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What's Your Type?
When looking for an acting agent, TYPE is an extremely important concept that many young aspiring actors either overlook or dont fully understand. It makes a big difference in helping an actor to funnel his/her marketing efforts. It helps keep them focused in that they are better able to create a message that speaks to the casting director, agent, director or other industry professional whose attention they wish to get.
To better illustrate what the concept of type is and how it can help you, let me tell you about a question I received not long ago along with the answer I gave.
Question: If you were to produce a film about your life, who would you get to play you and why?
My Answer: That's a fun question! And it is one that has hidden meaning and value.
Actor Denzel Washington. Maybe not so much from the look, but from the attitude and the similarity of the type of actor he is.
What Type Are You?
That brings me to type. Especially if you are looking for an acting agent, this is a great first question to start thinking about what your type is. When pitching yourself to casting directors and agents, you should know that! Not only who would play you, which is an interesting question, but what types of roles.
For example, (I know you didn't ask, but your question inspired me!) I was watching TV with my son and we were talking about acting. I told him that I see myself in a lot of roles that Denzel plays. He told me (he's 11 years old), "Papà you're pretty good at acting, but you're not as good as Denzel." I smiled and said, with my feelings a little hurt, "I'm not saying I'm as good of an actor as Denzel...YET! I'm just saying that I see myself in the types of roles he plays."
To prove the point, we both wanted to watch the dvd of the movie Man On Fire starring Denzel. There is a scene in that movie in which Denzel's character is training the little girl he has been paid to guard. She is a swimmer. During that scene my son looked at me and smiled and conceded that I was right. That scene was so much like what I do with him when I train him, both in the way I talk to him, the attitude, everything!
It was a great moment!
So, to finish answering your question, when I say that when you are looking for an acting agent that you need to know your type, here is what I mean. When asked what my type is, I respond:
So when you are thinking about your type, if you can THEN find some examples of actors in specific roles in specific movies, dramas, plays, soaps or whatever, then that kind of completes the answer.
A noted casting director for CBS once told one of her classes in which I was a participant, that if we are interested in theatre, we should go see plays. If we are interested in acting in films, then we should go to the movies often and if we are interested in acting on television, that we should watch television and the shows and programs we are interested in pursuing. She said, Look hard and find yourself, because you are already out there somewhere. What she meant was that there is another type, another actor or actress who is very similar to you, who is already working. Find that actor and begin to understand even more, what your type is.
Thanks for asking the question and don't forget that you need to know your type!
So having said that and now that you are looking for an acting agent, whats your type?
There are certainly other things you need to do first before you are ready to put yourself out into the acting industry, but if you think you are ready, then by all means start looking for an acting agent.
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