BEHIND THE SCENES

HOW TO FIND AUDITIONS
WITHOUT AN AGENT

On Seeing the Whole Staircase

June 14, 2017

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…

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Bonnie Wallace

Casting Director Workshops—Legal or Illegal? It Depends…

February 20, 2017

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…

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Bonnie Wallace

DO’s and DON’Ts for a Great Headshot

November 29, 2016

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…

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Bonnie Wallace

On Being "Good Enough"

November 14, 2016

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…

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How Can You Find Auditions Without an Agent?

November 8, 2016

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…

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Dove Cameron and Bonnie Wallace

Thinking About Taking Your Talented Kid To Hollywood? Ask These Two Questions FIRST!

October 31, 2016

A lot of kids want to be actors. After all, it looks like fun! When you factor in the possibility of wealth and fame, it can be a pretty irresistible idea. Ask the following two questions before you invest a lot of time or money into a Hollywood adventure. 1. Pay close attention to why…

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Bonnie Wallace

A Little-Known Door into Film and TV

October 11, 2016

It’s no secret that casting for major film and television roles happens largely in Los Angeles for projects that actually film everywhere else: Atlanta, Vancouver, New York, Toronto, New Orleans, etc. To be cast in the larger roles an actor needs to be seen by the casting director of that project somehow, either on tape…

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Bonnie Wallace

Melissa de la Cruz, Author

October 6, 2016

My guest on this week’s podcast is novelist Melissa De La Cruz. Melissa is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher’s Weekly and #1 Indie Bound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Her books have also topped the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times…

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Bonnie Wallace

Red Flags for Aspiring Actors

October 4, 2016

This week I heard stories of several young actors who were recently taken advantage of by individuals preying on their dreams. In one case police were called, in the other cases the families lost a fair amount of money but their kids were safe. The entertainment industry may be unique in its lure for the…

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