Wednesday, September 28, 2011

GOOD JOB, THANKS! - Ep 5 "Workshop Nightmare"

New installment in Ryan Glasgow's GREAT series. GOOD JOB, THANKS! - Ep 5 "Workshop Nightmare"

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Breakdown Services’ Gary Marsh to present at the Louisiana Actors Expo


LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 16, 2011 – Gary Marsh, the president of Breakdown Services, will be adding his expertise to the third annual Louisiana Actors Expo. The conference provides education and development for the hundreds of artists, performers and producers in the Gulf South Region. Louisiana Actors Expo will be on Saturday, September 24 from 9AM – 5PM at the Pan American Life Building Business Conference Center in New Orleans. For questions, or to register go to www.louisianaactorsexpo.com.


Marsh’s presentation will give a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the casting process. Attendees will see exactly how casting directors view and manage online submissions in a live demonstration and learn how to put submissions in the best possible light.

In addition, Breakdown Services’ Eco-Cast, its virtual pre-read audition system will also be demonstrated at the conference. As part of the demonstration, actors who participate in one-on-one sessions with casting directors will have their auditions captured and uploaded to Eco-Cast. That link will then be sent to agents and casting directors in Los Angeles, Texas and Louisiana, giving them a unique opportunity to be seen in multiple locations without traveling anywhere.

The Louisiana Actors Expo, which was originally created by the New Orleans Actors Recourse Center (NOARC), adds even more this year after partnering with Cutting Edge: CE (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference). The event brings together casting directors, talent agents, directors, writers and others in the Louisiana Film Industry. Actors from all over the region are invited to participate in what has been called the biggest event in Hollywood South.

The New Orleans Actors Resource Center is a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of four programs developed for the advancement, exposure and ongoing education of actors in the New Orleans Metropolitan area: The Actors' Co-Op, The Workshop Series, an Actors Library and Acting Classes. To learn more go to http://www.neworleansactors.org/.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

obSETHed - Episode #2 "Pigeon Holed"

Time for another Episode of "obSETHed"! This one is titled "Pigeon Holed" Guest stars Casting Director Michael Donovan. Enjoy!



Seth Coltan. Breaking into Hollywood one leg at a time!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Success Story: TARA LYNN BARR


Timing could be better for our latest Success Story feature. Tara Lynn Barr is starring in the Bobcat Goldwait's film GOD BLESS AMERICA which was recently acquired by MAGNOLIA PICTURES and recently screened at the TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL.





TARA LYNNE BARR is a California native. A precocious child and natural performer, she discovered theater at the age of seven - the perfect outlet for her energy and creativity. After performing non-stop in local children’s theater productions, at age nine she informed her parents that she needed an agent so she could move on to film and television work. Now seventeen, Tara’s diverse resume reflects her focus on a lasting career. Her television credits include a dramatic turn on NBC’s Crossing Jordan; a variety of comedic appearances for Disney and Nickelodeon, as well as a stint as the host of Encore Channel’s Fear Fest: 31 Nights of Horror. She has appeared in national and international commercials, has voiced characters for popular video games, and continues to perform on stage whenever time permits. In her biggest role to date, Tara will next star as “Roxy” in Bobcat Goldthwait’s newest dark comedy feature, God Bless America, slated to premiere in 2011.

Breakdown: How long have you been on Actors Access and how did you find out about the service?

TLB: I've been using Actors Access since 2004, so for about 7 years. We
originally learned about Actors Access through my first commercial agent.
Before I was represented theatrically, my Mom would self-submit through AA.

Breakdown: What success have you had with Actors Access?

TLB: A lot actually. My very first booking was through a self-submit on Actors
Access, and I actually found my current theatrical agent through AA. Most
recently, I booked the female lead in Bobcat Goldthwait's newest feature,
God Bless America (GBA).

Breakdown: What was your favorite part of working with Bobcat Goldthwait?

TLB: The family environment on the set. Even though we had an aggressive
shooting schedule, Bobcat was so cool and I always found myself laughing and grinning. I definitely miss everyone.


















Breakdown: What do you think the most helpful feature on Actors Access is?

TLB: I don't know...there are quite a few. The Media Bank is really valuable - the
ability to have very specific video and audio clips available to send to
casting is a major plus. We also use CastingAbout. We just
sent out postcards about wrapping GBA, and it was totally easy.

Breakdown: How often do you update your profile?

TLB: Several times a year, on average. It all depends on bookings, new skills,
new training and such. For example, I got firearms training and experience
on GBA, and I'm currently learning to play guitar.

Breakdown: What advice would you give to your fellow actors?

TLB: I guess the best advice I could give to fellow actors is to not take
yourself too seriously, and to be kind to and respectful of everyone. To be
able to do what we love and get paid for it is a rare gift, so just enjoy yourself.

Breakdown: How long have you been acting and what made you go into the field?

TLB: I started acting in children's theater when I had just turned seven...so
nearly eleven years. I saw my sister in a stage production and knew that
was what I wanted to do. There was a girl in one of the productions who had
done some commercials, and I told my mom that I wanted to give film and
television a try, as well.

Friday, September 9, 2011

LISA LAX AGENCY OPENS NEW YORK OFFICE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Lisa Lax Agency, a regional talent agency representing actors, models and recording artists in the Mid-South, announced today the opening of a New York office.

The expansion is a result of Lisa Lax's long-time development of relationships with national casting agents, producers and directors.

Valerie Curtis, who has worked with Lax for many years, will run the New York office!


On August 30th and 31st, the agency hosted an Netstudio Event at Times Square Arts Center (300 West 43rd Street) that drew more than 50 actors and models interested in representation.

Curtis said the agency signed 18 new faces as a result of the event. "Lisa Lax and I have had a working relationship for many years and to continue working with her in this way feels quite natural. She has established such a reputable agency with an amazingly talented client base in the Southeast; expanding to the New York market is a big move that, under her guidance, I feel confident will be advantageous to the agency as well as our clients. I am honored to be part of such an excellent team and am looking forward to a challenging, bountiful year."

The Lisa Lax Agency represents talent for film, television, print, performance and commercial projects. It will continue working to place actors, models and recording artists in jobs in the Mid-South even as it opens up opportunities for New York-based talent.

New York actor and comedian Dimitri Meskouris has been a client of Lax for years. She helped him book a job as a recurring comedian on the Dave Chappelle Show and he is pleased that she now offers a New York-based talent service.

"Lisa is relentless in her pursuit of opening doors for her actors," Meskouris said. "Lisa understands each actor as an individual and meets them halfway in the shaping of their career. She is invaluable and I am so fortunate to call her agent."

Lax has placed her talent in national TV and film projects including the feature films "The Grace Card," "Losers Take All," “Open Road," "Bolden” and "Grand Slammed." TV and radio productions include "Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Show," "Eastbound and Down" and "The Tavis Smiley Show." Advertising campaigns include Budweiser, Dominoes PIzza, Remington and HealthSpring.

She brings more than 20 years experience as a casting director, manager and actress. She travels with her clients to Los Angeles to sign them with west coast agents and brings industry celebrities to Memphis as guests who educate her talent.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Screening: obSETHed: GENERALLY HOSPITABLE

Very excited to screen SETH COLTAN's excellent webseries "obSETHed" which guest stars powerhouse Casting Directors like Michael Donovan ("Lost Tapes"), Jason Wood ("The Protector"), and Krisha Bullock ("iCARLY"), and Geralyn Flood ("Big Time Rush").

This is episode #1 which guest stars Mark Teschner ("General Hospital").

Friday, September 2, 2011