Blactress in the City: There’s More To It Than You Think

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In my last post I discussed resumes, head shots and credits. So you’ve been going on auditions and presenting a professional and properly formatted resume, great.  You’re booking roles but maybe not as much as you like. I have learned over the years that it’s not just about the craft. Since living in NYC I’ve involved myself in two different organizations (the Black TV & Film Collective included) that are geared towards connecting actors, writers , directors and producers. Since joining those two groups I have booked roles, built new relationships, expanded my network and attended events that put me in the midst of people I could possibly work with – all because I opened myself up and shook hands.

There is another side to an actor’s career besides classes, submitting for roles and auditions. You have to get out there and let people know what you do. The importance of this can’t be understated, so they can possibly plug you in to something or someone that isn’t buzzing around on the Internet. The statement “It’s not what you know, but who you know”  is without a doubt true. You will be surprised at how opportunity will boomerang itself back to you when you put your goals and dreams into the universe.

What’s also helpful with these organizations is that it keeps you surrounded by people that can understand how you feel. There will be times when you won’t have an audition every week or you won’t be booking roles. As I stated in a previous post, keeping a positive circle of people around you will help keep things in perspective. Sometimes your family and friends won’t ‘get it’ because they’re not actors, so do yourself a big favor and get connected.

You won’t regret it.





The Black TV & Film Collective a 501c3 organization that operates as a NYC film collective. In our work, we support all artists of color including but not limited to black filmmakers. We are a collaborative platform that represents diversity in film and supports inclusion in Hollywood and TV. Our professional network of New York City filmmakers gives knowledge to those who want to learn how to produce film, how to make a web series, how to budget film projects and more. We host NYC film workshops that welcome a variety of experience levels from first time filmmakers who are either students in film school or to notables within the television and film industry. See how you can make a difference in the world of cinema by becoming a member of our NYC film collective.

Born and raised in Chicago, IL Crystal Joy has dedicated her time to learning her craft in both acting and writing. She received her BA in Journalism from Loyola University Chicago and is a former student of Stella Adler Studios and Lucid Body. She currently studies with Mel Williams from Theater Of A New Generation. In 2015 Crystal made her debut in an Off-Broadway play, “The Cherry Orchard,” and as a new face on the scene she has been extremely busy with landing roles in short feature films and plays as well as writing for herself and others.


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