Anonymous asked: I was just curious if you had worked with an agency or not. I have a meeting with one next week while in Vancouver. But being in Canada certainly is making things a little bit tricky. Most of what I've done is theatre..but I'm wanting to start doing more film stuff. Have you done any film/tv stuff as well? What are the main (or oddest) differences for the audition process? Thank you!
Ooooh, good stuff, Nonny.
Firstly: Congratulations on an agency meeting! That’s awesome! As with anything, do your research in to the company, and remember that your agent gets paid when you do, so if you’re asked for money, run away. Fast. As fast as you can. This business is difficult enough as it is, you don’t need scans making it worse.
I’ve never auditioned for an agent, but I imagine if you just give them the best you, you’ll be fine. My suggestion is to remember they’re thinking about representing YOU, not a caricature of you. And if they’ve called you in, that means they like you and WANT you to succeed. Don’t be scared :)
My experience in film practice is limited, but I’ve grown to understand that film is much smaller than stage.
Stage is meant to big and grandiose, so the people all the way in the back hear & see you.
Film is much more intimate: there’s a mic above your head, and a camera in your face. You need to learn to be softer in speech, more subtle in physicality, otherwise your big show will be lost.
It IS easier to teach a stage actor film technique, rather than vice versa.
You’ll have to trust in yourself and your talent. And your drive & passion!
This business will wear you down.
You have to be hungry.
If you aren’t hungry, get out now.
Save yourself, your sanity, your soul.
But if you honestly can’t live with yourself if you did anything else, then do this. Embody this art. And don’t let the bad parts get you down.
And if you ever need a little support, Nonny.
I’m available :)
PS: There’s a TON of film/Telly in Canada—-just look at SyFy channel :)
Supernatural is also in Vancouver.