babylovemoon asked: Hello there, do u know where i can volunteer in theaters or anywhere in the acting biz? So i can meet people get connected.
Many theatre’s will allow you to usher their shows. This is great because you only have to hand out programs for about 45 minutes, and then you get to see a Broadway play for FREE! And you never know who you might meet who owns that theatre, is going to see that show that night, or who is acting in the production that might need help with something.
The Signature Theatre is the only one I know of that you can get you name on the house manager’s list by emailing, but truthfully, I haven’t researched it that much. I’m in the middle of the research right now! If you compile a list, definitely let me know. And expect to see one up here soon!
Other ways of volunteering - some casting calls ask for PAs. Really all that means is that they need people to grab water for the director (usually on school films) or they need people to help keep the streets clear if they are filming outside. So you need to be able to tell strangers that they can’t walk down a New York City block. But it’s experience on a set, and working with a director and crew.
If you want to be an Actor - the best way to “volunteer”, or in other words, work and not get paid, is to audition for student films, or non-union theatre. If you’re going to work and not get paid, might as well do something that you love - acting!
That way, you can invite people in the industry to come see your play, or put the short film you were in up on your website. Trust me. The agents, managers and casting directors GO TO PLAYS! They DO! Especially if they already know someone in the show. You never know! Just get out there and work!
And send me an invite!