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Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia
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Rob, aspiring actor, Canada
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Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
Laura Doukas, Actress
I did what you said and I got two interviews with two agents! Thank you! Sorry but can I ask you how do I prepare to go meet the agent? What do I have to do?
Marsha P., New York, NY, USA
This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA
Are you wondering if actor websites are really necessary? After reading this brief interview, Ill let you be the judge of that.
Thom Goff is a former actor and manager of his own theatre company. He began working for Breakdown Services, Ltd in 1989 and later took over the reigns of the NY office. Today Thom is the Director of Breakdown Services, Ltd New York.
Tony: Thom, given that you work for a company that provides an online service for actors, what are your general thoughts about actors creating an online presence for themselves? How important is it?
Thom: In this day and age it is important to have something on the web where you can be found. You might be getting into acting because you really like it, because its a dream you have or because you are really passionate about it or whatever, but if you want to be successful, you must realize that you are actually creating a business. This is your business. You are your business. And any business in this day and age that doesnt have a web presence isnt going to be much of a business; whether that means that you pay to have a site created for you or you use one of the many free services that there are online.
On ActorsAccess.com for example, you have that possibility. You can set up your own page on which you can put your résumé, profile and 2 free pictures and even video (a one time fee) and audio if you want. There is search capability for casting directors as well to actually be able to find you or rather an actor of your type. You have the opportunity to send out a link to your page with your résumé, pictures, video, etc. on it to casting directors, agents or fans.
Some people even go to places to make their actor websites like Myspace or Facebook to create a page about themselves. Ive seen actors go to Yahoo Groups and create a group about themselves and have people join their group so that they have someone to send notices to when they are appearing in something. On all these types of web services, people place text, pictures of themselves of productions they were in as well as video clips.
Just look at what YouTube can do. How many times have you heard about a video that someone passed along on YouTube? An example is a link to a video that somehow landed in my mailbox of a 19-year-old boy singing I said I wont go. Because of that video, he ended up on the program The View. So you see, things can happen that come from people you dont even know, who are looking at the things you place online.
That example could very well be the exception to the rule, but one thing is for sure, if you dont do anything, you wont even have a chance at getting recognition.
Actor websites are important, but whatever you do, its important to have something. There is something out there to help you establish a web presence, whether you have a lot of money, a little bit of money or no money at all. You must do something if you are serious about wanting to work as an actor. You are a business and todays businesses have websites.
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Just wanted to thank you for bringing me in to [audition for the video], meet you and chat this Saturday. I was really excited to hear about your working on actingcareerstartup.com and even took a look at it today - it's awesome! You are very well-spoken, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and it shows through the work that you do! I hope our paths in the industry will cross again and really enjoyed meeting you. Thanks, again and best wishes with your very important work!
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