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What to do when they’re not feeling you in your audition

by | Apr 25, 2019 | Blog

What to do when they’re not feeling you in your audition You busted your ass to prepare that audition you got late last night.  You stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to read the script, breakdown your scenes, and memorize your lines. You bribed your audition test-out buddy with the promise of breakfast so you can practice and tape your audition before you meet with the casting director. You worked it until your audition was seamless and it looked amazing on tape. You drove through nightmarish stop and go ((LA) traffic for an hour to get to a location just up the street. Even after all that, you’re optimistic about the possibilities of the project. You are ready to SLAY. Then the unexpected happens… they’re not feeling you. What do you do? You do your best in the room, graciously thank them for their time, and move on. You are 100% responsible for what you are in control of; no more and no less. There are many factors that go into who books the job. Most of them are completely out of your control, so don’t sweat it. Do your best work, drop the mic, and walk away. If you didn’t do your best work. Assess your audition, identify where you could have improved it, and work on that issue for the next one. If you did your best work in the room, consider it a win and move on. Thank you, next!... read more

To Mime Or Not To Mime

by | Apr 25, 2019 | 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... read more

Working Actor Interview – Nicole Stanton

by | Apr 19, 2019 | Blog

I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented Nicole Stanton, while she’s shooting on location in Memphis Tennessee.  She shares what she did to get the job,  and what she’s doing to shine on set. You don’t want to miss the gems she’s dropping. Check out her interview. Now enrolling – How To Be Captivating In A Close... read more

What NOT To Do In A Close Up

by | Apr 18, 2019 | 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 8-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

The Ugly Hollywood Secret

by | Apr 10, 2019 | Blog

The Ugly Hollywood Secret There’s an ugly Hollywood secret that you probably don’t know about. Watch below to get the inside skinny and take your performance to a whole new level. This LIVE video was created by Series Regular Wendy Davis. Click here to register for Wendy’s class, How To Be Captivating in a Close Up. To get more insider secrets from Wendy, and to have YOUR specific audition questions answered, get yourself into our Facebook Group by clicking... read more

What’s your biggest acting struggle?

by | Mar 21, 2019 | Blog

What’s your biggest acting struggle? What’s up everybody, how are you, I hope you are having a fantastic day and that you are feeling good about your acting and about your career. So it’s been a minute since I’ve been on social media because it’s been so incredibly busy with auditions. It just happens to be a busy time. I go through slow periods as well, where I don’t have very many auditions. That’s just the way it flows. I wanted to address the question that I just posted on Social Media, which was, What is your acting struggle? A lot of people share that they are struggling with getting union work . My recommendation for that is keep doing non- work. One of the gifts of non-union work, is that it gives you the ability to cut your teeth. You really can learn so much by doing non union projects, even if they’re really crappy. I remember those days and I learned a lot on those sets. A lot of people also share that they struggle with booking auditions and it’s, it’s one of those things that you have to embrace. You have to embrace the challenge, the struggle. I don’t mean necessarily the struggle of the auditions, prepping the auditions. I mean the mind game that you will play with yourself. That for me has been the biggest struggle versus the actual work. Managing your thinking, managing your mind is the most important thing that you can do around booking and not booking jobs. You have to walk into the audition room a winner every single time. Even if you haven’t booked... read more

The Truth About Our Breakup

by | Mar 7, 2019 | Blog

The Truth About Our Breakup After 4 years as business partners at Acting Pros, we have decided to part ways. Find out why and what this means for you by clicking play on the video. Breaking up is hard to do, but there’s so much good stuff to come from both Wendy and Emily. Stay tuned on how you can get the best of both worlds and take your career to the next... read more

How Does Sterling K. Brown Create Award Winning Performances?

by | Jan 30, 2019 | Blog

As a part of our upcoming Pilot Season Actor Summit, Wendy interviews Sterling K. Brown about how he creates memorable performances, and his overall experience in the business. Catch a sneak peek below: Our online summit kicks off Monday, February 4. The 2019 Pilot Season Actor Summit features 12 master classes from 15 amazing industry insiders. And the best part, it’s totally free and you’re invited. Head over to PilotSeasonSummit.com to register... read more
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