During the industry shutdown in 2020, we spoke to Brandon Sierra, Director of LA Talent / Agent, McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA).
He urged his clients to use the downtime to focus on important materials every dancer needs. And now that dance is open again, auditions and submissions look very different. Are you ready to book in 2023?
Here’s some great advice from Brandon Sierra, MSA:
Start with your headshots and videos, he recommends. Focus on the styles you feel most confident about: Freestyle, Heels, Commercial HipHop, Urban HipHop, Street Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz, Contemp, Ballet, Tap, Tricking and Tumbling!
Videos can be shot on your iPhone in the comfort of your home, your backyard, on a busy street, or even a neighborhood park. As long as it’s easy to recognize you and show your skill-set, MSA can use it. These can be Youtube or Vimeo links that are easy to share with casting and choreos, can get you in the door, or even secure direct bookings.
It’s important to remember: Your profile requires info that only you can provide. Sizing, contact information, union status, and more. Make sure these specs are up-to-date so when I search opportunities based on a breakdown or a choreographer’s request, I know I’m including every asset and spec you’ve got in your pocket.
Thanks to Brandon for these practical tips! Whether you’re with MSA, another agency, or still figuring out the biz, Brandon’s advice is great for every dancer. Make sure your headshots and videos are current and show you to your best advantage. When an opportunity arises, you’ll be ready with strong tools in your pocket to help you book the job!