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Asinine Addresses Used in Addressing Professionals

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Asinine Addresses Used in Addressing Professionals
The pre-pubescent use of sexually suggestive, "personality expressive," childish monikers misused and abused in email addresses utilized for business correspondence has got to stop. Now. If you've read my book you know that I stress "this industry is all about image, image, image..." That's not a mirror mantra for the narcissistic. It's a reality of the entertainment industry.

As I go through the actor mail (hard copy and digital) I often groan or sigh heavily in disbelief as I come across actors seeking professional work from a casting person or representation by an agent while utilizing email addresses that are in no way professional.

Below is just a small sampling from the saturation of sophomoric email addresses that I've found on actor resumes or spammed to my inbox. In order to spare these fools of flippant font further shame and protect the sillies from spam; the servers (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) have been removed.

AnnoyinActress
swishyfishy
dirtyprettyone2000  (The video prequel to nastynaughtyone2001?)
chinkychinese   (Does this person have a severe case of self-loathing? Or are they utilizing the addy as a dating advert to rice queens?)
foolishactor  (Yes. Your email address proves the message.)
instantactor  (Just add bottled water!)
danceweasel  (Shirtless, twitching twinks-with-drinks in hand comes to mind.)
puzled.one  (If you can't spell "puzzled," yes indeed you are 'puzled.')
Grahammy_poo  (Let's not even envision to where this double entendre could lead.)

And...   pussylvr

Really? Are these people kidding or are they just insane, myopic morons? This is a business folks. A profession. If the email address in use for your professional correspondence resembles a fifth grader's ha-ha quotient (i.e., fart jokes and school yard nicknames) then I and others who hire will not take you seriously. Seriously.

For any professional, electronic correspondence an actor's email address should include the performer's name or part of it. Such as:

NormaDesmond@whatever.com
N.Desmond@whatever.com
Norma_D@whatever.com

"IngénueForLife," "MyManMax" or "IamBig" would not be appropriate, professional, email address monikers for Ms. Desmond. (And if you're wondering who Norma Desmond is... please hand in your acting card. Now.)

Keep the silly and inane email addys for friends and family who may be more forgiving than a business contact. Leverage your electronic loony-ness with them. Put a professional, digital image to your email address when addressing professionals. Got it, danceweasel? Good.

'Nuff said.


Paul Russell's career as a casting director, director, acting teacher and former actor has spanned nearly thirty years. He has worked on projects for major film studios, television networks, and Broadway. He is the author of ACTING: Make It Your Business – How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor. For more information, please visit www.PaulRussell.net.  

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