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Horror Movies Audiences Can’t Wait to See This 2016

Horror is one genre that appeals to a lot of generations. In fact, the growth of horror films in the market has been quite overwhelming over the years. Different directors have brought their film styles to center stage, and a majority of them have gained a lot of attention.

It seems like people will never get tired of seeing horror flicks even with the generic formula that features jump-scares and linear story lines, which proves that as long as it continues to entertain viewers, these movies will always have a place in the industry.

For 2016, expect the horror movie industry to blossom even more as many big titles are ready to hit cinemas near you. From stories based on true-to-life events to even the growing popular genre that is horror-comedy, ExploreTalent has put together a list of horror movies that audiences have been itching to see this 2016.

(Note: release are subject to change without notice.)

1. The Conjuring 2

Release date: June 10, 2016

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Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Famiga respectively) will grace the big screen again. The first Conjuring movie received so much attention that director James Wan decided to bring another case file from the Warrens to life. This time, they are going across the pond to deal with the demonic entity known as the Enfield Poltergeist.

2. Lights Out

Release date: June 1, 2016

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Following the viral success of director David F. Sandberg‘s short film of the same name, he finally got the funds to release a full-length movie. This time, he paired off with Conjuring producer James Wan for his directorial debut.

The trailer looks terrifying enough to make you start sleeping with the lights on from hereon. The plot of the full version is currently under wraps, but according to reports, it is about some entity that hunts a young boy while his sister goes on to investigate where it originated.

3. Yoga Hosers

Release date: July 29, 2016

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Harley Quinn Smith and actor Johnny Depp‘s daughter Lily Rose will be starring in their first leading roles for Yoga Hosers. It is actually the second film in director Kevin Smith‘s True North trilogy, which kicked off with the horror comedy Tusk in 2014. This will be the second time Smith and Depp will be reprising their roles as the Colleens from the first movie, and this time, they will be battling an ancient evil that threatens their invitation to a party.

4. Don’t Breathe

Release date: August 26, 2016

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After Fede Alvarez directed the remake for Evil Dead, he was able to gain so much attention that audiences were begging for more. Well, Alvarez isn’t one to disappoint as he has worked on another, but it isn’t a sequel to the 2013 film. Instead, Alvarez will once again work with his Evil Dead lead actress Jane Levy for Don’t Breathe. It follows a group of no-good teens who rob a former war veteran who has gone blind. But the tables turn when they become victims instead.

Now if that doesn’t excite you, then maybe we should add that Levy will be joined by Stephen Lang, who plays the movie’s antagonist. According to critics who got access to early screenings of the show, the film has hardly any dialogue at all and mostly focuses on touching everyone’s fear of the dark.

5. Sadako vs. Kayako

Release date: June 18, 2016

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Horror fans will recognize the titular characters as from the movie The Ring and The Grudge. In this supernatural film, the two will be going neck to neck in one scary battle. Imagine having two of the most horrifying characters actually fighting, whoever ends up winning, humanity is sure to lose.

6. The Strangers 2

Release date: December 2, 2016

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The 2008 film The Strangers is one of the most unsettling movies to watch out there. It talks about a home invasion gone utterly brutal when the culprits play a sadistic games with the victims.

Now that a sequel has been announced with a release date to match, fans of the movie will be thrilled to know that the horrifying murderers of the first film are returning to wreak some more havoc.

So these are just some of the many movies that got horror fans excited for it’s release. More films will be announced soon, making 2016 a promising year for the genre.

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Acting Tips: How to Catch Attention Once You Enter the Audition Room

If you are preparing for a huge audition, of course, that would be an exciting time for you. By this time, you should be honing your craft in acting classes, and you will be rehearsing many times over until you are happy with your acting choices. The last thing on your mind probably is what you would do when you walk into the audition room.

The way you walk in and how you act are very important. The minute you pass through those doors, they will begin to form their opinion of you. They will use it when considering you for the part. Obviously, your acting performance is important, but your off-camera, unguarded behavior like how you introduce yourself and general actions will be equally as important. Today, we at Explore Talent will be giving you our top acting tips on how to act when you walk into an audition room.

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Always Act Professional

From the moment you walk into the lobby, your audition has started. Keep this in mind whenever you are headed into a building. Before you get there, plan your day. Give yourself more than enough time to look for a parking space, settle down, get used to the area, and do whatever it takes for you to be comfortable. You should run through your audition materials and papers to make sure that everything is all set.

When you walk into the casting room, you should look confident, calm, and together. You need to be polite and kind to everyone you encounter. Another thing you should do is to check for any signs that have information, like where the restrooms are or what you should place on the sign in sheets when you log in.

If you will do vocal warm-ups and other things, remember you should try to be quiet in the lobby. No one wants to be disturbed because you are too loud. If you feel like talking or if someone talks to you, of course, you should be gracious and polite, but keep in mind most people want to stay focused on the task ahead. If you want, you can go outside to rehearse your audition piece.

Walk in Full of Confidence

When you walk in, smile and be prepared. Be yourself and be confident in your abilities. You have come prepared, so relax, take a deep breath, and just go for it. You have been selected to audition, so let the casting directors see who you are and what you can do. Show that you are friendly, professional, confident, and a pleasure to work with. Keep the conversation and chitchat to a minimum because there are plenty of other people waiting for their turn.

Walk in confidently and introduce yourself, then you give your headshot and resume. You should go straight to the mark on the floor. If you’re feeling jittery, take a few calming breaths to compose yourself. Then you wait for the casting director to give you instructions.

Do Your Slate 

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An audition slate is where you introduce yourself on camera before you start your audition scene. That is your chance to show everyone who is in the room, and those who will be watching the audition tapes, a little of your personality. So when doing your slate, be confident and don’t be too stiff or boring.

Walking into the audition and the slate are probably the most important things you will be doing on audition day. If you are auditioning to play a character very different from your real personality, the glimpse into your real personality through your entrance and slate will help the casting director gauge your range and ability as an actor.

Be Confident Even When You’re Walking Out

Exit the room with as much confidence as you did when you walked in. Even if you’re worried that the audition did not go well, just leave the room as if you got the part. Since you never know exactly what the casting director is looking for, you have as much chance of impressing them off camera when they think you are unguarded. You don’t know what you will gain from any audition, it could lead you to bigger and better projects in the future, so follow these tips each time you decide to try out for a part.

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How to Work with a Film Director

You got the part in the movie! Great! Now it’s time to start working with the rest of the cast. Whether it’s a one-day gig or a recurring role in a series, you will be meeting and working with other people in the industry.

Each crew needs a leader, someone who has the vision and makes sure all others work toward that vision. The captain or the leader is in charge of guiding the whole crew on the set. That leader that we are talking about is the director. Explore Talent is here to give you tips on how to work with a film director.

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Don’t Be Negative

A workplace, no matter what your job is, should always have a positive atmosphere. When you walk into a rehearsal room or a set, be excited about the work day you are about to begin. Be civilized and greet everyone. Learn their names and get to know them. Respect everybody on the team. Be a team player, not a wannabe diva. A poor attitude will not get you anywhere.

Before you walk onto the set, you should know a little about the director’s background and past projects. Make sure you introduce yourself when you walk in. Be open to take direction and build a positive bridge of communication between yourself and the director.

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Be Punctual

Time is money, so they say. Respect the people you work with and try to show up even a few minutes early. Barring accidents and emergencies, there is absolutely no excuse for you to keep the cast waiting. When you arrive on set, make sure you are prepared. Know your lines, and be ready to give a good performance. The director is in charge of a lot of things, so keep up your end of the bargain. There are many things a director needs to run smoothly, and actors knowing their lines is just one item on the list.

An actor who is always prepared and punctual will be remembered as a good cast member. By being prepared, you are allowing yourself enough time to study the role and get the details of your performance perfect. If there is something about your role or lines that you want to question, ask the director if you can meet privately to discuss your concerns. Don’t waste the director’s time on the set by asking a bunch of questions when you are about to perform. Just set a time when the two of you can go over the scene and what you think should be done.

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Be a Team Player

When you are selected to be part of the cast, aside from being prepared and on time, you should also respect the director’s casting choices. It’s not all about you, so be willing to see the scene portrayed with someone else’s vision. You may not like what the director has planned for the scene, but you should be willing to try it to see if the roles work. If you are asked for your opinion, then give your input on what you think should be done in the scene.

Don’t be combative, but always strive to see things from another’s perspective. Director’s have more experience than a newbie actor, so always listen to their ideas and don’t be afraid to take a risk. You don’t always have to follow exactly what the director wants because you have a measure of creative freedom to portray the role in your own style. Together with the other cast members and with the director’s guidance, you can all come up with a way to make the scene work for the project.

These are just the top three tips that we can give you so that your experience on set will be better. These tips can be especially helpful to someone who is new to the industry and doesn’t know exactly what they should be doing with regard to their behavior toward their cast members.

No matter what level of acting skill you are at, know that being punctual, professional, and flexible are always good traits to have. Acting is not a static job. These acting tips are given to help you be able to adjust to the scene, set, and cast members you will be working with.

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How to Network in the Film Industry

You’ve probably heard the saying that in Hollywood, “It’s all about who you know.” That is true in some cases. If you are trying to make it in Los Angeles, aside from training at a good acting studio, you need to know how to network and meet the who’s who of the film industry.

Having a network is crucial because you are surrounded by people with a similar mind-set, and meeting the right people will help you with your confidence. It could be the make or break part of your career.

Explore Talent is giving you tips on how to network with the industry big wigs.

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Go to the Right Events

You should get yourself known by attending events that casting directors, writers, and filmmakers will attend. Find friends who are also actors so that way you will be updated on the latest and hottest events in your industry. Go to film screenings and other events where directors, producers, and casting directors will be. Charity events are also a great place to meet new people. You need to have a plan. Have a strategy. Make smart choices in your career, and always do your research. Your goal should be to expand your list of acquaintances because the more people know you, the more you will learn of great parts that are casting.

Do Online Submissions

Social media is a great way to get your name out there and meet people who are also in the industry. Casting directors have online profiles too, so find them and engage with them online. Being aware of what’s trending online keeps you in the know of the latest things in the industry. Acting is all about timing, so always be aware of what’s going on. Who knows, you may even be lucky enough to get booked through your online submission.

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Like People

It’s generally accepted that actors are not shy people. It takes self-confidence and a lot of self-esteem to be able to stand on stage or on a set and act out a role. An actor must generally be interested in people. You will interact with so many, and it’s much harder for a shy wallflower to get noticed than a loud mouth.

You can train yourself by reading the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It was published in 1963 and is one of the most successful self-help books you can buy. It has sold over 15 million copies, so there must be some good advice contained within it’s pages. The main message of the book is learn how to get people to like you. You do that by being interested in what other people do. Don’t be self-absorbed. When you are eager to learn about others, you can make them feel appreciated and special. With this technique, you’ll make friends easily.

Be a Contact Person

Find a way to add value to someone’s life. Similar to not being self-absorbed and being interested in others, make yourself available to others. Maybe you hear of a role that would be great for your friend. Maybe you have a casting director or producer friend who is looking for actors. Find ways to help people in your inner circle. Being supportive to people you know will make you stand out as a good, reliable professional. When you build your reputation as someone who makes things happen, you will open more doors.

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Make Sure You Follow Up

Once you have met the industry heads, casting directors, producers, agents, and other important individuals, contact them. Follow up. Set up meetings and other ways of connecting and socializing with these VIPs. A big part of this industry is making friends, especially friends who can also introduce you to important people who can lead you to roles in films, TV, commercials, and other gigs.

 

These are just some tips that we have compiled for you. The main message is, be a people person. You have to go out and be seen because otherwise the people who make decisions in the industry won’t know that you even exist. If you rely solely on online submissions, you will lose out on the impact that a face-to-face meeting can make.

So don’t limit yourself. Go out, go to parties, tag along with your friends if you have to, but just get yourself to socialize. Going out to dinner, parties, drinks, and coffee meetings can go a long way in boosting your career.

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Acting Tips: How to Build Your Film Credits

If you are just starting your career in the movie industry or you are trying to break into a new market, you probably want to build your TV and film credits.

The agents that screen you would want to be sure that you can handle auditions. Casting directors will want to know that you can handle the roles that you are auditioning for. One way to make sure that you can go through the challenges of castings and the casting process is to make sure the credits on your resume are on point. Explore Talent wants to give you some tips on how you can build your resume by getting more film credits.

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Take classes

Your training as an actor will be scrutinized, especially if you are a new actor. Casting directors will not expect you to have a lot of credits if you’re still new, but they will look at your background to see where you learned your craft. They want to know the schools and acting coaches you have worked with.

New actors who arrive in Hollywood should first sign up for an on-camera film acting class in a respected studio. It will help your learn new techniques, and you can get to know people who are part of the acting community. Networking is a big part of the acting world, so making connections and getting to know people are just part of what you have to do to become well-known. You can find many opportunities by simply being referred by someone you know. Getting in touch with the right casting director and right agent can be the make or break moment in your career.

Try out for a play

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Being part of a cast of a play is a great way to add credit to your resume. Performing on stage really tests your acting skills. A great director is judged by his film, and a great actor can be judged by his stage performance. The show’s success relies on the ability of the actors who play the roles in the cast.

It is tough to create a good performance over two hours every night. Theater credits are always impressive to the acting world insiders. Being part of a play shows you are dedicated, have talent, and that you work hard.

If you are unable to act on a professional stage, audition for community theater or college programs. There are Web sites that you can log onto to get more information on the professional theaters that are in your area.

Work on indie films

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Working on smaller independent films can be one way to add film credits to your resume. It also allows you a venue to further improve your craft. As an actor, you would know that working on stage and working on a set are very different. You should feel the difference between the studio and the stage because your performance will be changed by the venue you perform in.

A student film or indie film does not have the big movie budget of a Hollywood blockbuster, so that means they will take chances with new actors. They are a great jumping-off point for those looking to get their feet wet in the industry.

Be active online

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There are many Web sites that let actors do self-submissions for auditions. You don’t have to rely on your agent all the time. You can find your own open casting calls just by doing your research. Be careful of scams, though, because there are a lot of those online too. Legit sites will allow you to create and account and submit for the projects that you like. Examples of two good Web sites that actors in Los Angeles use are Actors Access and LA Casting.

Create your own credits

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We live in a very connected world. People get discovered by posting their own videos on social media. Grab your camera and some talented actors you can work with, and you can start making your own projects. You can create your own YouTube channel and upload your videos there. You can do skits, comedy, and various Web series to build a following. Show off your talents and acting range in your DIY videos. Don’t worry about producing quality videos because that is a skill you can learn. Practice makes perfect and having an active online presence will help you get your name circulated.

These are the top tips that we can give you when you are a new actor trying to get work in Hollywood. Try following this advice so improve your resume and increasing your chance of landing the acting roles that you want.

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Acting Tips: How to Deliver Your Lines Without Having to Memorize Them

Learning how to deliver your lines is not as easy as memorizing the text. With newbie actors, you might notice that they seem disconnected from the words they are saying. A good actor does not sound like they are just repeating learned lines. When actors use their talent, they can make it seem that they are expressing their own feelings and thoughts.

One reason that actors don’t know how to say their lines can be inexperience. Another reason is how they learn their lines. How you learn your lines can affect how you perform your role. The following are the Explore Talent acting tips on how you can perform your lines without seeming unnatural.

Don’t just memorize, internalize

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As students, we all learn facts and memorize important dates and math formulas. We memorize information without truly understanding what it is all about. The result is we learn the information but quickly forget it soon after. This form of learning lines is not advisable when speaking of the acting world. Lines should be delivered naturally, with real thought and emotion behind them. No one speaks like a robot, so it’s great to put an emotional element behind the lines you are saying in a role. It makes you more believable and a better actor.

The lines you have to say aren’t static. You are playing a character that is supposed to be a real person, so bring that person to life by giving the lines something extra. When you really internalize what you are about to say, you are getting to know the character you are playing. Why do they act that way? What happened in their life, and how would you feel if it happened to you? These are questions you need to keep in mind when trying to play a character that feels real.

Listen

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When it is not your turn to speak in the part, listen. Actively listen to what is going on in the scene. They say acting is 30 percent what you say and 70 percent what you don’t say. That means reading between the lines, a certain look, and giving off a certain emotion mean so much more than one sentence spoken.

Use a different approach to learning your lines. Trying to drill your lines into your head by repetition doesn’t help you understand what the character is going through. To remember and understand the text of the script really calls for you to be creative in approaching your role.

Be your character

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With each character you play, you have to like them. You can’t just pretend to be someone and keep your true self separate. You interject a little of your true self into the character you play and it humanizes them instantly. Some people may think that acting is all about looking the part, but it is so much more than that. You have to smart to be an actor. You have to be relatable.

Your challenge as an actor is how to take the character from the pages of the script and make them a real person. Giving them the right voice and feelings requires you to study. Why is the character a certain way? Why do they have that personality. Even if you are completely opposite in real life of the character you are playing, attempt to understand the role.

Sure, you can memorize your lines, but that won’t help you in achieving the best performance.  You have to really go in depth and see what makes your character tick.

 These are just the top tips you can use as an actor to improve your craft. Look at an actor like Johnny Depp, when he plays Captain Jack Sparrow, he really becomes the character. When he played Willy Wonka, he was as eccentric as the book version. He is a veteran actor who has long realized that the secret to giving a great performance is a deep understanding of the character and the character’s personality.

Use these tips to help you in your next audition and in your next roles. By taking these acting tips, you will become more natural in your delivery of lines, which, in turn, will make your performance better because it has heart and emotion and feelings and not just a robotic delivery of a script.

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Advice for Actors: How to Write an Effective E-Mail

Our culture allows for many things like business transactions to occur over the Internet. So being savvy with the latest software is always a plus. Nowadays, business is conducted over e-mails. For all those working actors in the industry, learning how to write a proper and professional e-mail is crucial. Today, Explore Talent will be giving you advice on how to write an effective e-mail.

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Limit yourself to seven lines or less

The body of your e-mail, which does not include the greeting, the closing, and any Web site links you may post, should not be over seven lines long. The person reading it should not have to go through more than seven lines of text. The agents and casting directors you correspond with receive hundreds of e-mails in a day. If you’re message is too long, chances are, it won’t be read. The key is, the shorter, the better.

Have a special message for the recipient

Find a way to acknowledge the recipient of the e-mail you are sending. Be specific. If you have met the person before, mention where and how you met. Research on the person you are e-mailing, and if they have had a good review, then acknowledge that.

You can say something like, “I enjoyed meeting you last week, and I wanted to ask if we could set up a meeting” or “Congratulations on a successful season of your TV show.”

Don’t be too wordy and get straight to the point

If you are asking for something, just ask. Casting directors and agents are used to being asked for something, so tactfully put in your request. You don’t need to give them your whole life story. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Every e-mail should be different

Find a way to add something to the recipient’s life. You don’t want to open an e-mail and have it be the same thing all the time. So don’t e-mail asking for something all the time.

Thank yous go a long way. A nice congratulatory e-mail to celebrate a milestone is great too. Perhaps you want to refer one of your actor friends to that particular agent. Networking is a big part of the business, so you should learn how to make connections and connect others as well.

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Share new information

When you reach out to someone, make sure you have a reason for making contact. Maybe you want to send them a clip of your latest gig or your latest trailer. Stay relevant in your working community by sharing your own work and keeping them up-to-date on the projects that you are involved in. When they know that you are actively working, they will keep you in mind for upcoming projects.

Share easy-to-access links

When you send a link, make sure that it only requires one click. Those password-protected links require too much work, and they will not be watched or clicked on. If your demo is on a specific page of your Web site, send the link to that exact page. You do not need them to take extra time going through your site when they have plenty of other e-mails to respond to.

You should also be selective about sending links. They do not need to see everything you have ever done, but rather, send them specific material. For example, if that casting director is casting for a TV show, then send the material that is related to that audition.

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Add an e-mail footer

Your e-mail footer should have your headshot thumbnail and contact information. The footer needs your name, e-mail address, Web site, and other social media information. When the recipient opens your e-mail, they can see your face on the thumbnail and immediately know who they are reading an e-mail from.

Be confident

This advice may be found over and over again. It is essential in this business to be confident about yourself and your skills. You should not be shy to reach out to your industry peers. You are all in the same business, and you have something valuable to offer.

Actors and casting directors/agents need each other to survive. Without actors, there would be no need for agents or casting directors, so don’t hesitate to mingle and communicate with them.

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Tips on How to Nail Your Next Callback Audition

Going through the whole process of an audition can be very stressful, so getting an acting callback is a big deal. If you have gotten a callback, you need to know what to do. At Explore Talent, we want to help you achieve your dreams, so here are our tips on how you can prepare for an acting callback.

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You’ve made it! Celebrate your achievement because getting a callback means you stood out at the audition and made a good first impression. It could have been your timing, facial expression, or your big, bright smile that caught their eye, but it was something about you that caused them to consider you for the role.

A callback is your second audition. You could also say it is the semi-finals stage when booking a role. One important thing to remember is don’t change a thing. If they liked what you did the last time, stick with the formula. As much as possible, recreate the performance you did during the first audition. If you can, wear the same outfit and have the same hairstyle.

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When you arrive, make sure you are ready to perform, even if the waiting room is already very crowded. You might think that a callback means only a few of you will be there. In reality, it could be as many as thirty people who are there for the callback. For that audition, you will be reading for the director, producer, casting director, and writers for the role.

For this type of audition, you will be matched with a scene partner. They will watch you to see how you work with your scene partner. It is absolutely crucial that you go for the callback you are assigned for. For a regular audition, you can reschedule, but that kind of flexibility is not available for a callback.

The main point of a callback is so that the casting directors can see how you work with the other actors. The chemistry between you and the rest of the cast is something they will be on the lookout for.

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Because you will be working with others, you need to arrive on time. It goes without saying that being timely is crucial in the entertainment business. Being a stickler for time cannot be stressed enough when it comes to the callback. You must be a few minutes early and ready to perform at any time.

It’s natural that when you go to the callback, you have a certain level of anxiety. Just stay focused on your craft. You are there because they found something good about you, so take that opportunity to prove to the casting directors and other industry big wigs that they made the right choice in you. Just relax, and give the star within you a chance to shine.

Essentially, auditions and callbacks are a chance for you to sell yourself. Specifically, it is a chance for you to showcase and sell your talent. You need to make the casting directors feel that you are the missing piece in their auditions. Make them see your talent and realize that you, and only you, can fill the role or part you are trying out for.

In this industry, you will be going after roles with hundreds of competitors. So give each audition and each callback your best shot. You never know when your big break will come. When you make it big, you can pick and choose all the best roles. But until you get that big break, remember, no role is too small for you. Whether you are trying out to be an extra or one of the lead roles, you give the same 100 percent effort and skill.

While these tips may seem basic, they are helpful. Maintaining professionalism by being punctual and prepared to audition at any time is a good habit to develop. Sure, you hear of many actors being “divas” or difficult to work with, but if you are still starting out, no one will tolerate bad behavior on your part. So when you walk into an audition, come with your best attitude and biggest smile. Blow them away with your talent because your next audition may be the make it or break it point of your career. It could lead you to accomplishing everything you’ve always wanted in the entertainment industry.

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Meet Amazon Eve, The World’s Tallest Female Model

Erika Ervini is one of the tallest models in the world. Known as Amazon Eve, she is an American actress, TV host, fitness trainer, and model. She stands over six feet eight inches tall. She is so unique in the industry that her Web site has millions of hits and she has been featured on news outlets across the world.

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She was born in Turlock, California, and lived in the small town. Growing up, she was surrounded by cows, peaches, grapes, and almonds, but she did not have the life of a typical farm girl. For her eighth birthday, she was given a microscope and chemistry set by her father. It was his ambition that she followed his footsteps to become a conservationist and scientist. As a student, she excelled in science, but she found her passion in writing and theater. Most of her time in the 1990s was spent on stage.

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By the time she was fourteen years old, she was already almost six feet tall. She was bullied by her classmates, but she survived and soldiered on to get a college degree in theater arts and business management. After getting her college education, she went on to study law and exercise physiology.

As the subject on constant teasing, Eve felt like a freak and totally alone. She hid from the world in her own way. She worked in a law office for six years. She soon learned to be more realistic about her body and fitness goals, thus she began to develop a positive body image of herself and the way she looked. She studied at the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and she became a personal trainer.

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She has had some success working as an actress, but she gave up that career path when she realized she was always given roles as an alien or a monster. That kind of discrimination did not do anything to help boost her self-esteem.

It is her career as a personal trainer that has enabled her to have a healthy body image. When she found out about the world of Amazons, her life changed forever. She was introduced to a career that has brought her to Asia, Europe, Australia, and other parts of the United States. In November 2009, she was featured on Zoo Weekly in Australia. That really launched her career and led to many people viewing her videos online. In 2011, she was crowned World’s Tallest Professional Model by Guinness World Records.

Apart from being exceptionally tall, she stands out for another reason. She is transgender. In 2004, she transitioned from male to female. She was assigned male at birth and called William. It took her years to tell people about her transition, especially after she became famous. She just felt that the public doesn’t generally accept bombshells like that, and so she just never talked about it. That has led to some criticism of her decision not to come out with her haters saying that she was dishonest.

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In her defense, the world of modeling is difficult enough to break into, and when you add her unique height and body proportions, it was almost a miracle that she was considered and featured on Harper’s Bazaar, so no one should criticize her for not wanting to share such a personal part of her story. Now that she is ready to be more open, you can read more about her life and journey from working in a law office to being the modeling sensation called Amazon Eve.

Now Amazon Eve feels she has battled through the worst of her self-doubt demons with regard to her body and how she views herself. She hopes that the public and world in general will be more compassionate and understanding to those who do not quite fit the mold. She’s been lucky enough to find work on a television show that gives her a chance to stand out and show the world that thought she looks different—she is still only human. Her acceptance as a model and as an actress shows that today’s media is completely different from the way it was thirty years ago. We are now more willing to accept alternative standards of beauty and include it in mainstream media.

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Guilty Pleasures You Wouldn’t Admit to Liking—But Still Do, Anyway

Most film enthusiasts would like to believe that their tastes in films are sophisticated, if not interesting. Of course, watching the same profound stories all the time can be a bit much—there are times that people really just want to watch a movie to escape from reality, so not a lot of thinking is required.

Not that any intellectual or self-confessed film buff would ever admit to liking these sorts of films, but we all have our guilty pleasures, don’t we? Here are some of the films we would never admit to liking but pop in the player every now and then.

Body Double (1984)

Brian DePalma is known for building his career on providing audiences with guilty pleasures, which is why it’s not really surprising that Body Double is on the list.

An homage to Rear Window and Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, the film reminds us that voyeurism, no matter the intention, is a psychological anomaly that can be diagnosed. Other than that, DePalma’s take is something that few directors could pull off. The whole film is nearly dialogue-free and almost flawless—until you get to the second half of the film where it’s taken to the porn industry, becoming its setting, as well as its plot device. Still, most directors may kill to have this kind of film in their repertoire, high-end sleaziness aside.

Piranha (2011)

Alexander Aja’s revamp of the cult classic of the Joe Dante original requires you to just turn off your brain and enjoy the film as it is: ExploreTalent of the cast, even though they are mostly just screaming bloodily. The mostly hedonistic film is set at a resort in Lake Victoria during spring break, so the carnage that will spill are mostly those of the youth sector—25 and under—because of course, who else would go on a spring break? It’s lots of boobs, babes, drunkenness, and a few mostly harmful carnal moments.

Carnage will be a bit of an understatement—the piranhas are wreaking havoc for hundreds, maybe even thousands of spring breakers, most of them young and gorgeous. It’s almost like every other slasher film out there on the market, where sexual promiscuity guarantees you a death sentence.

It’s a genuine “stupid fun” film, where there is nothing much to think about other than who is the last to be eaten by the scary piranhas.

Cat People (1982)

There are three things going great for Paul Schrader’s remake of Cat People. First is that it has young Nastassja Kinski, second is that it has an inspired production design, and third is that it has an awesome David Bowie soundtrack.

The film simply points out Scrader’s ability to bring to the surface the themes and unconscious desires that were merely suggested in the 1942 original.

It has been noted that Cat People seems to share the same tone with Body Language, which put it on the same “guilty pleasure” list.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Francis Ford Coppola’s version of Dracula is the ultimate guilty pleasure movie, and despite being seemingly funny at times, you realize it’s actually as close as it can get to Bram Stoker’s actual story. Coppola’s treatment of it, with its gothic touches and bright contrasting colors is pure cinema magic.

Unfortunately, Coppola also made his distaste for the romantic in Dracula quite clear, which is why he ended up misreading the story. There has been no hint of Mina Harker being Dracula’s reincarnated bride—and it should be something that he left alone for everyone else to interpret.

Still, the film is pretty special, if not a guilty pleasure anchored by the performances of pretty amazing actors.

 Dragonslayer (1981)

Sword & Sorcery has become one of the film sub-genres that Hollywood has been obsessing over since the 1980s, and the first one that got attention is Dragonslayer.

The film has a lot of good elements to it: good dialogue, excellent special effects for its time—and would still hold up today—and an overall vision that is consistently mysterious and fantastic.

Still, Dragonslayer has its flaws—the plot is flimsy, but there is a love story to be told, regardless of the lack of chemistry between the main character and the teenage girl who disguised herself as a boy to escape the village.

That being said, what other films would you consider as your guilty pleasures?

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