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What Would Denzel Do… in a Close Up? (Part 2)

by | Oct 19, 2017 | Blog

What Would Denzel Do… in a Close Up? (Part 2) Ready for Part 2 of our “How To Create A Captivating Close Up” series? If you missed Part 1 you can check it out here. Now let’s talk about today’s Captivating Close Up, brought to you by Denzel Washington’s Academy Award winning performance in the film, Glory. The close up is so intimate, you can’t treat your performance the same as you would in a medium shot, and certainly not a wide shot. It’s important to modify your performance to fit the frame. Denzel does this beautifully in his powerful performance. He keeps his face relaxed, yet the intensity in his eyes keep the audience riveted. The more emotionally and/or physically challenging the scene is, the more challenging the close up. Remember that the camera picks up everything. To master the close up, less is more! Leave a comment. How do you modify your performance for the close up? ================================= Los Angeles Actors – Brand New Class: How To Be Captivating In A Close Up Our brand 10-week intensive with Wendy Davis will teach you “How To Be Captivating In A Close Up.” The camera picks up everything – every nuance, every twitch, every raised eyebrow. The fact is, it’s not enough to be a good actor. To be successful in film and tv, you must also be a skilled technician. During this class series, you’ll learn how to turn the camera into your best ally. You will learn the 4 principles to creating a powerful close up performance: Maximum Exposure Of The Eyes Active Listening Emotional Availability Seamless Acting Not only will you learn the theory behind these... read more

What makes a captivating close up? (Part 1)

by | Oct 12, 2017 | Blog

What makes a captivating close up? (Part 1) The close up is the most important shot for the actor to master. If done well, it’s the moment the audience (and/or the auditors) fall in love with you. If done poorly, you’ll have them running from the theatre, or ready to yell, “Next!” Acting in a close up is a specialized skill. It is different from stage acting, and even different from a medium or wide shot. To book roles in film and television, it’s imperative that you master the close up. Casting directors and Directors just don’t have time to teach you how to do this. It’s up to you to master this skill on your own. Check out today’s video to find out the 4 components to a captivating close up (featuring THE MASTER herself, Meryl Streep). This clip is from her Oscar-winning performance in the film, Sophie’s Choice. So what makes this, and any, close up captivating? There are 4 principles to creating a powerful close up: Seamless Acting Emotional Availability Active Listening Maximum Exposure Of The Eyes Use these 4 principles in your next close up. The audience, the auditors, and the camera will fall in love with you. Leave a comment. What steps do you take to modify your performance for the tight frame of a close up? ========================================= Los Angeles Actors – Are You Ready For Your Close Up? FREE WORKSHOP: How To Be Captivating In A Close Up Do you want to book work in film and television? Successful film and television actors have something in common…they know how to make the camera fall in love with them! Do you? In... read more

Do you suffer from Redirect Panic?

by | Oct 5, 2017 | Blog

Do you suffer from Redirect Panic? Something happens to an actor when s/he is in the audition room. Especially if they are lucky enough to get a redirection. Redirect panic is a widespread actor-syndrome. Some common symptoms include: Poor listening Failure to execute the note Fulfilling the note but throwing out all the other work you’ve put in Not booking the job Check out today’s video to see redirect panic in action… When you get into the audition room, sometimes listening and presence can go right out the window! So when a redirection comes your way, your brain just might not process what is being asked of you. Showing that you are directable is an important skill for an actor. When the redirect comes, don’t panic! Breathe, connect, listen, then add it to the work you’ve already done. Remember, if someone takes the time to give you a redirect, they like you’re work! It means you’re on the right track and they want to help you. Let them help you by taking their direction and executing it like a pro! Please like &... read more

Don’t Let Your Audition Sides Throw You

by | Sep 28, 2017 | Blog

Don’t Let Your Audition Sides Throw You What happens when an audition comes your way? You get excited! Ecstatic! You move your schedule around to make time to prepare. If the role is a good one, you might start imagining how you’re life is going to change once you book this part.  Maybe you start spending money you don’t have (in your mind, anyway). In some cases you may even start getting emotionally attached to the outcome of this audition. One thing is for sure – an audition opportunity can put you into a heightened emotional state.  When that happens, your common sense could very well fly out the window. And when the audition excitement takes over logic, small oversights (like the topic of this week’s video), can really throw you. Here’s how NOT to handle your audition sides: Staple your pages.  It’s a simple but powerful audition tip.  When that opportunity shows up, don’t let the little things throw you!   Please like &... read more

Middle of the Road (to nowhere)

by | Sep 21, 2017 | Blog

Middle of the Road (to nowhere) Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to…the middle of the road. No. That’s not how the saying goes. (And as an expert in owning chickens – yes you read that right, I can confidently say that chickens are perfectly happy hanging out in the barn). Unfortunately, many actors craft auditions that only get them to the middle of the road. But a middle of the road performance does not book you the job! How does a middle-of-the-road audition happen? Weak choices Strong choices come from a strong understanding of the material.  If you don’t understand the script you are about to perform, how can you make a strong choice?  A good writer has left clues in everything that appears on the page. Not personalizing it A strong choice gets stronger when you can personalize it.  We want to see choices that have been so personalized, you come across as though you are living the material, right now.  When you do not personalize the material, you only come across as an actor. Not Fully Committing This can also be a symptom of not making a strong choice, or not committing to one choice.  If you’re waffling between one choice or another in your audition, it reads like middle of the road. Many actors don’t commit fully in their choices because they are “afraid of going to far” or “being too big.”  It’s important that you test out just how far you can go in an audition (before you get into the room of course) so that your work doesn’t fall flat (aka middle of the road). Not... read more

What is “Spaghetti Syndrome” and do you have it?!?

by | Sep 14, 2017 | Blog

What is “Spaghetti Syndrome” and do you have it?!? Do you suffer from the mysterious ailment affecting actors near and far? Watch today’s video to find out (and what you can do about it)! Remember that Spaghetti Syndrome can be cunning – when your acting goals are here, there and everywhere, you get busy doing a lot of “stuff.” But busy doesn’t necessarily mean productive. To cure your Spaghetti Syndrome, and build forward career momentum, spend time getting clear and specific about your acting goals, then make sure your plan of action is in alignment with those goals! Please like &... read more

How to Handle Multiple Audition Scenes

by | Sep 7, 2017 | Blog

When casting asks you to prepare multiple audition scenes, there’s always a reason. Part of your job is to figure out what that reason is. If you want to nail your audition, don’t overlook this important step of the process. Check out today’s video for some simple questions you can ask to make strong choices in a multi-scene audition. Remember to use the What, Why, and How questions to avoid playing one note. Please like &... read more

3 Ways To Create The Perfect Audition Eye Line

by | Aug 31, 2017 | Blog

3 Ways To Create The Perfect Audition Eye Line Misplaced eye lines can weaken your audition. Just this one small, technical detail can derail your hard work. Acting Pros is here to help! Find out our 3 top tips to creating the perfect audition eye line, and get the most out of your on camera time! 3 Ways To Create The Perfect Eye Line In An Audition Did this video help you? Leave a comment below. Use these on camera tips to nail your next audition. ==================================================== FINAL 2 Los Angeles Workshops! “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” Only Two Workshops Left! TONIGHT: Thursday 8/31 @ 7pm FINAL DATE: Wednesday 9/6 @ 11am In Glendale, CA Are you getting in the room for your auditions but not booking? Do you put a ton of pressure on yourself when an audition comes your way? What if you could learn a proven audition technique developed by a Series Regular that will not only help you love auditioning, but can help you book the job? You’re in luck! Wendy Davis, star of Lifetime Television’s hit series Army Wives (7 seasons – 117 episodes) is going to share her audition secrets with you for FREE! Join Wendy Davis, Lilach Mendelovich and Julienne Irons for this powerful interactive workshop. These ladies will teach you the exact step-by-step audition process Wendy used to go from a struggling actor to a Series Regular on a hit show – and how you can do it too! LAST WORKSHOPS OF 2017! SEATS ARE LIMITED. Click here to grab your spot. Please like &... read more

How NOT to End Your Audition Scene

by | Aug 24, 2017 | Blog

How NOT to End Your Audition Scene Through our classes and workshops we’ve seen thousands of auditions. Great auditions. Terrible auditions. And everything in between. One of the things we see again and again is a piece of the audition puzzle that very few people talk about. It seems to us that many actors are simply not aware of the impact this part your audition can have on the impression you leave behind. It has nothing to do with the scene work at all.  But it’s just as important.  It’s that beat just after your scene is over. How does one best end an audition? In today’s video, we’ll show you what NOT to do.  Stay tuned until the end, where we share a simple, yet powerful way to end your audition. Remember that your audition is more than the work you put into your scene(s).  From the moment you enter the building to the second you leave, you are giving an audition.  Treat every person you meet with kindness and respect, and conduct yourself with professionalism at all times. End your audition on a confident note.  And then leave.  That’s really all there is to it. ==================================================== Los Angeles Actors – want to learn how to play The Audition Game..and win? Come to our FREE Workshop, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” Are you getting in the room for your auditions but not booking? Do you put a ton of pressure on yourself when an audition comes your way? What if you could learn a proven audition technique developed by a Series Regular that will not only help you love auditioning, but can help you... read more

On Set With Major Crimes Writer Michael Zara

by | Aug 17, 2017 | 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. Want to find out exactly how I booked the job? Find out in our free workshop… Get our most powerful audition secrets at our upcoming FREE workshop in Los Angeles, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” 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 &... read more
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