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Getting Ready For A Showcase For Actors
Interview with Actor Robert Presley Jr.
In part 1 of this interview, Robert gave us an introduction to what the showcase he would participate in would be like. In this, part 2 of this interview with new actor Robert Presley Jr. (decendent of Elvis Presley), we talk about the preparation for his trip to LA for a showcase, in which he would meet with and perform for LA casting directors and agents. If you are thinking about going to LA for acting, there is some great information here for you.
Robert Presley Jr.: ...preparing to go to LA for a showcase for actors.
Anthony Smith: That makes me think of another thing, those books I gave you and the lists of casting directors and agents…
Robert Presley Jr.: Yes!
Anthony Smith: Then you could take something like that and look those people up and see exactly what they are looking for in that particular moment and help you better prepare for the showcase for actors.
Robert Presley Jr.: I realized after the showcase for actors was over, it dawned on me, it really kind of upset, because we should have known about that ahead of time, we should have been given those facts ahead of time. We should have had that list one, two weeks before we even went to LA so we could do our research and know who are targets were. But that was a failing on the part of the Actor’s Market. The Actor’s Market did not do the research they needed to do for the event. But I know now, the things I need to do to prepare. So I can’t count on them, what I can count on them to do is to get the people in.
Anthony Smith: If we could just talk a little bit about your preparation. How did you prepare for that trip?
Robert Presley Jr.: Well I knew I needed a monologue. Another thing I did, I had produced an audition reel and that was a series of four acting scenes. One of them was from a prime time show that I worked on and the other three were original material that I had shot with actors in New York and edited here, The Actor’s Market hired them and helped me put that together as well. Anybody can do your reel, you can do your reel, whatever, so that was a piece I got done. I did a lot of homework and eventually got a monologue, which The Actor’s Market actually helped provide me with a monologue, they helped me choose what monologue would be a good piece for me. It was the role of an attorney in a scene from The Practice; they actually bought that monologue to the table. I found a scene from a film that I wanted to use. They helped me weed out what would work and what wouldn’t work, they helped me decide. But you have to work; you have to do your homework. You had to be aggressive with them, be on their back about it. If you are not proactive them you are not going to get anything. You have to really use them as a resource but you have to work them because if you don’t work them, they won’t work. I learned that. Anyway, once a monologue was chosen I started working on it. One mistake I made was, I didn’t get a monologue coach and I should have had a monologue coach. Another thing is, you need to be rehearsing this, 30 days before you go.
End of part 2. In part 3 of this interview, Robert talks about some other things he needed to have to be prepared to go to the showcase.
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