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
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.