January 2013 is a great time to be a New York actor. In spite of the cold, this is the time to dust of your resumé, get new headshots, put the finishing touches on your reel and put yourself out there. These are the top 5 things that excite me about the New York acting scene. What are you looking forward to?
Several TV shows that film in the city are still going strong while others are on the rise and it’s a good time to catch up on current shows while looking forward to pilot season. If you’re a New York actor who is serious about working in TV, the first thing you need to do is catch up on all the shows that film in the city. If you keep up with the shows not only will you be entertained but you will be able to spot the casting trends that pop up all over the New York shows. Have you ever seen an actor on The Good Wife and then a few months later seen that same actor on Person of Interest, maybe the following season that actors pops up on Blue Bloods? Work begets work, people.
There are always a handful of Hollywood movies shooting in the city every year and 2013 will be no exception, but what I am really excited about is the indie film scene. The students coming out of New York’s film schools are creating a lot of buzz and many of them have chosen to stay in the big apple after graduation. My advice to any actor is to pursue work in student films. It’s great experience and you get a chance to work with the next generation of filmmakers. At the very least you can get new material for your reel.
3. Web Series
Yes, it seems everyone has a web series these days but some of them are actually good and your web series is a great place to test out the ideas that you would like to flesh out when making a film or television program. The web series is an opportunity for the actor to work creatively on his/her own terms.
4. 21st Century Technology
The internet! Video casting! New York actors can be seen for projects in LA, Canada, and all over the world due to the benefit of technology. If you haven’t already,invest in a halfway decent camera so you can put yourself on tape in style and submit for projects all over the world.
5. The SAG-AFTRA Merger
Last year the SAG-AFTRA merger changed the casting landscape significantly. The ratio of union to non union talent shifted dramatically and it was very difficult to keep up at first. Now that period of adjustment has subsided and both union and non-union actors have reason to celebrate. There are a lot of negative nellys out there, but I believe that ultimately the merger will result in higher wages and benefits for union actors and more diverse work for non-union actors.
So there is so much to get excited about right now, and I am very positive about the future for New York actors.