Don’t blow it at the table read

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 pay off

When you put in the work, you get to keep the part. And in some cases, find that your role has been expanded!

We’ve heard from 2 different students in the past month who got more scenes after the table read because the show-runners liked what they were doing at the read.

Do you think that happened because they decided to “wing it” at the table read? Hell no! They treated it like their job depended on the quality of their work.

Once you book the job, don’t let your hard-won opportunity slip away by slacking off. Be prepared and bring your best work to the Table(read)!

Leave a comment. How do you prepare for the table read?

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Look at your audition sides

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 🙂

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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 big” and “not big enough” so that you work never falls flat
  • Craft an audition in the style and format of the show (what goes in a sitcom won’t work in a dramedy)

So that you can handle any comedic audition material that comes your way.

You’ll leave this 2.5 hour in-person workshop with the ability to nail your comedic auditions like a pro!

Join us TONIGHT Thursday May 31 @ 7pm or Saturday June 2 @ 1pm

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

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Don’t spoil the surprise

Don’t spoil the surprise

When you go into your audition, you’ve already read the script (one would hope).

You know exactly what is going to happen. But how do you behave as though you don’t?

It’s a tricky line to walk as an actor.  You don’t want to give away the end of the scene at the beginning.

In today’s video, Lilach Mendelovich shares a simple tool to use in your audition scenes so you don’t spoil the surprise!

Check it out:

Expectation is a powerful thing in acting and in life. When you set the expectation to get something other than what happens in your audition scene, it will feel fresh, alive and spontaneous!

 

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FREE Find The Funny Workshop – Next Week In Los Angeles!

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 big” and “not big enough” so that you work never falls flat
  • Craft an audition in the style and format of the show (what goes in a sitcom won’t work in a dramedy)

So that you can handle any comedic audition material that comes your way.

You’ll leave this 2.5 hour in-person workshop with the ability to nail your comedic auditions like a pro!

Join us Thursday May 31 @ 7pm or Saturday June 2 @ 1pm

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

 

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How To Handle One Line Auditions

How To Handle One Line Auditions

Auditions with one line are tricky!

How do you craft a solid audition with so little to work with?

How do you avoid the common traps of doing way too much, or not enough?

Today’s video, featuring our Lead Instructor Lilach Mendelovich, will show you how to handle one line auditions.

Remember, the most important job you have with a one line audition is to move the story forward!

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Let’s get physical

Let’s get physical

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?

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?

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FREE Social Media Workshop (Los Angeles)

“Navigating Social Media”

with Inetra Brazil

Thursday May 17 @ 7pm

Taught by actress and influencer Inetra Brazil, Navigating Social Media will explore the basics and fundamentals of social media and how it can be used for entertainment. This collaborative class will cover the types of content that works well on the most relevant platforms such as Instagram, Facebook (fan and personal page), and Twitter.
It is a great refresher for those of you with an established social media presence and those of you creating new accounts to get tips on how to strategize & maximize your effectiveness. 
Come to this hands-on workshop with any questions and learn how social media can improve your exposure, relationships, income and bookings!
This workshop takes place in our Glendale studio. See the link below for address and details:
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