Actors: there is an app for that
There are numerous applications for phones that will make the life of the actor easier. Knowledge of these tools can increase the efficiency of learning one’s trade, as well as improve marketing efforts. This article highlights the basic types of applications available, plus the benefits and caveats of their use.
The life of an actor is in constant motion. With workshops, auditions, rehearsals, interviews and photoshoots, staying in touch and being prepared requires new tools. Phone apps have made life easier for the actor with basic information, learning programs, and available job listings. When installed on your iPhone or Android, it is possible to multitask.
Let’s say you have an audition for a role in a movie or television. It can display the credits of a director you are auditioning for or a list of movies or clients represented by the casting director. Having this information readily available allows you to authenticate your auditors and have talking points to liven up the interview. The most common database is IMDb. In the pro version, it is possible to obtain contact information about these people for follow-up efforts.
Learning one’s own lines or rehearsing without a partner is another task that actors face. There are numerous test or teleprompter applications that allow you to learn your lines in multiple ways; visually, orally or in sneak peek mode. You can open your scripts directly from the email message in which you receive them, or work with PDF and Word files that you get from your computer. In most applications, you can record your lines and play them back, watching the script scroll like a teleprompter, and rewind or fast forward to pick up lines simply by scrolling through the script. In some applications, it is possible to add timestamps to divide longer passages into manageable rhythms and, depending on the device, create “notes in the margins” regarding choices, looks or gestures. In more expensive applications, announcers can audition for voice-over work from anywhere and email their auditions as MP3 files from anywhere to anyone. These rehearsal apps allow you to rehearse anywhere without a partner. Rehearsal 2 and Scene Partner are common applications in this category.
Some apps are informative, empowering, and educating those interested in pursuing a career in the film and television business. One of them is Actor Genie, whose website lists resources for keeping track of what’s on the air. These resources include audition and casting links such as Actors Access, LA Casting, and Backstage Magazine.
You can keep track of appointments, events, and daily reminders in other task apps. With such an app, you can organize and keep track of auditions. You can also keep track of meetings, workshops, networking opportunities, and more. AuditionCal and iPerform are similar applications in this category and can help restore order in a chaotic life.
If you live in Los Angeles, you have to deal with freeway congestion and limited parking. The Sigalert application provides detailed information on highway speed along with reports on accidents, construction and traffic jams. The Polis Assist app helps clear up difficult and confusing parking signs on a particular street. It will also alert you before the parking time expires and automatically log you in at the end of your park so you can avoid parking tickets.
Of course, there are a multitude of applications available to actors and this article covers the most basic needs. Finding more apps or finding where to download them is a problem, as most are only available for certain types of phones or their operating system. The three most common platforms are iPhone, Android, and Windows. Apple Store / iTunes handles almost all iPhone (iOS) applications. Android apps are mainly found on Google Play. And Windows apps are available from Microsoft Store / Windows Phone Store. Amazon Appstore is an alternative application store for the Android operating system.
When determining which apps are best for you, Google the general category and look at the selection of available apps and their specifications. For instance, test or teleprompter applications is a category to help with memorizing dialogue. Audition appointment / organizer / calendar apps is another category used for scheduling and remembering events. There are also apps that inform, empower and educate those who pursue the business and trade / performance techniques. Make comparisons, read reviews and watch, when available, videos on its installation and operation. Please note that certain applications are only available for certain operating systems, be it iOS or Android.
Prices, benefits and terms are also considerations. Costs can range from free to $ 0.99 to $ 24.00. The benefits to consider are the ease of operation, the variety of features, and the relevance to your needs. Some free apps may require an update at a nominal cost. Most applications do not have an end date, but some may have an automatic monthly or annual renewal. This is a topic to watch closely.
Another problem, does the application need an internet connection to be operational or does it work independently within the phone? When you are out of signal range, this can be a problem. The term “application” is a shortened term for “application software”. As such, mobile apps can pose a significant security risk, because they transfer sensitive, unprotected data to the Internet without the knowledge and consent of users. Data theft is not just the loss of confidential information, one can be vulnerable to cyber attacks or blackmail. Malicious software can access a device’s SMS messages, browsing history, or voicemail password.
When it comes to security, Apple approves iOS apps through a strict vetting process before listing them on the App Store, while Google’s Android Market app security involves simply warning the user that an app you need permissions to perform certain functions during installation. To avoid problems in the future, it is advisable to avoid third-party providers and instead go for reputable stores such as the App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store.
When you use apps or your phone in general, you can use a large number of minutes on your plan. One way to combat this problem is to search for locations with a wi-fi connection. Places like coffee shops, certain restaurants, or your local library can meet this need. Also, look online for Creative Spaces that offer free wi-fi. An added benefit, using wi-fi generally results in faster transaction speeds. It’s also best to disable data-sucking apps that you don’t use frequently, as automatic updates can wreak havoc on your data usage. Update only when connected to wi-fi.
This article covers some of the benefits of acting apps. However, there are also several caveats for the use of these applications. The most important thing is the tendency to become obsessed with their characteristics and, therefore, to neglect their main functions, to facilitate the perfecting of the craft and the promotion of talents. Too often, users become infatuated with bells and whistles and forget that they are tools, not toys. Another caveat, these apps tend to inhibit personal interaction and instead promote digital encounters. Acting is a face-to-face occupation, be it networking, job hunting, or performance. While apps can ease this transition, they should never replace it. And finally there are the security issues. Keep your mind and eyes on the task at hand, whether you’re entering an elevator, crossing the street, or driving to your next audition. There’s an application for that. Is named turning off your phone.