We have longed worked in LA and Toronto as both photographers and filmmakers and heard plenty of stories. It can be a tricky business to navigate and so on this page we put together a list of resources that we know to be good. Feel free to email me with any questions.
First stop for Auditions, Casting News, and Information
You need to be on this site. Here you can find out about what is going on in Hollywood and there is a good forum where you can ask questions and interact with your fellow performers.
List of agents and managers
A good list for NYC and LA
Union rights and information
Maybe your first stop. Go on here and read about your rights as a performer.
Great place to learn improv and sketch. Lots of incredible talent from Paul Reubens to Will Ferrel started here.
Upright Citizen’s Brigade
Where Amy Poehler and many other SNL greats got their start. Focus is on improv comedy.
This is a wonderful institution for new and experienced actors. They provide comprehensive audition training and then foster a real sense of community. Actors helping actors.
Michelle Danner – Acting and Comedy Classes – Offers Student VISAs
“Acting Techniques for Film Acting and Auditioning”
Michelle Danner’s acting school offers beginner and advanced classes in improv, scene study, Meisner technique, Stanislavsky technique, and much more. Their school is authorized to enroll M1 non-immigrant students.
Casting Director Showcases
Unfortunately classes like this have become necessary for many actors. There is so much noise in LA that doing showcases for casting directors is one way to get seen. This is one of the better ones.
Corporate, Event, and Commercial Photography
Dan Abramovici Photography
Our sister site. Corporate photos done either in studio or on site, commercial, event, and family photos.
Online Classes and Resources
TakeLessons is online community that helps students and teachers connect for lessons and coaching in acting, singing, dance, and many other subjects.
Acting On The Web
Acting On The Web and Frank Cavestani has been using the internet to teach professionalism in acting since 1999. “Acting is a state of mind.” But you have to practice that state to be a brilliant actor. The site offers classes and resources.