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

February 19, 2009

Is There Anybody Out There?

Filed under: eitan's writings — Eitan @ 1:06 pm

Hello!  Nice to meet you.  My name is Eitan and I’m an actor.

I love having this blog.  Once in an odd while I feel an urge and I hop on to post.  I do this with no regularity.  My very helpful biographer posts updates when I book something but I only post when I feel like it.

I hope no one reading this is running their acting career in this manner.  Most people do.  Heck, I’ve been guilty of this at times myself.

Who among us has not neglected to check the breakdowns or send out postcards because they “just didn’t feel like it today?”  Fair enough.  I have a very nice life outside of my career and some days I’m busy doing other things and don’t have a minute to spare to even update my Twitter account.

But those days are rare.  This is a job.  You must be out there busting your butt five, six or seven days a week.  Any less and someone else is going to take an oppertunity you would have otherwise gotten yourself.

Someone who merely reaches out to agents “when they feel like it” is going to be left in the dust.  There are scores of actors in Los Angeles who send out a big salvo of postcards two times a year and that’s about it.  Then they whine and moan about not being able to get work.

When you pledge a huge amount of time to getting work you’ll find all sorts of ways to persue the work you never dreamed of before.  You can become more active in online networking sites, you can attend more “industry events,” you can write your own material and you can even hunt down contact info for people in the industry and reach out to them. There’s many ways to fill your time if you allocate it towards becoming a working actor.

I’ve said this a million times before: if you want to be an actor it’s going to take huge amounts of work. If you want to be a professional blogger you can’t blog like me and only do it once every month or two.  Get off your butts and start hustling.

January 2, 2009

Booking More in 2009

from the neighbor's
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 24, 2008

Eitan is in a Play!

Filed under: theater — Biographer @ 7:13 pm

For years the LA theater going public has been able to avoid Eitan by simply not going to see him in the Cricket Feet Showcases.  Simple, right?  Well no longer.  Eitan has begun appearing in The Boychick Affair an interactive play.  The characters mingle and talk with the audience members while the plot goes on.  So not only do people have to SEE Eitan act, they actually have to engage him in conversation and pretend to think he’s funny up close.  Oh the humanity!

The show is modeled after a dysfunctional family celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of one of their youngest.  Eitan plays the boy’s rowdy uncle.  Reservations can be made through the website above or through Goldstar.
Please go just to heckle Eitan and try to make him break character.  The show runs every Sunday, 3PM at the Sportsmans Lodge in the valley.  There’s a Winter hiatus coming up but shows resume late Janurary.

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.

October 7, 2008

Grit, Gumption, Moxy & Cajones

Filed under: acting philosophy,eitan's writings,Uncategorized — Eitan @ 3:35 pm

It takes a special kind of person to be an actor.  And I do mean “special.”

Some people don’t respect acting as a career choice.  They think it’s all a crap shoot and you really have no control over your destiny.  I’d argue every career involves luck and various other aspects you can’t control.  But the thing about acting is the infrequency and random timing with which things happen.

Tomorrow morning I’ll wake up and I’ll hope I get a call for an audition where if I’m incredibly lucky I’ll be able to get a callback for the chance of a job.  If I just get an audition, I’m a happy man.  That means if tomorrow I get rejected for a part, I’m happy.

Something must be wrong with me.

But, careers do typically move forward.  People do get bigger and better parts.  People do make their living doing this.  But along the way there’s much rejection, heartbreak and stunning silence on days you’re sure your phone should be ringing off the hook.  Even worse, some peoples’ careers just don’t go anywhere.  There are actors who spend half a decade and never get their SAG cards, an agent or a decent break.  There are people who have careers move forward quickly and then stall.  There are people who think they’ve “made it” and then a few months later can’t get a single meeting.

But there are the people who stick with it, keep plugging away and manage to constantly be taking steps forward and put together a decent career.

Do you know how difficult it is to face the very real possibility that you could invest years of your life and have nothing to show for it?

Being an actor takes courage.  And I’m not even talking about the courage to get up in front of two, five or ten million people and perform.  For most of us that’s the fun part.  It’s truly hard to know that today could be the highlight of my acting career.  It could never get better.

So what kind of person does this every day?  One with real determination and a drive to succeed.

I meet plenty of actors who say they’re giving acting “a shot.”  I meet many more who half-heatedly do a play once every few months.  And that’s fine, acting can make a good hobby.  But those of us who plug away every day truly have some guts and that has to be respected.  To really succeed you have to be in this for the very long haul, you have to be consistent and you have to be dedicated.

I know I am.  But I meet very few other actors who are the same way.  But the ones I do know tend to have the most success.

September 17, 2008

I Twitter

Filed under: eitan's writings — Eitan @ 5:09 pm

I’ve broken down and joined the ranks of the twitterers.  I’ll be posting WAY more frequent updates on my career (not only bookings but auditions and other news) so I advise you to join me if you’re interested at all in my career.

http://www.twitter.com/eitantheactor

I’ll take 10 points for originality.

UPDATE: Two stupid typos fixed. Thank you VDO Vault for the correction.

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

August 5, 2008

Catch Eitan on iCarly? If Not…

Filed under: bookings,TV — Tags: , , , , , , , — Biographer @ 7:14 pm

Here’s the video.  If you blink you might miss him.  So watch this video while blinking heavily.  In fact, just close your eyes and plug your ears while it plays.

July 21, 2008

Watch Eitan on iCarly This Friday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Biographer @ 6:54 pm

Official iCarly LogoThat’s right, this Friday (7/25/2008) at 8:30PM Eitan will be appearing on Nickelodeon’s iCarly.

Eitan’s episode is titled “iHave a Lovesick Teacher” and Eitan plays a dad who gets ping pong balls dropped on his head by his son as part of an attempt to get onto iCarly’s show.  The episode will air as part of a very special iCarly new episode double header.

12 year olds of the world, rejoyce.

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