I just got finished doing a walkthrough of the new Project X site with the coaches and staff here at the Palatial HQ.
(Well, they were at *their* palatial HQs, and I was at mine.)
Just wanted to share what’s happening, and the near term event horizon.
I was talking with a performer at a voice over meetup, and he confided in me that he absolutely hated the type of event we were at.
“I hate it. Just hate it.”
We had a chat about what he hated about it, and I think we may have found a solution.
I want to talk to you today about agility, and what advantages you get from being agile.
My schedule recently has been packed with getting Project X finished, an audiobook, and other performance demands. So, I found myself needing to get a last minute audition shot at a very weird time of day.
Here’s why that doesn’t ever need to matter.
There’s one thing I’m asked to do that I simply can’t.
It’s not a matter of my time, it’s a matter of expectations.
And I hope people who ask understand why I say no.
There’s an often quoted statistic that says that the average role receives over 1500 submissions, and that, on average, it takes a union actor 200 auditions to get a single booking.
Turns out that’s even more universal than we think, and for the same technical reason.
Barron’s article on job applicant “ghosting:” https://www.barrons.com/articles/job-applicant-ghosting-51547761704
A proud union member for nearly 30 years, it pains me to hear the misinformation from both union and non-union talent about how both camps operate.
One thing I keep hearing from people is that if you’re in the union, you can’t audition for non-union work.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re a union dude/dudette, and you’re thinking to yourself, “Not me. Not if I want to stay straight with SAG-AFTRA.”
Actually, you are being just a bit too hard on yourself.
In today’s workout, one of the students did something that we all do, and we should be careful of.
It’s a noise we make when we’re doing our work, we’re pleased with what we do, that we make totally because we’re human, but needs to be avoided.