Reaching for my dream

Ever since 6th grade I decided I wanted to act. I am not sure why that came to me but I decided I wanted to be an actress. My parents didn’t want me to pursue it then, maybe they just wanted to be sure I was serious and it wasn’t a phase. They could have signed me up for acting classes but they didn’t. But the desire never went away and I thought it would be cool to be on film or be an extra in a movie. I even took drama in high school but only for one year because my school decided to drop that course for budget cuts and before then I was too busy working on life skills, I set that aside. Then I finished high school and where I lived we didn’t have that stuff like classes and all and I was never interested in stage acting. Now I am considering it. Some prefer stage acting and some prefer film, I mostly prefer film. I never liked plays or puppet shows, those were always boring. I have only gone to a very few plays my entire life and I mostly saw film.

But anyway I decided to try and pursue it so after my boss threatened to replace me, it gave me a push. I started going online and looking up how to start out as one with no experience and I decided to just take the classes so I looked them up online and found some in my area. I signed up for one of them and decided that can be a start and I created a acting resume and it has nothing on it but my name and email and body measurements and training now. I looked at other resumes online and saw some had theirs listed as school plays they were in, church plays so I put in my high school play. I did not put in any school plays from elementary school because I didn’t really do anything in them and it was not real acting and that one home movie we made with my baby sitter when I was nine, I didn’t put that down either.

But the teacher I have is really good and he is an actor himself and is a SAG member and is with the agency here in my town and he teaches his classes at their studio, he has also been on film and has a IMDB page and he still acts and still gets coached for his acting and still trains in it, you are never done training, even pro athletes are never done training or pro sport players, and he also teaches classes at community college and at the art institute here.

I decided to try student film so I applied to be a background actor for some short film that is only 16 minutes and I can’t really say what it is because I think that would be against the movie industry rules. But they were looking for real families with kids, real moms and dads and their kids and I got a quick response and tomorrow we all have to get up early to leave to go there. My mom helped me out with the wardrobe and good thing she read the email I showed her because I had misunderstood what they wanted for wardrobes. i thought they were saying they wanted minimum pastel accents and my mom told me no they mean they don’t want lot of it, keep it low. I even googled “minimum pastel accents” and it showed me the results so I thought those were the type of dressy clothes they wanted but black and white is fine too and khakis and slacks and they wanted costumes fr children and medieval stuff. So my son gathered up his medieval stuff and I got my husband’s shield and I found him a ninja costume at the Goodwill outlet and my mom helped me pick out some tops and I paid for them and she helped me find my son some dress pants. I am so excited I am looking forward to tomorrow.

I also want to continue taking acting classes but I would have to wait until next month or after that when he opens the registration again for April and May classes and I should have my tax money by then. His February and March classes are full. he also does private coaching and he gave me referrals to photographers who do inexpensive head shots.

On Thursday I actually went to a place that said they do acting classes and they pay you but it sounded good to be true but I decided to respond to that ad and check it out. Sure enough it was scam and I walked out of there without paying the guy anything. There were so many redflags and the man sounded convincing and was a very good liar but I knew it ws all bullshit because I had done my homework. there are lot of talent agencies that are not ledigiate and they like to pray on people who want to be models or actors so they make you pay up front because that covers their website fees and for your online portfolio they say and then they charge you for head shots and make you take their classes and they charge you for their classes too. This man here had his membership fee very cheap, only a dollar a day, and head shots being $45 and his acting classes being $190 a month and doing the math that is more expensive than my acting classes I take for 8 weeks. he also said after a year you get a $6,000 scholarship and I was skeptical. This was a man and he was alone in the business and had no one else, he had this tiny office in a big building and it was a tight space and he had no photos of any talents. His excuse was he just moved in there because the other place was charging him $800 for rent.

I went home and did my homework again by looking the agency up and looked the man up too and saw rip off reports about him saying what a predator he is because of how he talks to young girls and someone who was a experienced model wrote how crappy the photos were and the make up artists and this man didn’t even use professionals so that makes me wonder about the acting coaches. I sure dodged a bullet there. Also none of his talents on his website had a resume or even their last name. he also refers himself as “we” on his website. And the sad thing is doing this is not illegal. If you use these scam places to try and gain acting experience and do training with them you won’t be taken seriously by casting directors when they see that on your resume, you will just be a subpar to them and a sucker. No one wants a sucker and a subpar. I asked the other actors online about this place and they confirmed it was indeed a scam and the fact i am questioning if it is one or not tells me it is a scam. Even someone online told me they knew actors in my area and they have confirmed that agency is not legitimate. And with all these websites telling you what the red flags are for acting and modeling scams, all these scammers are just going to find other ways to sound legitimate and not show those red flags. But I will tell you, no real agency will charge you up front for being with them. You work for them, they do not work for you. They get 20% you make so they only make money when you do and they would not take in any inexperienced actors and they would want a head shot and a portfolio if you wanted to submit yourself to them for modeling. They also don’t charge you for classes or photo shots.

But I have no idea if I am going to make it in the industry but it would be worth a try. Movies always being filmed here now and several TV series and having several real agencies here and acting classes, I am in the right spot. No this is not LA or Atlanta or New York. I just live where Hollywood wants to make movies now and it wouldn’t surprise me if they build a movie studio here. But we have a bunch if warehouses so maybe not but my city has torn lot of them down and put in condos and nice parks and stores and lofts above them. I have heard about my area becoming LA but you still can’t get major roles in movies here, you need LA for that or Atlanta my teacher says. Even some people from LA in the movie industry have moved here including my teacher. He said he didn’t like it down there so he moved here. Even my cousin moved here but I thought it was because her parents live here so she moved back with them after leaving LA when the business went out she worked for. She is a film maker and does film and also has her own IMDB page. She is also a photographer. I don’t know if she makes money off of it but she is always posting them on Instagram.

The times I have applied to be an extra in the past, I never heard a call back but I did this time but this is just a very small company and they make short films and they are using a Grimm actor in their film. My teacher has also been in that show too and he just auditioned for some other film but he won’t tell us because it’s supposed to be a secret so that is why I am not saying much about this film either I am going to be a background actor in. He knows how to give out criticism without making you feel you suck and he gives you advice. half of the things he says i already know because I read it online when I was doing research. But I don’t think it would look good to put on a acting resume you got your training from watching youtube videos on acting and stuff and reading stuff on the internet about it and practicing it all at home. They won’t take you seriously unless you actually were enrolled at a theater or did any acting classes with an actor or studied at the art institute or studied it at community art center college or at a state university. I wonder if you can put workshops on your resume but that would be another question to ask on r/acting.

The only thing I regret is not doing this sooner but I didn’t know about any of this stuff and thought you had to go to LA for that and I didn’t know you couldn’t just sign up to audition and go in, it doesn’t work like that. Only way you can go on film without any acting experience is if you get discovered or if you are my daughter’s age or younger and are cute and have the right personality and follow directions well. But when you are older it’s another story. But it’s rare to get discovered and just be invited to audition and get the part because they felt you were right for it. Kids who act on film started out in theatre school and were in plays and then they went to an audition for film because they had experience and had that on their resume. But I read online to get started out with no experience is to take classes, do community theater or student film to get experience and to build up your resume. I asked my teacher where I can find student films and he said craigslist or Facebook. That is where I found the film I am going to be in as an extra. Craigslist and they responded quickly. Some websites will say to volunteer at theaters and son you will be invited to an audition. I doubt that would work on me because I am pretty much ignored. The advice also said to talk to other actors for advice and become friends with them. yeah how do I make friends? Well I talked to my teacher and he is an actor so there I go, I talked to an actor and got advice and got referrals from him. Noe I should ask him about video auditions and reels. he told me i didn’t need to do a reel but I told him some casting directors want one and agencies too and he told me I didn’t need to worry about that now. He is probably right because I want to take it slowly. I told my mom what I was doing and she sounded happy for me and was supportive about me being an extra and involving my kids in it. They were looking for real families. I didn’t involve my husband because I know he wouldn’t want to go and I was right. I was given the call sheet so I am very excited for tonight.

I am still having troubles with monologues but I am still working on it and trying to not slur my words in it and to slow down and to not have words leave my brain when I rehearse it.

Still best to start now than being 40 years old and starting out with my dream. I wasted ten years.

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