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Feel the fear and STOP

by | Mar 16, 2017 | Blog

Feel the fear and STOP Wait a minute. “Feel the fear and…stop”? That’s not how the saying goes… And yet, it is a long-ingrained habit many of us suffer from. Especially when it comes to putting yourself out there as an actor. Recently I had a coaching call with a client that reminded me of how cunning this habit can be when left unchecked. Here’s what happened: The client is perfect – like really perfect – and uniquely qualified for a certain tv show. Between his experience as a filmmaker, festival connections in common with the director, and his personal experience with the show’s subject matter, he has a ton of value to offer this project. Plus he’s super passionate about being part of this specific show. So we mapped out a strategic marketing plan for him to connect with the director and producer. As we discussed the possible ways he could be bold, directly ask for what he wanted, add value to the equation, and follow up multiple times, I noticed he was becoming more and more quiet on the other end of the phone. “You ok over there?” I asked. Silence. I could imagine the wheels turning in his head. The thoughts going something like: Couldn’t I just put myself out there once and be done with it? What if they think I’m rude, or needy, or pushy? I never should’ve said anything. How can I get out of this project? Come to think of it, I’m not really that excited about this project. Never mind. I’ll just focus on something else. Yeah. Something that would be easier. Comfortable. Something that has...

This word is dangerous to your career

by | Mar 9, 2017 | Blog

This word is dangerous to your career Should. I should be further along my career (for my type, my age, my talent…) I should build up my tv credits (because my agent told me to) I should go for a commercial agent (because it’s easier than getting a legit one) I should cut my hair (because it’s a more marketable look) And on and on and on. Should is a dangerous word. When you set goals and make decisions from a place of “should” you disconnect from what’s in your heart. Have you ever taken on a goal because someone else said you “should”? If you have, you know what happens next. You might go for that goal diligently at first, but eventually you run out of steam. When your heart’s not in it, you can’t stay motivated. We human beings have a habit of looking outside ourselves for reassurance. But the truth is, no one knows what’s best for you. That is your department. When it comes to the entertainment industry, there is no “right way” to create success. No one can predict what is going to happen. A while back Christina Hendricks gave an interview (she played Joan Harris on Mad Men). Her agents at the time dropped her when she signed on to play the role. Why? Because they told her “It’s a period piece. It’s not going to make any money.” She decided to go with her intuition, and love for the script. And they decided to drop her. Hmmmm. Seven seasons later, six personal Emmy Nominations, and countless awards later…who do you think made the better choice? Which just goes to...

Don’t tweet your way out of a job!

by | Feb 23, 2017 | Blog

Don’t tweet your way out of a job! Twitter (and all social media platforms) are powerful tools for actors.  You can connect with filmmakers, editors, casting directors, agents, critics, fellow actors, fans of your work.  It is the simplest way to market yourself, your projects, and your career news. And you should be. HOWEVER, if you’re going to use twitter as a marketing tool, you need to be smart about it. If you don’t use your head, you could tweet (or Facebook or Instagram or Snapchat) yourself right of a job. Actors get fired for posting proprietary information more and more now. Don’t let this happen to you! After all, booking the job doesn’t happen every day. Don’t let your hard work and hustle be for nothing. The question of when it is safe to share about your auditions, your bookings, your onset photos, comes up often here at Acting Pros. So let’s talk about it. Read your NDA’s If you are given an NDA to sign (whether at an audition, at a contract signing, on set, or otherwise), you need to read that sh*t!  Understand what you’re signing.  There will likely be explicit guidelines about the use of social media in relation to the project. Know what those guidelines are.  If you agree to them by signing, you need to do what you agreed to do.  If you don’t, you will lose that job. But you told me to market myself This is true. But not to your own detriment. You should be marketing your acting career progress, like auditions, callbacks and bookings.  Just keep it vague until you either have permission from the production to...

What NOT To Do – Social Media

by | Feb 16, 2017 | 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 What’s On The Page

by | Feb 9, 2017 | 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...

How to connect to your audition sides…instantly

by | Jan 26, 2017 | Blog

In today’s world, auditions happen FAST! Oftentimes, you have less than 24-hours to prepare. When time is of the essence, how to do you connect to your character and the material fast? Check out today’s video to find out our number 1 tip! Want to learn more audition tips to rock Pilot Season? Get your spot at our FINAL Los Angeles FREE Workshop: “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” BY POPULAR DEMAND we’ve added ONE FINAL DATE! 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 Pilot Season Date! SEATS ARE LIMITED. Click here to grab your spot. Please like &...

How to get your audition zen on

by | Jan 19, 2017 | Blog

How to get your audition zen on When an audition comes your way, how do you feel? Pressed for time? Anxious? Stressed out?!? When your audition becomes a MONUMENTAL EVENT, it’s tough to do your best work. Find out what you can do instead in today’s video. How to get your audition zen on… Doesn’t that sound more fun? If you’re in Los Angeles and you want to learn more about how to shift your audition mindset into a game, check our upcoming free workshop… Los Angeles 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 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! Multiple January Dates SEATS ARE LIMITED. Click here to grab your spot. Please like &...

How to create a powerful, effective audition

by | Jan 12, 2017 | Blog

It’s Pilot Season and AUDITIONS are on the brain! Are you ready to play the Audition Game…and win? 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. How do you stand out with a powerful, effective audition? Find out in today’s video, when Wendy Davis incorporates the first three steps of how powerful technique, 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...

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

by | Jan 5, 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! Hit The Ground Running This Pilot Season! FREE WORKSHOP: Audition Secrets From A Series Regular Are you an LA-based actor? Reserve your spot for our FREE AUDITION WORKSHOP in January 2017. Pilot Season is just around the corner. Hit the ground running with this powerful audition workshop. Click here for dates + details. It’s FREE ans spots are LIMITED! Please like &...

Keep it tight!

by | Dec 29, 2016 | 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 2017. 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 &...
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