Careers: Acting, Performing, Directing/Teen actors

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I am a teen actor living in the great lakes area. Moving or home school is not an option. What do I do if if I want to get into a movie or full time theatre production?

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Carlee,

Thanks for writing. If you want to do theater, starting checking with your local theater companies about whether or not they hold auditions. I believe that the Great Lakes Shakespeare Company is still a summer theater company in your area. As for films, you might try contacting the film commission in your state or city and see if they can give you a list of film and/or TV shows that may be shooting in your area. Check their list and see if the casting director's name is listed. If you can find that, then you know to whom to send your picture and resume to as they are the ones that will audition you if they think you're right.

Good luck!

Phil

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I am a motion picture and television producer with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. I am also the author of the book GET A REEL JOB: Finding Your First Job In The Motion Picture Industry In Los Angeles. I can answers questions on a variety of subjects about careers in film from acting to directing to crew work, getting into the unions, successful strategies for networking, etc.

Experience

Former VP, Production for The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group Supervised production on such films as ARMAGEDDON, THE PRINCESS DIARIES, REMEMBER THE TITANS, PEARL HARBOR, CON AIR, ENEMY OF THE STATE, THE ROCK, CRIMSON TIDE, COYOTE UGLY, A CIVIL ACTION, ROMY & MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, NOTHING TO LOSE, EDDIE and others. Worked as an actor, stage manager, director on broadway and regional theater as well as L.A.' Equity-waiver scene. Former Associate Artistic Director of Los Angeles Equity-Waiver theater.

Organizations
Director's Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, Actor's Equity Association

Education/Credentials
BFA in Acting/Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.

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I've worked with such filmmakers as Jerry Bruckheimer, Tony Scott, Steve Zaillian, Scott Rudin, Garry Marshall, Frank Marshall, Michael Bay, etc.

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