Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : I have a interview with a talent agent, does anybody have any tips for me?

This is my first interview and I don’t even have a headshot.

Answer by Kekionga
The talent agent makes money off your talent…

they have no talent of their own. Basically they are leeches who will tell you what you want to hear to get you to sign.

My advice? Don’t believe anything they say without evidence to back it up.

g-day!

Answer by Mrs.Kiwi
plz help me what did u do 2 do that

Answer by needing an agent
just be yourself.
sit straight.
ansewer there questions.
dont studder or be like ummmmm.
smile.
dont act nervous.
good luck.
tell me how it goes.
also i advise you get an 8×10 black and white headshot.

Answer by Big R
Sorry to tell you this. Most likely you are about to be scammed. You are obviously not a pro. If you were you wouldn’t be asking this. Most legit agencies only sign pros. Most scam agencies only talk to beginners. Did someone approach you in a mall and ask you if you were interested in acting? If that’s what happened cancel your appointment. Go to sag.org and see if they are franchised. If they are not then don’t bother with them. Be careful.

Answer by Tony
Wow.

There’s so much to say. I’ll just give you some small tips and one big one.

First: Know how to answer the question, “How do you see yourself?” That question could have different variations such as, “What do you think your type is?” or “How would you describe yourself as an actor?” In any case you should first of all know the answers to those questions and secondly, you should know how to answer them in a quick, short and concise way, without blinking an eye.

Second small tip: do some homework about the agency. Find out as much as you can about it. About her/him. About other agents who work there. Know her/his name!!! Know his/her background if you can find it out and use that information wisely at times throughout the interview. Know if they have any big names signed and who they are.

Ask how many clients they have.
Ask how often you can expect to be sent out on auditions.
Ask how many other actors they have that are the same type as you.
Ask what his/her preferred way of keeping in touch is, i.e. post cards, phone calls, e-mail, etc.
Gosh, there’s so much to say, but it would take a while.
Know the questions you want to ask him/her. Find some other actors to talk to and ask them for some advice. Experienced actors!

The big tip, huge tip? Go out and buy Brian O’Neil’s book Acting As A Business: Strategies For Success. It’s one of the most read books by actors looking to FINALLY start understanding that if you have a strategy, you’re more likely to be successful. It’s one of the books I recommend on my site as well: http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/acting_books.html

At this point, I wouldn’t go out and rush to get a headshot. The agent will know that you are young and don’t have much experience. If she’s interested in you, she will tell you what you need to do.

Don’t pay any money, no matter what he/she tells you! The rate should be 10% AFTER you get a job.
Don’t go to a headshot photographer that he/she recommends.
Read this: http://wwwactingcareerstartup.com/acting_scams.html .

Finally, know as much as you can about what it means to be an actor, about the industry, acting techniques. Go to my website for new actors and download a free ebook, that will give you some more ideas about things you should know. It’s called What It Takes To Become An Actor. Just go to http://www.actingcareerstartup.com , sign in on the right side of the page and you can download the ebook for free.

Hope I’ve been helpful!
Good luck and remember, that even if you do get an agent, you can have more than one if they don’t ask for exclusivity, so keep looking. Secondly and most importantly, even if you do get the agent, your efforts to try and get work are just beginning! You need to be super active TOGETHER WITH an at the same time the agent is sending you out on auditions. Take control of your own career and don’t put it all in the hands of someone else! It’s your career. It’s your responsbility!

Lastly, you’ll probably need this too: http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/how_to_get_an_agent.html .

Good luck!

Tony
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com

Answer by Kendall H
You need to atleast bring a picture of u and type a resume. When u go to the meeting most of the time the agent asks you questions well you also need to ask questions and make sure it is the right one. Dont just choose anyone. Make sure you are satisfied with that agent.

Answer by oncameratalent
How did you get the interview? Just curious. Yes, as long as they don’t want you to pay them a dime up front for ANYTHING, or want you to go to a specific photographer, or take specific classes/workshops. I couldn’t even work as a backround actor on a soap without a photo and resume when I started out. I was with a friend who was auditioning for General Hospital, and I helped his read lines before he went in to read for the head casting director. Then the associate casting director asked me if I was an actor. Then he said to send in a headshot and resume, even showed me a sample, and then they put me to work as an extra only after I sent in the headshot and resume (although my resume was blank lol, just my name/contact/and special skills like bowling and motorcycle riding LOL).

ANYWAYS, here is a good article:

Meeting with a Talent Agent
by Tony Martinez/Talent Agent

Congratulations! You did it. You managed to get my attention and I’ve agreed to take a meeting. That means you get one shot to convince me that my career as an agent cannot continue unless your name is on my list.

The process is simple. First, I always meet one on one with potential clients. This gives me a chance to really get to know the person. If that goes well, I ask the actor to come back and meet the other agents. It’s essential that everyone be in agreement. One agent should never try to convince the others to sign someone.

And that’s basically it. The only problem is actors tend to be their own worst enemy. Believe it or not, actors seeking representation are always convincing me NOT to sign them. Pretty depressing, right?

I’m always amazed by how much effort actors put into getting a meeting with me but none of you ever know how to behave once you’re actually in my office.

Before we tackle this subject, let’s make something clear. I want to like you. It’s my job to sign actors and if you’re sitting in my office, that means you did something right. Maybe I noticed your submission. Maybe someone referred you. Or maybe I saw your work in a showcase. Whatever it was, something positive happened to get your butt into that chair. So don’t turn a positive into a negative. You’ve got 15 minutes to make an impression. That’s 900 seconds. You have to use that time wisely.

So how should you behave in my office? Well, think of it this way. Meeting with an agent is like a first date. You’ve got two people in a room. They’re sizing each other up. And they’re both wondering if it’s going to go any further.

Now ask yourself this: what’s the worst thing you can do on a first date?

Answer: Talk about yourself.

There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a date with someone who spends the whole night going on and on about themselves. It’s the same thing in a meeting. I tend to tune out actors who waste their time by doing a non-stop monologue about who they are and what they want.

So don’t play into the stereotype of the narcissistic, self-involved actor. It’s dull. It’s boring. And worst of all, it doesn’t give me a chance to really get to know you.

Instead, walk into that office and create an atmosphere where you can both get to know each other as people. I have to forget that you’re an actor seeking representation. That’s boring. Instead, I need to see you as an individual. I have to get a sense of who you really are outside the world of show business.

How do you do this? Easy. Try to have a normal conversation. Maybe there’s something in my office that catches your eye. Or maybe you just saw a great movie. Whatever. The idea is to get into a give and take situation where you’re talking about anything but acting. This will give me a chance to get to know the real you.

I once met with a young lady who had “tarot card reader” listed on her resume under Special Skills. It just so happens that I love anything having to do with the occult. So we started talking about it and the next thing you know, we’re both sitting on the floor and she’s giving me a reading. As a result, we really got to know each other and I ended up representing her for many years.

Now that’s what I call a good meeting.

Remember – it’s easy for an agent to pass on an actor seeking representation. We do it every day. But saying no becomes just a little bit harder when we’ve spent 15 minutes getting to know you as a human being. And that might just be enough to get you signed as a client.

Answer by VicSEO
There are some important hidden agendas that you should be aware of:

1) Be careful in filling out the job application, cover letter, resume especially regarding the size of your handwriting, since bold and large strokes are considered signs of someone’s vanity and that you are not really a “team player” because of your own attitude of going your own way. Often many employers use graphology [handwriting analysis] as a means to sort out potential candidates, noting that Peuguot, the French car makers uses graphology exclusively as the sole means to screen potential employees. So, be careful in how you fill-out a job application.

2) Note your posture during the interview; try to avoid the shaking or twitching leg syndrome when you are seated and of course, do not chew any gum.

3) Avoid looking away from the interviewer when asked a question. Respond honestly to a question, even if you say, “I don’t know the answer.” But make sure that you look the interviewer in the “eye” as you give your response – this eye-to-eye contact is an indication of your truthfulness.

4) Even though you may feel pressured or nervous during the interview, speak clearly and slowly so that your words can be understood. Make a conscientious effort to lower the tone of your voice, so that you sound more mature and not so squeeky.

Good luck!

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : what’s the difference between tarot and ouija boards?

what are the difference they both answer the same questions. They both are a tool and if used in a good way it can help it depends on the person who does it. So why are the shot down by everyone everything has a chance why not give this subject or category one.

Answer by Splash Log
No difference. They are both bogus.

Answer by Fred
Because it can open doors that should remain closed.

Answer by interested1208
Nothing,

both are games for entertainment purposes only…

Answer by bobby love
Of course it has been given a chance. But it didn’t work. It never works. Case closed.

Answer by “Silence! I kill you!”
one is a card and the other is a board

Answer by Gus
They are different games that dumb people think contact mythical things called “spirits” or “ghosts” or “gods”.

Answer by Just Plain Bob
Tarot cards don’t need two people to argue about who’s pushing the pointer.

Answer by Rebecca Laurie
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They are both ridiculous, that’s why. There has never been a single person who has proven that they can use these items in the divination of human events. Never. Twenty years ago James Randi offered one million dollars to any psychic or medium (or anyone making an extraordinary claim) to prove their claim under scrutiny with cameras present. No one has ever taken him up on it. Years ago Sylvia Browne said she would, but then in the meantime was arrested, along with her husband for fraud (imagine that) and convicted. When she was free again, James Randi still offered her the chance, but she refused.
http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html

I find ouija boards in particular to be silly. If you can buy it in Toys R Us between the CandyLand and Monopoly games and it has “Hasbro” stamped on the bottom, it is not a tool for communication with spirits (mostly because there are no spirits).

There is a great, really short (only two minutes) youtube video that basically sums up my position on anything paranormal or “psychic”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBUc_kATGgg

Answer by Anonnie Mouse
One is a card game and one is a board game.

Answer by PattyAnn
One is a deck of cards, and one is a game board produced by a big game company. They are not tools. They are games. The people who shoot it down have had experiences that have made it clear that both things are ‘fakes” as far as telling the future. Experience counts for a great deal.

Answer by Jimbo
Why didn’t you ask the Tarot and the Ouija Board this question and find out. If they’re so smart, surely THEY could answer it.

Answer by Golddew
Ah, the internet. You get all sorts here.

What the Tarot and Ouija have in common is that they are both methods of attempting to obtain spiritual guidance. There are several fundamental differences between them, however – what they are, how they function and how they communicate their messages.

Let’s start with the obvious differences: the Tarot are a series of illustrated and numbered cards, while the Ouija is a board inscribed with numbers, letters and words that comes with an object to slide across the board. This ties into the next difference: what makes them work (or not).

In the case of Ouija, the force that moves the slider across the board comes from the people playing it. I haven’t tried it much myself, but to my knowledge the only way you would get an answer from a Ouija board that wasn’t at all influenced by the people touching the slider would be if those people were all spiritual practitioners or in a meditative trance or something of the sort. In short, from what I know of the Ouija it isn’t an accurate method of divination because the answers are influenced by the people using it, rather than some external force.

The Tarot, on the other hand, are not influenced at all by the tarot reader or the person being read to. The cards are turned upside down and shuffled at random, and are dealt out at random, and are only flipped over and revealed after they are all in place. Once this has been done, the cards cannot be moved or the reading altered.
What gives Tarot its effectiveness and significance is the fact that the only thing that determines what cards appear where is randomness and sheer coincidence. Tarot plays off of Jung’s theory of synchronicity, otherwise know as meaningful coincidence. Basically, the fact that the only thing that determines which cards appear in what positions in any part of a spread, pretty much sheer chance, means that what certain cards do appear are meaningful, and the position they have been placed in is also meaningful – the fact they appeared there by coincidence shows their importance.

The other difference partly ties into the obvious differences between the two that I stated earlier – that the Tarot uses illustrated cards, while the Ouija uses an inscribed board. The results for the Ouija can only come as yes or no, words or numbers, and the answers they give are obvious and easy to understand, but lack depth and symbolic importance.

The Tarot, on the other hand, uses images to convey its messages – and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. The answers that the tarot gives are less clear than those given by the Ouija, because images can be interpreted in a variety of different ways. This is why there are so many different meanings attributed to the cards – no two people agree completely on what card means what. However, this gives the tarot a personal touch because it is ultimately you who decides what the cards mean, and it also gives them an air of mystery. Half the fun of learning the tarot is figuring out what you personally think about the cards.

And why are they shot down by people? Because they are often misrepresented in the mass media and are misunderstood by people. Sadly, you can’t persuade everyone on these sorts of things, since there are plenty of people who don’t want to learn about them, who fear them or just want to hate on them because they like hating. All that matters to me, personally is that I believe strongly that the Tarot, at least, works and is effective for me, and that’s all that matters.

Answer by Polly Ester
Ouija or spirit boards are believed to be a direct link to both the human subconscious and the astral world.
Tarot cards on the other hand are more like flash cards for self reflection.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Can mirrors not work properly for some reason?

I have seem photos and videos of what people say is paranormal, when someone was looking at themselves in a mirror then turns away from a mirror yet their face is still clearly visible within the mirror. I was wondering, if that really did happened, can mirrors somehow go slow in reflecting images? Is there a logical scientific explanation, other than a trick with the camera or video?

Answer by Kelsey
Nope. It’s not a video or anything.. It’s impossable.

Answer by BaSH PR0MPT
If the mirror was near a localized gravity well such as a black hole and the user of said mirror was outside the range of it’s influence to the same degree a discernible deviation in the speed of light may be notable in theoretical physics; but in reality no there is absolutely no reason that this could happen nor has this ever happened.

In videos and photos they’re faked; it’s done with a process called masking, and provides a really creepy effect. It is, however, an overused hollywood horror cliche that has been done time and time again. It’s done by taking two shots, the left side of the image is one shot the right is the other. Some movies go further and use green screening over the mirror itself allowing for a more ‘natural’ looking effect where the person looking into the mirror can even be standing centre frame OVER the front of the mirror obscuring part of themselves even. But most movies cheap out on it and just use masking.

The James Randi Education Foundation has been offering a cheque for $ 1,000,000 since the late 60’s early 70’s to anyone who can prove ANY scruple of the supernatural, from tarot card readers to physics through to all kinds of zany claims of hauntings, etc. To date the cheque goes unclaimed, as not one single person who’s come forward has been anything but a con artist.

Some will say “Oh, I don’t do it for money / don’t need the money.” but let’s face it, a child dies every three seconds from preventable issues such as no access to clean water, and a million bucks can save three million children’s lives by providing said potable water. So even if they’re pretending they don’t ‘do it for money’ (why do they charge, huh? :P) they’re just talking lies again because they know they cannot do it in a controlled environment.

I spent most of my youth desperately seeking any information on the supernatural, I was obsessed. By age 8 I had read two libraries dry of anything to do with the supernatural. I want to believe, but sadly there is no evidence, not one little scrap of evidence, that the supernatural exists. The kind of people who believe it does are either idiots, or suffer some form of psychosis (the ‘true believers’ who become obsessed with it even after realizing it’s all rot), and given you are asking such well thought out questions I have no doubt that you will also come to this conclusion.

There’s nothing that goes bump in the night that a rational mind cannot expose.

Source : YoutubeWatch this video on tarot card reader

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