makes you different than other acting coaches?
First, I don't teach you HOW to act. What I
deal with is the business stuff you need to know from the moment
you say, "I want to be an actor" to the time you get the
role. This does include audition skills, since auditioning is more
a part of
the "business" than it is the "show." But it
also includes how to seek jobs, what to say when you are interviewing,
how to put your
marketing materials together, how to organize your business, etc.
Other acting coaches tend to deal with just
the acting part - both for auditions and general actor training.
And that is a wonderful thing to have. But doesn't it make sense
someone who can teach you how to "get in the door" so you
can put those acting skills to work?
does an actor need coaching in the "business" of acting?
There are two parts to a career in
acting. First, you have to have a handle on the craft of acting, and that is where acting
classes come in. But second, and more importantly, you have to understand the landscape of the industry and know
how to market yourself so you can get that job. And that's where
my coaching comes in. I can help you devise a plan to reach those
casting directors and producers based on what your individual goals
are. I can't promise you will get hired (that is out of ALL of our
hands), but I can promise that you will be playing the same game
that the pros
are, which is 90% of the battle.
I encourage actors to work over several
sessions to make sure that 100% of their needs are met. That's why
I offer discounted multi-session packages: 3 one-hour sessions for
$210 ($70 per session) or 4 one-hour sessions for only $260 ($65 per session.) You can also book by the
hour for only $80. For
more details about what coaching includes,
go to my Services page.
should I get a package of sessions instead of paying one-by-one?
learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian
Sometimes, only learning a little bit about
a topic is worse than learning nothing at all, and you are left feeling
frustrated and more alone than ever. How many times have you finished
a class or coaching session, only to realize you have tons of questions
but not enough money to schedule another session?
why The Actors' Enterprise offers multi-session
discount packages specifically designed by the actor during
our free, first time consultation. Having a package available gives
actor the space and time to really dive into the "why" rather than
simply learning "how."
a mess before Erin! She listened to my goals and gave me a
guideline of how to move
is always available if you have a question or an audition coming
up. She truly cares and supports her clients. I have booked more
jobs since I've met with her than I ever have in the past. The
Actors' Enterprise is a great asset for any actor, at any level.
Five stars from me!"
Mariel Matero, actor
“Erin really helped me nail
my cover letters! She also provided a lot of enlightenment
into the marketing side of acting and business endeavors in
general. She is extremely personable and reliable. She always
gets back to me right away whenever I have a question. I HIGHLY
Yannacanedo, Equity & SAG Actor/Teacher
"Erin is a patient, caring and encouraging coach. She's
full of great ideas, sharp insights and tons of enthusiasm.
Working with her has been like having my very own cheerleader
behind me as I continue to venture out into the wild world
"Erin Cronican is a professional
in every aspect of her theatre career. She is organized,
dedicated, and intelligent. She understands theatre. I highly
Jenni Prisk, LTCL
sounds like you are a talent manager - are you?
In short, no. While I do coach in some of the
same areas that a manager might handle, there is one distinct difference:
A manager is hired to make these marketing decisions FOR you, and
to execute them on your behalf. My job is to teach YOU how to do
them so that you can be self-sufficient. That's not to say that you won't
need a manager further down the line. But in the meantime, you'll
gain the skills necessary to navigate your own career on the path
that fulfills you.
are some of the extra benefits of working with you?
I am so passionate about helping actors that
I have created several benefits just for students and graduates of
Support: From the day of the first consultation through
the last scheduled session, actors will receive unparalleled
support in their sessions and via email. Sometimes, you just can't wait until your next session,
so use this service to tide you over until your next visit.
Community: TAE students are invited to join the “TAE
Pros” Google Group, designed to provide a forum for TAE students
and graduates to communicate with each other. This forum also includes
casting notices, job opportunities, and tickets offers.
• Charity-Minded: TAE
coordinates events and encourages volunteerism with several high
profile charities in NYC and beyond.
• Discounts: TAE
students receive discounts on lots of services, and the list is growing
daily! Just show your TAE receipt to a participating service, and
receive $$ off!
I want to go ahead and sign up from some sessions. What should
I do, and what can I expect?
me to set up your free, 1 hour
consultation. This will give us a chance to get to know each other,
and I can lay
out a proposed plan depending on what your needs are. Then we will
take out our calendars to set up your sessions, which can either
be set over several days, or several weeks, or if you want to book
the session like a "master class" we can put all 3 (or
4) hours into one day.
if I don't live in NYC- can you still coach me?
Sure I can! Most of my coaching is very easy
to do over the phone or by Skype (amazing, right?) And when we do our free consultation, we can
discuss your options and make sure that my coaching will be perfect
can I pay you? Do you accept credit / debit cards?
Payment is due at the time of your first session, for the full amount of whatever set of sessions you'd like: $260 for 4 sessions, $210 for 3, or $80 to pay 1 at a time.
You can pay by cash, or by check (made out to "Erin Cronican.") You can also do a free transfer from your bank (like Chase QuickPay or Citibank Pop Money), pay by debit card using Venmo, or we can use a more traditional payment processing service called Square where you can pay securely online. Whichever you choose, I will provide a comprehensive receipt at the end of the year for your records.
Question:If I pay for a package but then don't want all of the sessions, can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, no. Once you pay for a package, there are no refunds. However, the sessions never expire so you may use them at any time. You may also transfer them to another actor (with the possibility of them paying you for the balance.) You can also transfer the value to my design services. For full information, visit my design page.
you design my website, how much does it cost for me to make changes
once the site is built?
When you need to make your first set of changes,
you'll pay $80 towards one hour of work (think of it like a retainer.)
If the first set of changes only takes 10 minutes, you will then
towards more changes. When you use up your first hour of changes
and have more changes to make, you'll pay another $60 and repeat
the process. It's simple and affordable, and guarantees that your
site always remains updated.
noticed you charge a flat fee for your postcard and business card
design. What does that include?
For both postcard and business card design,
the flat rate includes the design work and the printing
of your first set cards (100 postcards or 250 business cards- and
for postcards.) We will bounce design ideas back and forth until
we have a design you think is perfect for you.
We have multiple
design and printing options which have their own rate: Advanced
Design options, like multiple photos
or printing on two sides and Advanced
Printing options (like glossy coating or heavier weight paper.) Those
are chosen by you up front, so you will always know exactly what
you are paying for.
You will then
given your design file in PDF and PSD format, which you can then
use to have future sets of cards printed. The printing house I
use is ridiculously affordable, and I will show you where / how to
up the printing
on your own for future sets of cards, or you can take the files
to another printer of your choice. This means that you never have
to pay the design fee again- you ONLY pay
I will also give you a
version that you can put on your website, forward via email or
attach to your email signature.
have a newsletter, and I want to join but I hate receiving too
much email. Just how often will you be mailing, and will my email
be kept private?
First of all, if you join
my newsletter, your name / email or other private information will NOT be shared
with anyone outside of The Actors' Enterprise. You manage your
own subscription, so if you click "unsubscribe" on the
email I am actually not allowed to email you again. Secondly, it
is my commitment that the newsletters are fresh, in the moment, and
This, hopefully, will keep you from getting bored or feeling like
wasting your time. Here are the descriptions of the newsletter,
as well as approximately mail dates:
TAE Tips & Hints
For performers (or those who like to live vicariously through performers!) This newsletter
is sent every 4-6 weeks and includes helpful hints and tips about
the business of being an actor, success stories from current clients
and industry professionals, and answers to questions that come up
from list members. It will be fun, energetic, and will hopefully
be a motivator for you to get out there and get some BUSINESS for
yourself! It also includes general updates about The Actors'
Enterprise, events sponsored / organized
by TAE, as well as major updates about the staff, clients or the
community at large.
didn't find an answer to my question. What now?
There are a couple of different ways to
get your questions answered. You can click
to email me. I am on Twitter and on Facebook. You can also click
to view my blog-
I have lots of articles and posts there that can help actors
with the process of figuring out the business. While you're there,
leave a comment so that I know that you visited! And please do
let me know if there is any way I can be of service.