‘Soul Doctor’ Star Amber Iman Slept on a Dressing Room Cot and Couch Surfed Before Making Her Broadway Dreams Come True
When artists say they will do what it takes to get the job, most actors are talking about being prepared in that audition room. For one Broadway star though, it meant leaving home, couch surfing and a bout of homelessness.
Amber Iman just made her Broadway debut playing legendary jazz singer Nina Simone in Soul Doctor. However, getting to the Great White Way wasn’t that easy.
After graduating with a musical theater degree from Howard University, Iman dismissed moving to New York because fellow alumni who made the move before her “ended up working at Starbucks!” Read more
You found the perfect headshot photographer, had a terrific shoot and now you need to get them printed.
Where should you go with so many options available?
Most headshot photographers will have their “go to” printers. Sometimes that printer will give you a discount (which is always a good thing) and other times you’re at the mercy of their pricing. Usually these places are fine and I’ve always stayed with the photographers choice (at least on the 1st printing), mostly because I’m a bit lazy and didn’t want to deal with the hassle of getting the proofs and moving them elsewhere.
But when you do have a choice, where should you go? What are the best places to go for headshot printing?
Here are the best places to get your headshots, postcards and other acting materials printed.
FYI, I haven’t used all of these headshot printers listed. The ones I haven’t used were recommended by other actors and readers of Daily Actor.
- Argentum Photo Lab - 6550 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 (323) 461-2775
This is my go to spot for all of my headshot needs. I’ve been going there for years and they always have a great, friendly group of people working behind the counter. I’ve also had great success in uploading my headshots or postcards and having them either re-touch or make copies for me. Every February, they have a 2-for-1 headshot printing special. We also have a special discount code for 20% off! Use ‘ARG20′
- Fotek Photo Lab – 7243 Santa Monica Bivd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (323)512-0274
If you want truly personalized service, Fotek is the place. Jim, the owner, is honestly one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. You can’t go wrong here because they do quality work.
- ISGO Photo Lab – 257 S Lake St., Burbank CA 91502
I’ve used there services before when I first moved to LA. They did fine work and are still one of the best around.
- Reproductions – 3499 Cahuenga Boulevard West, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (323)845.9595
- Prints Charm’n – 1657 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 312 – 0904
11020 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 753 – 9055
New York City
- CityRepro Photos – 939 8th Ave., Suite 201, New York, NY 10019 212.247.7575
- Modernage – 555 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2003 NY, NY 10018 (212) 997-1800
- Reproductions – 70 West 40th St., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10018 646.502.3700
Most of the companies listed above have an option to upload a digital copy of your headshot and then you can get either proofs, retouching or actual prints of your picture. If you’re like me (incredibly lazy) and don’t feel like driving this is a Godsend. It’s even better for people who live out of the Los Angeles/New York markets.
Like I said, there are dozens of places you can get your headshot printed but the above companies represent the ones that I know are the best; the best in quality, price and customer service.
If we’re missing a company or one of your favorites aren’t listed, please let me know!
The cast of Pippin, including Patina Miller,
Andrea Martin and Terrence Mann, performed “Corner of the Sky” and “Magic to Do” on ABC’s Good Morning, America, last week.
The revival was recently nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Miller), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Mann) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Martin).
Pippin is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).
Check it out below! Read more
Alec Baldwin Blames ‘Orphans’ Closing on ‘Tabloid Journalism’ and a Scathing New York Times Review… But is That Fair?
It was certainly an unexpected announcement that Orphans, starring Alec Baldwin, would be closing on Broadway on May 19, several weeks before its originally scheduled closing on June 30. Baldwin took the opportunity to provide some explanation for the closing in one of his columns for The Huffington Post. It’s curious to see exactly what Baldwin — who has never been shy about saying his piece (for good or for bad) — blames for the play’s early closing.
Baldwin compares the experience on Orphans to what he calls his last role in a “legit” Broadway play, A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992. Baldwin points out that during that production any bad publicity having to do with arguments or fights was swept under the rug by the producers. He writes, “Bad press about films or shows of any kind can negatively affect your chances. The opportunity to influence an audience through any kind of well-conceived or well-timed ad campaign is lost. First impressions do count. If ‘trouble’ is that first impression, it’s difficult to swim out of that riptide.” Read more
Oscar speech: “Thank you. You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing but thank you. This is nuts. Thank you to the Academy and thank you to the women this year. You were so magnificent and so inspiring and not just those of you in my category. And it’s been so amazing getting to know you and you’ve been so nice and you’ve made this experience unforgettable. And thank you to the best producing team: Bruce, Donna, Jon and to my team at CAA and IDPR. And Bradley, and our entire cast: Chris, Jacki, Bob and our crew. My family. Happy birthday, Emmanuelle. Thank you so much. Thanks.” Read more
There is a lot of pretty good news for Broadway in the Broadway League’s annual “Demographics of Broadway” report for the 2011-2012 season.
While attendance was slightly down versus the 2010-2011 season (12.33 million vs. 12.54 million), grosses were the highest ever in Broadway history, rising to $1.139 billion from last season’s previous record of $1.08 billion. Of course, this also means that unfortunately average ticket prices continued to rise, with this season’s average ticket price rising to $92.37 from last season’s previous record of $86.21.
In addition, Broadway remains to grow as a tourist destination, with tourists making up 63.4% of the record 12.3 million people who attended Broadway shows this season (up from last season’s 61.7%). Of that, 18.4% were from visitors from other countries. Read more
It seems Olivia Wilde hasn’t always been a pro at dressing sexy. When the actress was just starting out in the industry, she was working as an assistant for casting director, Mali Finn.
Wilde saw Finn dismiss an actress after she came to an audition wearing skimpy clothes. “I remember an actress coming in wearing a too-short dress,” Wilde said at a Marie Claire “The Power of Presence” event, according to Starpulse. “After she left, Mali said, ‘Why was she wearing that dress? She’s a joke, I’m not meeting with her ever again.’ And this girl was never heard from again.”
“A few days later, I was going for an audition and I was wearing this huge cashmere turtleneck and pants, thinking I looked very ‘executive.’ As I was walking out of the office, Mali said, ‘Olivia, what are you wearing?’ I said I was going to a meeting, and she said, ‘Oh! You can’t wear that! You have to wear something tight and sexy.’” Read more
By Ajay Jhaveri
I’m not in the acting business, yet I see more actors than anybody else in the business via Argentum Photo. This gives me insight into what actors are talking about and the word on the street and the biggest change we’re seeing in the business right now is virtual auditions.
Castings are online. We are seeing people submitting themselves for virtual casting, even though they were not asked to audition for a role. They find out about the project and see they are good for the role, they download the sides from their Showfax account, they come to Argentum’s Casting Suite and they take the audition and they have their agent or manager or themselves send it directly to the casting director who is casting the project. They were never asked to audition for the project, but they are getting their stuff out there on their own.
Acting is pro-active, not pro-passive! Read more
The Emmy Nominations came out this morning while I was fast asleep and based on presenter Jimmy Kimmel‘s early morning wardrobe (see the video below), he wanted to be doing the same.
Kimmel and his co-presenter Kerry Washington read the nominations this morning and to my delight (yeah, I just wrote that), some of my favorite shows and actors were shown Emmy love.
American Horror Story and Mad Men both received 17 nominations, Downton Abbey and Hatfields & Mccoys got 16 and the HBO movie Hemingway & Gellhorn was given 15.
At 14 nominations were Modern Family and Saturday Night Live, 13 for Breaking Bad, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) and 30 Rock and 12 were handed out to Boardwalk Empire and the HBO film, Game Change.
On the acting front, I was happy to see that Louis C.K. was nominated again. I’ll also have my fingers crossed for both Lena Dunham (Girls) and Bill Hader (SNL).
Check out the full list and video of the announcements below. Read more
These days every actor thinks he can put himself on tape for an audition and upload it online. It’s simple, right? Heck, I can use my iPhone and I’m off to the races.
I was one of those people for a number of years. I would coordinate at home and turn my living room into a mini-soundstage, making sure to orchestrate the filming of my audition to capture the best natural sunlight at the best possible time.
I could belabor the point but to basically cut to the chase, I figure maybe 20% of the auditions I was submitting looked good. I’m not a DP and I’m certainly not a sound guy too. The other 80% of my taped auditions looked like shit. I was basically in denial of all of this until I checked out Argentum’s Casting Suite, which was recently launched at the successful photo lab’s Hollywood location. They filmed an audition I submitted for my New Orleans agent on a Canon 7D and when I saw how incredible the HD quality was with the professional set-up and how my performance looked, I wanted to punch myself in the face for the disservice I had been doing to my work and career. Read more