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3 Ways to Play Powerful Characters

by | Sep 29, 2016 | Blog

3 Ways to Play Powerful Characters These days TV shows and movies are full of fantasy, superheroes, and magic. So many characters have crazy powers or see Strange(r) Things 😉  These genres present a new challenge: How to create a powerful character in your audition? After all, in the audition stage it’s just you in a room… No special effects, No badass costumes, No Dragons.     So how can you really embody that kind of character all by yourself? Check out these 3 tips to get you powered up! 1. Stillness: Too much movement can read as nervousness or weakness on camera. Pay attention to how powerful people move, they do not waste energy. If they move, it’s with purpose. And they have no problem staying still – it projects confidence. Pro tip: Make sure to watch your posture as well – Powerful people stand (or sit) tall! 2. Time: People who have true power take their time. It’s their world, their rules, and they set the pace. A mark of true power is never letting anyone else rush you. 3. Calm: Power is about control – so don’t let your enemies see you sweat! Even when someone is trying to get to you, maintaining your calm is something powerful people excel at. Nothing truly threatens them because they have the…you guessed it! Power. Want to see a MASTER of projecting power? Watch Emilia Clarke on Game of Thrones (Spoiler Ahead):  Even though she is physically smaller than her opponents, she’s always the most powerful person in the room. She’s grounded and still, never flinches at threats, and takes her time to show SHE is the one in charge: https://youtu.be/eXJ8dsTUKAw?t=3m10s https://youtu.be/KvqzywRDsSw?t=2m43s...

The critical difference between Passion and Desperation

by | Sep 22, 2016 | Blog

The critical difference between Passion and Desperation You’re an actor. You WANT to book the job. You WANT to do a good job. Of COURSE you do. But… There’s a fine line between communicating passion for your craft, and reeking of desperation when you walk in the room. Can you spot the difference? Find out in today’s video!   Leave a comment. Do you recognize your behavior in the video? What small shift can you make to bring the passion (and leave the desperation behind)? Please like &...

Are you worth the extra time?

by | Sep 15, 2016 | Blog

Last month we offered our free audition workshop in Los Angeles. It’s a privilege to teach so many actors our step-by-step audition technique. Part of our workshop includes the chance for actors to cold read an audition scene. Time and time again we noticed a trend among our cold readers that worked against them. Perhaps you’re also falling into this trap. Check out today’s video to find out what it is (and what to do instead)! It takes courage to pursue an acting career. Don’t let your desire to be liked override the power of your work. Remember, it’s their job, but it’s your life! You’re worth the extra minute or two to give your best performance. Don’t be afraid to take your time in the audition room. Leave a comment. What can you do to set the pace in your next audition?   Please like &...

Pick Up What The Writer’s Putting Down

by | Sep 8, 2016 | Blog

Many actors (especially those coming from Theater) were taught to ignore the stage directions in their audition scenes. I completely disagree! Find out why in today’s video (and stay tuned to the end to get a pro tip that I personally use in my auditions). Should I Follow Or Ignore Stage Directions In My Audition? Remember, in Film and TV auditions the action lines are the writer’s way of leaving you clues about the scene. It’s part of your job to pick up what the writer is putting down. On your next audition try this pro tip when you prepare: Read the stage directions (or action lines) for your character in first person. This one tool can shift your understanding of the character from an intellectual idea to a personal experience.  The best actors don’t seem like they’re acting at all.  They appear to be a real person living out there life before our very eyes. Reading the stage directions in first person is the first step toward being, not acting, your character! Please like &...

This ONE small action can derail your audition

by | Sep 2, 2016 | Blog

This ONE small action can derail your audition Have you ever had an audition in which your character had to make (or receive) a phone call? It may sound silly, but the way you handle this one tiny action can RUIN all your hard work. How can such a simple thing be so destructive? It’s all in the way you handle it. Does it work for, or against, the world you’ve created in your audition? I swear, I could teach an entire 12 week course JUST on dealing with props in an audition situation. But this week, Emily and I show you how NOT to handle a phone call in your audition scene. (Stay until the end to get a simple phone solution for all your auditions). Hold The Phone Yes, it really is that simple! (Just be sure your phone is on silent, in airplane mode, or turn it off). Leave a comment. How do you handle a phone call in your audition? ================================= Join Audition Game Pro Los Angeles Ready to learn how to play The Audition Game…and win? Our 12 Week Audition Intensive starts next week! Audition Game Pro teaches you the exact audition technique I used to go from a struggling actress to a Series Lead (and how you can too). Class begins the week of September 12, and there are only a few spots left. CLICK HERE to join us and learn how to create powerful, effective auditions that book the job. Please like &...

Overcome your nerves in the audition room

by | Aug 25, 2016 | Blog

Overcome your nerves in the audition room If there’s one question I get time and time again, it’s “How do I overcome my nerves in the audition room.” It’s ok to be nervous! But don’t let your nerves get in the way of your talent. To create a powerful, effective audition that books the job, here’s a simple solution to overcoming your audition nerves… Top 2 Tips To Relax In Auditions Speaking of audition tips…are you coming to our FREE workshop? “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” is a huge hit (and we only have 3 workshops left for the rest of 2016). If your nerves are getting the best of you in the audition room, this free workshop is for you. If you’re getting into the audition room but not booking, we can help. Are you an LA-based actor? Then don’t walk, RUN to this free workshop. We will get your audition muscles right + tight. Please like &...

On Set With Major Crimes Writer Michael Zara

by | Aug 18, 2016 | Blog

On Set With Major Crimes Writer Michael Zara This is Part II of our “What do they want from you in an audition” series. If you missed Part I, be sure to catch my interview with Major Crimes Director Stacey K. Black. Do you ever get in your head about what “they” want in an audition? You’re in luck! On the set of my recent booking on Major Crimes (more on that audition in a sec), I was able to pull aside the writer, Michael Zara, and ask him this very question. Hear what he had to say in today’s video! Interesting to hear the difference in perspective between the writer and director! About that audition I mentioned earlier… Have you ever read a scene and thought, “There’s not much going on here”? For my Major Crimes audition, I almost fell into that trap. Luckily I was able to use my audition technique, The Audition Game, to dig deeper. Next week I’ll be sharing the exact steps I took to turn a deceptively simple scene, into a powerful audition that booked the job. Stay tuned! In the meantime….are you coming?!? FREE Los Angeles Workshop Dates Are Here I’ll be sharing these audition secrets at our upcoming FREE workshop in Los Angeles, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” Our FIRST Workshop is THIS SATURDAY AUGUST 20. Be there! If you are getting in the audition room, but not booking, we can help. I’ll show you the exact steps I took to go from a struggling actress, to a Series Regular (and how you can too). SEATS ARE LIMITED and they are filling up fast. Claim yours right here...

On Set With Major Crimes Director Stacey K. Black

by | Aug 11, 2016 | Blog

On Set With Major Crimes Director Stacey K. Black This is Part I of our “what do they want from me in an audition” series. Get Part II right here. Do you ever get in your head about what “they” want in an audition? Me too. I recently booked a role on a high profile show (more on that audition in a minute, but first…), while I was on set, I sweet talked the director, Stacey K. Black into sharing what she wants to see from an actor in an audition. If anyone can tell you what “they” are looking for, Stacey can. Check out her short, sweet and articulate interview in today’s video! Now about that audition I mentioned earlier… Have you ever read a scene and thought, “There’s not much going on here”? I almost fell into that trap. Luckily I was able to use my audition technique, The Audition Game, to dig deeper. Once the episode airs, I’ll be sharing the exact steps I took to turn a deceptively simple scene, into a powerful audition that booked the job. I can’t wait! FREE Los Angeles Workshop Dates Are Here I’ll also be sharing these audition secrets at our upcoming FREE workshop in Los Angeles, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.”  Are you coming?!? If you are getting in the audition room, but not booking, we can help! I’ll show you the exact steps I took to go from a struggling actress, to a Series Regular (and how you can too). SEATS ARE LIMITED and they are starting to fill up. Claim yours right here (dates and times are listed on the page). Please like &...

How to create an audition that books

by | Aug 4, 2016 | Blog

How to create an audition that books Are you ready to play the Audition Game…and win? Episodic Season is here, and the auditions are rolling in. It’s time to bring your A-game into the audition room. When you get to a certain level of auditioning, everyone is a good actor. So how do you stand out? In today’s video, Wendy incorporates the first three steps of The Audition Game. Watch the before and after to see the incredible difference just a few steps of the Audition Game can make in your work! What is The Audition Game? A step-by-step technique that turns your auditions from a monumental event into a game you can play and win. The Audition Game gives you a protocol to create powerful auditions, even when you’re short on time. What Steps Did Wendy Use in this Audition? Step 1 Scene Shift: The direction in which the story moves for your character. Every scene will shift from positive to negative, or negative to positive. Your character must live out the journey of the scene shift, moment to moment, to forward the story. All scenes shift. Step 2 Moment of Decision: A moment where your character weighs his/her options (Should I do this… or not). Your character has to make a decision. Moment of Discovery: A moment in a scene when your character has been provided new information by another character, the situation, or a self discovery. Step 3 Create a Strong Beginning/Ending: Bookend the scene to make yourself stand out. Use simple physical movement to create the moment before (which is in alignment with the scene). Fully live out the last moment with...

Are you an audition junkie?

by | Jul 28, 2016 | Blog

Are you an audition junkie? Are you addicted to auditions? Actors tend to have this goal in common: To get more auditions. But is that what you really want? Without clarity, focus or a strategic plan, the blind pursuit of auditions can turn you into an obsessed little junkie. Like any addiction, as soon as your latest fix wears off, you want more.  No matter how many auditions you get, it will never be enough. In today’s video, I want to help you break the habit! (This video is a throw back to when I had long hair. And it’s just as relevant today!) Special thanks to Kelly Ryan for excellent trench-coat acting. Are you an audition junkie? Be honest.  You don’t want more auditions.  NO ONE does. What you really want is more work. Auditions are one way to book work.  But they aren’t the only way. Put your focus on connecting with the people who can hire you. Look beyond agents and casting directors to producers, writers and directors.   Set your future self up to get offered the role without having to audition at all. Not sure how to do that? The free Auditions To Offers webinar is available as a replay until Friday July 29 (at 11:59pm). Click here to access the limited time replay. (It’s free). Leave a comment. What action do YOU take to stay creatively fulfilled (whether you’re booking or not)?   Please like &...
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