Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I GET AN AGENT?
Well, there’s no one sure fire method to get an agent. Actors secure representation in many different ways. . The best thing you can do is to perform. Get out there and be seen. Do showcases, plays, student films, open mics – explore any performance opportunity that you can… Invite agents and managers that you are interested in or that may have expressed an interest in seeing you perform. Encourage the other actors in the production to invite their agents and managers to attend. They may not attend at first but if you are consistently putting up outstanding work, you will likely catch their attention.
Post cards are a great way to let people know who you are and what shows you’re doing. And personal referrals are always the best way to reach someone.
It is also a good idea to make a demo reel. Even if you have no TV credits, you can always just get some friends to help you out and put together something that looks professional and shows who you are and what you are capable of as an actor. A short 2 – 3 minute video will show your personality (trust us, that is enough time because you want to leave people wanting more) and give you an opportunity to show what you can do. Creating a website to show your reel, picture, resume, contact information and bio is also an excellent marketing tool. Now more than ever, a creative and clever short video or film can become an excellent calling card. Check out Google Video, Youtube, etc. on the internet and you’ll see how a viral video can reach hundreds of thousands of viewers, including talent executives in Hollywood trolling for the next big thing.
HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT AUDITIONS?
Usually your agent or manager will tell you about auditions. If you don’t have one there are several places to find out about non-union as well as some union auditions: Backstage West, Breakdown Services – Actors Access, LAcasting.com, nowcasting.com or the NBC Diverse City job board just to name a few. But be realistic about where you are in your career. If you do not have a SAG card, try going out on some non-union films and commercials to build that reel and those contacts. If you keep yourself working, the momentum will eventually build into better and better jobs.
IS THERE AN AGE RANGE TO AUDITION FOR STAND UP FOR DIVERSITY?
We do not require comics to be of a certain age to audition for Stand-Up Diversity but be aware that most of the comedy clubs where we showcase are 21 and Up Only.
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Congrats Mike Lane! 2013 UCB/NBC Advanced Improv/Sketch Scholarship Recipient
NBC and The UCB Theatre partnered for their 3rd annual Diversity Scholarship. The 2013/2014 Scholar is selected by both UCB and NBC executives based on their performance. This scholarship is intended for students with advanced skills in improvisation and sketch.
Mike Lane is a proud member of the sketch group BOAT Comedy and member of the UCB sketch team Dinner. And a big congrats to the other scholarship finalists: Veronica Osorio, Laura Wilcox, Christine Lin, Phil Jackson and Charla Lauriston!
2013 The PIT/NBC Scholarship
Congrats Jesenia and Kevin Yee! This marks the 6th year of the NBC & The Peoples Improv Theater scholarship. This scholarship is for beginning students with strong performance skills and the desire to study the craft of improvisation. NBC will sponsor one student for a one-year program.