Careers: Acting, Performing, Directing/Casting Agencies

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Hello:

As an actor, you probably work with someone from a casting agency.  If a new actor wanted to have small roles in films or television programs, can someone from a casting agency be helpful even if the role would be as small as an extra in a film?  I know that Central Casting is used for extra roles in films, etc., but the person does not know what the film or television show is about.  Suppose he does not want to be in anything "R" rated?

I thank you for your reply.

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Hi Kenneth,

I don't know what your objections would be to R rated material, be it religious convictions or what, but it is unlikely that they would ask you to do anything such as nudity, being an extra, but quite simply, all you need to do is to put a header on your resume which states that you will not do R rated content. A guy from my agency head firmly believes against all cahall and tobacco, which was odd, considering he was a bartender! He was also a cousin of a famous basketball star of the time. He stated on his resume and communicated to our agent that he would not do commercials that have to do with those.. problem solved!

Best, Taylor

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Taylor Sheppard

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I can answer questions: on starting a career in acting, mistakes in acting, etiquette when dealing with industry contacts, finer points on how to act, and things to avoid in the field.

Experience

I have been a professional actor 21 years, with appearances in TV, Film and commercials. I have made good decisions and potentially damaging mistakes. I believe anyone who has a dream deserves to explore it, and I take their aspirations seriously. That being said, I do not pull punches. I try to be tactful, but I will not lie to someone, honesty is more effective. My last film role was in "Teeth" which was picked for Sundance in January 2007. It was sold to Lionsgate and Weinstein Co. for somewhere over 2.5 million. The role was "Mr. Griffith", a sex-ed teacher.

Organizations
Ciao Agency-Austin/Georgetown, Texas. (Formerly known as Donna Adams Agency. Matthew McConaughey was a good friend and fellow member. I also have belonged to agencies in three other Texas cities, but they have since closed.) TXMPA -Texas Motion Picture Alliance. Various other internet networking web rings as well as Actors Access. I was instrumental in advising actress Krista Allen on getting her career in acting started in Austin,Texas (we worked at the same Health Club in the early '90's).

Publications
Previously wrote on a now defunct website such as this one. I enjoyed helping new actors.

Education/Credentials
I have acted for 21 years. I studied under James Nelson Harrell as well as other talented actors at Southwest Texas State University. After college, I have taken classes with Julliard graduate Mona Lee, Bill Johnson, Van Brookes, Marco Perella and others in Austin Texas. I am constantly attending classes to maintain my edge and explore new directions. In addition to attending strictly acting classes, I have also taken business workshops with respected casting directors, such as Shari Rhodes ("Jaws","Close Encounters", "Raggedy Man".) Barbara Brinkley, Jo Edna Bolden and Donise Hardy, (Castingworks LA).

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