Workshops: Scam or Helpful Tool?
Keep in mind, a lot of the CD's who come in do want to have you all walk away with having gotten something from the class besides their time. That's why I invite them in. Most of them are not the malicious power hungry money grubbing jerks demanding you pay to even be considered for a role, like this article suggests. Their hours are a lot longer than they used to be, the pay is a lot worse and trying to find what they need is harder and hugely overwhelming and productions aren't giving them the resources to do it. I would know from my little stint last year on that side of the table. And NO, most CD's DO NOT HAVE FINAL SAY WHO GETS HIRED. THEY ADVOCATE for who they think is the best person but the final selection: that's up to so many other people it's ridiculous.
So in all this, why does it always seem to fall on the heads of the actors, the ones with the least amount of money to pay for these types of things? Because we allow it. And I don't mean you specifically. I mean that there is always someone willing to do WHATEVER it takes to get somewhere. And if you aren't doing it, they will. We allow the system to keep us in a constant state of grappling for the little we get, regardless what we are doing in the business: acting, writing, directing, casting, producing. How do we change it? ...
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