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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 C’s! Please like &... 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 lasts. Please like &... 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

Don’t Make Sh*t Up!

by | Apr 5, 2018 | Blog

Don’t Make Sh*t Up! When you have an audition, how do you create a powerful story? Where do you find the emotional hook? What steps do you take to embody a fully realized character? In some cases, I see actors pull a backstory out of thin air. It’s important to use your imagination to create a unique audition. But don’t make sh*t up that has nothing to do with the script. Here’s what to do instead… Don’t Make Sh*t Up Remember to use what’s on the page to influence your imagination and backstory. Ask yourself: What is the writer’s intention in this particular scene? How can my choices help tell that story in a clear and compelling way? Leave a comment. How do you create strong choices when you don’t have much to go on? How do you avoid the trap of pulling random ideas out of thin air? =========================================== Los Angeles Actors – Get The Inside Scoop From An Executive Producer FREE Workshop – One Day Only “Audition Secrets of an Executive Producer” Join us Wednesday April 18 at 12pm. CLICK HERE to reserve your seat. How often do you get to hear from someone on the other side of the table? Want the true inside scoop on how things really go down in the audition room from a highly successful director/producer? You are in luck! Director Producer Joe Lazarov (Designated Survivor, Gossip Girl) is ready to answer ALL of your questions. For ONE DAY ONLY, Acting Pros will host an “Audition Secrets of an Executive Producer” workshop with Joe. It is completely free. As an actor-friendly producer, Joe is invested in... read more

Wendy’s Top 3 Audition Secrets

by | Mar 29, 2018 | Blog

Wendy’s Top 3 Audition Secrets When the audition competition is stiff – how do you stand out from your competition, and book more film and tv jobs? Find out in today’s video! Check out my before and after audition video here. Please like &... read more

What NOT To Do In A Close Up (Part 3)

by | Mar 22, 2018 | Blog

What NOT To Do In A Close Up (Part 3) 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? ================================= Los Angeles CLASS: How To Be Captivating In A Close Up Our brand new 10-week intensive with Wendy Davis 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... read more

What Would Denzel Do… in a Close Up? (Part 2)

by | Mar 15, 2018 | Blog

What Would Denzel Do… in a Close Up? (Part 2) Ready for Part 2 of our “How To Create A Captivating Close Up” series? If you missed Part 1 you can check it out here. Now let’s talk about today’s Captivating Close Up, brought to you by Denzel Washington’s Academy Award winning performance in the film, Glory. The close up is so intimate, you can’t treat your performance the same as you would in a medium shot, and certainly not a wide shot. It’s important to modify your performance to fit the frame. Denzel does this beautifully in his powerful performance. He keeps his face relaxed, yet the intensity in his eyes keep the audience riveted. The more emotionally and/or physically challenging the scene is, the more challenging the close up. Remember that the camera picks up everything. To master the close up, less is more! Leave a comment. How do you modify your performance for the close up? ================================= Los Angeles Actors – Are You Ready For Your Close Up? FREE WORKSHOP: How To Be Captivating In A Close Up Do you want to book work in film and television? Successful film and television actors have something in common…they know how to make the camera fall in love with them! Do you? In this interactive workshop with Wendy Davis, you’ll learn the 4 principles to creating a powerful, effective close up. Whether you’re making the transition from theater to on-camera acting for the first time, or you’re ready to really up your on-camera game, this workshop will show you how to make the camera fall in love with you (and the audience too)! FINAL DATE: March 21 Seats... read more

What makes a captivating close up? (Part 1)

by | Mar 8, 2018 | Blog

What makes a captivating close up? (Part 1) The close up is the most important shot for the actor to master. If done well, it’s the moment the audience (and/or the auditors) fall in love with you. If done poorly, you’ll have them running from the theatre, or ready to yell, “Next!” Acting in a close up is a specialized skill. It is different from stage acting, and even different from a medium or wide shot. To book roles in film and television, it’s imperative that you master the close up. Casting directors and Directors just don’t have time to teach you how to do this. It’s up to you to master this skill on your own. Check out today’s video to find out the 4 components to a captivating close up (featuring THE MASTER herself, Meryl Streep). This clip is from her Oscar-winning performance in the film, Sophie’s Choice. So what makes this, and any, close up captivating? There are 4 principles to creating a powerful close up: Seamless Acting Emotional Availability Active Listening Maximum Exposure Of The Eyes Use these 4 principles in your next close up. The audience, the auditors, and the camera will fall in love with you. Leave a comment. What steps do you take to modify your performance for the tight frame of a close up? ========================================= Los Angeles Actors – Are You Ready For Your Close Up? FREE WORKSHOP: How To Be Captivating In A Close Up Do you want to book work in film and television? Successful film and television actors have something in common…they know how to make the camera fall in love with them! Do you? In... read more

Don’t tweet your way out of a job!

by | Feb 22, 2018 | Blog

Don’t tweet your way out of a job! Twitter (and all social media platforms) are powerful tools for actors.  You can connect with filmmakers, editors, casting directors, agents, critics, fellow actors, fans of your work.  It is the simplest way to market yourself, your projects, and your career news. And you should be. HOWEVER, if you’re going to use twitter as a marketing tool, you need to be smart about it. If you don’t use your head, you could tweet (or Facebook or Instagram or Snapchat) yourself right of a job. Actors get fired for posting proprietary information more and more now. Don’t let this happen to you! After all, booking the job doesn’t happen every day. Don’t let your hard work and hustle be for nothing. The question of when it is safe to share about your auditions, your bookings, your onset photos, comes up often here at Acting Pros. So let’s talk about it. Read your NDA’s If you are given an NDA to sign (whether at an audition, at a contract signing, on set, or otherwise), you need to read that sh*t!  Understand what you’re signing.  There will likely be explicit guidelines about the use of social media in relation to the project. Know what those guidelines are.  If you agree to them by signing, you need to do what you agreed to do.  If you don’t, you will lose that job. But you told me to market myself This is true. But not to your own detriment. You should be marketing your acting career progress, like auditions, callbacks and bookings.  Just keep it vague until you either have permission from the production to... read more

What NOT To Do – Social Media

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Blog

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... read more
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