Welcome to a safe place to list with. Transgender Talent is run by and for transgender people. We are not perfect, nor the most experienced at this, but we’re willing to give you the care you deserve. You’re not going to have to educate us about being trans. You’re not going to have to educate us about the difficulties, bigotry and lack of opportunities you’ve had to face just being yourself. We’ve had our share of frustration as well.
Hollywood, for example, has a track record stretching back many decades of representing us to the public as all of being sex workers, criminals or people to be mocked. It is our belief that this has had a huge impact on multiple generations of western society, furthering and intensifying prejudice and bigotry. We review all material being sent to us for casting calls, and do not submit our people unless it represents us in a reasonable light. We have rejected productions for being too stereotypical, too insulting, or just plain creepy.
We do our best to make sure that all casting calls trans people are submitted to through us are legitimate and appropriately representing trans people. We all have to realize that scripts can change after we’ve read them, so all we can do is our best with what we have.
We want to educate people, through our acting, public speaking and our comedy. We can do this because we’ve been there in the hard places in life. We can bring that pain into what we do in a way that helps people to relate to us on a human level. So, we count your years acting as someone else before you came out as acting experience. No cisgender agency will do that. But that still means one will have quite a bit to learn.
So, in a way, Transgender Talent mixes activism with business goals, so that making a buck doesn’t take precedence over our dignity. We want us all to be here to enjoy the money we make, and not do so at the expense of our brothers and sisters lives.
What We Do
Currently we work as a listing service, and a contact point for the entertainment industry. We get casting notices specifically for trans roles, as well as those for roles where the creative staff wants to use a trans person for a cisgender or non-gender role. When an actor lands a role that requires negotiating, we’ll involve a trusted entertainment attorney to do the contract, acting as the agent.
Tips for Honing Your Talent
Below are things you can do for each type of performing that you do. The vast majority of our email inquiries can be answered by the below.
You can’t be an instantly good actor overnight. There’s much more to the craft that needs to be learned. The way you learn this is to act and take acting lessons where you can. Through that you’ll learn the terminology, the methods, how to be directed, and lots of other important facets to the industry. This may mean volunteer theater, getting roles in student films, working as a background actor – anything reasonable to get you on a stage or set, so you can become familiar with how it all works. Please do cisgender roles, as well as non-gender roles. Practice is practice.
If you live in a remote area, or one with no safe places to perform, you can always do your own videos that you can post to places like Youtube. You can write your own scripts, or do a monologue found on line. Doing common monologues is a way for casting directors to see something they're familiar with so they can more easily compare your acting with others.
Build up a set of around 5 minutes in length, and try to find local comedy shows that have an open mic night. Get in contact with the people doing the show ahead of time and make sure you would be welcome, as they should know the audience regulars and how they might react. Bring some friends who can fill up a table and sit in a place you can see them and play off of them if need be. It’s always nice to have friendly faces when you’re performing for the first time. Keep working on your timing and skills so that you become good enough to get recognized in your local area.
If you live in a remote area, or one with no safe places to perform, you can always do your own videos that you can post to places like Youtube.