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What NOT To Do – Social Media

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Blog

What NOT To Do – Social Media Hey it’s Emily Grace – resident marketing expert here at Acting Pros. Do you ever have the sneaking suspicion that you’re using social media all wrong…and no one is telling you?!? Let’s talk about social media etiquette- Where is the line, and how do you know if you’ve crossed it? Today’s video is one from the recent past, and it’s just as relevant today. Don’t put your foot in your mouth on social media (and not even realize it)! Here’s what NOT to do: Now that we’ve covered what NOT to do – here’s what TO do to be effective on twitter, or any social media platform: Clarify Your Goals Why are you using social media? What do you want to accomplish? Are you building relationships with people who can hire you? Bringing visibility to your latest project? Creating a personal brand that combines your witty one liners and your love of Pokeman? Be specific, and your actions will support your goals. It’s A Cocktail Party When you meet someone at a party, do you immediately ask them to do something for you? No. You engage is Know Who You’re Talking To Social Media is a great of way of sharing what you’re up to. It’s also a phenomenal LISTENING TOOL. Especially if your goal is to build relationships, use the information people willingly share in a public forum to get to know them. Find where you may have common interests, experiences or goals, and use those points of connection to begin a professional relationship. Add Value Because social media makes otherwise unavailable people so easily accessible, it can... read more

Read What’s On The Page

by | Feb 8, 2018 | Blog

Read What’s On The Page When you get an audition scene, what’s your process? How much time do you spend reading the scene before you think about how you’ll play it? How long do you give yourself before you start trying to memorize your lines? In my experience, actors begin to do this almost immediately. I want to encourage you to stop doing that. Instead, take the time to read what’s on the page. Not just the scene. I mean EVERYTHING ON THE PAGE. The script is a map directly from the writer, that is filled with information. It’s your job to read, comprehend, and use that information to inform your choices. Time and time again I see actors make strong, unique, interesting choices…that have nothing to do with the scene. Why? Because they don’t take the time to read what’s on the page. If you start making choices before you truly understand what’s going on in the scene, you will act yourself right out of the job. When your choices are out of alignment with the writer’s intention, it won’t matter how great your acting is. Instead of wowing the room with your unique choices, you’ll simply convince the casting directer, writer and/or producer that you don’t understand the script. By the time your audition scene gets to you, the script has gone through massive, multiple rewrites. The writer has worked tirelessly to give you clue after clue as to what the scene and the script is about. Pay attention to all of the following… Character Breakdown If this is provided, read it! It will give you clues about your character. If you... read more

The trap of “Actor Voice”

by | Feb 1, 2018 | Blog

When you prepare for an audition, you want to build a strong character and a powerful performance, right? Of course you do! However, one thing that we see time and time again in our audition class series is the trap of…ACTOR VOICE! Check out today’s video with Acting Pros Instructor Julienne Irons and find out what NOT to do! Actor Voice It’s easier said than done, but the most powerful choice you can make is to be you! ========================================== BY POPULAR DEMAND: 2 FINAL Free Workshops! “Audition Secrets Of 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 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 taught at the Acting Pros Studio. This proven technique has helped our students book co-stars, guest stars, starring film roles and Series Leads. It just might be the missing link for you, too. Are you ready to learn how to create powerful, effective auditions that book work? The steps of The Audition Game will show you how. Join our Lead Instructor, Lilach Mendelovich, for this interactive 2.5 hour workshop in our Glendale studio. LAST 2 DATES OF Pilot Season! SEATS ARE LIMITED. Click here to grab your spot.   ===================================================================== Please like &... read more

Self Taped Vs. In The Room Auditions

by | Jan 25, 2018 | Blog

Self Taped Vs. In The Room Auditions Is there a difference between what you do in a self taped audition vs. in the room? Yes there is! Check out today’s video to find out how to create the strongest audition that fits the situation: In the age of self taping, it’s important to know how much leeway you have to create the strongest performance. ========================================== LAST 3 Audition Workshops of Pilot Season! “Audition Secrets Of 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 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 taught at the Acting Pros Studio.  This proven technique has helped our students book co-stars, guest stars, starring film roles and Series Leads. It just might be the missing link for you, too. Are you ready to learn how to create powerful, effective auditions that book work? The steps of The Audition Game will show you how. Join our Lead Instructor, Lilach Mendelovich, for this interactive 2.5 hour workshop in our Glendale studio. LAST 3 DATES OF THE YEAR! SEATS ARE LIMITED. Click here to grab your spot.   ===================================================================== Please like &... read more

How to create an audition that books

by | Jan 18, 2018 | Blog

How to create an audition that books Are you ready to play the Audition Game…and win? Pilot 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... read more

3 Tips For Last Minute Auditions

by | Jan 11, 2018 | Blog

3 Tips For Last Minute Auditions It’s Pilot Season! That means the auditions are a-rolling in. Woo hoo – right? Auditions are exciting. But they can also be stressful – especially when they roll in at the very last minute. Don’t worry! Acting Pros has got your back. Find out our top 3 tips to nail those last minute auditions. We’re excited to share the very first blog video featuring stellar Acting Pros Instructor, Julienne Irons. 3 Tips For Last Minute Auditions And of course, remember to breathe. Here’s to a rock solid Pilot Season 2018! Are you an LA based actor? Read on for our free audition workshop happening this month! ==================================================== Los Angeles Actors – Are Your Auditions Forgettable? We Can Help! Come to our FREE Workshop, “Audition Secrets Of 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 book the job? You’re in luck! Join our Lead Instructor, Lilach Mendelovich, for this interactive 2.5 hour workshop in our Glendale studio. You will learn how to play The Audition Game…and win! This step-by-step technique has helped thousands of actors book work. It may be the missing link for you too! Ready to find out? CLICK HERE TO COME TO OUR FREE WORKSHOP. ABOUT ACTING PROS Acting Pros was founded by star of Lifetime’s Army Wives Wendy Davis (117 episodes) in 2014 to teach actors the vital,... read more

It’s all about confidence in the audition room

by | Jan 4, 2018 | Blog

It’s all about confidence in the audition room What does it mean to have confidence in the audition room? Do you set yourself up with an “if/then” equation? “If I memorize all my lines, then I’ll feel confident.” “If I have enough time to prepare, then I’ll feel confident.” Confidence isn’t a destination. It’s a way of being. See what we mean in today’s video! It’s All About Confidence Now, what the actor did in his particular audition, may not fly in every casting office.  Not every casting director will let you play musical chairs with their furniture. In some cases, the big bold choice you prepared isn’t possible because the tripod is broken, or some other technical reason. Remember that confidence is not about what you’re doing. It’s about how you’re doing what you’re doing. Don’t talk yourself out of bold choices before you even get to the audition room. Just be willing to roll with the punches if the office can’t accommodate what you planned. Casting wants to see you take bold risks. It makes their job easier!   ==================================================== Los Angeles Actors – want to learn how to play The Audition Game..and win? Come to our FREE Workshop, “Audition Secrets Of 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 book the job? You’re in luck! Join our Lead Instructor, Lilach Mendelovich, for this interactive 2.5 hour... read more

Keep it tight!

by | Dec 28, 2017 | Blog

Keep it tight! The holiday break is the perfect time to rest, recharge, and check out. Down time is just as important to your productivity and success as taking action. But…if you let your downtime go on too long, your acting and business muscles can get flabby. The longer you stay at rest, the harder it is to get moving again. We’re here to help! Check out today’s video to help you stay in shape. FREE WORKSHOP: Audition Secrets From A Series Regular Are you an LA-based actor? Reserve your spot for our FREE AUDITION WORKSHOP in January 2018. Pilot Season is just around the corner. Hit the ground running with this powerful audition workshop. Click here for dates. It’s FREE!   Please like &... read more

Announcing The 2017 Holiday Scholarship Winners!

by | Dec 18, 2017 | Blog

Happy Holidays from the Acting Pros Team! In the spirit of giving, we are GIVING AWAY our digital programs to 4 lucky actors. The winners are announced below. Read on to find out if you’re one of them! Whether you won the holiday contest, shared it with your actor friends, or this is the first you’ve heard about it, we want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. Acting Pros was created to teach you the real-world tools you need to stand out in the audition room and on set. The tools we share in our classes, online programs, and through this blog can help you create sustainable acting success. But without YOU, these tools have no value. It is because you show up to our free events, read and implement the tools we share on this blog, and have the courage to pursue a career that you love, that Acting Pros has a purpose. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. Thank you for showing up for yourself, time and time again. We are inspired by the dedication and perseverance it takes to not only become an actor, but to keep going. Here is to YOU. Whether you won the contest or not, we ALL win when you share your talent, your stories, and make your voice heard. And now on to the contest. Announcing The 2017 Holiday Scholarship Contest Winners KERRY MCGANN JUDY JOHNSON RAFELLA BISCAYN KEVIN CONNOLLY Congrats to all the winners! If you’re name is listed here, please reply to info@actingpros.com to claim your digital programs! And if you didn’t... read more

Don’t spoil the surprise

by | Dec 14, 2017 | Blog

Don’t spoil the surprise When you go into your audition, you’ve already read the script (one would hope). You know exactly what is going to happen. But how do you behave as though you don’t? It’s a tricky line to walk as an actor.  You don’t want to give away the end of the scene at the beginning. In today’s video, Lilach Mendelovich shares a simple tool to use in your audition scenes so you don’t spoil the surprise! Check it out: Expectation is a powerful thing in acting and in life. When you set the expectation to get something other than what happens in your audition scene, it will feel fresh, alive and spontaneous! Please like &... read more
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