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Posted on: March 22nd, 2014 by wmapother No Comments

Tomorrow night I return to ‘The Mentalist‘ as that bundle of joy and giggles, Richard Haibach.

mentalistIt should be a lovely time for all.

Posted in Acting Projects, News & Events, TV

‘Lost’ ranked by annoyingness….

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by wmapother No Comments

Just when you thought Lost had been dissected every possible way…    'Lost' cast

Everyone on Lost, ranked by annoyingness(?). Thank you, Jezebel.  If I/Ethan only do as well on my NCAA march madness pool…

Posted in Acting Projects, Funny Like Ha-Ha, Other Photos, Random, TV

Castled

Posted on: November 15th, 2013 by wmapother 1 Comment

This Monday night on ABC at 10/9C, I’m on the TV show “Castle”.  Castle logoBoth Nathan Fillion, who plays Castle, and I have each been told we look somewhat alike.

On Monday, however, I think you’ll be able to tell us apart…

Posted in Acting Projects, News & Events, TV

Record-Keeping for Actors

Posted on: November 9th, 2013 by wmapother No Comments

I’m a longtime advocate of keeping a spreadsheet of all sorts of things re. my acting:  auditions, lessons learned, valuable contacts made, thoughts re. various scenes in a project, etc.  backstage logo

Casting director Marci Liroff recently wrote a piece for Backstage and asked me about my record-keeping.  Her piece is below, or you can check it out on the Backstage site.  Get thee to Excel (or to Google Drive, which offers spreadsheets for free..)

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Remember when you were a kid and you kept a diary next to your bed and wrote down everything you did and thought about that day? Those childhood habits were actually great training for what you should be doing as an actor. Tracking every meeting and audition is a good habit to get into.

I’ve been preaching this to my classes and my coaching clients for years now. They always come back to thank me and point out that this one thing has changed their perspectives on their careers. Sometimes what you do as an actor—the prep, the auditions, the sheer tenacity you apply to your career to get an acting job—can be an intangible thing when you don’t actually get the job and effectively have nothing to show. But, like I always say, “This is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.” So much effort goes into getting the job that keeping a diary or a journal of all your auditions will help you see your progress in black and white.

I suggest you keep a notebook and write down every meeting and audition you have. List the people you’ve met and their positions, the project, the role, what you wore, and what choices you made for your audition. Take short notes on what you discussed if you got into a chat with the director. When it starts getting busy during pilot season and you’re going on several auditions each week (and hopefully getting callbacks), it’ll be great to know exactly what you did on each audition that got you back in the room a second time.

You’re going to have a long and busy career, and you will probably have a few different people represent you along the way. When you start a new relationship with an agent or manager, wouldn’t it be great if you could give him or her some actual tools to help you? You can sit down in your initial meeting and give a list of people who are your fans, casting directors who consistently bring you back, and those to whom you need an introduction. This way you can plan a strategy for which rooms you need to get into.

Actor friend William Mapother goes a step further, using an Excel spreadsheet. “I keep an auditions spreadsheet in Excel. It has six columns: CD, Date, Project, Role (character name), Type (feature, pilot, recurring, guest), and Studio/Co./Network,” he says. “I use Excel because it allows me to easily sort the data to see how many times I’ve seen a CD or to see how many appointments I’ve had over any period of time.”

Here’s the part I love: “When I book a job I change the font in that row to red. Also, once I book via a CD, I make that CD’s name red throughout the document.”

Continuing, Mapother says, “I also keep another Excel spreadsheet in which I note lessons I’ve learned in various areas and make notes to avoid recommitting horrendous blunders. I’ve noted when circumstances before an audition have helped or hurt me—being hungry, working out, interacting with other actors who are waiting. The purpose is to experiment and identify what helps me. Another lesson came not from my experiences but from reading. One of Pixar’s rules: Errors are inevitable, so make them ASAP. Experiment early. I noted this in my lessons as ‘Be wrong as quickly as you can.’ ”

Posted in Acting Tips & Info, Press, Tech

The Mentalist, redux

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by wmapother 2 Comments

This Sunday I return to The Mentalist as Richard Haibach in the ep “Red Listed.”  Richard mentalist screen shotwas introduced a couple seasons ago, and he’s still up to some questionable activities.  I can’t say any more or I’ll be hung by my thumbs..

As before, I had a great time on the show.  I’ve Simon Baker for too long to remember, and he’s just as light and friendly in person as his character on the show.  The set has a good vibe.  They’re on a hit show, what’s not to vibe good about, right?

Posted in Acting Projects, News & Events, Other Photos, TV