Casting Director Workshops
Speaking out against casting director workshops was dumb. The whole thing was dumb. Running a business is hard and it’s all trial and error. I found myself doing a lot of stupid shit. 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.
The whole workshop thing was ridiculous. I stopped paying attention when I heard 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 and nobody really wanted to listen to reason.
I don't think CD workshops are the worst thing. Paying for access sucks, but I'm not sure if that's what we're really doing. Maybe. I’m not sure. 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. What if you're pushing fifty and have yet to read for anything good? Pay the money and live your life. The casting director or the person putting on the workshops 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. 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 all 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 place. No excuse though. I was unprofessional. I didn’t have access to any casting directors that did them. Only the ones that were against them. I didn’t have perspective. I should have known better. My intent was always to help my clients, which I feel 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. All of these things are surface level and holding you back. I'm not getting headshots with glasses because I don't wear glasses enough to justify it with a picture. 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 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've been in LA for almost 16 years. Everyone is an expert. Everyone knows exactly what to do. 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. Then there are the other actors that wanna be the leader of the pack pushing the nonsense they think we should be doing on their blogs.
The professionals you don't hear from are usually 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 actor. I'm cool with a line or two. I'm even cool with no lines. I'm 110 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 while recovering from a bankruptcy and a divorce hoping not to have a breakdown. I’m almost there.