It was a relative who wanted to pursue an acting career in California but was excited when she heard the news that acting jobs were coming to Michigan. After going to Specs Howard School of Broadcast and another acting school she was ready to act or get a job working behind the scenes. When there is an open casting call people wait hours to get their chance at stardom. Detroit 1-8-7 has hired a lot of movie extras. People are excited to watch Detroit 1-8-7 and see their friends on the show. It’s fun to have famous people hang out and make movies here.
Michigan offers film incentives to qualifying production companies who film in the state. Chanel 7 news reported that Unity Studios promised over 3000 jobs to be created in the city of Allen Park and so far there were over 150 acting jobs that were created. This isn’t even close to the amount of jobs promised. Unity Studios is now moving to Detroit’s Tech Town for various reasons. It’s not that Detroit isn’t talented because talent blooms like a garden full of daisies here. People wait for hours on casting calls to show their face and audition for the next big role. Hundreds of people have landed acting roles in Michigan both paid and non- paid jobs. There just needs to be more paying roles and more movies to film leading actors from Michigan. It’s a competitive world in the movie industry. Michigan offers generous film incentives to production companies. Michigan has the great lakes, beautiful scenery, the four seasons, professional sports teams, Hart Plaza, 3 major Casinos, Mackinac Island, Michigan State University, great restaurants, historical architecture, and a great party scene in Metro Detroit. There is a lot more here that production companies can benefit from by filming in Michigan.
The non paid acting jobs would give you credit to add to your resume, sometimes food on set and a copy of the DVD. For every one paid acting job there were three non paid acting jobs available. In a city were jobs are hard to find, there should be a lot more paid acting jobs. Most of the jobs are for movie extras or small roles which is okay. Some of the acting jobs require special talent and Michigan actors and actresses have special talent. The best thing to do is sign up with a talent agency such as Real Style. The website is www.realstyleonline.com. I have signed up and paid the one-time fee of $15. There is no experience necessary to be a movie extra. I signed up with a headshot photo and the first day I signed I received an email about an acting job for Detroit 1-8-7. I could make my money back and earn a profit all while doing something fun and exciting.