What is “Over the Top?”

by | Dec 13, 2018 | Blog

What is “Over the Top?” Have you ever heard the dreaded acting note, “Too big” or “Over the Top?” What does that even mean?! Especially when it comes to comedy finding a level that’s “just right” can be a struggle. We can tell when other actors are trying too hard, or pushing to get some emotion, and it just feels fake…but how can you tell when you’re doing it? And more importantly, how to avoid it? Watch today’s video to find out! What’s “Over The Top?” Do you have a system in place to test your choices, and find what’s “just right”? Leave a comment... read more

Win an audition class with 4-time Series Lead Wendy Davis

by | Nov 8, 2018 | Blog

The year is winding down and we wanted to find a way to celebrate our acting tribe and bring more like-minded actors together inside our Facebook group Get the Audition Book the Job. Pilot Season is just around the corner and we want to set you up for success in 2019 and beyond. At Acting Pros, our most successful students have an Audition Dream Team of supportive, like-minded actors. What’s an Audition Dream Team? It’s the people you call to run your audition (or especially last minute audition) with. The actors who speak the same language, are pulling for your success, and can help you discover the strongest audition choices (even when you’re short on time). And you’re there to do the same for them. The best part about your Audition Dream Team is that you can support one another from anywhere in the world (#thankyoutechnology). With your Audition Dream Team on your side, your acting success becomes a matter of when, and not if. Join our #AuditionTeamChallenge We’re launching a FREE Audition Team Challenge. Our goal is to bring 3,000 actors together inside of this inspiring, supportive, free online community. And…when we meet that goal there are prizes to be had! Yee haw! Prize #1 The first step to building your Audition Dream Team is speaking the same audition language. When our membership exceeds 3,000 people, every member of the group will get to participate in a free audition class taught by Wendy herself. In this class Wendy will share the exact audition technique she uses to book all her film and tv work. Prize #2 You can... read more

Denzel Washington vs. Jeffrey Wright In The Close Up

by | Nov 1, 2018 | Blog

This is the final chapter in our video series on How To Be Captivating In A Close Up. Mastering this intimate frame is crucial to your success as a film and tv actor. What works in a wide shot, or even a medium close up, simply will not work in an extreme close up. In today’s video Wendy breaks down how two phenomenal actors use their close up to tell a powerful story. See Denzel Washington and Jeffrey Wright in a scene from The Manchurian Candidate, and learn the 4 principles they use to create captivating close ups. Want more insider secrets and audition tools from 4-time Series Lead Wendy Davis? Get yourself into our Facebook Group by clicking here. Join here LIVE every Wednesday at 1pm pacific and get your audition questions... read more

How the close up has changed (with Series Regular Wendy Davis)

by | Oct 24, 2018 | Blog

The close up has evolved over the years and is now one of the most important and challenging skills to master. Use these these four principles to take your acting game to the next level! This LIVE video was created by Series Regular Wendy Davis.  To get more insider secrets from Wendy, and to have YOUR specific audition questions answered, get yourself into our Facebook Group by clicking... read more

What NOT To Do In A Close Up

by | Oct 11, 2018 | Blog

What NOT To Do In A Close Up The close up shot is your chance to create intimacy with your audience. Often, the close up is the most emotionally complex aspect of a scene. This makes it powerful, but also increasingly difficult to execute effectively. Whether you’re an experienced film actor or coming straight from theatre, your instinct to play into the emotion of your close up could have your face moving all over the place – distracting from your performance. What makes a great close up? Check out today’s video where Wendy Davis will show you what NOT to do in close up. Stay tuned for the rest of the video to find out the 4 critical components of a powerful close up. What NOT To Do In A Close Up Remember these 4 principles and get ready for your close up: Seamless Acting Acting Listening Emotional Availability Maximum Exposure Of The Eyes Leave a comment. Was this video helpful for your film acting preparation? ================================= Coming Soon: Los Angeles Class How To Be Captivating In A Close Up Our brand new 10-week intensive with Wendy Davis and Julienne Irons 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... read more

Part 1: Play To Win At The Audition Game!

by | Jul 26, 2018 | Blog

Part 1: Play To Win At The Audition Game! Can you believe Episodic Season is already starting to pick up speed? Are you ready to play The Audition Game…And Win? If you’re getting in the audition room, but not booking as often as you’d like, The Audition Game just may be the missing piece you’ve been looking for. In this 4-part video series, I’ll let you in on the exact audition technique I use to book all my film + tv jobs (including my 7 Season Series Regular Role on Army Wives, and my latest role starring in OWN’s “Love Is…”). Ready to play? Check out today’s video to find out the BIGGEST MISTAKE actors make in their auditions, and what to do instead. Play The Audition Game…And Win! Use this simple, yet powerful mindset shift in your next audition! Leave a comment. Was this audition advice helpful to you? Want to learn more steps of The Audition Game? Come to the free Los Angeles workshop: Audition Secrets of A Series Regular Are you auditioning but not booking the job? Do you put a ton of pressure on yourself when an audition comes your way? Are your auditions so few and far between that it’s hard to ever get your audition groove on? What if you could learn a proven audition technique developed by a Series Regular, Wendy Davis, that will not only help you love auditioning, but can help you book the job? You’re in luck! The Audition Game is a step-by-step audition technique created by actress Wendy Davis (star of Lifetime’s Army Wives and currently starring on OWN’s “Love Is…”). The Audition Game technique helped Wendy... read more

“Should I sit, or should I stand?” That is NOT the question…

by | Jul 19, 2018 | Blog

“Should I sit, or should I stand?” That is NOT the question… When preparing your audition have you ever wondered, “Should I sit or stand?” We run our acting workshops like a casting session, with actors coming in one at a time. This question comes up a lot. It’s the inspiration for today’s video. Should I sit or stand is a good question. But it doesn’t go far enough. The audition chair is your friend. In fact, if you know how to work that chair to your advantage, it can become a thing of magic. See what we mean in today’s video. The Magic Chair An audition is an unnatural circumstance. You don’t have the benefit of a real location, wardrobe, or other actors. Your job is to use all resources available to you to create the illusion of a fully lived out reality. The chair is your friend in this endeavor. It can be a desk, a bar stool, a car, your couch… Using the chair to create an imaginary location will add another layer of depth and reality to your audition. It really is a tool of magic! Leave a comment. Did this help you think about the audition room in a different... read more
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