What NOT To Do – Social Media

What NOT To Do – Social Media

Hey it’s Emily Grace – resident marketing expert here at Acting Pros.

Do you ever have the sneaking suspicion that you’re using social media all wrong…and no one is telling you?!?

Let’s talk about social media etiquette- Where is the line, and how do you know if you’ve crossed it?

Today’s video is one from the recent past, and it’s just as relevant today.

Don’t put your foot in your mouth on social media (and not even realize it)!

Here’s what NOT to do:

Now that we’ve covered what NOT to do – here’s what TO do to be effective on twitter, or any social media platform:

Clarify Your Goals

Why are you using social media? What do you want to accomplish? Are you building relationships with people who can hire you? Bringing visibility to your latest project? Creating a personal brand that combines your witty one liners and your love of Pokeman? Be specific, and your actions will support your goals.

It’s A Cocktail Party

When you meet someone at a party, do you immediately ask them to do something for you? No. You engage is

Know Who You’re Talking To

Social Media is a great of way of sharing what you’re up to. It’s also a phenomenal LISTENING TOOL. Especially if your goal is to build relationships, use the information people willingly share in a public forum to get to know them. Find where you may have common interests, experiences or goals, and use those points of connection to begin a professional relationship.

Add Value

Because social media makes otherwise unavailable people so easily accessible, it can be tempting to go for a direct ask…This is a mistake. Why would a total stranger want to do something for you? They wouldn’t.

Trust and relationships take time. Rather than looking at people thinking “What can I get from them,” approach your potential new relationships with, “What can I GIVE to them?”

Giving can be as simple as saying, “Loved your last directing project – I’m telling all my friends to see your film!”

Earn your right to ask for things by following the advice of entrepreneur and social media pioneer Gary Vaynerchuk, “Give, give, give, then ask.”

 

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Read What’s On The Page

Read What’s On The Page

When you get an audition scene, what’s your process?

How much time do you spend reading the scene before you think about how you’ll play it? How long do you give yourself before you start trying to memorize your lines?

In my experience, actors begin to do this almost immediately.

I want to encourage you to stop doing that.

Instead, take the time to read what’s on the page. audition_script

Not just the scene. I mean EVERYTHING ON THE PAGE.

The script is a map directly from the writer, that is filled with information. It’s your job to read, comprehend, and use that information to inform your choices.

Time and time again I see actors make strong, unique, interesting choices…that have nothing to do with the scene.

Why?

Because they don’t take the time to read what’s on the page.

If you start making choices before you truly understand what’s going on in the scene, you will act yourself right out of the job. When your choices are out of alignment with the writer’s intention, it won’t matter how great your acting is.

Instead of wowing the room with your unique choices, you’ll simply convince the casting directer, writer and/or producer that you don’t understand the script.

By the time your audition scene gets to you, the script has gone through massive, multiple rewrites. The writer has worked tirelessly to give you clue after clue as to what the scene and the script is about. Pay attention to all of the following…

Character Breakdown

If this is provided, read it! It will give you clues about your character. If you happen to be provided the character breakdown of any other character(s), read that too. It’s helpful to understand the character traits and relationship dynamics at play.

Type Of Show

Is this a feature film? A single camera comedy? A one hour drama? The type of show is a clue about the tone and style.

The Title Of The Show

The show title is a clue as to the subject, tone and style of the show. If the show (or film, or webseries, etc) is something new, pay attention to the title.

Line Spacing

Is the dialogue in your script double spaced? That typically means it is a half hour multi-camera comedy.

Single spaced dialogue is typically used by single camera comedy, hour long dramas, and film scripts.

If your breakdown doesn’t include the type of show, it’s easy to spot the multi-camera comedy based on the line-spacing.

Page Number(s)

If your script has page numbers, pay attention to them. They are a clue about where in the story this scene takes place. Is it the opening scene? Is it the final scene?

Scene Heading

Also called the Slug Line, this tells you the location of the scene, and time of day informs your choices. Don’t skip over them to look at the dialogue.

For example:

INT. SARAH’S APARTMENT – LATE NIGHT

Is this your space, or someone else’s space? This will effect your behavior.

The fact that it’s not just night, but late night, is another clue that will inform your choices.

Parenthetical

The writer directly telling you the emotional state of the character in a (parenthetical). Don’t ignore this!

For Example:

SARAH
Excuse me?!?

JOHN
(Nervously)
Never mind.

In this short exchange, the writer has given us two clues. The first is the punctuation after Sarah’s line. The ?!? suggests that her question is asked in a heightened, forceful.

The parenthetical (Nervously) tells you the actor that Sarah is doing something to make John nervous. Regardless of which role you’re playing in this example, your choice will be informed by this information.

Formatted Words

In the dialogue, has the writer underlined, CAPITALIZED, italicized, or bolded a word(s)? The writer is telling you that word is important. Listen to the writer.

FYI Scene(s)

Has casting included an additional FYI scene? Read it! It’s important, or it wouldn’t have been included.

Additionally, can you read the tail end of the scene before, or the beginning of the scene(s) after your audition scene? Read them! They are full of clues about the other characters, and the writer’s intention.

You can pick up a ton of information if you just pay attention to everything that’s on the page. This is especially helpful if you don’t have access to the entire script.

In order to book the role, you must understand the writer’s intention. It’s worth taking a little bit longer to not just read what’s on the page, but to comprehend all the clues the writer has given you.

Everything you need is right there on the page!

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The trap of “Actor Voice”

When you prepare for an audition, you want to build a strong character and a powerful performance, right?

Of course you do!

However, one thing that we see time and time again in our audition class series is the trap of…ACTOR VOICE!

Check out today’s video with Acting Pros Instructor Julienne Irons and find out what NOT to do!

Actor Voice

It’s easier said than done, but the most powerful choice you can make is to be you!

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Are you getting in the room for your auditions but not booking?

Do you put a ton of pressure on yourself when an audition comes your way?

What if you could learn a proven audition technique developed by a Series Regular 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 taught at the Acting Pros Studio. This proven technique has helped our students book co-stars, guest stars, starring film roles and Series Leads.

It just might be the missing link for you, too.

Are you ready to learn how to create powerful, effective auditions that book work? The steps of The Audition Game will show you how.

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Self Taped Vs. In The Room Auditions

Self Taped Vs. In The Room Auditions

Is there a difference between what you do in a self taped audition vs. in the room?

Yes there is!

Check out today’s video to find out how to create the strongest audition that fits the situation:

In the age of self taping, it’s important to know how much leeway you have to create the strongest performance.

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LAST 3 Audition Workshops of Pilot Season!

“Audition Secrets Of A Series Regular”

Are you getting in the room for your auditions but not booking?

Do you put a ton of pressure on yourself when an audition comes your way?

What if you could learn a proven audition technique developed by a Series Regular 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 taught at the Acting Pros Studio.  This proven technique has helped our students book co-stars, guest stars, starring film roles and Series Leads.

It just might be the missing link for you, too.

Are you ready to learn how to create powerful, effective auditions that book work? The steps of The Audition Game will show you how.

Join our Lead Instructor, Lilach Mendelovich, for this interactive 2.5 hour workshop in our Glendale studio.

LAST 3 DATES OF THE YEAR!

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How to create an audition that books

How to create an audition that books

Are you ready to play the Audition Game…and win?

Pilot Season is here, and the auditions are rolling in.

It’s time to bring your A-game into the audition room. When you get to a certain level of auditioning, everyone is a good actor.

So how do you stand out?

In today’s video, Wendy incorporates the first three steps of The Audition Game. Watch the before and after to see the incredible difference just a few steps of the Audition Game can make in your work!

What is The Audition Game?

A step-by-step technique that turns your auditions from a monumental event into a game you can play and win. The Audition Game gives you a protocol to create powerful auditions, even when you’re short on time.

What Steps Did Wendy Use in this Audition?

Step 1

Scene Shift:

  • The direction in which the story moves for your character.
  • Every scene will shift from positive to negative, or negative to positive.
  • Your character must live out the journey of the scene shift, moment to moment, to forward the story.
  • All scenes shift.

Step 2

Moment of Decision:

A moment where your character weighs his/her options (Should I do this… or not). Your character has to make a decision.

Moment of Discovery: A moment in a scene when your character has been provided new information by another character, the situation, or a self discovery.

Step 3

Create a Strong Beginning/Ending:

Bookend the scene to make yourself stand out.
Use simple physical movement to create the moment before (which is in alignment with the scene).
Fully live out the last moment with a strong opinion and/or physical action.

Los Angeles Actors – want to create powerful, effective auditions that book work?

Come to our FREE Workshop,
“Audition Secrets Of A Series Regular”

You’ll learn how to apply the steps of The Audition Game so you can play to win! The Audition Game is a proven, step-by-step technique created by a working actor. Ready to play?

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3 Tips For Last Minute Auditions

3 Tips For Last Minute Auditions

It’s Pilot Season! That means the auditions are a-rolling in. Woo hoo – right?

Auditions are exciting. But they can also be stressful – especially when they roll in at the very last minute.

Don’t worry!

Acting Pros has got your back.

Find out our top 3 tips to nail those last minute auditions. We’re excited to share the very first blog video featuring stellar Acting Pros Instructor, Julienne Irons.

3 Tips For Last Minute Auditions

And of course, remember to breathe.

Here’s to a rock solid Pilot Season 2018!

Are you an LA based actor? Read on for our free audition workshop happening this month!

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Los Angeles Actors – Are Your Auditions Forgettable? We Can Help!

Come to our FREE Workshop, “Audition Secrets Of A Series Regular”

Are you getting in the room for your auditions but not booking?

Do you put a ton of pressure on yourself when an audition comes your way?

What if you could learn a proven audition technique developed by a Series Regular that will not only help you love auditioning, but can help you book the job?

You’re in luck!

Join our Lead Instructor, Lilach Mendelovich, for this interactive 2.5 hour workshop in our Glendale studio.

You will learn how to play The Audition Game…and win! This step-by-step technique has helped thousands of actors book work. It may be the missing link for you too!

Ready to find out? CLICK HERE TO COME TO OUR FREE WORKSHOP.

ABOUT ACTING PROS

Acting Pros was founded by star of Lifetime’s Army Wives Wendy Davis (117 episodes) in 2014 to teach actors the vital, real-world skills they need to stand out in the audition room and on set. Unlike many acting studios out there, the audition and on-camera skills taught at Acting Pros are the same skills that Wendy and our instructors use in their own careers. Nothing that we teach is theory. What we teach are proven, repeatable, effective tools used by working actors.

In 2015, Sundance Award-Winning actress and actor-marketing expert Emily Grace joined forces with Acting Pros. The combination of audition technique, on-camera skills, and marketing plans that get results offer actors a complete training on the skills they need to create a sustainable career.

ABOUT LILACH MENDELOVICH

Lilach was hand picked and personally trained by Wendy Davis to teach The Audition Game. Not only is she an expert at The Audition Game, breaking down a scene, and on-camera technique, her students consistently book jobs on high profile film projects and television shows.

She is so effective as a teacher and a private coach that she now trains our entire teaching staff. Lilach’s commitment to excellence has resulted in a stellar roster of Audition Game instructors.

Are you ready to learn the missing piece to go from a struggling actor to a Series Regular? This workshop is the place to be!

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