the Tampa entertainment, media, and advertising industries
free resource site covers talent professions, which include, but are not
limited to, modeling, acting, filmmaking, dancing, singing, writing, musicians,
bands, dj’s, mc’s, cj’s, television hosts, comedians,
02/18/11 - New
Secret Fifth Site Revealed
The secret is out. The secret 5th Tampa Bay Talent site
which we’ve been hinting at has been revealed. Although the site
is in development, and it will not launch until later in 2011, we can
now reveal the name, and the mission, of this exciting new site.
The new site will be Tampa
Although Tampa Bay Talent will have a dancing resource section here on
our site for professional dancers in the Tampa Bay area, Tampa Bay Dancer
will be a dedicated talent resource site for professional and aspiring
dancers. When most people here the term “dancer” in the Tampa
Bay area, they think something other than what the term is supposed to
mean, and this is because the Tampa Bay market is notorious for the exploits
of another industry. Tampa Bay Dancer is about real dancing, and dancing
as a performing art which demands respect and good taste. Tampa Bay Dancer
will cover everything from freestyle and club-type dancing, to tap, ballet,
jazz, swing, ballroom, hip hop, and other types of professional dancing.
Tampa Bay Dancer will be a family-friendly dancer resource site, and it
will contain a vast amount of free tools and resources for dancers. It
will even include references to the best Tampa dancing schools, and other
investments for the serious dancer.
Of course, they will also cover scams, as well as warn people about the
dangers of less professional types of dancing, so expect some controversy
with unethical people who call themselves dancers, but whom are really
far from it.
- TAMPA BAY TALENT POISED TO BECOME MAIN TAMPA BAY CAREER RESOURCE SITE!
As our first
anniversary approaches, a lot of work is planned for Tampa Bay Talent.
It was intended from the very beginning that Tampa Bay Talent would eventually
become the lead professional career resource site for our sister Tampa
Bay sites. This will be achieved in 2011.
Tampa Bay Talent will become the site behind its sister sites, which include,
but are not limited to, Tampa Bay Modeling, Tampa Bay Acting, Tampa Bay
Photographers, Tampa Bay Film, and a secret fifth Tampa Bay talent resource
site due in late 2011. With Tampa Bay Modeling currently the top modeling
resource site in the world, and Tampa Bay Film consisting of a massive
network of eight distinct web sites, we are already on our way. Expect
a lot of work this year on Tampa Bay Acting, too.
All of these sites will be branded as “a Tampa Bay Talent site”.
Indie Film Alert 12/10/10
Tampa Bay Talent is an advocate for professional actors, talent, dancers,
and models in the Tampa Bay area who are looking for legitimate work in
At the moment, there are a lot of independent films in the Tampa Bay market
which actors and talent should not bother with. This know, how do you
discern a good film from one which is higher risk to get involved with?
While we are currently working on a comprehensive online resource addressing
this, here are some tips which will get you started.
1. General audition tips.
When considering auditioning for an independent film being produced in
the Tampa Bay market, realize that at least half of all independent films
in our market are either scams, or a waste of time. Additionally, performing
in an independent film can reflect upon you professionally, and influence,
or even undermine, your career.
A. Make sure that they have
a web site
Whether amateur or professional, make sure that they filmmaker has a web
site with a domain name. Anyone can set up a facebook or a myspace account
and claim to be a filmmaker. Anyone can post an ad on craigslist. Those
processes are too easy and quick, and with no investment needed in their
filmmaking career, it is way too risky to consider working for them. A
web site, at the very least, is the bare minimum that any indie filmmaker
needs to be taken seriously.
B. Never respond to any audition
ads in the paper or on the radio.
We have never seen a single one turn out to be legitimate. Also, stay
away from any film project or job which claims that no experience is necessary.
Legitimate indie films (at least ones that are worth performing in) and
jobs in the entertainment industry ALWAYS REQUIRE experience. If you need
experience acting, we suggest getting involved with community theatre
groups. If you need acting lessons, learn from an experienced actor or
a school (We hear good things about Venue) which is honest about what
they are in business to do, and who do not advertise auditions or jobs.
If you need headshots, photography for your career tools, or a portfolio,
invest in them from a professional photographer who advertises photography
services, and not jobs or auditions.
C. Never buy anything from anyone casting a Tampa indie film.
As an actor or talent, you MUST be fairly evaluated in an audition with
no obligation to buy any product, or service, or be subjected to conditions
which were never agreed upon. Make sure that they are honest about who
they are, and what they do.
If they try to sell you something, or you feel uncomfortable, feel free
to leave. It’s their loss, and you are now free to find opportunities
which would be better for you.
D. At least 70% of all Tampa
indie films have serious flaws, and will not help your career.
Be selective. Make them prove to you that the indie film is worth your
time and effort. Ask questions.
By being picky, you will free your time to find independent film projects
which are worth it for you. Quality over quantity works every time.
E. Read our sister site, Tampa
Bay Film, for more information about the Tampa indie film scene. Be informed,
and educate yourself. You may also want to read the Tampa Film Blog, which
has a lot of useful information about what is really going on in the Tampa
indie film scene. A lot of filmmakers try undermine potential competitors
through slander, threats, theft, and intimidation. Don’t work with
unethical filmmakers! Their crimes and behavior will undermine your credibility
if you are associated with them!
F. Most Tampa indie films don’t
pay, and that’s fine, unless.......
The work is rushed, exploitive, or poor. If you must work on a film for
free, at least make sure that it’s going to be a good addition to
your indie film portfolio.
2. Evaluating Tampa filmmakers
who are new.
If the filmmaker is new, and they don’t have a reel to show what
they are capable of? Ask to see the script when offered a role in their
Ask questions. Have they been trained. Do they have any experience at
all, such as working on other films?
If they show promise, and demonstrate an investment into their career
, with a real web site and references, by all means, consider giving them
a chance. If not, move on!
If any filmmaker requires nudity, and the script does not make it absolutely
necessary, consider working with them high risk. You might want to pass
on any risky work, unless you can feel tht you can trust them. Remember
that pictures, as well as indie films, are forever.
Also, never do any film without a written and signed agreement. If pay
is involved, make sure that you get paid, in full, before signing any
3. Evaluating experienced Tampa filmmakers.
Look at their films. Check their references.
Do their films tell a good story? Are the films any good?
You might want to avoid horror films unless the filmmaker can demonstrate
good work in other genres, too, as too many aspiring filmmakers try to
make horror films, often at the expense of the actors and talent who help
Also, does the filmmaker have range? Have they done films in drama, comedy,
and other genres. Avoid filmmakers who are obsessed with making only one
kind of film.
4. 48 hour film contests: Haste
If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well. We have rarely seen any
indie films which are made in those two day filmmaking competitions which
turn out to be any good (there have been one or two exceptions, but most
of them are crap). Do you really want to be associated with a film which
will not go anywhere, or do anything, for your career?
5. Is the film a job which
is worth it?
Consider the quality that the Tampa filmmaker demonstrates, as well as
the investment that they have put into their career. Are they serious
about making films, and about doing great work? If it’s worth it,
consider it, but realize that most of the films currently done in the
Tampa Bay market are not worth anything.
Bay Talent is not a modeling and talent agency. We are a free
talent resource for both agency-represented and freelance independent
talent. This site is available for use free of charge, and is for informational
Although we do market services that talent need for their careers here
in Tampa Bay Talent, you are not obligated to buy anything, contact us,
or send us any information for membership in order to use this site. It
is our sincere intention to provide this resource to help professional
talent with their careers, and to help bring balance and integrity to
the entertainment industry, with an emphasis on the Tampa entertainment
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BREAKING NEWS! Tampa Bay Talent launches!
Latest free career
resource site from the makers of Tampa Bay Modeling launches on Saturday,
February 23, 2010! Domain name and site launched on same day; more content
on the way.
Tampa Bay Talent will eventually become the main “point” marketing
site for Tampa Bay Modeling, Tampa Bay Acting, Tampa Bay Photographers,
and Tampa Bay Film.
PLEASE NOTE: As this site is brand new, it is going to take a while for
us to get up to speed with content and tools. As of February 23, 2010,
our sister modeling resource sites are getting most of the attention,
and after they get what they need, Tampa Bay Acting and Independent Acting
are in a need of massive overhauls and updates. We are brand new, and
it’s going to take time. This site is online, but it is a work in
progress, and some design details may change in the coming weeks. Please
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Welcome to Tampa Bay
Talent, a brand new Talent resource site, launched on February 23, 2010,
serving the Tampa Bay entertainment industry. Tampa Bay Talent is brought
to you by the minds behind Tampa Bay Modeling, and is a free talent resource
site for both independent, and agency-represented, talent.
Tampa Bay Talent is designed to be the point regional talent resource
site for Tampa Bay Modeling, Tampa Bay Acting, Tampa Bay Photographers,
and Tampa Bay Film.
Much like Tampa Bay Modeling is interlinked with Independent Modeling
as a resource core, Tampa Bay Talent will interlink with the upcoming
Independent Talent Network site.
The Tampa Bay Talent
site features the following sections:
- The official Tampa Bay Talent Blog by director C.
- Featured Talent. Models and Actors are referenced
on our sister sites.
- Photography and other talent support services. Invest
in your career.
- Main site features, such as about us, Tampa talent
history, and more.
- A Scenario based Tampa Talent Scam Database with
- Tampa talent auditions and audition tools.
- Tools and information for Tampa talent.
- Contact us!