According to Erin, she was in the airport in Santa Fe, New Mexico reading USA TODAY Living Section. One of the articles was about an Australian group called Gotye. Erin is a lover of music, so after reading the name of the group and the song, she instantly went to ITUNES and downloaded the song. She was an instant fan and fell in love with it. Upon her return to New Orleans, she called B97 FM and asked them to play the song. She wanted everyone to know. They had never heard of the song, much less the Australian group. Low and behold, they played the song on air and later gave Erin a shout-out for bringing the song to their attention.
So, needless to say, when Goyte announced their concert tour was coming to New Orleans, Erin was quick on the phone to purchase tickets. She also, signed up to the group's FACEBOOK site and left messages for Wally, front man of the group. Her message, "I'll be at the concert tonight, and I'll be at your tour bus to meet you." End of story. NOT!
Erin and I are concert and Broadway Show buddies. We have been attending concerts and shows together since she was ten years-old. Her first concert was George Michael, third row front and center. I thought she was going to faint when he came so close to her and shook his head and sweat splattered on her. OMG! Memories. We have also seen some great performances including Pink Floyd and Elton John and numerous Broadway performances including Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Cats, and more. But, last night it was her night to introduce me to Gotye.
Gotye rocked the concert. Song after song was just as good as the other. Erin was in her glory jus watching me enjoy a new musician she brought to me. Then, the concert ended. How sad.
Well, not exactly. You see, Erin and I have a tradition and that is always to go to the area to meet the artists by the tour buses etc. So, why break tradition now? The only problem was the security guard. That didn't stop this old grandmother groupie of The Rolling Stones as I showed her how to get past all of that. I won't reveal my secret. But, we were successful. We got to the backstage area and she got to meet Wally.
What a "happening" ending!
I know that you probably have heard at least one of Goyte's songs, Somebody I used to Know. I even knew this one. His other songs are fantastic too. Check out the group, like them on Facebook, and purchase their album. You'll be addicted. For more information and tour dates visit his website at: www.gotye.com .
|Dr. Mel after the Gotye concert with front man Wally, and Erin Gamvrogianis. That's how we roll.|
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By Dr. Melissa Caudle
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- They are committed to more than one actor.
- They have other interests or high profile actors they push harder.
- They only concentrate on one market, e.g., only casting opportunities in their state and not nationwide.
- There could be another actor with similar features and abilities that has more acting experience that they push harder than you.
- They may believe in you, but you aren’t getting booked so they don’t push you as hard.
- They don’t like your initial head shots and you haven’t updated your information.
- They concentrate on another area in the business, such as print work, and not so much on film or television.
- Resume – a clean a professional look according to industry standards.
- Head shots (different styles) – no snapshots. Professional head shots only.
- Demo Reels (different genres) – use current footage and put your best work first.
- Business Cards with your head shot – professionally printed if possible.
- Website – clean, fresh, current, that features you.
- Blog or Podcast – suggested, but not mandatory.
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- Attend open auditions, as many as possible and introduce yourself to the casting director.
- Attend workshops offered by casting directors in your area. Essentially, you will have to pay to participate and there will likely be 20 to 30 other actors included as well as yourself. However, you will have an opportunity to perform a scene with another actor. Most workshops provide the scenes for you; therefore, hone up on your cold read skills. The last thing you will want is to perform a scene and do a poor job. They will remember that too. As a result, I strongly recommend that new actors stay away from this until they have taken classes with a seasoned acting coach and have had plenty of practice performing in front of a group.
- If a casting director publishes an article or was a guest on a television show, send them a handwritten note telling them how much you enjoyed it. But, also include something specific or quote they made that either helped you are you took to heart. The key is to make it personable. And, why you are doing it, AVOID the temptation to say, "I'm available if you should need me," or "I look forward to meeting you and working with you someday." This isn't the time nor place. You'll be remembered more by not pointing out those things and keeping the personal note, personal and focused on them and not you.
- Do showcases where you know casting directors are going to be in attendance.
- Attend social networking events for films in your area.
- Contact your local SAG/AFTRA office and ask them if they know about any casting director events. The key is to stay informed and in the loop.
- The reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
- An intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
- Determination; resoluteness.