Most people don’t know that my day job is a Casting Director! That’s right a casting director, my company does casting for movies, television shows, commercials, and print shoots. Most people don’t really know or understand that casting process and all the work that goes into the casting session. Enjoy the full youtube video to learn more about the casting director process! If you are interested in learning more about being an actor visit my website, Goodfaithcasting.com!
Are you just as obsessed with planners as I am? I love planners and lists because I’m a super detailed oriented person. Evo reached out to me and asked if I would like to try their unique planner, I had no idea I would really click with this planner. Okay, let me explain what makes Evo more than just a planner. First you take a brain test on their website to figure out the best planner based on how your mind naturally processes information. Then you will purchase the correlating planner per your brain type.
There are 4 different brain types and I’m an architect which means I need order and balance to thrive! You can find your brain type HERE and get your brain report. Once you take your test (only takes about 5 minutes) screenshot your phone or computer and tag me on Instagram @bellahibbs! I would love to know your brain type.
Once you find out your brain type then you order that planner. All 4 planners are just a little different based on how your brain process information. I think this is so cool because my Architect planner is very list-oriented which I love but my husband who is an explorer has a different planner based on his brain type. Your Evo planner will be broken into 3 main sections.
Weekly Plan / Weekly Review
On your daily review you have a daily quote and you take a few minutes each day to think about what you are grateful for. According to Harvard Health Publishing, they say after 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. In my architect planner I have a section for brain dump, this helps get ideas, thoughts or plans out of my head, pen to paper. Also each month you set a monthly ritual, this is something that you do each day. I choose to do 10 push ups a day.
As if this planner wasn’t already amazing it also has an interactive app. Each day and each week you scan your planner into the app. Over time it will track your progress and help you focus. Because this is more than just a calendar it only tracks 3 months at a time.
I have been using this planner for a couple weeks and I love it. It really keeps me accountable each day. Plus I love starting each day with a taking a couple minutes reflecting on what I’m grateful for. I’m excited to see how my productivity increase over time while I use the app and planner. Don’t forget to take your brain test and tag me on Instagram, again I would love to know your brain type. I can’t recommend this Evo planner enough, you will love it! If you are interested in getting your own Evo planner you can get 10% off by using the code “BELLA10”. Plus follow Project Evo on Instagram for productivity tips and upcoming webinars.
Photography by Stacey Poterson
The Project Evo graciously sent me a planner, but as always, opinions expressed on Hibbs Life & Style are independent and comprehensive. Bella Hibbs is the founder and CEO of Hibbs Life & Style.
Do you need a little motivation in your life or just feeling stuck? Check out this list of TED Talks you need to see! I personally watch TED talks while I do my fasted morning cardio, not only does it help the time go by faster but I end up feeling so motivated that I have a great day!
So many actors ask what the acting market is like in New Mexico. It is no secret that New Mexico’s film industry is booming! New Mexico offers 25% to 30% tax credit for films and TV shows. Due to this new great tax credit productions are flocking to New Mexico to film their project and this means huge opportunities to actors!
I run the Arizona casting office but Faith Hibbs- Clark CSA runs the casting office in New Mexico. I was lucky enough to go to the New Mexico Film and Media Conference 2017! Faith spoke on the top casting director and talent agents panel. This was an hour an half seminar and there so was SO much information.
Be sure to check out the full video to get some amazing information!
Networking events can be a great source for new connections and generate jobs, but if you aren’t that great at networking you may end up dreading these events or may not even go. Here are 3 VERY easy tips to follow when going to a networking event. As always these tips work best when you continue to use them and practice over time till your a pro at networking.
Have a goal of what you want to accomplish. Don’t just go to event and not have a plan. Social media has made this easier than ever with Facebook events. You can see who is attending the event. Granted they might not actually make it but at least it gives you an idea of who is going and target certain people you would like to meet. Side note- I hate when people say they are going to an event but have no real intention of attending. So don’t be that person! 🙂
2 . Listen to what they are saying, people love talking about themselves. Try and take an interested in the person outside of their job title. I always remember people who ask me about my hobbies. It makes the other person feel more at ease and that they are not just a means to an end to the other person.
3. Know when to leave the conversation. Don’t linger! No one likes the awkwardness of someone who doesn’t know when to leave. Be aware of your surroundings and if you can see other people are also trying to talk to the same person then say thank you, get their business card and walk away. A great way to end a conversation is to ask if you can get a photo together. This is also perfect because then you can tag them later on social media. When you tag them later try to reference back to something they said in your conversation (that way it shows you were REALLY listening to them). This can be a great way to follow up with the person in a way that will make you stand out.
With these 3 simple tips you will become a master networker! So don’t dread networking parties, remember to just be yourself, have fun and follow these tips.
Outfit: Dress: Windsor, Shoes: Cathy Jean, Necklace: Charming Charlie
As I mentioned in the video she is a great nutritionist! If some of your new years goals have to do with fitness check her out! She has great E books, and you can follow her on Periscope for tips about nutrition!
Finally to help stay on track get a planner! Being able to write down and track your goals will help you in the long run to achieving those 2016 goals!
Many people forget this is a business. You have to treat acting/modeling as a business or you won’t get very far. Learn everything you can about this industry and reading this blog is already a great start! By learning about the market you can find out who is who and make sure you are being seen by the right people. As always have a business card handy to make connections with fellow colleagues.
Come to an audition with all your tools. Always have an extra copy of your headshot and resume, you never know when someone will want your calling card. Be memorized, you wouldn’t come to set not memorized so don’t come to audition without be 100% prepared. Being on time to an audition is a plus but on that note don’t come super early.
A “Thank You” Goes a Long Way!
Casting Directors/associates work very hard! Especially at Good Faith Casting we hand pick everyone who comes into our castings. We work very hard with each actor to get their best performance on tape. Recently an actor (who we booked in a national campaign) said that she was taught not to give a thank you gift to casting directors. I was shocked! Everyone loves to be thanked for their hard work. Of course, gifts are not required or expected but a nice thank-you is always appreciated. We love helping actor/models succeed in their career.
Hope these 3 effortless tips launch you into a successful direction in your acting/modeling career. Leave a comment below on how you impress the casting team when you audition 🙂
Last Christmas my best friend Stephanie gave me a book called “Where Will You Be In 5 Years from today”. It was perfect for me because I am always looking forward and how can i grow at a leader. One of the chapters was about goal setting. How we all will mentally set goals for our self but never truly follow up with them. The book instructed you to write down goals that you want to have happen in 1 year or less. Here are some things I wrote down
Those are just a few of the things I wrote down and I can honestly say that I can cross some off my list. I did lose weight! I tired new things like indoor rock climbing and underground cave hiking! I even graduated from Scottsdale Community College with an Associate in Hospitality degree. I didn’t buy an condo yet but I did find an amazing new apartment. Out of all my goals number 5, was a challenge. I didn’t know where to start or how to make this happen.
In April I was contacted my Nancy Neff, the Executive Director, Institutional Advancement and Community Engagement at Scottsdale Community College. She asked if they could do a story featuring my sister Jordan and I’s experience at SCC and how our education has helped to launch our next chapters in our lives.
Over the next few months Jordan and I did phone interviews and photo shoots at Scottsdale Community College. For some reason it still never crossed my mind that Jordan and I would be on the cover of the magazine. I thought they were just doing a little article about us. Well the magazine came out and we were BOTH on the cover and a 2 page spread about us!
I still cannot believe I am on a cover of a magazine! I feel so blessed and this only encourages me to continue making goals and crossing them off my list.
To read the full article, click the link below and tell me what you think
As most of you know I work at Good Faith Casting here in the valley of the sun. This past week we have been very busy with lots of castings and upcoming projects. Yesterday we did a web video casting for Under Armour. It was truly a long hard day of work 😉
All day long I got to audition good looking male models, who took their shirts off and flexed! Wow I’m not sure how I managed through the day 😉 Instead of me trying to explain my day, take a look at a few photo’s.
Castings like these make me love my job even more! Not sure how that is even possible because I already love working with such amazing people from the agents and clients to even the actors. What can I say, I must be a people person 🙂