|What is your criteria in determining which projects you select?
Money, Connections, Other work, travel, promotion, taking my career in a positive direction, and variety.
My own personal availablity, type of project (TV, Film, Theatre), location, pay.
Am I excited about the project? Will I get to work with interesting people to learn from? Will it help me grown as both an actor and a person? Who will see the production? Where will it be performed? Will it leave me more or less financially stable? Who will I meet, and or what doors will be opened through my work on this project?
I like projects where characters have deep connections to each other and where there is a story to be told. I also tend to shy away from anything stereotypically Asian. I know I can't avoid Asian centered pieces, but I hope to be able to do work that is universally identifiable.
I normally go by, what would be a greater challenge to me. I will accept all most anything, because each role not only is good exposure, but will also teach you something you may or may not have learned! Also creating connections are important and I love meeting people!
I look for well-written characters and stories.
I have to be interested in the story- If I'm bored how am I suppose to entertain others? There's more to it of course- I'd work on a project that wasn't exactly 'thrilling' if it meant the opportunity to work with someone I admire. Then of course there's considering what is best for my future career and or reel- if I have all comedy on my reel I would take a dramatic part to get the footage over another comedy.
At this point, almost anything offered :) As one matures there are less chances for work....
Whatever takes my fancy. I like to play comedy or deadly serious or both.
Usually if its something I know like fairy tales and classic storys or something dark.
The script or the play, it is all in the writing, bad writing does nothing for an actor no matter how good you are. Also the pay as I am a long time in the business and I have done my trade doing all the free work in my younger days and also now that I am in four acting unions I am not allowed to work for free.
It has to be something that moves me emotionally. The project has to have a certain 'timeless' quality too.
They have to be believable characters; with a good story that gives insight into the human condition. However, sometimes, projects are just interesting for various reasons. If I like it, I like it.
At the moment I represent myself so I make all the choices about roles I want to put myself up for. My main criteria currently is how a role will help me grow as an actor - so I look for roles which are challenging for me and take me out of my comfort zone, roles which are very different from those I have been in before. For me it is about ensuring my resume is as broad as possible and that I am constantly challenging myself. Sometimes it is because you want to work with a director or company specifically othertimes it is the role which will call you.
I am also in a privileged position in that recently I have had a few directors and producers approach me to discuss roles which is also good because these have again been different to roles I would have chosen which means that they see something in me as an actor which can help bring a role to life. You also meet actors who you want to work with again because you have built up a rapport with them and feel that they share the same drive, ambition as you do.
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