"I wish there was a way to know you’re in the ‘good old days’ before you’ve actually left them."- Andy Bernard, The Office Winning an Oscar sure would be cool, right? I mean… that’s the dream for most of us. Tons of money in the bank, designer clothes and jewelry, being recognized as "the best" for doing something we really love to do. In fact, many of my clients hold that as the … Read More about Your "Good Old Days"
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Background work can be beneficial for actors who’ve just arrived in Los Angeles. In this post, I’ll lay out the pros and cons so you can decide if it’s right for you. PROS OF DOING BACKGROUND WORK: It’s a quick way to start earning money. The barrier to entry for background work is quite low. Once you’ve signed up with Central Casting, you could be working the very next day. This … Read More about Should You Do Background Acting Work?
How many reels do you need, really? Should you have one all-encompassing reel? Or separate ones for comedy & drama? Here are some general guidelines to help you decide.Important note: All agents and managers will have their own preferences, so please ask yours if you’ve got ‘em! If you’re flying solo or they aren’t giving you clear direction, this one’s for you. WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR … Read More about How Many Reels Do You Need?
Sick of writing at Starbucks with that super-loud jazz blasting in the background? Here are 5 non-coffee shop places to write your masterpiece! 1. Hotel Lobbies Most hotels have free wifi and wide-open lobbies where you can work for hours without being interrupted. Bonus points for a bar-area that offers snacks and cocktails if that’s your thang. 2. Mall Food Courts Check out … Read More about 5 Places To Write (That Aren't Coffee Shops)
After you’ve worked so hard to book that job and delivered a flawless performance on set, you’re gonna want that footage! If not for your demo reel, at least for the memories!Getting your footage isn’t always easy. No matter your situation, I hope I can help you here. PLANNING AHEAD The best way to set yourself up for footage success is to plan ahead. While on set: if you have another … Read More about How To Get Your Footage From Anywhere
“Tristen’s got a checklist for everything!”My friends often tease me for my love of The Container Store, new iPhone apps, and checklists. They think I LOVE to be organized.But I’ll share my dirty little secret. I don’t love to be organized - I’m actually a bit of a mess. But I absolutely HATE being stressed. And that hate far outweighs my desire to be “laid back” about the important … Read More about Leaving Your Auditions To Chance? Swipe My Free Checklist!