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We update the OST blog on a daily basis with modeling tips and acting tips to help you learn more about the career side of the entertainment industry and to also increase your chances of becoming a model or actor.

We also use the One Source Talent blog as an opportunity to report the latest and greatest reviews of One Source Talent from our members.

Lastly, we post Hollywood news on the OST blog to report upcoming films, and recent celebrity happenings.

If you are looking for open casting calls check out our featured castings page.


 

How One Source Talent Boosts Your Chancers

One Source Talent was created in 2003 with one thing in mind. One Source Talent wants to give aspiring models and actors the exposure that they need to succeed in the industry, and to build relationships between talent and clients. We use an interactive database of talent that our clients are able to have access to without having to sift through comp cards and head shots that are mailed to them on the daily bases.

Another way that One Source Talent boosts your chances of finding that right job is, the real time access that you get to nationwide castings and auditions. As well as industry workshops and your own personal e mail account.

One Source Talent operates in major markets nationwide including Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Providence, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Detroit (Corporate) and, of course, Los Angeles and New York. We have helped launch the career of singer and actress Diamond White, who signed with One Source Talent several years ago. Some of you might remember Diamond from the hit Disney television show Phineas and Ferb and most recently was a finalist on the hit show The X Factor. Besides Diamond White we have helped numerous models get signed to agencies such as Elite, Ford and many others.


 

7 Proven Steps to better your auditions - One Source Talent

Here are some steps that will help you nail your next audition

As you probably know by now, the entertainment industry can be competitive. It's very likely that you will be one of dozens of people competing for a role on a movie, television show, or commercial. In order to stand out from the crowd and really "Wow!" the casting directors, we've compiled this list of 7 ways to make an impact during your audition.

1. Early is on time
An audition is very similar to job interview. On time is late and early is on time. Show up 15 minutes early ready to go.

2. Be Decisive
Often times a casting director will ask you to make a choice, they may ask you to choose a monologue. When you are presented with a decision like this the worst thing you can say is "Which do YOU want me to choose?" Instead, show that you are comfortable, confident and decisive by making a choice.

3. Try not to audition last
When you are called in for an audition, ask the casting directors what times the auditions are running and choose a time that is closer to the begining of audition day rather than the end. By the end of the day the casting agents will be tired, and anxious to go home, do your best to get an audition time early on in the day when they are in their best mood.

4. Never shake the casting directors hand unless they reach out first
Normally it's considered respectful to shake somebody's hands, but the casting directors are very likely meeting with hundreds of people a day. They do not want to shake every single persons hand and risk contracting all sorts of germs.

5. Choose your clothing wisely
Wear clothes that aren't too distracting. A lot of people make the mistake of getting dressed to the T for an audition, but you want the casting director to focus on YOU not your outfit.

6. Bring a resume and photos
Having a physical resume and a photo or two in hand with you at your audition is a great idea. It's not uncommon for casting directors to get a ton of emails and finding your resume and photos in their inbox can be tricky.

7. No excuses
Have you come down with a cold? Maybe your voice is a little off. There's no need to tell the casting directors that because they will notice, instead do your best to knock your audition out of the park and they will admire your work ethic.


  

First impressions are everything. Especially when you are meeting with a casting director, agency, or just going in for a job interview. It's important you give the person(s) you are meeting the very best of you. Now, this doesn't mean wearing your Sunday best either. You don't want to go in looking like you are auditioning for a role on the Easter Bunny's Lap. Keep your look simple, clean, and polished. Get your hair trimmed, your hair color refreshed, and make sure if you are old enough to wear make-up, to keep it natural. Classic style is the best go-to. Stylist, and designers agree, when all else fails you can't go wrong with a simple white T-shirt and jeans ladies. Men, I swap the white T-shirt for black, and keep the rest clean and simplified.

 

 

A good example of what to wear to a casting would be, dark wash/ black jeans and a well fitting white shirt for the ladies, and a black T-shirt, and nice fitting jeans/ slacks for guys. This look is classic, cool, and isn't over done. Thus, allowing the person you are meeting with to see you, and not a loud, over the top outfit.

 

As far as kids go, again, keep it simple. Too many patterns, and ruffles, and bows are distracting. Leave the hair natural and combed (a little product is fine). You want the person meeting your child to see their talent and gorgeous faces.

 

Keep in mind that if you need help with preparing for a casting or an interview, you can always call or stop in to your local One Source Talent office for advice

This article was written by Brook Moinet. Brooke is a Beauty & Fashion Expert and specializes in helping people look their best for special events such as weddings, job interviews and auditions.

You can find more articles by Brooke at her blog BrookeMoinet.com


 

Katrina Malotta

 

Hello everyone,

I'm Katrina Malota. I am a stylist-makeup artist & wardrobe stylist. Yes, I can do it all!

I have also started a blog, TheKattsMeow.com to give tips on hair-makeup and also for INSPIRATION & MOTIVATION!

I've worked on hundreds of Fashion shows and Photo shoots so I wanted to give you guys a couple of tips for GO SEE'S & AUDITIONS.

I think the thing I see very often and it's really not benefiting anyone is too much makeup!

Here's a list of "do's" and "don'ts" When you are going on a Go See or an Audition:

 

  • Don't over spray tan.
  • Don't use too much eye-lip liner we need to see what's underneath it all.
  • Don't put a million extensions in your hair.
  • DO wear tinted moisturizer 
  • DO use mascara and a thin line of eyeliner
  • DO a light fresh pink-peach lip
  • DO use bronzer and keep it minimal
  • DO blow out your hair and style it- SIMPLE

 

A great look for everyone on any kind of interview is not GLAM. It is a pure, simple, beautiful you -exuding
confidence and radiating personality.


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21 Los Angeles girls were selected to attend a casting to be a cover model for The LA Xpress. If selected, their pictures will be featured on the cover and they will also receive a 2 page spread in the magazine as well as be paid! L.A. XPRESS was established in 1972. It is a newspaper and publication company that is distributed in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. They help models get exposed to the Hollywood Modeling Industry.

What an awesome opportunity for our talent! Good luck to all of our models!!!


 

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We have some really exciting news to share with you, over 90, yes 90, of our California talent have been chosen to attend an upcoming audition for a photo shoot for a Microsoft Print ad! They were casting several different roles for the ad.

If any of our talent are lucky enough to book the shoot, they will be paid between $700.00 and $1,000.00 per day.



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With summer just around the corner, you may be wondering what the new summer trends are. Right now ruffles are definitely in. We are seeing them all over the stores right now. It looks like the color of the season will be orange. The pant trends that are coming back are wide leg pants along with a flared jeans as well. Of course you can keep your skinnys though! Another trend we are seeing is florals, and crochet everything from skirts to dresses to tops. Long, floor length skirts are in this season too so break out your maxi dresses.

You may be surprised to find pajama like wear is in along with some punk fashions. Now that you are armed with some of the season's hottest trends, go pick some up!


 

What Is An Independent Film?

 

You have probably heard the term "independent film" or "indie film", but what is it really? Some people may assume that because a film is independent, it means it is less than a studio film or not as good. That is not necessarily the case. An independent film is a film that is produced mostly outside of a major film studio. An independent film, may not be marketed as big as a studio film and sometimes but not always they are made with less budgets than studio films.

To be considered independent, less than 50% of the film's financing can come from a major studio. You will often hear of celebs doing independent or "art" films. If you have ever heard of the Independent Spirit Awards, these awards celebrate the art of independent film making.


 

How To “Slate” for The Camera

 

If your going to an upcoming acting audition for the first time you may be stumped when the casting director asks you to "slate for the camera". Not all casting directors will have you do this, but if they are filming the audition to show to the director, producer or some other film exec, most likely they will.

What they are asking for you to do is state your name and the character you are reading for. Some casting directors may also ask you to show a profile view to the camera as well. Most of them will let you know if they would like you to turn for the camera before you start. The purpose is so when the director is reviewing the tape, they know who you are without having to sift back through headshots for every audition they are watching.

Make sure to give yourself a few seconds after slating to get back into character before you start your audition!


 

What is AFTRA and How Do I Join?

 

AFTRA stands for The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and is a national labor union representing over 70,000 performers, journalists and other artists working in the entertainment and news media. Any person who has performed or intends to perform professional work in any one of AFTRA's jurisdictions is eligible for membership. So when you see an AFTRA casting- they are looking for people who are in that union. You can join by going into your nearest Local AFTRA office or join online on their website.

New members must complete an application and pay a one-time initiation fee and dues for the current dues period. The initiation fee is $1,600 and minimum dues are $63.90. After joining, a member's dues are based on his or her AFTRA earnings during the previous year. Members who earned less than $2,000 annually pay only the minimum amount of $63.90.  Members are billed twice a year. It is up to you if you want to join. Make sure to check out their website to see all of their benefits. Since anyone can join, it is beneficial if you are looking to do AFTRA work.

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