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.

Mike Herlihy and Gallagher

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.

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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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:: BOOKED ::

Tino just got cast in an episode of Law & Order: SVU. Shoots this week in New York. Catch him on the season premiere airing September 21st at 9:00pm on NBC! Way to go, Tino! 

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AGENT TIP OF THE WEEK

Having the proper materials to show your abilities is a REQUIREMENT! Make sure you have everything you need for your agent to bring you as many opportunities as possible! 

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH - TIM POWELL

Living in Los Angeles, CA, Tim serves on the SAG Conservatory Steering Committee, teaches their Acting and VO workshops at the American Film Institute, and is an active member of the TV Academy. He has built a professional acting resume in Theatre, Film, TV, and VO, that spans 3 decades. From Shakespeare, Moliere, and Oscar Wilde at TN Repertory in Nashville and the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, FL, to on-camera work throughout much of the east coast; landing speaking roles in 30+ Films (Pregnancy Pact, Recount, Bad Boys II, Sunshine State, Holy Man) and Dozens of Television shows (Rake, Criminal Minds, Ray Donovan, One Tree Hill, Scandal, Revenge, Nashville).

It's no surprise why Tim was chosen to be our Artist of the Month. We caught him during a break on set to get the inside scoop on his years of success as an actor. 

Novy Talent Group: When did you start acting professionally?

Tim Powell: After Grad School at Ole Miss, I worked for Playboy’s Marketing Division called College Marketing Research (CMR). We did spring break promotions for fortune 500 companies in Beach Resorts all over the US. Between markets, I was in Alabama visiting my family and friends and someone asked me if I was auditioning for a movie that was shooting in Huntsville, AL called “What Waits Below”, Directed by Don Sharp. I took a shot, auditioned and booked the role of Jim White. I was eaten by a giant Lizard. I took the money from that role, bought my SAG Card and moved to Nashville.

NTG: I don’t think there is a person on this planet that doesn’t like you. Everyone who knows you, has an incredible story about you and something you did or said that encouraged or inspired them. Has there been someone who inspired a pivotal moment in your career?

TP: Really?? That’s nice to hear! There are so many. In college, I was always 2nd to that guy who always booked the leads. He was Hamlet, I was Polonious. He was Macbeth, I was MacDuff, etc…My College Theatre director, Jim Davis, was the one who, when I marched into his office and demanded to know when it would be MY TURN to play the lead in something said, “Never. You’re a Character actor, but you will always work.” If you look under the flower urn on Jim’s grave, you’ll find a stack of my old SAG Cards. I try to drop one off whenever I go home to visit. 

Tom Hanks, who directed me in From the Earth to the Moon,  told me “You can do no wrong in this room.”

Lou Gosset Jr., who taught me early on how to keep powerful emotions “on the back burner” between takes, like you’re “simmering a pot of sadness. When you need it, you just reach in and turn it up.” 

Over the years they all add up. There have been bits and pieces of encouragement and advice from so many great actors and directors. As recently as five years ago, Sam Christensen quite literally changed everything for me with his process that taught me how to know what it is that I bring into the room, and how I am perceived by other people. Sam’s process helped me get my work more directly on track and eliminated a lot of my misconceptions. With Sam’s help, I can know exactly how to just “be myself” as other people see me.

NTG: Last year, you starred in the one man show, Man’s Dominion. The play did so well in Los Angeles that it turned into a cross country tour. I had the pleasure of seeing it when you came to Orlando. How was this experience for you?

TP: Doing a solo show is like skydiving. There is no safety net. It is absolutely critical that you are aware at all times, and that you are entirely self-dependent on the execution. I knew going in that it was going to be the hardest thing I had ever attempted. It can be richly rewarding and powerful; it's like walking a tight-wire. Live theatre is so immediate, so instantly rewarding. No two audiences are the same.

Man’s Dominion is large and powerful and simple and intimate all at the same time. Doing 19 monologues and 10 different characters (sometimes 9 or 11) in an hour with no breaks, makes 3 minutes in an audition feel like a simple exercise in existence. It has been one of the most profound experiences in my life. As an actor, the gift of David Castro’s amazing writing, and the direction of Dennis Neal and John Coppola, have helped me craft an amazing theatrical experience for the audience AND myself.

NTG: What was your process becoming all these characters? You transitioned into each so seamlessly. 

TP: Ultimately, it comes down to a physical awareness of each of the characters. You have to know what it feels like being in their skin. “I am this person living this life.” I was blessed to have all this input from so many people: David Castro, Dennis Neal, my line coaches, Rebecca O’Brien and especially Karen Lew. They all helped me drill down into these very deep motivational and personal experiences of each of these beings I inhabit for a while. I also worked with a great dialect coach, Pamela Vanderway, and a great movement coach, Anastasia Coon. It upped a notch or two with the input of John Coppola at Studio C Artists when he stepped in and directed the latest version. John helped me anchor each character with specific physical actions that subconsciously lead the audience into instinctively knowing who’s “there” before I even begin speaking. Repetition helps immensely, as you can imagine.

NTG: Man’s Dominion was a heavy, intense story with a powerful message. I remembered you telling the audience after your show in Orlando that it changed you. Can you explain how?

TP: In so many ways. I became aware of so many things about the treatment of Elephants that I was unaware of before. I learned self reliance in a whole new way. Not based on self-doubt, but on ownership of my own abilities and trusting those on the outside to keep my “shit” straight. I had to surround myself with people whose word I could trust, even if it hurt, so I could get it right. I had to eliminate the uncertainty in my own work that would adversely affect my performance if I was unsure of anything. For maybe the first time in a 30+ year career, I am confident that I belong here. I’m sure I am meant to do this work. I have an obligation to tell this story to the best of my ability. I’m not messing around here. This is what I do. There’s no time to waste comparing myself to others on a similar career track and despairing that I’m “not good enough” or that I’m going to get “called out” or “caught” because I’m “not supposed to be here, really.” I’ve had enough good feedback from people I trust to know that the work is solid. It's a good place to be. Walking that fine line between confidence and cockiness, all the while carefully avoiding the trap of narcissism. I reached a place where I can say, without being self indulgent, that “yeah, maybe I am good at this.” I always leave the stage or the set thinking, "I could have been better...I could have had a better performance", but I accept the fact that sometimes things unfold organically. Sometimes, something that goes “wrong” isn’t a mistake, but rather a “happy accident” that helps tell the story in a newer, even better way. 

NTG: You recently booked a recurring guest star role on the series Mercy Street, Executive Produced by Ridley Scott for PBS. Critics are raving about it saying it is the next “Downton Abby.” In fact, you are on set right now! How’s the experience been so far? 

TP: OMG. This is probably one of the single most profound acting experiences I’ve had so far. This is a RADICAL departure from the kind of characters I’ve played my entire life. I get to work with the most amazing cast: Josh Radnor, McKinley Belcher III, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Patina Miller, Leo Butz, Scotty Caldwell ! Holy Cow! It's an actor’s dream job. Great direction by Steven Cragg, and in this last episode by Laura Innes, someone I’ve dreamed about working with since she was on ER, it's just been wonderful.

I’m holding my own. Everyone at every station is kind and honest and treats me as an equal. There’s a great camaraderie among this cast. Everyone knows that this show is something really special. It's ground-breaking and profound. I am blessed to be a part of it, to have a casting director who appreciated my work and resume enough to push me for it, and an agent, Melanie Novy, who believes in me and loves me unconditionally and fights for me daily.

This week I was asked to do an on-camera Interview with PBS for “Behind the Scenes” footage for the show. I was so honored, I probably babbled on like an idiot about how much it means to me to be part of such an amazing story-telling experience.

NTG: As you mentioned, your character, Mutt Murphy, is a new type of character for you! Obviously you can’t spill the beans on ‘ol Murph, but how has it been getting to play a character so different than the types you are typically cast for?

TP: I can say this: I usually play an authority figure. I’m recurring as the Chief of Detectives on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I’m the Chief of Police on Ray Donovan. I was a sit-room General in 13 Hours. A Sit-room 4-star head of Special Forces on Scandal. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Southampton Medical Center on Revenge. You get the idea... Mutt Murphy is a low-life Teamster and very racist asshole.

On the call sheet describing my first scene on my first day, it read “Mutt Murphy is a Jerk” in the description. Yeah, “departure” from my usual work is an understatement. I had some problems embracing this guy. Not judging him. Fighting against soft-pedaling him to avoid “hurting anyone’s feelings." Luckily, my “white guilt” was assuaged by some colleagues in an Actors Mastermind Group I belong to in LA. Especially my black friends, who pointed out that Mutt needed to be as callous and cruel in his demeanor as people actually were at the time. Mutt drops the “n-word bomb” every other sentence. It's a truth-be-told kind of experience, and if I soften it, or worry about being “offensive” or “politically correct”, it lessons the impact. This guy has had his world-view upended by emancipation. it's important to show him loosing his grip on the social order as he sees it.

NTG: The cast for Mercy Street is getting a lot of praise. How has it been working with everyone? Any fun stories? 

TP: I kind of alluded to this earlier, but for me, nothing makes me feel more at home than when an actor, who’s name you know and who’s work amazes you, walks over, extends their hand and introduces themselves and welcomes you aboard. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, McKinley Belcher, Patina Miller, Josh Radnor, Leo Butz - each of them did exactly that almost right away. Scotty Caldwell and I had met earlier on a Film called "Like Dandelion Dust" so we played that “where have we met” game for about 15 minutes. She’s an amazingly calm and an incredibly talented actor. Extremely confident and powerful. 

Without revealing too much, I can say that the time comes when Mutt gets put in his place and finds his racial fortunes suddenly reversed. There was a lot of joking about it from Patina and Scotty between takes. I wish there were more “fun stories” but the schedule is so tight and so packed that it's been non-stop work! The only things I could tell would reveal too much about what happens. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. ;-) I can say that driving a wagon is a great deal of fun. Additionally, the stunt work (that I can’t discuss) was super cool and messy and kicked my ass after doing it so many times in a row… and yes, I have my own stunt double. That’s cool.

NTG: When can viewers watch you on Mercy Street?

TP: Season Two is scheduled for release in early 2017.

NTG: What has been your favorite project/role?

TP: The current one is great. I really enjoyed working on Ray Donovan. It's an amazing cast, incredible crew, brilliant writing. Sharing the screen with Ian McShane and Katie Holmes was a dream-like kinda thing…

NTG: Is there a series or actor/actress that you are dying to book/work with?

TP: There are so many. I came really close to working with Bryan Cranston recently (I was on “hold” for a couple of weeks for his LBJ movie). Didn't happen. I’d love to work with David Tennant, Krysten Ritter, J.K. Simmons, Sarah Paulson, Tom Hanks, Felicity Huffman amazes me. I could go on…

NTG: What has been essential for your career and success?

TP: I have to remind myself that it's never personal and ultimately it's a marathon, not a sprint. If you show up and do the work and give it your best, you can walk away with or without booking the job and feel pretty good about it either way. 

Ultimately the lives we touch, the relationships we develop, mean more than the ephemeral work we pursue. Staying in line helps. We are personally responsible for our careers, not our reps. We have to do the heavy lifting.

NTG: Over the course of your career, you’ve had many agents. Do you find it works better with multiple agencies representing you or being represented exclusively?

TP: It's been a long career of experimentation. I feel like it's best to have someone who has the connections where the work is. There has to be mutual respect. 

I recently had a manager drop me after THREE WEEKS because I was not getting 10-15 auditions in a week. He concluded that “no one wanted to see me” and that I should find someone else. I think maybe his perspective on reality has shifted. I didn't even notice that they let me go. I’ve fired a few reps, I’ve parted ways amicably with some, not so amicably with others. 

Over the last few years, remote casting has become much more of a viable way to work. I feel very well represented by my current agent, Melanie Novy, she knows not to waste my time on trivial work and she pitches me hard for bigger jobs. She “gets” me. I like that. It means the world to me.

NTG: What is your favorite thing about being an actor?

TP: Nothing makes me feel more alive than existing “in the moment” when I’m working. When it’s good, it's better than sex. or flying, or probably skydiving. The “high” I get from a good performance, or a great day of shooting, is the best there is. Not much else comes close.

NTG: Any advice for fellow actors?

TP: Take the time to find out what it is that people see when they encounter you. Know what it is that you bring into a room.

Learn how to describe it. 

Remember the adage “It's a marathon, not a sprint.” 

Stay in line and do the work. If you do the work, the notice will come. 

Build relationships. 

Learn your lines. Develop a technique for doing it. When you’re a series regular, that’s what you’ll be doing 90% of the time. 

Learn the power of saying “no.” 

I used to worry about what people think of me until I realized they don’t. 

You ARE supposed to be here. It isn’t some kind of “lucky break” or a “fluke.” 

This work is hard for a reason. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it. 

Wear comfortable shoes. 

When you feel despondent, take a walk, drink water, sleep more, eat something.

NTG: Or call us so we can remind you how amazing you are! :) Thanks, Tim, for being YOU! Keep up the great work! We look forward to seeing what's next for you!

*All photos have been approved to post by the Mercy Street PBS production team. 

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