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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

Should you start in or out of frame in your audition?

by | Dec 7, 2017 | Blog

Ever wondered if you should start in or out of frame in your audition? How do you know what makes the strongest choice? In today’s video, our own Lilach Mendelovich will show you how to play, “The In Or Out Of Frame Game!” Ready for Round 1?  Click play on the video!     Remember to ask yourself the question, “Is my character doing something BIG, or mundane?”  Let your answer inform your decision to start in or out of frame. Leave a comment!  What questions do you consider in your own audition scenes to make this choice? Please like &... read more

How To Handle One Line Auditions

by | Nov 30, 2017 | Blog

How To Handle One Line Auditions Auditions with one line are tricky! How do you craft a solid audition with so little to work with? How do you avoid the common traps of doing way too much, or not enough? Today’s video, featuring our Lead Instructor Lilach Mendelovich, will show you how to handle one line auditions. Remember, the most important job you have with a one line audition is to move the story forward! Please like &... read more

Who are you doing this for?

by | Nov 23, 2017 | Blog

Who are you doing this for? Happy Thanksgiving from Acting Pros! We are so grateful for you. The holidays can be a time of celebration. But, they can also be awkward and uncomfortable when Aunt Ginny starts asking, “When are you going to get a real job?” Whether you feel thrilled about the current state of your career, or maybe not so much, remember that the impact you have as an actor is much bigger than you. There’s a question we like to ask ourselves before an audition, a writing session, or teaching our classes to help us get out of our own way and bring our very best to the table. Find out what we mean in today’s video. Who Are You Doing This For? Acting Pros was created to inspire and empower YOU to have the professional, sustainable career you truly want. Thank You for letting us into your world and trusting us to help you get there. Happy Thanksgiving! Please like &... read more

Look at your audition sides

by | Nov 16, 2017 | Blog

Look at your audition sides Being off book is the ideal scenario in every audition that comes your way. But it isn’t realistic. Sometimes you just can’t be off book. Whether you got the audition at the last minute, or the you’re preparing 11 pages of dialogue heavy scenes, there are times when you simply can’t memorize everything. What to do? Today’s video will show you what NOT to do…(and of course provide a solution). Check it out below: In the event that you can’t get off book in time for the audition, ACCEPT IT. Then don’t be afraid to look at your sides when you need to. It’s ok, we promise 🙂 Leave a comment. Was this video helpful to you? Please like &... read more

The Curse Of The Totem Pole

by | Nov 9, 2017 | Blog

The Curse Of The Totem Pole Although Halloween is over, there’s still time to address the spooky curse afflicting auditioning actors everywhere. It’s called The Curse Of The Totem Pole, and you just may be the next victim! Find out what Totem Pole is (and how to free yourself of this dreaded curse)… The Curse Of The Totem Pole Don’t let Totem Pole get the best of you! Use simple physical movement to tell the story of your audition scene. Leave a comment. Was this video helpful? Please like &... read more

To Mime Or Not To Mime

by | Nov 2, 2017 | Blog

To Mime Or Not To Mime When you get an audition scene that requires your character to eat, drink, walk through a door…how do you handle it? Do you mime?  Do you not mime? That is the question. Check out today’s video for answers! Remember, an audition is an unnatural situation to begin with.  You don’t have a set, props, wardrobe, lighting or a scene partner.  When the viewer sees you mime that coffee cup, it immediately reminds us that what we’re watching isn’t real. Even if you do an incredible job of suggesting an invisible prop, the viewer starts to think, “Wow, she’s really great at miming.” When you focus on suggesting the emotional reality of the scene, the viewer will focus on the power of your work, not your miming skills! Please like &... read more

What NOT To Do In A Close Up (Part 3)

by | Oct 26, 2017 | Blog

What NOT To Do In A Close Up (Part 3) 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? ================================= Los Angeles CLASS: How To Be Captivating In A Close Up Our brand new 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... read more

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
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