Monday, February 7, 2011

"I wanna be a famous actor!"

This is the cry of many youngsters who want to start an acting career.
There's nothing wrong with it. This video from
will make you think about it in a different way. Check it out.

For information about what the real first steps are to starting an acting career, visit

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I signed up for background work, but they're not calling me

QUESTION: I signed up with an agency in Toronto for background work, but they aren't calling me. Do you know why not?


If you signed up with that agency for background work, they would know if there is any available. You would have to contact them directly and ask. If they are not calling you, there is a reason. It could be that there is no work for your type, maybe no films are shooting or your headshot and resume are not sufficient or haven't been received. Try and understand why you are not being contacted. BUT, first let some time pass. You should wait at least a few weeks. And then, the question is, "What's your plan for keeping in touch with them?"

Good luck to you!

Advice for mothers of child actors

QUESTION: Do have advice for the mothers of child actors?


The more I do what I'm doing here on, the more I realize that these young kids who come here to visit need the support of their parents. That's one of the reasons why I put together pages like these:

I am just about finished building a home study program in which I will walk new actors and their parents through the steps I believe are necessary to be successful. It will be ready soon. If you agree, I will put you on the list so you can see what it is like.

Also, you might find these two video interviews helpful that I did with a youth talent agent and a teen acting teacher, both in Hollywood:

And finally, have a look at this page:

I hope this helps. Would love to know how and if this information is helpful to you and/or what other type of information you would find helpful. Thank you and good luck with your child actor!

What should I be doing to start my acting career?


What advice can you give me with regard to starting my acting career to make sure of having a good chance of succeeding?


My best advice is that you do research, so that you really and truly understand what you are getting yourself into. Start here.

I've been answering this question for the last three years and I realized that the best possible answer I could give is what I have just created. It's a home-study course that goes over 24 weeks and that, with videos of me explaining and showing new actors EXACTLY what they need to do and EXACTLY HOW TO DO IT. It is designed to have people already working as actors even before the course is finished. It will be ready in about two weeks. I'll put you on the list so that you know when it's ready.

I hope this has helped you.