Free Films Org Wanted

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are the best free video editors and effects software?
    i want a free video editor for film, but i want it to be halfway decent.

    i also want to be able to use masking and things but pay a very low price. whats the cheapest editor like that, free would be best?

    • ANSWER:
      There's several editors you can use....

      Take a look at the tutorials for Windows Movie Maker at
      http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Tutorials/ - it may be WMM is all you need. It really is foolproof except that it's picky in what file formats it takes and the lack of native support for multiple video and audio tracks are a definite disadvantage (but there are workarounds).

      The version 2 series were probably the most versatile, you can find them here - http://www.brothersoft.com/downloads/windows-movie-maker.html - but you'll have problems installing the older versions on Windows 7. Windows Live Movie Maker is still good, but not so versatile.

      Other free video editors are...

      Wax - http://www.debugmode.com/wax/ - this is also a compositor - a bit like Adobe's After Effects - - unlimited video and audio tracks
      VideoLAN Movie Creator - http://videolan.org/vlmc/ - up to 64 audio and video tracks
      TrakAxPC - www.trakax.com/software/pc/
      VideoSpin - http://videospin.com/ - just 1 video track so you may as well use WMM
      VideoPad - the free version - http://www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/
      Lightworks - http://www.lightworksbeta.com/ - I like this one - unlimited tracks ?
      Serif MoviePlus - http://serif.com/free-video-editing-software/ - unlimited tracks ?
      Ezvid - ezvid.com/ - 32 video and audio tracks

      Another is Zwei-Stein. This is a good editor but I found the interface to be absolutely horrible.

      VirtualDub, RAD Video tools, AVITricks and Avidemux are also good tools you should look at. Although not full editors like the others they have some useful features.

      Lightworks and Wax together are a very good video editing system for free.

      All are safe, at least from the sites I've linked to.

      If you want to spend some money then there are reviews of 14 video editors under 0 at http://video-editing-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

      More costly are video editors like Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere. Both of which are very good. Premiere is probably more advanced but harder to learn everything it can do.

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can i get free screen filming software?
    I want to film my computer screen (like a screenshot but in video) and need some software to do it with.

    • ANSWER:
      camstudio or tipcam
      http://camstudio.org/
      http://www.utipu.com/app/download

      if they aren't suitable, try autoscreen recorder free
      http://www.wisdom-soft.com/asr/asr_free.htm

  3. QUESTION:
    How can my husband build a web site to display film scripts he has written?
    He has finished his sixth feature-film script and wants to display all of them on a web site that would allow a viewer to read and download them...He's not worried about theft since they are all registered with the National Screenwriters Guild (West), a common practice. He has registered a domain name and bought a do-it-yourself website kit, but realizes he's way out of his league. He's a "techno-dummy," in his own words.

    • ANSWER:
      I sure hope you mean Writer's Guild of America is who he is registered with, because if not, some wannabe company has your husbands material.

      I would actually tell him he is wasting his money building a site of his own, because there are several others out there that he can post each script, safely and securely, without spending a dime.

      http://www.greenwriter.org

      The above is a brand new site, dedicated to reducing the consumption of paper in Hollywood. Your husband can create a free account and post all of his material. Producers and Agents will have to pay to use the site and view the material, but it will always be free for the screenwriter.

  4. QUESTION:
    I want to create a website on my own documentaries of animals, where to start?
    I have a passion for animals and I am 19. I go around filming wildlife in nature somewhat to what Steve Irwin did and in the past I've raised money to go to certain areas of wildlife need. I am interested in making a website for my pictures, filmings, and my own findings of animals but also in combination with my artistic wifes painting and creations. I would eventually in the future life to become a big activist for wildlife. My main question is once the website is created and updated, how do I go about advertising and gaining an audience; where do I start? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to create a website and then just start adding great content. Thats the best way to gain an audience. It just takes some time. After a few weeks Google and other search engines will start to index your website, so people can find you organically just by searching through Google. You just need to create a website and add a few pages of content for starters and build on that.

      In order to create a website you just need:

      1. A domain name (like something.com)
      2. Web Hosting (the place where your actual website files are hosted)
      3. A way to build your website (either manually if you know HTML and CSS, by paying someone, by using a built in website builder from your web host, or by installing WordPress or similar CMS software).

      Most modern web hosts include all three, so all you need to build a website like www.something.com is to get web hosting.

      I recommend one of these: http://www.webhostingdiscounts.org/

      iPage is currently on 63% sale for just .95/month!

      Their hosting plan includes:
      - Free domain name (.com, .net, .org)
      - Unlimited storage and bandwidth
      - Unlimited email addresses per domain name

      They include a free point & click online site builder, so you can create your website without any programming (easy, just by drag and drop) or you can install WordPress (they include an easy, one click install of WordPress from their control panel), choose a theme that you like, and start adding content.

      They also have a great custom control panel with OneClick installs of all the popular software like WordPress, Joomla, Forums, Chat, Galleries, Online stores and a lot more.

      P.S. They also include free advertising credits (0 for Google AdWords, for Facebook, and for Yahoo/Bing), so you can advertise your website for free.

  5. QUESTION:
    I want to film a World of Warcraft music video. What kind of computer camera should I use?
    I want to make a world of warcraft music video but I don't want people to see my action bar. I also don't want any little symbol coming up either. Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend using fraps. You have to buy it, but there is a free version of it where you can record 30 seconds at a time.

      But, you can always get a bootleg version off a torrent. I did this and it works perfectly.

      http://thepiratebay.org/tor/4050438/Fraps_2.9.4_Registered_-_TheOneX

      Theres the link if you wish to use the torrent for FRAPS. It works perfectly. :) Have fun with your music video.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the easiest, fastest way to learn French that is free?
    I really don't want just a basic 6 day course. I want something good and easy to follow. Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Wanna save a basic course and a couple of dictionaries? ^^ try my approach.

      IMHO, there is no easy way to learn any language if you want to 'get it right'. The main assumption in my approach is that immersion isn't completely impossible just because you aren't in the country whose language you want to study.

      The approach I suggest is free and I'm convinced that it's easier than learning French in a classroom. How fast this will be depends entirely on how serious you are about learning French. I'm sure that you can learn the basics in a matter of weeks if you're really serious and you have a lot of time on your hand.

      You want to forget the grammar rules that you've been taught in your native language, the way you've been taught to pronounce words and avoid looking for words you know (because some may be false friends) if you ever want to become fluent in French. Immersion is essential and you can't travel to the country because it costs money. Finally, you don't want to learn grammar first.

      Here's the way I would do it:

      1) Try to use this site to learn the basic vocabulary and how to pronounce it (NB: remember to learn the gender with the new vocabulary you learn - this will matter later and speed things up):
      http://www.languageguide.org/francais/

      2) then learn the most basic verbs + how they're used and not used and grammar at the same site and with http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/French/Contents
      3) after you've thoroughly completed these sections, you can try to watch/read stories written for babies and young children to avoid complex vocabulary for now: http://www.1001contes.com/
      and http://www.bebe.fr/portail/Contes_et_comptines/

      4) http://www.wordreference.com/ any words you don't understand you look up here. Same thing if you want to learn new vocabulary. This site also conjugates the verbs for you (can't remember the section for that) and has a great forum where you can find more field-specific vocabulary, basic expressions with the word you looked up and ask real people for help. That will come in handy since you don't have a teacher.

      Gradually, you'll move on to more advanced books and films and you'll need this: http://atilf.atilf.fr/tlf.htm
      A French dictionary with French definitions to advance the immersion even more.

      When you get that far, try to see if your local library can get a copy of Le Bled (editor: Hachette) home for you. I can't speak high enough of this course books. Le Bled help you get rid of the mistakes you -shouldn't- be making in next to no time.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some of the best computer screen filming software?
    Im looking for some software that will film my screen and record my voice. The software needs to be good quality, and i would prefer HD. I want the videos to be smooth. Ive tired some free software that was pretty laggy and choppy in the play back. The main use of this software will be making gaming videos. if you know of any free software that fits this that would be great, but i dont think there is so ones that cost money are great too.

    • ANSWER:
      There are some very good free ones...

      BB FlashBack Express - http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/BBFlashBack_FreePlayer.aspx - good screen video capture program. Captures to AVI and SWF formats. The problem with this one is it puts a halo around the screen cursor which cannot be removed.

      Expression Encoder - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5c3c5f97-678c-4c99-a7fc-f84f320c626f - An advanced audio/video-encoding and live-broadcasting application. A huge program but the video capture is great. Captures to WMV format. The free version is good enough for most things but can only record 10 minutes at a time. The full program is 0 but it really is a good program.

      Screen to Video - http://www.koyotesoft.com/indexEn.html - great screen video capture program. Can capture screens to AVI, SWF, FLA and WMV formats. My favorite free recorder.

      Wink - http://www.debugmode.com/wink/ - A tutorial and presentation creation software. The screen capture is great. Captures to SWF format.

      The most common free one is CamStudio - http://camstudio.org/ - but I stopped using it some time ago after I found it could not capture subtle gradients and even changed some screen colors. It was was seaching for a replacement for that that I chose the previous 4 as good replacements.

      Camtasia - http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/ - is just great. The reason being it can handle all sorts of screen recording - especially from commercial video which some other programs have problems with. This is not a free program (0).

      Fraps and Bandicam are OK, but use a lot of resources but both are less than .

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there a program that can film what you are doing on your screen?
    Ok so i want to be able to film what I am doing on my screen and I found this program http://camstudio.org/ but It doesn't work on my macbook.
    I want a free program so I can film my screen.
    Does anyone know of another program that may do so?

    • ANSWER:
      There's a great screen recording program called Screenjelly (www.screenjelly.com) that lets you record a video of your screen from a browser window and then share it with your friends through Facebook or other social networking sites.

      Oh, it's also free :)

  9. QUESTION:
    I want to start directing and producing my own porn films.How do I start?
    I dont want to star in them.Just direct.
    How do I go about finding professional people to take part?
    And how do I promote them to distribution companies?

    • ANSWER:
      you'll need to be able to VERIFY you're actors are 18+

      you'll need some good contracts: contact a competent lawyer

      video camera capable of HD

      there is an Adobe product that'll let you record directly to laptop or network attached storage

      consider also

      http://SilverRingThing.com

      http://PureLoveClub.com

      and

      http://porn-free.org/

  10. QUESTION:
    Does any one have tips for someone who wants to be an actress?
    I want to be an actress.
    I am turning 16.
    I love acting and nothing anybody says
    will change that. Thanks everybody!

    • ANSWER:
      Where are you? My advice is to start with training. Get into some good classes that include improv, scene study and on camera work. Also get involved in theatre. To build a resume start off with student films, grad films, indies, etc. Whatever you can do to get material for a reel.

      Once you've gotten some decent credits and you want to find a legitimate agent to represent you for commercials, TV & film go to Sag.org. Use the dropdown menu on the right labeled 'resources' and choose 'agent information'. On the next screen, on the left choose 'Find a SAG franchised agent' and follow the directions. You can look up agents all over the US, but there are higher concentrations where the work is (Los Angeles, NY, IL, FL, GA etc.)

      Then you can send them your headshot, resume, and a cover letter stating that you are seeking representation and wait to see if they call you in for an interview.

      Once you have an agent, they will get you the auditions, but until then you can check out actorsaccess.com. You can also see if your state has a film alliance. Sometimes they post audition information for projects filming locally. For theatre, you can go to backstage.com or http://www.actorsequity.org/castingcall/... If you find the audition on the Equity site, you still may be able to go, as long as their not taking appointments from equity actor's only :-) On backstage.com you have to pay to get all of the info, but the initial search is free and you may be able to see enough info to find out the rest on your own without paying. Backstage and actoraccess are great for finding all kinds of auditions without an agent, but it really depends on your location. If you don't live in a major filming are, your state film websites may be your best bet until you can relocate.

      Remember that legitimate agents take 10% of your pay AFTER they help you get a job, not a cent before.

      good luck

  11. QUESTION:
    What free software can I use to record something on my screen with sound?
    So I want to record a few things on my laptop (Macbook) and I want to record the sound (not the microphone) as well on the computer but I haven't found a software that does that yet. I want something that can film average quality with sound. Preferably a free software or something that you can do a trial period with. Answers appreciated.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Fraps
      http://www.fraps.com/
      Camstudio
      http://camstudio.org/

      These are my favorites :)

  12. QUESTION:
    I want to be a movie extra in chicago, how is this possible?
    I have been looking up information on wanting to be an extra and I just can't seem to find the right information. I live in Chicago and I am looking for work out here. Acting is a passion of mine and I just want to take the first step in being an extra in a movie. Could someone please help me?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Film/Events/
      http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Film/BreakingIntoTheBusiness/
      http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalEntityHomeAction.do?entityName=Film+Office&entityNameEnumValue=15

      You can also set up an account on actorsaccess.com It's free to see what's available and .00 to submit if you're right for anything. You need to upload a headshot and a resume so please have your parents help you so you do not put too much personal info. The phone number should be their cell phone number and they should know what to do if a casting director calls them for an audition with you.

      There's also extrasaccess.com if all you want is background work but honestly most of what comes up on actorsaccess is small time anyway. Decent resume builders.

      You should also try backstage.com Do a casting search and see if they have anything for you. If you want all the info you have to pay to subscribe so I'd just do the free search and see if it's worth it. You may be able to see enough to search the net for the rest especially with theatre auditions. Just find the theatre's own site. Theatre is a great way to build your resume.

      In regards to the atmosphere of Chicago link, I'm sorry but something about it doesn't look right to me. They may be legit, but they do not have a real address, their email is a free account from gmail... nothing looks real solid. I'd be very careful there. Maybe ask the film commission in your state if they've ever dealt with them?

      Good luck,
      Marianne

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you unload film from an Olympus OM-1 35 mm film camera?
    I know how to load it but not unload. The last time i tried i ripped the film out of the cartridge.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Nicole, if you ripped the film out of the cartridge, both you and possibly the camera are at fault. The camera's advance should lock up at a certain tension at the end of the roll, not allowing you to rip the film. If this is not working, the camera needs to be sent to a repair shop for a Clean Lube and Adjust. And be sure to tell them about this problem. KEH.com will do this for around 0.

      The way you are at fault is for forcing the camera. When I was growing up, my dad always told me not to force things when they aren't working (turns out that's good advice for life in general, not just technical things!) When you felt that much tension on the advance lever, you should have not forced it, looked at your frame counter and see, oh, I'm out of film!

      So two lessons there.

      Next lessons can be taught in the manual for the camera:

      http://www.butkus.org/chinon/olympus/olympus_om-1/olympus_om-1.htm

      and a basic 35mm photography guide:

      http://www.amazon.com/Basic-35mm-Photo-Guide-Photographers/dp/1584280301

      Without having read both of these manuals, you're going to have far too many questions as you continue shooting for all of us to answer here! So educate yourself, and then ask detailed questions if you still have some. And feel free to email me any tyme, with anything film related at JohnnyMartyr@Hotmail.com

      Anyway, to unload:

      1--rotate the rewind knob on the top front of the camera
      2--open the rewind crank on the rewind knob
      3--rotate the rewind crank in the direction of the arrow on the inside of the rewind crank, you may want to hold the rewind button down, sometymes they will release before you finish rewinding
      4--wait until you hear/feel the film get sucked all the way into the canister and then pull up on the rewind knob to open the door
      5--remove the film

      If you ever rip your film while rewinding, it's a good idea to have a film changing bag on hand. I carry a very small one in my camera bag and have a nice, large one at home for processing. If something goes wrong such as I rip my film as you did, I can remove the film and load it into an empty, reusable 35mm cartridge (another thing you should keep on hand.) Then the film could be taken to a professional lab and processed normally without much harm (besides the ripped frames!)

      Good luck! Take care of that OM-1 and learn to use it well!

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you film computer game play without a camera?
    I have a Windows XP and I'm trying to film some Need for Speed game play. I don't want to use a camera, and I don't wanna pay for any software although free software would be fine. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I used both of those above files and they are decent screen recorders. I use Camstudio's camera.
      http://camstudio.org/ I know Hypercam has an annoying thing in the corner if you use it. If you pay the thing goes away, but Camstudio is free with no marks.

  15. QUESTION:
    what is a good website to join where I can start looking for acting auditions?
    I want to join a website, or anything that will let me know about any acting auditions. I want to become an actress and I really want auditions.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are THE ONLY LEGIT online sites that you can get work from:

      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      In LA:
      -Actorsaccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -NowCasting.com
      -Backstage.com (they have a weekly newspaper that you can get at stores that lists castings)

      In NY:
      -Actorsaccess.com
      -NYCASTING.COM
      -NYCASTINGS.COM
      -Backstage.com (they have a weekly newspaper that you can get at stores that lists castings)

      Other markets:
      -ActorsAccess.com
      -Backstage

      Free but proceed with Caution:
      -Craigslist
      -Mandy.com
      -Castingcallsearch.com

      Know that you're ONLY going to see at most 30% of the work out there. ONLY agents have access to the serious jobs or the other 70%.

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won't see you unless you're SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you're interested in

      DON'T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT'S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent's ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      Sample Resume:

      http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/ELDORADO59/scan0002.jpg

      Avoiding BAD Headshots:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/110106342

  16. QUESTION:
    How to make a short film using drawing programs?
    I have to do a 5 minute presentation for my masters degree on the application of Environmental ethics on sharks and I've decided I'd like to do it via film. I don't want to use a camera and film or anything, I just want to make a very simple stick figure/playdo/interactive slide show like film with my narration over the top. Basically I want to make a cartoon. What free programs are available that allow me to do this?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many ways that you can animate with many softwares but some may require knowledge in how to use them correctly. I suggest getting a trial version of Adobe Flash as this will have the most functionality and the most help available to you. The software is used by professionals so if used correctly you can certainly impress for your masters, it will also allow you to overlay sound.

      Pencil Animate have a very simple software that could also be used for making a simple stick man animation

      http://www.pencil-animation.org/

      Good Luck

  17. QUESTION:
    What are good programs for making videos?
    I want to make some fan videos of this book that I like so I need some good programs. I am planning to make one with pictures (maybe clip art). So can someone recommend some good programs. P.S tell me if you need more info.

    • ANSWER:
      Any video editor should be able to do this. Just import the images then drag them down to the timeline. You can adjust how long they stay on the screen for by dragging them along the timeline.

      Also good for what you want to do is Photo Story - http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=11132 - which was designed for using images.

      Do you remember a film called Soylent Green? The opening credits by Chuck Braverman are great, the beginning photos shown are on screen for only 3 or 4 seconds, some are on for only around a second or two. I think this one of the best uses of this type of slideshow ever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlVczvB4FQk

      Free Video Editors

      Windows Movie Maker is better than most people give it credit. Version 2.6 was probably the best, or at least the most configurable and you can get it here - http://www.brothersoft.com/downloads/windows-movie-maker.html

      For a comparison of the different versions see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Movie_Maker

      Take a look at some of the tutorials at http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Tutorials/

      If you don't want to use WMM then you've still got quite a choice...

      Wax - http://www.debugmode.com/wax/ - this is also a compositor - a bit like Adobe's After Effects
      Zwei-Stein - it's good but their interface is simply awful
      TrakAxPC - http://www.trakax.com/software/pc/
      VideoSpin - http://www.videospin.com/
      VideoPad - the free version - http://www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/
      Lightworks - http://www.lightworksbeta.com/ - I like this one

      VirtualDub, RAD Video tools, AVITricks and Avidemux are also good tools you should look at. Although not full editors like the others they have some useful features.

      Lightworks and Wax together are a good video editing system for free.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best kid Talent Agency for Nickeoldeon and disney channel auditions?
    I want to get my little cousin represented by an agency to audition for kid shows. There are so many scamming companies, anyone know of a legitimate one?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the best youth agencies in LA:
      -Abrams
      -CESD
      -Daniel Hoff
      -Coast to Coast
      -Osbrink
      -AEF
      -Savage

      Since your cousin is young, MAKE SURE HIS PARENTS ARE INVOLVED AND SHOW THEM THIS ANSWER.

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=If you're on a budget

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      *Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      *A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      -8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:
      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tp…

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:
      http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/…

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;…

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I film my computer screen?
    I want to know how to film my computer screen, is there a free program i can use or something?

    • ANSWER:
      The best - Camtasia - http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/ - The reason being it can handle all sorts of screen recording - especially from commercial video which some other programs have problems with. This is not a free program (0).

      Fraps is supposed to be a good program, but I've never used it but it is only .

      But there are some very good free ones...

      BB FlashBack Express - http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/BBFlashBack_FreePlayer.aspx - good screen video capture program. Captures to AVI and SWF formats. The problem with this one is it puts a halo around the screen cursor which cannot be removed.

      Expression Encoder - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5c3c5f97-678c-4c99-a7fc-f84f320c626f - An advanced audio/video-encoding and live-broadcasting application. A huge program but the video capture is great. Captures to WMV format. The free version is good enough for most things.

      Screen to Video - http://www.koyotesoft.com/indexEn.html - great screen video capture program. Can capture screens to AVI, SWF, FLA and WMV formats. My favorite free recorder.

      Wink - http://www.debugmode.com/wink/ - A tutorial and presentation creation software. The screen capture is great. Captures to SWF format.

      The most common free one is CamStudio - http://camstudio.org/ - but I stopped using it some time ago after I found it could not capture subtle gradients. It was whilst looking for a replacement for CamStudio that I tried over 20 of these screen recorders and came up with the four best free ones.

  20. QUESTION:
    What types of experience should one have if they want to be an extra?
    I was interested in possible work as an extra and wanted to know if an Acting class is essential or helpful. Is some type of training necessary or...

    • ANSWER:
      All you need is time and at least some common sense. Don't look at the camera, don't hassle the actors, and don't touch craft service unless invited. :-)

      If you're in Los Angeles, check out these sites:

      http://www.centralcasting.org/LA/actors/registration.html
      http://billdancecasting.com/
      http://extrasaccess.com/
      Central and Bill Dance charge a fee to join and yes that is normal for companies that hire extras. They are not 'agents' they are companies that do a service and that's that. ExtrasAccess is new to me. It's an offshoot of ActorsAccess which is more for people looking for principal work and even though I've never used it, I trust it because of the people it comes from. Getting started is free, I'm sure there's a fee along the way somewhere, but I've never used it so I don't know where that comes in.

      Central also does NY extras casting. For other parts of the country, you can see if your state has a film alliance / commission / society or whatever your state calls theirs (some have more than one). Sometimes they post audition information for projects filming locally. Just do a web search for your state and the word film and see what comes up.

      good luck

  21. QUESTION:
    how much should I sell my n65 film camera for?
    Its a film camera with a samsonite bag, a good lense and manual, that has been used only about five times and is in good condition.
    Im putting it up on ebay. should i put it up for only three days or seven. i dont think people even see it until about the second day because it shows the cameras with the time ending soonest first.
    Iooked on ebay already and i saw prices ranging from 2 to like so i dont know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      Checking my local Craigslist, I found an N65 with a Quantaray 75-300mm zoom for . Checking the SF Bay area Craigslist, I find them listed from to 0.
      http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=N65

      Unless you really want to risk getting stuck with a low reserve price and enjoy paying fees, I'd suggest using your local Craigslist for free ads. As for price, you might post some ads at the local high school or community college where they have photography classes.

      The N65 is a nice little film camera and is a good value. I still have mine. :)

  22. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me find a local film project I can participate in during the summer?
    I used to be part of a student film project one year ago and it went very well for me. It was a great opportunity and in Portland. But now its over and I want to do another project like that over the summer. I've been searching the internet and I can't find any locally that I can afford to be in because they charge fees. I want to be in a project that I can do during the summer and is located in Portland, Oregon. Any kind of help would be appreciated greatly.

    • ANSWER:
      you can volunteer at a few of the film production companies, tell them you want to be a PA (production assistant) or whatever else you can do to help out. I know Portland has some good companies, check food chain films, picture this productions, limbo films, OMPA guide book will give you a list of all the registered production companies here is the link to the companies http://www.ompa.org/directory/OMPD_search.php
      then just a matter of getting your foot in the door. Wont cost you anything, most likely you will work for free on one or two shoots, then average PA rate is around 150-200 day after that.
      Good Luck!!

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the occupy wall street movement looking for concretely?
    Basically what is their goal? No not some nebulous get wall street out of Washington motto. What do they want to see passed? What does the group (or group's organizers) want changed? What laws do they want repealed/reenacted, what concrete things do they want done to fix the economy, do they want a violent change in government believing democratic methods to have failed?

    Or is the movement more an expression of mass frustration more than a group with concrete ideas to fix their frustrations?

    If you say both please list their concrete ideas, or a site where I can find their concrete ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      * CLEAR LIST OF DEMANDS FOR CONGRESS when we engage in direct action at the Capitol complex (feel free to add or edit) *

      INVESTIGATE, ARREST AND TRY THE WALL STREET CRIMINALS who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis in the following notable cases: (insert list of the most clear cut criminal actions). There is a pretty broad consensus that there is a clear group of people who got away with millions / billions illegally and haven't been brought to justice. Boy would this be long overdue and cathartic for millions of Americans. It would also be a shot across the bow for the financial industry. If you watch the solidly researched and awared winning documentary film "Inside Job" that was narrated by Matt Damon (pretty brave Matt!) and do other research, it wouldn't take long to develop the list.

      CONGRESS ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY BY REVERSING THE EFFECTS OF THE CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION which essentially said corporations can spend as much as they want on elections and no disclosure is required about who's giving to who. Corporations should be highly limited in ability to contribute to political campaigns no matter what the election and no matter what the form of media. The Supreme Court decision is really weird. Read it when you have a chance. The justices who argued for unlimited corporate contributions without disclosure thought that wouldn't have an adverse effect on democracy and wouldn't undermine the citizen's view of legitimacy of elections. I'm not sure there's a word for that it's so strange.

      ACTION ON GLASS-STEAGALL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act --- Wiki entry summary: The repeal of provisions of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act effectively removed the separation that previously existed between investment banking which issued securities and commercial banks which accepted deposits. The deregulation also removed conflict of interest prohibitions between investment bankers serving as officers of commercial banks. Most economists believe this repeal directly contributed to the severity of the Financial crisis of 2007–2011 by allowing Wall Street investment banking firms to gamble with their depositors' money that was held in commercial banks owned or created by the investment firms.

      CONGRESS PASS THE BUFFETT RULE ON FAIR TAXATION SO THE RICH AND CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE & CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOP HOLES INCLUDING PROHIBITION ON HIDING FUNDS OFF SHORE. Pass the Buffet Rule on fair taxation so the rich pay their fair share. (If you really had a good negotiating position and had the place surrounded, you could actually dial up taxes on millionaires, billionaires and corporations even higher. But this would require direct non-violent blockades / action in New York and DC to get the broad public support necessary).

      CONGRESS COMPLETELY REVAMP THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION AND STAFF IT AT HIGHEST AND LOWEST LEVELS WITH PROFESSIONALS WHO GET THE JOB DONE PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF THE MARKET THEREBY PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND INVESTORS. Also, this agency needs a large staff and needs to be well-funded.

      RE-ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES IN THE U.S. SO THAT POLITICAL CANDIDATES ARE GIVEN EQUAL TIME FOR FREE AT REASONABLE INTERVALS IN DAILY PROGRAMMING DURING CAMPAIGN SEASON. The same should extend to other media.

      CONGRESS ENACT SPECIFIC LAWS THAT EFFECTIVELY BUILD A WALL BETWEEN THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY AND THE U.S. MILITARY. If we're going after corruption and also trying to reduce all the unnecessary wars that are costly in so many ways (most importantly costly in terms of human life on both sides), then this is the GRANDDADDY OF ALL REFORMS. Any of you who have seen the award winning widely popular documentary "Why We Fight" will realize the HUGE impact of this.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best editing and color grading and enhancing software for dslr video on pc?
    Im trying to get the "film" look and want to know how I can do that on pc like magic bullet or Sony Vegas and how much does it all cost, everything I need

    • ANSWER:
      I'd like to recommend HD video editor to you, I always use it to edit video and make funny video for uploading to Youtube, it's easy to use and the quality is awesome, you can crop, cut, join, edit video with it easily. It also embeds many special effects, you can even add text to video or add background music, that's pretty cool. It worth a try. Here is the free download link.
      http://www.avs-video-editor.org/
      And here is a step by step guide about how to use it
      http://www.avs4you.com/Guides/How-to-start-working-with-Video-Editor.aspx?sct=aff&ct=regnow&cid=175028
      Hope it helps. Contact me if you have any other question.

  25. QUESTION:
    What's the best website to watch free films off and what's the best place to get free music off?
    Pirate bay has been blocked, do what's a really good version like that? (for music)

    And I really want to watch some films, such as scary films and also films like Up

    • ANSWER:
      Fill this form out bro, and I will send you a link to dl whatever you want.

      http://www.mpaa.org/contentprotection/report-piracy

  26. QUESTION:
    How Do I find out about Free Events in NYC Before they happen?
    I'm always finding out about cool stuff in NYC that are either free or low cost after they happen. I get Time Out Magazine and that helps a little, but is there something better? I especially am interested in things that are going on in Times Square or movie filming's or anyplace to spot a celebrity.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some of the best website suggestions for general NYC events. I'm not sure about the movie filmings. Also, celebrities, unless performing, normally don't want to advertise where they are. However, you can read the NY Post each day to find out which celebrities were recently spotted in NYC.

      http://www.murphguide.com

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nycdivebars/

      http://newyork.craigslist.org/cal/

      http://www.thelmagazine.com/

      http://www.nycgovparks.org/

      http://www.rivertorivernyc.com/

      http://www.bryantpark.org/calendar/film-festival.php

      http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/index.asp

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I become a Disney Channel actor?
    So I want to know how i can audition for an actual tv show on Disney Channel. I live for acting! And I want the real thing to. I don't want the fake auditions. THX!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      You NEED an agent to get auditions for Disney Channel. Sites and people promising Disney Channel Auditions are SCAMS!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

  28. QUESTION:
    How do you get into the acting/modeling business?
    I really want to start acting/modeling (even though I'm short) but I don't want to run into any scam talent agencies. I just came from a scout agency, but I guess I didn't have the personality that they were looking for...So what should you do if you REALLY want to get into the industry?

    • ANSWER:
      For modeling, if your a child your height may not matter so much but once you're a teen you have to be 5' 8" minimum and really that's on the low end. Try these more more info:
      http://www.fordmodels.com/main.cfm - click on ‘global scouting’
      http://www.elitemodel.com/flash.html - click on ‘be discovered’

      For acting it's different. You need training. Get into classes and get involved in local theatre and then student and independent films. Once you have some background to put on your resume you can try to get an agent.

      If you want to find a legitimate agent to represent you for commercials, TV & film go to Sag.org. Use the dropdown menu on the right labeled 'resources' and choose 'agent information'. On the next screen, on the left choose 'Find a SAG franchised agent' and follow the directions. You can look up agents all over the US, but there are higher concentrations where the work is (Los Angeles, NY, IL, FL, GA etc.)

      Then you can send them your headshot, resume, and a cover letter stating that you are seeking representation and wait to see if they call you in for an interview.

      Once you have an agent, they will get you the auditions, but until then you can check out actorsaccess.com. You can also see if your state has a film alliance. Sometimes they post audition information for projects filming locally. For theatre, you can go to backstage.com or www.actorsequity.org (click on casting call) If you find the audition on the Equity site, you still may be able to go, as long as their not taking appointments from equity actor's only :-) On backstage.com you have to pay to get all of the info, but the initial search is free and you may be able to see enough info to find out the rest on your own without paying.

      good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    what are the best websites to download free films?
    i want some new films to watch, i'd prefer to download them instead of watching them online. & i don't really want to become a member of anything?

    any sites youve heard about/used would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      OK! I know the answer. U can also download blu-ray movies. Ok. first of all, download a torrent software thingy. For example VUZE or Utorrent. There both good. Then, after u install it, go to either:
      www.thepiratebay.org
      www.isohunt.com
      www.mininova.com

      and seach in the box for what movies u want (u can even download software or games etc. u can download ANYTHING and u can get ANY movie). Then download the torrent file which then opens up on ur torrent software. Then it starts downloading and ur download will automatically go to the Downloads folder:)

      P.S! Dont forget to check the comments on the torrent to see if theres any viruses! If it dont say it just download it:D

  30. QUESTION:
    How can i unlock Nintendo wii - Is Homebrew installer works?
    I want watch films and play backup games with my wii.I have heard that i can unlock with Homebrew installer software.

    • ANSWER:
      remember now kids, if you paid for anything, you got scammed and should demand your money back immediately.

      http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Homebrew_Channel

      Its all free and there is no need to buy any addition crap other than an SD card. Just do a quick youtube search with something like Wii Hombrew Install if you need a video tutorial

      also check out We Hack Wii

      http://wehackwii.pbworks.com/
      http://www.wehackwii.com/

  31. QUESTION:
    How do i become an actor at a young age?
    Im 13 years old , and i live in ohio. I want to become an actor because i see all these big movies , and the actors who make good money , get to experience something new everyday in their job , and have fun with it . acting just seems so neat and i want to do it . so i've set my mind to becoming an actor. i have no experience at all, so i needs some tips to get me started ?

    • ANSWER:
      Since you're 13, MAKE SURE YOUR PARENTS ARE INVOLVED AND SHOW THEM THIS ANSWER

      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

  32. QUESTION:
    How to hold an open casting call?
    I need some actors for a short film my friends and I are shooting during the summer. We've already gotten some of our friends cast but we need more people.How do I put the word out that we're holding an open casting call? What info do I put? Where can I put it up? How do I audition people?
    Sorry, I live in the US.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the steps on hosting an Open Call.

      1) Create a list of breakdowns (description of characters that you are still looking for).

      Here is an example:

      "DETECTIVE TOM" - Any Ethnicity. Male. 40-50. Not balding. Dark Hair. Not skinny, not too heavy. He is an obsessive, nerdy, borderline-autistic who had his lunch money stolen as a child and is now taking it out on the bank robbers.

      2) Depends on where you want to host the Open Audition. If you have access to an empty studio, a class room at school, that would be ideal. Otherwise, you can yahoo-search any Dance/Acting studios that's local to the area for rental. Determine the Date(s) and Time that you want to do the Open Audition.

      3) Creating an Open Casting Call Note. On your note, you should include a brief description of your project, the story line, compensation, production dates and production location, and open call date, time, and location. Then after that, you should list the character breakdowns that you are looking for.

      Here is an example:

      Open Casting Call for Short Film “Thanks Mom”

      "Thanks Mom" it is a film that tells the tale of two young filmmakers who make it through all the obstacles of producing an independent film only to face their greatest challenge yet: their mother.

      Filming Duration: July 9 thru July 13
      Filming Location:Chicago, IL
      Compensation: No Pay, but will provide Meal, Credit, and a Copy of the final film.
      Open Audition Date: June 19 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
      Open Audition Location: Champion Dance Studio, 12345 Yahoo Street, 5th Floor, Room 1280, Chicagoo, IL.
      What to Bring:
      Prepare to read sides. Sides will be provided at the location. (if any of these characters have lines, then you can extract those lines from the script onto a seperate piece of paper. These are call 'sides.' Give the actors at least 5 minutes to look them over, and then call them in to perform those lines) If you don't have any sides, you can simple ask the Actor to prepare a 1-2 min. monologue.
      Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume.

      Character Breakdowns:

      "DETECTIVE TOM" Any Ethnicity. Male. 40-50. Skinny. Dark Hair. He is an obsessive, nerdy, borderline-autistic who had his lunch money stolen as a child and is now taking it out on the bank robbers.

      "SUSAN" Caucasian. 20-25. An eccentric young mother who is a bit too overbearing, but loving and caring to her core. Good comic ability a plus.

      4) Depends on where you are located, you can post an Open Casting Call notice online. Mandy.Com and Craigslist.Org are two most popular internet resource for free postings. I would also recommend you to include an email address that you feel comfortable with exposing to the public on your notice. Just incase if any of the actors have questions. They can also email you their headshot and resume, so you will get an idea WHO and how many people are actually coming to the Open Audition.

      5 - A) Setting up the Audition. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the Open Call time. Outside of the room, prepare a 'sign-in' sheet (Name, Name of Role, Telephone Number, and Email Address) - so when the actors arrive, they can sign in. (You will call them into the room to audition in the order of arrival) You can also leave your sides outside, the actors can study them.

      5 - B) Inside of the audition room, like American Idol, the 'judges' should be sitting behind a table. It's ideal that you have 2 - 3 people hosting the casting session. If you are using Sides for the audition, make sure you assign someone in your room to be the 'reader' (the reader will read lines of other characters than the auditioning actor)
      The director should focus on the Actor's performance. (Have a pen and note pad ready to take notes) The coordinator can Film the audition, monitor the session (making sure everything is on time and on schedule), calling people into the room, sending people out of the room after they are done.

      5 - C) After an Actor comes into the Room, here is a typical list of things that will take place.

      a. Director ask the Actor if he/she has any questions about the Sides/Characters.
      b. The Reader will start reading with the Actor. The Coordinator films the process (Optional)
      c. If needed the Director can give adjustments on the Actor's performance. (Example: "That's a good read. Let's try it again, 'Susan' is actually very sad in this scene, because her husband left her for another woman....")
      d. The Director/Coordinator explains the production schedule, location details, and see if there are going to be any schedule conflicts. At the same time, answer any production-related questions that the Actor may have.
      e. Tell the Actor by what day the casting decision will be made. Either the actor will be informed by phone, or by email. (Example: "We will be making the decision by Friday via Email. Thank you for coming.")
      f. The Coordinator walks the Actor out, and call the next Actor into the room.

      5 - D) Bring an envelope to collect Actors' headshot & resumes. (Keep them in file, incase you are planning to cast for any future projects) And make sure that the Actor's contact information are indicated on their resume. If they don't have a resume, make sure their Phone Number and Email address is clearly written on the back of their picture. The purpose of the taping of the audition, is that later, the Director and everyone else who's involved in the production can review their audition, and then make their choices on who to offer the role. If you are not planning to film the audition, make sure the Director take REALLY GOOD notes on each actor's performance. So after you seening 60 people's audition, you can still remember who gave a better audition.

      7) Upon offering the part to the selected actor. You need to provide the full script, wardrobe options, and the day & time for rehearsals or production meeting.

      Final Note: Always be friendly and open minded. You want the actors to do their best at the audition.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are some good websites and agencies that could help me start a acting career?
    And I don't want any that scam you or take your money I just want to know how to get discovered Safely

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

  34. QUESTION:
    How can a middle class kid afford agents,and plane tickets to become an aspiring disney channel actor?
    I am a 13 year old girl trying to be an aspiring Disney actress!I have done a commercial before for a friend and have been in school plays.I play the saxaphone and play many sports.I have experince acting out skits in front of crowds.My philosophy is that if all else goes wrong laugh it off!I just want to make people laugh!I have good commitment skills and will give 110%.I would really love to try and be on Disney.I feel that Disney is about having fun and that if you believe and try try again your dreams can come true!That would be my dream come true if I were on Disney!Please help a sister out!

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you should know is that legitimate agents do NOT charge money! They get a commission of 10% for work they help you get. If anyone ever approches you and claims to be an agent and charges a fee then they are running a scam and you should run away from them as fast as you can.

      Another thing you should know is that actors do not choose the company they work for. They are actors and they first study their craft, then get roles in local theatre productions, then generally do some student and indie films to build a resume, then they get an agent if any agents will take them. Once you get an agent, they send you out on auditions for roles that you breakdown for, not roles on shows that you want to be on. This is just the way it is. You may certainly tell an agent that your dream is to be on a Disney project, but if Disney never puts out a breakdown for a role that fits your description then you will not be able to audition for them.

      Every once in a while they have gameshow type things where you can submit yourself online for that, but you need to be certain that your parents are ok with you doing that. You also need to know that it's likely that hundreds of thousands of other kids will also be submitting entries so the odds are not great. However, someone has to be chosen, so why not you? Just have your parents help you with your submission and make absolutely certain that you follow al the rules for entering.

      Look for someone on here who's online identity is "OnCamera". He has a blog somewhere with some Disney casting info. These opportunities are very rare I imagine because Disney gets inundated with submissions, but when they pop up that may be your only chance unless or until your family moves to Los Angeles.

      In my personal opinion, the right way to go about having an acting career is to make absolutely certain that this is what you want because it's a hard life. You have to be able to take a lot of rejection and not take it personally. You also have to widen your horizons because no agent in their right mind will take someone who only wants to work for Disney. You need to make sure your parents are behind you 1000% because you can't do anything without them.

      Get into acting classes. You can't do anything until you know what you're doing. Disney kids are triple threats so don't forget the dance classes and voice lessons too. Start auditioning at local theatres and once you've gotten a few roles start thinking about trying for student & indie films. Try these sites: www.backstage.com (casting search) and www.actorsaccess.com - set up a free account and look at the breakdowns for your area. You can also see if your state has a film alliance / commission / society or whatever your state calls theirs (some have more than one). Sometimes they post audition information for projects filming locally. They may also have info on where you can take classes so check out these sites thoroughly!

      Once you have training and a good resume of roles then you can look for an agent. Go to Sag.org. Use the dropdown menu on the right labeled 'resources' and choose 'agent information'. On the next screen, on the left choose 'Find a SAG franchised agent' and follow the directions. You can look up agents all over the US, but there are higher concentrations where the work is (Los Angeles, NY, IL, FL, GA etc.). Another great resource is Ross Reports especially because they update their info so often but not all of the agents they list are SAG and you have to pay for the list. That doesn’t mean they’re not legit, but that’s why I always tell people to start with the SAG list. It’s free and those agents have signed an agreement to put the actor first! www.rossreports.com If you subscribe to backstage.com you can get a combo subscription which can come in handy but can also get quite expensive.

      Then you can send the agencies your headshot, resume, and a cover letter stating that you are seeking representation and wait to see if they call you in for an interview. You never call the agencies directly. That is a big no-no! At least it is in LA. Please remember that reputable agents take exactly 10% of your pay AFTER they help you get a job. Not one cent more and not one cent before. Anything else is a scam. This is strictly for talent agents, not modeling agents or talent managers who take different percentages.

      good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    Where should I start if I wanna become famous for acting?
    Im a teen. and im in love with acting and drama but i really want to have my own show or at least star in one. I have been told im very talented. but i would like to take it up a notch. I dont know where to start. I have been looking for auditions but the past few i have went to are scams and just want the money. any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Since you're under 18, MAKE SURE YOUR PARENTS ARE INVOLVED AND SHOW THEM THIS ANSWER!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=If you're on a budget

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      *Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      *A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      -8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:
      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tp…

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:
      http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/…

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;…

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

  36. QUESTION:
    Where should I start if I wanna become famous for acting?
    Im a teen. and im in love with acting and drama but i really want to have my own show or at least star in one. I have been told im very talented. but i would like to take it up a notch. I dont know where to start. I have been looking for auditions but the past few i have went to are scams and just want the money. any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Since you're under 18, MAKE SURE YOUR PARENTS ARE INVOLVED AND SHOW THEM THIS ANSWER!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=If you're on a budget

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      *Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      *A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      -8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:
      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tp…

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:
      http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/…

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;…

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

  37. QUESTION:
    Where should I start if I wanna become famous for acting?
    Im a teen. and im in love with acting and drama but i really want to have my own show or at least star in one. I have been told im very talented. but i would like to take it up a notch. I dont know where to start. I have been looking for auditions but the past few i have went to are scams and just want the money. any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Since you're under 18, MAKE SURE YOUR PARENTS ARE INVOLVED AND SHOW THEM THIS ANSWER!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=If you're on a budget

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      *Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      *A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      -8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:
      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tp…

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:
      http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/…

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;…

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is fun to do for two mature woman on vacation in Chicago?
    We ain't old, just married and want cultural, classy and not to cheesy things to do. Where would you take your favorite Aunt if she came to see ya? Not big shoppers, don't mind a drive.
    YOU GUYS ROCK! Thanks we have so much to choose from for our visit.

    • ANSWER:
      Chicago Botanic Garden: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

      Millennium Park: http://www.millenniumpark.org/

      Chicago Architecture Foundation tours: The boat tour is good and very popular; there's also a free Loop Train tour. http://architecture.org/tours.aspx

      Blue Man Group and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee would be my two picks for theatre, though the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre has a really interesting season planned this year. http://www.blueman.com/ticketinfo/chicago/index.shtml
      http://www.spellingbeethemusical.com/chicago/
      http://www.chicagoshakes.com/

      Steppenwolf Theatre (founded by John Malkovich and Gary Sinise) and Goodman Theatre are both generally reliable. http://www.steppenwolf.org/ & http://goodmantheatre.org/

      Loyola University Museum of Art: http://www.luc.edu/luma/

      Stroll the River North Gallery District: http://www.chicagoartdealers.org/

      The Chicago Reader and Metromix have very comprehensive entertainment listings, from films, to galleries to live music and special events: http://www.chicagoreader.com/ & http://metromix.chicagotribune.com/

      There's nothing classy about Navy Pier. It's pretty much all tacky souvenir shops and overpriced, mediocre food. Unless you want to ride the Ferris Wheel.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can someone please tell me how I can obtain a carbon footprint certificate to offset my pickup truck?
    I do not have a hybrid truck and want to purchase a carbon footprint dispensation certificate. Does anyone know if Al Gore's company sells them? How do you go about buying one and how expensive are they?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't bother, the whole thing is a scam!

      The idea that there is an imminent impending global disaster resulting from human actions is a complete and utter lie, plain and simple. Either Al Gore is an unbelievably stupid man or he’s laughing all the way to the bank at the stupidity of the general public that’s willing to pay money to see his movie. “An Inconvenient Truth” would be more appropriately titled “A Convenient Lie” – convenient for Al Gore anyway who has now produced the third highest grossing documentary of all time – over ,000,000 to date ( million world-wide). That doesn’t include the additional unjust profits earned from book sales and speaking engagements.

      His film would lead you to believe that every single scientist even remotely qualified to study global climate change agrees that disaster is imminent and that humankind is the direct cause. The reality of the situation is quite the opposite – most qualified scientists vehemently disagree with this assertion.

      It is unbelievable how many people believe and treat this complete and utter fallacy as fact. Read blogs, newspaper articles, Internet forums – a startling number of people have bought this lie hook line and sinker.

      I’m sure most would argue that even if the science is flawed, certainly it’s a good idea for us all to take it a little bit easier on the planet and with that I would most certainly agree. However, not only is Al Gore and company all wrong on the cause of global climate change (or perhaps even the very existence of global climate change) but their proposed solution could potentially be harmful to the environment.

      The problem is that Al Gore and others have somehow, absent virtually any credible scientific evidence whatsoever, latched onto the idea that man-made CO2 (carbon dioxide) is the single biggest threat to environment. Credible research actually shows quite the opposite, it may in fact be true that additional carbon dioxide in the environment is beneficial to the Earth’s entire ecosystem stimulating the growth of additional plant and animal life. Carbon dioxide is not a noxious chemical but rather a relatively benign compound that is either used or released through virtually any organic process. Humans and animals breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, plants ingest carbon dioxide and expel oxygen and yes carbon dioxide is a bi-product of burning fossil fuels.

      Regardless of the facts stated above, man-made carbon dioxide is actually not even a significant percentage of the carbon dioxide found within the Earth’s atmosphere.

      I don’t want to reinvent the wheel and I will link to all the material that supports what I’m saying, as if it’s not bad enough that Al Gore is propagating a complete and total lie, his proposed solution to a non-existent problem is potentially harmful to the environment.

      Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t dispute that there aren’t many things humans do that are very detrimental to the Earth’s environment, however there is NO credible scientific data to suggest that excessive release of CO2 into the environment is one of them.

      If you want to help the environment focus on doing something that actually helps the environment rather attempting to solve a problem that may or may not exist by doing something that will not help (and might hurt) the situation.

      Don’t take my word for it, here’s 17,200+ scientists (and counting) that agree there is no element of truth to Gore's film:
      http://www.oism.org/pproject/s33p357.htm...

      Here is the letter sent on behalf of the petition signers requesting that our government not sign the Kyoto treaty to reduce C02 emissions because it will not help anything and in fact may be detrimental to the environment and to developing nations:
      http://www.oism.org/pproject/s33p41.htm...

      Here is supporting peer-reviewed­ research:
      http://www.oism.org/pproject/s33p36.htm...

      Here are a few articles from the Canada Free Press shooting down all the Global Warming hype:
      http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/harr...
      http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/harr...
      http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/harr...

      Don’t be another jackass out there campaigning for a pointless solution to a problem that has little to no hard scientific evidence suggesting it even exists. If you want to be an activist step one is finding a problem that actually exists and step two is finding a solution that is not only realistic but will actually resolve the problem. Al Gore and friends probably failed at step one and certainly failed at step 2.

      Even if reducing CO2 emissions is not detrimental to the environment it is unlikely to do anything beneficial either. Mandating reduction of CO2 emissions will most certainly be harmful economically, especially to developing nations that cannot afford or do not otherwise have access to alternative technologies. How Ironic, Al Gore, liberals and all the other Hollywood idiots riding the global warming bandwagon are usually the same bleeding hearts lecturing us on how we need to help developing nations. Not only that but other dishonest frauds are taking advantage of the general public's belief in this carbon dioxide disaster myth to get rich by selling “carbon-credits.” Check it out. http://www.terrapass.com/.

      Don’t be a sucker – next time some jerkoff celebrity, former politician or other talking head tries to sell you something demand some hard scientific evidence.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the name of the film where a young man travels to a small town intending to commit suicide there?
    I don't remember why he wants to commit suicide other than he thinks his life is rubbish. He rents a room in this small town and plans to commit suicide in it, but decides to look around the town a little first. The townspeople find out he is going to commit suicide, but rather than try stopping him they want him to do it. As a sort of a thanks for choosing to do it in their town and a good-bye to life, each of the townsfolk give him something, like free meals, clothes, etc. He begins to mistake their "generosity" for friendliness, starts enjoying life and contemplates not ending his life after all. The townspeople see this change in him and how he now appears hesitant to go through with his original plan, and they let him know that if he doesn't commit suicide then they will kill him and make it look like suicide.

    I'm pretty certain this was an Indie film, had some know actor as the lead, and was at least 10 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      I think the movie you're referring to is called "Julian Po" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Po

  41. QUESTION:
    What free software is available to film what I am doing on my computer?
    How to I film what I am doing on my computer?
    I want to make a program tutorial, how do I film what I see on the screen? What FREE software can I get?

    • ANSWER:
      Camstudio is what we do all of our tutorials on. We use it, along with its audio function, to publish how-tos of our own systems for new staff.
      We even have our students use it to prepare for exams in computer class. By far the best screen capturing software.
      http://camstudio.org/

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to do a Pro video using a home video camera??
    Because we don't have much money at the office, we need to create a Pro video of our Products and Services using our Home video camera, but we want to do it in the most Professional way possible.

    What shall we do? What suggestions can you give us? Which mistakes we shall not do?

    • ANSWER:
      Use a backdrop so that the background you shoot against is not busy. Use the appropriate plain backdrop for your product (for example if the product is dark, use a light backdrop)

      Write a script for your video so that each step is carefully laid out. This will help to avoid retakes.

      Don't record any live audio, no conversations with the person being filmed, no talking on their part. It will be much easier to record the sound later and dub it in using an editing program.

      Buy an appropriate soundtrack from a website that sells music for just that kind of application. It's called royalty-free and costs around for a 3-5 minute track. You can always loop it if you need it to be longer.

      Have a person with a clear speaking voice record the talking part of the video.

      Take still shots with a digital camera then edit with text, arrows as appropriate and add to your editing. You can use stills from the video but the quality won't be as good.

      Use an editing program that has good transitions (fades from one scene to another. Don't try and get too fancy with those, keep it simple.

      Use text screens against a colored frame (a 720x480 colored graphic .jpg) to accentuate important points. Use an intro graphic and credits graphic with your company's logo on it.

      Here's an example of one I filmed and edited. I did NOT use the right colored backdrop or take stills from a digital camera for this one. I'm learning too.

  43. QUESTION:
    What happend when you smoke marijuana for the first time?
    Just wanna know what happens cuz my friend wants to do it and I keep telling him its gonna harm him. So whats going to happen? What are the side effects and long term effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Hear is a good educational clip on what it will do.

      I know I have to say allot but read it, it will help you.
      This is a short clip from the movie reefer madness, its originally about a hour long and you can find the whole film on google video. Its a marijuana propaganda film made by the USA government obviasly ling to the "FREE AMERICAN PEOPLE" about how they would kill and rape their family if they smoked it and the people believed it just as some believe the propaganda about marijuana today. You seem young. I am glad you are asking and are concerned for your friend. You and your friend should never take any substance with out doing a little bit of research on it. Their is tons of information on the net. Any ways now I will answer your question

      The most harmful effect marijuana can endue is on your lungs. But even then its not really harmful. It does not build up tar like tobacco nor does it cause cancer. It will make it so that he would not be able to run for long distances but he can gain that back. The second most harmful thing is short term memory. If you start to smoke EVERY DAY for a couple months your short term memory will get a little fuzzy but it will come back after you stop smoking. Another thing you should know about is the rumor that it will kill brain cells. Their was a study in 1940 where they made monkeys smoke 100 joints a day for a year threw a gas mask. But the 100 joints is not what killed their brain cells. They wear wearing gas mask and smoke was fed in for 1 hour at a time so they could not get oxygen causing them to kill brain cells. Today your goverment or anti drug organizations will not say that it kills brain cells because that 1940's study has been thrown out the window because new study's show it stimulates brain cell growth.
      http://www.google.com/search?q=conserned&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&source=hp&q=marijuana%20stimulates%20brain%20cell%20growth&pbx=1&oq=marijuana%20stim&aq=1&aqi=g4&aql=1&gs_sm=sc&gs_upl=199627l202960l5l205469l18l13l2l2l2l0l210l1766l5.7.1l16l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=8562193df683b6ce&biw=1254&bih=694&pf=p&pdl=300

      You are young and will soon start to realize that what your teacher and parents tell you is not completely right. Do your own research on marijuana if you really care about your friend. Look at the reasons it was made illegal. Do more then be lazy and ask questions on yahoo answer from SOME ONES OPINION, do some netsurfering and form your own opinion.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I find acting opportunities as a 16 year old girl?
    I'm 16 and living in a small town near Jacksonville, FL. I go to a school of the arts for theatre performance and I participate in community theatre in the area. But if I wanted to pursue career, what are the steps I should take? I know I cannot just jump into hollywood. I need to start somewhere though, where do I find opportunities?

    • ANSWER:
      Since you're 16, MAKE SURE YOUR PARENTS ARE INVOLVED AND SHOW THEM THIS ANSWER.

      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -On the Technique of Acting-Michael Chekhov
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -The Best of You-Craig Wallace
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best freeware you can use to convert downloaded AVI files to a disc?
    I want to convert some films on my computer to dvd's, what is the best way to do that?

    • ANSWER:
      There is the best software called Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter, which converts AVI files to dvd disc easily and quickly~.
      On one hand,it supports avi,mp4,mpeg,3gp,wmv,asf,rm,rmvb,dat,mov,mod,tod,flv and even most HD formats like mkv files,flv(Youtube),m2ts,tp and trp.
      On the other hand,it supports the disc of DVD-r, DVD+r, DVD-rw, DVD+rw, DVD+r dl, DVD-r dl,DVD-ram,DVD–5 and DVD–9.
      What's more,you can customize the video by trimming, cropping and setting background music,button,menu template,slideshow transition effect...(~ o ~)~zZ
      If you wanna learn more info or take a free try, you canvisit the link-> http://www.dvd-creator.org/dvd-creator/index.html#173

  46. QUESTION:
    What should I do to prepare for an important meeting with an important Agency?
    I plan on having a lot of experience before I even head to L.A

    I want to join the Gersh Agency because Ive heard nothing but good words about them.

    Is there anything I should know for the future, that I should be prepared for when meeting an agency as experienced as Gersh

    • ANSWER:
      Just so you know, Gersh does NOT take beginning actors. It's the 5th best agency underneath WME, CAA, ICM, and UTA. You need a resume with a lot of guest star roles in major network tv shows and major film roles AND an industry/celebrity endorsement.

      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -On the Technique of Acting-Michael Chekhov
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -The Best of You-Craig Wallace
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

  47. QUESTION:
    Where can i find the movie Prairie Home Companion online for free?
    I have to write a paper on this movie for my intro to film class but i don't have a blockbuster near by. Does anyone know where i watch this movie online for free?

    • ANSWER:
      gbr459,

      watch-movies.net.

      That is the coolest website you will ever see and you will never be bored again. I live on there.
      No downloading, no spam, no membership.
      All the movies you want...completely free.

      Also:
      www.hulu.com
      www.tv-links.cc
      www.dailymotion.com
      www.flickpeek.com
      www.quicksilverscreen.com
      www.movieforumz.com
      www.episodenetwork.com
      www.showstash.com
      www.ssupload.com
      www.free-tv-video-online.info/internet...
      www.movies.nabolister.com
      www.alluc.org
      www.tubezoom.com
      www.bangvideobang.com
      www.onlinecinema.org
      www.peekvid.com
      www.cinemaspot.com/watchonline/
      www.newshowtime.com/
      www.internetmovies.com

      I hope this answers your question!

      Enjoy!

  48. QUESTION:
    How can I begin acting? Or be a paid extra without going to agencies?
    I have been wanting to act for years. I took drama in middle school and I knew I was ready. But I don't know where to go for help. I have gone to all these places where they just want thousands of dollars for schools and certain academies. I don't want that. I want to become an independent actress. Help? I will vote to the most helpful and best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      Acting business:
      -Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      -How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      -Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      -An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      -Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      -Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      -Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      -8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      -How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      -Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!
      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:
      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tp…

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:
      http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/ELDORADO59/scan0002.jpg

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtPvL4SjI7JFo5ef8t3cNwzty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj&show=7#profile-info-TDkteHfQaa

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:

      ALL OTHER SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com
      -SFCasting.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Craigslist
      -Mandy.com
      -Castingcallsearch.com

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

  49. QUESTION:
    How does genealogy work?
    I go to these websites and put in a name and it comes back with a zillion results and want me to pay money to view them. How do I know which ones are my family. I really want to trace my geneology, but I just can't figure it out at all. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing to understand is that the online records only have dead people in them. It seems obvious, but people keep trying to find themselves and their parents online...but genealogists protect the privacy rights of the living at all costs. So when you start your search, you may have to start with grandparents or even the grandparents of your grandparents. For most people, that means talking to your family, both immediate and distant, to document all the people they know.

      For a beginner, download a program called PAF (Personal Ancestral File) from the Mormon's Family History site. It's a free program and a great way to organize yourself. http://www.familysearch.org

      The site I just gave you is the first place to go to look for information...but it comes with a caveat. It's full of bad information. It's only a place to start. You honestly need to research every last person on those trees and double check the accuracy of every set of parents for every person to make sure you're still on the right tree. People make a lot of leaps in logic when they're researching, and they rarely include their sources. Take it only as a guide if you find information on your family on there...don't believe it's all true or even partially true.

      From there, go to the largest library in your area and check out their genealogy resources. You'll find most US and Canadian library systems subscribe to one of two programs that are very helpful: Ancestry.com or Heritage Quest. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. But the benefit of accessing them through your library is that they pay for the subscription and you get access to the full membership for free. You just need a library card. Many even have portals where you can sign on from home.

      While at the library, you'll also find things like census records on microfilm, local obituaries on the newspaper films, large reference books like "Germans to America" and the "Wurtemberg Emigration Index". You'll find records from your state that will never find their way online, especially histories of local counties and the people who pioneered them.

      Finally, once you're really organized and have a game plan, take a day to visit your state archives and state library. These are the mack daddies of research sites. They have things onsite that you have to pay a lot of money to rent through the LDS. Most of all, they usually have copies of the newspapers from throughout your state, the naturalization records from local courts that predate a national Immigration and Naturalization program, and birth records from throughout the state.

  50. QUESTION:
    How do I find more about my family heritage?
    I want to know more about my heritage. From the websites I've seen I type in my grandpas name and it tells me more about him. I already know about him. What I'm looking for are my ancestors ancestors, like how far my heritage goes back. I want to know their ethnicity/race, time period, names etc. Please make sure it isn't a website that costs money. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      RACE: A group or population of humans categorized on the basis of various sets of heritable characteristics (such as color of skin, eyes, and hair).
      ETHNICITY: a particular ethnic affiliation or group, within a race or in some cases religion.
      HERITAGE: traditions or customs passed from one generation to another. Physical traits that are passed from one generation to another through Genetic programing.

      It appears that what you are really wanting is to trace your family Genealogy, which is the direct study of ancestral lineage within a specific biological family.

      There is no research that is TOTAL:LY FREE!!. Familysearch.org is attached to the largest Genealogical library in the world, however not all of their records are digitized or available on line. However, you can order the films that are available and review them at a Family History center near you. You could also go to a center and use the computers and the subscription sites available there at no cost. Copy are usually 10 cents per page.
      You can access Familysearch,org from home at on cost.
      You will need to maintain where you found the information is is called citing sources and without sources genealogy is considered invalid today.


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