Pilot Season 2: Another Year, Another Opportunity for more Greatness
January 18, 2018
One of the first things we all hear about, sometimes even before we set foot in L.A., is this seemingly mythical time of year called pilot season. With dreams of getting that game-changing role, actors from NY will come out for it and L.A. actors are told to prepare for it, but many of us may not actually have a specific understanding of this critical time. The purpose of this panel will be to have industry insiders outline exactly what will go on at all levels, and when these events will occur during this period. Based on the same discussion we conducted two years ago, we will also address how the season has evolved over the years, and how actors at all stages in their careers can best take advantage of this time.
Finding your Voice in TV/FILM Animation
February 22, 2018
The panel will consist of voice over casting directors, vocal contractors, actors and singers currently working in animation. The panel will discuss both the "in person" audition process as well as the process of editing your voice over and singing auditions sent via e mail. The panel will also include singer and voice over demo producers who will discuss the process of creating a demo specifically geared for animation.
Creating a Business to Survive the Industry
March 22, 2018
How do we survive and continue to engage the industry during the times we are working toward our next project? We are skilled at our craft as actors, singers, dancers, and newscasters and these skills have the potential to assist us in developing our own sideline business. The panel will consist of artists who have created thriving businesses that are "engaging" the industry. Some of the panelists may include include..global theatre/film company producers, audition app creators, dialogue coaches, marketing for actors businesses owners, dance studio owners, sight singing teachers, demo producers, creative arts therapists etc..Join us to learn about the process of turning your ideas into a thriving business!
Career Marketing Now!
Presented: November 16, 2017
Whether you’ve just joined SAG-AFTRA, or you’re a seasoned pro, one thing is clear: the industry is always changing at a rapid pace. What do you do next? It’s 2017… How do you keep up with the times? What do you do to get an Agent? What is the best way to reach Casting Directors, and how should you contact them? What role, if any, should social media play in marketing yourself? What are the appropriate steps for making a good, strong, first impression? Should you follow up and if so, how? What should you NEVER do? How do you make a reel? What should be on the reel, and how long should it be? Do you really need my own website and what do you include on that? Do’s and don’ts for headshots? What are they looking for? Find out the answers to these and so many more questions on how to market your career, here and now. Join our panel of industry professionals to help you pave your way and plan your path. This is your shot—now is the time to take charge of it!
YOUR NEWS: Getting It Right, Getting It Fast, Getting It Safe, What Matters the Most
Presented: September 16, 2017
A view of what Broadcasters do and how the new technologies affect how they work and what they present. How does security and safety on the streets and threats against reporters, anchors and journalists in these times affect their work and what they present? The panel would consist of broadcasters, staff, producers, etc.
Unspoken Rules of the Industry, P2
Presented: March 9, 2017
The Unspoken Rules of the Industry: Part 2 panel will be a fresh ensemble of industry professionals exploring ideas and etiquette of working in many different aspects of the Entertainment Business. Knowing these ‘unspoken rules’ give performers an edge in getting the job, being asked back or written back in.
The industry is a collaborative art form so performers who know what each team member’s role is within a production, helps to acquire a comfort level that makes them want to keep you around. Hear it straight from actors, producers, directors, costume supervisors & show runners.
Sweet Spot: Audition Strategy and Job Clarity
Presented: February 16, 2017
Can you improve your mind-set in the audition room and on the set? A panel of actors and casting directors share their strategies.
Audiobooks Unraveling the Mystery
Presented: November 3, 2016
Join SAG-AFTRA members and staff who led the way in unionizing a mostly nonunion industry, and get tips on what it takes to join this burgeoning area of the Voiceover industry.
The Working Actor: How Much Can I Really Make?
Presented: October 5, 2016
So you booked a job, congratulations! And now you’re probably wondering, how much money am I going to make with this national commercial or guest star? Before you quit your survival job, learn the real facts about rates, residuals, commissions, taxes and everything else that affects how much money you actually "take home" after booking a job.
Producing Your Indie Project
Presented: August 4, 2016
As actors, many of us at some point start thinking about producing our own projects. Whether our goal is to find ways to have our work seen, to show a side of our talent of which the industry may not be currently aware, or just to stay creative for the sake of staying creative, producing our own content can be rewarding, albeit challenging, endeavor. The purpose of this workshop is to lay out the steps that will help us create our own content, and have it seen by the right people.
Tweeting Your Voiceover Career, April 20
Presented: April 20, 2016
Members Organizing Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) L.A. hosted a panel discussion with Q&A. Social media experts shared Twitter tips, Facebook facts and tangible social media strategies. Moderated by voiceover artist Bob Bergen, the tips were geared towards promoting and advancing the voiceover actor.
- the importance of social media marketing as it pertains to voiceover actors;
- common social media mistakes that can damage a career;
- the future and predicted growth of social media; and
- non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and smart social media PR vs. bragging.
Volunteer with MOVE L.A. for the Senior Buddy Program
Presented: April 14, 2016
In partnership with Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF), the Members Organizing Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) L.A. Committee presented the Senior Buddy Program, which services seniors in the entertainment community. This special meeting covered how members can improve the lives of others in need. Senior buddy volunteers serve as phone buddies, home visit buddies, grocery shopping buddies, computer tutors, pool buddies, home repair buddies and much more. MOVE members who have experienced the rewards of being a senior buddy shared their happy stories and MPTF staff members explained how members can be a part of this special community.
MOVE L.A. Informational Meeting
Presented: April 5, 2016
Members Organizing Volunteers Efforts (MOVE) L.A. revealed their roster of 2016-2017 MOVE-sponsored programs and community projects open to interested SAG-AFTRA members. Members had the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow members over refreshments, as they learned how they can make a difference as a MOVE volunteer within their union and community.
Late Bloomers: Restarting or Refreshing Your Career
Presented: March 31, 2016
For those who have had to put their careers on hold or have found that they’re no longer in the flow joined MOVE L.A. as they hosted a panel focused on ways to reinvent your career. Panelists shared their personal journeys in the entertainment industry and provided members with tips on keeping their careers refreshed. SAG-AFTRA members also learned how the entertainment industry has changed and ways they can stay up to speed.
The Art of Portraying Danger: Action Safety for Actors and Stunt Performers
Presented: February 25, 2016
The Members Organizing Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) Los Angeles Committee presented this special panel of stunt performers, stunt coordinators, executive producers, an on-set medic and hairstylist, as they examined the art of action and on-set safety. The discussion focused on the symbiotic relationship between actor and stunt performer, as members had the opportunity to hear personal stories of on-set safety. Members learned how to collaborate with directors and stunt coordinators to look amazing, but most importantly, to be safe.