Welcome to my blog page! I’m Clayton Hutson, the owner of this website, and this is where I’ll be talking about my experiences as an actor in Hollywood.
We all have dreams. Mine is to become the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Though I haven’t appeared in any major films yet, I’ve acted in a couple of short student films. Most of my resume consists of small roles in TV commercials and a few gigs as a print model. If I were to describe what my typecast is, I fit the brooding, mysterious kind of character. A casting director once told me he could envision me in a spin-off of the famous Twilight saga of Stephenie Mayer.
Having knocked at this industry’s doors for several years past, I’ve learned the hard way that this industry is as fickle and unforgiving as it is rewarding. So if you’re a young actor or actress who is looking to break into Hollywood, here are some words of wisdom to guide you in the right direction. Time is money in Hollywood so you want to avoid all the newbie mistakes you possibly can.
First things first; the importance of having an agent. If you have one, then that’s great. You have somewhat of an advantage that few could only hope to get. Agents rarely ever get anyone out of kindness or favor. What they care most about is how much money they can make by selling you. This could either mean you’re crazy talented, have chiseled good looks, or both.
If you don’t have an agent, I would suggest you focus on working first without representation. Remember that Hollywood is a relationships business. Who you know, who your friends know, and who the friends of your friends know are more important than being “fit for the part.” When you feel you’ve gathered enough experience, and are ready to work with an agent, choose someone who understands your brand—and who you are. Trust me, this should make your working relationship heaps better.
If you worked hard to acquire contacts, make friends, and just basically network with people on the ground, your agent will have an easier time finding you work. Remember that the agent treats you and what he does as a business. If you can hit the ground running and demonstrate how much you understand this, you’ll also come off as a much more attractive talent.
On auditions, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve encountered people in casting calls who don’t put their best foot forward. Some are even crazy to think that the audition itself is time to practice. This is all crazy talk and you’re definitely not a crazy person, right? You’re an actor, so the moment you get up from bed, start thinking your auditions have started. It will help calm your nerves which is practically the number one enemy when reading lines.
You only get a couple of lines before the casting director makes a not so rational decision, so you got to make it count, every word, every syllable, every inflection, and every emotion.
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