By: Lisa Dobbyn
I just had to share some awesome news with you. Some months ago, I watched your webinar with Danielle Eskinazi - from that I learned that she pays attention to her actors on social media, so I began a Twitter relationship with her - keeping up to date with her workshops, retweeting valuable insights she shared etc.
I'm not sure if you remember, but back then YOU went to bat for me by suggesting and recommending my work on Twitter - solidifying and progressing that relationship. Weeks later, Danielle met me at a workshop for the first time and we discussed you and The Actors Green Room. I read some copy, Danielle gave me really positive feedback and I felt confident that I "brought it" and looked forward to getting called in to her office.
Then...nothing. Crickets. For a split second, I wondered if maybe I hadn't done my best work in the room. I wondered if maybe there was something I'd missed, or if I'd been too pushy. But from everything I've learned in The Green Lounge, I reminded myself that I had to be patient and keep moving forward. "If you build it...", right??
Cut to this morning. My commercial agent calls me. He says, "Get ready to go STRAIGHT TO PRODUCERS tomorrow morning for a commercial spot with...wait for it....Danielle Eskinazi"!
HUGE reminders for me - CREATE the relationship. TRUST in the process. DO the work. MOVE forward. BELIEVE.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the MAGIC that is the Actors Green Room. Now, excuse me while I go squeal and pirouette around my kitchen. :)
Can't wait to see you in LA!!
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By: Jonas Cohen
I booked my second co-star role. Power was back in November as you may remember. And today I'm shooting Blue Bloods after a great class with Kim Miscia AND the amazeballs coaching of Jessica Blank and the strategizing of Jordan Ancel. I mean, seriously? Why isn't everyone coaching with Jess? Lucky for me she has availability.
I also want to say I made a DECISION for TV this year. In particular, I had 3 theater opportunities for January. It was hard but I had to turn them down. It was hard because theater is known to me and going out of town is what I've always done. This time I said no. Jordan said to me, "you say you want TV. What kind of message does it send to your agents if you tell them that's what you want but then take the theater gigs? When I turned down a gig in Indiana my agent said, "I can only put things in front of you. I won't tell you what to do unless I think you're gonna do something stupid. But I think you are absolutely 100% doing the right thing!" Everyone was right. If I'd taken the theater gig I'd be freezing my butt off in Indiana right now instead of writing this to you from the Blue Bloods costume shop where I'm having my fitting. This afternoon I shoot a scene with Dakin Matthews and Bridget Moynahan....um, yeah!
It's so important and Jordan has hammered this home. Success = DECISION + Action + Commitment
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By: Michael Silberblatt
Hey Jen and the AGR team!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you guys do for actors here in NYC. I've been to all the major networking studios here in NYC... and AGR is the only one in which I feel that the staff truly goes out of its way to care for its team members and the people involved in this business. From Jane Dashow's hilarious opening shpeels, to Jen's consistent industry vetting, to the fellow AGR'ers in the online Facebook page... everyone really does seem to be working together. I don't know how you managed pull it off so successfully, but I'm so glad you did.
I'm happy to share a couple exciting success stories - one from the AGR voiceover night last October, and one from this December's AGR Agent Night!
1.) AGR Voiceover Night (October 21st, 2015)
--- Voiceover has been a part of my life since age 13. Although I already had VO representation, I signed up for this event because I wanted to get in front of the major casting directors that were in attendance. Sure enough, after the event I was called in to read for a commercial at SoundLounge! The agents in attendance provided excellent feedback (both in writing and in person), I now have a slew of casting director relationships to boot, and I'm finally getting into those coveted audition rooms!
2.) AGR Agent Night (December 2nd, 2015)
--- I was called in to discuss representation with two of the agents in attendance and was offered to sign with one of them on the spot. I'm thankful to finally be pursuing TV, Film, and Theatre auditions outside of the limited options available for unrepresented actors via self-submission. 2016 is off to a great start.
Seriously, you guys are the best. I've been a regular AGR'er this past year and have done my diligent homework developing relationships with key CDs for show's I'm right for. I paid close attention to your (very many :P) emails about making sure your 'type' is honed-in (in my case, the "intense, dark, intelligent, brooding, troubled young adult"), your marketing materials are up-to-date and in order (www.michaelsilberblatt.com), and you have a killer headshot and resume. It seems to be working well so far.
I haven't been lucky enough to meet Jen yet but perhaps that'll change! I hope to maintain a long-term relationship with you guys.
Thanks again for changing my life; I mean that sincerely and without irony.
By: Frances Brennand Roper
I am writing this at the beginning of the year in the hope that I can inspire whoever reads it, that staying open and focusing on the "long game" as Kevin Spacey puts it, will always win in the end.
At around this time last year, I got a phone call from Jen, (Whom I have know for a very long time and love!) At the moment she called I was in the gym getting "ready" for Pilot season...I didn't however have an LA agent or manager at the time and believe me those rooms are very difficult to get into unless you have help!!
She said, "Ross Meyerson needs help in LA with a pilot, are you interested?" "Let me call you back asap," I said. I immediately picked up the phone and called my then manager in NYC and asked him what he thought, considering working on the pilot would take me out of being able to audition for any jobs for at least 6 weeks...he said "why not?" and he was right!
"Yes, I'm in!" I said twenty minutes later. "Great, I'll email Ross." Now let me say at this moment that I had never worked as a casting assistant before on a pilot. I had helped cast commercials, yes, and a couple of movies, absolutely, but nothing and I mean nothing prepared me for the whirlwind that was about to move into my life.
When Ross emailed me I won't lie, I was terrified, having known nothing about what project I would be working on when I said yes, I then found out I would be working on CBS'S Limitless with Bradley Cooper and K/O Paper Products producing, and Marc Webb (500 days of Summer and Spiderman) directing the Pilot. I mean talk about getting to be in one of the most exciting casting rooms in Los Angeles...and believe me, it was.
I just kept saying to myself, I am going to get the absolute most out of this experience and work as hard as I possibly can to help Ross find the best cast!! I tried to learn on my feet as quickly as I could, while being totally in awe every morning as I drove onto the Universal parking lot. It was like a dream come true, to work with this amazing casting director, to watch him work with actors, to be in the producer sessions and to truly see how the other side of pilot season works. I took time to talk with everyone, from producers,and writers to assistants, interns - while not getting in their way!! And I did everything I could to try and make Ross's Job easier. We sometimes worked from 9am till 11pm, but we laughed as often as we could and ate lots of m & m's!! After 6 weeks and a vigorous search of the world, Limitless was cast and I cannot express how proud I was to be a part of it.
Let me just say at this point, that Casting Director's are incredible and I have nothing but the upmost respect and appreciation for the amount of work they pour into making what we see on tv and in films compelling. They are genuinely the unsung hero's of the entertainment industry and we should all be aware of that every time we get the opportunity to audition for anything no matter how big or small it is. #castingdirectors4oscars
Working with Ross and the rest of the team at Tucker Meyerson, was one of the most extraordinary experiences I have ever had and this was only the beginning. He introduced me to a few of the agents he thought would be appropriate for me in LA, and personally recommended me. After emailing lots of different agencies and taking meetings I was thrilled to sign with Monica Barkett at Global Artists Agency. She then also introduced me to the wonderful woman who is now my manager, Kelly Tiffan at KTM Artist Group. Both these women have worked at one the top three agencies (you know the ones) and moved later in their careers to develop talent. They are amazing, and I have to pinch myself most of the time that in just one year I went from 0 to 100 and now have a team who believe in me, and who I trust entirely.
I began almost instantly to audition for bigger jobs, and since then I have consistently been sent to producers for recurring guest stars, series regular roles, and auditioned for lots of amazing movies. I also kept in touch with many of the producers from the show and drummed up the courage to pitch episode ideas to the show runner, Craig Sweeny. He and I had many long conversations about network television and telling stories. He even at one point suggested I should be a writer, and I am proud to say that having pitched my ideas as a freelance writer, Episode 109 of Limitless entitled "Headquarters!" this season was mine. I even got a full "story by" credit and my own title card on the episode, and am now a member of the Writers Guild of America.
Even in writing this it is hard to fathom that I did all of this in one year, but it all started with me saying yes to someone that I trusted and doing something completely unknown. I took a risk, stepped outside of my comfort zone of just "being an actor" and learnt more than I could possibly write in this message.
My intention in writing this is only to encourage everyone who reads it to do something that normally terrifies you and stay completely open to the challenge. As artists we have no idea what might happen from one day to the next, no idea at all. But, if you can keep your heart open and your head up, then life is literally a canvas at your fingertips.
Having a team of people who believe in you, who you are grateful for and trust is like having a family you built yourself. The Actors Green Room is the first place that I learnt that, it's the first place I ever felt at home and accepted and there is a reason why it is such a success. It's because Jen runs it from her heart, from her passion, her love of actors and all the things we can create as a community. And to this indomitable woman I am abundantly grateful! #jen4president
Let me finish by just saying, oak trees do not grow overnight. Anything worth having takes time, effort and patience. But, I truly believe that whatever you put out into the universe will be reflected back at you and I know that if you put your heart and soul into everything you do, and be kind and gracious along the way, that in time, when the moment is right and you are truly ready, whatever you dream of will manifest. For the first time in my career as an actor I am looking forward to having a busy and exciting pilot season, and "fingers crossed" writing more stories for the show where it all began!
To 2016 - I hope everyone of you has the most amazing year and that all your dreams come true!!
Winterize Your Skin
By: Elana Safar
That goes for you, too, men!
Northeastern friends, are you running around with dry hands, a tight and uncomfortable-feeling face, or cracked lips? If the onset of freezing temperatures makes you all feel like crying “SOS!” (save our skin) then it is time to ‘winterize’ your skincare routine! Grab your holiday bonus and stock up on some hero products that will help you retain a healthy complexion throughout the brutal winter months.
First, the news isn’t all bad. Cold air actually harbors less bacteria than warm air, so your face will be less oily and see fewer breakouts. However, the unfortunate effect of a dry climate (and forced heat) is dehydrated skin, which appears tired or takes the form of temporary fine lines. That means your on-camera close up may be misleading. To quote Michelle Tanner, “How rude!”
Here are my skin-salvation must-haves, with my advice on where to save versus splurge.
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