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What’s your character’s Personality Type?

by | Jun 22, 2017 | Blog

What’s your character’s Personality Type? Have you ever picked up an audition script and thought, “Yes! This is exactly the way I would think and act,”? Most likely, you and your character share the same personality type. On the other hand, have you looked at a scene and wondered, “Why would my character do that? It makes no sense!” If your character’s behavior doesn’t make sense to you, odds are you have a different personality type. In our class series, Audition Game Pro, one of our most important steps is to identify the Personality Type of your character. In an ideal world, you would have plenty of time to explore the psyche, motivation, and worldview of your character. But let’s be real. The turn around time on an audition can be less than 24 hours (in some cases much less!). If you’re going in for a character who’s personality type is far removed from who you are, it can feel impossible to create a compelling audition in a short amount of time. Enter the Personality Type Funsheet. Check out today’s video to find out the 4 Main Personality Types you’ll encounter in every script that comes your way… Now download the Personality Type Funsheet. Use it to identify your character’s main personality type, and traits. This will help you quickly create audition choices in alignment with your character’s personality traits (especially when it’s different from your natural way of being). This funsheet is directly from the Audition Game Pro Digital program (and we usually save it for students of the class) so get it while you can! Leave a comment. What personality type are you? How can this funsheet... read more

Let’s get physical

by | Jun 15, 2017 | Blog

An audition scene that includes complicated physical movement can be tricky to play in the limitations of the audition room. How much action do you include? What do you leave out? Should you leave anything out? limitations So many questions to consider. Don’t let the physicality of your audition scenes throw you off. Today’s video to the rescue! Let’s Get Physical Don’t be afraid to move in your auditions. Just be sure that the physicality is simplified for the set up of your audition room, and helps you tell the most important elements of the story. Remember to test your choices before you get to the audition room. What seems like a good idea in your head, may not work out the way you imagined. Find out at home to so you can make a new choice! Leave a comment. How do you handle physical movement in your audition? Do you test it out at home to see what works? Please like &... read more

It’s the perfect time to find an agent

by | Jun 8, 2017 | Blog

It’s the perfect time to find an agent June is the perfect time to find representation. Whether you’re looking for representation period, or looking to find a better fit, now is the perfect time to set up your meetings and get the ball rolling. Why? Pilot Season has come and gone. That means offices have more time to take meetings and fill the missing gaps in their roster. Like you, agents and managers want to make a good living. As smart businesses, now is the time when they see who they want to keep on their roster, and who they choose to let go. If you’ve been let go from your representation – don’t lose heart! It isn’t personal, and it happens to everyone. Literally everyone. There’s no shame in this game! Don’t let that stop you from looking for a better fit. When you take steps to land meetings with potential representation, here are some important things to give you confidence and find your “yes”: CLARITY What kind of acting work is in “your lane?” Do you belong on a prestige cable drama? Are you sitcom material? Do you belong in the world of procedural dramas? Think about the kind of stories you most want to tell, and the type of work you are most likely to get cast for. Then do some research on IMDB Pro to see which agencies have clients who do the kind of work that is in alignment with your career goals. Just because you have an agent, doesn’t mean they can get you in the room. Be strategic about which agencies are most likely to have relationships with the people... read more

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

by | Jun 1, 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 Actors – Spring Classes Are Here Get Real To Get Roles: Let Go Of “Getting It Right” And Get The Job! Actors focus on what they’re feeling. Human beings focus on what they’re doing. I’ve seen too many actors get stuck playing an idea instead of allowing themselves to live in the moment. When you get too attached to what you planned, your acting falls flat. To be perfectly frank, it’s boring, and boring doesn’t book the job. In this 8-week intensive you will: Get out of your head and into the moment, to create work that is unpredictable and alive Learn to create a deep connection under... read more

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

by | May 25, 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 – Spring Classes Are Here Get Real To Get Roles: Let Go Of “Getting It Right” And Get The Job! Actors focus on what they’re feeling. Human beings focus on what they’re doing. I’ve seen too many actors get stuck playing an idea instead of allowing themselves to live in the moment. When you get too attached to what you planned, your acting falls flat. To be perfectly frank, it’s boring, and boring doesn’t book the job. In this 8-week intensive you will: Get out of your head and into the moment, to create work that is unpredictable and alive Learn to create a deep connection under any circumstances (this is the most important part of... read more

What makes a captivating close up? (Part 1)

by | May 18, 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? Spring Class: 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

Why are you an actor?

by | May 11, 2017 | 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... read more

Beyond Agents, Casting Directors And Auditions

by | May 4, 2017 | Blog

Beyond Agents, Casting Directors And Auditions 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... read more

2017 Auditions To Offers Scholarship Giveaway Winners!

by | Apr 29, 2017 | Blog

2017 Auditions To Offers Scholarship Giveaway Winners! Thank you to everyone who entered the 2017 Auditions To Offers Scholarship Contest! As promised, we are offering two scholarships to our #1 marketing program, Auditions To Offers Digital. Woo Hoo! But we’re over-delivering on that promise…instead of two scholarships, we just couldn’t help ourselves. We are giving away four! At Acting Pros we believe in lifting each other up to create a supportive community. There’s plenty of success to go around! Even if you didn’t win the giveaway, feel free to leave a comment congratulating those who did. Let’s share the love and keep it positive 🙂 The 2017 Auditions To Offers Scholarship Winners Are… Bill Lee Brown | @BillLeeBrown Esther Krimmel | @StarKrimmel Susan Chambers | @Susan4745743 Jared Day | @JaredDay Congrats to you, and to all the actors taking action to create the career you desire, keep up the great work! If your name is on this list, please email us ASAP to claim your scholarship. What is Auditions To Offers? In this special online program, I teach you how to shift your focus from “getting more auditions” to building relationships with the people who can hire you. Most successful actors tend to be hired by a small group of people again and again.  Often they get to the point where they no longer need to audition. They simply go straight to an offer. If you want to make this happen for yourself, it’s time to start focusing on building YOUR professional relationships. How do you do that? This 5-week online program will not only show you, it will help you make a step-by-step plan and... read more

How NOT to be a Social Media E-Creep

by | Apr 27, 2017 | Blog

How NOT to be a Social Media E-Creep Social media has become a major factor in casting decisions. No matter what your personal opinion is about this fact, checking up on an actor’s social media presence is becoming industry standard. But don’t lose heart! Anyone can build a social media following. However, there’s a vast difference between using social media, and building a following.  If you find you’ve been simply lurking on social media, but not comfortable engaging with other users, today’s video is for you! How NOT to be a Social Media E-Creep The next time your fear or doubt is preventing you from putting yourself out there, remember the 4 C’s! Please like &... read more
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