Actors Are So Overrated

Let’s face it, acting is not a skill. Acting is more of a talent, per say, which is an innate or natural ability to do something, that most people have, but have not been given the opportunity for a way of life. Children have the ability to act. Animals have acting abilities. Blind people, deaf people, you name it, all kinds of incapacitated beings have the ability to act. A skill is the ability to do something well, but it’s a learned ability that makes it an actual skill. Walking and talking is not a skill, but our natural, innate ability as human beings. Writing this article is a skill and I guarantee you, a child nor an animal could have written this article, at least not in this day and time.

Ask yourself this question, do actors really make a movie good or bad? The answer is, no they do not. Most actors have played in at least one or more horrible movie(s) in their lives, but the more movies an actor plays in, the more people are proned to go see that movie. So fame is accounted for in the aspect of ticket sales to get your money and that’s about it. The directors and his crew of producers and writers and all the people involved in the making of a movie are the real stars, but are not recognized for their skills as much as the actors are. Actors do as they are told; they say what they are instructed to say, in the manner, of which the director wants then to say it. Their entire role is scripted and written in advance and they get as many opportunities, at the directors’ discretion, to get it right. At the end of the day, the decisions that the director makes is the determining factor of the outcome of his/her movie. The actors are a part of those decisions, as well as all aspects of the movie. A good movie can turn a brand new actor into a star, and make him/her famous, but a “good” or well-known actor cannot turn a bad movie into a good movie. However, there are many people that could not tell you the name of one director of a movie, but if you mention a particular actor they would recollect many titles of many movies. Really, but it is a learned process. Growing up as kids, watching movies and shows, we didn’t even think about who put all that together, didn’t care, why would we as kids? But we could recognize the actors on our favorite shows and put a face on our favorite characters, right?

My point is that actors are so very much overrated. They receive more praise than teachers, construction workers, members of our military, government officials, and any other profession that you can think of, and yet, they only do as they are instructed, which requires no thought process at all and no required skills. Actors make more money and live better lives than eighty to ninety percent of the world’s population. They experience more of what life has to offer than many of the more deserving people in the world. They are essentially above the law, because they can easily afford the legal representation required for basically whatever the crime. Not to mention, most lawyers would be honored to represent them. Give yourself a pat on the back, because you paid for it. We even have an actor as our current President. It does explain why companies use famous and well-known actors to endorse products that those actors would never utilize themselves, such as credit card companies, insurance companies, fast food restaurants, weight loss products, etc… So, how far can the fame of being seen on television really take a person? Most actors wouldn’t give you the time of day, but you praise them and would probably do anything for them if given the opportunity. “Shaking my head”

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Actors – Can Social Media Help You Get Cast?

Social media is literally changing the way projects are cast. All other things being equal, if three actors are up for a role on a big project, chances are the actor with a substantial following will nab the role. This means that if you’re a savvy actor, you’ll start building your social media empire BEFORE you’re up for a series regular.

If you’re like some of my clients, the thought of using social media for your acting career can be completely overwhelming. I’m here to tell you – don’t panic! Here are four simple steps you can use to get your social media mojo started, giving you a leg up on the competition!

1. Start Small

There are many social media platforms to choose from, but my advice is to start with one and get really good at it. If you’re already using Facebook anyway, why not start there? Do you love taking photos? Try Instagram! Maybe Twitter is more your speed. No need to overload yourself right away. You can always add another once you’ve got the first one down.

2. Create a Plan

This is where you can get creative! Keeping your actor brand in mind, think about some themes that you would like to post about regularly. For example, do you have a charity that you work with? Do you like to make people laugh? Are you a foodie? You can also repost or retweet other people’s content, and give them a shout-out. Of course, don’t forget to post your acting successes, too!

3. Make a Schedule

Once you have some daily themes in mind, it’s time to schedule your posts for the week. I recommend using a free app like Bufferapp.com or Hootsuite.com. I’ve found that scheduling daily posts ahead of time (for the week or the month) is much more efficient than trying to post every single day.

4. Be Social!

It’s called social media for a reason, so be sure to spend a little time every day responding to your likes, retweets, mentions, and other people’s posts. Reciprocation goes a long way, so keep the dialogue going with your peeps!

5. Watch the Clock

Be careful not to fall down the rabbit hole. Social media sites are made for you to kill time, so be mindful of how you’re spending yours. Fifteen minutes a day is all that’s needed to stay social.

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How To Get Filming Permits In Dubai

The Basics
If you plan to do a shoot in Dubai, you are required to get a shooting permit from the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC). The DFTC is a single point of contact and is responsible for contacting other government bodies including Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, the Roads and Transport Authority and location owners to secure all approvals before issuing a permit.

Government regulations require any party wanting to shoot in Dubai to get a shooting permit. This applies to shoots on public, government-operated and private property. Not anyone can apply for shooting permits – only companies licensed in the United Arab Emirates to obtain them. This means if you don’t fall into this category, you have to hire a UAE-licensed company to apply for the permit on your behalf.

Something to be aware of – some companies will not apply for permission for shoots unless one of their staff is on the job. The reason for this is the company applying for and securing the shooting permit will be held responsible if any regulatory or related issue arises during the shoot. Having someone on location reduces the chances of any problems

The DFTC aims to grant shooting permits within five working days of the application being submitted. For most shoots, the application is made on line. If a permit is going to take more than five working days to process, the DFTC will generally let the applying company know. Be aware of public holidays – these will add to the application processing time if they fall in the course of the five working days.

The five working days applies to non-scripted shoots. If you are shooting a film or TV series that has a script, you will need to get script approval and that can take up to 25 working days.

Fees
The cost of a filming permit depends on the type, location and duration of the shoot. All permission applications start with an application fee paid to the DFTC of 500 dirhams (about US $137). If the application is successful, the fees below apply for public locations. For private locations, the fee will range from no charge to a maximum charge of 25,000 dirhams (about US $6,850) per day.

Some examples of how private location charges vary: if you are shooting an interview and b-roll in your client’s Dubai office there will clearly be no location charge. If you want to shoot somewhere such as the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) or in one of Dubai’s malls, a location charge will generally be made and it will vary depending on what’s required. Private locations that charge permission fees may also make additional charges for security or cleaning or other services.

The company applying for and securing the permit may also charge a fee for handling the application. That charge will vary from company to company.

Standard Fees – Public Locations

Type of Shoot Fee Duration
Reality and magazine shows,
Lifestyle shows, formats 2,500 dhs (US $685) Up to 30 days

News, Current Affairs 2,500 dhs Up to 14 days

TV and online ads 2,500 dhs Up to 3 days

Corporate Videos 2,500 dhs Up to 7 days

Aerial shoots No fee Up to 7 days

What’s Required For The Application
The company you engage to handle your application will need the following details from you:

• Your company details: Company name, address, website address, phone number
• List of people who will be on the shoot and scans of their passports
• Details of the shoot: Who it’s for, the purpose of the shoot, the content of what will be shot

You will also need to provide a “No Objection Certificate” – a letter on your company letterhead confirming you would like the UAE-licensed company to apply for your permit and that your company does not object to the UAE-licensed company carrying out the shoot.

Once you provide the information above and the No Objection certificate, the UAE-licensed company will submit the application. Generally the permit will be delivered within five working days in line with DFTC’s policy.

The full terms and conditions that apply to Dubai filming permits are on the following website. It is best to read them (they’re not that long) before your shoot.

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