What NOT To Do In A Close Up

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
  • Seamless Acting

Not only will you learn the theory behind these 4 principles, you will practice them each week. Seeing yourself on camera is the fastest way to learn what works, and how to modify what needs work.

Class begins November 7. Enrollment details coming soon!


Part 1: Play To Win At The Audition Game!

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?

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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?

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

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

shutterstock_108474779When 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 way?

This word is dangerous to your career

This word is dangerous to your career


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 show…agents know exactly nothing about the future. Just like you and I.

Getting perspective and suggestions from people you trust can be helpful in the decision-making and goal-setting process. But at the end of the day it’s YOUR LIFE. You have to live with your choices and you need to do the work. No one knows what is truly in your heart but you.

Listen to that voice. It will never steer you in the wrong direction.

People give advice (solicited or not) based on their own world view. That includes their personal experience, failures, limiting beliefs, heartbreak, and fear. One of my mentors told me, “People can’t support you beyond their own fear.” That includes people who may seemingly “know better” than you do.

The truth is, no one knows anything with complete certainty.

When you follow what’s in your heart, there’s space for magic, serendipity and unforeseen gifts.

When you think about your current acting goals, which of these phrases resonates?

I’m excited to…My ideal is…I get to…I can’t wait to…I’m proud to share…I’m inspired to…

I have to…I should….I know I’m supposed to…They said I must…

Think about what YOU want to focus on going forward. Give yourself permission to cross off the stuff that feels like a should, and go for the stuff that feels like a gift. Above all other voices, listen to the one inside your heart.

Leave a comment. Is there something on your “should” list that you can let go of?


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