Saturday, June 19, 2010

Why Social Media is the New Source of Talent

As a fellow actor and a member of the SMACES squadron I found this article in Mashable very interesting. Apparently the new trend is that talent agencies, businesses and more are finding their talent on social media outlets.

Here is a paragraph from the Mashable article that caught my attention:
As reality TV continues to gain a larger share of the television and new media landscape, the Hollywood casting industry is seeing a substantially increased need for new types of talent. On-camera experts, “real people” contestants, and larger-than-life personalities are now in constant demand. Simultaneously, talent agencies are watching the demand for traditional talent like TV hosts and classically trained actors decline as shows like Ace of Cakes, WipeOut, Survivor, and Deadliest Catch, all featuring non-traditional talent, grow in popularity.

My first suggestion to my fellow actors is to keep working at our craft as it appears that classically trained actors are on the decline.  Also it is important to keep your eye on the changing trends. So if this trend is going more and more towards social media then it is something we need to be aware of and possibly participate in when the time is right to do so.

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