Casting Director Workshops
Speaking out against casting director workshops was dumb. The whole thing was dumb. Running a business is hard because it’s all trial and error. Some actors blame speaking out for not having a career. Maybe you missed out on some opportunities, but I don't think anything can get in the way of hard work. Maybe if you were a dick. Still probably not. Even if you suck, you could have a career if you work really hard.
The whole workshop thing was ridiculous. I stopped paying attention when people were being prosecuted. That's just crazy. There could have been some compromise where actors didn't feel ripped off and the workshop facilities could continue to run their business. Maybe not. There's a lot of ego.
I don't think CD workshops are the worst thing. Paying for access sucks, but I'm not sure that's what we're really doing. Maybe. I’m not sure anymore. Both sides have an argument. I don't give a shit about either. Some actors won't pay for workshops out of principal. Okay, sure. I guess that makes sense. What if you're pushing fifty and you’ve only been in student films? Student films are great, but you can’t feed your kids. I just turned 40 and look at life way different. My advice these days is to do the workshop and live your life. The casting director or the workshop company aren't trying to rip you off. It's just a couple people doing a job they feel is an honest way to make a living. The people on the other side think it's a scam. Maybe it is. Don't take either side. You shouldn’t care. Whatever you think is what you should think. This town is hard and you get shit credit for effort. Looking back, I should have just focused on my career and kept my mouth shut. I try to be as open minded as I can these days.
Back when the anti-workshop stuff was going on, I was living in a 10x10 office with my dog, eating off the dollar menu three times a day and showering at the gym. I wasn't in the best mental place. No excuse though. I was kinda unprofessional. I didn’t have access to casting directors that did workshops; Only the ones that were against them. Does a semi-colon go there? I didn’t have perspective. My intent was always to support my clients, which I know I did very well.
There are a list of nonsense things people say we need. Headshots, demo reels, actor slates, casting workshops, manager showcases and casting submission services. I think all this stuff is surface level. I'm not getting headshots with glasses because I don't wear glasses. If you need to see what I look like with glasses, bring a pair to the audition and have us try them on. Don’t ask that I spend money. And do you really need to see me with glasses? And I won't get headshots with a shirt and tie because that's nonsense. My headshot is my drivers license photo. That's what I look like. I was having a good hair day so it just makes sense.
I've been in LA for almost 16 years. Everyone is an expert. One casting director says to do one thing while another says to do it a different way. This manager says this and that manager says that. None of its groundbreaking advice either.
The professionals you don't hear from are the ones with the best advice. The ones giving advice usually aren't doing anything other than giving advice.
How you felt about pursuing a career in entertainment a decade ago, might be different today. It's okay to evolve and think differently. I still feel producing content is the best thing we can do. You might think different. I'm staying focused on what I think and I'm going to support you with what you think is best.
I'm not really an actor. I'm more like a bar patron #7 background actor. I'm cool with a line or two. I'm even cool with no lines. I’m more interested in shooting and directing. I'm 300 days into a video a day for a year campaign. I started on April 23, 2018. My 40th birthday. The idea was to document the struggles of reopening a business. I’m in the home stretch.