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On Set With Major Crimes Director Stacey K. Black

by | Aug 10, 2017 | Blog

On Set With Major Crimes Director Stacey K. Black This is Part 1 of our “what do they want from me in an audition” series. Stay tuned for Part 2 next week! Do you ever get in your head about what “they” want in an audition? Me too. Last year I booked a role on a high profile show (more on that audition in a minute, but first…), while I was on set, I sweet talked the director, Stacey K. Black into sharing what she wants to see from an actor in an audition. If anyone can tell you what “they” are looking for, Stacey can. Check out her short, sweet and articulate interview in today’s video! Now about that audition I mentioned earlier… Have you ever read a scene and thought, “There’s not much going on here”? I almost fell into that trap. Luckily I was able to use my audition technique, The Audition Game, to dig deeper. Want to find out how the exact steps I took to turn a deceptively simple scene, into a powerful audition that booked the job? Check out our free workshop (see below for details)! FREE Los Angeles Workshop Dates Are Here Get our most powerful audition secrets at our upcoming FREE workshop in Los Angeles, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.”  Are you coming?!? If you are getting in the audition room, but not booking, we can help! I’ll show you the exact steps I took to go from a struggling actress, to a Series Regular (and how you can too). SEATS ARE LIMITED and they are starting to fill up. Claim yours right here (dates and times are listed... read more

How to create an audition that books

by | Aug 3, 2017 | Blog

How to create an audition that books Are you ready to play the Audition Game…and win? Episodic 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... read more

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

by | Jul 27, 2017 | Blog

“Should I sit, or should I stand?” That is NOT the question… When 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? Please like &... read more

Part 4: Moment of Discovery

by | Jul 20, 2017 | Blog

Part 4: Moment of Discovery Welcome to the FINAL part of our 4-part audition video series. Did you miss anything? Be sure to catch the first 3 videos, then come back to this one! Click the links for: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 All set? Awesome! Now we move on to the next step of The Audition Game: Moment Of Discovery/Decision. Why is this moment so critical to the success of your audition? Find out in the video! Download this scene from The Walking Dead to follow along. And there you have it. See what a difference just 4 steps of The Audition Game can make? Leave a comment. Will you be analyzing your script for the moment of discovery/decision in your next audition? LAST DAY TO JOIN the free webinar, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” CLICK HERE to grab your spot. Have you ever wondered how to make the leap from a struggling actor to Series Regular? Check out the FREE webinar called “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” This value packed online webinar features Acting Pros Founder Wendy Davis, star of Lifetime’s Army Wives. Hosted by Sundance-award winning actress Emily Grace, these ladies will be talking about the exact audition technique Wendy used to go from no callbacks or bookings to a Series Lead. If you’re frustrated with the audition process, this webinar is for you! Get the inside scoop on auditions from someone who has made the leap from an unknown to Series Lead…and how you can too. LAST DAY to join us live. BE THERE. Click here to reserve your spot! Please like &... read more

Part 3: What Am I Doing?

by | Jul 13, 2017 | Blog

Part 3: What Am I Doing? Welcome back to our 4-part video series, where I teach you how to play The Audition Game…and win! Check out Part 1 right here. Get Part 2 here. Then come back to this video to get Part 3: What Am I Doing? In life, we focus on what we’re doing. But when we pick up an audition scene, we tend to focus on how we’re feeling. This makes our acting fall flat, and feel “actor-y.” Check out today’s video to find out how to find the most compelling mix of what you’re doing and what you expect to create powerful, effective auditions that book work. Download this scene from The Walking Dead to follow along. Leave a comment. Will this help you get more specific in your next audition scene? Want to learn more steps of The Audition Game? Join the free webinar, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” It’s next week! CLICK HERE to be there! Have you ever wondered how to make the leap from a struggling actor to Series Regular? Check out the FREE webinar called “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” This value packed online webinar features Acting Pros Founder Wendy Davis, star of Lifetime’s Army Wives. Hosted by Sundance-award winning actress Emily Grace, these ladies will be talking about the exact audition technique Wendy used to go from no callbacks or bookings to a Series Lead. If you’re frustrated with the audition process, this webinar is for you! Get the inside scoop on auditions from someone who has made the leap from an unknown to Series Lead…and how you can too. It’s NEXT WEEK! ... read more

Part 2: Scene Shift

by | Jul 6, 2017 | Blog

Part 2: Scene Shift Welcome back to our 4-part video series, where I teach you how to play The Audition Game…and win! Check out Part 1 right here. Then come back to this video! Ready for Part 2? In today’s video, I’ll show you the MOST IMPORTANT STEP of The Audition Game. This one step alone can take your auditions from good to BOOKED. Want to find out what it is? Click the video and let’s do this! Be sure to download this scene from The Walking Dead to follow along. Use this audition secret in your next audition and see the difference it makes! Leave a comment. What was your biggest take away from this video? Want to learn more steps of The Audition Game? Join the free webinar, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” Have you ever wondered how to make the leap from a struggling actor to Series Regular? Check out the FREE webinar called “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” This value packed online webinar features Acting Pros Founder Wendy Davis, star of Lifetime’s Army Wives. Hosted by Sundance-award winning actress Emily Grace, these ladies will be talking about the exact audition technique Wendy used to go from no callbacks or bookings to a Series Lead. If you’re frustrated with the audition process, this webinar is for you! Get the inside scoop on auditions from someone who has made the leap from an unknown to Series Lead…and how you can too. Choose from 3 dates in July. Click here to reserve your spot! Please like &... read more

Part 1: Play The Audition Game…And Win!

by | Jun 29, 2017 | Blog

Part 1: Play The Audition Game…And Win! Episodic Season will be here before you know it! 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). 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? Want to learn more steps of The Audition Game? Join the free webinar, “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular” Have you ever wondered how to make the leap from a struggling actor to Series Regular? Check out the FREE webinar called “Audition Secrets From A Series Regular.” This value packed online webinar features Acting Pros Founder Wendy Davis, star of Lifetime’s Army Wives.  Hosted by Sundance-award winning actress Emily Grace, these ladies will be talking about the exact audition technique Wendy used to go from no callbacks or bookings to a Series Lead. If you’re frustrated with the audition process, this webinar is for you! Get the inside scoop on auditions from someone who has made the leap from an unknown to Series Lead…and how you can too. Choose from 3 dates in July. Click here to reserve your spot!... read more

What’s your character’s Personality Type?

by | Jun 22, 2017 | Blog

What’s your character’s Personality Type? Have you ever picked up an audition script and thought, “Yes! This is exactly the way I would think and act,”? Most likely, you and your character share the same personality type. On the other hand, have you looked at a scene and wondered, “Why would my character do that? It makes no sense!” If your character’s behavior doesn’t make sense to you, odds are you have a different personality type. In our class series, Audition Game Pro, one of our most important steps is to identify the Personality Type of your character. In an ideal world, you would have plenty of time to explore the psyche, motivation, and worldview of your character. But let’s be real. The turn around time on an audition can be less than 24 hours (in some cases much less!). If you’re going in for a character who’s personality type is far removed from who you are, it can feel impossible to create a compelling audition in a short amount of time. Enter the Personality Type Funsheet. Check out today’s video to find out the 4 Main Personality Types you’ll encounter in every script that comes your way… Now download the Personality Type Funsheet. Use it to identify your character’s main personality type, and traits. This will help you quickly create audition choices in alignment with your character’s personality traits (especially when it’s different from your natural way of being). This funsheet is directly from the Audition Game Pro Digital program (and we usually save it for students of the class) so get it while you can! Leave a comment. What personality type are you? How can this funsheet... read more

Let’s get physical

by | Jun 15, 2017 | Blog

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? limitations 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? Please like &... read more

It’s the perfect time to find an agent

by | Jun 8, 2017 | Blog

It’s the perfect time to find an agent June is the perfect time to find representation. Whether you’re looking for representation period, or looking to find a better fit, now is the perfect time to set up your meetings and get the ball rolling. Why? Pilot Season has come and gone. That means offices have more time to take meetings and fill the missing gaps in their roster. Like you, agents and managers want to make a good living. As smart businesses, now is the time when they see who they want to keep on their roster, and who they choose to let go. If you’ve been let go from your representation – don’t lose heart! It isn’t personal, and it happens to everyone. Literally everyone. There’s no shame in this game! Don’t let that stop you from looking for a better fit. When you take steps to land meetings with potential representation, here are some important things to give you confidence and find your “yes”: CLARITY What kind of acting work is in “your lane?” Do you belong on a prestige cable drama? Are you sitcom material? Do you belong in the world of procedural dramas? Think about the kind of stories you most want to tell, and the type of work you are most likely to get cast for. Then do some research on IMDB Pro to see which agencies have clients who do the kind of work that is in alignment with your career goals. Just because you have an agent, doesn’t mean they can get you in the room. Be strategic about which agencies are most likely to have relationships with the people... read more
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