Short Film Texas Dallas

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to find casting calls without an agent?
    I'm a teenage girl living in Dallas, Texas, and I'm definitely not a veteran actor. I have, however, taken a few years of specific classes (period acting, scene study, etc) and have participated in a "Teen Scene" company doing Shakespeare. I can't get an agent, so does anyone have any suggestions as to where I could find any sort of casting calls/acting auditions for short film/student film or stage?

    • ANSWER:
      look in your phone book for community theaters. any college near you that has film programs will have
      students making films. look in the classifieds of your newspaper for ind. film auditions.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any movies which depict success and failure?
    For school, I have to create a short film about a fine line between success and failure. My topic which I'm going to be talking about is that there are varying degrees of success and failure, and that failure brings us one step forward towards success because we learn from it.

    Does anyone know of any movies which depict it in any part of their storyline? We need film exerpts which give examples. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Friday Night Lights (the movie not the crap TV show)
      If you haven't seen it, let me fill you in on how it applies. The Movie is centered on a high school football team in Texas. The entire town is invested in their football team and will accept nothing except a state championship from the team- and they make it very clear to the boys on the team. [skip through the whole movie] at the end, they get to the state championship game, and play the big bad dallas team. The ending is epic, great game so i wont spoil it if you are going to watch. But in the end they show the importance of winning and what really defines success and failure

      In my top 3 favorite sports movies, Hope it helps :)

  3. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of an Old West film location near Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas?
    I am planning a short film shoot for late July or August and need a location as close as possible to Dallas/Ft Worth. I would be needing the buildings, saloons, etc. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      You're looking for Old Fort Dallas in Ferris.

      Pictures:
      http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/26537#910059_vho92

  4. QUESTION:
    Can anyone share their personal experience of attending the Model and Talent Expo in Dallas, TX?
    Am considering sending my daughter, but it's a huge investment of monies for us? Was it a good experience and worth the money if you attended?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know that particular expo but in general they are a huge waste of money for all but the MOST beautiful and talented people there. The problem is, you are with 500 other aspiring models and actors, and the top agents are all going to be interested in the same 10 people who stand out from the masses. The others are only contacted by expensive photo studios trying to sell portfolios, expensive schools wanting you to pay for their classes, or less than reputable agencies with upfront charges and not a strong client list

      You would be much better off taking your daughter to open calls at agencies like The Campbell Agency or Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas where she will be seen one-on-one by an agent and they'll normally tell you on the spot if she has potential or not. They are not just some of the top modeling agencies in Texas but they are also SAG and AFTRA affiliated for acting, meaning they get the casting breakdowns for film and television productions in your area. And open calls are free to attend.

      Unless you are willing to move your family at short notice to another city if an agent from another city is interested in signing your daughter it's not worth going to an expo. Most agents expect you to move within 3-4 weeks or they won't sign you. If you aren't willing to move, then just go to local agencies on your own which won't cost you anything but gas money and parking

  5. QUESTION:
    Can pyrotechnicians recreate explosions for movies?
    I need one explosion (small) for a short film I am trying to shoot and have no idea where to go for that?

    Also do I need to take out special licenses or permits with the city for that?

    I live in Dallas TX

    • ANSWER:
      I think North Texas Pyrotechnic Productions, does special effects and fireworks. They are located in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area. Call them at 214.674.1465 or email them at Info@NorthTexasPyro.com to ask if they can actually help with your needs within a reasonable price range.

      Here is their site and they are licensed -> http://www.northtexaspyro.com/Outdoor_Displays.htm

  6. QUESTION:
    What type of clothes would we need to move to NE TX?
    We might be moving from WI to TX. I don't want to pack a million clothes for the family, so I thought I would just take what we need.

    • ANSWER:
      I live in Garland, which is next door to Dallas. It is 90º degrees right now at 5:20 PM CDT. I usually wear a short sleeve button up shirt. I wear gray or tan slacks. People in this area pretty dress conservatively. They avoid loud clothing.

      Go to your local library. See if they carry the Dallas Morning News, which is the Dallas newspaper. Look at the ads for clothing. You can also go to www.wfaa.com, or CBS11TV.Com and look at the ads for clothing.

      Our winter highs are usually about 60º and overnight lows of about 34º

      If you've ever watch Walker Texas Ranger, which was filmed in Garland and Dallas, the characters dress in the clothing which is normal for this area.

      Your question is rather vague. If there are specific questions you have about our clothing, click on my avatar, and I'll gladly answer your questions.

  7. QUESTION:
    If I set up a web site only for your city, what things you want to see on the site?
    I am just wondering, if I set up a web site which is only for your city ? what kind of information your would like to find on this site?

    • ANSWER:
      I live in Austin, TX. i hate it when television programs and movies portray TX as a cowboy/country state. i mean, yes there is some of that but not in Austin. I would like to see information on the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). info on SXSW (South by southwest) festival. both music and movies. Leslie, the homeless man that lives on 6th street who wears high heels, thongs, and sequence tops. he also pushes a shopping cart. id like to see 6th covered and all the clubs, music venues, and restaurants. Barton Springs, where the water is 68 degrees year round. Zilker Park, the moon tower, and Top Notch where Dazed and Confused was filmed. University of Texas campus including the Drag (Guadalupe St.). The Drag has so many shops and restaurants. plus theres college students everywhere, and a short walk will bring you to Shoal Creek. The Green Belt. But the thing id like most is to keep the peace and remind everyone to "Keep Austin Weird." Austinites are different. we are friendly, theres so many cultures, and we enjoy having a good time. we are laid back and have the worst highway system in the country. we arent uptight like Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio. and we are not sheltered. Theres so many other things to do in Austin than what ive listed. anyone who is considering going anywhere for a vacation or change of scenery should come to Austin.

  8. QUESTION:
    Where in dallas, texas can i go to see short films?
    I was watching the award show, go help me, and i saw catagories for short films. where can i go to see them? i live in dallas texas so localy would be what im looking for. also is there like a web site i could go to maybe that had them?

    • ANSWER:
      if you live in dallas tx. then you must know about casa linda at garland rd. and poppy rd. cant remember name only casa linda

  9. QUESTION:
    What do you think about my son's open house being held entirely in Spanish.?
    I'm just interested in opinions here, not judging or anything.

    I posed this question last week, but want to get a feel for how others might feel in a different section.
    I live in N Dallas, Texas in a predominately hispanic neighborhood.
    My son's elementary school is a public school.

    His open house(hes in 2nd grade) was held last Thursday evening. You were required to meet in the gym, where the principle delivered a speech about various items regarding safety of the drop off area (many many people violate the rules in the drop off area by parking, etc) then they showed a short film about truancy.
    Now ALL of this was spoken in Spanish. Only.
    As we entered my 13 yr old daughter and son (we're all fair haired and skinned) a teacher handed us a translator device.

    but I didn't see any others in the audience, and none of the other english speaking parents had one.
    So many people literally sat there for 15 - 30 min with absolutely no idea what was being said.

    Do you think thats right? Am I making a big deal out of nothing?
    the level of venom this inspires is just startling. Firstly all the signs are in both spanish and english, and I had a translator, i saw no others and there are no different nights for things. I can't help my family being blue eyed blonds, we just happen to be the minority. And we really don't have an official language in the us to my understanding, but wow.. some people just come here to attack.

    • ANSWER:
      That is not right. Accomodating those who speak other languages is different than requiring those who speak english to accomodate those who are unable to speak the official language of this country. You should complain to the school board. If that does not work, file a civil rights complaint with the state department of education. Get other parents who were offended involved. This is simply unacceptable.

  10. QUESTION:
    is dallas texas a good place to start an acting career?
    Im gonna be moving there pretty soon & would like to know if it is . I live in Orlando and it has a really good business for acting . how about texas?? And wheres a good place to live there??

    • ANSWER:
      Oh yes you bet Dallas used to not be a good place but its getting bigger and getting its fame for audtions and big stuff. Im actually gonna audition for a short film 2moro =D Just like that its not as great as LA or New York but its very good than any other city around. I would say either Houston or Dallas is best.

  11. QUESTION:
    Did Demi Lovato get homeschooled because of people making fun of her?

    • ANSWER:
      Hope this helps!!
      Early life
      Demi Lovato was born in Dallas, Texas. She is of Hispanic, Irish and Italian descent. [1] Lovato has two sisters: Dallas, who is also an actress and singer and is five years older than Demi, and Madison, who is ten years younger than Demi. Lovato's mom, Dianna Hart, was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and country recording artist; her dad, Patrick, moved to New Mexico after their marriage ended in 1994. He suffered some health problems and rarely sees Demi. But, the father and daughter saw each other for the first time in four years with a surpise visit in February 2008 by Demi. [2] Demi attended school in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District where she went to Cross Timbers Middle School. She was in a choir class for three years there. She is currently home schooled by a tutor due to her career.[3] Lovato won many talent competitions in Texas, and she also grew up performing for venues, such as the Eismann Center and the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show.

      Career
      She started acting at the age of six, when she landed her first series regular role as Angela on Barney & Friends. As time went on Lovato pursued her singing and instrumental career, and she guest starred on Prison Break, Split Ends (pilot) and Just Jordan. In January 2007 she landed a series regular role as Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel original short series As the Bell Rings, which premiered on August 26, 2007 during Disney's Back-to-School special night. She will soon be starring in a new Disney Channel Original Series called Welcome to Mollywood that begins production in September 2008 [4] Lovato also stars in the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock, which premiered on June 20, 2008. She is a singer and songwriter as well as a musician, playing guitar and piano since the age of eleven. Her good friends, the Jonas Brothers, have also written songs along with Lovato for her debut album, according to USA Today.[5] Lovato covered the Academy Award nominated song "That's How You Know" from Enchanted on DisneyMania 6.[6]

      Lovato will be opening for the Jonas Brothers on their summer 2008 Burning Up Tour. Lovato also attended the Disney Channel Games 2008 in spring; it is set to air in the summer of 2008 on Disney Channel. She is currently in Puerto Rico filming a new Disney Channel Original Movie titled Princess Protection Program with Selena Gomez and recording her debut CD in Miami, Florida. The Jonas Brothers have helped her to write 11 songs for the album. [7]

      Personal life
      Demi is best friends with fellow Barney & Friends actress Selena Gomez. The two have created a YouTube account together, and since January 2008, they have been making and uploading their own videos. When asked a question of how long the pair have been friends, Demi answered "When I asked her to sit on my jacket and draw with crayons with me! (at the Barney auditions)". Jennifer Stone, another Disney star, and former Barney co-star, is also one of Lovato's and Gomez's close friends. Along with close friends, such as Selena Gomez and the Jonas Brothers, Demi wears a purity ring, engraved "True Love Waits", but she wears it as a necklace. Lovato and Gomez are also still friends with childhood friend, Melissa Lee. [8]

  12. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  18. QUESTION:
    How to become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  20. QUESTION:
    How old is the actress/producer Farah White?
    She was in Bandslam, Miss Congeniality, and more (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0924784/) and lives in Dallas, TX

    • ANSWER:
      Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Farah White began acting professionally in 1999. She started landing roles in film and commercials almost immediately. She was cast in “Miss Congeniality”, “Serving Sara” and numerous independent films. In addition to acting she has directed and produced several short films for the festival circuit. Farah currently resides in Los Angeles, where she continues to act and work on the completion of her second screenplay.

      Here is a link to her movies:
      http://imdb.com/name/nm0924784/

  21. QUESTION:
    tell me anything you know about Lake Travis?
    i am planning a family vacation there and I want to know what is there to do for fun, what's close.... anything! (TX)

    • ANSWER:
      AU CONTRAIRE ABOUT THE OASIS NOT BEING KID FRIENDLY!!!!! My kids love it! I just can't afford to take them there nearly as much as we would like.

      If you're going to Lake Travis, though, bring an extra credit card or three. That is one of the highest-rent districts in the whole area. That's where Dennis Quaid, Lance Armstrong, anyone with scads of money in Austin lives--I think even Gov. Perry's rental is there, but I'm not sure. Nothing is cheap there, or even close to it.

      Go to foodnetwork.com, too--those guys LOVE Austin! Bobby Flay did a throwdown at Flip Happy Crepes; Racheal Ray has gone all over the Barton Springs area--all the best eating places are there. Stay out of the water, though. My son swam there not too long ago and caught some bug that gave him vertigo for 10 days! Couldn't stand at all, much less walk.

      The Capitol is a must-see. The tour is unbelievable! Just across the street is the Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History. They have a special exhibit on the TV show "Dallas" and its impact on Texas culture right now. I never get enough of the Bob Bullock. Be sure to get tickets to see "Texas: The Big Picture" at the IMAX there!

      If you're a fan of "Office Space," you can do a self-guided tour of the locations--most of it was filmed in Austin. This will help you: http://www.movielocationsguide.com/Office_Space/filming_locations

      If you can, take the short drive either to the Salt Lick or to the town of Smithville. Either way, you will arrive in barbeque heaven!

      If it's raining or just too dadgum hot and you've already done the Bob Bullock, go over to Book People--the coolest bookstore in the country, a place where you can easily amuse yourself for an entire day (you never know WHO will be in to autograph his/her book!), and the central clearinghouse for the required "Keep Austin Weird" souvenir!

  22. QUESTION:
    Phillidiaphia or Texas? Which is better to live in?
    Which is the best state to live in? That has good wheater, jobs and cities?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear ..., thank you for your long, drawn-out, cookie cutter, grammatically incorrect, and misinformed rant about the differences between Texas and California. I especially like it in the other numerous threads that you copy-and-pasted it into. Thank you for bringing an inordinately large body of information to a discussion that in no way involved California. Your juvenile rants were incredibly helpful in answering a question that nobody asked. If it was possible for you to post more misguided opinions disguised as facts, I would read all of it and then ask for more "information."

      Regarding your actual question, I am a big fan of Texas. Of course, I am born and raised there, even though I am currently living in Australia. My knowledge of Pennsylvania is cursory, as I have only been to Philadelphia on business.

      Weather - Texas is known for having a very hot climate, which I am a fan of. Winters only occasionally hit freezing temperatures, while summers have temperatures over 100F. I much prefer this to the mild summer and harsh winters that New England affords. Texas also has every kind of land type that America affords: beach, mountain, forest, desert, grasslands, etc.

      Jobs - My understanding is that Texas is one of the least affected by the current recession. Texas has more Fortune 500 companies than any other state. Pretty much, if there is an industry in America, it is represented in Texas. People from many other states, including California, (sorry, especially California) have been moving to Texas in search of stable economies and employment and affordable real estate. I couldn't tell you the state of jobs in Pennsylvania.

      Cities - 3 of the top 10 biggest cities in the country are in Texas: Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Austin and El Paso are also quite large. I've spent time in all of them and love Austin the best, followed by San Antonio. I've been told that Austin is great when you're single and San Antonio is great when you have a family. Austin is possibly the entertainment hub of Texas, known for it's live music, film, and other forms of performance. Philadelphia is cool. I've visited. I've seen the tourist stuff, but you really only need to see that stuff once. The rest of it - I don't know.

      In short, I recommend Austin, TX. Possibly my favorite place in the world. And I have seen a lot of the world.

  23. QUESTION:
    can somebody tell me something about jensen ackles?
    Hello i'm Eleonora from italy. in my country we watch Supernatural since one year and i would like to know something about Jensen Ackles, for example where does he live,or where is the supernatural set..or if he has a girlfriend or not. Here in italy there is no information about him. thank you and i apologize for my english!! ciao Ele

    • ANSWER:
      Jensen Ross Ackles (born March 1, 1978) is an American television actor. He is notable for his television roles as Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel, and Jason Teague in Smallville. He currently plays Dean Winchester on the CW series Supernatural.

      Jensen was born in Dallas, Texas, to Alan Roger Ackles, an actor, and Donna Joan Shaffer. Ackles has an older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister, Mackenzie, and is of Irish, British and German ancestry. He had planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist but instead moved to Los Angeles to start his acting career.[1][2][3]

      After modeling on and off since the age of 4, Ackles began to concentrate on an acting career in 1996. He appeared in several guest roles on Mr. Rhodes, Sweet Valley High, and Cybill before joining the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives as Eric Brady in 1997. He won a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer and went on to be nominated three times (in 1998, 1999, and 2000) for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Days of Our Lives.[4]

      Ackles departed Days of Our Lives in 2000 and went on to appear in the mini-series Blonde about the life of Marilyn Monroe. He also auditioned for the role as the young Clark Kent on Smallville, but it was offered to actor Tom Welling instead.[5] After failing to land the part, he appeared in a guest role on the James Cameron television series Dark Angel on Fox in 2001 as serial killer Ben/X5-493, the "brother" of main character Max/X5-452 (played by Jessica Alba). His character died in the episode, but Ackles returned to the show as a series regular in the second season as Ben's twin, Alec/X5-494. He remained with the show until its cancellation in 2002.

      Ackles worked steadily throughout 2003. He joined the cast of the WB's hit show Dawson's Creek during the final season, playing CJ, Jen Lindley's lover. Afterward, Ackles filmed several episodes of the unaired series Still Life for Fox before it was abruptly dropped. He also had a small role in the 2004 short film The Plight of Clownana. Ackles was the producer's first choice to play Eliza Dushku's love interest on the second season of Tru Calling,[6], Ackles turned down the role, which was then offered to another actor and the character's name was changed to 'Jensen' because the producers of 'Tru Calling' liked Ackles' name. Ackles returned to Vancouver (where Dark Angel was filmed) in 2004 to become a regular on Smallville playing Assistant Football Coach Jason Teague, who was also the newest romantic interest for Lana Lang (played by Kristin Kreuk). He also had a lead role in the 2005 film Devour in which Ackles' father, actor Alan Ackles, also had a role playing the father of Ackles' character, Jake Gray.

      Most recently, Ackles joined the cast of the WB horror/drama series Supernatural in 2005, where he stars as Dean Winchester. Dean teams with his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) to road trip across the country investigating the paranormal while searching for their missing father John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The second season was picked up by The CW in 2006 for the 2006-2007 television season. The fourth season began broadcast on September 18, 2008.[7]

      In the summer of 2006, Ackles took on the role of Priestly in the independent comedy Ten Inch Hero.[8] The film began hitting the film festival circuit in early 2007 and Ackles received high praise for his comedic timing in the role. The movie is currently waiting to find a distributor for feature film release. He also appeared on stage from June 5-10, 2007 with Lou Diamond Phillips in A Few Good Men at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, as Lt. Daniel Kaffee. Ackles received strong praise for his work in this role, which was also his professional theatre debut.

      Jensen is set to star in the 4th Resident Evil movie. He will be taking up the role as Leon S. Kennedy.

  24. QUESTION:
    I really want to start acting?!?
    My passion is musical theater, but I just found it in my heart that I want to sing and act. I am 18 and a senior in high school, so it is too late for me to truly get enrolled in a class, because my classes have already started. What should I do to start up my acting career? I live in Dallas Texas an don't know how to get auditions? Should I take voice lessons or order some videos that can help me improve my vocals? How do I get started

    • ANSWER:
      The steps to being an actor are the steps you take.
      Acting is usually one of three things: a Hobby, a Lifestyle and a Career.
      Already because of the three different meanings there are three different paths.
      In short, no path is the same and what worked for one person mightn't work for someone else.

      Anyone can pick Acting up as a Hobby.
      Whether it be picking up a script, grabbing yourself a camera, acting it out, filming it then uploading it to Youtube. Or seeing an audition notice in a local newspaper for an upcoming play, contacting the director, attending the audition and seeing how it goes.

      As a Lifestyle, you've decided that Acting means something more to you long term.
      Therefor it may be in your best interest to get involved with Acting Classes, Acting Schools, become a Member of a Theatre Company to generate more regular Acting Opportunities. Though how you enjoy Acting as part of your Lifestyle is up to you, same as enjoying Exercise as part of your Lifestyle.

      The website Starnow:
      http://www.starnow.com/curtisfarrell
      Provides opportunities for Actors interested in both of the above and occasional professional opportunities as well.
      For Actors in Australia I recommend against AT2 as it's very similar to Starnow - you get the same types of opportunities, though you have to pay over 0 more per year for them and they discriminate between Actors who do have an Agent and those who don't.

      If you're after Acting as a Career there are certain things inside of your control and outside of your control.
      What's inside of your control is keeping yourself ready, centered and focused - (this is usually done by keeping yourself busy with some acting opportunity whether it's paid or not). Having an Agent, representation, networking and looking for work.
      What's inside of your control are the avenues you have to generate work, what's outside of your control is the work that comes in.
      Lucky breaks are also outside of your control. You can do your best to be in the right place at the right time, though sometimes it's not a matter of what you know but who you know.

      When you're ready, here's how to Find and Apply for an Agent:
      http://www.youtube.com/user/Funstuff13613?feature=mhee#p/u/4/0nUBPVIwJTE
      It's how I got mine.

      Answers that give you a bulk ladder in how to become an actor are false.
      As anyone can become an Actor just as anyone can become a cook.
      Acting isn't the same as being famous and Acting means many different things to many different people.

      The best step for you to take, is the step that is available to you.
      Once you take that step I'm sure you will gain insight as to what you'd like to pursue and what step you'd like next to take.

      All the best :)

  25. QUESTION:
    Question for someone from Dallas?
    In the old tv show Dallas there is a scene where Bobby is walking past some statues of full size horses in full sprint. There are loads of them, outside an office block or something.
    Are they still there today?

    • ANSWER:
      Williams Square Plaza
      5205 N. O’Connor Drive
      Irving, Texas 75039

      The Mustangs of Las Colinas is one of the largest equestrian sculptures in the world. Williams Square, a stark, pink-granite plaza in the Las Colinas Urban Center, is home to this breathtakingly realistic bronze sculpture of nine wild mustangs crossing a stream. Tourists from around the world visit the plaza to view the impressive, larger-than-life depiction that serves as its centerpiece.
      This is a must-see for visitors and residents alike.

      Adjacent to the sculpture, in the West Tower of Williams Square Plaza, is the Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum. In the museum, visitors learn the story of the eight years of work African wildlife artist Robert Glen invested in creating the Mustangs. The museum also presents a short film which brings to life for the visitor the time and effort that went into designing, molding, and mounting this distinctive piece of public art. Other works of art by Robert Glen are also on display in the museum.
      Admission to the museum is free.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to get into Hollywood ?
    Like I'm not talking about becoming super famous like brad or Angelina suddenly.. But something like Nina dobrev or new celebrities.
    What does it take like? Live in LA and what?
    Like what looks they prefer ?
    I'm 5'6,fair skin,green eyes and measurements 34-24-31..
    I don't have an agent,where can you hire one? Please in the next 4-5 years I would love to be in the industry :(

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to become a movie actress, here are some tips:

      Hone Your Craft

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Landing Movie Roles

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  27. QUESTION:
    Home Video and picture slide to DVD Movie.....?
    I am trying to do a Father's Day project for my husband...I wanted to convert home videos from our kids and pictures and add music and an interview from each kids....and make it into a small movie for him or short film...

    What companies can do this for me I live in Dallas Texas...Or can you do one like on You Tube..I would want it to look like a real movie...

    What type of company shoud I search for online for----Editing companies or what??? Please HELP I want this to be really special!!

    • ANSWER:
      There is Walmart and Walgreens convert videos to DVDs yet adding items to the DVDs that they really dont do....yet Walmart might as they are trying to compete in that area as of late. If you go to an Video Editor thats going to cost you more so using your own computer might be better as software is so easy now days.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to proffessionally ask if you can send audition tape if you can not make audition?
    I really want to audition for an open casting call by Daddy Restoration which is a new campaign to raise awarness of fatherlessness across the country. They are launching commercials, music videos, short films, ect. The casting call is on a Saturday and the problem is that it is in Austin, texas and I live in Dallas. I am only 14 and my parents aren't going to bring me. The company already knows that I am intersted in auditioning because I e-mailed them headshots and my resume (which they were accepting) and they emailed me back the audition information. I was wondering if there was a way in which I can very professionally e-mail them back and say I can't make the audition but I would like to send in a video audition via e-mail if possible and to request the script from them. it is very important for me to ask this professionally because it is very unlikley that they wouid go through the trouble of sending me a script ect. Also, how can I ask (if they say yes) when they want it by. And how do I let them know that I would be able to be in Austin if they casted me and needed me to film or for a call back? Thanks for your patience with my annoying question! (: lol

    • ANSWER:
      Just by asking the question, you've already put yourself out of the running. The company will have sent audition details to many other people, most of who will probably be able to get to the audition venue - they'll pick one of them. The casting director isn't going to waste time downloading video clips.

      Besides which, if you did get offered a part, you'd have to take a parent along to the filming, and anything else involved with the production. They'd need to sign paperwork on your behalf, as you're under 18.

  29. QUESTION:
    An audition question. PLEASE answer!?
    I really want to audition for an open casting call by Daddy Restoration which is a new campaign to raise awarness of fatherlessness across the country. They are launching commercials, music videos, short films, ect. The casting call is on a Saturday and the problem is that it is in Austin, texas and I live in Dallas. I am only 14 and my parents aren't going to bring me. The company already knows that I am intersted in auditioning because I e-mailed them headshots and my resume (which they were accepting) and they emailed me back the audition information. I was wondering if there was a way in which I can very professionally e-mail them back and say I can't make the audition but I would like to send in a video audition via e-mail if possible and to request the script from them. it is very important for me to ask this professionally because it is very unlikley that they wouid go through the trouble of sending me a script ect. Also, how can I ask (if they say yes) when they want it by. And how do I let them know that I would be able to be in Austin if they casted me and needed me to film or for a call back? Thanks for your patience with my annoying question! (: lol

    • ANSWER:
      To Whom It May Concern:
      Thank you for providing me with the audition information for the Daddy Restoration campaign. Unfortunately, a prior commitment dictates that I will be unable to attend the audition at the scheduled time. I am highly interested in this project, and would like to submit a video audition if at all possible in hopes of further involvement, at which time I will be glad to travel as necessary. It would be extremely helpful if you could provide me with a copy of the script and guidelines for video audition submissions. Thank you for your time and assistance.
      Sincerely,
      [name]

      Though, honestly, what are the odds that your parents will drive you there for the work and stay with you if they won't even go for the audition?

  30. QUESTION:
    What do you think of my dream? What is your dream?
    I am 16 and have always had a facination with NYC. When I finally got to visit last spring, I knew I wanted to be there. Walking down the street makes you feel like your a star and you matter. I loved every part, even the dirty subways.
    I currently live in Dallas, Tx and plan to go to a school in commerce Texas. It is part of A&M, and specializes in graphical design/photogrophy/the arts. It's second best in the country, right under Juliard. So it's pretty good.
    I'm learning piano and LOVE artistic things. I love photogrophy, short film making, event planning, poetry, design. I plan to do something with that. Mostly the photogrophy and event planning. :).
    I plan to move to NYC after college when I'm 21-22 ish.
    I know it's expensive, I've priced apartments. And I know it may be hard to find jobs in artsy things but I have some connections.
    What do you think of my dream? What's yours?

    • ANSWER:
      Not that cool. I had one were I met Santa! That was pretty dope.

  31. QUESTION:
    What can you tell me about actress Farah White?
    personal details, recent jobs, home, etc?

    • ANSWER:
      Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Farah White began acting professionally in 1999. She started landing roles in film and commercials almost immediately. She was cast in “Miss Congeniality”, “Serving Sara” and numerous independent films. In addition to acting she has directed and produced several short films for the festival circuit. Farah currently resides in Los Angeles, where she continues to act and work on the completion of her second screenplay.

      Here is a link to her movies:
      http://imdb.com/name/nm0924784/

  32. QUESTION:
    Austin, texas?
    Hey, ill probably travel to autin texas for a hotel intership from argentina, can sameone tell me whats the city about, and hows life there? is it a boring place? THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      Austin is like a cross between San Francisco and Houston. It's got a nice, sort of funky vibe to it in the central and south areas. However, there is some sprawl and traffic and some conservative areas in the outskirts. The crime rate for a city of it's size is pretty low. Obviously it exists, but I never feel unsafe here unless I venture north to the Rundberg area. Stay away from there.
      Austin is the most liberal place in TX and also the most eco conscious. "Keep Austin Weird" has basically become the city's mantra. Austin prides itself in being different. Rest assured, you can still get nice aTexas feel here and enjoy great BBQ-- but you'll also find it has a thriving music scene, art scene, it's gay friendly, racially diverse and basically one of the most laid back places in the Southwest. It's known as "Silicon Hills" because Hi-Tech is big business here. Lots of people that graduate from UT or Texas State end up making Austin home so it has one of the highest populations with at least a 4 year degree.
      There are two big events in Austin. One is the South by South West music, film and interactive festival in the spring and the ACL fest in August. If you're lucky, you might be able to get into a filming of Austin City Limits (not to be confused with the festival of the same name) and see some big names in a tiny venue. Pick up an Austin Chronicle just about anywhere for listing of things on any given week. Austin is home to Texas's only nude lake and one of the best, clearest lakes in the state. On the negative side, the summers are scorchers and if you're an allergy sufferer, be prepared! Taxi's can be hard to come by, but the bus service is pretty decent and cheap. If bats scare you, stay away from the Congress Bridge.. you'll find millions of them. For us that live here, property taxes have sky rocketed and some feel Austin is loosing it's unique feel due to the massive amount of people we add each year. The sky line seems to change year to year. Still, most of those folks that move here are pretty laid back, too. Every first Thursday of the month, South Congress hosts 'First Thursday'- check out the area and get a feel for the hippyfied Austin of yesteryear. You might even get a glimpse of Leslie, our local homeless transvestite that spends his life in a glittery thong and has run unsuccessfully for mayor. You have to take a dip at Barton Springs and hike up Mount Bonnell for a great view. Enjoy a sunset on the lake at the Oasis or take diving lessons, wakeboarding lessons, ski lessons, etc, on Lake Travis. If you're short on cash, the University of Texas Film and Theatre dept host really well made productions for just a little $$ if not free. You can also find some state parks with overnight camping, like Pace Bend, that are really nice. There's really a lot to do if you venture out a bit.
      If you run out of options in Austin (although not sure how you could), remember that Austin is centrally located, you can get to San Antonio in about an hour (more or less), Houston in three and Dallas in about 4. There's a cool little town about an hour west named Fredricksburg that has wineries and is really picturesque. Great for a day or weekend trip. You'll also find a huge water park in New Braunfels about 45 minutes south. When in Austin, pick up the local's favorite vodkas Tito's and Dripping Springs.. the only legal distilleries in Texas.
      Best of luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    Who were Bonnie and Clyde?
    I have heard references to them in Movies, Songs and TV Shows, so can you give me a short summary of them and what they did, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      'Bonnie and Clyde' (Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow) were American criminals who traveled the southwestern United States during the Great Depression, robbing banks and generally causing chaos with their cohorts. It is estimated that they were responsible for as many as thirteen murders, about a dozen small bank robberies, and holdups of stores and gas stations too numerous to count.

      Their exploits, along with those of other criminals such as John Dillinger and Ma Barker, dominated the attentions of the American press and its readership during what is sometimes referred to as the public enemy era between 1931 and 1935, a period which led to the formation of the modern FBI.

      Bonnie Parker was born on October 1, 1910 in Rowena, Texas. She was fond of creative writing and the arts, and her poem The Story of Bonnie and Clyde is a remarkably personalized account of her escapades. Bonnie was married at sixteen to Ray Thornton, who was in prison on a fifty-five year sentence by their first wedding anniversary. Out of monetary necessity, the young bride took up a waitressing job.

      Clyde Barrow was born on March 24, 1909, in Telico, Texas (near Dallas) as one of many children in a poor farming family. His life of crime began when he was arrested in 1926 for auto theft. Undeterred, he continued a series of oft-successful Dallas-area robberies over the next four years. After meeting Bonnie in 1930 in the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff, he was arrested and taken to prison. His subsequent escape attempt was only partially successful--he was free for a week before being caught in Ohio--and so Clyde remained incarcerated until 1932.

      After his release, he and Bonnie stole a car in Texas. There ensued a police chase, after which Clyde escaped and Bonnie went to prison for a few months. She was released in June of 1932.

      The duo became the leaders of a small group of like-minded criminals later known as the Barrow Gang. Clyde's brother Buck and his wife Blanche are two of its more infamous members. During a police raid near Platte City, Missouri, in 1933, Buck was mortally wounded and his wife captured.

      Bonnie and Clyde then killed two young highway patrolmen near Grapevine, Texas on April 1, 1934 and another policeman five days later near Commerce, Oklahoma and were in turn ambushed and gunned down on May 23 later that year near their hide-out in Black Lake, Louisiana by Texas and Louisiana peace officers.

      Clyde Barrow is buried in the Western Heights Cemetery and Bonnie Parker in the Crown Hill Memorial Park, both in Dallas, Texas.

      They were among the first celebrity criminals of the modern era. Barrow is alleged to have written a letter to the Ford Motor Company praising their "dandy car," signing it "Clyde Champion Barrow", though the handwriting has never been authenticated. (Ford received a similar letter around the same time from someone claiming to be John Dillinger and used both for car advertisements.) Bonnie's aforementioned poem, The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, was published in several newspapers.

      In 1967, Arthur Penn directed a rather romanticized film version of the tale. Bonnie and Clyde, which starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, was critically acclaimed and contributed significantly to the glamorous image of the criminal pair.

  34. QUESTION:
    how to be a movie actress?
    I kinda want to be an actress cause I always wanted to be in movies or be someone I am not. So do you know how to be an actress and when and where I should start like highschool or college I'm going to highschool in two years so when and where I can act :) Thx so much

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  35. QUESTION:
    Questions about the movie ''the blind side''?
    1.The film begins with a look at the devastating injury suffered by which NFL quarterback?
    __a. Jerry Bradshaw __b. Joe Montana __c. Joe Theismann __d. Fran Tarkenton

    2.The touhys live in this state, where football is a big deal:
    __a Texas __b. Michigan __c. Tennessee __d. North Carolina

    3.At the beginning of the film, we see Michael being questioned by a woman as part of an investigation. We eventually learn that the woman is from:
    __a. The justice department __b. The NCAA __C. The district Attorney Office __d. A.T.V. news program

    4.Michael comes to the school he eventually attends with a man called:
    __a. Sunset Lou __b. Big Tong __c. Fast Eddie ___d. Big Danny

    5.While Michael’s test scores are extremely low, he excels in this area:
    __a. Potential for learning __b. Problem-solving ability __c. Protective instincts __d. Empathic concern

    6.For the majority of the first quarter of the film, Michael wears this:
    ___a. a blue polo shirt and shorts
    ___b. a brown jacket and blue jeans
    ___c. a black sweatshirt and shorts
    ___d. an Oakland Raiders T-shirt and torn black pants

    7.Leigh Anne’s occupation is:
    __a . Travel agent ___b. wedding planner __c. Interior decorator ___d. Court stenographer

    8.Leigh Anne invites Michael over to her house as the Tuohys encounter him walking by himself late one night. Where does Michael say he was going, so that he can get warm?
    __a. A Laundromat __b. a homeless shelter __c. a hospital __d. a gym

    9.When leigh Anne takes Michael by his mother, he finds:
    __ a. She has evicted
    __b. She Is dead
    __c. She hasn’t been seen by anyone in months
    __d. Her using drugs

    10.The film ended with Michael being drafted by this NFL team:
    ___a. Denver Broncos
    ___b. Dallas Cowboys
    ___c. Miami Dolphins
    ___d. Baltimore Ravens

    • ANSWER:
      1. c
      2. a
      3. b
      4. d
      5. c
      6. a
      7. a
      8. d
      9.d
      10. d

  36. QUESTION:
    I was wondering about some general info on jake t. austin, selena gomez,and demi lavato?
    i was just wondering if anyone had just some basic info on some of these stars

    • ANSWER:
      Jake T. Austin-

      Born December 3 1994 in New York City

      Enjoys making short films with his friends, and writing.

      Pet peeves are people mocking people with disabilities, and people not being themselves.

      Has a sister Ava, along with two dogs Bogey and Beju
      His favorite music is rock.

      He wants to direct movies when he's older.

      His fantasy vacation is to Italy so he can eat pasta.

      His parents names are Giny and Goey.

      He likes to watch TV.

      His favorite flower is a pansy.

      His favorite sports are snowboarding, surfing, basketball, football, and soccer.

      Selena Gomez

      Born July 22, 1992

      Is from Grand Prairie, Texas.

      Before landing the role of Alex Russo in "Wizards of Waverly Place" (2007), Selena wasn't a fan of neither magic or the Harry Potter franchise.

      Is of Mexican descent.

      Her favorite subject is Science.

      Favorite sport is Basketball.

      Her role model and favorite actress is Rachel McAdams.

      While filming that animated movie 'Horton Hears A Who!' she played Steve Carrell's daughter but she never got to meet him.

      She became interested in acting after watching her mom.

      Her favorite band is Paramore.

      Loves to sing 'Rockstar' by Hannah Montana and anything by Paramore.

      She adopted her dog named Chip from an animal shelter.

      She enjoys cheerleading, surfing and skateboarding.

      Discovered by Disney in a nation-wide casting call.

      Demi Lovato

      Born August 22, 1992

      Birth Name: Demitria Devonne Lovato

      Her sister is Dallas Lovato.

      Her mom was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader during the the 1982-83 season, and was a country recording artist.

      She is a skilled pianist, drummer, and guitar player.

      Gets most of her clothes from Forever 21 and most of her shoes from Aldo.

      Has a younger sister named Madison.

      Her favorite band is Paramore and her favorite song by them is Born for this.

      Her best friend is Selena Gomez.

      She's of Hispanic, Iranian and Irish heritage.
      Hope This Helped!

  37. QUESTION:
    The thin blue line? What's it about?

    • ANSWER:
      The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 documentary film by Errol Morris, depicting the story of Randall Dale Adams, a man convicted and sentenced to die for a murder he did not commit. Adams' case was reviewed and he was released from prison approximately a year after the film's release.[2]
      SynopsisThe film concerns the November 28, 1976 murder of Dallas police officer Robert W. Wood during a traffic stop. The Dallas Police Department was unable to make an arrest until they learned of information given by a 16-year-old resident of Vidor, Texas who had told friends that he was responsible for the crime.[3] The juvenile, David Ray Harris, led police to the car driven from the scene of the crime, as well as a .22 Short caliber revolver he identified as the murder weapon. He subsequently identified 28-year-old Ohio resident Randall Dale Adams as the murderer. Adams had been living in a motel in Dallas with his brother.

      The film presents a series of interviews about the investigation and reenactments of the shooting, based on the testimony and recollections of Adams, Harris, and various witnesses and detectives. Two attorneys who represented Adams at the trial where he was convicted of capital murder also appear: they suggest that Adams was charged with the crime despite the better evidence against Harris because, as Harris was a juvenile, Adams alone of the two could be sentenced to death under Texas law.

      The film's title comes from the prosecutor's comment during his closing argument that the police are the "thin blue line" separating society from "anarchy". This is a re-working of a line from Rudyard Kipling's poem "Tommy" in which he describes British soldiers (nicknamed "Tommy Atkins") as the "thin red line", from the color of their uniforms and their formation

  38. QUESTION:
    What happened to Girlfriends the rich spoled girl how come she left?
    There was a girl i forgot her name does anybody know what happened to her why she left the show and how did they work it in scence

    • ANSWER:
      Antoinette "Toni" Marie Childs-Garrett: (Jill Marie Jones) Toni Marie Childs-Garrett is Joan's friend since childhood, and they went away to school together at UCLA. Toni grew up in a poor farm family with an alcoholic mother in Fresno, California. She has six siblings, three sisters and three brothers. Toni met Joan when they were 8 years old and in grade school, and the two became best friends. Toni is considered the materialistic and self- centered one of her girlfriends and is the self-proclaimed "cute one" of the group. During the first season of the show, she despises Maya Wilkes but later the two come to settle their differences. Toni is a real estate agent, who eventually opens her own real estate brokerage. Toni unexpectedly finds love with Todd Garrett, a white, Jewish plastic surgeon, whom she eventually marries after a short courtship. After a rocky year-long marriage, the two separate after Todd moves to New York; Toni later accuses Todd of adultery after finding him in rather cozy settings with his fellow doctor. The birth of their daughter Morgan Garrett brings forth new issues for her self-indulgent personality, but she finds a way to balance her career, being single and a mother, while trying to fight a custody battle with Todd. She and Todd come to a mutual agreement and settle their differences for the sake of Morgan. She now resides in New York so that Morgan can be closer to her father.

      Jill Marie Jones (born January 4, 1975 in Dallas, Texas) is an African-American actress.

      After attending Duncanville High School, and Texas Woman's University, she started modeling, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time.

      Jones was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for two years, a Dallas Mavericks Dancer for one year, and toured with the United Service Organization (USO) and United States Department of Defense to Korea, Japan, Israel, and Egypt. She has also performed on "Monday Night Football" and "The Miss Texas Pageant."

      Jones' portrayal of the self-centered and materialistic Toni Childs for six seasons in Girlfriends marked her first regular role in a series; in May of 2006 it was confirmed that Jones left Girlfriends because her contract ended [1]. Some viewers were upset about her departure and the ratings suffered a decline.[citation needed] Her other acting credits include the Saturday morning series City Guys as well as the made-for-television trilogy America's Dream, which starred Danny Glover and Wesley Snipes.

      Jones will appear in the upcoming film The Perfect Holiday, which also stars Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard as well as Morris Chestnut, Rachel True, and Gabrielle Union.

      In August 2007, Jones will began filming Major Movie Star with Jessica Simpson. [2] Referenced on Kanye West album Graduation on song "The Glory" "House on the hill two doors from Tracey Ross and i'm asking about her girlfriends yea the dark skinded one."

      She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated

  39. QUESTION:
    can someone give me an overview of the scenes in texas chainsaw massacre (the new version)?

    • ANSWER:
      ****There are spoilers in this answer

      The movie starts out with some police footage of the crime scene where the massacre took place. We then see random bits of evidence such as glasses and paper with writing on it. We then see a police evidence tape that has a walkthrough of Leatherface's home. We see the officer guiding through the stairwell to the basement as he points out some scratches on the wall (comes later on in the film). We then see five teens swimming in a river. On August 18, 1973, five college kids, Erin, Kemper, Pepper, Andy, and Morgan, are on their way to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert in Dallas. The kids are returning from a trip to Mexico, where Kemper, unbeknownst to his girlfriend Erin, bought marijuana. As they are driving through Travis County, Texas, they see a girl about their age walking down the side of the road. Erin insists that they pick her up, so they do. She babbles about a "really bad man" before pulling a gun out from underneath her dress and shooting herself through the mouth. The five teenagers are in shock. They find an old gas station and stop there to call the police and report the suicide. The owner of the station calls the sheriff for them, and she tells them that they need to meet him at an old mill called "the old Crawford mill." They drive to the old mill, but find no sheriff. While they are looking around, they find a young boy named Jebidiah living inside the mill. He tells them that the sheriff is probably "at home getting drunk." They ask if they can drive there from the mill, but Jebidiah tells them that the road doesn't go there, and "it's a short walk." Erin and Kemper take off through the woods to find the sheriff's house, leaving the other three teenagers at the mill.

      Erin and Kemper eventually come to a large gray-brick house in a field. Erin is allowed inside by the owner, an old man in a wheelchair with no legs, but Kemper is told to wait outside. Erin calls the sheriff while Kemper, fed-up with waiting, sneaks inside the house to look for her. While he is snooping around, he gets hit in the back with a sledgehammer and dragged into the basement by Leatherface. Erin leaves without Kemper, who she assumes has already left, and heads back to the old mill. Meanwhile, the sheriff is already at the mill with the other three. He wraps up the body of the dead girl with plastic wrap and has the kids put her in the trunk of his car. Erin eventually makes it back to the mill just as the sheriff is leaving, and discovers that Kemper is not there. She and Andy go back to the house to look for him. Andy sneaks inside while Erin distracts the owner. The old man soon discovers what they are up to, and summons Leatherface, who chases them out of the house with his chainsaw. Erin gets away, but Andy's leg is severed and he is taken inside where he is hung on a meat hook in the basement. Erin arrives back at the mill in a panic where Morgan and Pepper are waiting inside the van. Erin tries starting the van, but it doesn't work. The sheriff soon shows up again, and spots marijuana inside the van. He orders the three out of the van and forces them to the ground. He makes Morgan re-enact the suicide, and then kidnaps him, leaving the girls alone at the mill with the van. Soon Leatherface shows up (wearing Kemper's face) and cuts Pepper in half with the chainsaw. Erin is chased through the woods until she arrives at a small trailer. She takes refuge inside the trailer, where a morbidly obese woman and a pale skinny woman reside. The skinny woman, who has apparently stolen a baby from a previous victum, gives Erin some drug-laced tea that knocks her out. Erin wakes up back inside the Hewitt house. Immediately after she wakes up, she is thrown into the basement by Leatherface. She finds Andy on the hook, and in act of sympathy, kills him with a large knife. She then finds Morgan still alive and they escape from the basement with the help of Jedidiah, who distracts Leatherface long enough for them to find a cellar door that leads outside. With Leatherface chasing them, they find an abandoned house and hide inside. Leatherface finds them, however, and kills Morgan by using his chainsaw to split him in two up the middle. Erin runs out of the house and makes it to barbed wire fence. She crawls through, but Leatherface trips and cuts himself with the chainsaw. Erin continues to run.

      Erin soon makes it to a large meat factory. She goes inside, grabs a meat cleaver, and hides from Leatherface in a locker. When he comes by the locker she jumps out and severs his arm with the cleaver. She then runs back outside and is picked up by a trucker. She panics when they pass a familiar sign, so the trucker stops at the gas station to get help. While the trucker goes inside, Erin hops out of the truck and peaks through the gas station window. She sees the sheriff and the skinny woman with the stolen baby. The sheriff walks outside, and Erin runs him over with his own car, and then drives away with the baby. As Erin is comforting the child, Leatherface appears in the middle of the road, brandishing his chainsaw in his other arm. He slices the drivers' side door of the car but Erin is unharmed. Leatherface just breathes heavily from the blood loss and stares as the car drives away. The final scene shows the second half of the police tape. This shows the men being attacked by Leatherface in his basement. A few fast-paced shots of him fly by the screen, then we cut to the officers' funerals. We then have a look at the only known image of Leatherface.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the best city in the USA for an aspiring teen/ young adult to move to?
    I love art! I also want to act or at least start out with doing small commercials! I like modeling also. I've dabbled with dance, but I want to learn it more and become a really good dancer also! I won't be able to do the acting part of my plans(as listed above) now because I'm still in high school and my parents are having me focus on just academics and art, and I'm from Texas..but I'm hoping to move to a city where anything can happen and there are very diverse/accepting/friendly/non-conservat… people where I could easily just act and dance and get recognized and maybe be famous?[; SOOOO, can anyone tell me which city in the USA is the city of dreams? From what I like I was thinking somewhere in New York or LA, California but I'm really not sure...websites, thoughts, etc. anything to help me out here?

    • ANSWER:
      Where in TX do you live? Houston? San Antonio? Dallas? Austin? El Paso? I don't live in TX, but I do live about in the middle of the country and from my experience and socail interactions, getting into local commercials is easy. I've done it. My siblings have done it. I have worked with and known of people who've done it. However, most local commericals don't allow for much screen time. My time on air was hardly a second. My little brother got maybe two seconds. My little sisters only had the back of their heads on screen and another family member of mine was out of sight of the camera because the politican was blocking the view of him. It is one thing to get onto a commerical, and it's another to play some kind of role in a commercial. That can be kind of hard to build to too.
      I also know of a girl who has done some modeling in CA and might be doing an indie this summer (now that I think about it, I should check in with her to see how that's going...). She got her start with an amature photographer. Those are pretty easy to find too. Just take a look at some senior pictures! The best ones are the ones done by other students (or at least that was my observation). Keep it classy though...

      You could go to LA, NY, Chicago or Houston (all of which have some sort of modeling, acting or other kind of reputation), but they are really tough to survive in economically. If you have to the means to, go for it! Otherwise, the best way is to just hire yourself. Buy a camera. Movie equipment. Become a director for a little while or ask a friend or relative to be one. Make good short films. Post on youtube. Get some recognition. Regardless of how people feel about him, that's what Justin Bieber did and look where he is now! A better example can be found in Christopher Nolan, Oren Peli, and supposedly this one guy from "it's always sunny in philidelphia" who has also done some work outside of it in movies like "Horrible Bosses." Hire yourself and make the work worthwhile! Entertainment companies are only going to want you to work for them if they are going to get more out of you working there than you'll get from working there. Keep that in mind.

      In other words, if you are hoping to be magically found (which is tough but not impossible), go to NYC or preferably LA.
      Hiring yourself makes the whole thing more plausable though, and that can be done from anywhere.

  41. QUESTION:
    Did actor James Noble ever have a role in General Hospital?
    I seem to remember him being a not so nice character (I think he was a Dr.) way way back.

    I saw in the newspaper he is 88 years old today and it made me think he was in General Hospital for a while.
    I just found a site IMDb.com that has him listed in OLTL 1968
    The Doctors-1963
    Another World- 1964

    • ANSWER:
      You are close but he was on many other soaps.. I copied this from wikipedia..
      James Noble (born March 5, 1922 in Dallas, Texas) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of the slightly daffy Governor Eugene Gatling on the 1980s sitcom Benson. He began his career in soap operas, most notably, The Brighter Day; As the World Turns, The Doctors and A World Apart. In 1985 he appeared as King Rupert in the Faerie Tale Theatre production of Cinderella. He played Reverend John Witherspoon in the movie 1776. In 2005 James Noble co-founded Open The Gate Pictures with actress Colleen Murphy and produced and starred in the highly acclaimed short film Glacier Bay with veteran actress Dorothy Brice. Glacier Bay has won several awards in a variety of film festival around the country.

  42. QUESTION:
    The T.V. show Intervention told lies about my mom on camera?
    So my sister was picked for the T.V. show Intervention. Her name is Dallas. If you don't believe me then just wait for her episode. I wouldn't lie about this. Anyway on our second to last day filming they had us come in for a 'family training' session. Like to tell us what to say when Dallas walks into the Intervention room. But the interventionist started accusing my mom of something she never did ON CAMERA. She started saying that my sister and her did heroin together and was like screaming at my mom. My mom NEVER did heroin with my sister. And the lady had no proof. I was so mad! And the producer had us repeat short words. And now I think that they were using the words to make fake sentences for the T.V. show. My sister said yes to treatment and is now in care of like a Texas treatment center but I feel really tricked! I believe that they made my mom repeat words and formed it into a simple sentence about them doing heroin. Because they told the 'interventionist' about the whole situation. So they could of EASILY recorded a fake sentence! I feel like confronting the show after it airs! Because it was so wrong that they purposely created drama when the whole damn thing was about my sister. I would never trust these people again. They scammed us emotionally. All they wanted was drama. Aggghhh.
    My question is how to confront them.

    • ANSWER:
      I find this interesting, but what's your question?

  43. QUESTION:
    Anyone know Judith Mc Naught?

    • ANSWER:
      Judith McNaught is a popular author of historical and contemporary romance novels.

      1/ Biography

      Before gaining success as a writer, McNaught has previously worked as an assistant director for a film crew, an assistant comptroller of a major trucking company, president of a temporary employment agency, and president of an executive search fim. She also was the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station.

      McNaught's first manuscription was Whitney, My Love, which she wrote between 1978 and 1982. After having difficulty selling that novel, she wrote and sold Tender Triumph in early 1982. She received the book cover for Tender Triumph on June 20, 1983 -- the day after her beloved husband Michael McNaught was killed in an accident.

      While McNaught at one time lived in Saint Louis, Missouri, she moved to Texas after falling in love with Dallas while on a book tour. She currently lives in Clear Lake, Texas. McNaught is active in children's charity and with breast cancer causes, and she has recently begun promoting literacy issues. She has a daughter, Whitney, and a son, Clayton.

      Bibliography

      listed chronologically

      * Tender Triumph (1983)
      * Double Standards (1984)
      * Whitney, My Love (1985) (1st in Westmoreland series)
      * Once and Always (1987)
      * Something Wonderful (1988)
      * A Kingdom of Dreams (1989) (2nd in Westmoreland series)
      * Almost Heaven (1990)
      * Paradise (1991)
      * Perfect (1993)
      * Until You (1994) (3rd in Westmoreland series)
      * A Holiday of Love (short story) (October 1995)
      * A Gift of Love (short story) (1996)
      * Remember When (1996)
      * Night Whispers (1998)
      * Simple Gifts: Four Heartwarming Christmas Stories (2001)
      * Someone to Watch Over Me (2003)
      * Every Breath You Take (2005)

      2/McNaught couldn’t play the piano, so she wrote bestsellers instead

      By Glen Dromgoole
      Texas Reads

      If Judith McNaught had found it easier to learn to play the piano, she may not have become a best-selling novelist.

      In an interview, McNaught related that she had left her job as assistant controller for a trucking company and was enjoying her free time reading and doing charity work. She had a passion to play the piano, so she bought a piano and hired an instructor.

      She was, she said, awful. After six months, she gave it up and decided to try her hand at writing instead. That was more than 20 years and 30 million books ago.

      Her first novel was Whitney, My Love, with the major characters named for her daughter, Whitney, and son, Clayton. The historical romance was rejected often, and it wasn’t published until after two later romances, Tender Triumph and Double Standards, had been successful in the mid-1980s. Whitney, My Love, was reissued in hardcover in 1999.

      She hit number one on the New York Times list in 1988 with Something Wonderful.

      Her new book, Someone to Watch Over Me (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, ), debuted this month at number three on the New York Times bestsellers list.

      This book was a long time coming, resulting in the release date having to be postponed six times, McNaught said.

      The Houston-area author said she started over three times, shelving her first two manuscripts because they just weren’t going where she wanted them to go. Finally, the story for Someone to Watch Over Me began to take shape last June.

      From July through mid-January, McNaught said, she was a slave to her writing, often working seven days a week and up to 18-20 hours a day.

      Like her other books, Someone to Watch Over Me is fast-paced and features strong, loyal, compassionate, intelligent female characters — a Broadway actress who is suspected of killing her philandering husband, and a savvy, intuitive female detective who plays a major role in solving the murder.

      McNaught, who made her name first as a romance novelist, weaves several threads of romance throughout the book. But this is more of a mystery novel than a romance — what might be called “romantic suspense.” The author said she writes “women’s fiction,” although she also has a following among male readers.

      McNaught lives in Clear Lake, between Houston and Galveston. She moved to Texas from St. Louis after her husband died. She was on a book tour to Dallas, and “I fell in love with Texas,” she said. “The people in Texas were so nice.”

      Her parents, brother and children still live in Dallas, but on a trip to Houston a few years ago McNaught decided to buy a boat and move there. She doesn’t have the boat anymore, but she can see Galveston Bay from her 12,000 square foot home.

      Active in children’s charities and breast cancer causes in Houston, she has also been an advocate for women’s literacy. She worked literacy into the plot for the novel Perfect and a response card was inserted, resulting in thousands of women volunteering to tutor women who couldn’t read.

      “I got all the credit for doing this great thing,” she said, “but it was the women who took six months to teach someone to read who should get the credit.”

      After she became a best-selling novelist, she bought a new grand piano — one that plays itself.

  44. QUESTION:
    I want to dance professionally but...please help!?
    I've been dancing since the age of three and a half at a very good studio in my town here in Texas. It seems as though the senior company (typically sophomores through seniors) get better and better each year. Some alummnis who started off where I started and even assisted some of my classes! They include Chris jarosz (sytycd top 10, la viva Elvis tour); Dallas blaag (professional ballet company and now my teacher for contemp.); Lauren and Lydia guerra (*twins* sytycd Vegas, jubilee school and abt ballet school in NY); Chelsea traille ("coco" in the film burlesque, sytycd top 10); tanner richens (in Kelly clarksons 'what doesn't kill you' video, and toured with dance convention and competition LADM).

    Well, I've fallen in love with the uk and found Bird College ( a dance college) and was wondering if you think it'd ever be possible for me to get there. I know you've never seen me, but the people above are now 19-21 and they graduated from school and our studio at 18. I know how few people make it, but do you think it's worth the risk?

    I told my mom about my dream of bird college and my family thinks I should choose a different major, but I can honestly say I don't want to do anything but dance. Idk what do you think? Should I follow my heart and do something I love and really really want; or should I follow my head and choose a stable career for money?

    • ANSWER:
      In order to become a professional dancer you need to be born with the body, facility and musicality that that requires. Then you need the right training. I assume that Dallas Blagg studied at the National Ballet of Canada before entering their company or some other ballet academy and did not come directly from your school into a professional ballet company. When I looked up Tanner Richens I see he trained at Edge in CA after your school and Chris Jarosz studied at SMU for a BFA in dance before having a dance career. Chelsea Traille who also guest teaches at Broadway Dance Center in NYC also trained in NYC and LA after your local school in Texas. What that tells me is that your school may give a good start but not the training required for a professional dance career as these students had to move to other training after your school. They are also very very good looking people. You would be surprised how much that plays into getting work as dancers are cast just as actors are.
      As Bird college is in the UK and their school system is very different than ours, you would have to contact them regarding requirements. Often college in the UK is sort of like the last years of high school is here and they go at 16 for 2 years before entering what they call University or Uni which is what college is here. Some colleges in the UK have both college (in the UK way) as well as University level classes and I think Bird has both. I don't know their acceptance polices for foreign students or your age. Obviously you have to audition as well. This school seems more geared toward performing arts and not just dance. Academics in the UK will expect you to know a lot about their history that we in the USA are not schooled in. This may or may not be a problem, but something you will have to consider as this is also an academic program and you need to get into the school academically as well. There are many colleges in the USA that also have similar courses of study with great reputations for turning out professional dancers and performers too. But even grads from Juilliard and NYU Tisch don't all get work as dancers. There are so few jobs. Only 10% of the best trained dancers get work and only 10% of them can make a living at it. That doesn't hold true for men as there always seems to be work for them as there are a lot less male dancers.

      This is something you will have to figure out yourself as there are no guarantees for a career in dance no matter where you study. Careers are short and injuries can end them quickly. But, if you have the fire in your belly for a dance career along with what else is required along the lines of body, facility and musicality nothing anybody says will stop you. I wish you the best of luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    Is this worth it to do...also how can i raise money?
    I went to this agency and they made me audition and do lines and they liked me but i have no experience with cameras and i didn't know basic terms like "hit the spot" "slate" "copy" so they said I need classes that will just teach me those stuff. But once I get hired I will be getting paid around 10,000-30,000 per commercial.
    However the acting classes are 4 hours every week for 20 weeks and cost 00.
    They want the money paid in full up front.
    Should I do it? My parents are short on money right now. Is there anyway for me (being a 13 years old girl) can raise more money. I have to be 14 to work so I can't get a real job.
    10 points! Thanks!
    oh, it is one on one.

    • ANSWER:
      These are scam schools. I taught for John Robert Powers and Barbazon in Dallas for two years.

      They ask for huge sums of money for you to end up making thousands of dollars. They pay the teachers 20-30 per hour depending on our experience and background.

      Look into the Actors Studio
      Stella Adler Conservatory "This is were I trained for 2 years +"
      Clarence Gilliared who has been a Broadway Actor and on such series as "Matlock" and "Walker Texas Ranger" Teaches The Misner Method in LA, NY, and Texas
      You would want to get a book about the methods before you take a class and understand their formula's.
      Cliff Osmond teaches in your area, is one of the original contract actors from the studio's in Hollywood.
      Ken farmer has a book " Acting is StoryTelling"
      He also has a great book
      "So You Want to be in Commercials" by Ken Farmer and Jeremy Whelan
      Ken also teaches workshops around the country.

      If you want to act in Film. Ken's information is the most user friendly. As you will be exposed to terms and techniques for film. But experience is the best. So extra work, low budget SAG, student films (most of these are without pay, but the characters are usually in your age range)

      Talk to your school drama teacher
      Contact the Aftra/Sag office in your area
      (they will give you the skinny on these types of schools and guide you to reputable teachers and organizations)

      You could contact the Screen Extras Guild and find casting agents who you could work with. Your parent or guardian must be with you.
      Pay ranges from -250 daily.

      Look up the trade mags on line
      Stage
      Hollywood Reported
      Centerstage
      Wired
      etc. too many to remember

      Oh and 10,000 to 30,000 per commercial is what established actors are paid.
      Depending on your venue you will get a day rate as per the markets that the commercial will be shown.
      On local a commercial you can expect to make a flat fee of 500-2,500 dollars. Usually a buy out.
      Commercial print is usually a easy way to get started. Most actors work in this arena as we are not high fashioned looks.

      Good Luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    ??? LOL Read My Funny Event??? Have you Ever Met Someone Famous ?
    I've met someone famous, but not as famous as my friend Hannah. Ok so we all live in St.Louis, MO! So during this year what movie was shot at our airport!!! YEP, " Up in the Air". Ok so my friend has a twin sister and at the time they were going to Texas for a vacation. They were really rushed she told me. She decided they had some time once they went through baggage and she went to go get some iced coffee. Don't worry, the embarrassing part is coming. She gets her coffee and her sister (who for some reason doesn't like iced coffee) is right outside the Starbucks. they begin walking back to their terminal and see they have now 8 minutes. So they begin to pick up the pace or run/walk. Ok before i go on what do you think will happen. She's running with ice coffee, she's talking to her sister (Not paying attention), and their filming " Up in the Air". Ha Ha!! She doesn't pay attention and Guess who she runs into,!!! George Clooney ! Once i heard this i'm like " No way your lying, but her sister stood by her and said it really did happen" she then got a serious look on her face and i knew she wasn't joking, but i begin to laugh anyway. After she runs into him, she accidentally spills half of it on his shirt. How Freaking Embarrassing is that. She was Mortified when she saw who it was. The surprise was he wasn't too mad about it and she just kept replying how sorry she was. He reassured her that it wasn't a big deal and went to wash it out. They talked while walking back to her terminal and her parents were just as shocked and apologized for their daughters actions. He then told them it was all ok and that it was his wake up call for the day. He would say that ! LOL!. I'm still laughing about that Event. Out of all the people to run into you run into this guy. Ha Ha!! Have you ever met anyone famous?

    • ANSWER:
      Met George Clooney hanging out with Mathew McConahey in Austin Texas on 6th street. My sister goes to the same bar as they were at and i was staying with her one weekend and went out.

      their A-Holes in person...

      Met Tommy Lee Jones on 2 different occasions. First time was in 1990. He used to play on a local polo team (lives an hour away), and after a match that year i happen to be walking by him and got to talk to him for a few minutes. Met him again last year at a party my grandmother puts on that he occasionaly goes to.

      In 1982 during Christmas, I was out in California seeing cousins, and we went on the Queen Mary (cruise ship) docked there. While walking around, i stumbled accidently onto the set of "Tales of the Golden Monkey (short lived tv series)". Got to meet the entire cast and was later told (without mentioning it) by a friend that i appeared on the episode being shot.

      in 1987 while attending a private school we got to attend a celebrity rodeo in dallas, and Enos (Sonny Shroyer) from the original Dukes of Hazzards, Wilford Brimley (Cocoon), Bob Eubanks (game show host), and several other lesser remembered celebrities were there.

      So year ive met a few.

  47. QUESTION:
    whats demi lovato's ethnicity?
    okay i know shes italian and hispanic.

    but which one is she more of?

    • ANSWER:
      this is what i found Demi Lovato was born in Dallas, Texas. She is of Hispanic, Irish and Italian descent. She has two sisters: Dallas Lovato, who is also an actress and singer and is five years older than Demi; and Madison DeLaGaraza her half-sister, who is ten years younger than Demi. Her mother, Diana Hart, was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and country recording artist; her father, Patrick, moved to New Mexico after their marriage ended in 1994. He suffered some health problems and rarely sees Demi. But, the father and daughter saw each other for the first time in four years with a surprise visit in February 2008 by Demi. Demi attended school in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District where she went to Cross Timbers Middle School. She was in a choir class for three years there. She is currently home schooled by a tutor due to her career.
      She started acting at the age of six, when she landed her first series regular role as Angela on Barney & Friends, there she met her best friend, Selena Gomez. As time went on Lovato pursued her singing and instrumental career, and she guest starred on Prison Break, Split Ends (pilot) and Just Jordan. In January 2007 she landed a series regular role as Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel original short series As the Bell Rings, which premiered on August 26, 2007 during Disney's Back-to-School special night. She will soon be starring in a new Disney Channel Original Series called Welcome to Mollywood that begins production in September 2008 Lovato also stars in the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock as Mitchie Torres, which premiered on June 20, 2008. She is also filming a movie with Selena Gomez in Puerto Rico called Princess Protection Program. She is a singer and songwriter as well as a musician, playing guitar and piano since the age of eleven.

      Lovato will be opening for the Jonas Brothers on their summer 2008 Burning Up Tour. Lovato also attended the Disney Channel Games 2008 in spring; it is set to air in the summer of 2008 on Disney Channel.

      Her good friends, the Jonas Brothers, have also written songs along with Lovato for her debut album, according to USA Today. Lovato covered the Academy Award nominated song "That's How You Know" from Enchanted on DisneyMania 6

  48. QUESTION:
    Have you ever had any encounters with famous people? Or seen any?

    • ANSWER:
      I think most people have, but famous people aren't necessarily "standing out" in a crowd.

      I've had dinner with some of Robert Rodriguez's family (I used to work with his brother's fiance). He used to have a comic strip in the Daily Texan that paradied his family, so it was kind of fun seeing them in person. Of course, I didn't meet him personally, but it was cool to be a guest of his family. His sister Teresa is really gorgeous, too. Of course, Robert went on to become a famous movie director.

      I've met Neil Patrick Harris (his parents are best friends with my mom.) Neil is brilliant, but he tends to be very introverted, when he's not acting. I've been ballooning with his cousin, who is a really cool guy. I try to get together with him whenever I'm in Albuquerque. Their whole family is extremely intelligent and talented.

      I've seen Kevin Costner having dinner with his kids in a restaurant in Santa Fe. Really beautiful family. You could tell Mr. Costner was a really nice guy, and really patient.

      My cousin is married to Pes, who is a very accomplished director of animation (it's a small circle, but he's very highly regarded). Several of his animation shorts have been featured on YouTube, he has produced several commercials, and he's won an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

      Let's see... well... there are a lot of actors and actresses here in Austin. It's turning into another Hollywood or NYC, as far as the film industry goes. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Willie Nelson... probably a lot I don't even know. They keep a low profile though, so you probably won't see them unless it's at a premiere. Austin is also one of the live music capitals... so a lot of musicians here.

      Speaking of musicians, I saw Elton John years ago in Berlin, and he smiled and nodded at me because I was jumping up and down like an idiot in the front row. That was pretty cool. I'm not gay, but I'm a huge fan. That was about 20 years ago.

      I also went backstage at a Heart concert (just in the waiting area), and waved to Ann and Nancy and wished them a Happy New Year when they came out... (it was a New Year's concert). Ann was having a bad day, but Nancy smiled and wished me a Happy New Year, too. That was also about 20 years ago in Dallas, but still cool enough to remember.

      Oh, and I shook hands with the President and First Lady, when they were still the Governor and First Lady of Texas. I knew as soon as I shook his hand that he would be President, and that was before he even decided to run. Sometimes I see things like that.

      I've met a few admirals and generals, congressmen and senators, both because I was in the military, and because my Dad is really well respected in the military community. (He is a retired colonel, was a command pilot, and was a commander of the Air Force Gunship program. Lots of interesting stories there. He helped to develop the technology that you see on the AC-130 that is in the new Transformers movie... it's the one that finally tears up the scorpion transformer in the desert, if you remember that scene. It's the plane with the side-firing cannons, used for special ops, and is one of the most effective ground support aircraft that the AF currently has.) It was really cool to see that in the movie...

      My uncle is one of the coolest people alive, but he's not that famous... you just have to know him. He was Dean of Students at CUNY, and I think is still a professor in the psychology department.

      Then there's my cousin Sarah, who is a goddess.

      I guess that's about it for now... but there's always tomorrow...

      It's all good!!

  49. QUESTION:
    i know all the basic stuff about Selena Gomez i need stuff that i proply wouldn't know?
    i am only 11 so anwer nicely please

    • ANSWER:
      ok ill make this really easy for u
      Selena Gomez was born on July 22, 1992. For her passions, she enjoys cheer-leading, singing and acting. She's been acting since 2002 in her first TV debut on Barney and Friends as Gianna. Selena is very good friends with her old co-star Demi Lovato (who played Angela). Selena will pursue her acting career and will be in more movies and television shows to come.

      IMDb Mini Biography By: Nicki Wilson

      Trade Mark
      Her big smile

      Trivia
      Best known for playing "Gianna" in Barney.

      Where Are They Now
      (2005) Currently shooting with actress/singer Lalaine in the set of Lizzie McGuire television spin-off Stevie Sanchez for the Disney Channel. She will play Miranda's kid sister Stephanie "Stevie" Sanchez.

      also

      Selena Gomez was born in New York, New York, and raised in Mansfield, Texas. Her first role was on Barney & Friends as Gianna. Selena filmed a pilot as the leading character Stevie in Stevie Sanchez,[citation needed] a spin off of Lizzie McGuire, that was also going to include Miranda Sanchez (LaLaine) from Lizzie McGuire[citation needed] which was not picked up. In July 2007, she appeared in a second-season episode of Hannah Montana as Mikayla, a pop star who is a rival of Hannah Montana.[citation needed] She was in a second episode of Hannah Montana called That's What Friends Are For? which aired on October 19, 2007. Also in 2007, she starred in the second-season of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as Gwen. Lastly she stars as Alex Russo in the Disney Channel original series Wizards of Waverly Place, which premiered on October 12, 2007.[citation needed]

      [edit] Trivia
      Trivia sections are discouraged under Wikipedia guidelines.
      The article could be improved by integrating relevant items and removing inappropriate ones.

      Gomez is very close friends with her old co-star from Barney & Friends, Demi Lovato("As the Bell Rings" Disney Channel Short Series). They have been able to continue their close friendship as they both have shows on the Disney Channel.[citation needed]
      Wizards of Waverly Place was originally called "The Amazing Hannigans", then it was changed to "The Amazing O'Malleys", then it was changed to "Wizards of Waverly Place", then to "Disney Wizards" and now it is back to "Wizards of Waverly Place"[citation needed]
      Gomez enjoys cheerleading, singing and acting.[citation needed]
      The role of Alex Russo was originally offered to Alexa Nikolas but was accepted by Gomez.[citation needed]
      Gomez got the acting bug from her mother, who did local theater in Dallas.[citation needed]
      Gomez was discovered in a nationwide casting call in her hometown of Mansfield, Texas.[citation needed]
      As a child, Gomez watched her actress mom rehearse theater.[citation needed]
      She appeared on radio Disney for the first time on October 26, 2007.[citation needed]
      She went to junior high in Danny Jones Middle School located at Mansfield, Texas in Tarrant County.[citation needed]

      [edit] Filmography

      [edit] Films
      Year Title Role
      2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Waterpark Girl
      2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Julie
      2008 Horton Hears a Who! (post-production) Mayor's daughter (Voice)
      2008 Another Cinderella Story (post-production) Rumored

      [edit] Television
      Year Title Role Episode(s)
      2002-2005 Barney & Friends Gianna Recurring Role
      2005 Stevie Sanchez Stephanie "Stevie" Sanchez Never aired, Also Known As What's Stevie Thinking?
      2006 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Gwen A Midsummer's Nightmare
      2007 Wizards of Waverly Place Alex Russo Lead character
      Hannah Montana Mikayla I Want You to Want Me ... To Go to Florida
      That's What Friends Are For?

      [edit] Music
      "Everything is Not What it Seems" is the Wizards of Waverly Place theme song, performed by Selena Gomez.

  50. QUESTION:
    nick jonas information?

    • ANSWER:
      Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas (born September 16, 1992) is an American singer-songwriter and actor best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a boy band he created with his brothers Joe and Kevin. The Jonas Brothers originally started with a solo singing career for Nick, but when his brothers Kevin and Joe sang backup for him, the record producer liked their sound and signed all three of them.[citation needed]

      Contents [hide]
      1 Biography
      2 Career
      2.1 Acting
      2.1.1 Broadway
      2.1.2 Television
      2.2 Singing
      2.2.1 Solo artist
      2.2.2 Jonas Brothers
      3 Personal Life
      4 Filmography
      4.1 Films
      4.2 Television
      4.3 Guest appearances
      5 References

      Biography
      Nick was born in Dallas, Texas to Denise and Paul Kevin Jonas Sr. He was raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey and is of Irish, Italian, German, and Cherokee descent. He was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 13 and wears an OmniPod insulin pump to help him manage his diabetes.[1] The Jonas' are known for their wholesome, and family-friendly image. The brothers are all committed Evangelical Christians, their father is a former pastor, and they were homeschooled by their mother. In addition, they all famously wear purity rings on their left-hand ring finger and have vowed not to have premarital sex. Joe has said that the rings symbolize "a promise to ourselves and to God that we'll stay pure 'till marriage," and Nick had stated that "it's pretty awesome, and the rings are just one of our ways of kind of like being different than everybody else out there." They started wearing the rings when their parents, Denise and Kevin Sr., asked them if they wanted to.[2] They also abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.

      Career

      Acting

      Broadway
      Nick's career started when he was discovered at the age of 6 in a barber shop while his mother was getting her hair cut and was referred to as a professional show business manager.[3][4][5] At the age of 7, he began performing on Broadway.[6][7] He had acted in several plays, including A Christmas Carol (in 2000 as Tiny Tim and Scrooge at eight), Annie Get Your Gun (in 2001 as Little Jake), Beauty and the Beast (in 2002 as Chip), and Les Misérables (in 2003 as Gavroche).[7][8][9][10] After Les Misérables closed, he performed in The Sound of Music (as Kurt) at the Paper Mill Playhouse.[11]

      Television
      On August 17, 2007, Nick, along with his brothers, guest starred in an episode of Hannah Montana. The episode debuted alongside High School Musical 2 and a sneak peek of the new Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb.[12] The episode broke basic cable records with a record 10.7 million viewers and became basic cable's most watched series telecast ever.[13]

      Nick and his brothers, Joe and Kevin, filmed a Disney Channel Original Movie called Camp Rock where they play a band called "Connect Three." Joe plays the lead male role and lead singer "Shane Gray"; Nick plays the role of "Nate," a guitarist; and Kevin plays the role of "Jason," also a guitarist. A soundtrack for the movie was released on June 17, 2008. The movie premiered on June 20 in the USA on Disney Channel, and Canada on Family.

      The Disney Channel reality short series, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, premiered on Disney Channel on May 16, 2008. The show, which will tentatively run until September 5, 2008, documents Nick, Kevin, and Joe's lives on the Look Me In The Eyes Tour.

      He and his brothers will also be starring in their own Disney Channel Original Series entitled, J.O.N.A.S., which they are currently filming.

      Singing

      Solo artist
      Main article: Nicholas Jonas (album)
      In 2002 while performing in Beauty and the Beast, Nick had written a song with his father called "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)." With background vocals from the Beauty and the Beast cast, Nick performed the song on the 2002 annual Broadway "Equity Fights AIDS" album, Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Vol. 4.[14][15][16] In November 2003, INO Records received a demo copy of "Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)."[17] The label released the song to Christian radio, where it quickly became popular on Record & Radio's Christian Adult Contemporary Chart.[15] While Nick was working on his solo project, Joe followed in his footsteps to Broadway, appearing in Baz Lurhmann's production of La Boheme.

      By September 2004, an executive at Columbia Records found out about Nick's song.[14][15] Nick was soon jointly signed to INO Records and Columbia Records and released the single "Dear God".[18][19] A second single, "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" (a new solo recording), was released on November 16.[20] It was supposed to be followed by a December release of a self-titled solo album Nicholas Jonas, but the album had been pushed back;[21] it did, however, get a limited release.[22] Nick, along with Kevin and Joe, had written several other songs for the album.[14]

      In early 2005, Columbia Records' new president, Steve Greenberg, listen


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