Aegis Rising by Author S.S. Segran – The Michael Beas Book Report
Dec18

Aegis Rising by Author S.S. Segran – The Michael Beas Book Report

The Beas Weekly Book Report: Hey Michael Alexander Beas here: Welcome to this Weeks Book Report on the Will Roberts Telegram Radio Show If you have not herd about me, I am the bestselling author of STRUMP: A World of Shadows. I am also an avid book reviewer and the owner of publishing company called MB Imaginum. My goal, is to connect readers, like youself with astounding authors that are making head way in the world of writing. The combination of both, I hope will create a unique reading experince that will open the imagination and enthrall the senses for nights on end. If you have a manuscript and are looking to turn your dream of publishing into a reality, then please contact and connect with me. My publshing company, MB Imaginum offers a differnet twist to the world of publsing. That difference is that our publshing serives come with a full marketing and branding plan that will turn your book into a number one bestseller. Don’t believe me? Contact me for live streaming examples of how we are getting newly published authors into the top 500 of Amazon. My socal media links are: Website www.michaelbeas.com Twitter www.twitter.com/BeasMichael Facebook www.facebook.com/Strumbook Email www.michaelbeas@icloud.com or call me directly at 704-771-4865 Now on with the show… The Weeks Book Report is centered on Author S.S. Segran and her novel titled, Aegis Rising. Some of the highlights that I found when reading this book are that it is taylored for Young Adults. Aegis Rising tells the story of the survivors of an ancient civilization who live secretly in a hidden valley in northern Canada, awaiting the ‘chosen ones’ from their prophecy, and a secretive corporation with a global reach led by a shadowy figure who has a dystopian vision for the planet. The two worlds are about to collide and five teenage friends find themselves cast into the middle of this devastating conflict. It is a classic good versus evil story with a modern twist to it.   What are others saying about “Aegis Rising?”   “RECOMMENDED. A title like this is screaming for adaptation as a successful film…” ~The US Review of Books~ “THRILLING!…grips onto the reader and never lets go!” ~Feathered Quill Book Reviews~ “FIVE STARS. Unique and compelling. Delivers on every level…” ~Readers’ Favorite Reviews~ “RIVETING! Takes you on an intriguing ride through mysterious forests and mist-covered mountains to corporate boardrooms and global schemes. Prepare to be swept away on a breathtaking journey!” ~SAGE Foundation~ “As a fantasy fiction writer I have to admit that I am a harsher critic when it comes to novels in this genre. Books in...

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What Does A Casting Director Actually DO?
Feb25

What Does A Casting Director Actually DO?

2014 marks the 20th Year I’ve been in the trenches of casting, which is unbelievable to me.  In some ways being a casting director is a dream job.  I’ve always loved actors because as a child, good film, TV, and theater helped get me through very difficult times (the loss of a parent).  In some ways, it’s not a great job because it’s incredibly stressful and requires an exceptional amount of stamina. When I started casting in TV and film, the job description for a Casting Director was basically “must love and know actors. TV and film watching from an early age a plus. Great organizational skills and good with people.”   Today, this job description is typical: “Someone who is highly efficient, with both Casting Associate skills and office management and administrative skills; someone who is a speedy and efficient multi-tasker, extremely detail oriented, an expert speller, extremely organized, and fun. Duties include (but are not limited to) making lists, running sessions, creating budgets, managing all projects (both in development and production), maintaining avail grids, creating picture boards, editing video, managing video database, and the overall management of the entire casting department. We need someone who is willing to work long hours. Must be a MAC user. Must have expert skills in the following computer programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, iMovie, iDVD, Cast It, and Breakdown Express. Knowledge of Outlook and PowerPoint a big plus.”   And just like actor rates of pay have decreased, so have ours.  Unless one is lucky enough to work in Network TV, which I was fortunate to do for ten years, it’s getting harder and harder to make a living just casting. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying show some compassion toward us by doing a great job when you audition. (Read this book if you want more details and how to do that.) Below, find a list of the tasks of a casting director, and why we don’t often have time to provide feedback (which I know you’re all dying for):  •Negotiate CD Deal •Create Deal Memo and Send W-9 Paperwork •Read the Script •Aid in Deciding When Auditions will Take Place •Accumulate All Info for Breakdown •Book Casting Space •Create the Breakdown •Aid in Deciding Sides for Auditions •Post the Breakdown on BS, AA, Backstage •Make Lists of Actors I Know to Bring In •Monitor the Submissions from BS, AA, Backstage •Monitor and Answer emails and phone calls  •Go Through Submissions and Choose the Best for the Job •Watch Demo Reels •Decide Who Will Come In  •Organize the Sessions •Call Out the Appointments •Make Sure Each Auditioner has Material and Directions to Session...

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Going For the Gold (with Audio)
Feb24

Going For the Gold (with Audio)

  http://willrobertsweeklytelegram.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Cathy_Reinking_Olympics.mp3 Now that the Winter Olympics are over and we can go back to our normal lives, here are some observations that came to me while watching the Figure Skating Pairs competition.  There are many similarities between competing in the Olympics and auditioning, especially for primetime network and cable TV shows, and most especially when testing for pilots.  1. You can’t mess up. There is no room for error if you want to win the Gold (or the acting job.) 2.  If you do mess up, you must keep going. You can’t go back and have a do-over. You must continue and just shake off the glitch, as if it never happened. 3.  You must be focused and truly “in the moment”. If your mind wanders and you start thinking about how the other skaters (or actors) you’re competing with are doing, you will blow it.  It’s only you and your partner (or reader) at that moment and the rest of the world disappears. 4.  You must combine technical excellence with grace and passion. 5.  You must have a coach. 6.  You have to practice and be prepared within an inch of your life, and then you must throw all of your preparation out the window when you’re actually performing so there is a magical spontaneity and freshness to it. 7.  You have to give all of yourself to rise above the competition.  You have to move us emotionally. 8.  You have to make difficult and dangerous feats appear easy and effortless. 9.  You (and your family) have to sacrifice everything for your art/sport. 10. You must be confident and truly believe you can win Gold. Cathy Reinking, CSA Website How To Book Acting Jobs BOOK Private Coaching...

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Would you like to have your content (stories) read by million?
Feb24

Would you like to have your content (stories) read by million?

Howdy all,         The Will Roberts Weekly Telegram Radio show website needs your help and your content.  If you are getting this email, I would like you to start posting a story that is related to the subject you will be talking about on the show. Why would you do this:   The listeners – 35 stations, 88,000 twitter followers, 10,000 FB and 19.500 on our Blog feed of 19 Million. You want the promotional benefit. I encourage each writer to put their Name, email, website, Social media.  Because I spend a lot of time promoting you 🙂  D All the above!    Because we get a lot of traffic and airplay I could use the help. Also, if you want to post more than once a week, feel free to do so.   I will also be sending you all your own user name and login so you can post when every you want. The only thing I ask is to make sure the pictures and graphics have to be your own or you have to have permission.   I have been doing this show now for 1 1/2 years and MOST of you have been with since the beginning. I ask you to reply to this email and let me know that you can help. IF you don’t I’ll find someone off the street to replace you 😉   If you know of any other writers please send them my way. Will@WillRogersUSA.com     Your Friend, Will Roberts   (702) 481-5829   My $5 Fiverr Voice Over Gig.. I will Voice Over a :30 or :60 spot for $5. http://fiverr.com/users/willrogersusa/manage_gigs/do-a-voice-over-for-you-well-know-radio-host/edit     All About Me! http://about.me/willrobertsweeklytelegram   My Free App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id584930240?mt=8...

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Manner Moment: Cell Phone Use in Public
Feb27

Manner Moment: Cell Phone Use in Public

Manner Moment   Cell phone calls should be a personal affair.   It doesn’t matter if it is a business associate or your closest friend on the other line, do not subject others to your dirty laundry.  Keep your voice down and try to find a low-key location if you must speak in public places, like a street or restaurant.  It amazes me how loud people can be when talking on the phone out in public, which just screams, “Hey, I’m super needy and want everyone to know I exist.”   Be courteous to both friends and strangers alike by not forcing them to hear the details of your break-up or business negotiations.  Move to a different spot, or don’t talk at that time.  Really, we’re just not that into you.   Also, please say, “Excuse me,” if you must take a call in front of others.  People just answer there phones now even though they may have been mid-sentence with a friend or family member at a restaurant.  Show courtesy to the person you are with by pardoning yourself first.  But better yet, show the person you are with that they are truly important by silencing your phone and letting the call go to...

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