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

January 2, 2009

Booking More in 2009

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Ali San

Happy New Year to All!

Here’s a very simple exercise.  Examine your 2008.  Look at the records of your auditions, meetings and all the tactics you’ve used. Write them down, you’ll be surprised at how many there are.

I talked about making good resolutions over a year ago and all that info still stands.

This year I want you (as I am doing) to look at all the opportunities, accomplishments and actions you had and took in 2008.  You can make the list as extensive as you like.  Here is an example of some of mine:

  • Got WAY more callbacks than ever before.
  • Got MUCH better at “feeling out” which jobs I would be back for and which I wouldn’t.
  • Helped produce three pretty amazing showcases and helped transition the show from a tiny 66 seat theater in 2007 to a 260 seat theater.
  • Started writing my first screenplay.
  • Made contact/friends with many new “industry folks” online.
  • Started a Twitter Account to keep my fans (I assume that’s you) up to date and build a bigger fan base.
  • And on a personal note ran two half-marathons and a full-marathon having not run more than a mile straight since high school while raising over $2400 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Now, instead of making brand-new resolutions or “goals” as they really should be called I simply want to focus on improving some of these things.  How?  Well, as you can tell from the title of this post I really want to book more jobs in 2009, I want to finish my screenplay, meet even more industry folks online and in person and finally run even more.

These look more like typical resolutions.  They’re not actionable, most aren’t quantifyable and they’re pretty vague.  This is where I go back to how to write resolutions.  I then focus my goals on improving things I’m already really proud of.  Build success upon success.

November 20, 2008

Eitan’s Commentary on Obama

Filed under: projects — Tags: , , , , , — Biographer @ 6:07 pm

Someone please give Eitan a real job.  It would be less painful to watch him smact it up on a series every week than have him produce and write his own work.

See?  He’s going to do weekly commentary on President Barak Obama’s addresses to the nation as this absurd character.  Apparently he’s planning some really ridiculous stuff as the series goes on.  Seriously, hire this man.

October 27, 2008

It’s Showcase Time Again

Filed under: projects,showcase — Biographer @ 4:44 pm

The time has drawn nigh for the November 2008 Cricket Feet Showcase.

Eitan will be performing in (and coordinating, if anyone knows what that means) the show at the Colony Theater in Burbank, CA.

RSVP now, if you want to actually sit through some “hilarious scenes,” eat free food and get free drinks. RSVP and get more information through the website: cricketfeetshowcase.com

All attendees are guaranteed to see Eitan prance around the stage and look silly.

August 19, 2008

Showcase Breakdown/Call for Scenes

Filed under: projects,showcase — Biographer @ 10:48 am

The latest breakdown for the 6th Cricket Feet Casting Actors Showcase has just gone out.

Actors Access Breakdown

And submit yourself if you’d like to participate.  Feel free to forward this on to any of your actor friends who might be interested.

Submissions are also being accepted from writers who’d like to have their material done at the showcase.  There is no pay but it’s a great way to get your short scenes seen by people in the industry and see them performed on stage by wonderful, expertly directed actors.  It’s quite a thrill.  Go here for more information on submitting writing to us (warning PDF):

http://cricketfeetshowcase.com/cricketfeetshowcasewriters.pdf

And for more info about the showcase in general go to: http://cricketfeetshowcase.com

June 4, 2008

Running the Marathon

Filed under: projects — Eitan @ 11:55 am

No, this isn’t going to be a metaphorical post about how acting is a marathon and not a sprint.  I seriously just ran a marathon and I wanted to thank everyone who helped me raising money for the Leukemian and Lymphoma Society.  I personally raised over $2400 for the society and got to run 26.2 miles in San Diego.

If you’re into number type stuff you can see my results online.

February 12, 2008

Post-Strike To Do List

Filed under: eitan's writings,projects — Eitan @ 6:42 pm

You probably heard the strike is ending tomorrow. That is unless there’s some silent majority in the writers camp that hates the new deal. No, I don’t think that’s going to happen either. So with the strike over that means your (and my) phone will suddenly start ringing of the hook with auditions and offers for TV and Film parts. I’ll let you know if that happens.

Unless something major happened to you over the past few months chances are you’ll be sticking to the same old grind that you went through before the strike. Well, I want to charge you to create a strategy, a “to do list.” Make yourself a list of five or ten good actionable goals you want to accomplish now that the strike is over. They could be new projects, improvements on old projects or simply something you’ve done before and want to do again.

To get you off on the right foot I’m going to share my very own post-strike to do list. Feel free to bug me in a few weeks if I haven’t done any of them.

  1. Shoot some new headshots of myself. The ones I have now still look like me, but I want something fresher.
  2. Raise as much money as I can for my half-marathon. Seriously, contribute. Help me out here kids. It’s all part of fighting the good fight.
  3. Post a whole lot of useful articles on this blog.
  4. Do the two billion things I need to do to make sure the showcase goes well.
  5. Get a good mailing routine going. I used to be better at this, I want to make sure my stuff is in the hands of casting people more often.

That takes care of most of the stuff I want to do. Within each of those goals are a bunch of little things I need to get done. That should keep me busy for quite a while.

Get a piece of paper, blog or just a text document and write yourself a list. I get 10x more done when I make lists than when I just say “oh yeah, I got stuff to do.” They don’t even all have to be acting related. It’s just a good time to step it up and get your life in order.

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 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.

July 24, 2007

Super-Mega-Over-Booked Showcase!

Filed under: projects — Biographer @ 1:51 pm

Hey, woo!  Break out the streamers.

The Cricket Feet Showcase (including but not limited to Eitan) is incredibly over-booked.  How over-booked is it?  The industry response has been so strong that the first night (tonight) will probably only have five or so non-industry guests.   In fact, there are 70 confirmed industry RSVPs tonight and the theater only holds 66 people.

Some will flake (no doubt after learning Eitan is in the show) but this will still be one industry heavy packed house.   Wednesday and Thursday won’t be much less crowded.
Why is this worthy of an update?  It’s probably not.  Eitan just wanted to brag.  He’s modest like that.

July 17, 2007

Something Very New…

Filed under: eitan's writings,projects — Eitan @ 12:31 pm

Hey guys, it’s Eitan here.

What?!  You must be shocked.  I never write on this bio/blog.  Well, that’s changing today.

Today is the launch of a new part of EitanTheActor.com.  My biographer will still be writing all “official” career updates about bookings and things but I’ll be posting (hopefully often) on various topics.  I’ll explain in another post, for organizational sake.  But rest assured you’ll be seeing a whole lot more updates on this site than you ever have in the past.

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