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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 &...

Beyond Agents, Casting Directors And Auditions

by | Jul 20, 2016 | Blog

Do you have tunnel vision when it comes to your career possibilities? If you are an actor, I know you’ve fallen into this repetitive loop: Agents. Casting Directors.  Agents.  Casting Directors. If I could just get an agent – my career would take off. If I could just take more casting director workshops – I’ll book more work. I can’t get an agent because I “don’t have enough credits.” I can’t get more credits because I don’t have an agent. I know! I’ll take more casting director workshops – because that could lead to more work. But the casting directors are only working with actors who have agents. Eff mother effing eff EFFF!!!!!!!!! How am I supposed to make something happen?!??? We’ve all been there.  So many actors fall into the trap of tunnel vision when it comes to the “how” of their success. Yes, agents are a great asset to have. Yes, casting directors are important relationships to develop. And workshops (should you choose to participate in them) can give you a way of meeting people you might not otherwise have access to. BUT, the workshop by itself has a very slim chance of giving you the results you want.   If you’re going the route of workshops, you’ll need an effective follow up plan to make the workshops work for you. There are many other paths to acting success. I’m all for singularly focused goals that move you into action.  It’s the only way to get results.  But if you are only looking at one possible path to acting success (agents and casting directors) you could be missing...

Why are you an actor?

by | Jul 14, 2016 | Blog

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably an actor. But do you remember why you became one? Do you remember that part of you that wanted to play? Or has that desire fallen by the wayside?  Gotten lost within the endless, frustrating actor-hustle? Have you had your heart broken, your ego bruised, or your pride trampled by the “industry”? Perhaps you’ve had all three. Or worse…you’ve had your dreams crapped all over, stealing your confidence, and convincing you it’s better to play small. Can you relate? I want to help you change that. Today. RIGHT NOW. I know you didn’t decide to become an actor to have your sparkle dimmed by the entertainment industry. Nope. That’s not who you are. You became an actor because it’s a calling. There’s a stirring way down deep in the gorgeous soul of yours to create…to share…to effect the lives of others through powerful stories. But don’t let me put words into your mouth. (Get your own words :)) Are you ready to get back to the REAL reason you chose to be an actor, each and every day? Then let me share with you one of my favorite, most inspiring videos of all time, by the fabulous and brilliant Simon Sinek. It’s called “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action” and while it’s aimed at business owners, I think it’s just as valuable for actors.   An actor is a business owner (albeit on an unconventional path). When you put all your focus on “How” to accomplish your goals, it’s easy to run out of steam. How will I land an...

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

by | Jul 8, 2016 | 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 – Master The Close Up With Wendy Davis Our brand new 6-week intensive will teach you “How To Be Captivating On Camera.” 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 4 principles, you will practice them each week....

What makes a captivating close up? (Part 1)

by | Jun 30, 2016 | Blog

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?   Please like &...

Beyond The Audition Script: Do Your Research

by | Jun 23, 2016 | Blog

Beyond The Audition Script: Do Your Research Last time we spoke, we talked about the importance of understanding the writer’s intention. From the audition script to the shooting script, the writer is constantly giving you clues about his/her intention. Now we move on to part 2 of this topic– Research. Let’s start with a surprise quiz! (Don’t worry, you won’t be graded). Ready? Set. Go! Question 1: Define the following word: Sotto Question 2: Who has the higher rank? a) Colonel b) General Question 3: Pronounce this word: Façade Question 4: Please define the following: Preeclampsia Did you know all the answers? (Congrats if you did! Don’t sweat it if you didn’t). The point of this quiz isn’t to find out if you you know the answers. It’s to encourage you to go the extra mile to find them. When things show up in your audition script that you aren’t familiar with, it’s time to go beyond the script and do your research! Each of the quiz questions is based on an example that an actor didn’t bother to find out before their audition. Skipping over this work is a rookie move. Let’s break down each example, and show you what to do instead, so that you’re more likely to book the job. How To Go Beyond The Script And Do Your Research This list is a starting point. If there is anything in your script that you don’t understand, it is your job to figure it out. You got this! Word Definition When you come across a word in your audition scene that you don’t know (or any script you’re working on), don’t ignore it,...
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