How to get auditions during pilot season, or any other time:
This too is not the right question. You can have auditions every day for the rest of your life, but if you don’t land the auditions, what good does it do you? You will get the most auditions by getting work. The more you work, the more auditions you will get, and when you get so much work that you can hardly keep up, you will eventually not even have to audition. You get auditions by getting work, by being someone that people know is good and want to hire for more work. The best way for this to occur is to have a great agent and manager, and to be trained.
Be prepared. It’s sad but true, I have had many well meaning actors who were clients complain to me that they were not getting work, when over a year or more went by, and they never even bothered to create a reel that I had asked them to do, or to even learn a monologue.
If you do not educate yourself as an actor, model, or musician, don’t expect to be treated like one who should be taken seriously, and certainly don’t go calling an agent or manager asking us why you aren’t getting any work, and why you aren’t a star. The best way to get work is to be a total professional, be a master of your craft, hustle like crazy, get great representation, and work closely with your representation on a daily basis.
Most in this business don’t realize that show business is just that, a business. Most want something for nothing, and think Hollywood is waiting for them on hands and knees just ready to make them a star. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I work about 80 hours a week strictly in the entertainment industry. Most of my partners do as well. If you don’t work at least half as much as that, and do what you say you are going to do, then don’t expect any of us to take you very seriously.
Actor Mark Woolley (pictured above) left London, after outgrowing the U.K. industry, and moved to Hollywood, to pursue a career in Los Angeles as an actor. Mark states, “In the U.K., everyone is on time generally. An actor in the U.K. wouldn’t think of being late to a meeting or audition there. They know they would not be taken seriously or get the job if they were late. It’s much different here in Hollywood where being late is the norm.”
Mark Woolley is always early, or at the latest, on time, consequently, he has a growing list of credits, and recently became even more pro-active with his career by having just produced his first feature film short, which is now entering major film festivals. It takes being on time to ever have a chance in this industry. It takes being proactive to really go far.
I hope this was helpful to you. You may E-mail with any questions you want answered in this column, or call my office.
Don’t miss the next issue, where I give you more free advice on more things you need to know in order to succeed in Hollywood, including HOW MUCH TO SPEND ON PHOTOS, HOW TO GET FREE PHOTO SHOOTS, AGENTS AND MANAGERS, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE AND WHAT DO YOU NEED, HOW TO GET SAG, HOW TO SEE CASTING DIRECTORS, and much, much more.
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