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Changing the film industry for the better

As every artist knows, the start towards a career as an artist is an uphill battle.  Starting out your resume might be sparse but your enthusiasm for the work makes up for it.  Yet you still find yourself without work.

I found out firsthand just how difficult it is to try and break into the film industry.  After getting a masters degree in Film Scoring, I moved to LA with the notion that degrees equals work. However, that is not the case.  School definitely does not prepare you for the challenge of working as an artist. Don’t get me wrong, school is important but in the film industry  talent, passion, perseverance, and a little luck are what will set you apart from everyone else and ultimately get you work.

When I moved to Los Angeles with my graduate school classmates, we all set about getting work in our desired fields.  I chose to work towards being a film producer, while everyone else worked towards being a film composer.  But for most of us it was a struggle to find jobs in our career of choice.  Lack of talent was not an issue, as these people are some of the most talented artists out there, but it was competition and people not knowing your name.  Not to mention the fact that an entry level job in the film industry in Los Angeles now requires 3-5 years experience.  This is dumbfounding!

As I was struggling to get my foot in the door in LA, I realized what a daunting task it was to find work in film, even Production Assistant jobs.  Applying to 8 different sites every day and not getting a single call will wear down just about anyone.  And when IArtist Untapped Logo worked on set, I would have directors asking if I knew any film scorers.  Yes, I do!  And then my classmates would ask if I knew anyone who wanted a film scorer.  Yes, I do!

It was then I came up with the idea of Artist Untapped.  A single site where artists can display their work, build a portfolio with everything needed to get hired, collaborate with other artists, find jobs, and bridge the gap between artist and employer.  An all inclusive site, so you don’t need to apply to 8 different sites daily.

Even though I had this idea, I did not have the means to create it.  It wasn’t until I moved back to Denver that I saved up enough to start the site.  Helping artists has become another passion of mine.  Seeing how much talent is out there and the only thing preventing them from finding success is getting noticed, I knew I had to help change that.  Artist Untapped is not only a place to put your work (goodness knows there is plenty of sites already) but it is a place to build your success.  Whether you are a director, screenwriter, or cinematographer, Artist Untapped is there to help you achieve success.

I am determined to change the way artists are found.  As a budding film producer myself, with multiple projects in development, I am constantly looking for talent for my next film.  Finding new and rising stars makes me even more passionate about Artist Untapped.  Giving a voice to all artists out there is what Artist Untapped is all about.

Michelle Tyler, Founder                                                                                                                         Artist Untapped, LLC                                                                                                    www.artistuntapped.com

 

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Bryan McClure, Actor

I hope you all are enjoying these fantastic artists!

This week I am focusing on the very gifted actor, Bryan McClure. Before I introduce him, I want to congratulate Bryan on his booking a role on Hawaii Five-O!!

Bryan and I met on the set of Michael Montgomery’s The Garden in the fall of 2009.  I was working as a production assistant and Bryan was one of the producers.  Everyone working on set was so invested in this incredible film; it was a true honor to work on The Garden.  It was on set that Bryan and I bonded over our love of film and I am so excited to see his career thrive.

Bryan, who is originally from Council Bluffs, IA, is now based in Los Angeles, CA. Before moving to Los Angeles, Bryan spent many years in Omaha, NE, where he developed his love of acting.

While in Nebraska, Bryan joined the Nebraska Film Group, where he got involved with as many films as he could.  This passion and drive led him to Los Angeles, where he is honing his craft and expanding his impressive resume.  Don’t believe me? Just check out his IMDb page!

“Since I was young, I have been interested in the arts.  I have studied many different art-forms over the years from studio art and graphic design, to acting and film making.

Having recently completed a 2-year Meisner Training class from Bill Alderson, I am currently keeping my skills sharp studying acting at Improv Olympic West and with Billy O’Leary.

In addition to working with Tom Arnold in Andrew Robinson’s film, April Showers, some of my other notable credits include Lucky, starring Colin Hanks, Easy to Assemble with Illeana Douglas, The Scientist with Adam LeFevre and Bill Sage, as well as many other films. Also worthy of note is my Best Supporting Actor Nomination for the work I did as Marco on the film Bountiful.”

http://vimeo.com/15332425

“When I first arrived in LA, a successful Omahan actor recommended that I study the Meisner Technique with a gentleman by the name of William Alderson. [Bill] taught me the importance of being truthful in your work. Bill really taught me the core of acting. He always compares the Meisner Technique to “the floor of a dancer’s. It gives a foundation and a place to push off from.” I completed his 2 year program and have been off to the races ever since. I currently study improv at iO West and On-going Scene Study and Audition technique with Billy O’Leary. I feel truly blessed to be doing what I love!

Keep an eye out for this accomplished actor!  He will one day be taking over Hollywood.  If you want to contact Bryan, his email is bryansblog@gmail.com

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