Dear Ms. Bubbette: August 2002
by Ms. Bubbette
Note from Ms. Bubbette: I suggest all the following people (and everyone else!) check into these pages listed on the top of austinactors.net home page: Audition Postings: Classes & Workshops: Actor Resources. Most of your queries will be answered - these pages are being constantly updated with new classes, new auditions, people to contact.
Hi! Ms. Bubbette.
My name is Priscilla, and I'm starting to audition for parts sent to me through Austin networks,and I'm just wanting to get straight what they mean when they want a resume. So my question is: What exactly should I send? I have my headshots and all, but then I'm not sure what else to send as far as my resume. I've done a few commercials,a video, I've been an extra in the Selena movie and a few other projects in my hometown of Corpus Christi, TX. How do I get this together for what they want? Could you please send me an example of what these casting people want to see. I would really appreciate it.
Thank You, Priscilla Alaniz
I would suggest you take a class about the business side of acting. These happen every month or so and will be listed under Classes & Workshops in austinactors.net website - see my note above. In fact, one is coming up on August 3rd called "Showbiz, the bizness of acting" So keep checking for all the details.
Actors even travel from other States for these special classes in Austin. They also take place in San Antonio which is closer for you, and in Houston. It is worth the special effort to learn the truth about the business side of acting. That will save you many costly mistakes and put you on top of the game.
Dear Ms. Bubbette,
Who would you recommend for getting headshots done at a reasonable price? As far as agents, I don't really understand how that works. Where do you go, what should you have under your belt, and do you need lots of money? Do agents get paid after they find you work or are you supposed to pay for them ahead of time?
Read the letter above to Priscilla and follow through! All these questions and dozens more will be answered.
As for the money part - I think setting oneself up as an actor is probably one of the least expensive business you can start up !! You'll need professional acting headshots (not modelling shots which are very expensive); resumes, classes to learn the trade - that's it for starters. Legitimate agents do not charge money up front. When you've worked a job they have sent you on , only then do they get paid a commission. This is just a fraction of the cost of say, setting yourself up in business as an independent carpenter, plumber, you name it. You are the business and you are selling and marketing yourself.
Dear Mrs. Bubbette,
My name is David Olson, I live in Austin, Texas and am 15 years old. I have been interested in acting for some time now, and would like to start acting as soon as possible. I know that I should start by taking classes, but I have no idea what classes would be beneficial to take. Since school will start again this August I would like to begin classes this summer. I have not done any acting before now, and really have no idea were to begin and what to do afterwards. Should I also look for an agent even before taking any classes? Any information to help me get started would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
Again read the "Classes and Workshops" pages in the austinactors.net website. There are still summer camps about to happen for teens. One in particular happening from 5th August through 9th August at BriteLites Studios. Also other teen related classes at Alleywood Studios coming up. Keep checking these workshops as they are updated regularly. Once you start taking classes you will hear of others and be on your way.
My advice is to learn the trade first, go out and do extra work , and then start thinking about an agent. The teachers in your new classes will be able to guide you as well. Think about this, you can't become a concert pianist until you've mastered the piano! Same with acting - you need to have some experience through classes under your belt if you are really serious.
Go get 'em tiger!
Dear Ms. Bubbette,
I enjoy acting a lot, and I don't have much experience except acting in school plays and theatre. I would like to do more, maybe have a small role in a movie or be and extra but I'm not sure where to start. I am only 15 and i was just wondering if you could help me to get started. If you can that would be great! Thanks!
Read the letter above to David and all the other letters. Get into classes, learn the trade, do extra work and then things will fall into place.
Let me tell you, those 'small roles' in movies are highly competitive parts, and auditioned for by dozens of professional actors. Very rarely does a 'green' actor land one of those! Sigh! But you can have fun learning on the Set as an Extra.
Good luck to you,
Dear Mrs.. Bubbette,
I am seeking representation in Austin, I am 22yr old Hispanic female, and I know the market has just really opened up for Latinos. Is there a specific agency or group you could recommend?
J Lo's nemesis
Dear JLo's nemesis,
If you speak Castilian Spanish you could be very much in demand. Lucky you! Call the Austin Film Commission for a listing of reputable agents in Austin. Then it's up to you to call each one listed, tell them you are fluent in Spanish (if you are) and see if they bite?! You might also try San Antonio agents as they definitely favor bilingual actors.
Best of luck to you.
Dear Ms. Bubbette,
My name is Brittany and I am 16 years old. I have been told lots of times that you need an agent to find work but since I only started acting less than 2 years ago I don't have a lot of experience and was wondering how I find jobs and real good classes to put on my resume for agents. Can you help me out? I would REALLY appreciate it. Thanks.
Please read all the letters above and you will find the answer to many of your questions. The teachers and classes listed in the austinactors.net "Classes & Workshops" are very reputable and probably the best you will find anywhere! Keep checking those pages out as they change almost daily. Try for starters the Summer Camp for Teens at BriteLites studio - August 5th-August 9th; and also check out Teen classes at Alleywood Studios. They will lead you into other classes and how to find out about extra work, agents, headshots etc.
Go get 'em Brittany,
Dear Ms. Bubbette,
I am kinda new to the Austin area and would love to find a local talent agency. I am looking for just a few names of the best agencies in Austin or at least the ones you would recommend. If you would help me out by giving me some info that would be great. I just don't want to jump into a new market such as Austin without having a strong local agency. Thanks for your help and time.
The New Guy
Dear New Guy,
Every letter above will answer questions for you. By calling the Texas Film Commission (Austin Film Commission) you can obtain a list of reputable, registered talent agents for Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston. Every one on this list can be trusted. Your next step will be to contact each agent and ask for an interview. Go prepared with headshots (or recent photos), resume and a great attitude.
I hope you have also looked into classes - absolutely necessary for any actor worth their salt. In fact I still, after 20+ years of acting in movies and on stage and teaching classes, take other teachers' classes - every one has a different slant on a most interesting business. You should always be learning.
How lucky you are to land in the busy Austin market! Now get out there and let's see you on the screen!