Email Lists

There are many actor e-mail lists that you can sign up for, which are sent out daily, weekly or monthly. These lists often include a wide range of useful information from inside scoop on a casting notice, to headshot discounts, to career advice. The following email lists are worth checking out:

Alex’s Info

A free daily email newsletter resource guide for actors in Los Angeles. Daily sections include “casting”, “classes”, “theatre”, “getting around town info”, “b-plan info” and more.

Hollywood Happy Hour

Started by casting director Bonnie Gillespie, on-air personality Nelson Aspen and TV host/ spokesperson Kristyn Burtt, HHH is a mailing list via Yahoo Groups. It acts as an online support group where members can post helpful info and ask questions for other members, in addition to Bonnie, Nelson and Kristyn, to give their advice.

Back Stage LA Actor

Back Stage’s free weekly email newsletter, which comes out every Thursday, includes how-to articles, advice columns and reviews in addition to linking to Back Stage Online features like their message board and actor-written weblogs.

The Networker

You have to be on LA Casting (one of the major online casting services) in order to receive this monthly newsletter, but I encourage you to do so. Monthly columns include “Commercial Actors Should Never…”, “Act Smart! Good Tools for a Great Career”, and “Tip of the Month”.

Big Cheap Theater

An incredible community-driven resource for LA theater people. Much like Hollywood Happy Hour but obviously with a focus on theater. People will often post casting notices for plays, readings, festivals. Another good source for advice if you search the archives or post a new question of your own.

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