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Part 4: Moment of Discovery

by | Jul 20, 2017 | Blog

Part 4: Moment of Discovery Welcome to the FINAL part of our 4-part audition video series. Did you miss anything? Be sure to catch the first 3 videos, then come back to this one! Click the links for: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 All set? Awesome! Now we move on to the next step of The Audition Game: Moment Of Discovery/Decision. Why is this moment so critical to the success of your audition? Find out in the video! Download this scene from The Walking Dead to follow along. And there you have it. See what a difference just 4 steps of The Audition Game can make? Leave a comment. Will you be analyzing your script for the moment of discovery/decision in your next audition? LAST DAY TO JOIN the free webinar, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” CLICK HERE to grab your spot. Have you ever wondered how to make the leap from a struggling actor to Series Regular? Check out the FREE webinar called “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” This value packed online webinar features Acting Pros Founder Wendy Davis, star of Lifetime’s Army Wives. Hosted by Sundance-award winning actress Emily Grace, these ladies will be talking about the exact audition technique Wendy used to go from no callbacks or bookings to a Series Lead. If you’re frustrated with the audition process, this webinar is for you! Get the inside scoop on auditions from someone who has made the leap from an unknown to Series Lead…and how you can too. LAST DAY to join us live. BE THERE. Click here to reserve your spot! Please like &... read more

Part 3: What Am I Doing?

by | Jul 13, 2017 | Blog

Part 3: What Am I Doing? Welcome back to our 4-part video series, where I teach you how to play The Audition Game…and win! Check out Part 1 right here. Get Part 2 here. Then come back to this video to get Part 3: What Am I Doing? In life, we focus on what we’re doing. But when we pick up an audition scene, we tend to focus on how we’re feeling. This makes our acting fall flat, and feel “actor-y.” Check out today’s video to find out how to find the most compelling mix of what you’re doing and what you expect to create powerful, effective auditions that book work. Download this scene from The Walking Dead to follow along. Leave a comment. Will this help you get more specific in your next audition scene? Want to learn more steps of The Audition Game? Join the free webinar, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” It’s next week! CLICK HERE to be there! Have you ever wondered how to make the leap from a struggling actor to Series Regular? Check out the FREE webinar called “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” This value packed online webinar features Acting Pros Founder Wendy Davis, star of Lifetime’s Army Wives. Hosted by Sundance-award winning actress Emily Grace, these ladies will be talking about the exact audition technique Wendy used to go from no callbacks or bookings to a Series Lead. If you’re frustrated with the audition process, this webinar is for you! Get the inside scoop on auditions from someone who has made the leap from an unknown to Series Lead…and how you can too. It’s NEXT WEEK! ... read more

Part 2: Scene Shift

by | Jul 6, 2017 | Blog

Part 2: Scene Shift Welcome back to our 4-part video series, where I teach you how to play The Audition Game…and win! Check out Part 1 right here. Then come back to this video! Ready for Part 2? In today’s video, I’ll show you the MOST IMPORTANT STEP of The Audition Game. This one step alone can take your auditions from good to BOOKED. Want to find out what it is? Click the video and let’s do this! Be sure to download this scene from The Walking Dead to follow along. Use this audition secret in your next audition and see the difference it makes! Leave a comment. What was your biggest take away from this video? Want to learn more steps of The Audition Game? Join the free webinar, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” Have you ever wondered how to make the leap from a struggling actor to Series Regular? Check out the FREE webinar called “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” This value packed online webinar features Acting Pros Founder Wendy Davis, star of Lifetime’s Army Wives. Hosted by Sundance-award winning actress Emily Grace, these ladies will be talking about the exact audition technique Wendy used to go from no callbacks or bookings to a Series Lead. If you’re frustrated with the audition process, this webinar is for you! Get the inside scoop on auditions from someone who has made the leap from an unknown to Series Lead…and how you can too. Choose from 3 dates in July. Click here to reserve your spot! Please like &... read more

Part 1: Play The Audition Game…And Win!

by | Jun 29, 2017 | Blog

Part 1: Play The Audition Game…And Win! Episodic Season will be here before you know it! Are you ready to play The Audition Game…And Win? If you’re getting in the audition room, but not booking as often as you’d like, The Audition Game just may be the missing piece you’ve been looking for. In this 4-part video series, I’ll let you in on the exact audition technique I use to book all my film + tv jobs (including my 7 Season Series Regular Role on Army Wives). Ready to play? Check out today’s video to find out the BIGGEST MISTAKE actors make in their auditions, and what to do instead. Play The Audition Game…And Win! Use this simple, yet powerful mindset shift in your next audition! Leave a comment. Was this audition advice helpful to you? Want to learn more steps of The Audition Game? Join the free webinar, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” Have you ever wondered how to make the leap from a struggling actor to Series Regular? Check out the FREE webinar called “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” This value packed online webinar features Acting Pros Founder Wendy Davis, star of Lifetime’s Army Wives.  Hosted by Sundance-award winning actress Emily Grace, these ladies will be talking about the exact audition technique Wendy used to go from no callbacks or bookings to a Series Lead. If you’re frustrated with the audition process, this webinar is for you! Get the inside scoop on auditions from someone who has made the leap from an unknown to Series Lead…and how you can too. Choose from 3 dates in July. Click here to reserve your spot!... read more

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
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