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Old 10-08-2019, 07:08 AM
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Have you acted in anything before?

I've been in three feature films, and several short films. I've did amateur acting classes in college too.

Here's a few trailers for films I've had small roles in. I play a student, a Nazi, and a zombie in these films.

I don't know how to get cast in anything when it comes to larger roles, though. I've only found jobs for extras. It seems like a chore finding anbody that will give you that big break you may be seeking.
Old 10-08-2019, 07:10 AM
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I was an extra in Wag the Dog. Didn't make it into the movie, but I randomly got paid the SAG rate.
Old 10-08-2019, 07:17 AM
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Sounds cool. I was an extra in a web series called Judas Goat, sitting in a bar. I once paid £70 or so to be an extra in something else, and all I got was a split second appearance in a tunnel with my sister, because I hardly ever go to film shoots on my own. Well, mostly my legs were seen. :P
Old 10-08-2019, 07:55 AM
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I got five days work on the DC Universe series Swamp Thing, two days work on the as yet unreleased Netflix series Outer Banks, and a lot of work, maybe 15 days total work on the Hulu series Reprisal. Reprisal's 10 episode season is due to drop on December 6 of this year.

All as an extra, but in different roles in most of them, except for Reprisal, where I was pretty much typecast as a member of the Banished Brawlers gang, although I preferred to think of us as a club.
Old 10-08-2019, 08:33 AM
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A local film called "The Stitcher" a blurb in Fangoria so that was cool.

Several plays.
Old 10-08-2019, 11:45 AM
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In my hometown, I played a zombie in a film called Dead Moon Rising. Our zombies' peculiar weakness was that they were terrified to cross over water of any depth.
Old 10-08-2019, 11:50 AM
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Cynical joke answer: every waking moment.

Real answer: i was a professional extra for several years in the early part of the century. The one thing I can think of that you can easily see me in was Starsky and Hutch movie. I'm right behind the police chief when he accidentally gets shot at the car auction scene.

Edit: oh yeah, I was also on Blind Date.
It may be because I'm a drooling simpleton with the attention span of a demented gnat, but would you mind explaining everything in words of one syllable. 140 chars max.

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Old 10-08-2019, 12:05 PM
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I played the lead role in my high school senior play.

And 46 years later, I still blush with embarrassment when I think of it, because I was a terrible actor.
Old 10-08-2019, 12:14 PM
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I've been in several indie films, a TV pilot, couple of commercials, and many plays.
Old 10-08-2019, 12:21 PM
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I've acted in many student plays, but nothing that was ever filmed.

I did appear in the History Channel series Clash of the Gods, in the "Medusa" episode. But that wasn't acting.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by DCnDC View Post
I was an extra in Wag the Dog. Didn't make it into the movie, but I randomly got paid the SAG rate.
Did you at least get to meet the dog?
Old 10-08-2019, 12:50 PM
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I was a hand puppet operator in Planet of the Killer Robots 1999.

Does that count?

Oh, and I did local radio car ads as a six-year old on KOY, Phoenix AZ, circa 1963.

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Old 10-08-2019, 04:02 PM
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I've never done anything on screen, but I was in four school plays in middle school, and two in high school. Two of those were the lead role.
Old 10-08-2019, 04:12 PM
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Does acting out qualify?
Old 10-08-2019, 05:04 PM
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A couple of musicals at the all-girls' high school. The needed boys for male roles and recruited from the Catholic boys' schools in the area. It was fun.
Originally Posted by Trancephalic View Post
Does acting out qualify?
No, only acting in. Like acting inappropriately.
Old 10-08-2019, 05:09 PM
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High school and college plays, and a couple of community theater productions in my 20s.

I had possibly the least charisma of anyone who ever trod the boards, but I showed up on time and not drunk or high, which made me a hot property.
Old 10-08-2019, 06:02 PM
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I've been the sidekick on a nationally televised reality show and hopefully I'll start filming a new pilot here in a couple of months.
Old 10-08-2019, 06:18 PM
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Did some acting in high school and college, but nothing once I graduated.
"If a person saying he was something was all there was to it, this country'd be full of rich men and good-looking women. Too bad it isn't that easy.... In short, when someone else says you're a writer, that's when you're a writer... not before."
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Old 10-08-2019, 06:29 PM
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I've acted in school (starting as a monkey in our kindergarten's Caps for Sale) and in church shows and summer camp. Nothing since high school, though.
Old 10-08-2019, 07:47 PM
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I acted on stage in community theatre productions throughout my 20s, and thought I could transition that onto on-camera stuff, but the first couple of times I did that I realised just how awful I was, and never had those aspirations again. The most I've done since is a background extra on short films.

So... no, I haven't.
Old 10-08-2019, 07:58 PM
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I was on Japanese TV. I played a Russian and I spoke 2 words in German. It was primo stuff.
Old 10-08-2019, 08:59 PM
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Acting (& singing) in two musicals in elementary school. Traveled to other schools within our school district in southern CA.
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:10 PM
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I made my stage debut -- in my PJs, no less -- at age 6, with 4 pages of dialogue. That was ~60+ years ago. I'm still waiting for the phone to ring for job #2. Should be any day now.
Old 10-09-2019, 01:02 AM
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No acting, but I did appear as the young child injured by not wearing a seat belt in a car crash. These photos were on the wall on an informational trailer that the Kansas City Police department talk around different events. So I had a tiny bit of rather weird notoriety among my peers.
Old 10-09-2019, 02:08 AM
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Congratulations on all who have got into a crowded profession

My acting career started at the very top ... and immediately collapsed!

Aged just a few months, I was baby Jesus in a Church Nativity play.

My sole appearance after that was as Narrator (off stage) in a school play.
Old 10-09-2019, 02:09 AM
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I've been a background extra in a few movies. I've also done a lot of community theatre (including musicals, where I have to sing). And, I've done a lot of voice work--mainly for local commercials, though I've also done liners for various radio stations in the US and Canada.
Old 10-09-2019, 04:03 AM
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I did a lot of high school and community theater, and joined a handful of improv comedy troupes over the years. I was also in a really crappy student film in college; the director scrapped his footage, remade the movie with a different cast, and I was replaced by a guy who later grew up to become cop show icon Skipp Sudduth! Decades later, here in Korea, I hooked up with a theater troupe for some sketch comedy shows, but only as a writer.
Old 10-09-2019, 09:01 AM
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Has anybody been in a film before that topped the box office? I have convictions because of lousy former support workers messing with me, and so I wasn't in that new Edinburgh film.
Old 10-09-2019, 10:58 AM
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A couple years ago I played a drunk runner in a group of drunk runners all wearing dirndls for the show Chicago Justice. I am an occasionally hasher and casting had reached out to us to ask if we wanted to be in the show and a small number of us did it along with a few other extras. Their idea of "Hashers" was that we run every day and get drunk while running so one of our guys was puking along the Chicago River and watched a woman jump in an commit suicide. That's not exactly how it works (I mean, drink and run at the same time? That's crazy) but it did lead to a great line by the hasher with the speaking part who said "Oh yeah, we run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays if we're not too hungover..." It was fun, the actors on the show were pretty cool, and it was freaking cold that night too, but it ended up being only a few minutes on the show.

When I was in high school I was in a commercial for Warp Brothers Banana Bags that showed on TV maybe just a couple times.
Old 10-09-2019, 11:04 AM
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Elementary school play.

Quite a few internal company videos involving silly sketches. I enjoy doing them, but I canít watch myself on screen.
Old 10-09-2019, 11:17 AM
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I'm a drama queen.
Old 10-09-2019, 11:31 AM
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I couldn't be in Outlaw King or that other historical film, due to not growing a beard. But these agencies want a disclosure certificate. Mine is blootered with a lot of pointless crap.
Old 10-09-2019, 12:20 PM
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High school: Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker; Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie; Marco the Magnificent in Carnival (a musical that never got filmed, as far as I know. Only time I played the heavy).

College: Minor roles in two shows at the Yale Dramatic School. Bill Jukes in Peter and Wendy (adaptation of the first incarnation — novel — of Peter Pan, one of the lesser pirates); tuba player in Thomas Middleton’s Jacobean tragicomedy Women Beware Women, directed by George Roy Hill and reset to 1900 New Orleans. Part of the onstage jazz band that included avant-garde composer Evan Ziporyn on clarinet.

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Old 10-09-2019, 12:54 PM
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I've done a ton of community theater, at various theaters in my area. My "Cogsworth" in Beauty and the Beast was hailed as a triumph!

Recently I played the lead role in a short science fiction film called "Bad Timing," which was shown in the Short Film Festival at last year's Balticon. Having finally been able to see the finished product, I can categorically proclaim that it was definitely a film that ran for 19 minutes.
Old 10-09-2019, 03:51 PM
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Some community theater work. Not anything like a lot of you folks.

But, I must say it was a peak experience for me. With all the rehearsals, it was a great opportunity to bond with other people. And I am still in contact with a bunch of the co-workers. I love theatre!
Old 10-09-2019, 04:25 PM
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I played the male lead in a high school play, including playing the violin on stage. Afterward, the drama teacher told me that I gave one of the most exciting performances she'd ever seen from a high school student.

Did a little more acting in college.


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