Actors 101 - Sydney event a success!
22 Apr 2010
Thanks to the 100 odd members and film makers that attended our first Actors 101 event. There were some amazing speakers and everyone came away feeling inspired. Some of the main points that came out of the evening are below:
- Your headshot is extremely important. It needs to be up to date and it needs to look like you!
- What makes you different? Find your point of difference.
- Learn your lines, prepare for an audition and realise that once it's done it's out of your hands. There are a million reasons why you might not be chosen or why you were wrong for the role. Don't beat yourself up, reflect on what you did, decide what you will do differently next time and move on.
- Your ID is very important, stand with your feet hip width apart and be friendly and polite.
- Ask yourself why you want to act? You need to know the answer to this and to believe in yourself and your passion.
- Get an agent and make sure you turn up to auditions.
- Never call the casting company or production company directly, always go through your agent. That is their job!
- Don't give up. Even if your family tell you to, you keep missing out on roles and all you're doing is unpaid work. If you really want this, then keep going and be the best you can be.
Feedback from the event:
"It was very informative and encouraging. I picked up a great deal from every speaker. Congratulations to you and your team on the organisation of such a great event." Greg Caine
"I just wanted to thank you all for the event last night. I think it was a great success, especially considering that it was the first one! It was very insightful and I had a really good time." Yolandi Franken
"I learnt a lot, fantastic idea to create such an event, look forward to the next one. Just wanted to say thanks." Stephanie Adamson
Take a look at the pictures on Facebook.
Brian McFadden Music Video Features StarNow Members
22 Apr 2010
It's only April and already StarNow have placed over 2000 casting calls in Australia. One of those casting calls was for the new Brian McFadden Music Video. Around 50 Sydney StarNow members are featured in the new video which you can check out here.
Just Say So Music Video
It is great to see this kind of success and really proves that StarNow works!
Karl Beattie wins Best Actor Award at the Warrambeen Film Festival!
29 Mar 2010
Karl won the award for his role in the academy award nominated short film, Miracle Fish. Karl is 8 years old and has been dancing and acting for four years. He loves pro wrestling and watching cartoons such as X-men and Tom and Jerry. Karl has appeared in Wolverine (April 2009), Accidents Happen (May 2009) and the telemovie Scorched. He is the host of “All For Kids” - a television show for pre schoolers shown on channel 7 in Sydney, Australia. He is in Year 3 and hopes to be an actor when he grows up. He has an older sister and brother who also act and dance.
For more information on the Warrenbeen Film Festival check out the website: www.warrambeenfilmfestival.com.au
StarNow Actors 101 Industry Information and Networking Evening - Sydney 21st April 2010
15 Mar 2010
Introducing StarNow Actors 101
Actors information and networking event Proudly supported by the Sydney Film School and Brave Archer Films.
Sydney Film School
82 Cope Street
Waterloo NSW 2017,
21st April 2010, 6.30pm
Casting Director; Kari Harris
Actors Agent; Marion Baird
Logie Nominated actress; Camille Keenan
Prizes include a Post- Production Show-Reel Package Worth $500 courtesy of Brave Archer Films - a ScreenTest Workshop courtesy of MAA
Hear from an experienced Casting Director about the audition process, get advice about finding an agent and what the actor/agent relationship entails plus hear from Logie Nominated Actress Camille Keenan.
Please register your interest here: firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link to your StarNow profile to be entered in the draw for the showreel package.
Drinks and nibbles will be provided. The event is free for all StarNow members and Sydney Film School Students, non members $10.
Kari Harris relocated from Hollywood North to Australia in 1995 and has over twenty-two years of film and television experience. Kari worked with Prototype Casting as a Senior Casting Director for more than seven years and in 2004 established Kari Harris Casting, a boutique casting consultancy. She has worked on various national and international film, television and advertising projects. Kari will be discussing basic industry information for actors, strategy & marketing tips and fundamental audition techniques.
Director and Senior Agent, Marion Baird has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. As a consequence of this experience she has a rapport with actors represented and managed by her. Her approachable style means that she develops a close and personal relationship based more on friendship and understanding than just merely representation. The Green Room was founded as an exclusive actor's agency specializing in film, television and theatre to provide a service to the Actor based on communication, knowledge and trust and prides itself on its devotion to maximizing opportunities for its clients. Marion will be discussing the actors/agent relationship.
Camille Keenan has been nominated by industry experts for the Most Outstanding New Talent Graham Kennedy Award. The New Zealand actress is best known for her role as Amy in the Aussie TV series ‘Satisfaction.’ Her recent film work includes a supporting role in the American feature film 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, starring alongside Josh Hartnett and Danny Huston and has just completed work on a motion capture film for Weta Productions as well as a project for the New York Film Academy. On April 21 hear about Camille’s journey as an actress and her experience of working within the industry.
Sydney Film School Partnership and Award Announcement
3 Mar 2010
StarNow are pleased to announce their partnership with Sydney Film School. A number of StarNow actors have worked on high quality short films during the last 4 years and we would like to acknowledge the great opportunity Sydney Film School offers StarNow members.
We both recognise the important role of the Actor and Director working together. Therefore StarNow are proud to announce The StarNow Award for Performance. The award will go to a Sydney Film School student Director and the actor they worked with. The Director and Actor will each receive $500AUD.
"Sydney Film School are very proud to have StarNow join us for Sydney Film School Festivals (run twice annually). Our students have had the privilege of working with a great range of wonderful actors from the StarNow online casting website for some time. In recognition of the important relationship between Actors and Directors StarNow is generously offering the StarNow Award for Performance. This is a unique award that acknowledges the actor and the director working together in creating a worthy performance, in a Sydney Film School film. The two people will each receive a generous cash prize for their efforts" Leslie Oliver, Head of Sydney Film School.
If you would like to meet some of the film school students with the potential to work with them during 2010 come and check out the StarNow Actors 101 evening on April 21st, 6.30pm at the Sydney Film School.
More information on the event will be posted on StarNow in the next week.