5 Helpful Resources Actors Should Be Utilizing
As an actor living in Los Angeles, I have spent the last four years in search of helpful resources that I can utilize daily as a way to navigate the crazy waters of the entertainment industry. These resources help make the acting industry a little less intimidating and a lot more manageable.
1. The 1 Broke Actress Podcast
If you haven’t heard of this podcast then might I suggest you catch up on it ASAP. It’s only one season in with the second season recording right now, so you’ve got time! The 1 Broke Actress podcast walks you through what it’s like navigating the world of a working “broke” actor in Los Angeles. Each episode features a different actor, casting agent, director, etc. in the entertainment industry as the host, Sam Valentine (your resident 1 Broke Actress), interviews them on their experiences.
The podcast is a great resource of honest information and real stories that any and all actors / actresses can relate too. You won’t regret following this one. Promise.
2. Script Slug
This website is brand new and already one of my most favorite resources to have ever hit the internet. Script slug was started by Matt Lathrom, a Los Angeles based writer, designer and animator, in 2016 as a way for creatives to have access to film and TV scripts. Why is this helpful for actors? Good question! Actors should always be reading scripts, especially if you are an actor trying to work in film or TV. Study the scripts, figure out why they’re getting made, learn how to write material for yourself. All of these are important skills that you can take away from reading scripts consistently.
Also, reading is cool.
Hop on the site and do a little exploring. You’ll be able to find scripts anywhere from Brooklyn Nine – Nine to Ladybird to Ghostbusters and everything in between. And the best part? If you don’t see a script on there that you want to check out, just request it!
Now that you’ve read a bunch of scripts on Script Slug and you’ve started thinking about writing screenplays or pilots for yourself download Celtx. Celtx is a great resource for beginner scriptwriters. It walks you through how to set up your script, provides you with online help, has a great user friendly app, AND the basic scriptwriting plan is free.
Who loves free things? Everyone.
4. The Daily Actor Blog
Talk about a resource literally full of resources. I stumbled upon the Daily Actor site a few years ago and couldn’t believe that I hadn’t heard of it sooner. Now I’m on there checking it all of the time. It has great interviews with working actors, provides you with an archive of monologues for auditions, has contact information for headshot photographers, and so much more.
If you’re an actor and you have a question about something in the industry, check this website out first. You’re very likely to find the answer to your question somewhere on the site. It also links to different kinds of actor blogs so you can continue to find and build a community of like minded individuals which in turn helps make this industry feel a lot less lonely.
Go explore for a few hours. You won’t regret it!
OK. This one is mainly just for fun but also proves to be extremely useful when building your online social media presence. Whether you’re needing graphic designs for a website, your blog, or just want to amp up your instagram game a little more, Canva is the perfect resource for you.
It is the most user friendly graphic design site I’ve ever navigated, it has tons of layouts to choose from, and my favorite part is that is let’s you format your images in the exact sizes you would need for things such as Youtube thumbnails, Instagram posts, Facebook cover photos, etc.
And of course, the best part, it’s FREE.
So there you have it. The 5 resources I utilize regularly when it comes to my acting career. If there is something missing from this list that I should know about please tell me in the comments below! I’m always looking to add more tools to my tool box.