August 22, 2011

Answers To Blog Comments

The following blog comments are from the "Quick Update" post that I made on July 27th. I thought the questions were very interesting and decided to post my answers in case anyone else was interested. I'm sorry that it took so long to post this, I've been trying to queue up multiple blog posts at once.
Anonymous said...
"Hey, just wondering do you have a survival job? or did you have a survival job while you were working on booking steady jobs. Other than the waiting tables lol"
-No, I don't have a survival job, this is what I do full-time. I do work a part-time job 2 days a week (reservationist) and the money is direct deposited into me and my husband's "Moving to LA" savings account. I'd say 98% of my income comes from my modeling/acting jobs.

I used to work a survival job my first few years in NYC, and sorry to disappoint you, but I was a server!!
Jazine said...
"Hey Andrea, Congrats on the CBS Stay at Home Dad short vid. It was funny and cute. You were great. I wish you the very best in your career. I saw Captain America last weekend, and for some reason when I was looking at Chris Evans, I couldn't help but think how stunning you would be in a romantic drama or comedy with him as your leading man! Cheers!"Delete
-That's very sweet of you to say, thank you! I'd do a movie with Chris Evans any day! LOL
Anonymous Jamie said...
"What book have you read that you would recommend other actors to read (acting related)"
-I haven't read an acting related book in a long time. To me, they all say the same things. The book I'm about to recommend isn't about acting, but it can help you cope with the business and emotional sides of acting in a tremendous way. It's a great book for life, in general! It's called The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. The book is small and very short, less than 150 pages and so worth the read!
In short, the four agreements are as follows:

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
2. Don't Take Anything Personally
3. Don't Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best

Carl said...
"Do you have any career coaches, your doing it up so big!"
-Thank you! But no, I don't have any coaches. I mean, I do ask my manager and agent for advice. I also consult my husband and close friends when I'm experiencing a decision making dilemma. I think I just have a pretty clear idea of who I am, what I want, and how I can attain it. If one method doesn't work, I try something else.

Jay said...
"Hey, before you had an agent. Where would you look for acting jobs."
-I looked to the major casting sites that are accessible to actors such as Actors Access and Backstage, and then the 'lesser' sites such as Mandy and NYCastings. I don't know of any others that are just as good as these four. If anyone has recommendations, please post them in the commments! And of course, STAY AWAY FROM CRAIGSLIST!!!!


  1. Awesome information!!! And thanks for answering my questions. I wanna get a survival job but Im such a klutz so I couldnt be a waiter lol.

  2. I know as Actors you start off doing free work. Student films etc, but when do you think you should stop and go after paid work. I ask incase one person stops at 3 student films and does a job that taft hartley them but they dont have enough experience in their resume.

  3. @Anonymous, you're welcome. Waiting tables isn't the only restaurant survival job. You can work as a host/hostess or a reservationist!

    @Kyle, I think this is determined on an individual basis. Some people get lucky (maybe they are 18 and drop dead gorgeous) and land an agent with no experience. Other people set a goal to do 5 student films before looking for an agent to help them get paid work.

    I think it's smart to have SOMETHING on your resume (and excellent headshots) before looking for an agent because, let's face it, your odds of getting paid work without an agent are slim. Having a few credits, even if they are student films, will make you more attractive to potential agents.

    My opinion is that you should continue to do student films and unpaid indies until you get an agent. For one, the experience and connections that you make are very helpful. Second, it's difficult to get footage from these projects so the more you do, the more likely you are to receive enough footage to put together a reel.

    I don't really know what you mean when you talk about stopping at 3 student films and getting Taft-Hartley'd. Can you clarify?

  4. Thanks for your answer! Meaning say I do 3 student films and I feel likes its enough and then I go on to look for paid work then I book a job that taft hartley me, meaning they make me a sag member and pay my dues. Would you feel that would be too soon to turn SAG becausei only did 3 student films.

  5. Awesome post Andrea! Keep them coming. These answers were so helpful!

  6. @Kyle, being Taft-Hartley'd means that you are SAG Eligible. That does not mean that you HAVE to join. Some of the best advice I've ever gotten was to never join SAG unitl you HAVE to, meaning, you book ANOTHER SAG project and you become a Must-Join.

    Once you join SAG, you will be cutting off access to non-union projects. With just 3 student films on your resume and no agent, you won't have a ton of opportunities to audition for SAG projects.

    Joining SAG means you are ready to compete at a professional level. Are you ready to compete with the big dogs?

    @Larissa, thanks!