I just finished packing for my trip to Los Angeles. I thought I’d pause and take a moment to share exactly what the Hell I’m doing and why I’m so excited.
The short answer is a longtime friend from high school, Jeremy Cohenour, has experience helping actors self-tape auditions. In other words, technology has gotten to a level where (in some cases) you don’t even have to physically show up to get the part. Instead, you just need to know how to use technology to audition virtually.
However, like a headshot, you don’t want to simply shoot something on your iPhone and click submit. You want your audition to have a genuine point-of-view and be well produced so a casting director can focus on your performance, not your production skills.
The problem is casting directors don’t make it easy. I’ve seen the audition requirements and the bigger the role the closer your audition feels like an opening scene to Mission Impossible. Actors have enough to worry about with their craft without having to focus on production and technology. And the deadlines for this stuff are simply ridiculous. “Posted today, get it to us by tomorrow”. WHAT?!? Even if you can do that, do you have the knowledge and experience to be confident you’re submitting something a casting director will notice?That’s where Jeremy and I come in.
20 years later he has built an enviable resume with multiple network television credits, has been cast as a principle role for a network pilot that was actually filmed and produced beside an actress who is the voice of a certain someone in “Hotel Transylvania 2” (my daughter’s favorite), and seen on HBO (I literally got Facebook messages from people asking me if they saw what they thought they saw).
He didn’t just luck into this. He has and continues to put in the work to keep moving forward. Part of that effort includes voiceovers. That’s what got us working together again as, even though he could have done it alone, his old pal Shoffy gave him a shortcut. (It landed me a freebie, Don LaFontaine inspired VO for my silly “Terrible Twos” promo so it was TOTALLY worth it.)
Like I said, I’m a shortcut. I’ve been wrestling with A/V production longer than him. I’ve encountered and overcome roadblocks at every stage of the process. And, I know how to get it where it needs to go.
Sure, he could figure it out. But when you’re staring down the barrel of a 24-48 hour deadline, do you really want to be messing with technology? No.
Oh… and I have gear. The gear he used to have in his previous business. I know how to use it and can get him up to speed fast. I also use the materials he creates to make a superior finished product. So… I bought a plane ticket and packed up some goodies.
And I’m flying all of it over personally to work with Jeremy and his talented colleagues to produce the foundation for a business I fully expect to blossom beautifully.
So now, I have to try and get some sleep as I have to get up at 4am to catch my flight at BWI.
Stay tuned. We’re just warming up.