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This summer I watched my kid perform live over three nights at the Hollywood Bowl, playing Sophie in Mamma Mia. I share this not to brag, but to mark a special moment in our adventure, and to illustrate what is possible. Ten years ago, when she was 11, she played Mary in a local production…Read More
Earlier this week I posted one of my favorite Martin Luther King quotes on Instagram: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” MLK knew a lot about starting a journey without a map. And his words are true for any of us approaching a daunting but worthy effort. I…Read More
This week, casting director workshops are in the news. The LA City Attorney served five major casting firms, and twenty-five individuals, with criminal charges in a pay-for-play violation of the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act. Los Angeles is the center of the entertainment industry, and the state of California has the toughest laws in the…Read More
Signing with an agent and getting cast in decent roles is a challenge for anyone in the industry at any age: for young actors aged 15-17, it can be especially challenging. This is because most roles for that age group are actually played by actors either over the age of 18, or who qualify as…Read More
Pilot Season is coming! Is your young actors headshot up to date? Headshots can be expensive, but they are important. A good headshot feels natural, and gives a sense of how an actor REALLY looks. Ideally it captures a sense of their inner spirit. Agents, managers, and casting directors want to look into the eyes…Read More
Recently the parent of a young singer asked me what I though of their child’s voice. Was it “good”? Like anyone, I have opinions. But I have learned that my opinion in cases like this isn’t really what matters. Even if I were a music producer or label executive, my opinion on someone’s voice/talent would…Read More
What if your child is so new to the business that they don’t even have an agent yet? Or you’ve been at it for a while but still don’t have an agent? How can you get the auditions that might add enough to their resume to perhaps interest an agent, as well as add to…Read More
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