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hi hopefully you could answer my question..so um Iv met most of my requirements except for: a letter of application citing your goals in joining the film arts Program and a resume
I don't know what I should say in the letter..how should i start it off? how long should it be? the only thing i can think of saying is my goal is to learn as much as i can and be the best actor i can be and apply the things i learn in this course to my everyday life..which probably wont be acceptable lol and what kind of resume would they want like a regular resume or a acting resume? I have no acting experience at all

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Hi Dahlia,

I don't know how much good I can be to you here, but I will try!

I started out as a drama major in college, but it wasn't a case of having to apply the same way.

You might try stating that you haven't had prior experience in the field, however, your goal is to do as you said, work hard to build a foundation to develop a career in the entertainment industry, not only as an actor, but in all areas, as your ambition is to understand all aspects of the business as you feel it is necessary to completely immerse yourself to be well rounded and function professionally. Which is actually true! You SHOULD know what everyone's job entails in film and theatre. They will have you take stagecraft (building sets) as well as learning direction, motivating actors, etc. I wouldn't say anything about applying to everyday life. You want to sound like you are committed to being in the business. Who knows? Maybe your path will eventually lead you to doing things beyond acting, like directing.

Best, Taylor  

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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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