I'm half-way though Bonnie Gillespie's FREE 11-day Get in Gear for the New Year Training. Last year I jumped on the bandwagon and bought her book. This past year is the first time I've really focused on on-camera acting in addition to theatre.
Goals! Goals! Goals!
Whenever I have a goal, I always want to get there faster, and getting into the film world is no different. My acting technique is strong, but my filming experience is small--I did do a handful of student films, and some background work this year, but I want to be doing co-star roles in a local Network TV shows (Portland included), and Low (or Ultra-Low) Budget films, or Big Budget films, cause why limit myself?!
Trust the Process
The Get in Gear program is all about evaluating your materials, and making yourself seem ready for the next tier for buyers (casting directors, directors, producers, networks, etc.) I realized that this time last year I had ZERO on-camera credits; now I have four on my resume! I'm lucky to be with my agency, MAM, and my job is to make my material even more castable so my agent, Dustin, can pitch me.
Day 4 was all about Resumes. Here's the results.
Not drastically different, but I like how Bonnie puts the focus on what story your credits tell in terms of how TO cast you in the future. Bye-Bye 19-year old Paige, I cannot realistically play you anymore. Bye Willi Eisenring--while I could possibly still continue to get cast in a male role (sorry dudes, I am your competition), it's not telling buyers what I should be getting cast in, which is: Fun Mom, Fierce Mom, Intelligent Business Woman, Medical Professional, and Bubbly Best Friend Roles.
I also remove the italics on play titles, and corrected the email for my agency contact (it was AN email to my agent, just not the one they want on resumes). I tweaked my special skills. I do wonder if there are on-brand skills I should list (or learn). It's not like I need anything super flashy for the roles listed above. I can learn accents for a job, but it's not something I feel comfortable doing on the fly, with a script I haven't prepared on, so I haven't listed any accents or dialects. It's possible that is something I should work towards for a few (RP and Southern perhaps).
My goals for 2018 include getting more roles and footage of bullseye type roles to further specify my resume, and beef up my reel. Some will be by the things I audition for, but others will be self-produced projects. I already have two script ideas, and scene partners in mind! Looking forward to sharing those with you when I have them completed!