Advice and Tips for Actors Helpful thoughts on acting from someone who wasn't the least successful actor of all time.

October 30, 2007

Cricket Feet Showcase – RSVP now!

Filed under: projects,showcase — Eitan @ 12:50 pm

RSVP Now for the 3rd Cricket Feet Casting Actors Showcase November 6th, 7th and 8th at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica.

What’s in it for you?  Well, if you happen to be a member of the entertainment industry you’ll get to see 34 very castable actors in professionally directed scenes in a little over an hour.  We’ll ply you with free parking, free food and free booze.  You were most excited by the free parking, weren’t you?  This is LA after all.

Now what do I mean by “industry?”  I mean someone who’s instrumental in getting actors jobs.  That could be a producer, employed writer (yes you can come, even if you’re on strike), casting director, agent or manager.

To RSVP follow THIS LINK.

October 25, 2007

iCarly – Eitan’s Booked Again

Filed under: bookings,TV — Biographer @ 11:12 am

iCarly LogoUch, does Eitan know how much work it is for his biographer to log onto this blog and post about every single booking? There are many other things for a busy biographer to be doing. Did you know that it’s prime fishing season in Nova Scotia? That’d be much more interesting than writing about Eitan’s career.

Oh, the news.

Eitan’s booked an episode of the Nickelodeon show iCarly. He’ll be playing a father (Eitan’s so old, ha!) of a boy who decides it’d be a great idea to dump a bucket of ice water on him while he is sleeping and video tape it for Carly’s show. Maybe if we’re lucky they’ll dump a bucket of Gak on Eitan’s head too. You know, just for fun.

The episode number is #125 and the title is “iHave a Lovesick Teacher.” That’s so all you iCarly fanatics can plan your life around Eitan’s TV schedule.

October 23, 2007

Character Photography

Filed under: projects — Eitan @ 2:30 pm

I’m happy to announce my newest project:  Character Photography.

Los Angeles Headshot

Through Character Photography I shoot headshots for the Los Angeles actor.  You can go to my site and see examples of my work as well as a photography blog on the images and how they work to the actor’s advantage.  The difference between my type of headshots and other photographers is that I focus on “types” instead of “looks.”  This helps the actor market themselves appropriately and makes sure the actor knows that they’re selling with their headshot to the casting community.

The website URL is www.characterphoto.com if you want to set a bookmark or something.  I encourage everyone to sign up for the e-mail list, to be kept aware of specials and other promotions.

Ghost Whisperer – Air Date

Filed under: TV — Biographer @ 2:22 pm

Ghost Whisperer PromotionFunny how TV works. You shoot something and then a few months later they put it on TV. But the best part of this is that they give you a date and time to watch for it. Amazing. What a world we live in. No hunting through channels and Tivoing hours of ESPN trying to catch something elusive, like a commercial.

Eitan’s episode of Ghost Whisperer will be airing November 9th at 8PM on CBS. Truth be told if you turned in at 8:50PM you’d easily catch Eitan’s appearance without watching the whole show. He’s right at the very end with Orlando Jones and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The episode is called “Unhappy Medium” and Eitan is playing a fan of Orlando Jones’ character.
This news is great for everyone. For all you Eitan-Lovers out there this is an easy and fool proof way of seeing Eitan’s “work.” For the other 99.7% of the world this is a great opportunity to avoid watching Eitan. Just make sure your TV isn’t on Ghost Whisperer on Friday night. Simple, right? Go to a movie, read a book, get a massage or simply watch another show. You’ll be able to relax knowing you won’t have to watch Eitan trying to be funny.

October 22, 2007

In Case of Strike, Break Glass

Filed under: eitan's writings,film,TV — Eitan @ 11:19 am

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or somewhere in the Midwest you probably have heard about a possible impending writers strike. Here’s the 10 second version: members of the WGA (Writers Guild of America) are negotiating a new contract and will go on strike unless the producers meet their demands for things like fair DVD payments. The producers have countered by pretending to want drastic cuts and crying about how little money they’re making. So there’s a good chance there’s going to be a strike on all television and film work in Los Angeles very soon.

This post isn’t going to be about the nitty gritty of strikes, greed and/or corporate evil. No, this post is about what to do as an actor if there is a strike. (more…)

October 1, 2007

Writing an Actor’s Resume

Filed under: eitan's writings — Eitan @ 5:20 pm

Uch, you’re saying to yourself, I don’t come here for this basic stuff. I come to Eitan’s blog to read about the deep thoughts of a working actor. I want to know the secrets to making it big, not some refresher on stuff I already know. Well, my topic today will go a bit deeper than you think. Oh yes, it will.

I’m not kidding when I say that everything I’m about to discuss will be for naught if you don’t follow the acting resume format for your market. For an example of how Los Angeles actor resumes are formatted, look at mine.

I’m going to teach you the one big secret about resume writing: It’s all about recognizability. The goal of your resume is to show the casting director or agent things that they’ll care about. What do they care about? Projects they can recognize.

I actually have a list, from top to bottom of what I’m talking about. After the chart I’ll discuss how to apply this information. This is a list for a Los Angeles actor. New York actors will have a slightly different list with a few things in the middle switching places.

  1. Major part in a national TV show/major film (aka “series regular” or “star” billing)
  2. Smaller part in a national TV show/major film (aka “recurring guest star” or “supporting” billing)
  3. Major part in well received Indie film.
  4. Guest star work on a national TV show.
  5. Smaller part in well received Indie film.
  6. Recurring co-star on a national TV show or small part in a known film.
  7. Lead in a play on Broadway.
  8. Co-star on a national TV show.
  9. Part in a critically aclaimed short film which has played in dozens of festivals.
  10. Play in a major theater.
  11. Lead in a film no one’s ever heard of or TV show from a small market.
  12. Smaller part in a film/TV show no one’s ever heard of.
  13. Master class with a “name teacher.”Play in a theater no one’s ever heard of.
  14. Play no one’s ever heard of in a theater no one’s heard of.
  15. Original plays, scenes, student and other short films and stuff you did in your basement with your friends.
  16. Anything on the internet.
  17. Class with a teacher no one’s ever heard of.

You can disagree with my order or notice a few omissions.  And there are exceptions to every one of these posts.  Feel free to disagre.  That’s what the comments feature is for.

Notice the last few have the phrase “no one’s ever heard about.”  That’s the key to this whole post.  People want to see stuff on your resume that they already know about.   If you totally rocked Hamlet back in Urbana, Illinois good for you.  Just know that it’s not going to help you get cast in a TV show.
So how do you use this list?  Simple.  When your career starts out you’ll start out with stuff at the bottom of the list.  That’s cool as it’s all you have.  Just know that no one’s really going to care.  They just want to see you have something on your resume so they know you’re not totally green.

As your career moves forward you’ll start getting things higher and higher up on the list.  When that happens, start dropping things that rank low on the list.  Don’t start getting emotionally attached to your credits, it’s just your resume.  You’re not blanking them out of your memory.

It’s better to have two things from near the top of the list than 30 things farther down.  In fact, it’s better to have two things from the middle of the list than 30 things from farther down.

Let me give you an example.  My resume six months ago was filled with stuff from down on the list.  I had a bunch of student films, plays that stretched back to college, other shorts no one had heard about and then a short film that was doing well and a small part on a Lifetime show.  I was really proud of all the work I had done.  Every time I got a job I dropped the font size down a notch on my resume to squeeze it all in.

One day I looked at my resume and realized I could barely pick out the “higher up” credits from the “lower” credits.  I was shooting myself in the foot by doing this.  I was forcing casting people to pour through my resume for useful information instead of only presenting what they really want to see.  So I cut all but one student film (that had at least played in a couple festivals), truncated my list of classes, got rid of every play I did that wasn’t done in a decent theater in LA and cut my special skills down to four.

This did two things.  First it drew attention to my more impressive credits.  And second it made it look as if I had some experience but was still “fresh” and “new” in town.  One problem with having 30 credits no one has ever heard of is that casting people tend to think, “You’ve done all this stuff but I’ve never seen your work and you’ve never booked anything I’ve even heard of, you must not be that good.”  Everyone likes to “discover” new talent even if that talent’s really been slaving away for ten years.  Just talk to any agent and they’ll tell you the story about how they represented some star before they got big.

So the thing to take away from this very long post is to make your resume short, sweet and show only your best credits.  Don’t be afraid to cut stuff off your resume if it’s not going to help your career.  The goal of your resume is to help advance your career, not to show off for people who won’t be impressed anyway.

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