Ask Me!: Type-casting Asian actors?
This is a question on type-casting that was sent to me privately that I thought I’d answer publicly…
Anonymous asked: I have been a struggling Asian actor for 12 years. I am represented in my state but joined a showcase in hope of gaining representation in Los Angeles. The showcase was 6 lessons, $75 each and $350 for the showcase. The woman running the showcase was responsible for finding an…
Ask Me!: Have you ever been burnt out?
the-omnibus asked: Have you ever been burned out and how did u find ur way back? Thx
I haven’t ever really been burnt out as an actor but I have been burnt out in specific areas – the business side of it all and in an area of performance: In improv, to be exact. And I had to take a good, long, hiatus from it.
I had to put my attention back on what I love about being…
Ask Me!: What do you think of Actor’s Connection?
Anonymous asked: What do you think of Actor’s Connection?
One of the most popular questions to ask me. Here are some of my answers:
Thanks for asking.
Ask Me!: John Osborne Hughes in NYC?
Anonymous asked: I know that you used to mention John Osborne Hughes a lot in the past, just about how great he is and how he sometimes does workshops in NYC. Can you keep updating on him and his future visits to NYC? I would love to take a class with him but I haven’t been able to find anything on his site about coming back to the city or anything
I would suggest following…
Ask Me!: Will changing my hair change my type?
Anonymous asked: I’m a working actor who wants to change her hair color without changing her type/ castability – any advice? I am naturally a brunette. I’m generally cast similarly to Anne Hathaway or Winona Ryder… kinda quirky, kinda cynical, always coming of age.
It’s very simple: If you change your hair color, you change your type.
I know someone who went form mousy…
Ask Me!: How often should I check in with my agent?
Anonymous asked: Should I call or email my agent/manager after EVERY audition that they’ve sent me out on to update them on how it went or would that be overkill?
Total overkill. You don’t have to ever call your agent/manager after an audition, or even a callback.
I asked my commercial agent this when I first met with him and he told me that there was no reason to contact…
Ask Me!: How to guarantee you get your reels and get paid?
Anonymous asked: I always hear about how actors never receive their reels or even in one of your posts a few years ago, you said that you did a vo gig and the people who employed you said that they would “pay you on the back end once the book was released” but you never heard back from them and they didn’t end up paying you. What would you do differently today with all of the knowledge you’ve…
Ask Me!: Can SAG actors do non-union print work?
Anonymous asked: Can SAG actors work a non-union print job. A SAG/union friend told me they can. This non-union print job is specifically looking for non-union. Can a SAG actor submit for it?
As far as I know print work does not generally fall under any union jurisdiction so we can usually do it. Although, I will say, if the casting breakdown says NON-union (not the traditional ‘no union…
Ask Me!: Any good NYC cabarets/clubs to sing in?
Anonymous asked: Hello there! I have a friend who is moving to the city very soon and we were looking into places that she can start off singing in, like clubs and cabarets, etc. Places like Joe’s Pub. Do you know some great places to go in NYC that are semi easy to get into but that are higher class so that she could maybe be seen? Thanks for the help!
I’m not really a…
Ask Me!: Audition coach?
Anonymous asked: You mentioned in one of your last posts that one of your good friends uses an acting coach for EVERY one of his auditions, even now when he’s going out for big heavy-hitting roles and that that was probably why he is doing so well. Do you have the name of his audition coach or a list of other audition coaches in the city? Thanks!
Unfortunately, I cannot give you the name of…