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  • No chance of diversity 09/22/2018  9:52am

    I just went to the Walnut St theater in Philadelphia and saw Holiday Inn ( I was taken by a friend). Now I can understand when we are talking about West Side Story and Aladdin and how amazing it often is when no people of color get a job. What do we do when a production like this exist and no one has to cast a person of color in the lead role. Meaning that when the world in charge is predominantly white and without thinking they assume that only Lilly white face can play the leads and sing the songs. Sure there will be the occasional black person to calm their guilt but otherwise it will be a white Christmas. I don’t fault them. I am sure they are racial aware good progressive people in their minds. But if they don’t stop and think the are exclusive without even being aware. I sure the cast suffers from the same problem. Thinking well “ no black or brown people must have auditioned “. This might be true ( I don’t know I was not there) but did they ask themselves why? Often POC feel defeated before we begin. “Why audition they won’t even use me”. Now I know all actors suffer this thought, but being a POC I can tell you I have to struggle with it all the time. I am not faulting Walnut St this happens everywhere , but as I was sitting there watching the show I thought how out of place I felt.

    Osei

    What is it you want exactly? To be represented in every show?

    At the end of the day you’re a racial minority in this country. We can all get together to make this more equal... but equal representation according to the population still means that you’re not going to be represented everywhere unless opportunities are taken away from other people.

    Now... there are countries that exists where you no-doubtingly ARE the majority. And would likely have a chance to star in every show. Have you thought about moving?

    Mr. Noodles 09/22/2018  10:40am

    You are so right. Love it or leave it. I forgot that when you relatives came over on the Mayflower

    Osei 09/22/2018  11:36am

    Even if you are trolling, Mr.Noodles, go f2ck yourself for even writing this.

    Sutton'sUnderstudy 09/22/2018  11:38am

    Nr. Noodles - The OP is talking diversity but you are confusing that with demographics.

    Diversity in casting is not about making sure that a production offers a statistically accurate reflection of the population. That would be ridiculous.

    Using that as a goal, you immediately face the dilemma as to which demographic applies. If you are casting for Chicago, do you cast for Cook County's 55% white, 25% black and 24% Hispanic and 04% native american (yesm I did the math but those are the public numbers)???

    What if your theater is actually on the North Shore where whites are 74%, Blacks about 7% and Native American and Alaska and Natives are a surprising 7%?

    What the OP is clearly talking about is, there are many shows that have no script-based indication that the actor must be any specific race or gender - but seems always (or almost always) - to be cast white.

    Why can't the rich old angel who backs the leading lady in 42nd Street be asian or black?

    Is there anything that the Gaucho in The Fantastiks says or does or sings that can't done by a hispanic (what language does the word "gaucho" come from?).

    Must Bialestock or Bloom always be cast male? Do you think that only men can be duplicitous and funny while singing a jolly tune?




    Not Mr. Noodles 09/22/2018  12:01pm

    I would highly recommend that NO ONE engage with "Mr. Noodles". He/she apparently lives in his/her mom's basement and enjoys posting replies to threads about race and diversity in hopes of provoking people. Bitter actor party of 1. Please do not engage further...

    heyyoungworld 09/22/2018  4:35pm

    I saw the production and thought the same thing. Here’s the problem in my eyes. The sense of exclusion is not even something the cast or the producers even are thinking of. They are white and without thinking about more or less their world is white. Even if they try it is still mostly white. So even if they think they are very progressive by default they are making assumptions based on race. Being black I do the same things. If I think I am going to the doctor, without even thinking about it I envision a white man. Why? Well for the most part that was my exposure to it. Well the same holds true. See it is this fake acceptance that we chase to stop and understand a deeper level of exclusion that we all have. If we demonize everything they people are simply too afraid to admit that it is in them. So of course the play is exclusive and the cast haven’t really thought about it. I am curious if any of them are in this forum and would comment and say,”Wow why is mostly everyone white here”. As a black woman I am forced to say that almost all the time. Please if you are in this production could you comment

    N’dege 09/22/2018  8:43pm

    But “white people” are over 76 percent of the population of the US. African Americans are just over 13... with African American women being roughly half of that statistically. According to the report published earlier this year by the Asian American Performers Coalition, 23% of all roles in NY theater during the previous season went to African American actors. Far above their percentage of the population.

    So, the question begs, what else are you looking for?

    Other ethnicities continue to go under represented in our community... and yet when people call attention to it, the issue gets ignored. It’s all very interesting.

    Mr. Noodles 09/22/2018  9:43pm

    They mainly cast based off of auditions given off of physically mailed copies of headshot and resumes, if you went to school in Philly (the theater schools tend to be mainly white) or if you've worked there before. So if they say "not enough POC auditioned," it's probably because they just didn't give them the audition appointment, so they'd technically still be right...They don't hold open calls, and rarely cast from their EPA's. Their idea of diversity is having 1-3 black people in their casts, and usually the black actors are from the Philly area and they use the same ones in every show. As a POC, I've gotten much more success off of my auditions in NYC then I ever did when I lived in Philly. I don't expect things to get better there any time soon

    newtothisbiz 09/23/2018  2:29am

    The way this thread is being dealt with is part of the problem. If the OP had said come inflammatory things people would be all up calling out others. But try to quietly have a talk about it and it is pretty silent. Now I know members of that cas are on this forum. What did members of the cast think when they noticed the cast seemed to lack any or almost no POC. I understand Mr Noodles when you want to state statistics but that is not the point. Yes I can watch BET and notice a lack of white faces. But this is just a reaction by actors who are black being forced to become Black Actors not actors who are black. This is the problem. We exclude without even thinking and then are so embarrassed to admit it. Hence the silence. It is part of our current world. Tell people what is right or wrong and they will bury what they really feel. But it is still there and harder to solve because people are so afraid of being alienated. Look at our President. Sure he is insane. He treats women horribly. But so did Clinton. Kennedy but we are silent about them. We ostracized Harvey Weinstein’s wife saying she knew. But Anthony Bordain is a saint even though he paid off the boy for Asia. The selective hypocrisy is out of control more than ever and few if any are willing to reflect about their part in it

    Out of the blue 09/23/2018  10:41am
  • NYC Talent Agent willing to take your questions 09/04/2018  12:01am

    After reading a number of posts out here, I feel like there is a lot of misinformation about the business being passed around. I am a talent agent in NYC. I’m not a fake or a scammer. I will give no information about my history, as I think anonymity is important in this process on this site You can choose to trust me or not. But i have no reason to fabricate this. If you have any questions about the business, please feel free to ask. I will answer when I can. I can only offer my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. Others could have differing opinions. That’s what makes this business what it is.

    Here’s a start. Someone asked on another thread why agents would want submissions mailed instead of emailed. I 100% agree with that. I receive hundred of emails an hour. From clients, from casting directors, from GMs, from random actors self submitting. Guess whose emails I look at last, if at all? If you mail me a photo and resume, I have it physically in my hand. I look at it. I read the cover letter. I pay attention. I don’t plan on getting back to it, then never do, like I do with 3/4 of the email submissions I receive. It’s just too busy to read every email I receive as an unsolicited submission. The way to get my attention is if you have a connection to me. You know one of my actors. You come highly recommended by a casting director who will vouch for you. If so, be sure to put that in the subject line. And don’t be cute. Cut to the chase and the business. We don’t need to know your life story. We just want to know why we might be interested in representing you and what sets you apart from everyone else.

    NYC Talent Agent

    Hello NYC Talent Agent. Fair enough, I’ll assume you are what you say. I’m an actor in my 60’s, male, caucasian. I don’t have representation, but would like to. I have good training and a strong theater resume spanning four decades. I play multiple musical instruments. I have no problem mailing my photo and resume. I know how to write a good cover letter. I have casting directors who will vouch for the quality of my work. I’m aware that agents generally seek younger clients, and that well-established agents frequently have older clients with whom they have worked for many years. Here’s my question: how can I best determine which agencies or individual agents would be receptive to an older actor seeking representation? Thank you for initiating this conversation.

    Lostsailor 09/04/2018  12:44am

    Thanks NYC Talent Agent.

    When you pass on a client's self-tape to a CD, or choose not to pass on that self-tape, what specific qualities of the recording appeal to you or turn you away?

    Snarky 09/04/2018  1:09am

    Unfortunately, you are correct. It is a rare exception where I would take on an older actor unless your resume is on par with actors I have represented for many years. There are too few roles and too much history with those I already represent. Your best bet would be to have one of those casting offices that you have a good relationship with make an introduction directly to an agent on your behalf. That could at least get you a meeting.

    As for selftapes, I would never hold on sending one to a casting office if it has been requested. I might ask you to retape with notes, though. If the casting office did not specifically request your tape, I likely won’t send it unless I asked you to do one and I think it’s spectacular. They get so many tapes, it’s hard for them to watch all of the ones they have requested, let alone ones they haven’t asked for. The one thing I can guarantee is that if you aren’t off book, it will not be sent.

    NYC Talent Agent 09/04/2018  7:24am

    Hi Agent! Quick question for you. What do you think about pay to plays with agents? Are workshops worth doing or are they generally a waste of money? And when/if people are called from those is it usually because their work was outstanding or more because they were a certain physical type? Thanks!

    Anonymousactor 09/04/2018  10:20am

    Hi Fellow Anonymous Friend:

    Can you speak to timeline for bringing on a new client- and yeah I know this would vary by office.

    I had quite a press moment with a great scene on a TV show a few months ago and have been doing interviews since. The CD who cast me on that called two of the top boutique agencies for me, and both met with me and said they'd bring me in to meet the office...this was at a few weeks ago. In the meantime I've updated them with my recent regional show's also great press.

    Is the relative slowness perhaps because of it being the end of summer? Or...something else?

    BeMused 09/04/2018  10:49am

    @NYCTalentAgent Thank you for being here. How do you feel about working with managers? Does it depend on the manager? If an actor is VERY GOOD at self-managing, does a manager create an unnecessary communication obstacle for you? Or do you find it is better for an actor to have as much reach as possible?

    FinallyGettingThis 09/04/2018  12:20pm

    ONE MORE QUESTION. If we are not working on Broadway, would you rather us avoid doing smaller-paid theatre to stay available for better paying TV jobs? (assuming we already have tv credits).

    FinallyGettingThis 09/04/2018  12:21pm

    hey TA. i'm frustrated. i have 4 agents in 4 separate markets, all fairly low level, but they have people that book. i, however, have gotten 2 auditions in 6 months in total from all 4. i recently moved to LA so I've only been with this guy for 1 month. I just don't get it. I get auditions and get offered roles from self submitting, but to get so little from my reps seems crazy to me, like i'm missing something. i'm tired of wasting time, i just want to act. they all just say "it takes time", sure but does it really take this much time? what can / should I do here?

    toothpicked 09/04/2018  2:04pm

    hi TA! how important is it that we go with photographers that our agents recommend for headshots?

    mkat8 09/04/2018  2:25pm

    What do you recommend young actors do in their first 2-3 years in the city? Certain classes, CD workshops, etc?

    What do you suggest your clients do in downtime between gigs?

    What makes you want to sign someone? What skills are needed/marketable right now?

    reeee 09/04/2018  3:58pm

    Your questions are not forgotten. I may not be able to get to them until the weekend. Business first!

    NYC Talent Agent 09/05/2018  8:17pm

    What is a no-no if we're called into a meeting with you? What's gonna win us a place in your heart and make you wanna sign us from a meeting?

    What is the best time of year to get referrals/meetings in hopes of signing?

    Are pay to plays bullshit?

    meeshoo 09/05/2018  11:59pm

    Bump

    Anonymousactor 09/07/2018  11:20am

    Hi NYCTA, I am wondering if there is a list somewhere or you happen to know of a few great talent agencies that I can try to get in touch with? Where/how do you find an agent? Thank you!

    sopranopepper 09/09/2018  11:55pm

    Bump! Good questions, y’all.

    stopusingplasticstraws 09/10/2018  12:00pm

    Bump

    Anonymousactor 09/13/2018  9:33am

    what happened to this? come back!

    crestfallen 09/13/2018  1:10pm

    Sorry for the long delay. We are in a busy time of year, and work comes first. Will try to answer as best I can.

    Pay to plays: I know how controversial these are. I think they are what you make of them. If you expect to get signed by an agent or book a job with a casting director at one of these events, you are likely to be disappointed. If you go in with the expectation of hopefully learning something, receiving some personal feedback, and starting to make a relationship, then it can be valuable. I think some studios are better than others. If it feels icky, it probably is. Ask around, talk to your peers, and you can probably figure out who is worth meeting and who isn’t. One thing - there is no promise of employment at these events. There is no promise of representation. And if someone expresses interest, it doesn’t mean you are signed with them. If you read it that way, it’s your fault, not theirs.

    BeMused: Everyone is busy and has lots of clients. If an agent wants to sign you, they aren’t going to be shy about letting you know. If you haven’t heard from someone, i think you need to take the hint and mentally move on. One scene on a TV show isn’t going to excite me. I am looking for actors who are going to book series regular jobs. But that’s me. There are a lot of agents out there, and maybe someone else is your perfect fit. Just keep working and looking.

    FinallyGettingThis: There are great managers and there are terrible managers. And many in between. Like anything, it depends on who they are. If you have a great manager who works well with your agent (or is a great representative for you if you don’t have any agent), then you should be happy. As for non-Broadway theatre, unless you are a major star, are you really at a place to be that picky? Wouldn’t you rather work than not work? Unless you are a star, and my guess is you wouldn’t be out here if you are.

    Toothpicked: you are one of many people that your agents represent, and you are new. Give it time. The competition is brutal for every job out there, even the one line roles. Maybe you don’t have a strong enough resume to get in the door. Agents are not magicians. We are not miracle workers. If casting directors are not responding to your type or your resume, then maybe it’s not your agents. You can’t blame 4 different agents without also looking in the mirror.

    Mkat8: I always recommend photographers to my actors. If you like my recommendations, that is great. If you prefer another option, that is fine, All I want are great headshots.

    Reee: I’m not going to single out specific classes or teachers. My opinion may not be your opinion. But yes, always be in class. And go see plays. See lots and lots of plays. Learn about your business. What makes me want to sign someone? Easy answer. I think you can work, will work, and will make money. And I think I can help in that process. So, if you know how to book jobs, that’s the skill we are all looking for.

    meeshoo: There is no best time of year, but we are all extremely busy during pilot season (January - March), and all the college showcases happen March - May. Those are probably not the best times for meetings. My big no-no in meetings is hearing all your bitches. Bitches about your current agents. Bitches about casting directors. Bitches about how the business has been so mean to you. Keep it positive. Look towards the future. Tell me why you are amazing.

    Sopranopepper: There is a great invention called the internet, and another one called google. Come on, do some work. You can find information about every agent in the country if you do some work. No shortcuts here, sorry.

    NYC Talent Agent 09/16/2018  12:26am

    Thank you NYC TALENT AGENT for answering both of my questions! It was great to read all your answers in one place!

    Not to belabor the point, but my question about taking low-paid acting work (such as SPT or Equity Showcase Code theater) was precisely because I believe work is work, but I have heard that some agents prefer that actors already in the TV/Film mix stay in town to available for episodic windows and films that pay more (and yield higher visibility). But you have answered my question! Thanks :)

    FinallyGettingThis 09/17/2018  9:12am

    I’m happy to take more of your questions. Feel free to post. I will answer when time allows.

    NYC Talent Agent 09/23/2018  2:27am
  • NAB - Glitter Talent. What do you think?? 06/30/2015  7:12pm

    Hi,

    So I just got and email about coming in to audition for a talent agency called glitter talent. Has anyone worked with them before??? Are they legit?

    qwerty1408

    If it's real or not: it's called Glitter Talent. I'd run.

    Aktin 06/30/2015  7:50pm

    she is legit, but has no pull in the industry and limited experience with adult talent (she expanded from kids this year).

    mattbrew 06/30/2015  10:30pm

    Hi! Following up to see if you took the meeting and bumping to see if anyone else has input about Glitter Talent...thanks!

    basicNAB 09/18/2015  12:07pm

    Bump after their open call today--would love to know if anyone has experience working with them (or having your kids work with them because I know they just recently expanded to include adult models).

    gryffindor 02/06/2016  3:54pm

    curious - anyone have experience with them as an adult actor?

    Marcy18 04/07/2018  9:32pm

    I signed with them recently as an adult actor. ...they seem nice and responsive, but so far they only have gotten me one self-tape submission request. But, it seems like a lot of people have been getting very few appts recently (there was a whole other thread about that!), so it's tough to say what's up. I hope this helps a bit -- and would be curious to hear about other people's experiences also!

    peaceandlove 04/08/2018  7:48am

    Thanks peaceandlove- very helpful. Anyone else have intel?

    Marcy18 04/09/2018  4:44pm

    bump! anyone signed with Glitter recently as an adult actor?

    Tulips1218 04/18/2018  8:22am

    bump for experience with this rep??

    sara1370 09/22/2018  8:13pm
  • Private Investigator Service 09/18/2018  11:13am

    Hello actor friends,

    I've started a private investigator service "Find My Break" with a good friend of mine who happens to be both an actor and retired cop.

    With so many actors struggling to find a way to stay in touch with Casting Directors, agents, and managers, we've decided to offer an affordable service that leverages our database of industry professionals with real-time location updates.

    Let's say for instance you took a seminar at casting director X at AGR, and have followed up with an email updating them of your goings-on, but still haven't heard back or been called in for an audition.

    With our service, we can provide accurate GPS location, home and office addresses, and CCTV updates to locate your mark in real-time. We can alert you with "Hey, so-and-so is at Starbucks on 6th and 23rd" and you can go find them and act like it's a spontaneous run-in.

    Face-to-face time is precious and rare, and we can help make that happen!

    Beta site is launching soon, just want to gauge a reaction.

    GumshoeNY

    That sounds.... absolutely terrifying...

    Tyrannosaurus Rex 09/18/2018  11:26am

    God I fucking hope this is a joke.


    Btw this shut is why people think actors are crazy.

    Icanseeyou 09/18/2018  11:38am

    This is a joke, right? (I really hope it’s a joke!)

    Glamron 09/18/2018  11:56am

    Not a joke. This is a real thing that can really improve actors' chances of being seen

    GumshoeNY 09/18/2018  12:17pm

    ...yah but you really seem like a troll boo.

    Rain On my Parade 09/18/2018  1:00pm

    This is a VERY bad idea. Please put your energy into pursuing authentic long-term relationships.

    FinallyGettingThis 09/18/2018  1:20pm

    its BS. if by some iota of chance it's not BS, you are a nutcase

    dopplegang 09/18/2018  1:43pm

    this sounds...desperate.

    YouKnowYouKindaLoveAndrewLloydWebber--Don'tHate 09/18/2018  1:44pm

    NOOOOPE.

    KingJoffrey 09/18/2018  1:51pm

    I read this out loud. This has to be a joke. Hahaha!

    KingJoffrey 09/18/2018  1:54pm

    This is why I fucking hate actors and why actors have such a bad rep.

    TommyWisaeu 09/18/2018  2:33pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    littleeagle 09/18/2018  2:47pm

    I pray that this is a joke

    LaVidaLoca 09/18/2018  3:31pm

    I know we’re separate and what have you, but this is def crosses the line into “Absolutely not” territory.

    Showbizdreamer 09/18/2018  3:52pm

    Desperate

    Showbizdreamer 09/18/2018  3:52pm

    As someone who works for a seminar/masterclass studio, I think this a great idea.

    For every breakdown casting in Film/TV, CD's can only call in maybe 20 people out of 2,000 submissions. I can totally see how you would move to the front of their minds, and soon roster, if you flash into their heads - "Oh, this person who came up to me at CVS would be perfect."

    You can't afford to miss out on opportunities that are literally knocking out your door. I think this a great idea, and if it actually takes off, I will be first in line to ask for a quote on where Lorne MIchaels goes to the gym (Ha Ha, just joking, but not really. I would love to be on SNL)

    I will mention this to some of my other pals at AGR and see what they think!

    KnowTheRules 09/18/2018  4:04pm

    Would the service be a monthly subscription or pay-as-you-go?

    Belterway 09/18/2018  4:16pm

    Right now, we plan on rolling out the service at a three-tiered monthly subscription price starting at $12.99. This includes 3 location updates per month. The 2nd tier is $19.99/mo and includes 2 per week, and then $49.99/mo (best value) for unlimited whereabouts and a weekly stakeout.

    GumshoeNY 09/18/2018  4:20pm

    This is gross.

    DorothyMichaels 09/18/2018  4:33pm

    Guys you all sound ridiculous, this is obviously not serious, you NEED to lighten up. THESE RESPONSES are why people hate actors.

    MyKingdomForARole 09/18/2018  4:52pm

    y’all sound like actual psychopaths that we are going to see on a 20/20 indepth investigation. but please, keep it up and make it easier for those of us who are NOT stalkers... ummm admin?

    galliegirl 09/18/2018  5:26pm

    I bet all of you falling for this also think The Onion is a real news source.

    INeverGotToBeAnnie 09/18/2018  6:02pm

    You know a casting director is going to see this and absolutely rip whoever created this out of this industry so fast it’ll make their head spin.

    Icanseeyou 09/18/2018  6:47pm

    To the OP -

    I bombed an audition two weeks ago for Ophelia Frick-Saperstein. My agents never heard any feedback and I’m worried I won’t be called in for New Amsterdam again.

    Can you provide any useful info on where she’ll be this week? I would love to show more of what I can offer.

    -Ken

    Ken-Shake 09/18/2018  6:57pm

    You know a casting director is going to see this and absolutely rip whoever created this out of this industry so fast it’ll make their head spin.

    Icanseeyou 09/18/2018  6:59pm

    LOL to “backstage legal”

    galliegirl 09/19/2018  9:19am

    Hi Ken,

    Our records indicate that Ophelia Frick-Saperstein will be having dinner with her husband tomorrow night at “Shuka” in Soho. Perhaps reserve a nearby table with a reader and prepare a 2-3:page scene

    GumshoeNY 09/19/2018  10:47am

    Hi Gumshoe! I am not Ken lol but I would love LOVE to meet Ophelia Frick-Saperstein too. Would it be too much to ask what time her reservation is?

    Thanks!

    TypeMeOut 09/19/2018  10:56am

    I recently had a very bad audition for Clementine Van Der Horn of Horn in the Woods Casting and Productions. Hoping to be seen for her upcoming Bway revival of "Ant Murders". Can you let me know when she drops her kids off at school?

    fuzzletwit 09/19/2018  11:00am

    THIS IS F%$&*# RIDICULOUS! You are talking aout INTERRUPTING a well-known and highly respected CD at a PRIVATE dinner with her husband.

    Desperate tactics like these are only going to make casting more insular and less likely to meet new faces. I hope you're joking. If not, $#&^ off.

    GoTellItOnTheSubway 09/19/2018  11:09am

    OMG. Dyinggggg, this is hilarious. C'mon folks, clearly a joke. TROLLZZZZZ I love it

    curlz 09/19/2018  11:40am

    The Frick-Sapersteins don't have a reservation for Thursday night. Our associates have just gleamed through her text message exchanges with her husband and her google search history that her and Jason will be going sometime after work.

    7-10 should be a safe enough window.

    GumshoeNY 09/19/2018  12:31pm

    I am actually loling reading this, and am genuinely concerned for the people who think this is serious :'D

    Adancerdancebelts 09/19/2018  10:11pm

    GOOD LORD you people are thick. How do you function in the digital age?

    actingactor 09/20/2018  2:48pm

    This is hysterical and horrifying. Just get your faces out of your phones and look around when you are in midtown...you will see industry folks everywhere. I ran into a CD in the Turnstyles Underground Market, My agent on the subway, a director I knew just walking down 8th ave, a musical director at a bar in Hell’s Kitchen, another director at a show I was at.

    sngrgirl1 09/21/2018  11:31am

    No. They're humans. This is weird and gross.

    somethingtoconfessa 09/22/2018  11:39am
  • NAB - How to Work With Difficult People 09/21/2018  6:07pm

    I'm in the middle of a contract and guys, it's kinda hell. I mean, the two and a half hours on stage are incredible, fulfilling and everything I want them to be. But the other hours are just torture. Getting paid shit money has never been a big issue in the past because - in my expirience -it's what makes a cast bond together and rely on one another for mental and emotional support.

    But this one is different.

    For some reason, this cast is determined to fight with one another. Petty, rude and insistent on just creating and thriving in a negative environment.

    I've never been in a situation like this before. Usually there are one or two people that you have a conflicting personality and things just don't work. How do you all deal with a hostile environment when you can't escape from it? Mentally how do you survive. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

    2460noyoudidnt

    This is the worst kind of situation to be in.

    Fortunately, I stood up for myself one time, by calling someone out on their bullshit. I was then fired for it, because he was the company's baby. Don't really regret that.

    2nd time, I removed myself from the situation as best as I could. Would show up right at call, and leave almost immediately after, without saying anything to anyone except for my lines on-stage.

    Find other people outside of the production to befriend. If it is an out-of-town gig, go out on the town and make friends (tinder or grindr or bumble if you have to).
    Take yourself out to dinner, to the movies.

    AND ALWAYS REMEMBER- the next contract is guaranteed to be better.

    My most recent contract wasn't as bad as the ones mentioned above.

    Hang in there.

    Shall We Dance 09/21/2018  6:38pm

    Stay in your lane, do your job, and stay out of the bs. I was in a situation like this once, and the best thing I learned to do was to isolate myself. Stay kind, stay nice, but set boundaries. I hope your contract is up soon, sorry friend.

    somethingtoconfessa 09/22/2018  11:37am
  • are "drop offs" worth it 09/21/2018  9:40pm

    has anyone ever been called in from just leaving their headshot/resume? is it basically just throwing a headshot away?

    interestingnamehere

    I have heard they are most useful when you have done the show(s) they are currently casting, have a specific special skill needed for this particular show, and/or are the EXACT type they have in mind for a role they need (right age, height, weight, race, training, voice type, etc) and its a harder to cast role they might not find through submissions or open auditions.

    I have a few friends who have gotten called in for things via drop off but they fit one of the above scenarios.

    musicalwarrior 09/21/2018  11:43pm

    I used to say don't bother, but literally just this week I was calling in from a drop off.

    mil7230 09/22/2018  6:41am

    A friend of mine was called in from a drop-off this week. Ya never know!

    somethingtoconfessa 09/22/2018  11:36am
  • Glitter Talent Agency 09/21/2018  11:48pm

    Does anyone have any experience with this agency?

    sara1370
  • Party Worth Crashing Q 09/21/2018  3:06pm

    I asked on the thread on the main page but it might be better suited here.

    Here’s a link to the call: www.playbill.com

    So..what are we thinking about this? I submitted unsure if it was an actual Kerrigan-Lowdermilk production, but on further research it looks like they’re taking songs from their canon and making a new piece? Is that...legal? I know anyone can sing their published songs in a cabaret setting but this seems different. I mean, maybe they’ve gotten permission to do it. Who knows! Anyone have more info on this production or the company in general? Thanks!

    hermionegranger

    They’re a very new theatre company made up of 20’s somethings. Nice group. To my knowledge of them I do believe they have been in communication with the writers and are “workshopping” this song cycle type show.

    flux capacitor 09/21/2018  11:43pm
  • Hamilton Swing Work Session 09/21/2018  10:35pm

    Hey friends,

    Anyone have any insight on how a Hamilton Schuyler Sister work session goes? Do they really make you perform all 1,000 songs they sent you? Or do they focus on a few of each sister? Help a girl out! Thank you!

    IAmMe

    I had just a prescreen and they had me sing all 5 songs, so I'm sure they'd expect you to know everything they give you.

    nyc_etoile 09/21/2018  10:59pm