Blog #006: Don't Turn Your Nose Up To TVC's
By Loren Johnson
Don't be a snobby actor that turns up their nose at the idea of acting in a TV Commercial (TVC) because you think they're not arty or prestigious enough, that you'd be somehow lowering your standards, because you'd be misjudging a great opportunity to get into or advance your acting career, as well as many other reasons which I am about to explain.
Any acting experience is valuable. Ok, so it might only be a thirty second TV Commercial, and perhaps your role is only on screen for 5 or 10 seconds but you will be expected to deliver a high-quality of performance in that short time. You may or may not have lines but you will definitely still have to portray a character and convey an emotion of some kind, and in any situation where you have to do that it is invaluable experience for an actor.
Even though it's a short shoot you are still experiencing a professional film & television production in which you'll gain important industry experience. You'll learn what different crew members do and how a professional set operates. In addition, you'll get experience working with other directors and actors. Even going to the auditions is a great way to build up more confidence with the general audition process.
Many of the cast and crew that work on TVC's also work on TV shows and films (especially in a smaller place like Perth) so it's a great way to network and make valuable industry connections and ever-important impressions as it may lead to a break in a TV or film role.
You'd also be silly to pass up on the opportunity to earn some of the highest rates in the industry. For an average TVC you can earn between $1000 to $3000 (not bad for 1 - 3 days work!), and for a big national TVC you could earn much, much more.
Also worth pointing out is that Perth doesn't produce as much adult TV drama or feature films as the eastern states and therefore TVC's are a good way to build up your portfolio of work and general acting experience before advancing to bigger projects, or like some actors, you may find you love doing TVC's and it becomes a successful addition to your life.
Here are some TVC's that our students at Acting Classes In Perth have been in recently:
I hope that helps. Until next time, stay safe and as always - happy acting.
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