Author Archive | David H. Lawrence XVII

How to get out of a management contract

Hey there!

My friend and client, Paula, has an issue with her current management company. Here’s what she wrote:


I could definitely use your help w/ something. I have more than a year left on my contract w/ a management company–but am dying to get out of it. Nine months w/ them and nothing to show for it. I have been hustling and working on my own through my own connections, yet they can’t even get me a meeting w/ an agent. I had better luck w/ my previous manager who didn’t have half the reputation and credibility that this current firm does. They congratulate all of my self-bookings and still proclaim to be fans, but obviously, this relationship isn’t working. My biggest fear now is booking something big on my own and having to give them a cut. Any help you can provide on this matter would be much appreciated.

— Paula

I wrote her back, and offered this advice: Continue Reading →


I’m Giving Away Secrets of Screen Acting

Hey, there!

It’s hard to believe how much better my acting life is than it was before I read Secrets of Screen Acting, by Patrick Tucker.

If you’ve ever heard me talk about going from just one episode on Heroes (that’s all my character was supposed to survive) to three seasons recurring on the show, you’ve heard me mention this book was, in large part, the reason that happened.

And even better: everything in this book is applicable to your VO career as well.

I am so excited – the 3rd edition is now out. And it’s awesome.

So awesome, that I’ve decided to give a copy away. Maybe even two or three copies. Continue Reading →


Beware of actor scams like this

Hey, there!

This is urgent.

I spend a lot of time trying to make sure that the classes, demos, equipment, consulting and other VO services I offer are effective and useful, but ultimately, affordable and a great value.

Because I know how hard it is sometimes to make ends meet, especially for performers, and to make sure your money goes as far as it can.

That’s why I get so angry when I see something like this. And I rescheduled the post I had written for today, about getting out of management contracts, because I wanted you to be aware of this.

And if you would, please forward this to every actor you know – this is asinine. Continue Reading →


Looking For A Survival Job?

Hey, there!

I was talking to a new client recently, and he was asking about what to do for money, so he could pursue his VO career.

Financial safety is one of the prerequisites for having a calm, centered and effective approach to a performer’s existence. Trying to figure out how to pay the rent, where your next meal is coming from or how to pay for classes can be completely frustrating to an artist.

In the past, I’ve given you a few tips on what to do about achieving financial safety, and even recommended a survival job or two.

And I found a site that lists survival jobs as they become available, and I want you to know about it. Continue Reading →