6 Ways to Find the Best Agent for You

Questions-ask-choose-translation-agencyAlmost every actor who wants to be in commercials wants an agent. Landing legitimate representation for commercials can be easy sometimes, but it can also be challenging. Here are some suggestions that might help in the process.

1. Do your research. Start by getting a list of franchised agents from SAG/AFTRA or check out Backstage’s online directory of agents and managers. There are some agents who are not SAG-franchised. That does not mean they are not reputable. SAG members are just easier to check out and are accountable to a supervising entity.

2. Buy resources. Then, buy updated books, such as Backstage’s Call Sheet, that list and describe agents and managers. (In Los Angeles, these books are sold at Samuel French, and in New York, they are sold at the Drama Book Shop or they can be ordered online.) Study how many agents are in the agency, where the agency is located, how long the agency has been in business, etc.

3. Ask people you know. If you know industry professionals, acting classmates, teachers, or relatives who are involved in the business, ask them the

How to host a show

2357226_f260Here are some thoughts about hosting shows, based on a workshop I gave many times, and written up in 2006 for an article published in Kaskade Magazine (issue 86, spring 2007). It mostly focuses on variete shows (gala shows, open stages, open mics/Renegade shows) at juggling conventions, so uses juggling shows as examples, but the same can apply to hosting comedy shows, panel or games shows, etc.

If you can’t be bothered to read it all, in 2006 I recorded an audio version of this as an episode of the Juggling Podcast. You can find that here (right click and save a 36mb, 70 minute mp3 file).

(The image above was going to be a photo of me hosting a show, but I couldn’t find one due to me not being able to take one of me on stage. Instead I’ve included a photo I took of the audience while hosting a show, in this case the Opening Show of the EJC 2010 in Finland.)

Ever seen a show where all the acts were really good but in the end you didn’t enjoy the show as a whole? It was probably down to the host

Five tips for journalists who want to work in TV news

megynkellyjpg-496c1b72072f6dccPrint journalists are often hired as TV pundits. TV anchors live-tweet news events. YouTube is a major broadcaster. As the lines blur in traditional roles, many journalists are more interested in pursuing TV news careers than ever.

IJNet got these tips from Doha-based Mhamed Krichen, who has been an anchor on Aljazeera since the networked launched in 1996. Here are his basic tips for getting started in TV news.

1. Know that many, many journalists want to become TV anchors. Fame and high salaries are just a few reasons why. Many will try, but few will succeed. Not succeeding doesn’t mean you are a bad journalist. “We can’t work without our news writers!” Krichen says.

2. Get educated. TV Anchors must be knowledgeable about history and politics. No one expects anchors to be political analysts, but they must be informed about key issues. Aljazeera has a research center that prepares in-depth papers for the team, since most of anchors don’t have time to do it themselves.

3. Be patient. Becoming a TV anchor, either for news or talk shows, requires lots of training and hard work. Being a

Getting a Transfer to Osaka

I have been working pretty hard to figure out how to get better at speaking Japanese. I am going to get transferred to Osaka in a couple of weeks and I assume that it would be best if I had a functional knowledge of the language. Of course if you go on the web you can learn a bit and you can find stuff like jdrama on there pretty easily. What you learn from research is that both Japan and Korea have vastly greater internet speeds than we do and that has a big impact on some of the things that you can do over there. In fact they have speeds that are more or less ten times as great as what I get right now and that does not seem fair since I am paying a lot of money for a spotty service from the cable company. Continue reading “Getting a Transfer to Osaka”

Enjoy Your Weekend with Indian TV Shows in Australia


The businesses are going global these days and you will find many Indians who are trying their luck abroad in order to excel in your business. According to a recent survey, the number of Indian expats has increased in Australia, which was once considered as the business hub for British expats. The results of the survey conducted by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed that 40,100 Indian had applied to migrate to Australia in the year 2015 while 13,123,400 Indians pledged for becoming the citizens of the country.However, there are many challenges people face when they enter a new country such as Australia and they keep finding ways to overcome their pain of isolation.India, being a country where family is given utmost importance before anything else has a rich culture and there are quite a many reasons that you will miss your country once you are in Australia. Many expatriates, living in Australia, miss their family, friends, Indian food and most importantly Indian TV channels.

Indian TV channels are the ways that connect Indian families as we see our favorite shows on Zee TV,

Tips for the Wonderful Holiday in Belgium

Do you want to have the perfect holiday ever? What will you do in order to have the perfect holiday ever in your best moment? Well, of course there are many kinds of things that we have to prepare if we want to have such a perfect holiday ever. Let’s say if you want to visit Belgium for your next holiday, of course you need to prepare anything including for the small things. Firstly, we need to prepare for the budget for going there. The budget is very important for us, if we do not have any budget how can we go there.

Then, we also need to prepare for the accommodation for going there. Let’s say we can choose the flights and also for the hotel. We need to choose the best hotel for our staying there if we want to have the great holiday. We also need to choose the Brussels call girls if you want to make sure that you have the perfect holiday there. The Brussels call girls can be the best partner during your holiday in Belgium.

Commonly people want to go traveling but they do not have any friends or partner for their holiday. As

How to differentiate good acting from bad acting

“How do you differentiate good acting from bad acting?” appeared as a question on Quora. Below we are printing one of the top answers.

If anyone tells you there are objective standards, they’re full of s–t. This is a matter of personal taste. There are trends. There are many people who loved Philip Seymour Hoffman’s acting. But if you don’t, you’re not wrong. At worst, you’re eccentric.

(An interesting question — and one you didn’t ask so I won’t answer it, here — is why are there trends? Even if Hoffman isn’t objectively a great actor, why do so many people love him? For that matter, why do so many people love the Beatles, Shakespeare, and Leonardo Da Vinci? Maybe someone will ask a question about why there are general trends in taste …)

I’m a director who has been working with actors for almost 30 years, and I’m the son of a film historian. I’ll give you my definition of good acting. But I really want to stress (for the last time, then I’ll quit) is that if I say Pacino is great and you disagree, my experience does not make me right and you wrong. It just means we have different