I am so grateful to the people who read my blogs. It's been a while. Mainly because I have been busy working. Lucky me! Some people see that I am working and want to know how. Good question. It has not been easy and it continues to be a struggle. I have learned from the ground up. I came to New York as an immigrant on a student visa and already 33. I knew nobody, I didn't have an apartment, I was struggling for cash, I did not even know what an E.P.A. was. I had to learn quickly. Acting classes lead to me wanting to stay and pursue my life here. On social media, it might look easy and that luck has served me well. The reality is long and hard work, patience and tenacity. Success (for most of us) does not happen overnight and it is certainly not a constant. The Actor's friend blossomed from people asking me about getting in the room.
And questions like these:
How did you get your Equity Card?
How did you book Soderbergh film without an agent?
How did you get in the room at Irish rep?
How did you book your first Off-Broadway play?
How did you become SAG-AFTRA?
How did you get appointments for T.V. without representation?
The answer to ALL of the questions above: CASTING DIRECTORS.
I often hear actors complain about how hard it is to get in the room. Often they think getting representation will solve this. Not so. Of course good representation can help you but you need to do ground work in building relationships with the gatekeepers. Casting directors hold the key.