We know there are many opportunities out there for actors to get commercial work through online casting services.  We also understand that budgets can be tight and hiring a talent through an agent might feel like a possible budget buster, which is generally not the case.  We represent and protect the actor while giving them as many solid opportunities as possible.  That being said we are always negotiable. 

We have been made aware of many casting calls that might seem like good ideas on paper but in reality you are being taken advantage of.  Not only can these casting services be unreliable but they leave out legitimate agents and casting directors (The people who strive to help you make a living from the career you have invested in).  In various ways these online casting services disguise their low rates, which is another way this market races to the bottom. 

Here is an example of something you might see that looks good on paper.

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In this day and age, technology is all the hype.  We have read many blogs and articles about how technology has affected our business, for better and for worse.  Voiceover auditions at home, self-taping on your phone and the selfie.  The selfie has become the next headshot.  Clients want to know what you look like at that exact moment.  We love it!  Most days.  Here are three tips to providing a great selfie.

Take your time!   

  • When you are first asked for a selfie make sure you know when the deadline is.  Most likely it will be EOD (End Of Day).  Sometimes a project might be more urgent and we need it within the hour. 
  • Look the part!  Read/listen to the details of the selfie.  Is this for a doctor role?  Wear a pressed shirt.  Is this for a basketball player?  Try wearing a jersey.  Always, and we can’t state this enough, always look professional and prepared.  Just because it’s a selfie doesn’t mean you need to send a duck face picture while eating...

I recently finished filming the SAG-AFTRA Ultra Low Budget film “Cold November” that I was able to audition for through Moore Creative Talent. It was one of those projects that I could have said no to very easily. I would need to film in Hibbing for 3 straight weeks (my family wasn’t too thrilled about that), this was only the director’s second feature film, the lead was an 11 year old on a very tight schedule, all being filmed during one of the most unpredictable times for weather in MN (we had sun, rain and snow alternating throughout the filming). A continuity nightmare!  The cast and crew were being hosted in family and friends’ houses because hotel rooms were cut from the budget to free up some funds .

I know it sounds scary. Red flags everywhere, and yet, I felt a strong sense of commitment and drive from the director, ...

There’s this movie from the late 70s that I like. It has a small cult following. Not a weird film, just one that is not terribly well known.

Using the inter-net, I recently discovered that one of the actors, Ted Conroy*, has his very own website. There he was. Good photos, too. He's also a director. Hm. Not surprising. And he's still rockin’ it after decades in the industry. 

I dropped him a line telling him that he did a very good job in that film and also that – ha ha! – I supposed he was probably tired of people referring to a movie that is over 35 years old now. I also mentioned, briefly, that I do a fair amount of theater when I can.

Three days later I got an email via Backstage, a website that keeps people up to date on auditions and shows and so forth. I had all but forgotten that I had an account on that site, but I did, with my headshot, my resume, and all kinds of info about myself, down to my shoe size (...

They say that high risk means high reward, and I am not sure who “they” are… but “they” are right. It all started with a phone call.

I check my phone and I have an inbound call from Moore Creative Talent. Carol tells me, “Greg I have an interesting proposition for you.” I had been submitted for a reoccurring character on an episode of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and that if I was interested I need to find my way to Chicago in three days for the audition. High risk, high reward, I kept thinking to myself. Tickets were booked, friends were spoken to, and couches for sleeping were arranged.

I would be auditioning for the biggest casting agent in Chicago, Claire Simon. Needless to say, I was nervous. Between the money spent on the plane ticket, my food and everything else, this was one of those ‘I gotta ace this one’ moments.

From my perspective, the audition went well.   I was informed...