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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

Do you suffer from Redirect Panic?

by | Oct 5, 2017 | Blog

Do you suffer from Redirect Panic? Something happens to an actor when s/he is in the audition room. Especially if they are lucky enough to get a redirection. Redirect panic is a widespread actor-syndrome. Some common symptoms include: Poor listening Failure to execute the note Fulfilling the note but throwing out all the other work you’ve put in Not booking the job Check out today’s video to see redirect panic in action… When you get into the audition room, sometimes listening and presence can go right out the window! So when a redirection comes your way, your brain just might not process what is being asked of you. Showing that you are directable is an important skill for an actor. When the redirect comes, don’t panic! Breathe, connect, listen, then add it to the work you’ve already done. Remember, if someone takes the time to give you a redirect, they like you’re work! It means you’re on the right track and they want to help you. Let them help you by taking their direction and executing it like a pro! Please like &... read more

Don’t Let Your Audition Sides Throw You

by | Sep 28, 2017 | Blog

Don’t Let Your Audition Sides Throw You What happens when an audition comes your way? You get excited! Ecstatic! You move your schedule around to make time to prepare. If the role is a good one, you might start imagining how you’re life is going to change once you book this part.  Maybe you start spending money you don’t have (in your mind, anyway). In some cases you may even start getting emotionally attached to the outcome of this audition. One thing is for sure – an audition opportunity can put you into a heightened emotional state.  When that happens, your common sense could very well fly out the window. And when the audition excitement takes over logic, small oversights (like the topic of this week’s video), can really throw you. Here’s how NOT to handle your audition sides: Staple your pages.  It’s a simple but powerful audition tip.  When that opportunity shows up, don’t let the little things throw you!   Please like &... read more

Middle of the Road (to nowhere)

by | Sep 21, 2017 | Blog

Middle of the Road (to nowhere) Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to…the middle of the road. No. That’s not how the saying goes. (And as an expert in owning chickens – yes you read that right, I can confidently say that chickens are perfectly happy hanging out in the barn). Unfortunately, many actors craft auditions that only get them to the middle of the road. But a middle of the road performance does not book you the job! How does a middle-of-the-road audition happen? Weak choices Strong choices come from a strong understanding of the material.  If you don’t understand the script you are about to perform, how can you make a strong choice?  A good writer has left clues in everything that appears on the page. Not personalizing it A strong choice gets stronger when you can personalize it.  We want to see choices that have been so personalized, you come across as though you are living the material, right now.  When you do not personalize the material, you only come across as an actor. Not Fully Committing This can also be a symptom of not making a strong choice, or not committing to one choice.  If you’re waffling between one choice or another in your audition, it reads like middle of the road. Many actors don’t commit fully in their choices because they are “afraid of going to far” or “being too big.”  It’s important that you test out just how far you can go in an audition (before you get into the room of course) so that your work doesn’t fall flat (aka middle of the road). Not... read more

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

by | Sep 14, 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! Please like &... read more
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