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There are many phone apps that will make the actor's life easier. An awareness of these tools can increase the efficiency of learning a craft and improving marketing efforts. This article highlights what basic types of apps are available plus the benefits and warnings when using them.
The life of an actor is constantly on the move. With workshops, auditions, rehearsals, interviews and photographs, staying in touch and being prepared requires new tools. Phone apps have made the actor's life easier with easily accessible background information, learning programs and job listings. When installing on your iPhone or Android, it is possible to perform several tasks.
Let's say you audition for a movie or TV role. You can apply credits to a director you are trying for, or a list of movies or clients represented by the casting director. By having this information easily accessible, you can authenticate your accountants and have talking points that bring life to the interview. The most common database is IMDb. In the trial version it is possible to get contact information about these persons for follow-up efforts.
Learning a line or repeating without a partner is another task that actors face. There are many repetition or teleprompter apps that let you learn your lines in several ways; visually, orally or in peekaboo blackout mode. You can open your scripts directly from the email where you receive them or work with a PDF and Word file you receive from your computer. In most apps you can record your lines and play them, watch the script roll by like a teleprompter and quickly rewind or fast forward to pick up lines simply by scrolling through the script. In some apps, it is possible to add beat marks to share longer passages in manageable types and, depending on the unit, create "notes in the margins" regarding choices, appearance or gestures. On more expensive apps, voice talent can try for voiceover work anywhere and email in your auditions like MP3s anywhere to anyone else. Such repetition apps make it possible to practice anywhere without a partner. Repetition 2 and Scene Partner are common apps in this category.
Some apps are informative, empowering and educate those who are interested in pursuing a career in the film and television industry. One of these is Actor Genie whose website lists resources for tracking what is playing. These resources include audition and casting links such as Actors Access, LA Casting and Backstage Magazine.
Keeping track of meetings, events and reminders in everyday life in another task that apps can do. With such an app you can organize and keep track of auditions. You can also track meetings, workshops, networking opportunities and more. AuditionCal and iPerform are similar apps in this category and can help restore order to a chaotic life.
If you live in LA, you have to deal with traffic jams and limited parking. The Sigalert App provides detailed information on motorway speed along with reports of accidents, construction and traffic jams. The Police Assist app helps to clarify difficult and confusing parking signs on a particular street. It will also alert you before your parking hours expire and automatically check you out at the end of your park so you can avoid parking tickets.
There are of course a lot of apps 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 selected types of phones or their operating systems. The three most common platforms are iPhone, Android and Windows. Apple Store / iTunes handles almost all apps for iPhone (iOS). Android apps are primarily on Google Play. And Window apps are available in the Microsoft Store / Windows Phone Store. Amazon Appstore is an alternative application store for the Android operating system.
When deciding which apps are best for you, Google the general category and look at the selection of available apps and their specifications. For example, rehearsal or teleprompterative apps is a category to help with dialogue memories. Audition appointment / organizer / calendar apps is another category used to schedule and recall events. There are also apps that inform, strengthen and educate those who run business and crafts / acting techniques. Make comparisons, read reviews and see when available videos on installation and operation. Be aware that some apps are only available for certain operating systems, be it iOS or Android.
Prices, benefits and conditions are also considerations. Costs can range from free to $ 0.99 up to $ 24.00. Benefits to think about are ease of use, range of features and relevance to your needs. Some free apps may require an upgrade at a nominal cost. Most apps have no end date, but some may be on an automatic monthly or annual renewal. This is a matter to watch carefully.
Another issue, the app needs a connection to the internet to work or it works independently on the phone. When you are outside the signal range this can be a problem. The term "app" is an abbreviation of "application software". As such, mobile apps can be a significant security risk as they transmit unprotected sensitive data to the Internet without the knowledge and consent of the users. Data theft is not just the loss of confidential information, it can be vulnerable to cyberattacks or blackmail. Malicious software can access your device's SMS messages, browsing history, or voicemail password.
As far as security goes, Apple approves iOS apps through a rigorous checking process before listing in the App Store, while Google's Android Market app security only means to alert the user that an app needs permissions to perform certain functions during installation. To avoid problems down the road, it is wise to avoid third-party vendors and instead go with reputable stores such as the App Store, Google Play and Microsoft Store.
When using apps or your phone in general, you can spend a large number of minutes on your plan. One way to combat this problem is to look for places with a Wi-Fi connection. Places such as cafes, some restaurants or your local library may meet this need. Also look online for Creative Spaces which offers free wi-fi. An added benefit of using wi-fi usually results in faster transaction rates. It is also best to disable data-sucking apps that you do not use frequently, as automatic updates can cause data usage to become depleted. Update only when connected to wi-fi.
This article covers some of the benefits of acting apps. But there are also several warnings to use these apps. Above all, the tendency is to become obsessed with its functions and therefore neglect its main functions, to make it easier to perfect a craft and promote a talent. So often, users fall in love with the bells and whistles and forget that these are tools, not toys. Another warning, these apps tend to inhibit personal interaction and promote digital meetings instead. Acting is face to face profession, whether it be networking, job search or performance. Although apps can facilitate this transition, they should never replace it. And finally, there are security issues. Stay alert to the task, whether you are entering a lift, crossing the street or driving to your next audition. There's an app for that. It is called turn off the phone .