DR. MEL'S WEEKLY MESSAGE
Wait! I get it. It just dawned on me. It is a tradition and the true meaning has been forgotten.
If you bake, bake cookies or a cake of some sort. If your a poet, write a poem for that one person that has meant so much to you. If you can't bake or write poetry, and you have other specials talents, use them. You could always detail someones car, help them do errands, or in my case a very good friend colors my hair for me. My talent is producing, so I made a DVD to give to family members or our greatest family Christmas Talent Show. To do this, only cost me my time and a couple of DVD to burn copies for them. And, when all else fails, there is nothing wrong with a simple smile, a hug, and telling someone how much they mean to you.
So, this year, when you give someone a gift or you are given a gift, my Christmas wish is that you would smile and remember why you are getting a gift in the first place - it's Jesus' birthday. Then, smile and spread the Christmas love and cheer.
STRIKE THREE AND YOUR OUT!
By Dr. Mel Caudle
It has been less than two months since Robby and I officially announced our talent agency, LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP (www.lacanola.com). So far, things are going smoothly. We represent 87 actors, 7 screenwriters, and 4 musicians or bands.
WOW! In the scheme of things, it sounds like a lot. But, when you divide that into five staff members who work 24 hours a day, it all seems to work out. You see, we divide our time between the hours of the day to make sure we get ALL BREAKDOWN services and casting notices first. One of us, is manning the breakdowns and submitting you as soon as they come in 24-hours-a-day.
And, speaking of submissions, last week we sent out the submission reports to those actors who requested them. Take a look at your submissions as you will see the times of the day in which you were submitted. Take note of how many of your submissions were during the Midnight to 6:00 AM slot. This almost guarantees that your submissions were probably the first ones the casting director or producer received as we submit as soon as they arrive.
HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM
Now, here is the only problem that we have had so far. And, it's not on us. We have had three actors who were scheduled for auditions, meaning they accepted the invitation to an audition we CONFIRMED and told the casting directors they would be auditioning and failed to show up. Imagine how Robby and I felt when we personally received phone calls or emails from the casting director wondering where our actor was. In one case, the actor was almost guaranteed the role. The only thing they had to do was show up.
When actors fail to show up for an scheduled audition, it makes ALL of us look bad, and not just yourself. I'm not talking about us sending you an audition invite and for whatever reason the role wasn't right, the pay wasn't right so you declined or you had to decline because of a previous booking. Examples like these are okay. YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT TO TURN DOWN AN AUDITION BY DECLINING THE INVITATION you receive through your CMAIL. But, you hurt all of us, when "WE SUMBIT...YOU COMMIT and then you FORGET!
The problem arises when you accept the invitation to either submit a video audition or a face-to-face audition and then don't show up. Trust me, that is one sure way to get a bad reputation as an actor with not only our LACA NOLA AGENTS, but also the casting directors. You are viewed by casting directors as unreliable. As for us, we know we work hard for all of you 24 hours a day and feel slighted. We have to question your commitment level. "Are you really wanting to become a full-time actor?" If not, maybe we aren't the right talent agency for you because we expect our actors to not only be professional, but to hold up their end of the agreement and show up to auditions.
The situation multiplies if more than one of our actors fail to show. When this happens LACA NOLA gets a bad reputation. And, frankly, Robby and I won't tolerate that. Our talent agency is a reputable talent agency and we intend on it staying that way. Our actors are the best and most talented anywhere. We want our talent to be proud to be associated with us and not have to worry that another actor is harming our reputation and their chances of getting cast because another actor doesn't show up to auditions. That is why we have established a THREE STRIKE RULE.
The rule is a simple one.
ONLY ACCEPT INVITATIONS TO AUDITIONS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO EITHER ATTEND OR SUBMIT A VIDEO AUDITION.
How do you know if you are scheduled for an audition? It is easy. You will be sent an invitation to either accept or decline an audition with a time and a date. You will be able to adjust the time and date in most cases if there is a conflict. We know when you accept or decline an audition. We also schedule you for those auditions and we follow up with the casting directors. If you fail to show, that will be one strike against you. If you miss a second audition you confirmed, that is strike three. On the third strike you will receive a warning that if you have another strike, your contract will not be renewed and we will stop sending you out for auditions. Again, we have no other choice because we have to maintain a solid and sound reputation.
Also, if you are one of our clients and wondering if you are one of our three actors with their first strike, trust me, you would know it because you would have already received a phone call from Robby and/or me to discuss the situation about your missed audition. So, if we haven't had the conversation, you are in OUTSTANDING STATUS WITH NO STRIKES.
I just wanted to address this situation before it got out of hand in order to protect everyone. Casting directors and producers will know LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP actors and when they see our logo and name on your resume from our submissions, we want them to say, "Those actors from LACA NOLA are the best prepared and professional we have ever worked with."
So, please make your New Year's Resolution to push your acting career to the top and attend all auditions you commit to attend. Notify us immediately if you have committed and an emergency has come up so that we can at the minimum smooth things over with the casting director.
PLANS FOR SCREENWRITERS
By DR. MEL Caudle
There maybe only seven screenwriters we represent at LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP, but they are awesome. As a screenwriter, I find it exciting to read other's screenplays. But, that isn't where it stops for screenwriters. We market you as hard as we market our other clients. In fact, our goals for screenwriters include being able to submit your scripts to major film developers to obtain funding.
I recently wrote a five picture deal to obtain funding. Four of the screenplays were mine and the last one was from another screenwriter. I have found, that production companies want a variety of options. This means, that LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP will be writing additional packages for our screenwriters to include in another five picture deal. Also, we have already sent introductory letters to film development heads to introduce them to our talent pool.
There are several items that are required in an EPK package for screenwriters. They include:
- Cover Sheet
- Query Letter
- Screenwriter BIO
- Synopsis and/or Treatment
- One Pager
- Script Coverage
- Trailer (optional at the pitching stage)
- Introduce your screenplay
- The importance of your screenplay
- A blurb on your credentials as a writer
- Short 3 - 5 sentences synopsis
- Contact information of your agent or manager.
Here is a list of my books in this series:
- Just Beat It! How to Create Beat Sheets
- How to Write a Logline
- How to Write a Synopsis
- How to Create and Design a One Pager
LACA NOLA SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Not only does he perform true Zydeco, he does the best musical tribute to James Brown and Michael Jackson ever seen. He is the BEST WASH BOARD player in the world today. When he and his band, The Zydeco Twisters, hit the stage, audiences go wild. There is nothing that can stop them from tapping to the Zydeco beat and dancing in the streets.
If you are interested in purchasing this band's albums, they are available. Go to www.rockindopsiejr.com . Be sure to follow Rockin Dopsie Jr. on Facebook and keep up with his next performances. It is a show you don't want to miss. In fact, the band will be performing at Sam's Town in Shreveport, LA December 30, and New Year's Eve. He also will be at the Rockin Bowl in January and then a special performance at Championship Square before the Super Bowl.
|ROCKIN' DOPSIE'S LATEST ALBUM|
& THE ZYDECO TWISTERS