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Senior Showcases?

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Replies to: Senior Showcases?

  • amtcamtc Registered User Posts: 2,864 Senior Member
    Complex lift - I'm not going to get into a debate about all this because I think a Senior Showcase is pretty insignificant in the life of an actor but I have found a wide range of thoughts from agents and casting directors I know as to the value of attending college senior showcases and which schools showcases are worth attending. So much of it depends on timing - does this agency or cd need new "green" actors, overwhelming ingenues at the time of the showcase, is there an agent (or intern) available to attend, are they in the middle of casting two or three shows and can't get away, even, what's the "buzz" out there about the showcases that year. Blanket statements like the one you made are never accurate in this business.
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Registered User Posts: 12,209 Senior Member
    Blanket statements like the one you made are never accurate in this business.

    Exactly. There are thousands of people working in the casting/agency business in the city. My guess is that complexlife, as a current student, doesn't know all of them. ;)

    I've always been of the opinion that the showcase issue should be just one small piece of the puzzle in compiling a list of schools. There are so many variables involved that, placing too much importance on the existence of a showcase, especially if it's going to override other attributes of a particular program, is foolish.
  • SDonCCSDonCC Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
    there also are plenty of opportunities to get cast just going to open calls and knowing about audition opportunities through personal networks....I'd be surprised that many agents would give alot of attention to most young, untried actors anyway.
  • EmmyBetEmmyBet Registered User Posts: 2,934 Senior Member
    My D's school has a showcase, and they also have courses on auditioning, and managing your career. These are all helpful for college seniors, really in any field. But they're not a magic ticket to anything.

    I imagine the process of developing the showcase is a huge learning experience and if they actually get connected that's just icing.

    My D is open to working anywhere and does not expect that her BFA is going to tie her directly to immediate casting opportunities in New York.
  • complexlifecomplexlife Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    Not a current student at all. My son is a current student at a conservatory program. I also have a son who has been in the business for years.

    I'm not saying you should pick a school based on the showcase. I was just expressing those are school that those top casting directors and agents know. I know a lot of people don't know how NYC works but sometimes it's based on who you know and where you went to school. When they're looking for fresh faces.. yes they go to the schools who are known to have great young actors.

    I think when looking for a school. It's all about what you want in a training. What can that select group of faculty teach you. What type of artist do YOU want to be. School gets you in the door but after that you have to be you..
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Registered User Posts: 12,209 Senior Member
    complexlife, my apologies for saying you were a student. When kids and parents use the same username, it can sometimes cause confusion. In any case, the claim you made was overstated, regardless of how many people you know in the business. My family has been involved in the theatre community in NYC and elsewhere in North America for decades, back to the days of my grandparents. I know hundreds and hundreds of working professionals in all aspects of theatre and I would never make the definitive statements you did in your posts 5 and 13. You are not painting an accurate picture for those here who "don't know how NYC works".
  • fishbowlfreshmanfishbowlfreshman Registered User Posts: 827 Member
    I agree that you shouldn’t overplay the importance of a showcase because there are no guarantees, but for God’s sake don’t downplay it, either. Agents do indeed flock to those things and sign people all the time. In fact, other than at the “Big 4” agencies (CAA, WME, ICM, UTA) and some of the power boutiques where they are typically only interested established talent, the invited agencies would consider it negligent to not have someone in attendance - even if it’s only an assistant. Scouting new talent is a big part of their job and they‘re deathly serious about it.

    Also, complexlife may have overstated a bit, but his/her list isn’t entirely inaccurate, either. Agents, managers, producers and casting directors definitely flock to those. I know a lot of people from those schools who were signed by good second tier agencies from their showcases with the most common suspects being Abrams, Harden-Curtis, Leading Artists, CESD, and Buchwald. A few also creep slightly up the chain each year (except 2009) and land at places like Gersh and Paradigm with the odd person occasionally landing “Big 4.” (Yes, “tiers” is a bad word on this forum, but you can definitely rank agencies as per clout. :))

    Those showcases certainly aren’t the only ones that are well attended, but you can rest assured that you’ll be seen by people who can help you if you’re in one. There are no guarantees with it, of course, but it can be a big boost. Then, that’s New York and LA is a much tougher nut to crack if you aren’t already in the union or you’ve aged out of being able to play teens on-camera …
  • chrissybluchrissyblu Registered User Posts: 709 Member
    At UCLA they joke that if you can drive to your audition, your too old for the business anyway... lol.....
  • fishbowlfreshmanfishbowlfreshman Registered User Posts: 827 Member
    ^ Sounds about right though it's really more whether you LOOK like you should be able to drive or not. Put me in charge of admissions at a program trying to build a name for itself through recent alumns working high profile gigs and I'd specifically recruit a majority of talented high school seniors who still look like they're 12 instead of the token one or two you see in most BFA companies. The rest would be total hotties or extremely unique character types. 18tpy is a big deal in LA and that showcase would become a big hit real quick! LOL

    Can't believe I'm moving out there in September ...
  • glassharmonicaglassharmonica Registered User Posts: 3,241 Senior Member
    So true and so depressing. fishbowlfreshman, I love reading your posts.
  • amtcamtc Registered User Posts: 2,864 Senior Member
    fishbowlfreshman very well said. Although off-topic, being union (any) or "must join" helps a lot also.
  • complexlifecomplexlife Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    Fish - I 100% agree with everything your saying.

    I feel like always mom is taking what I'm saying in the wrong direction. I was simply saying that sometimes people flock to those schools. I apologize if you feel I was out of place.
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