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Organizations, Links and Blogs:

The Actors' Enterprise A coaching service for actors. AE focuses on the BUSINESS of being an actor: audition preparation, business skills and career coaching, with a strong focus on branding, or your "type" and working smarter, not harder. 

American Association of Community Theatres The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) is the national voice of community theatre, representing the interests of community theatres across the U.S. Check out their list of AACT Resources.

Got Pay? - An artists advocacy organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive resource of professional, service rates, standards and practices. A safe place to ask questions and share thoughts.  If Money Is Made, The Talent Gets Paid!

NEOhioPAL Neohiopal is a free, online performing arts news service for the Northeast Ohio region.

TribalTheatre is devoted to providing information to those interested in exploring a new way of creating theater in America.

Selling Yourself:

One of the most importat tools for an actor is a resume. If you don't have one, no worries! A.I. has a framework for you. Just enter your stuff over top of what's in there, add your photo and you'll be on your way!

Make sure to address all of the things like what directors you've worked with or your level of education (even if you didn't study acting). This resume is in MS Word format, so you can easily modify it for your own use. Resume Example

Here are a few more things to read about putting together your resume. You might find conflicting information, so just do what makes sense to you: About.com, Do's/Dont's, ActorsYP,

Submitting your Resume:

Always print off a couple of extra resumes and carry them in a folder with your audition pieces: scripts, if you're doing a monologue and music, if you're a singer. For film or other gigs, where you'll be mailing your resume, you'll also want to put together a cover letter. In it, include what part you are applying for, how you found out about the opening and a very brief (one sentence) outline of why you are right for the part. Keep it short - let your resume do the talking!

Never be shy about submitting a resume - as long as you think you may be remotely right for a part. The worst thing they can do is say, "no!"

A little submission reading: Yahoo,

Know Thyself:

Take a good look at your headshot. Does it reflect the type of characters you've been getting? Now, look at it again and really ask yourself, "what type am I?" If you think, "leading lady," but keep getting cast as "Aunt Thelma," it's time for a reality check. Ask your director or some castmates to look at your photo and jot down a few adjectives to describe you - better yet, have a friend do this with a group who has never met you. Use this information (no matter how upsetting it may be) to do one of two things: get a new headshot or start applying for roles that "suit" you. If you know who you are - and have a headshot to reflect that - you are well ahead of the game!


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