¿Cazatalentos en centro comerciales (el mall)?

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Actuar es un arte impulsado por la pasión. Es trabajo duro y divertido y a veces un poco confuso en cuanto a saber cómo empezar y saber si nos lo que nos presentan es real or estafa. Hay muchas oportunidades e situaciones cuales atraen o embaucan a actores aspirantes qienes no están preparados para esas situaciones o no entienden acerca de ellas. A veces, la pasión y el deseo de lograr en la industria, nos ciega. Actores Youth Academy se encuentra con muchos padres quienes platican sobre cómo su hijo fue descubierta por un agente de talento para ser parte de un comercial o un programa de televisión.  Y seguros estaban que verdaderamente alguien los había descubierto. Lo que mas se escucha es que esta persona quien descubió a su hijo fue un cazatalento de Disney o alguien cazando talento para un comercial en particular, digamos para Old Navy. ¿Es esto real? ?Los profesionales de disney salen por las calles a buscar talento?

 Sienna H. es una estudiante de AYA.

En un post anterior explicamos la diferencia entre un agente de talento y un director de casting. Pero realmente no hemos explicado un cazatalento, pero para claramente hacerlo, es importante que distingamos entre ellos. Un cazatalento no hace casting. 

Un agente de talento, denominado “agente”, es quien trabaja para conseguir a sus actores (quienes eligieron representar) trabajo en la industria (anuncios, programas de televisión, promociones, y el obras de cine). Agentes tienen licencia proveida por el estado y muchos son franquicias por el SAG / AFTRA. Los agentes trabajan con directores de casting, y es allí adonde estos mandan a los actores quienes ellos representan a audiciones.  Directores de casting solo quieren actores que ya han comprovado que tienen talento.  Directores de casting solo buscan talento a través de los agentes. Los agentes son difíciles de encontrar y más difícil de hacer que te presten atención. Ellos tienden a trabajar directamente con las escuelas de actuación para cazar talento, o con sus actores quienes ya ellos representan. Algunos actores pasan años tratando de conseguir un agente. Los agentes no cazan talento en los centros comerciales (malls) o en los lugares donde las familias se congregan. Ellos no crean eventos para cazar talento en un hotel de lujo. Agentes de talento pueden emplear cazatalentos que salen a buscar talentos en eventos de teatro o eventos producidos por escuelas de actuación. El punto aquí es que van a los lugares donde los actores potenciales están mostrando y practicando su talento, no caminando o jugando en un mall o un parque. Es importante entender que un cazatalento no esta buscando niños bonitos con aparencias especiales; no, estan buscando talento y eso no se encuentra por general en centros comerciales.

¿Entonces quienes son esos “buscadores de talento” que van a los centros comerciales, festivales y parques, y se acercan a las familias con jóvenes y le dicen cuidadosamente a los padres que ellos son cazatalentos y mencionan a Disney o un programa de Disney o de otro compañía, y actuan como si verdaderamente trabajan para ellos? ¿No es raro que alguien sepa que su niño puede ser una estrella, y no han visto si el joven  tiene talento¿ A veces hablan de lo chrasmatico que es el nino, o que lindo es, o que tiene una gran mirada. Dan cumplidos para que los padres se pongan orgullosos. Cuando el padre ya cree todo, le dan una postal que tiene nombres de la industria con logotipos para que se vea oficial; pero si se fijan bien, muchos tienen una exención de responsabilidad diciendo que no están con los líderes de la industria. La postal da instruccion para que vayan a una audición en un hotel o en una lugar cercano. Para aquellos padres que han pasado por esto, ya saben que, cuando termina el processo de las audiciones, una escuela de actuación similar a la nuestra, les explica que el niño tiene mucho talento pero necesita formación y eso cuesta de $2,500 de $5,000 para clases de actuación. ¿Es una estafa? No necesariamente. ¿Es engañoso? Más o menos. ¿Sería mejor que hubiesen sido más honestos y  hubieran dicho que son un centro de formación para actores y tienen presentaciones para agentes para cazar talento despues de terminar cursos? Claro que sí.  La verdad es que ellos son igual  que la mayoría de las escuelas de actuación que se centran en el cine y la televisión. Todas las escuelas invitan a  agentes que vayan a cazar talento en la escuela. No es hasta que un niño complete formación, que se sabe si verdaderamente tienen talento, y si vale la cuenta presentarlos a los agentes. 

Para obtener más información acerca estafas potenciales de “cazatalentos,” lea lo que la Comisión Federal de Comercio tiene que decir. Vea el enlace a la página web de la FTC. “¿Podría realmente ser un modelo o actor? O tal vez es que sus hijos que tienen la apariencia adecuada? Si un cazatalentos dice que tienes un futuro en el negocio, es posible? Podría ser una estafa. Lea… Http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0071-look-out-modeling-scams

La razón por la que decidimos escribir esto, es que seguimos encontrándonos con padres que se sienten mal por haber perdido una oportunidad. con sus hijos. Muchos padres se sienten culpables por meses y a veces años debido a que su niño perdió su oportunidad de vivir su sueño de actuación. Realmente, lo que perdieron fue la oportunidad de entrar en una escuela de actuación en ese momento. Escuelas o foros de actuación estan disponible durante todo el año, incluso cuando dicen que no lo hacen. Como un foro para la actuación de cine y televisión, Actores Youth Academy se asegura de que cuando están fuera en la comunidad, en eventos locales, ser una academia honesta, y no engañar a los padres y los jóvenes. Les dejan saber que AYA es un foro para la formación de actores. AYA ayuda a los padres y jóvenes entender acerca de la industria, y los pasos para entrar al negocio. La importancia aquí es que AYA es sincero con lo que ofrecen. Así que si se les acerca un cazatalentos, pregúnteles si trabajan para una agencia de talento con licencia y franquicia o si trabajan por una escuela o academia. Pregúnteles si después de ir a la audición le van a proponer clases. No crea que los profesionales de televicion andan por las calles buscando “una mirada.” Si son una escuela, ahorese tiempo y busque a un centro de formacion cerca de usted. Es más probable que ahorrará tiempo y dinero. Un foro de actuación de cine y televisión (no necesariamente teatro) proporcionará los mismos servicios, y muy probablemente también tendrán presentaciones para los agentes.

Congratulations to Our Student for Booking Disney!

 

Congratulatiadam_205 printons Adam R!!  Adam now stars in four disney commercials: 1) Downtown Disney Lego Store, 2) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney World, 3) Disney Cruise Line, and 4) Aulani Disney Resort and Spa.  We are proud of you, your hard work, and dedication to your craft. 

Congratulations parents.  At Actors/Actores Youth Academy (AYA), we understand the tremendous effort and commitment that parents of child actors have to give.

 

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Adam R. is a student of AYA.

What kind of acting class are you looking for?

Picture is of Dominique T., a student of AYA and ready for an agent. 

In choosing an acDominique3_ppting class, you have to look at a few factors aside from cost. 

1. What is the student to teacher ratio?

2. What type of curriculum do they use?

3. How individualized is the instruction? 

4. Are your personal goals going to be met? 

5. Is the space conducive to the type of instruction we want?

6. What sets this class/school/academy apart?

7. Is there parent involvement?

What is the student to teacher ratio? Some classes do not cap their classes and some do.  People need to be clear what they are paying for. There are acting forums that offer an inexpensive blanket amount and tell you you can go to as many classes as you want during the week. Then
 there are those who have a regular school size classroom or 25-40 students for one class.  And then there are those who guarantee a low student to teacher ratio. The smaller that ratio, the increased opportunity for individualized work.  If you are interested in group activities, just having fun, or getting to understand acting, then a larger forum or class may be good.  Those classes tend to focus on exercises that help in skill building, and less on individual work assessed and feedback given for personal growth.

 Actors Youth Academy offers a 8:1 student/teacher ratio.  

What type of curriculum do they use? All work should be guided by a curriculum. Ask about what methods do they use? Does their curriculum focus on exercises and games or on method acting or both?  How much time is spend on each?  The more the exercises and games, the larger the class can be. 

Actors Youth Academy uses primarily the Michael Chekov method, but uses whatever method is best for each individual student.  The curriculum involves both exercises/games and individual method acting.  Our curriculum allows each student to feel like they are being individually coached. Hence our classes are small. 

 How individualized is the instruction? Every person is different.  There are remarkable differences in natural and learned skills,  personalities, their drive and passion, attitude, idiosyncrasies, and physical appearance, and then there is age and gender.  There are classes that teach everyone the same thing.  Which is valuable to some degree.  Then there are those that tailor more the instruction to the young actors in the room.  And then there are those in between. 

Actors Youth Academy offers individualized work.  Each student is given their assignments based on the above factors. So actors in the same class have different scenes, different monologues, and are coached differently depending on who they are and what works best for them. 

Are your personal goals going to be met?   So child actors and parents come in with different goals and expectations.  Some come in wanting acting to ensure self expression, some are wanting badly to find an agent and get ready for that, some are going out to auditions and wanting to get to that next skill level to make them more employable.  You will be able to know immediately what type of school/forum/academy it is once you get a tour.   Ask about personal goals. 

Actors Youth Academy has all of their students begin with a goal sheet.  The teacher will review it and based on will tailor the coaching and instruction for the actor. For the younger actors 5-8, their goal setting may look more like a project. 

What sets this class/school/academy apart?  Every academy is different and has its own mission and what it brings to the table.  Some have years of experience, some have glitz and glitter as their marketing angle, some have peer teaching, and it goes on and on.  Ask what sets you apart? 

Actors Youth Academy is unique in three ways;  1) We are a bilingual school of acting, 2) we have parent involvement (packages include parent workshops, parents are welcomed to stay, and there is monthly parent feedback at a minimum), and  3) Teaching youth to be fully self-expressed with integrity is our motto. We create lessons around making life and career decisions that are aligned with our inner sense of wholeness and connectedness to the world at large; meaning that individual actions, values, principles, goals, objectives, and outcomes are aligned with each other and are consistent with who the student really is.  It is important that youth are educated and prepared for a transition from the mundane to fame, from child actor to adult actor, from Coogan account to money in the pocket.

So when you compare schools, It is always good to compare apples with apples and not apples with oranges when it comes to instruction and price.  Good luck on your or your child’s career!

Thank you to Lena S. for inspiring this post.

 

Just Act! Quarterly Testimonials

Act fun, act silly, act happy, act sad, act upset, act puzzled, act goofy……….act however you want… just act!!!!

Andres snooty“Grace just was in her first film and my husband and I were so grateful that your classes helped her work on being still while acting. Maegan is an amazing, gifted teacher and her class is a rare find in that she teaches real film and television acting to such young kids and is effective in doing so.”    —Maria M.  

“I bring my 11 year old son to Actor’s Youth Academy and he absolutely loves it! He is also learning Spanish and is doing great! The director (Yvette-Janine) is warm,  friendly, and makes you feel at home.  Yvette has employed some of the most experienced acting teachers! If I can give this place 10 stars I surely would!”   –Yvette L.
 
“Highly Recommended! Where else can you find a Spanish and Acting Class rolled into one!”  –Aida M.
 
Since we started with Actors Youth Academy on Oct 1, 2013,  I couldn’t be happier with my daughter Dominique’s results of this acting school. The staff is very welcoming and make everyone feel very comfortable. They always encourage their students which in turn makes them want to try harder and push beyond their limits. I have seen my daughter become more confident in trusting herself, and she is able to apply this even out of acting school. The great thing about this acting school is that it is bilingual. My daughter’s Spanish has never been better; it has helped tremendously especially with pronunciation. We look forward to our classes. It is the highlight of our week!!   –Tracy S.

BACK TO SCHOOL – Acting Classes

back pack back to school actorsIt’s almost that time.  We have a great REEL DEAL expiring soon.  Call before August 31 and ask about the Deal that is still out there…. Can’t tell you more, but it has to do with the current Groupon. You must either complete the inquiry form or call 626 817 3050.   

Don’t pass this up.  

Agent ? Manager? – Do you need both? When? Why?

Girl with green eyesFrom a mother to other parents: So recently the mother of one of our students, mentioned that her newly found agent recommended that she also work with a manager.  She asked me what I thought.  At first, my reaction was what I have read and what has guided me and my son on his acting journey. “Well, no.” I said, “your daughter just started a week ago and my experience is that you get a manager once you land some work so you have work to show off.”  Then I remembered that in life nothing is black and white and industries evolve and things change so I decided to do some research on the matter.  So first, I went to SAG/AFTRA.  They distinguish between an agent and a manager. Their site says…

Agents and Managers

Many young performers also work with managers. Managers are neither franchised nor regulated by the Union. And they are rarely regulated by state law. Here is a basic breakdown of the difference between an agent and a manager.  

An Agent:

  1. Should be franchised under either SAG or AFTRA’s franchised agency agreement  
  2. Generally licensed by the state as employment agencies
  3. Primarily focused on obtaining employment and negotiating contracts.
  4. May have a small or large number of clients
  5. Generally limited to charging a 10% commission

A Manager:

  1. Not licensed by the State, or franchised by the Unions. 
  2. May counsel, advise and provide general career direction
  3. May assist an agent in securing employment for their clients (In NY and CA, they are not permitted to obtain employment without working with a licensed agent).
  4. Generally has fewer clients than an agent.
  5. Generally charges 10-15%.
  6. You should always have an attorney review a management contract before signing. Since they are not franchised, and often unregulated, it’s important to fully understand the terms and conditions of the relationship

I read numerous articles.  Still many industry writers say that it is best to be at a level where you need a manager. But what level is this?  Why would an agent of a newly found talent suggest to a parent to get a manager when no work has ever been booked? Well, the literature shows that things are shifting.  It looks like managers are now representing aspiring actors, celebrities, and anything in between. So, I suppose if you are being introduced to a manager by your agent, it really is up to you. Just make sure that you read the contract with the manager as they are not franchised and licensed, and have the contract reviewed by an attorney. Know that  your agent will charge their percentage on anything they find for you, but a manager will charge a percentage on any performance that you participate in whether you get it on your own, or they get it for you.  I want to thank Aida and Andrea for inspiring this research.  Here is to the next generation of bilingual actors!

Acting classes in Pasadena / Sierra Madre- Scholarships for Boys and Young Men

Andres giraldo door_ppPor fin! Actors/Actor(Es)pañol Youth Academy – a bilingual acting forum for youth in English and Spanish for film and TV.
Scholarships available for boys and young men who speak fluent both Spanish and English.
Must audition for scholarship spots. Auditions will be every Sunday June 15 and June 22, 2014, from 7:30pm to 8:00 pm by appt only.

The Actors/Actor(Es)pañol Youth Academy (AYA) serves youth ages 5-25 who are interested in an acting career in film and TV. The Wall Street Journal has announced that Hollywood is taking Spanish lessons; USA today shows that the U.S. Latino market ranks as the 12th largest economy in the world, and no entertainment outlet can thrive without Hispanics; and more and more bilingual roles are being casted for bilingual commercials, TV sitcoms, and films. And although many programs will be aimed at English-speaking Latinos, many also will be looking for individuals (any ethnicity) who speak both languages not to communicate in Spanish only per se, but to give English-language programming a sensibility Latinos relate to. See latest article : https://www.yahoo.com/movies/hispanic-audiences-are-in-the-drivers-seat-in-88294867757.html

call AYA today, 626 817-3050 or complete an inquiry form on the “get info” tab.

The academy was created by a bilingual child actor’s mother who could not find an English/Spanish acting school for Film and TV where her son could practice his craft in both languages. Just like in English, a bilingual actor needs a place to consistently train and practice in Spanish. Although, this child spoke Spanish with grandparents at home, he found auditions in Spanish difficult. Because of his lack of training in acting in the language, he lacked confidence. He was consistently training at English-only acting conservatories, and going out to Spanglish or Spanish auditions. This is like training all week to play football and playing Soccer on Saturday. If you are going to go to auditions in both English and Spanish, you have to practice your craft in both languages. 

The academy opened its doors in October 2013, and now going on 8 months, three classes are running where youth interested in bilingual acting practice their scenes, monologues, commercials, and improv in English, Spanish and Spanglish. The academy is located in the San Gabriel Valley, where 58% of of the population is Hispanic.

The industry has embraced us and agents are ready to scout our talent as well as send us some of their clients who need ongoing training in both languages. We truly are creating the next generation of bilingual actors for mainstream TV and Film.

The last few months we have been saving to create scholarship spots for bilingual youth who are truly interested in an acting career.

Scholarships available for boys and young men who speak fluent both Spanish and English. 

Auditions Times: Sunday from 7:30-8:00 pm by appt only. To make an appt, please call Yvette-Janine Pardo or Mariela Arredondo at 626 817-3050, or complete the inquiry form on website under the “get info” tab, and in the comment section write “I want a bilingual acting scholarship.”

Acting Classes For Kids – What to know when a “Talent Scout” finds you at the mall.

paulina premiereActing is an art that is driven by passion.  It is fun hard work and sometimes a little confusing with regards to knowing how to start out and knowing what we are getting into.  There are many opportunities where aspiring actors get pulled into things they are not prepared for or do not understand. Sometimes the passion and our desire to make it, blinds us.  Actors Youth Academy comes across many parents who tell them how their child was scouted by a talent agent to be part of a commercial or a TV show.  What is heard mostly is how they were Disney scouts or scouting for a particular commercial, let’s say for Old Navy. Is this real? We have in a previous post explained the difference between a talent agent and a casting agent. We haven’t really explained talent scouts, but to clearly do so, it is important that we distinguish between them.

Picture is of Paolina A.G. is a student of AYA

A talent agent, referred to as “agent,” is who works to get their actors (those they chose to represent) work in the industry (commercials, TV shows, promos, and film). They are licensed and franchised by SAG/AFTRA.  They are hard to get to and harder to have them pay attention to you. They tend to work directly with acting schools to scout for their talent, or an actor they already represent introduces another aspiring actor to them. Some actors spend years trying to get an agent. Agents do not scout for talent in the malls or at places families congregate.  They do not create talent scouting events at the nearest fancy hotel. Talent agents may employ talent scouts that go out to talent scouting events such as theatrical events, and acting showcase events. The point here is that they go to places where prospective actors are showing off their talent, not walking or playing around in the local hang out.  So in essence talent scouts are scouting for talent not a “look.”

Then there are other “talent scouts” that go to the mall, festivals, and parks, and they approach families with young ones and carefully tell parents how they are a talent scout and somehow mention Disney or mention a Disney program or a network, as if they actually work for them. Disney does not send out scouts to malls. They may ask the child directly if they would like to be an actor for Disney. They haven’t seen your child act; they just say your child has a look. Then they give the family a postcard that has  industry names on it with logos to make it look official, but if you look carefully there is a disclaimer saying they are not with those industry leaders.  The family is told  to go to an audition at a neighboring hotel or at a school. For those parents who have gone through this, you know that where you end up is at an acting school similar to ours who then charges you $2,500-$5000 for acting classes. Is it a scam? Not necessarily. Is it deceptive? Pretty much. Could they have just said we have an acting training site, and we work to have showcases for agents to scout? Yes.  Can they get you in front of a real licensed agent at some point after taking the classes? Most likely, just like most acting schools who focus on film and TV.  Eventually after a family pays for training, they have an opportunity to get in front of real “talent agents.” For more information about “talent scout” potential scams, the Federal Trade Commission has this to say. See link to FTC website.

Could you really be a model or actor? Or maybe it’s your kids that have the right look? If a talent scout says you’ve got a future in the business, you might be flattered. Then, be skeptical. You could be the target of a modeling scam.” http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0071-look-out-modeling-scams  

The reason we were propelled to write this today, is that last night we came across another parent who felt they lost an opportunity.   Many parents feel guilty for months and sometimes years because their kid lost their chance to live their acting dream because the parent couldn’t afford it (the acting classes). Really, what they lost was a chance to get into the acting school at that time. Acting schools/forums-for-training recruit all year long even when they say they don’t.

As a film and TV acting forum founded by a parent, Actors Youth Academy makes sure that when they are out in the community and at local events, they let parents and youth know that AYA is an acting forum for training.  They help parents and youth understand about the business, and the steps to get into the business. The sessions include classes for parents. AYA will hold acting showcases, and invite agents to scout. The academy has and is continuously creating relationships with licensed and franchised agents who may come out and scout or ask AYA to send their talent. The importance here is that AYA is upfront with what they offer.

So if approached by a talent scout, ask them if they work for a licensed and franchised talent agency. If not ask them if they are hired to scout for a acting school or training site? Ask yourself, did this scout really get to see my child act or model for him/her to know that my child has talent? Every child has the “look.” The screen is full of kids  different ages, different sizes, and different ethnicities. There are acting opportunities for every “look.”

To end this, if approached, and you realize that the talent scout is for acting classes and not for “Disney,” do yourself a favor call the acting training forum/school nearest you. You will save time and most likely money.  An acting forum for film and TV (not necessarily theater) will provide the same services, and most likely also have showcases for agents.

Film and TV Acting Classes for Youth – New Scholarship Recipient Announced

acting class kids scholarshipFirst Scholarship Winner: Congratulations Vanessa L. for being our first bilingual English/Spanish scholarship recipient. To qualify, youth had to come to one of our scholarship audition sessions with an English monologue and a Spanish monologue prepared by them. Selection Criteria: acting skill, ability to fluently speak both languages, passion for the craft, and parent commitment. Vanessa hopes to use this opportunity to hone her acting skills as well as improve her confidence. Her acting classes will include acting technique, monologues, scene study, open scenes, how to audition for an agent, understanding the business/industry of film and TV.

Additional auditions still available in May and June. Complete the inquiry form under the get “info tab” if you meet the criteria and in the questions section, write, “I want an audition.”