Thursday, December 11, 2014

3 Tips for Using Social Media for Professional Networking

Here's another great article from Backstage! As an actor, you have to work hard to market yourself. And where's the best place to do that?  Social media!  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, and the list goes on...  These are the platforms that provide you with the opportunity to brand yourself and connect with other professionals in the industry.

This article presents three tips for how to present yourself well when making those connections. They are EXCELLENT points, and when the author said the following...

"How many times have you received a Facebook friend request and decided in a millisecond if you are going to actually consider this request or not? Why? Firstly, because you’ve looked at their profile picture. This picture will make you want to look further into the request or delete it. You may not want to admit that, but I’d bet it’s true."

...I wanted to stand up and shout AMEN! Friends, your profile picture is SO IMPORTANT. It is your calling card -- the first impression people will get of you. Make it a good one. I don't want to be judgmental and I almost hate to admit this, but when I see that someone has posted in a Filmmaking group on Facebook, I will choose to go read their post (or not) based on their profile picture. If their picture doesn't present me with an image of professionality, it's hard for me to take them seriously. (Is professionality even a word? My spellcheck doesn't think so, but it sounds like it ought to be.)

The author also touches on the initial contact you make with someone, and the type of content you are sharing. Here's the link to read the article:

After you read it, come back and tell me what you think!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Wanted" Official Trailer!

I apologize for my absence over the past few months!  I have been very busy helping with post-production for "Wanted" (particularly in my role as Social Media Marketing Assistant).  We're hard at work gearing up to release the film on March 2nd!

Please like our <Facebook Page> to see fun behind-the-scenes pictures, featured adoption stories, production updates, and more!  (We'll also be doing some giveaways at the beginning of the year, so you won't want to miss those!)

You can also visit our <Website> for more information about the film, and sign up for our <Newsletter>.

Without further ado, I am very excited to present our OFFICIAL TRAILER!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Casting Call - "Providence"

Shared from The Good Book website:

Mainstreet Productions and Faith Flix Films are excited to begin production on our sixth faith-based feature. PROVIDENCE is a love story that spans forty years. Like our most recent film, The Good Book, PROVIDENCE will be told using only dramatic action, dynamic soundtrack, and no dialogue.

We are currently accepting submissions for the lead and supporting characters (paid). Non-union actors only.

Once these roles are cast, we'll accept submissions for featured and background actors.

Shooting Location: Springfield, TN (Nashville area)
Lodging provided for lead and supporting actors who are unable to work as local talent.
Lead and supporting roles will require 2-5 shooting days.
Shooting Dates: April 13 - June 6, 2015

To submit:
* Complete online application
* Mail headhot (or recent photo) and resume:
Attention: Sharon Wilharm
Mainstreet Productions
305 North Oak Street
Springfield, TN 37172

To read the character breakdown and submit the online application, CLICK HERE.

*Please note: I am not affiliated with this film. I am just sharing the casting call.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Update on "Wanted"

Who wants a sneak peek at some footage from "Wanted" - a short film starring Rusty Martin (Courageous), Andrew Cheney (Seasons of Gray), Eliya Hurt (Polycarp), and myself?  Well, look no further!  I am thrilled to share our new Sizzle Reel with you!  (Be sure to watch it in HD!)

Post production is almost done!  The final edit is locked and color corrected, so now the film needs to go to our sound artist and have a score composed by the amazing John Campbell, and then it will be done!  I'm busy working on the marketing side of things (a new undertaking for me that I'm really enjoying so far!), and we're also researching lots of film festivals.

If you want to learn more about the film, please visit the website that I designed!  You can read about the story, learn about our cast and crew, and sign up to receive our newsletter so you'll be the FIRST to hear our big updates (not only about this project, but future projects from Roundtable Productions)!  Also, there's still time to donate and get some fun rewards while helping with post production costs. 

If you'd like to connect with us on Social Media, here are the links!

Actors Rusty Martin, Eliya Hurt, Stacey Bradshaw, and Andrew Cheney

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Movement in Auditions

Have you wondered about how much movement you should incorporate into your audition video, especially when the script calls for something drastic?  What about using props?  Here's a short video from casting director Erica Arvold to answer those questions!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recent Film Releases

There have been a lot of Christian films released this summer, but I want to highlight three in particular that released this week (and that carry my personal endorsement!).

1) Ace Wonder.  I have been waiting eagerly for this film since it was shot 4 years ago!  It's a very fun movie that will entertain your whole family.  It just hit Walmart, so go grab your copy!  (And when you do, post a selfie with the DVD on Facebook or Google+ with the hashtag #acewonder) Watch the trailer HERE.

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2) The War Within.  This is a powerful film that has won several awards.  I was very impacted by the message and their unique approach to the story.  Everyone should see this film.  You can buy a copy in Family Christian Bookstores or online on Amazon or the film's website.  (If you purchase the film, the filmmakers would love for you to take a picture of you with your DVD and post it on their Facebook page with the hashtag #TheWarOnTour)  Watch the trailer HERE.

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3) Touched by Grace.  Yep, this is my big movie!  And I'm super excited that it is finally on DVD!  I starred in this film with Ben Davies (Courageous) two years ago.  It has premiered in three countries overseas - England, Spain, and Singapore - and now you can watch it in your living room!  Buy your copy on Stonetable Film's website on in Family Christian Bookstores!  ( know the sure to post a picture of you with your DVD on my FB acting page, with the hashtag #touchedbygrace)  Watch the trailer HERE.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival 2014

I have wanted to attend the Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival for several years, but I've always been on a film set or didn't have enough money when the time rolled around.  This year, however, I found out they were going to be screening "Touched by Grace" and I knew I had to try and get there.  What more perfect time to make connections and network with the fine folks at Gideon than when my biggest film was showing there?

Long story short, in about a week's time, God had worked out all the details and I had my plane tickets to Orlando!  I can't even tell you how huge this was for me.  My heartfelt thanks go out to Rodney and Lori Marett, who run the festival, for making this experience possible.

Rodney, Lori, and my friend Nate

Okay, now to tell you about Gideon...

First of all, I flew into the wrong airport.  Haha!  In my defense, the airline that provided the cheapest flights from VA to Orlando only flew into Sanford International, and I didn't realize there were TWO international airports in Orlando.  But once again, the Lord provided!  A taxi was going to cost $80 to the hotel (about as much as my flight!), so I called a friend at the conference and he asked around to see if there was anyone with a car who could come and get me (32 miles away).  No one could get away, so I put myself at the mercy of the nice taxi manager who had been so helpful to me, and right after I got settled in a taxi, my friend called back with good news.  A lady had been sitting at his table and overheard my plight, and her husband was out getting supper with their little girl and would be able to drive down and pick me up.  Yay!  The taxi driver was very accommodating and let me back out (I kept apologizing - I felt so bad!).

When Mr. Davis came to pick me up, he asked me where I was from.  The crazy thing?  He lives 40 minutes away from me!  He and his wife just started a community theater, and I came all the way to Florida to meet them!  So even though I was feeling like a complete idiot for landing at the wrong airport and needing someone to pick me up, God was working in the details.

The next four days were amazing.  Truth be told, I was sick in my room almost every morning (thanks to some health problems we're working on figuring out), but every afternoon I was able to go downstairs and talk to people and attend a few workshops, including:

How to Build Your Communication Platform - Gary Zelasko
Screenwriting: Maximum Emotion - Gary Voelker
The Virtual Audition - Katrina Cook
Marketing for the Actor - Jenn Gotzon

Gary Voelker teaching about maximum emotion in screenwriting

Saturday night, I attending the screening of "My Name is Paul," a feature film made by my friend Vanessa Ore and her husband Trey.  I had a lot of friends who worked on this project and I was glad to finally see it!  Great job, everyone!

Trey and Vanessa Ore doing a Q&A after the film

Sunday was the big day for me!  At 4:00, we screened "Touched by Grace."  I did a Q&A afterwards, which was a lot of fun!  I enjoyed being able to answer questions and interact with the audience.  I'm so thankful to everyone who came out and watched the film!  (And honestly, I was just so excited to see it again because I've only seen it once in the two years since we filmed it, and that was 13 months ago.)  Watch the recently released official trailer and get ready to buy your DVD on August 19!

My friends Allen and Grace drove down from Jacksonville to attend the screening!

Romans XIII reunion!  (Sincerity, Jason, and Ariana) 

Sunday night, I attended the late-night screening of "The War Within".  Producer/co-writer/actor Gary Varvel did a Q&A afterwards.  The film was incredible!  It's no wonder it won 4 awards at the Christian Worldview Film Festival in March.  I've never seen a Christian film like it.  DVDs will be available on August 19 (the same day as Touched by Grace)!  Meanwhile, I urge you to watch the trailer.

I didn't get any pictures on Monday, so we'll fast-forward to Tuesday...

Brazilian actor/writer/producer Regis Terencio

Christina Lee Storm gave the keynote address at the awards ceremony.  Christina is an international independent producer who has collaborated with filmmakers from around the world.  She was Production Supervisor for the highly acclaimed, 2012 Oscar-winning film The Artist.   Currently, Christina is Executive Director of Act One, Inc. where she provides leadership and vision for the 15 year faith-based, innovative training and incubator for writers and producers in film, television, and digital media.

My new friend David Helling won the best screenplay award for "In the Beginning"!

After the awards ceremony, I managed to get pictures with most of my friends...

Kyle and Kenny Saylors, of Saylors Brothers Entertainment

Casting Director Katrina Cook, of KatzKasting

Actor/Comedian/Writer Torry Martin (My Name is Paul, Skid)

Producer/writer and editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel (The War Within)

Actress Francine Locke (Stand Your Ground)

Director Gary Voelker (coming down to "my level", haha!)

 Actress Jenn Gotzon (Alone Yet Not Alone, Doonby, God's Country, etc.)

Group picture!

Actor/director/writer Nathan Jacobson (Wanted, Polycarp, Princess Cut)

Producer Del Baron (Adrenaline)

 Gideon president, Isaac Hernandez

Tuesday night was so bittersweet.  It was hard to say goodbye and realize that the festival had come to an end.  I am so thankful for all the connections I was able to make in my short time there.  I was even able to start outlining a new feature film with Nate, my collaborative writing partner, during some down-time.  What a blessing to spend time with old friends, meet new friends, learn from the workshops, swap story ideas, watch films, and enjoy the sweet fellowship of other believers who are passionate about making films that honor the Lord.  I truly hope I will be able to attend Gideon again next year, and I encourage all of you to do the same!