What NOT To Do In A Close Up

by | Oct 11, 2018 | Blog

What NOT To Do In A Close Up 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? ================================= Coming Soon: Los Angeles Class How To Be Captivating In A Close Up Our brand new 10-week intensive with Wendy Davis and Julienne Irons 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... read more

Part 1: Play To Win At The Audition Game!

by | Jul 26, 2018 | Blog

Part 1: Play To Win At The Audition Game! Can you believe Episodic Season is already starting to pick up speed? 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, and my latest role starring in OWN’s “Love Is…”). 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? Come to the free Los Angeles workshop: Audition Secrets of A Series Regular Are you auditioning but not booking the job? Do you put a ton of pressure on yourself when an audition comes your way? Are your auditions so few and far between that it’s hard to ever get your audition groove on? What if you could learn a proven audition technique developed by a Series Regular, Wendy Davis, 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 currently starring on OWN’s “Love Is…”). The Audition Game technique helped Wendy... read more

“Should I sit, or should I stand?” That is NOT the question…

by | Jul 19, 2018 | Blog

“Should I sit, or should I stand?” That is NOT the question… When preparing your audition have you ever wondered, “Should I sit or stand?” We run our acting workshops like a casting session, with actors coming in one at a time. This question comes up a lot. It’s the inspiration for today’s video. Should I sit or stand is a good question. But it doesn’t go far enough. The audition chair is your friend. In fact, if you know how to work that chair to your advantage, it can become a thing of magic. See what we mean in today’s video. The Magic Chair An audition is an unnatural circumstance. You don’t have the benefit of a real location, wardrobe, or other actors. Your job is to use all resources available to you to create the illusion of a fully lived out reality. The chair is your friend in this endeavor. It can be a desk, a bar stool, a car, your couch… Using the chair to create an imaginary location will add another layer of depth and reality to your audition. It really is a tool of magic! Leave a comment. Did this help you think about the audition room in a different... read more

This word is dangerous to your career

by | Jul 5, 2018 | 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... read more

What’s your character’s Personality Type?

by | Jun 28, 2018 | 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 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 help... read more

It’s the perfect time to find an agent

by | Jun 21, 2018 | 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

Don’t blow it at the table read

by | Jun 7, 2018 | Blog

Don’t blow it at the table read You prepare for the audition, nail your callback, and finally get the winning phone call: You booked the role! The hard work is done and it’s time to sit back and relax, right? WRONG! Many actors fall into the trap of assuming that since they booked the part it is theirs to keep. In reality there is one major step between booking and that coveted #SetLife: The Table Read The table read is where all the casting pieces (actors) come together and the creators of the project finally get a cohesive picture of how the script will play. For the producers, writers, and directors this isn’t a simple meet and greet. It is the LAST CHANCE to make tweaks to the project before shooting starts. Those tweaks can be to the script…or the cast. There are so many heartbreaking stories about actors who finally booked to the job only to be replaced after the table read. This happens all the time in comedies (if you can’t make the joke work they will find someone who will), and even in dramas. So what can you do to make sure you keep that role you worked so hard to book? Treat the table read like another step of the audition process! Know the script Come in with a full understanding of the material Make strong choices This is no casual rehearsal for discovery. Look the part Are you playing a surgeon? Don’t show up in jeans and a v-neck. Did you do full hair and make up for your audition? Bring that look back to the table read! Your work will... read more

Look at your audition sides

by | May 31, 2018 | 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? ================================================= FREE Find The Funny Workshop – 5/31 & 6/2 If you audition for comedy but rarely book, you’re probably missing something. And our guess is that it’s one of these three things: You’re trying to “be funny” and your work is falling flat. You have missed the joke altogether You haven’t nailed the format of the show You’re not alone. Nailing a comedy audition requires the perfect combination of art and science. You cannot just wing it because unlike drama, comedy requires timing, precision, and understanding comedic structure. We can in our help in our FREE Find The Funny Workshop. Our Lead Instructor, Lilach Mendelovich, will walk you through the step-by-step Acting Pros process to “Find The Funny in every comedic audition. This proven formula is designed to help you: Understand the structure and rhythms in comedic writing, so that you can always deliver the joke Find the balance between “too... read more
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