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Casting Society of America casting workshop Guidelines

According to several sources, including casting directors who received them and casting workshop owners who were made aware of them, these guidelines were released after a conversation between a team from CSA and Mark Lambert, Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney. It appears the no-headshot rule was discussed and approved by the CSA. Except for that requirement, these guidelines seem reasonable to us. Continued…

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When IP addresses oddly match

If you follow the comment stream on the coverage of paid casting workshops on my ActingAnswers.com site, I’ve asked one of the commenters there, Mimi Jensen, to share with us her background.

In the interest of transparency, I’d like to know that all commenters are above board about who they are and what their stake is in this discussion so that we can all better understand each other and our viewpoints.

No response on who she was and what her background was, but lots of comments. Continued…

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A Show Runner Weighs In

My friend Bob Frazier has been working in the business for a long time. The phrase “show runner” was first used to refer to Bob when he was running the legendary sitcom, Benson. His site, http://www.showbizhowto.com, is an amazing resource for actors, and I value his opinion. He and I have had healthy and vital discussions about the realities of working in show business, sometimes disagreeing, but most in lockstep, about treating your career like a business. Here’s his take on the business of whether or not to attend casting workshops.

Well, I’ve been getting a lot of email from my subscribers asking me to weigh in on this casting director workshop discussion.
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Mark Lambert’s Letter to Casting Directors

Here is the text of a letter, misspellings, inaccuracies, typos and all faithfully reproduced with underlining, bolding and italics, that LA Deputy City Attorney Mark Lambert sent to casting directors, dated April 20th, 2010. It is here for your review. Imagine how a casting director might feel receiving this letter out of the blue, leading with little information before launching right into the $10,000 fine and an incorrect assertion of the potential length of jail time (under Remedies, Article 4, the law states one year, not six months.)
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Billy Da Mota refuted, point by point

One of the driving forces behind AB 1319 and preceding legislation is a casting director, Billy Da Mota. He is as vehemently opposed to paid casting workshops as we are in favor of the actor’s right to choose to attend them. Here’s why we stand in direct and complete opposition to his stance.
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Full Text of AB 1319

The following is the full text of the California law we seek to have amended. As opposed to a link to the actual law, we thought for those of you who want to read the actual language, we’d provide it here. Nothing has been changed from the chaptered version of the law, sent to the Governor and signed into law earlier this year, except for readability. You can find an analysis of the text of this law, with inline comments from our viewpoint. here.

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Actors want all workshops

Acting is a tough profession, filled with more failure to obtain work than success. It’s difficult enough to find paying acting jobs, and even more difficult to find high paying acting work (certainly, without government interference with our ability to conduct business).
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Full analysis of AB 1319

Fair warning: this is a looooong post. It comments inline on a legislative analysis of AB 1310, and is posted here for the hyper-legal-nerds on both sides of the argument. We think it’s always better to be informed as well as is possible, as opposed to hearing second hand the “truth” about something.
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