls of cheesy, salty snacks adorn the coffee table, fifty inches of high-def screen rests on the living room wall; all the hype, hoopla, and analysis is done, the stage is set as you tip a bottle with your best buds raring to go on Super Bowl Sunday. Then, come the commercials…gotta see those famous, infamous, acclaimed, highly-influential, much publicized, awesome national commercials! And, after all, you auditioned for one of them yourself. And then—hey! There it is…there’s the spot you went in for. And there’s the huge smiling-from-ear-to-ear face of the other guy from the callback lobby—he got the part. That guy won the spot; and you lost it. Who cares now if the Patriots or the Giants take home the trophy. Your day is destroyed.

Someone else is getting the exposure you want, they’re getting a lot of money which you need; he gets to tell his mom and friends of his success, add the gig to his resume—and you’re still struggling.

Actors are prone to career anxiety just as all careers are prone to trigger crisis at times. The acting field is notorious for its erratic earnings and rejection. Actor Hamish Linklater from the play Seminar, on Broadway, puts it this way, “In my ideal world there would be 99% unemployment for actors, and I would be the 1% that’s employed. I hear about somebody getting a job at Starbucks and I get jealous.”

According to Alain de Bottom, author of Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, “It’s a real taboo to mention envy, but if there is one dominant emotion in modern society, that is envy. And it’s linked to the spirit of equality…The closer two people are, in age, in background, in the process of identification, the more there is a danger of envy — which is incidentally why none of you should ever go to a school reunion — because there is no stronger reference point than people one was at school with. But the problem, generally, of modern society, is that it turns the whole world into a school.”

As everyone feels envious at times, it’s important to realize we’re all more than our successes and failures. We’re all a work in progress. So, accept the fact that you’re feeling this way, but don’t give in. Instead, use it as motivation, get yourself out there and work harder than you’ve ever worked. Directors, Producers, Ad Agency suits don’t give actors a big-time national commercial because they’re big hearted; they award you the spot because you audition, you’re prepared, you deliver the lines naturally, you take direction–in short, you’re a pro. That’s how you score a big-time national spot. And make sure you have an up-to-date resume and current headshots. There’s nothing a Casting Director wants to see less than an old headshot. Take care of the business of acting, and the acting business will take care of you. Remember: “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.”

To hear Alain de Bottom speak with witty insight about modern-day envy, click here.