Just a Few Days Left to Register!

November 5, 2019

Hi Actors! There are just a few days left to register for the November Virtual Showcase. Think the holiday season is a bad time to try to get an agent? Think again! As the entertainment industry slows down agents actually have a little more time to comb through submissions, which allows them to sign actors just in time for pilot season. The November and December Virtual Showcases are perfect opportunities to let agents know who you are! Click here to register.

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Chicago Theatre Access Auditions

October 11, 2019

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Attention non-union actors! Applications are open for the Chicago Theatre Access Auditions. What is this, you ask? It’s a chance to be seen by Chicago’s Equity theatres. If you’ve ever tried to attend an Equity audition as a non-union actor, you know how tough it is. You wait around all day hoping to be seen, only to be told that they won’t have time for you after all. “But feel free to leave your headshot and resume,” they always say.

Who has the time for that? Thus, the Chicago Theatre Access Auditions were born. If selected, you will have 90 seconds to perform a monologue for several of Chicago’s Equity and Non-Equity theatres. And the best part? It’s absolutely free. There is no application fee or cost to participate. So what are you waiting for? Applications close THIS Sunday, October 13th. Get on it!

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We're Almost Sold Out!

October 4, 2019

Hey! The October edition of the Chicago Virtual Showcase is almost sold out (we have one spot left)! Don’t hesitate to sign up. If we can’t get you in this month, we’ll add you to the waitlist for November. For those who have already participated recently, we LOVE hearing your success stories. If you’d like to share the news about a job you booked or an agent you signed with after they saw you in the showcase, email the showcase staff at chicagovirtualshowcase@gmail.com.

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The Next Showcase Date Is...

September 27, 2019

If you’ve been keeping up with this news feed, you know that our September Virtual Showcase posted this week. And that means it’s time to start thinking about next month! Our next recording date for the Chicago Virtual Showcase is October 23, 2019.

The Showcase is a great way for Chicago actors to get in front of industry professionals without spending a fortune on headshot/resume mailings. This opportunity is not recommended for beginners - on-camera experience is definitely advised in order to have a successful Showcase.

In other news, I am out of town for the next few days. Tapings are scheduled to resume on Wednesday, October 2. Since I had to leave town before the end of the month, I’m extending the September discount into October. Mention this post to receive $5 off a half hour session or $10 off an hour long session. This discount is good through October 15th!

I'm Headed Out of Town!

September 26, 2019

Chicago actors: I’ll be leaving town tomorrow (Friday, 9/27) and won’t return for a few days. You should see a notification bar at the top of this website. Currently tapings are scheduled to resume on Wednesday, October 2. My apologies for any inconvenience!

The September Showcase Has Posted!

September 25, 2019

The September edition of the Chicago Virtual Showcase has posted, and can be found at chicagovirtualshowcase.com. A password is required to view the showcases. For security reasons we do not post the password online, but you can reach out to us through that site to gain access.

The date has been chosen for the October showcase recording, and we’ll be posting that tomorrow - first to our contact list and then on the showcase website. Interested in getting on our contact list? We’ll only email you regarding the next showcase date, and you can let us know if you’d like to register for that month, remain on the list or be removed. Send an email to chicagovirtualshowcase@gmail.com to learn more.

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In other news…

September is going strong with self-tape requests. Don’t put your self tape off to the last minute! Studio space books up quickly. In order to get everyone’s taping and editing done before their links are due, it’s best to schedule an appointment as soon as you get the request, particularly since this time of year tends to be really busy in the industry. Also, a good rule of thumb to remember is that the earlier you submit your audition, the better .

What Makes a Successful Showcase Recording?

September 22, 2019

It’s editing day! Friday I recorded the September Virtual Showcase with six actors - a good handful for agents to review. I hope to have the preview link available tomorrow or Tuesday.

So what makes a successful Virtual Showcase recording? Here are some things to consider:

Choose your material wisely. Scenes tend to work better in this format. It should be age-appropriate and fit your type. Is there a show from the last few years that you really love and connect with? Are there characters in it that you could legitimately can see yourself playing? If it’s a television show, chances are you can find an episode online from which to pull a scene. If it’s a play, you can likely get a copy of the script. Finding a scene with some comedy in it that makes your audience laugh certainly doesn’t hurt, either.

Spend some serious quality time on your commercial copy. Far too often actors dedicate the bulk of their rehearsal time on their scene or monologue while assuming they can just wing it when it comes to the commercials. After all, it’s just a couple of lines, right? Wrong. The less lines you have to say something, the more difficult it can be to effectively tell the story. Yes, as an actor your job is still to tell a story, even when that story is in the form of a selling a product. And you only have a few seconds to do it. Auditioning for commercials is an art form. Commercials are typically the first auditions an agent will send a new talent on, so honing these skills is key when preparing your Showcase recording.

Don’t rehearse your interview answer. It shows every time. You definitely want to prepare some things you’d like to talk about, but don’t rehearse this like a script. Your interview should feel relaxed and natural. Industry professionals want to get a sense of who you are as a person and what you might be like when you walk into an audition room. Many actors, especially those just starting out in the business, try to portray themselves in a way they think the agent or director wants to see. They’ll talk about things they think an industry audience wants to hear ("I’m really dedicated to acting, it’s my passion.”) Well, obviously. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here. Instead, think about hobbies or interests that separate you from the rest. (“I was runner-up in a hot dog eating contest.” “I’m fluent in three different languages.”) Okay, now it’s getting interesting.

Have any further questions? Feel free to email the Chicago Virtual Showcase staff at chicagovirtualshowcase@gmail.com.

Tapings Closed June 30 - July 4

June 28, 2019

Hi All! Just a heads up, there will be no tapings June 30 through July 4. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Limited Availability

April 17, 2019

Hey Actors! Just so you are in the know, my availability will be extremely limited the next couple of weeks. First up is the Virtual Showcase taking place tomorrow, April 18, which I’ll then be editing throughout the holiday weekend. I’ll be closing on a new home Monday and moving all next week, then have to go out of town for an event. I won’t be available to do many tapings, if any at all, for the next several days, but can refer you to other places if need be. Thanks for understanding!

Pilots, Pilots, Pilots

February 15, 2018

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     Pilot season is in full swing, and it's crazy right now! Due to the current high demand for self-tapes, please keep the following in mind: 

* Scheduling is tight. If you are unable to make your appointment, I need to know as soon as possible, but no later than two hours prior to your scheduled time. If you cancel less than two hours before you are scheduled to tape, you will be charged the full amount for your session, even if you reschedule.

* I cannot always grant same-day tape requests. Although I do what I can to accommodate your schedule, it is not always possible to get you in for a last-minute taping. Please book your appointment as soon as you can to increase your chances of getting taped.

* I need to know how much time you want to book. I try to allow time immediately after your session to compress your file, so that you are not waiting around all day for the link. If you know how much time you need to tape, I can adjust the schedule to allow time for editing. There are times when someone might booked in a slot immediately following yours, so running over your session time is not an option. If you are unsure how much time to book, ask for more. You will only be charged for the time you use. If you send me your sides, I can help you determine how much time you'll likely need.

* I do weekend tapings! If your link is due Monday morning, and you are unable to tape the week before, know that the weekend is an option. Although there is an additional fee for weekend tapings, just know it's available to you.

     Stay focused, keep breathing, and we'll all get through this exciting time together. And if you get a callback or book the job, let me know - I'm rooting for you!