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Career Starter To-Do Check List

Updated: May 30, 2023


YOU HAVE WORK TO DO

SO GET STARTED!


ASSIGNMENTS ARE MEANT TO CREATE

‘HABIT STACKING’ SKILLS

to ACHIEVE CAREER GOALS


The following information is what it takes to set up your professional career.

You can use this list and get started right away on your own.

As you progress and learn, your media will improve and you will become competitive for the jobs you want. You must plan, work and educate yourself for every success you receive.


ASSIGNMENT: Know What You Want: Lifestyle & Career Goals


RHETORICAL QUESTIONS TO PONDER BEFORE CONTINUING:

Research the Industry Genres & Jobs you are interested in.


Who is Successful in those fields?


How did they get into the business?

What does it really take?

Google all the industry questions you have.


Are you still interested and do you have the time and support for the work and tools required?


Do you want to participate for a creative outlet and arts experience, or for career development?


Do you want to do local and regional work for small businesses and communities?

Do you want to start submitting auditions & traveling for professional work?

What interests do you want to develop?

What lifestyle do you want?


What are you into?


Just Modeling or Just Acting or Just Influencing is Not Enough & Not Enough Substance.


When you look back at your life what do you want to tell your family and people who matter to you?


Now that you know what you want…


Which do want to hear from me?

"Welcome & Yea!" If you are continuing, or


"You Are Welcome Back Anytime. This is a long-game and you are never too old!"


Now Start the Work!



TIME SENTITIVE ASSIGNMENTS

5 DAY CHALLENGE


The assignments are set up to help you 'habit stack' during your training and to develop marketing media for workshops, promotions & job submissions.



ASSIGNMENT: Start an Idea Journal Notebook



ASSIGNMENT: Select Your Professional Name for your Professional Media

If you are going to use a professional email, now is the time to establish it.


Email Files are Wonderful for Storing Marketing & Other Information



ASSIGNMENT: Build a Personal Website Page and Link to All Marketing


Start with a Free Web Host

I use Wix.com

Take advantage of the QR Code


You need on your landing page:


Headshot Photo

Titles & Short Biography


Link to Agencies

Link to Casting App Profiles

Link to Portfolio

Link to Resume

Link to Professional Instagram

Link to Other Professional Social Media

Link to Professional YouTube Channel



ASSIGNMENT: Start Creating a Behind the Scenes (BTS) Video Journal


Document your process and progress.

BTS is marketing gold because casting sees you are taking it serious and professionally by doing the work and showing that you love it.

It also gives you content creating experience.



ASSIGNMENT: Start to align your looks to the job requirements and your brand


If you are planning on changing anything about your looks or physique

(teeth, lasering off spots or moles, muscle gain, hip toning, six pack abs, correcting hair color, removing nails…)

GET STARTED NOW!


You are marketing your look so if your look is going to take time to complete, start marketing with your training and behind the scenes footage.

If you are already at the ‘look goal’ then start with your marketing & submission reels alongside your training footage.


***BUT-BEFORE DOING ANYTHING

Talk to Your Agent About Your Job Markets

Know What Your Look Should Be for the Jobs You Are Going After

Never Change Anything without Talking to Your Agent!


Be Aware of the contract clause for changing your looks during production.

It is legal for talent to be charged/sued. More info in Business Workshop.


All marketing materials, except tears and working reels, must be re-shot every time you change your looks.


Marketing materials need to be kept updated and created for your brand and specific job markets.


Actors can come in every size, tattooed, colored hair, pierced… it does not matter, actors need to be a lot of things but are often stereotyped based on the looks & body language they can pull off. Continuity of appearance during shooting is the actors responsibility.


Models are still all natural hair, natural nails, no hair color, no fillers… & must always fit the specific size hired for. High fashion models must be 5’11” or taller and have 34” hips to fit the tiny sample size garments, it’s about the clothes, not the model. Basically anyone with the body type and the right attitude can be successful.



ASSIGNMENT: Set up a Professional YouTube Channel


To Get Started, Upload BTS footage on a Private Playlist & Save for future use.

Edit into Submission Reels & Post Content.

YouTube and Instagram will be your most important marketing outlets.

Content Creating is covered in workshops.



ASSIGNMENT: Set up a Professional Instagram Account

Only Post Career Advantageous Material & Create Content with Purpose


Clean Up All of Your Social Media Sites


Be Brand Specific


Remember a Post is Forever

Post for Work


PRO TIP:

Do Not Allow Social Media to Run Your Time



ASSIGNMENT: Set up a FREE PROFILE on the following Casting Websites:

Do not set up profile while on the app


Watch the free tutorials on Casting Networks before starting


PRO TIP:

Type Every Answer to Every Question into a Word document, Save to Copy and Paste for Resume and future use. You will use this information forever.


Casting Networks Used by most commercial modeling & talent agencies.








IMDB Pro Advanced Career App



ASSIGNMENT: Make Practice Submission Reels

Start reading through all the castings on the Casting Apps

Create submission media from actual auditions and save on your YT Playlist as Sample of Work Reels.


You can submit to jobs if you pay for the app.

Auditions and Job Skills are covered in Workshops .



ASSIGNMENT: Watch Your YouTube Channel Reels & Footage

Always preview on a Large Screen TV – Casting Agents Are.

Learn from your footage. You can describe your friend’s quirks, but not your own – you need to see and hear yourself to direct yourself in body language and expressions. Watch your submission reels on the big screen before submitting, but do not become obsessed with perfection. Accept your human qualities, real is what Casting Agents Want.



ASSIGNMENT: Start Collecting and Setting Up a Home Studio & Portable Studio


Storage Space is essential for tech equipment, wardrobe & etcetera


Camera or Phone Camera, Charger, Extension Cord, Tripod


External Microphone for Camera or Pro Sound Equipment


Editing Software or Phone Editing App


3 Photography Studio Lights, Ring Lights are ok


Backdrop Rig 10’ wide necessary for a full body shot


Solid Color Backdrops, Color Best for your skin & a Green Screen


Dry Erase Board, Markers & Tripod for Scripts


Turquoise or a Solid Color Top without logos for Reels



ASSIGNMENT: Start Collecting and Organizing a Professional Go Bag


Go Bags are career genre specific. See Content List Below


Be Patient With Yourself - This is Time Consuming, most of us get what has to be done first then keep adding to it as we go. You are Under Development its ok to not be perfect and as professional as A-List Celebrities.


Contact Audrey Brooks if you have any questions or set up a coaching session AudreyBackStage@gmail.com



GO BAG CONTENTS


Go Bag is a polite term for all of the stuff you need with you all of the time!

I personally have a car wardrobe rack, packed garment bag of basics, two hanging shoe bags, a rolling suitcase full of toiletries, media bag all ready to grab and go.

I also do crew work so I have advanced makeup, wardrobe and location kits.



IN YOUR GO BAG YOU NEED:


MEDIA:


Business Card with Press Kit Links – QR Code


Printed Headshots or Comp Cards


Portfolio – Printed Book or iPad charged & easily accessible


Phone on Silent BEFORE Entering Gig

Charger, Tripod

Idea Notebook



PRO TIP:

Keep a file of photos or videos of your nails, hair, makeup, wardrobe...titled for specific scenes. In theory, the art department will do this during the shoot. Talent that are in the habit of keeping track of their appearance are not only crew favorites, but are in more control of their performance and their career.


Also keep a check list of items to repack on location.

If you leave something on set you may never see it again.


PERSONAL ITEMS:


Teeth: Floss, Toothbrush, Paste, Whitening, Tongue Brush


Nails: File, Cuticle Oil & Clipper, Polish Remover


Nails for Models: Clear or Nude only on fingers and toes, no white


Nails for Actors: Nails, along with hair, makeup...must stay consistent throughout shoots and re-shoots. Be mindful and keep your polish color with you.


Hair: Talent should be able to style their own hair 3 different ways, bring items necessary.


Skincare: Face and Body

Everyone's list is different


Makeup: Every Performer Should Have a Personal High Definition (HD) Correctional Makeup Kit for Reels


Actors: Character Kit w FX Makeup, Wigs, Accessories, Wardrobe, Character Notebook. Most FX Projects have Artists, but not all projects. Actors who can do their own FX is an asset.


Personal Health, Hydration & Snacks

Talent with food restrictions should bring food and snacks.

Keep a mini oral health kit with your lunch box.


***Everything Must Be Unscented

Lotion, Deodorant… No Cologne or Perfume


WHY? No one wants to buy a new outfit that smells like someone else.



WARDROBE:


PRO TIP:

Keep Wardrobe Items for Jobs Only & Not Every Day Wear

Collect solid colors without logos


Head Cover or Be Prepared to Pay Damages for Client’s Dirty Collars


Drop Cloth to change on


Pop Up Dressing Room


Portable Garment Rack


Portable Steamer & a Heavy Duty Extension Cord


Mini Sewing Kit


Lint Brush


Static Guard


Stain Remover


Elastic Bands to fit waist and arms


Bulldog Clips


Shoes Models: Closed & Open Toe Stiletto heels in Black & Nude


Shoes Actors: Your comfort is ok! Black, Brown, Nude, Athletic, Casual, Dressy


Variety of Undergarments

in Black, White, Nude:


Bra Collection:

Athletic

Strapless

Stick-On


Full-Bottom Briefs

Thong

Guys- Fitted Boxers


Reels / Auditions:

Solid Color T-Shirt or Top

NO Logos or Distractions

Good Fitting Jeans

Select Shoes that are Character Appropriate for the Audition or Project


OR Dress for the Audition

Business, Athletic...Actors Choice


Models: Black Fitted Outfit

Tights

Tank

Fitted Black Dress or Skirt


PRO TIP:

Noisy Fabric is BAD on set!

Talent, Crew, Visitors...take heed.



More Covered in Job Skills Sessions or Contact Audrey Brooks at AudreyBackStage@gmail.com




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