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Showcase for Acting
In part 5 of this interview, Robert Presley Jr. starts to talk about what it's like going up in front of 50 casting directors and agents in Los Angeles. In this, part 6 of this interview, Robert Presley Jr. (decendent of Elvis Presley), was nice enough to share his experience of meeting with 50 casting directors, talent agents and other industry professionals in a showcase for actors in LA.
In this 7-part interview for the visitors of ActingCareerStartUp.com, he takes us through the entire process from his preparation of scenes, his reel and monologues to actually going up in front of these people to perform. The stakes are high! Read and enjoy and...learn!
Anthony Smith: So in this showcase for acting that you participated in, out of those 50 people that you auditioned for how many actually came up to you and asked you for a meeting?
Robert Presley Jr.: I had…let’s see, in this particular showcasee for acting there were three different occasions that I had to do that. And they say that some people have 6, 8, 10. When I went out last year no one in my group had that kind of a result but there were some industry factors, some forces in play that definitely effected the outcome as in they didn’t have the hunger for the new talent that they would necessarily have because the screen actors guild was in the process of, is in the process of, having some major contract disputes, contracts had expired with producers – so there was the potential for a strike from commercial actors. There was a strong potential to strike so there wasn’t a hunger for new talent, it wasn’t as great as it could have been had there not been that downturn in the acting market. That situation is still not resolved and it still persists right now.
Anthony Smith: Ok, so you actually performed a monologue for them, what were the other two things you said…you said you had three occasions in this showcase for acting…
Robert Presley Jr.: Well, I performed a monologue; I performed a scene with a scene partner. The first occasion is, it’s a meet and greet where the agents and managers and casting directors are coming in to the showcase but they just kind of trickle in. It’s up to you to go and introduce yourself ahead of time and kind of schmooze with them a little bit. The there’s the monologue session. After the monologue session there’s another kind of meet and greet which gives you an opportunity to gage their interest in you and your interest in them. Then you do your scene, then there’s a round table discussion and then you can see at the round table discussion, you can go one on one and press the flesh again and see if there is any interest.
Anthony Smith: So the round table discussion is a round table discussion between whom?
Robert Presley Jr.: It’s between them, but it’s also between them and the actors. They get up there in front of the room in a semi circle, that’s the way this showcase worked, and the actors ask some questions and they also offer feedback to the actors. You don’t have to listen to their feedback- most of them will just tell you Rob Presley we liked this, we didn’t like that, you need more coaching in this area or…
Anthony Smith: So, in the showcase for acting, while they are sitting there that’s when you perform is that it? And then they give you advise right after your finished or do they look at all of them first and then.
Robert Presley Jr.: Yes
Anthony Smith: ok and then there is a question and answer session? And in that question and answer session you can stand up and say, ‘My name is Robert Presley and I would like to know if you have any feedback for me and then they tell you is that what it is?
Robert Presley Jr.: They will offer you the feedback. You can ask them for specific feedback but they will go ahead and give it anyway- they are there to give feedback.
End of part 6. In part 7 of this interview, Robert talks about things to do to increase your chances of getting representation at an actor showcase.
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