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Tony
Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia

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Hi Tony!
Most people don’t even take the time to tell a person how to reach their goal. I want to thank you for everything and for responding to my messages. Sometimes I just test people to see if they really care about my career and you do. You can continue to send me some tips on how I can accomplish my goals, because you inspire me a lot. Thank you for caring.
Jeffrey, Dallas, TX

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Hi Tony!
Just wanted to say that this site is FANTASTIC! It's helped me quite a bit and it's now my #1 bookmarked item, which means I'm going to be visiting here regularly :) Thanks again,
Rob, aspiring actor, Canada

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Hi!
I absolutely love your site - it's SOOOO helpful and very impressive!
I am a frequent visitor and have signed up for the newsletter, plus I think it's so good I have recommended it to all my acting friends! Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!
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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!
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Tony,
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?
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This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
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The USA O-1
Extraordinary Ability Visa

The USA O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa For Aliens

To be eligible for an O-1 Visa you need to prove that you have an extraordinary ability in the arts or have earned notable achievements in the motion picture or television production industry. This can be a very difficult visa to get because the definition of ‘extraordinary’ is subjective and depends on your field of endeavor.

For artists and entertainers (including live performance artists but not including movies and television):
You have to prove that you have a degree of skill through the recognition you have received and the prominence you have gained as a performer. For example some of your support material for your application will include a copy of the contract of your assignments, a lot of press about your work, letters of support, proof of employment in America, reviews etc.

More On The Extraordinary Ability Visa

For movies and TV: Your skill and the international recognition of your skill has to be well above and beyond the average. For example this visa is probably the visa that your favorite actor or actress from another country has. They get this visa and then are allowed to come to the US to make a movie or star in a TV show or even just be able to audition regularly and get themselves in the mix for available acting jobs.

This point is particulary important. I get so much mail from teens, and other young people especially telling me that they "just need a chance", because they "just know they can do it. They are convinced to have the skill necessary to become an actor. Well for those people, I have built this website and the home-study course. But it is important to know that no one in the acting industry is going to give you a chance if that is your reasoning. And guess what. Neither will the United States government. Either you can prove that you have the skill or you can't. It's that simple. And the government will not even want to listen to "please let me into the US. I know I can do it". Don't waste your time, because they won't fall for it. Prepare yourself and you will have a much better chance of getting that extraordinary ability visa that you desire.

Artists may also be eligible for an O-2 visa to go along with their O-1; these are awarded if a performer needs to come to the US to participate in an event like an exhibition or performance.

There is no specific limitation on the period of stay for an O non-immigrant, another reason it is so popular and something many artists applying for visas aspire to be on due to the freedom and flexibility that it allows.

Other than the USA O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa and the O-2a, see other types of visas you might be eligible for.

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