The Actors Den

The Actors Den is a place where local fellow thespians can study their craft and hone their acting skills with other like minded actors. The Den was designed to create a community of actors, where they may network, exchange various techniques, and of course support one another. The den is a place for both union and non-union actors. We welcome actors who are well prepared, pay attention to detail, and stay proactive......remember "anyone can act, but very few will succeed". Contact: Michael Ray Clark for details on The Actors Den, @

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Comment by Michael Ray Clark on January 14, 2013 at 3:05pm

Comment by Michael Ray Clark on January 14, 2013 at 3:04pm

Hawaii Actors Network host the first film industry mixer for 2013. Food, music and fireworks. Come share your film industry experiences and your creative expression with more film industry participants. Be sure and dress to impress. We will be filming this historic event. Great event for the whole family. We also welcome our pet actors.

Comment by Michael Ray Clark on January 5, 2013 at 9:42pm

Let me give you some real-life numbers:

Kids. I’ve had a handful of jobs lately that consisted entirely of kids, or had kids in the mix. The dropout rate for kids is higher than the average adult casting session. Getting kids to show up in the summer is harder than getting them to show up during the school year. There are more no shows (kids that are confirmed, but just never arrive) than with most adult sessions. When I was telling my friend that I had to schedule roughly 30% more kids than I actually wanted to arrive at my session, to ensure a full day… she was flabbergasted. Hence, the topic.
Job # 1: 1800 submissions for 2 kid roles. 70 scheduled. 49 confirmed. 46 showed.
Job # 2: 2400 submissions for 4 kid roles. 120 scheduled in 2 days. 86 confirmed. 88 showed.

Adults. The dropout rate for adults is less than kids… but not always by much. There are factors that seem to influence these rates, but you may be surprised by the amount of adult actors who don’t come to an audition for whatever that reason may be.
Job #1: 17,000 submissions for 10 roles (ages 19-35. M&F). 290 scheduled. 237 confirmed. 233 showed.
Job #2: 1800 submissions for 1 adult role (age 35-40 F). 55 scheduled. 45 showed.
Very specialized roles: If you possess a very special skill… the numbers/your chances get much, much better. The cancel/flake factor is still there, like in other instances, but the competition is much less.
Job #1 200 submissions for 6 roles. 44 scheduled. 33 confirmed. 28 showed.
Job # 2 70 submissions for 2 kid roles. 27 scheduled. 25 showed.

Models/Beautiful people. Getting really beautiful people to show up to an audition is sometimes difficult. Getting them to show up at 10:30 in the morning is even more difficult. Again, as always, you are just getting my opinion (someone else may say something else)… but the prettier the woman, more handsome the man, the seemingly harder it is to get them to the studio, certainly at a designated time. It must be nice.
Job #1 1000 submissions for 1 role (age 25-28 F). 30 scheduled. 23 confirmed. 20 showed. 800 submissions for 1 role (25-29 M) 26 scheduled. 15 confirmed. 17 showed (2 unconfirmed decided to come).

Men/Women. In general, there are a higher number of submissions for female (both kids and adults) roles than men. In general, it can be harder to get women to come on time in the morning, especially if they need to come dressed/made up.

Type of job, time of year, weather (etc.) alter the numbers. There are many factors in how many submissions are received per role. The higher caliber the job, the more submissions will be received. The gender, age range, and ethnicity matters, certainly. The caliber of the job is a factor in actors confirming and showing up. As far as I can tell, it’s easier to blow off a non-union job with a buyout than a national network commercial. If there is a holiday in the horizon, the numbers of cancels/no shows will increase. When it rains, there are more cancels and no shows for sure.

Bottom line… you can’t book a job if you don’t show up for the audition. No matter what the job or role, you were selected from a zillion submissions. Let that fact boost your confidence and defeat your laziness and apathy. Confirm early. Arrive on time and be prepared. These are a few of the essential steps in booking a commercial… ok, maybe not the, “confirm early and arrive on time” part. That will just endear you to the casting office and make everyone’s life better. The showing up part… folks, you’ve gotta do that.

Comment by Michael Ray Clark on January 5, 2013 at 9:30pm

 As actors, it is important to set goals and create plans to attain your goals. I’m sure that you can make a list of five things right now that will move your career forward; that part is easy. But are you aware of what you need to increase the quality of your life? Author, Diane Ackerman wisely noted, “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Are you focused too much on the length and not enough on the width? All of your striving may get you ahead in life, but it won’t improve your happiness. You are just trying to get through your day instead of enjoying it. Being an accomplished individual doesn’t mean that you have to put your happiness on hold. You can be an accomplished, happy person.

Life is never as black and white as you think. Look for the variations by expanding your view. When a sculptor creates his work, he walks around it, seeing it from different angles. Step back and get a birds eye view of your life, don’t stay stuck at the tip of your nose. Your thoughts have a big effect on your view and your view effects how you feel. The average person can have from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day. If you cling to negative thoughts, how do you expect to feel happy? It’s impossible! Nurture your joy, it is the best antidepressant out there. In addition, you will reap the rewards of having meaning and purpose in your life. If all you do is continue to keep running, trying to catch up, you will eventually end up with another year of feeling stuck, depleted, and unhappy.... ARE YOU HAPPY???


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