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This month I will host a unique acting workshop in the small city where I began a professional career in broadcasting twenty years ago. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 11,000 people live in Ogdensburg, New York and I’m sure very few of them think about acting as a career right now. But, back in 1995, I dreamed about becoming an actor one day and instead turned to an option that seemed as close to show business as I would find in the area: radio.
That decision paid off in numerous ways as I trained in sales and eventually worked on the air as a live sports announcer and request show host for an Oldies radio station. I was getting my “feet wet”, as they say, while acting remained actively on my mind. It would take years to actually land my first on camera acting opportunity after stints as a radio DJ and TV news producer and weathercaster.
As part of my mission to make meaningful contributions to the industry, I created the The Small Town Screen Actor Workshop to offer insight and guidance to anyone outside of major markets who’s drawn to on camera roles and feels they are out of reach. I want each person to understand how the business works and what’s expected of them so they can make informed decisions along the way. One session won’t magically transform into working actors, but they will have a clear sense of how the casting process works, what it takes to market yourself as an on camera actor, and the steps necessary to audition for a role in films, TV, or commercials.
One challenge of living in a small town is the limited number of on camera opportunities available in a given month. It’s good to recognize that reality up front. That makes it more critical to think strategically about each decision you make. You have no time to waste so let’s look at quick steps you can take right now. Continue reading