Casting directors already scheduled include Brooke Franqui, Bob Luke, Robin Carus and Tom Rowan, as well as sponsoring hosts Valerie Adami of Weist Barron and reel guy Jeremy Handelman. The event will also be offering headshot evaluations and consultations, as well as audition protocol discussions, with TRU Literary & Casting Director Catherine Lamm and TRU photographer Ellis Gaskell.
ABOUT SPEED DATING. How does it work?
There are eleven stations each manned by a sponsor who offers you a service. TRU puts you in a group of eleven, each person starting at a different station. You spend three minutes finding out about your "date." Or telling them about yourself. Or asking for advice. Or kvetching. It's your three minutes. They let you know when thirty seconds remain, and then they let you know when three minutes are up and you have to move to the next station. As a thank you, your "date" will give you a coupon for a discount or special offer (these offers are given only to people who go through Speed Dating). At the end of a thirty-minute (approximately) circuit, they bring in the next group of eleven. While you're waiting, you can drink and socialize. Join the Discussion Group.
For more information, visit www.truonline.org/ActorsResourceNightOct10.htm. Other upcoming TRU workshops include Practical Playwriting: How to Write for Commercial Production on Saturday, October 16 from 10am to 5pm; and a new Director-Writer Communications Lab on Saturday, October 23. Details about all TRU programs can be found online at www.truonline.org.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and Weist Barron present the actor workshop Building Your Reel on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 7pm at Weist-Barron Studios, 6th Floor, 45 W. 45th Street, NYC.
One of the single most important weapons in an actor's arsenal is his demo reel. "How long should it be?" "What type of footage should be included?" "There is a great scene but it's poorly shot. Should it be included?" "There is not enough footage for a reel. Should a scene be shot or a slate included?"
Three industry experts will take participants through the process of building their reel from a creative, technical and marketing perspective. Actors will hear what casting directors look for, what footage works best, how to stand out from the crowd, what to expect from a video editor, the pitfalls to avoid, and how to best distribute their reels.
The workshop will include:
-Presentations by: Annie Chadwick (actress, founder of Up To Date Theatricals, and career consultant); Brette Goldstein (casting director for film, commercials, industrials and theater; audition coach); and Jeremy Handelman (commerical theater and video producer and founder of Wag That Reel).
-Examples of actual reels
-Evaluation of attendees' reels
Actors attending the workshop who already have a reel are invited to submit their reel in advance. Two or three of these reels will be pre-selected to be presented to the workshop attendees and evaluated by our panel. Participants must register to attend by emailing TRUnltd@aol.com, then they should contact Jeremy Handelman at info@WagThatReel.com to make arrangements to drop off demo reel on DVD.
FREE for TRU members; $20 for non-members. Reservations are REQUIRED; e-mail TRUnltd@aol.com to reserve a spot.
So what’s this about “Speed Dating”? Is this a fix-up? Nah, it’s nothing romantic. Is it an audition? Nah - no monolog slam, or need to be on. You don’t even have to sign up for “Speed Dating” to party with us.
Sign-in starts at 7:00pm and the first “Speed Date” cycle is at 7:15. Admission is FREE for members of TRU; $15 for non-members. To reserve a space or to become a member of TRU, please call 212-714-7628 or e-mail TRUnltd@aol.com – RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Email reservations are preferred.
Space is limited to 30 participants per night. TRU Actor Resource Nights are held every third month, in addition to monthly seminars offered by TRU for actors.