Want a post about yourself pinned to the top of Facebook actor groups with membership totaling over 200,000?

You can now have a post pinned to the top of Facebook actor groups with membership totaling over 200,000! There is an opening now for the month of October, 2017. And for today only, you can sign up for 1/2 off the regular fee. I am offering one person the chance to have a post about them pinned to the very top of all of the groups listed below for the entire month of October, for only $49 (the regular fee is ordinaraly $99). I will also publish the post on my Verified Facebook Profile (https://www.facebook.com/alanbaltes) and Verified Twitter Page (https://twitter.com/alanbaltes). The Facebook groups and pages listed below that I run have over 200,000 members which includes top people from many areas of the entertainment industry including casting directors, talent agents, directors, writers, and producers. You can write the post (including photos), or I can write the post for you. Your post can be anything you would like, promoting you and/or your Facebook profile, IMDb profile, YouTube Channel/Videos, your website, a product, your business, actor demo reel, promote a script, project fundraiser, anything you choose. You can include any photos or videos, and as many links as you wish. Here are the pages and groups that your post will appear:

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Acting Auditions and Casting Calls (68,180+ members)

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Actors Resources and Casting Calls (7,982+ members)

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Facebook Actors Group (6,910+ members)

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Backstage now offering free casting director and talent agency submission labels



Are you serious about your acting career? Do you send postcards to casting directors to announce performances or to invite them to plays? Are you signed with a reputable talent agency? The majority of lead roles in films and starring roles on television shows are cast through talent agents. I can provide you with a completely free set of casting director and talent agent mailing labels, along with a free subscription to Backstage Daily. The labels have current addresses for casting directors and talent agencies, and are updated constantly. Backstage Daily lists casting calls, auditions information, and talent searches for feature films and television series, for all areas. If there is one good piece of advice I can give to actors, it is to take advantage of this opportunity. You can get the free mailing labels and free subscription exclusively by signing up with the following link - http://goo.gl/nX8qDn

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Still no 'Best Casting By' award at the Academy Awards

Why don't casting directors have a category for "Best Casting By" at the Academy Awards? To comprehend this issue, you have to have a deep understanding of how the casting process works. Casting directors are contracted by production companies and/or studios to cast specific projects. The casting directors (and their associate casting directors and assistants) filter through massive amounts of submissions for specific roles, mainly through talent agents. The casting directors then audition actors for the specific roles being cast. They then choose what actors that they personally deem "right for the role", at their discretion, and they subsequently advance those actors to a "call back", to audition for the director, writer(s), producers, and for major roles.. the studio executives. Eventually, the right actor for the role is hired. The actor is not hired directly by the casting director, but rather the director/production company/studio. Other than for small speaking roles on TV series, the casting director does not have the ability to hire actors, they simply select a certain group of actors to advance in the casting process. I am not talking about extras. Extras are cast directly by Extras Casting Directors/Companies. For there to be an Academy Award category for principal actor casting directors, the voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences would have to be able to see all of the hundreds (and even thousands) of actor's auditions for each role by the "Best Casting By" nominee, to be able to judge whether or not each casting director nominee did the best job. And just to narrow down the casting nominees, there would have to be a massive amount of that material available to the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nominating committee. That is a logistical impossibility. Directors, producers, writers, and studio executives have the final say in who is cast in specific roles, not casting directors. The best casting directors do a great job, and they have a great collaboration with those who do hire the actors, however there is no definitive way to establish a criteria for an Academy Award category for "Best Casting By". I can elaborate much more about the casting process, however that would require much more than I can post here, it would be a complete eBook. I do want to elaborate about why casting directors are never credited in films as a Casting "Director", but rather credited as "Casting By". The Directors Guild of America does not allow, by contract, any other persons on a film being credited with the word "Director", unless they are actually a "director" i.e. 1st AD (First Assistant Director, etc). That includes the Cinematographer (widely called "DP" or "Director of Photography" on the set). Casting directors are some of the hardest working people in the entertainment industry, but there you go, that is why there is no Oscar Award category for "Best Casting By".

Getting Around Los Angeles



The first tool you will need is the latest edition of the Thomas Guide Street Maps Book for Los Angeles County.



Rand McNally's UPDATED Thomas Guides


This book is widely used in the entertainment industry for giving directions to studios, location shoots, etc. Agents and Casting Directors are often extremely busy and don't have time to give out detailed step-by-step directions over the phone, so by using the Thomas Brothers Guide, they can just give out a quick map coordinate thus saving quite a bit of time and avoiding confusion.

One important note about commuting in the greater LA area... LEAVE EARLY! The horrific traffic situation in LA is a well known fact of life. But it is never an excuse for showing up late on any interview, audition, or call time. You are expected to leave early enough and give plenty of time to compensate for traffic jams. If you want to burn bridges fast in the entertainment industry, just start showing up late for appointments. You will be back on the bus to Timbuktu in no time.

Speaking of buses.... having a motor vehicle to get around Los Angeles is a huge advantage, but one can use the public transportation system, as I did when I first moved to LA. The public transit system in LA is called Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Their website has everything you need to get from point A to point B on time, including an easy to use trip planner. Here is their website:


Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority



Short Term Housing For Actors

OAKWOOD

Most popular complex and very expensive since it is most widely known and referred to by agents. Furnished studios are about a $1,500 per month, 1 bedroom about $2400 per month. Location is isolated on top of a hill so only place to walk is around the complex. Heated pools, party rooms, etc. One plus is that during pilot season they offer a lot of acting classes for kids. Some areas of complex may be noisy -- long-term tenants include a lot of young adult actors and musicians. There has also been problems with drugs and bugs in past. Just make sure you get a unit in newly renovated building away from the party crowd.

(800) 942-2787


WARREN APARTMENTS

Several locations throughout L.A. area. Mostly furnished studio which is basically like a Motel 6 with a kitchen. Swimming pool, laundry facilities, some off-street parking. Rents are $600 - $700 per month including utilities depending on location. You will need to bring dishes, bedding, phone, and a fan -- air conditioning is usually not sufficient in these during summer. No microwave or television. Usually limited to one adult and one child, maybe 2 kids. Month to month rentals, $350 deposit.

(818) 764-8358 North Hollywood. There are also other locations.


EQUESTRIAN

Deluxe furnished studios in nice neighborhood. Very large heated pool and hot tub, gym, rec room. Usually furnished with a queen size bed, a small sofa or chairs in sitting area, television, dining table and chairs, chest of drawers. Galley style kitchen. Cost is about $1200 per month without dishes, linens, phone or about $1600 per month with extra amenities. (you can easily buy or bring bedding and basic kitchen stuff and save $400 per month!) Secured parking in rear. Large enough for two moms and 2 kids but they don't encourage it so be discreet. Rents month to month & weekly. BURBANK near ice skating rink, bowling alley, riding stables. This has been a favorite for Young Performers families ! The best value and location for least money

(818) 843-2441


LAKESIDE

Studios, 1 and 2 bedrooms available. Must rent for minimum of 6-8 months. Studios about $900, 1 bedroom $1000, 2 bedrooms, $1200-$1400. Some pets okay. Most units have dishwasher, some have microwaves, some are gas ranges, others electric. Part of a large complex with several pools - some heated, some not. Laundry room in each building. Fitness gym and party rooms. Great neighborhood with small shopping center within block or so, excellent elementary school 3 blocks away. Burbank -- great location near studios and misc.

(800) 582-1968
(818) 845-8000


REGENCY COURT

Between Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks. Rents month to month furnished or unfurnished. Pets allowed. Fitness center, indoor racquet court, pool / spa. Secure, gated parking. Unfurnished rates: Studios: $900, 1 bdrm about $1000, 2 bedroom about $1300. Add $200-$500 per month for furnishings.

(888) 319-4855


L'ESTANCIA

VERY deluxe accommodations available on monthly basis. Over $3,000 per month for a large 2 bedroom furnished with everything including art objects. Pool, hot tub, large gym, espresso bar, homemade cookies in the lobby, a library, full equipped office with computers, fax, etc & conference room. Washer and dryer in unit, maid service once a week. If shared by 3 moms and kids it could be a real treat to stay there! Studio City location.

(818) 506-6000


THE PREMIERE of Sherman Oaks

Very deluxe, similar to L'Estancia with more outdoor amenities. Pool, 2 hot tubs, tennis court, volleyball sand court, fitness gym, billiards, putting green, theater screening room. $2,000-$3,000 per month. Excellent location in the valley

(818)780-7000


HOMESTEAD VILLAGE SUITES - Glendale

This is a new facility that has opened on Glen Oaks Blvd a bit south of the Burbank/Glendale line, just east of I-5. It's a corporate suite hotel so rooms are like hotel rooms with a small kitchen equipped with stove,refrigerator, microwave, toaster,coffee maker and some dishes. Maid service twice a week, laundry room on premises. No pool or amenities. Two queen beds for $1641 per month or king bed with sleeper sofa for $1770 per month. Weekly rentals are about $460.

(818) 956-6665


BURBANK EXTENDED STAY AMERICA

Room with 2 beds, complete kitchenette, weekly rate of $419 , no monthly rate.

(818) 567-0952



Side Jobs For Actors

Depending on your financial situation, you may or may not need to find a job to pay your bills and rent in between acting jobs. Jobs with the flexibility to take time off for auditions and acting jobs are in high demand in Los Angeles due to the extraordinarily large number of aspiring actors in the area. Also, many employers in LA avoid hiring actors because they usually end up taking off too much time for auditions, etc., or quit with no notice when they do get booked on an acting job. So sometimes it is not a good idea to tell a prospective employer that you are an actor!

Doing extra work on TV shows and Films is an option, but there is a certain stigma attached to extras in LA. The saying goes, "Once an extra, always an extra!" For some reason, casting directors do not like to call in extras for acting work. Also, talent agents do not like their clients to do extra work. But it is a good way to get used to being on a set, learning about the different protocols of filming, etc. If you are interested in doing extra work, please visit the following blog:

Become an Extra


As I mention in the "Housing" section, Craigslist and Recycler are also very good resources for job listings:

Craigslist.org

Recycler.com


Temp work is another great was to pay your bills. It can involve anything from answering phones, filing, delivery, warehouse work, Xeroxing, etc. Apple One and Kelly Services are two national temp work chains.

The company "Labor Ready" is a really good place because you can work on any given day, and you also are paid on the same day worked. Here is their website:

Labor Ready



There are also opportunities in child day care, dog walking, substitute teachers, house cleaning. And of course there is always the classic stereotypical Waiter/Waitress jobs for actors!