Would you like to learn to be a Studio Animal Trainer?
You can learn to train your pet to be an Animal Actor and to work in movies, TV, print and live performances.
Animal Actors is offering a workshop designed to instruct animal owners in preparing their pets for a production and how to work their animal during the production.
In a few hours you will learn what animal talent agents look for in a production animal, the types of behaviors the animal should know how to perform and how to present the animal in front of the camera in many different situations and of course how to audition for that great movie or commercial.
Have you ever looked at your pet and thought, You oughta be in pictures?After all, pets display so much character at home; you may already have miles of antics and tricks on videotape, enough to stretch from your home to Hollywood.
In addition to starring in Tinsel Town, there are roles available in commercials, television programs, commercials, and independent films where your pet can shine in local cities.
But how do YOU persuade a casting director that your pet is just perfect for the part?
You don't have to! That's where a really great animal actor agency comes it. Just as it is for their human counterparts, one of the keys to making it as an animal actor is to be registered with a reputable animal talent agency like Animal Actors.
We have established relationships within the entertainment industry and we field calls from casting directors with requests for animal talent.
Better yet Animal Actors in conjunction with America's Most Talented Animal are currently registering people just like you and their animals for training workshops.
By: JOHN HALL - Staff Writer Organizer said she'll likely find work for more than half of those who came to Wildomar event
WILDOMAR ---- They're already cute, now it is just a question of whether they might have what it takes to be a star.
About 100 animals of all shapes and sizes gathered in Wildomar on Saturday to find out.
More than half will probably end up getting some work in photo shoots, television or movies, said Gloria Winship, owner of Lake Elsinore-based talent agency Animal Actors.
"We saw a lot of good talent out here today," Winship said as the day of animal auditions neared an end.
The audition, called America's Most Talented Animal Actors, was the first of several planned across the country a la "American Idol," with finalists in each city being invited back to the final event in Hollywood on May 31.
One of the judges Saturday was CNN International's Richard Quest, who was filming the auditions for a pet segment on his show "Quest," which will be called "Quest for Man's Best Friend."
Judges and talent evaluators certainly saw a variety of animals Saturday. The overwhelming majority were dogs, but there were also some cats, some horses, an iguana, an alpaca and even a baby lamb who never strayed from the side of its owner.
Some of the animals obviously had been through substantial training, while owners of others brought their pets because of that "cute factor."
The animal star search was held in a large horse training pen at Ranch Lemus on Grand Avenue.
Many owners demonstrated some tricks their pets could do ---- some more successfully than others.
One of the dogs who seemed to impress the judges as well as other pet owners at the event was a 9-year-old Doberman mix named Boo Boo Bear.
He sat unfazed by judges making noise near him in an effort to distract him as his owner, Karen Kennedy-Ross, went some distance away. Kennedy-Ross then gave Boo Boo a command to come and he rushed to her.
Winship said being able to focus on commands without being distracted is important for an animal on a busy television or movie set.
Boo Boo was also able to show judges a variety of personalities on command, from intensely serious to playful and happy.
Kennedy-Ross and Boo Boo came all the way from Valencia, near Magic Mountain, for this, their first talent audition.
But Boo Boo is already a star to many as he also is a search and rescue dog, having been involved in what Kennedy-Ross estimates at close to 20 searches nationwide. He has helped authorities find missing children and also twice found lost pets, she said.
Kennedy-Ross adopted Boo Boo from a shelter when he was only two weeks old, bottle feeding him and raising him. She estimates she has spent 20 to 30 hours each week training Boo Boo since he was a pup.
Boo Boo would make a great actor/dog, said Kennedy-Ross. "He loves to work and be doing things. He enjoys different challenges," she said.
Another hit with judges was Elvis, a 2 1/2-year-old Australian shepherd belonging to Heather McNabb, of Murrieta.
McNabb showed the judges some of the standard tricks Elvis could do, then alerted them to one more thing he could do.
"He can take off my socks," she told them. She then sat in a chair and Elvis did just that.
After she and Elvis were done, McNabb explained how the sock trick developed.
"He used to go and fetch my slippers," she said. "Then I taught him how to take my slippers off and that just led to the socks next."
Elvis is a child-loving family pet who McNabb said she has treat-trained since he was a puppy.
"He retrieves the paper, even the big Sunday paper," she said proudly. "And he loves to fetch. He'd do that all day long."
McNabb heard about the animal auditions and thought she'd bring Elvis for a try.
"We'll just see what happens," she said. "He's just a best dog."
Winship ---- who has developed and provided animal talent for 27 years ---- said that while the tricks animals can do are always good, the most important qualities for a dog on a set are the ability to sit, hold and stay on command.
For cats, she said, the best skill is to be able to be held for lengthy stretches.
Sitting in her trailer as Saturday's auditions wound down, Winship told a story detailing the need for a good "hold cat." She recalled how there was an actress who was supposed to hold a cat but just couldn't remember her lines.
While the human continued to have trouble, the cat did just fine, calmly being held for several hours until the shoot was complete.
Winship said she was pleasantly surprised by the turnout at Saturday's audition, adding that there likely would have been more had the weather been better for the outdoor event.
"You typically don't make a fortune," Winship said of the pay pet owners receive once in the entertainment industry.
"But nothing is more gratifying than seeing your animal, your baby, on the big screen, in a commercial or in a magazine," Winship said.