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It’s the perfect time to find an agent

by | Jun 21, 2018 | 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

Don’t blow it at the table read

by | Jun 7, 2018 | Blog

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... read more

Look at your audition sides

by | May 31, 2018 | Blog

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 🙂 Leave a comment. Was this video helpful to you? ================================================= 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... read more

Don’t spoil the surprise

by | May 24, 2018 | Blog

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!   ============================================= 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... read more

How To Handle One Line Auditions

by | May 17, 2018 | Blog

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... read more

Let’s get physical

by | May 10, 2018 | Blog

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? ================================================= 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... read more

Don’t be a bother

by | May 3, 2018 | Blog

When you think about following up with an industry professional you’ve met, do you ever think to yourself, “I don’t want to be a bother,”? Today’s video will show you how to stop doing that! It’s important to not only create connections for your acting career, but to maintain them. That means overcoming your fear of being a bother, to reach out and connect. Don’t be shy! Here’s a great tip to help you get out of your head and into action… Don’t Be A Bother Some simple ways of giving can be as easy as a shout out on social media, retweets, or offering to be a reader for a casting session. Remember that relationships are built on trust, which can only be earned over time. Earn the right to ask for things by giving first, asking second, and you will never have to worry about being a bother. Leave a comment. How have you strengthened an industry relationship by giving (rather than trying to... read more

How NOT to be a Social Media E-Creep

by | Apr 26, 2018 | Blog

How NOT to be a Social Media E-Creep Social media has become a major factor in casting decisions. No matter what your personal opinion is about this fact, checking up on an actor’s social media presence is becoming industry standard. But don’t lose heart! Anyone can build a social media following. However, there’s a vast difference between using social media, and building a following.  If you find you’ve been simply lurking on social media, but not comfortable engaging with other users, today’s video is for you! How NOT to be a Social Media E-Creep The next time your fear or doubt is preventing you from putting yourself out there, remember the 4... read more

Know before you go

by | Apr 19, 2018 | Blog

Know before you go Have you ever been to a party, walked up to someone you’d never met before and said, “Hi. I don’t know anything about you. But I really want you to like me.” Probably not. But when it comes to the audition process, this very same approach happens quite a bit. When you get an audition, what steps do you take? You probably learn your lines, make choices, rehearse, pick out your wardrobe. But do you take time to know who you’re going in for? If you skip this step, you’re in luck. Today’s video shares some simple questions and easy steps you can take to “know before you go.” Taking just a few minutes to research a teeny tiny bit about who you’re going in for will boost your audition confidence. Know Before You Go Remember, marketing is simply building relationships with people who need what you have.  The operative word being people.  When you can connect with a person in a genuine way, through common values (such as their body of work, your taste in films), you’ll worry less about “being liked” in the audition room. The best relationships are peer to peer, and knowing before you go is the first step to creating a strong professional relationship that... read more

Are you too attached to your audition prep?

by | Apr 12, 2018 | Blog

Has this ever happened to you? You prepare your audition. You make smart technical choices, including rehearsing with a reader. You put that reader on the right side of the camera. Based on the script, it makes sense for your character to stand. You work out these technical details during your preparation. Then you walk into the audition room expecting to execute your choices and what happens? The reader is on the left side of the camera. The tripod is stuck so you have to sit. This is not what you were expecting. This isn’t how you rehearsed the scene. It throws you completely off your game. And then you blow it. Expectation is powerful. Today’s video shows you how to use expectation to work in your favor when it comes to the audition room. When you expect chaos, it doesn’t mess up your audition when chaos arrives. You never know what you’re going to get in the audition room. Things on set don’t always go according to plan. So how do you prepare for chaos? Try rehearsing your auditions multiple ways. Have your reader/rehearsal partner switch sides. Try a few takes standing (or seated) and see how that informs your choices. Don’t get attached to a specific set up. The more comfortable you are with chaos, the stronger your work will be. Leave a comment below. Have you ever been thrown off in the audition room? What happened, and what might you do differently next time to stay focused?   =========================================== Los Angeles Actors – Get The Inside Scoop From An Executive Producer FREE Workshop – One Day... read more
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