Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Social Media @ Work: Acting

Welcome to our new series, Social Media @ Work,  which features great social media advice from a variety of professionals. Our inaugural post features Lisa Sosa, an independent film actress currently based in San Antonio.

How long have you been acting, and how did you get started?
"The acting bug bit me when I was 10 years old, and I have actively been pursuing it for too many years to count! I got started by doing community theatre in my hometown, and taking theatre all four years of high school. That’s the easiest way to gain experience. From there I eventually auditioned for, and was accepted to acting school in New York."
"I do mostly indie film where you have more creative freedom
to tell the kind of stories you want."
Image credit: Mark J. Robinson
What do you like the most and the least about your profession?
"I get to tell a story, which is my way of being creative, and of reaching people. I’m quiet and shy, and this is my way of 'speaking' with people. I do mostly indie film where you have more creative freedom to tell the kind of stories you want.

There are so many things I don’t like about my profession, but I’ll tell you what I’m grappling with right now. I don’t like that there are things that I can’t control. I can’t make a casting director call me in for an audition, or make them cast me when they do call me in even if I nailed the audition. I’m not considered a 'type', and because of that I rarely get auditions, which is why I do more indie film. Indie film directors/writers usually cast their own projects, and are more open to casting a 'non-type' actor."
"I look up to those actors who never gave up, those who don't fit the norm...[and]
those who produce their own material." Image used with permission.
Who inspires you?
"I look up to those actors who never gave up, those who don’t fit the norm of the 'beautiful' actor, and those who produce their own material. A few of my favorites are Naomi Watts (who made it at the “old age” of 33), Jenna Fisher from The Office who struggled for many years, actually, all the actors from The Office because they don’t fit ‘types.’ I love Mindy Kaling because she writes and produces her own material. I also admire actresses who, despite their age, keep making a living from this business, i.e., Susan Sarandon, Jane Lynch, Kathy Bates, the list goes on."

What is your favorite social media site? Why?
"Personally, I enjoy writing my blog. With a blog you can write about a subject of your choosing, give your own spin on it, and use it creatively. I also like using Instagram because it only takes a quick click of my camera phone and bam, I’m a photographer, however amateur I may be!

Screenshot of Lisa's blog at www.thegoodactor.com

How does social media help your career?
"I use Facebook to post my new blog entries, and to alert friends to any projects I may be currently working on or am promoting for crowd funding."

What social media advice would you give a newcomer?
"The easiest thing to get on board with is Twitter. Just a short thought or a retweet of another post can gain you several followers. Pick a few days out of the week to post something, and be consistent and you’re on your way. This is what has been my experience."

Screenshot of Lisa's Twitter account, @mslisasosa
Whom do you follow on social media?
"On Twitter, I follow

@HuffingtonPost -- they always have great stories.

@LATISM --Latinos in social media--because I'm one of them!
@mindykaling because she's awesome!
And, of course @TSMRI, because they really school you on the art of social media.
On Instagram I like to follow the healthy food accounts of alkalinesister and whole30.  It gives me motivation to take better care of myself.  I also follow Milano_Alyssa -- I've always been a huge fan of hers and she posts the cutest pics!"

Are there any current or upcoming projects you’d like to plug?

"I’m currently in production for a film called Transient. It tells the timely story of an illegal immigrant in Texas. It’s a project I’m honored to be a part of. Also, if anyone would like to read my blog the address is www.thegoodactor.com."

What is your favorite quote?
Oh! So many, but I’ll give you this one:
“Try not! Do or Do Not, there is no try.” -Yoda

Whatever you want, you gotta jump in with both feet!
creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by Heidi & Matt:
Lisa Sosa is a professional actress based in Texas. She lived in New York for nine years where she saw great theatre, made good friends, and eventually stopped getting lost. She is currently in production for the film Transient directed by Alexander Stockton. Besides acting she loves animals, daydreaming, and baseball. You can keep up with her at www.lisasosa.com.

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