DR. MEL'S WEEKLY MESSAGE
Yea! We are in Hollywood. And, by Hollywood, we don't mean Hollywood South! We are in the real deal. The weather this time around is wonderful as we are not facing a heat wave and there hasn't been any earthquakes. In fact, the weather is perfect.
When we arrived, Jack Curenton picked us up from the airport in grand fashion style. Thank you Jack. We love you.
From the airport we needed a drink after the long flight. So, we went to the Belmont Cafe to suprise Chris Swirles. But, to our surprise he wasn't working. However, everyone is in for a treat saturday when we all meet up for cocktails at 5:00 pm -to 9pm there, also 1/2 price appetizers til 7pm. . OMG! Karaoke at 9PM. The staff is wonderful. They treated us like royalty. They even knew who we were. Thank you Chris for that.
Then, we needed that drink. Not only did we get drinks, we had to taste just about every dish on the menu. Talk about great food. This place has it. Everything we tasted was fantastic. With that said, come hungry and order some food. You won't be sorry. My favorite was the macroni and cheese, the crab cakes, the calamari, the artichoke, and so forth. Now, everyone get ready to party in Los Angeles on Saturday during the cocktail hour beginning at 5:00 pm. It is very casual, jeans etc. and so much fun.
And, BTW, today we contacted over 12 major casting directors to introduce our LACA NOLA TALENT. Everyone we talked with so happy to hear from us. Actually, I was shocked. They knew who I was. They knew about The Keystroke Killer, and better yet, they knew about LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP. On one occassion the casting director said, "Thank you so much, can you do me a favor? Please call _____ at our New York office they need one of your actors." So I did. From there, they wanted everyone, but unfortuantely, they needed New York locals. But at least the word is out about LACA NOLA and the greatest talent out there. And, Caylen and Robby are with me this next 10 days and they will continue to meet casting directors etc. while I'm on KSK production meetings. Pilot season is here and we, meaning LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP, will make an impact. I'm just so happy we have met all of you on our journey and you will be a part of all of this.
Next, I decided out of the blue to call the president of Sony. Yes, I know him. Another OMG! Guess what? I invited him and his assistant to cocktail hour at the Belmont on Saturday. I don't know if he will come as Glenn just had oral surgery. I totally identified with him there, after under going my oral surgery and implants there. So, we will see what happens there. But, Glenn is so cool. He loves this industry and really appreciates talent whether in front or behind the counter.
Glenn is getting ready to go to New York to scout for another film. I am not at liberty to disclose the details, but I did volunteer to go with him since I really need to go anyway because of the web series I am the executive producer on in New webseries "40 and Leroy,Crazy in New York". We'll see. But, it was great to reconnect with someone who has made such a difference in my own life. I admire him so much. In fact, he was the one who told me to start writing my books on reality shows and screenwriting. and gave me so much insightful information.
Now back to my day. I have only been in Los Angeles about 24 hours and it has been very eventful. Why? Well, I stayed lost for three hours. (only to take Jamie to work and pick up Robby> 10 miles of Hell, this morning I really didn't know if I would ever see anyone I knew again. That was how lost I was.
Finally, I saw a sign to LAX AIRPORT. Of course, that was really far from where I supposed to be, but at least I could tell someone where I was and they could guide me home to my next meeting. I was only three hours late. WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH THE 405, 101, TRAFFIC AND RODEA DRIVE? Hell, they don't even meet. Like I know how to drive in this city. Not! I really missed Jack today. Jack, where are you?
It's going to be rough next week going to see all of the KSK stuff, production designs, contract approvals for all of you, headquarters, Mark in the hospital, and going up to Santa Monica for a meeting. If I don't resurface, someone who reads this blog please call out the National Guard and send out the rescue unit. Love ya'll, glad to be in Los Angeles. And, see ya'll at the Belmont for cocktails on Saturday at 5:00 pm.
PS: FURBY UPDATE! Can you believe, I left my house in a rush and forgot to grab Furbs. But, Tina Rubin came to the rescue, went to my house, got Furbs, and overnighted him to me to Los Angeles. He will be at the party Saturday night. He is so cool. Carry on!
THE INS AND OUTS OF PILOT SEASON
Each summer and winter, the major American broadcast television networks—including ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and NBC—receive about 500 brief elevator pitches for new shows from writers and producers. Each fall, each network requests scripts for about 70 pitches and, the following January, orders about 20 pilot episodes.By spring, actors are cast and production crews assembled to produce the pilots.
- One Tree Hill
- Saul of the Mole Men
- Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- King of the Hill
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
LACA NOLA ACTOR OF THE WEEK
It is very rare when the actor of the week for LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP is a non-union actor, but that is exactly who we have this week. And, it is for a very good reason - Roger Molina Jr. has only had two auditions and has nailed both of them. Go Roger. Not only did he captiviate the casting directors for a Budweiser commercial, but on his second audition for a reality show as a bartender, he nailed it! Not just nailed it, he got the role. CONGRATULATIONS ROGER!
Roger studied in high school drama, and never really thought he could make it in television until he met LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP. "He just had the look," said Robby Stroud, Sr. Agent, "We signed him, Dr. Mel worked with him, and now, he is booked."
"I love Roger," says Dr. Mel. "He's a keeper."
Look for Roger in upcoming reality series and more.
ROGER MOLNA JR.NON-UNION (Not for Long)
Roger has always wnated to be an actor and has been interested in this industry since he was a child. He first had the opportunity to full-fill his dreams when in school by performing in the school's plays and taking drama classes. However, he soon found himself having to curtail his acting career in order to support his family. After several years he found his way working behind the camera as a camera assistant on the reality series "Girls Next Door." He got the bug for reality television and remembered his dreams of high school. He has never lost the love for acting, bur just recently is in a financial position where he can pursue his acting career. One of his very first roles was a voice over for the role of Matthew, in the short film, "The Keystroke Killer," He also played a young thug in "Girls Gone Gangsta". Roger is bilingual and speaks fluid Spanish and English. He has also done print work as a model., commercial voice overs, and now landed a feature role in a reality series.
Market: National Category: Television/Film/Commercial/Print/VOICEOVER
DEMO REEL (VOICE OVER)
HOW ROGER MADE $20 DOLLARS FOR 10 MINUTES OF WORK
By Robby Cook Stroud
Alright everyone! As a struggling actor you find yourself doing a variety of odd jobs just to get income to make ends meet. You wait tables, you are a bartender, you answer phones, you work at casinos, your a cop, you work retail and you work at fast food places all for the love of keeping your acting dream alive. I salute you for the dedication.
There is another way to make a quick buck or two and work in the acting field. And, believe it or not I am not talking about you doing background work, becoming an audience member for a game show, or posing nude for a college art class. I'm talking about becoming a professional audition reader. Or, a PAR.
A PAR is an actor who charges a small fee to help other actors who need a reader for an audition. PARS are also used by casting companies when they need professional readers at auditions.
Over the course of last year, the most frequent excuse I heard, as a casting director, as to why an actor hadn't submitted an audition was because they didn't have a reader for their scene. Although Dr. Mel and I provided several alternatives ways to get a reader, which included Skype, Telephone with a speaker for the reader, and many more, some actors want a real person reading with them. I can't say that I blame you. However, your decision shouldn't be based on whether or not that person is in front of you. Rather, your selection for a reader should be based on:
1. How well you connect with your reader.
2. The professionalism and experience of the reader.
3. The quality of acting as a reader.
A professional reader can make the difference between a good audition and a GREAT AUDITION. How? Well, it is a lot like professional sports. The better the opposing team, the better the other team performs. This is especially true in football, basketball, hockey, and golf. The same philosophy holds for actors. The better and more experienced the reader, the better you as an actor will deliver your lines.
Therefore, if you are in need of a professional reader for your auditions, LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP represents some of the best in the industry who are available by Skype, phone, and in person. We have readers who reside in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, and Dallas who are available to actors who desire a face-to-face reader. However, our readers can bring your audition to the top level through Skype or a conference call.
If you are interested in our PARs, please call me (Robby) at 504-301-8000 or email me at:
Pricing varies according to to type of reader service. In other words, "HOUSE CALLS" for face-to-face reader service are more expensive as you have to account for travel time and gas. Whereas, those conducted by Skype or telephone conference call are inexpensive and cost around $20 dollars for the reader. You can pay for our PARS for their service on a our PAYPAL account.
Some of our PAR readers include:
Jack E. Curenton (Los Angeles)
Jamie Alyson (Los Angeles)
Challa Sabree (New Orleans)
Erin Gamvrogianis (New Orleans)
Robby Stroud (New Orleans)
Tymothy Wyant (New Orleans)
Roger Molina (New Orleans)
Cristi Jolet (Dallas)
Anthony Moore (New York)
Helen Ray (Franklin)
Now that you know about our service, let's go back to you waiting tables and bartending to make ends meet. If you think you have what it takes to become one of our PARs, contact me to apply and we will audition you for a PAR position and you can start making $20 Dollars just like Roger, one of our best PARs at LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP.
DEMO REELS! WHY HAVE SO MANY
By Dr. Mel Caudle
IT HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY SEVERAL CASTING DIRECTORS THAT ACTORS BEGIN NOT ONLY POSTING THEIR DEMO REELS, BUT DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEMO REELS. THE MAIN REASON IS SO THAT THEY CAN VIEW AN ACTOR IN AS MANY WAYS AS POSSIBLE. ONE TYPE OF REEL OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY AN ACTOR IS A VOICE OVER DEMO REEL. YOU MAY NOT THINK YOU NEED ONE, HOWEVER, MANY FILMS USE NARRATION AND VOICE OVERS TO PROPEL THE PLOT. FOR EXAMPLE, I DO WITH THE KEYSTROKE KILLER, THE TELEVISION SHOW "REVENGE" DOES WITH EMILY, AND THE SHOW DEXTER, DOES AS WELL. THEREFORE, ALTHOUGH YOU MAY NOT SEE YOURSELF DOING VOICE OVERS FOR COMMERCIALS, IT IS A NECESSARY PART FOR YOUR COLLECTION OF DEMO REELS.
HERE ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEMO REELS YOU SHOULD HAVE:
1. COMPOSITE DEMO REEL - NO LONGER THAN 4 MINUTES - USUALLY USED AFTER AN INITIAL DEMO REEL OF SHORTER LENGTH WHEN A CASTING DIRECTOR WANTS TO SEE MORE.
2. COMPOSITE DEMO REEL - NO LONGER THAN 2 MINUTES OR UNDER - USUALLY THE FIRST DEMO REEL SEEN AND SHOULD BE POSTED ON ACTOR'S ACCESS, LACASTING, CASTING FRONTIER, LETSCASTIT, ETC. ALSO, MAKE SURE THAT YOUR TALENT AGENT HAS THE LINK. ALSO, INCLUDE THIS LINK ON ALL OF YOUR RESUMES.
2. DRAMA REEL - (ONE OR TWO PARTS OF THREE SCENES, BUT NO LONGER THAN THREE MINUTES. LESS MINUTES IS BETTER.
3. COMEDY REEL - (ONLY IF THAT IS YOUR THING) - UNDER 2 MINUTES
4. IMPROV REEL - (ONLY IF YOU CAN. MORE AND MORE CASTING DIRECTORS ARE ASKING FOR IMPROV SKILLS, SO YOU MAY AS WELL HAVE ONE READY.) To make up this reel, get with a scene partner and improve a situation. Film it with the camera focused on you as you would an audition.
5. STUNT REEL - (ONLY IF THIS IS YOUR THING) BUT NOT NECESSARY)
6. VOICE OVER REEL - INCLUDE AT MINIMUM THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF VOICE OVERS ON DEMO REEL, BUT NO LONGER THAN TWO MINUTES. AT A MINIMUM, IF YOU DO NOT PLAN ON VOICE OVER WORK FOR ANIMATIONS OR COMMERCIALS, NARRATION IS THE WAY TO GO FOR A CHARACTER.) HOWEVER, I WOULD PUT AS MANY DIFFERENT VOICES ON YOUR VOICE OVER REEL AS THE TWO MINUTES ALLOW.
7. HOSTING REEL - (AGAIN...ONLY IF THIS IS YOUR TYPE OF THING) NO LONGER THAN TWO MINUTES.
8. NEWS ANCHOR/NEWS REPORTER REEL - ONLY IF YOU GO FOR THAT KIND OF ROLE. THE LENGTH SHOULD BE LESS THAN 3 MINUTES; BUT 2 MINUTES WOULD EVEN BE BETTER.)
AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE ARE A VARIETY OF DEMO REELS. THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE IS YOUR FIRST ONE. GET AT LEAST ONE MADE AND UPLOADED HERE ON ACTORS ACCESS IMMEDIATELY. OUR CLIENTS WHO HAVE THEIR REELS POSTED HERE ON ACTOR'S ACCESS ARE GETTING AUDITIONS ALMOST ON AVERAGE 5 TO 1. THEREFORE, BEGIN IMMEDIATELY COMPILING A THREE-FOUR MINUTE COMPOSITE DEMO REEL AND THEN WORK ON THE REST.
MAKE THIS A PRIORITY ALONG WITH YOUR HEADSHOTS. THEY REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE AS YOUR AGENT/MANAGER CANNOT DO THESE TWO THINGS FOR YOU. OF COURSE, WE CAN HELP SELECT THE BEST HEADSHOTS YOU SEND US OUT OF THOSE TAKEN AND OF COURSE WILL BE GLAD TO REVIEW YOUR DEMO REELS, TALK WITH YOUR EDITOR ABOUT OUR EXPECTATION ETC. ON A DEMO REEL.
WHEN DECIDING ON CLIPS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DEMO REEL CHOOSE:
1. The most important work first.
2. You do not have to include the entire scene.
3. Make sure the scene portrays you.
4. Choose a variety of clips that conveys different emotions. Don't just stick to one emotion or character type. For instance, don't put three different clips of you as an attorney from the same film or from different films. If you do you may get typecast and overlooked for other roles which suit you. Therefore, choose the best attorney scene out of the three, then choose, a different character which is totally opposite like a criminal or an emotional spouse. Remember, give the casting director a variety.
ALSO, I PERSONALLY KNOW SEVERAL EDITORS, WHO ARE AFFORDABLE WHO CAN CUT YOUR DEMO REEL IF YOU PROVIDE THE CLIPS. THEY WILL DO IT PRETTY INEXPENSIVE AT $150 FOR A 2-4 MINUTE REEL (ANY TYPE) IF YOU PROVIDE THE CLIPS (EITHER THROUGH EMAIL AN MPEG, AVI OR QUICKTIME FILES.)
ALSO, IF YOU UPLOAD ANY OF YOUR CLIPS TO YOUTUBE ON YOUR PRIVATE ACCOUNT, THEY CAN TAKE AND DOWNLOAD THOSE CLIPS AND MAKE YOUR COMPOSITE REEL FROM THERE. AND, BTW...$150 IS CHEAP FOR THIS SERVICE. THE AVERAGE RATE FOR THIS SERVICE IS AROUND $350.
LASTLY, I HAVE ANOTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE IN NEW ORLEANS IF YOU NEED A DEMO REEL PRODUCED. THIS TOO IS PRETTY INEXPENSIVE AT $350.00 FOR A 3-4 MINUTE SCENE SHOT AND EDITED IF YOU PROVIDE THE SCENE, OWN WARDROBE, AND DO YOUR OWN MAKE-UP ETC. ANYTHING MORE AND THE FEE GOES UP. AGAIN, I THINK THESE ARE VERY REASONABLE PRICES.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT EITHER ROBBY OR DR. MEL AND WE WILL MAKE THE CONNECTION FOR YOU.
NOW, GO AND BREAK A LEG.
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