Today we’d like to introduce you to Debbie Wittenberg.
Hi Debbie, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I grew up acting and performing in Chicago. I went to Columbia College and graduated with a BA in Theater. I’ve always loved the film industry and wanted to be a part of it since I can remember. I moved out to LA in the early 2000’s. I had the opportunity to work in so many areas of the business from acting to voiceover as well as working with casting directors, agents and managers. Along the way, I taught myself to do retouching on photoshop. I was helping all my friends with their auditions and they were getting callbacks and booking. I also helped actors with their resumes and actor sites. And then in 2018, I decided I wanted to stop working for other people and launch my own business for actors. I built a self-tape studio and started perfecting it to create a space that not only had impeccable lighting and sound but a place where actors felt supported, comfortable and safe so they could create the best auditions possible. That’s when The Actors Concierge was born.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s been a pretty incredible journey. It’s amazing to see how my studio has come along from a wrinkled sheet as a backdrop with one key light to a studio that rivals the best ones in town. I started with one or two clients and I’ve never advertised. My whole business and clientele has been built from word of mouth and referrals. I’ve helped actors book Co-Stars, Guest Stars, huge recurring roles and supporting roles in major feature films, the most recent one that’s being directed by Denzel Washington. This was a huge win for my client.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I do voiceover and I’m repped by VOX. I have a fully functional voiceover booth in my house with Source Connect, so I’m able to audition and record jobs from home. My other passion and venture is The Actors Concierge. As much as I love voiceover and the success I’ve had, I’m the most proud of my Self Tape Studio. Who would’ve thought that when I created it in 2018, there would be a pandemic and the business would shift to where actors had to self-tape to be able to audition! I’m so grateful I was already established and ready to take on more and more clients.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
My mom was a huge influence on me growing up. She was an opera singer and played piano and guitar. She sculpted and painted. So when I came along (the youngest of three girls) and wanted to act and perform, my mom became my biggest ally, supporter and cheerleader. She would drive me to auditions and class and lift me up when I faced rejection. She encouraged me to move to LA and follow my dreams. Whenever I questioned my journey or didn’t think I could do it, she would remind me of all my talents and how I was authentic and special. She died on Dec. 8th, 2020 at age 74.
- Self Taping $40 for the first 30 mins and $1 per minute after that. Includes coaching, editing and uploading.
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