Well I just finished covering this subject at The Actors’ Network, but wanted to blog about it in a slightly different fashion. We use phrases like “Monday morning quarterback” and “Hindsight is 20/20″ to remind ourselves that when it is over or past…it is easy to know Continue reading
In this multi-part series, I’m going to address the biggest mistakes we make in voice over. I articulate these mistakes because I’ve made them, and I’ve seen others shoot themselves in the foot, not even realizing that they’re making mistakes they can so easily avoid.
Biggest Mistake #1: Not Practicing Aloud EVERY SINGLE DAY
If you are not practicing every single day, you are preparing to fail in voice over. A week without auditioning makes me rusty, so I can’t even imaging staying sharp if I’m not doing this work each and every day. Continue reading
It has officially begun, even if well, it isn’t so official…or professional rather. Recently I received an email from, a Hollywood talent agency accepting new talent for those, “Seeking Representation.” The agency is called H-V-N Talent So here is a little story by an actor regarding this new “LEGIT – Licensed” agency. In the words of the actor: Continue reading
Vocational training. Yes, you heard me…vocational training. Here is another one: apprenticeship. There are lots of ways to say, or discuss, education…but at the end of the day when it comes to ALL forms of knowledge you are either an intellectual who simply discusses things…or you have UNDERSTANDING…which means you’ve experienced them. One of the hardest, and most painful elements of our careers as performers in Hollywood is trying to UNDERSTAND…casting. Continue reading
A few months ago, my wonderfully talented colleague Doug Turkel asked me to be a part of an eBook that has been begging to be written for years now. He managed to finagle almost 30 of today’s top voice over talent to contribute their advice and secrets to success. When he asked me to be a part of it, I was absolutely thrilled. Continue reading
Here we are only days away. Days away from what you ask? Well, from the avalanche, the tidal wave, the thunderous running with the bulls of Hollywood known as…Fall TV Season. However, isn’t it ironic that the title given has nothing to do with the actual season we’re in, and that is the absolute big issue at hand. Because for some unknown reason going back Continue reading
Come one come all actors and parents of actors!
For the first time, since 1991, Kevin E. West (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0922184/), veteran television actor and the Founder/President of The Actors’ Network, will give (2) actor business presentations available to NON-members!! This opportunity has never existed prior to now.
Since 1991 Kevin E. West and The Actors’ Network have been the benchmark for information and education on the business aspect of pursuing a performance career in Hollywood! This is your opportunity, without being a member of The Actors’ Network, to come listen and learn from its creator and President. You may now have the chance to listen to a veteran working actor from whom thousands of actors have benefitted for more than 20 years. The presentations are 90 minutes in length, and only cost $10. However, they are limited strictly to the first (50) registrants, so act fast.
Each event is $10! Event description, info and registration click here:
Tuesday, June 26 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm: Title (Demo Material Decisions)
Thursday, June 28 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Title (Agent v. Manager, What to do?)
“Kevin E. West is the consummate professional. he is one of the most ethical, intelligent, talented, pro-active,
pro-actor people I’ve ever known. Kevin’s extensive experiences, passion and ability to communicate make him the best person I know to assist actors. Hollywood is a business that has a lot of unspoken and ever-changing rules lead to a lot of mistakes which cost actors time, money and emotional strength. To have someone like Kevin on your side to help you get through Los Angeles without having to make all of the same mistakes… is invaluable.”
Lonnie Hamerman, Casting Director
Without a Trace, Monk, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
So it is officially mid-June…where is your Representation? Since my first year in Los Angeles all I have been doing since that day, I think sometimes, is altering things that people told me where absolutely true…because I’ve learned…they just aren’t. One of those many Hollywood myths is that there are only two times per year to get a “new representative.” Well, I absolutely disagree, but what I am willing to concede Continue reading
So now we come to the “biggie.” I say that, because this was the propaganda tool regarding merger. I’m not saying that because I don’t feel it is ultra important…I do. Remember, I’m many years vested (meaning I have a pension), so the bottom line is that it means a great deal to me. However, the level of concern I feel is a slight exaggeration. The existing pensions are guaranteed, the question is more about eventually merging them. Now, I stood by the existing leadership at SAG prior to the merger, showing faith that they would not screw this up…considering how many of them have a pension at risk too. Continue reading
So now it is time to discuss this little issue I have moving forward with our NEW UNION. The SAG-AFTRA merger is predicated on “more strength” “consolidation of wasted Admin monies and effort” along with of course “more bargaining power.” Well, by God, if this is going to be the case then we better do something about “Modified Agreements.” Continue reading