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An Actor Showcase
In part 4 of this interview Robert talks what kind of headshots he needed to have in order to be ready for the showcase. In this, part 5, New Actor Robert Presley Jr. (decendent of Elvis Presley), tells what it's like going up in front of casting directors and agents and other industry professionals in a showcase. It can be intimidating, especially when there are 50 people to see and who are watching you perform to see if you have what it takes!
Anthony Smith: So they set all this up for you then and they just charge you a fee to set this up ad they take you out to Los Angeles and they introduce you to different industry professionals casting directors, agents, to help you get recognized is that it, is that the way it works?
Robert Presley Jr.: Well, yeah sort of they set up the actor showcase. And its over a Friday, Saturday, Sunday weekend, they pull together, they guarantee that they pull together at least 50 of the top managers, talent agents and casting directors for a series of about four or five showcases where you, basically they are like audition sessions and you are in front of these people to audition. Two things happen when you are there in front of them, you do a monologue and then you do a scene with a scene partner but you don’t do it concurrently, there is a round of monologues … the whole session is, one session, one showcase that just consists of the people kind of file in you greet them as they are coming in then everyone is seated and they begin the actor showcase.
You do a monologue, there is a group of actors and each one goes up, in whatever order has been selected, you do your monologue, then once the monologues are finished there is another meet and greet- kind of a wine and cheese thing that happens for a few minutes and then that’s over with and you do your scene with your scene partner. So if you have a group of, if there’s 16 actors there will be 8 scenes and then after that there is a round table session where all the people go to the front of the room and kind of sit in a semi circle and then the actors sit in a panel and ask them questions. And the people will offer their feedback as well as the actors asking them questions to try to get to know them, to try to probe for interest and then after that is over with, or even sometimes during that or even after the monologues or after the round table sessions, the managers or talent agents will come up to you and express interest in having a meeting with you for potential representation. And if they don’t come up to you it is your responsibility to go up to them and kind of probe their interest. They might not come up to you for whatever reason but there might be a slight interest of some kind and once you go to talk to them, you kind of ask them point blank ‘is there an opportunity for us to take a meeting? Do you have interest?’
End of part 5. In part 6 of this interview, Robert talks about other things that are needed to have a chance to get talent agent representation at an actor showcase such as headshots. He gives some good detail as to what kind of headshots are needed.
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