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How It Started

Hello! My name is Jessica Sloan. I am a native Austinite who grew up in Southwest Austin. I graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Broadcasting and a minor in Theatre.

 

Growing up, I was always drawn to the entertainment business. After graduating college, I worked on a very independent film that led me to the Austin Film Society. That's where my career truly began. I was an intern in the summer of 2004 and never looked back. I also interned for Detour FilmProductions and Troublemaker Studios.

 

After my time at TMS, I discovered my true love of working with actors. I worked at Beth Sepko Casting and Third Coast Extras. I worked on many productions, learning the ins and outs of what is needed on set. I also learned what it takes for an actor to be booked on a project.

At the same time I was working with Beth, I found Heather Collier from Collier Talent Agency. I started as an intern at Collier and worked my way up. I left after almost seventeen years of working there. As much as I loved being an agent, it was time to find my passion. I discovered that I enjoy teaching, which led me to open this business. 

I am guest-speaking at multiple universities and acting studios around Austin. I'm also in the graduating class of 2024 for the Hispanic Austin Leadership Program with the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors as Secretary for Women in Film and Television Austin. ​

Photography by: JoiConti.com / Joi Conti Photography, LLC

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Passionate About Inspiring Others

  • I’ve never acted before, can I book a session?
    Yes, of course. Many beginners don't know where to start and have questions like: What class(es) should I take? Do I need headshots right away? How and where can I audition? Are there specific casting sites I need to belong to? I can answer all of these questions for you and many more.
  • I’ve been in classes but don’t know what to do in order to get an agent. Can you help me?
    Yes, of course. For people who have taken classes and are trying to navigate what's next. I can help you with your materials, understand what an agent does, why you may want one, what's happening in Texas and regionally, and so much more.
  • I have an agent and have booked some good jobs, but I have questions about other markets and managers. Can you help me?
    Yes, of course. For those who are more experienced or have agents, I can help you, too. I am well informed on what is needed for a standout taped audition; I can help you decide if it's necessary to get another agent or manager; and I can help you ensure all your materials are up-to-date, that they represent you well and so much more.
  • I’m interested in voiceover, can you help me with that?
    Yes, of course. I was a VO agent for over a decade. I’m happy to help you understand what you need or how to go further in your career.
  • What is included in your membership?
    Membership includes multiple videos including tips and advice for actors, a monthly blog about the industry, and external helpful resources.
  • When will your membership be available?
    I’m aiming for the end of January. Stay tuned. More details to come.
  • Can I still keep up with the company without a membership?
    Yes. Please subscribe. I will be sending out updates about the company and the local market.
  • I have a quick question, and don't need a full session. Can I ask for your advice?
    Of course. Some answers are really quick and I’m happy to answer. If you need to go more in depth or have more questions, it might be best to book a One-Take Wonder session.
  • What should I do if I’m only available to meet during the evenings and weekends?
    Don't hesitate to contact me directly at Jessica@FirstTakeTX.com, and we can schedule a time.
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