GUEST BLOG - Audition Taping: Go Pro or No?

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GUEST BLOG - Audition Taping: Go Pro or No?

As an actor in the southeast, in-person auditions are becoming a rarity (unless you do a lot of commercial work) and a self-tape is the new norm. You will receive a breakdown from your agent and be asked to turn around a fully-realized self-taped audition within 12-72 hours. This is a new skill many actors must learn. And you may ask yourself... Should I tape myself or find an audition taping service?

As a person who is simultaneously an actor as well as reader and coach for an Orlando audition taping service, Book From Tape, I may shoot myself in the foot a bit here because I've seen, first hand, many examples of people booking jobs from *ahem* "low quality" audition tapes. 2 actors are up for the same role... Actor 1 hired a crew to film him in an alley with a very realistic hijacking scene, while Actor 2 (the actor who booked it) was literally holding his own phone in selfie mode against a blank wall. I, myself, have propped a camera on a ladder and filmed an audition without a reader, just reacting to silence... and I booked it. 

This tells me that the casting director, director, and producers usually have enough lenience to forgive bad tapes and to be able to see the talent within. But, in my opinion, that's no excuse to consistently settle for bad tapes. Actor 2 was on location and couldn't access a taping service so he improvised and did the best with what he had, which was a phone and a wall. When I taped without a reader, I had exhausted my other options and chose to submit, regardless of taping quality.

In my 11 years in the Southeast acting scene and 4 years of directly taping and coaching actors, I'm convinced using a professional audition taping service will offer you the best chance of booking, and here are my top reasons why.

Audition Reader

Your reader is 50% of your heartbeat of your audition. A good reader can provide a character who makes strong choices and responds to you honestly; a good reader can tap into the beats and shifts of the scene, giving you something to work off of rather than steamrolling over everything you'd done up to that point; a good reader knows when to offer something versus keep their mouth shut and let you work. If 50% of your scene is your reader, why wouldn't you invest in someone who will give you the tools you need for a great audition?

Equipment Quality and Efficiency

If you're not prepared to invest a few thousand dollars in a great camera, microphone, backdrop, lighting, and a computer fast enough to edit video files, you can hire an audition taping service to use theirs for pennies on the dollar. More and more casting directors are settling for iPhone videos (which really bums me out) but, as good as the iPhone camera is getting, it will still never beat a professional setup operated by someone who knows how to use it. Taping on a phone should be reserved for emergency situations only.

Relationships

Each audition you do is not an isolated event of "oh boy, I hope I book this job." This is you flexing your acting muscle and showing your agent, the casting director, and a team of creative types that you are ready to put in the work and invest in your career for the long run. So, in the grand scheme, how do you think it reflects on the hardworking actor when they submit tape after tape but, each time, the lighting is bad, the colors are off, and the room is so echoey you can hardly hear their words?  Would you show up to a job interview with an impressive resume but handwritten on a legal pad?

What is your Goal?

The hard truth is, no matter how incredible your audition is, there are 100 reasons after you submit why you will or will not book it. And they are all out of your hands. Knowing that, what is your goal? If it is to submit for anything under the sun and trust that eventually something will land, then you may want to invest in your own setup and make sure your reader takes a few acting lessons. If your goal is to only submit to projects that will advance your career and you treat each audition as a stepping stone to reaching that higher level of work, an audition taping service is a tool that can immediately magnify your work and help you enter the competition at an elevated level.

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Jordan is an actor, reader, and coach in the Orlando area. As an actor, he has appeared on The Walking Dead, Homeland, and Nashville, to name a few. As a coach, he operates Book From Tape and has helped actors book on these same shows and many more. More info at BookFromTape.com.

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Steps to a Successful Talent Agency Interview

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Steps to a Successful Talent Agency Interview

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Steps To A Successful Talent Agency Interview

WHAT TO BRING TO AN AGENCY INTERVIEW.

HEADSHOTS - Make sure you have at LEAST two different headshots that show your character range and looks. Also, if you are being considered for their commercial and Theatrical division, make sure to have a headshot that reflects both. 

RESUME - Although the agent may print it out before your meeting, bring one just in case. You don't want to assume and have to ask them to print out something you should have had with you. Make sure both headshots and resume are up to date and accurately reflect your preferred roles and career trajectory. 

PORTFOLIO - If you are a model and meeting with an agency for their print or runway divisions, make sure you have your portfolio with a variety of looks. 

KNOW WHO YOU ARE

Have a clear vision of your acting style, your age range, and your type. It can help to have a few actors that you model yourself after to guide you in these decisions. Often, what we would like to pursue does not match how agents, casting directors, or audiences view us – be sure to ask others that know you and allow the agent to guide you in these decisions. Make sure to have a clear image of where you want your career to go – yes, everyone wants to be a leading actor – so be realistic in your aspirations. This doesn't happen overnight. Be prepared to discuss where you are RIGHT NOW and what you need to do to get you closer to your career goals. The talent agency will take you more seriously if you know yourself, your abilities and are prepared to put in the work necessary to achieve the career you want. 

KNOW YOUR HISTORY

If specific work or training on your resume is referenced, be prepared to answer detailed questions about the people you have worked with on set, in castings, or during training. Don’t be afraid to name names. Everyone in the industry is connected!  For this same reason, never talk down or badly about others in the industry. It ruins your professionalism and your chances of creating a large network that can help you propel your career. Look back on your history and be able to pinpoint recurring themes in your work like similar roles and age ranges that you got call backs for. This will help you flush out your perception of yourself as an actor and focus on what others have seen in you. It will also show the agent how different casting offices perceive your look.

KNOW WHAT TYPE OF REPRESENTATION YOU WANT

Do your research on the agency or agent you decide to reach out to and hopefully meet with. The marriage of Agent and Client is one of the defining relationships of your career. It's bi-directional, complex and based off of mutual respect, communication and faith. It only works if both sides are doing their part. Be sure to ask if you will be represented by one person or a team. If being represented by 1 agent is most important to you, be sure to meet with the agent who will be representing you. Oftentimes, it's not about the agency, but the agent. 

Having the knowledge of who you are and what you want as a professional artist will make it easier for parties to know if they will be a good fit at the interview. By bringing that definition of yourself, you are helping the agent assess if they 'get' you as an artist. The right agent for you will have the skills and knowledge to represent you in a style that is mutually beneficial. Not every artist wants the same career and not every artist wants the same style of representation. This should be a MAJOR consideration when looking into and meeting with an agency/agent. 

MEET THEM HALF WAY

So, the interview went well, and you've just signed with your new talent agency! GREAT! You said all the right things and now it's time to act on them. Show your agent that you mean business and are willing to go the distance. Always look to improve your craft through classes and acquiring new skills. It is imperative that you stay current and up-to-date with all industry standard materials. Demonstrate your communication skills and let them know that you will be sure to notify them of book-out dates and new updates as they relate to your career. Trust your agent and their guidance. Keeping your headshots, resume, and online profiles current is imperative and required for your agent to represent you. Agents LOVE to market their clients. They love it even more when they constantly have new, strong materials to work with! You will love getting the work from it! 

YOU ARE A TEAM

Always remember that you and your agent are a team! Build and solidify that relationship. Work together to grow and become a strong and successful team together. You are an investment to your agent. They only get paid when you book. Your relationship is a full circle and cannot work if one of you no longer sees the vision you created together. Like any relationship, it takes constant work, effort and communication. Work hard and enjoy your new relationship! 

Written by: Andrea Guedes 

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TALENT TUESDAY!

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TALENT TUESDAY!

It's TALENT TUESDAY and our boy, Will Blagrove, deserves a big shoutout! Will recently booked an animated series, national commercial, guest starring role on a hit series for NBC and is heading back to recur on Quantico! Did I mention this was just last week? Keep up the great work, Will! We are so proud of you!

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH - HANNAH MALONE

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH - HANNAH MALONE

16 year old, Hannah Malone, has been going strong in this industry for most of her life. This year, turning out to be the busiest year of all! Hannah took a little break to sit down with us and explains what it's been like growing up in the industry and offers advice to other young, aspiring actors. 

Novy Talent Group: Hi Hannah! Let's see, I first started representing you when you were 8 years old! You are 16 now and growing into such a beautiful young woman. When did you first get started in the industry? Do you remember your first project?

Hannah Malone: When I was 8 years old, I was obsessed with the young girls store “Justice” and received a catalog in the mail one day. While browsing through, I looked over to my mom and said, “I want to be in this magazine one day!” That is how it all started! We began researching, attending acting/modeling schools, getting headshots taken, participating in weekly live performance classes along with monthly shows, etc. Then one day a friend of ours, Eric, found out that I was trying to get into the industry and invited me to his office, SunSpots Productions, to record my first demo real. That lead me into the world of Voice Over! I don’t remember my first job, but it was definitely a radio commercial!

NTG: You used to do a lot of pageants as well. What did you start first? Did one really help you succeed in the other?

HM: Two very close family friends, Janae and Sydney, had convinced me to try a pageant with them. Funny, this was also when I was 8 years old. I started acting/modeling and pageants at roughly the same time, They both helped me succeed in the other. Pageantry taught me how to comfortably communicate with adults. I learned to perform in front of large crowds and most of all I grew very confident in myself. I took all of these tools and applied them to my profession, which lead me to fall into the industry with ease. 

NTG: You are so goal driven! At 11 years old, you set a goal for yourself in my office to one day be on your favorite show, The Vampire Diaries. Now, at 16 years old, you are doing this interview with us on your break from working on that very show! What was it like when you found out you booked your dream job and how has it been on set (without any spoilers)?

HM: Well, I was ecstatic when I found out that I got the audition to begin with! My older brother had gotten 8 auditions for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals recently, and I have been waiting for a role to come through in hopes of getting my time to get the opportunity. After the initial audition, you contacted be about being asked to send in some additional material from casting. That got my excitement going again. Since it all seemed to be moving so quickly, when we didn’t hear anything for a few days, I was convinced I didn’t book it. Then, my phone rang with you excitingly giving me the news of booking my dream job! It didn’t fully set in until my first day on set for my fitting. I absolutely love the show (#TeamDamon) and it was this series that sparked my passion for film and television. Being a fan of the show, experiencing The Vampire Diaries set, the amazing crew…all of it has been the ride of a lifetime and I have loved every second of it! Especially seeing how it all comes together from behind the scenes. I recognize so many sets from the show, all of the actors are so sweet and personable, the food has been extremely delicious, I could go on for hours about it! I’m trying not to get spoiled but I think it’s too late! 

NTG: How was it meeting the cast? Any one really stand out to you that was exciting to meet and work with? 

HM: My Co-star, Sydney, and I clicked from the start! Working side by side with new friends is one of the things I love most about this job.

NTG: Do you get nervous? How do you calm your nerves before performing?

HM: I was extremely nervous to even set foot on that set! Ha-Ha! All I could do was be as prepared as possible by making sure all of my lines were memorized and my head was in the game. You can never be fully prepared for something until you've experienced it. The funny thing though, every day that I was on set my nerves gradually diminished. 

NTG: Now that you reached this goal, have you set a new one? 

HM: Oh yes!! I have been absolutely enthralled by the new Netflix original “Stranger Things”! I binged watched the first season in 2 days!! Ha-Ha! That is my next goal. 

NTG: You recently were out in Los Angeles shooting the film, “Howard High”. Even more exciting, Netflix has picked it up to turn it into a new series! How has this experience been? Can you tell us about the series or is it top secret? ;)

HM: This film has been a huge learning experience for me. If I hadn’t been a part of this amazing opportunity, I would not have been anywhere near as mentally prepared for The Vampire Diaries as I was.“Howard High” was one of my favorite sets that I’ve been on. I created lifetime relationships and memories that I will never forget. This role was like no other, I had never played a character like Molly before and thoroughly enjoyed getting to play someone that was so different than myself. Howard High is a musical full of dancing and plot twists and turns so stay tuned! 

NTG: You mentioned your character, Molly, was so different than any roles you’ve played before. What was the process like becoming her?

HM: Molly is darker and more mysterious than one I've ever played. It has been a thrill to indulge in and become her. I feel like I’ve really expanded my range and even discovered a new vulnerability in becoming her. I owe this role to my older brother, Austin, for his amazing guidance and coaching to help better understand and prepare for this character. Without him, I would not be where I am! 

NTG: You’ve been in this industry most of your life. How do you balance this and having a normal life as a 16 year old? Do you ever feel like you are missing out on “normal kid stuff”?

HM: Surprisingly enough, I never wanted to live a “normal kid life”. I’ve always had big aspirations, dreams and lifetime achievements that couldn’t be met if I lived a “normal life”. This crazy life of my is normal to me. Of course every kid feels like they're missing out on something at some point in life, but over all I wouldn’t change a thing about my life!

NTG: What is your favorite part of this industry?

HM: The fact that every job is a different. There’s a new set with new people n new places and I get to create relationships with people from all over the country! One experience is always different from the last. This industry never has a dull moment! I love traveling, so what’s better than a job that’s always on to the next place? 

NTG: You are also a singer! Music seems to big a big part of your family. How does music and singing affect your life? 

HM: Music is indeed a big part of my life and singing is a passion I've had for as long as i can remember. Sometimes, I don’t even realize I’m singing! In fact, my family gets on me quite often for singing too much! Ha-Ha! My oldest brother, Daniel, is a guitarist/bass player. My older brother, Austin, is a singer, producer, songwriter and dancer.  I am a singer, dancer and songwriter as well. Music is intertwined into my family! Austin and I are always working together and we actually wrote an original song called “Bittersweet” that his band CNMA produced. Music is a universal language that can communicate and impact people in ways that words alone cannot. Music not only impacts me in a positive light, but it makes me want to impact others in that very same way.

NTG: Speaking of singing! You recently sang a song for the soundtrack for the Hallmark movie Will to Love. You even got to shoot a music video for it. How was that? Is it similar to being on a film/tv set or different? 

HM: This is where preparedness meets opportunity! I was actually in LA shooting as the love interest in another music video when i got a call to fill in for a singer who had lost her voice. I recorded the song that night and shot the music video the next morning! It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before and happened with the snap of a finger! 

NTG: You are so busy with your acting and singing. Do you have any other hobbies that you like to do on your free time? 

HM: I am an extreme book nerd! You can find me reading a novel, sometimes more than one, at the same time! I love spoiling my dogs, Perry and Olivia, sketching and spending time with my loved ones. 

NTG: If you could meet/work with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be? Why? 

HM: Angelina Jolie would be my pick! I look up to her not only as an actor but as a person. I love that she has adopted children along with having her own. I plan to do the same thing one day with my family. She isn’t just a phenomenal actor, but director as well! I hope to one day direct also. I would work side-by-side with and learn from her one day in the future. 

NTG: What/Who inspires you?

HM: My mom is my main inspiration. Without such an amazing, strong woman in my life, I wouldn’t be the person I am today nor would I be at the place I am in my career. Along with my dad, who has always been supportive of all that I do. 

NTG: Again, you’ve grown up in this industry. What advice would you give other kids or teens that are looking to act professionally? How do you stay grounded?   

HM: I recommend to any aspiring actor to work behind the camera! Understanding the way a crew works and how hard their job truly is, really gives you insight and appreciation on how much it takes to make a set run. Another tip is to never give up. I’ve been in the industry for almost 9 years now and you just have to learn to let things roll off when it doesn’t go the way you were hoping. Instead, stay determined and don’t let anything teeter you. I have felt like quitting this industry more times than I can count, but I stuck it out and that is why I am where I am. Always expect the worst but hope for the best! This mindset is what keeps me going. 

NTG: What do you think is the most important key in the longevity and success of your career?

HM: Always keep learning, always keep growing and if you ever think you know everything, that is when you have truly failed. Stay humble and if you never quit, you will win! 

NTG: Lastly, if people want to follow and keep up with all your upcoming projects, what is the best way for them do that?

HM: Yes, they can follow me on my social media! Instagram: Hannahgrac3 and Twitter: Hannahgrac3_99

NTG: Hannah, it’s been such a joy being on this journey with you for so many years. I’ve loved watching you grow and reach the goals you set for yourself. I can’t wait to see what’s next! Thank you for sitting down with us and allowing others to get a glimpse of your journey! Love you, kid!

HM: It was my pleasure! I hope this helps inspire others and helps keep others determined! I love you and appreciate you so much, there isn’t a way i’d be here if it wasn’t for you! #TeamNovy

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH - MYKE HERLIHY

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH - MYKE HERLIHY

This month we sat down with comedian, Myke Herlihy. As always, we had a lot of laughs and we were able to learn more about what got him in to comedy and his life on the road. 

Originally from Manchester, CT. Myke Herlihy is one of the most lovable jerks you’ll ever meet! After spending thirteen years behind bars (serving drinks, not time), Myke now takes his bartender's wit to the stage. Whether he's discussing his failed relationships, ranting about the trials and tribulations of being an unplanned father, or reminiscing over the insanity that was his childhood, Myke always manages to find the light at the end of the tunnel. 

His ability to find the funny in any situation has made him a favorite in venues throughout the country.

Novy Talent Group: What was it like growing up for you? Were you the class clown?

Myke Herlihy: I was never the class clown. I always envied the class clown, but I was a pretty shy kid. Kinda quiet. Beware of the quiet ones, but be nice to them, they always turn out to be serial killers or comedians, and those are two types of people you don't want to end up on the bad side of.

NTG: What made you want to get into the glamorous life of comedy?

MH: I get a lot of my sense of humor from my father. I remember when I was a kid, sometimes he would rent a VCR and let us pick out a few tapes. He would always get a movie for himself, and a lot of times I would end up watching what he picked out with him.  I was 7 yrs old and watching John Belushi in The Blues Brothers, and Animal House, watching my dad laugh so hard tears would come down his face. I didn't know why he was laughing, but I'd laugh to. I was 7, I had no idea what I was watching. I just knew it made my dad laugh, and I thought that was amazing. One time he rented a stand-up special featuring Gallagher. Once again, I didn't understand any of the jokes, but to see a guy smashing fruit with an over-sized mallet and making my father laugh? Sign me up!! By the way, in my father's world: Gallagher smashing fruit = Funny! / Me smashing fruit my father had bought with his hard earned money = The Belt.

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Mike Herlihy and Gallagher

NTG: How did your first show go?

MH: Terrible! My first show ever was a paid gig for a men's club in a retirement community. I had never even done an open mic! I was 19 yrs old, doing community theater, and in the Bio section of the playbill I had put "Hopes to pursue a career in stand-up comedy". Well, some guy in his 60's read my bio and offered me a show. Not knowing any better, I took it. I borrowed a shark-skin suit from the theater wardrobe dept, and showed up at the "gig". No stage. No Mic. No women.  I was "Performing" on a dance floor surrounded by guys my grandfathers age and I was doing jokes about "Nintendo" and "Beepers". Ya know, EXACTLY the type of material that crowd would be into. I did 20 minutes to no laughs, the guy who booked me handed me $40 and showed me the door. I'm pretty sure they kicked him out of the community for hiring me. I probably did way worse than what I'm telling you here, but since everybody else who witnessed it is dead by now, you'll have to take my word for it.

NTG: How long have you been doing standup? 

MH: That gig was in 1996. But I wouldn't consider that my starting point. It was a lesson. In 1999 I moved to Orlando and did a few open mics. I was terrible. I gave up and didn't try again until 2005. I went full-time in 2010.

NTG: Is it hard to come up with new material? 

MH: It’s not hard to come up with new material. It's hard to come up with good material. Even though I'm working most weekends, I still spend the rest of the week going to open mics, trying out new material, bombing, re-working it, bombing again. There's guys in the business who have been doing the same 45 minutes for 20 yrs. Then there's other guys who have new, killer, material every time you see them. I'd love to be the latter, but it's definitely the tougher path.

NTG: A lot of your material is based on your life experiences. Are their certain aspects of your life that you choose to keep off the stage?

MH: There’s some parts of my life I don't talk about, not that I'm not open to it, but because I have to find the humor in it before I expect the audience to. There's an old saying by Mark Twain "Humor is tragedy plus time". I think some of my tragedies just need to ferment a bit longer.

NTG: You are so well connected in the Orlando comedy scene, often helping fellow comedians get started. What advice do you usually have for them starting out?

MH: Best advice I can give anyone interested in becoming a comic is... "Don't!". Partly for the humor of it, but partly because if me, a guy you just met, a NOBODY in the grand scheme of things, telling you "Don't" is enough to keep you off the stage? You weren't going to make it very far in this business. Get used to rejection. When newer guys ask me "How long until I start making money with my comedy?" I tell them "If I told you right now, you'll never make a dollar doing stand up, would you still do it?" If they say "No!" I tell them to "Quit now." If they say "Yes!" I say "You may have a shot!". That's the type of mentality you have to have. Also, if you do make this your business, be ready to hustle! We may joke that we only work an hour a night, but truthfully its a 24/7 gig. What we do onstage is the fun part! The rest of the time? You're e-mailing and calling bookers, booking travel, working on new material, keeping your social media current, and still trying to find the time to be a decent father and awesome alcoholic.

NTG: What has been your favorite show so far? Why?

MH: Love when I get booked to work with great comics who are also great friends. Ken Miller, Kevin White, Charlie Bowie, James Yon, Carmen Vallone, Dustin Diamond. The road can be a boring place if you don't have some awesome people to travel it with.

NTG: Have you ever had a crazy encounter with an audience member?

MH: Yes, but due to the pending trial I can't discuss the specifics. Needles to say, I'm confident that said audience member and myself will be found "Not guilty" of all allegations. Besides, what kind of cop leaves the keys in the ignition?

NTG: What’s you favorite way of dealing with hecklers? 

MH: I rarely get hecklers, my comedy is pretty self-deprecating, so I think most would-be hecklers feel like "What can I say to this guy that he hasn't already said about himself?". On the occasions I have been heckled, I usually try to turn them into a friend. Most hecklers are just people who want attention, like noisy kids, they'd prefer good attention, but they'll take bad. I'll give them a moment or two if it helps the show. I've never had to kick anyone out of a show, but if it got so bad they were ruining the experience for the rest of the audience... I would.

NTG: Who are your comedic influences? 

MH: So many. Believe it or not, I'm a huge fan of the old school guys.. George Burns, Don Rickles, Mel Brooks, Jackie Mason. Amazing joke tellers. I read everything I can find about those guys, but comedy was a very different game back then. Nowadays it's more personal. Observational. I'd say my biggest influences are Tom Rhodes and Bill Burr. Bill Burr is a name everyone knows, Tom Rhodes is a name everyone should know.

NTG: Do you get the whole, “Tell me a joke” comment every time someone finds out you are a comedian? I bet that’s fun for you. 

MH: Yup. I usually just offer them tickets for a show, or tell them to check out the videos on my website. mykeherlihy.com by the way.

NTG: Can you tell me a joke? ;) 

MH: [laughs] Yup. Here are a few tickets for my next show, or you can check out the videos on my website. mykeherlihy.com.

NTG: Anything exciting coming up?

MH: Woohooo. Just came back from a two week engagement at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Next week I head out to perform at The Potowatami Casino in Milwaukee, then 6 shows at The Wisconsin State fair. I'm on the stage between the guy demoing The Slap Chop and the guy selling cheese-balls.

NTG: Is there a venue you are dying to perform at?

MH: Didn’t you just hear me? Wisconsin. State. Fair! 

NTG: We booked you as a hypnotist for a New Year’s party, and you definitely didn’t disappoint! After the volunteers came up, you narrowed it down to only a few people. How do you determine if someone is a good candidate for hypnosis? 

MH: [Laughs] Yes! All mysticism aside, hypnosis is just a form of relaxation. Anyone who is willing to can be hypnotized. I talk about it a bit in the show, but we all go through some form of mild hypnosis on a daily basis. I think television and movies have given people the wrong impression of what hypnotism truly is, but that's also what has added to the intrigue.

NTG: [Jokingly] Do you use hypnosis on your kids?  

MH: I wish. I find bribes work much better.

NTG: I’ve seen many of your shows and, without bias, I can say you are one of the funniest comedians I’ve seen. What’s the best way for people to find out where you are performing next so they can get in on all the fun?

MH: ONE of the funniest? I remember when I was THE funniest. Then I introduced you to Ken Miller, and now I'm ONE of the funniest? Just call me "The Second Funniest"...It's less damaging to my ego! If anyone wants to catch a show, my schedule is on my website mykeherlihy.com. Also, thanks to my amazing agent I'll be portraying "Store Clerk" in an upcoming Florida Lottery commercial. We've been getting a lot of festival buzz on it. Pretty sure I'm up for an Oscar. [laughs]

NTG: I mean…Ken IS pretty funny, and Charlie has funny wine material, and Kevin has his “facking” jokes… ;) 

NTG: Lastly, and I know this is one of your biggest struggles… how do you fight off all the ladies? 

MH: Any attraction disappears when I tell them I drive a Purple 2002 PT Cruiser.... Jokes on them though, It's a 2003.

FOLLOW MYKE:

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To book Myke Herlihy, contact Melanie Novy at melanie@novytalentgroup.com. 

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH - SALEM MURPHY

Salem recently relocated to New York from Orlando FL, she is happily married to her husband of 30 years with two wonderful children. She was born and raised on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad to Syrian parents.   Being born in the Islands has its perks, namely, being immersed in her Arabic culture, as well as many different cultures and peoples.  She credits her appreciation for music, art, languages, and culture to growing up in this culturally rich environment, which she feels gave her a keen sense of sensitivity to life and people.  All of these have molded her into who she is today, and she will be the first to tell you how much she treasures being in such a varying and colorful environment through childhood. 

After moving to the US, she got her first taste for the arts playing violin, singing and theatre which was the best way to transition into the new country she would call home. She took a break from it to attend college where she earned her business degree; however, the arts were never too far from her mind.  She quickly realized it was more than a way to get assimilated into a culture and find her place in America.  She grew to understand the power film and television have to affect change on a wide scale. 

 She enjoys acting in film and television, producing and writing.  She will be the first to tell you that you can take the girl out of the island, but you can’t take the island out of the girl.  And with that island take on life, she continues to enjoy navigating life, family, and her career bringing the same openness, excitement, and acuteness to her world as from childhood.  

Novy Talent Group: You are currently in the process of moving from Florida to New York! What made you want to relocate? 

Salem Murphy: Well, truth be told is my husband, Steve’s transfer to Newark. I’ve always wanted to experience New York, so we are both benefiting.

NTG: Your commercial booking ratio is INCREDIBLE. Do you have any pointers on the commercial audition process?

SM: I enjoy auditioning! Best point is to relax and enjoy it regardless of the outcome!

NTG: When did you start acting?

SM: I started out singing and acting in high school plays and enjoyed the creative outlet it gave me.

NTG: What was your favorite role you’ve played?

SM: Zahara on CBS’s pilot “Reckless”

NTG: What is the hardest thing you’ve had to do or learn to prepare for a role?

SM:  The hardest thing was learning to use a gun. It was for a commercial for the government after 9/11.

NTG: Who would you most want to work with, alive or dead? 

SM: Cary Grant, Gary Sinise, or Katharine Hepburn.

NTG: What is the hardest role you’ve done? What did you learn from it?

SM: That again would be Zahara. I learned what it takes to loose myself for the sake of the character.

NTG: What was your first professional project? 

SM: A training video for Suntrust Bank.

NTG: How do you deal with rejection? 

SM: Feel the disappointment for a minute, avoid second guessing and focus on the next one! And sometimes have ice cream.

NTG: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure TV show or movie? 

SM: Binger on “Sex and the City.”

NTG: What have you found to be the most important to the survival and longevity of your career?

SM: Fill myself up with other outlets and be around good people.

NTG: You are currently working on a passion project with a very strong message regarding an issue that our world is really struggling with. Can you tell us a little about that?  

SM: Of course...it is based on my experiences and observations after 9/11 as an Arab American and my surprise at how little people know about who the Arab people and culture are and also the effects of unhealed trauma.  It was amazing to me how easy it becomes for society to ostracize a group of people, judge, generalize, and not think twice about the pain we are inflicting in its wake.   It started out as a documentary and has been recreated as a short film. 

NTG: What do you hope to accomplish with it? The message you want people to understand? 

SM: All people are worthy of identity, and honor.  These traits we offer take away nothing from us and can be the difference to how another reacts to their world or how they themselves grow. It can be difference between creative choices or destructive ones in our world especially for children growing up in on-going trauma and war.  Nothing is born in a vacuum, neither hate nor love. We cannot as a society pretend to wash our hands of our responsibility of all the outcomes we see unfolding in this world.  

NTG: You're going to be submitting this for some of the world's top festivals. When will you know if your film gets chosen?  

SM: My goal is to submit to as many film festivals as I can. Cannes, Sundance and World Peace festivals are among them.   When I'm accepted, I'll announce on social media.  I also would like to play it at the one-year anniversary of the Orlando shooting because our last day of filming was the day it happened.  

NTG: When can we watch it? 

SM: I will announce that as soon as we can!

NTG: We shall wait with baited breath! Do you have any other projects coming up that people can catch you on?

SM: Yes! I will be appearing in the highly anticipated Netflix series, “Stranger Things”, which is being released on September 8th! 

NTG: Salem, thank you for taking the time. We can't wait to see all you will accomplish in New York!  

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AGENT TIP OF THE WEEK

Are you keeping busy during the off season? Making sure you keep your skills current, fresh and up to date with the trends will keep you alive in this extremely competitive industry. If you don't work to keep yourself marketable, you will quickly become irrelevant. Don't sell yourself short! 

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