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Posted by admin, October 16, 2014 12:24 pm

 

Sometimes when a casting team can’t come to a decision on which actor to pick, they will re-watch auditions with the sound turned down.  What might they be looking for? The person who is truly listening.  That’s because it’s those reactions that are the most authentic on camera.  The actor who is listening is always the one who’s in the moment.

“Be in the moment”

Yep, you hear it a lot and that’s the goal – but how do you get “into the moment” when you’re in an audition facing a room full of casting people?

LISTEN.

And don’t just listen passively; listen FOR something.  What are you expecting?  Wanting?  Hoping for?   Whatever it is, find it.  That becomes your intention.

 

Listening for your intention brings you into the present and connects you with your scene partner.  It makes them the most important person in the scene (even if that person is the reader…with their face buried in the script!)  Now you can fight for something – even if it’s just getting the reader to look up – and that will put you in the moment.

How do you know you’re in the moment?  When you forget there’s a camera or that people are watching you. You’re now completely committed to fighting for your intention, which shifts all of your concentration onto the other person.

This is the magic of acting – this is being In the ZoneThis is the essence of the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting. Applying the 9 Questions is where the rubber hits the road…and it does take practice.   Acting is simple.  That doesn’t mean it’s easy.

So remember: Listen for your intention. Because the connection you create (and the response that follows) will always surpass the words you speak.

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Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you are an actor, or know someone who is, and you need a safe place to be yourself and to be challenged to continually grow and share vulnerable performances, Intentional Acting may be right for you.

There is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/

 

 

 

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Posted by admin, October 7, 2014 3:38 pm

Tehya Scarth has booked a spot for Shaw Flooring!  Nice going, Tehya…CONGRATS!!!!!

http://shawfloors.com/

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Posted by admin, October 6, 2014 9:43 am

Sharon Batan has booked a commercial for Soda Stream!  CONGRATS,  SHARON!!!  Way to go!!

http://www.sodastreamusa.com/

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Posted by admin, October 1, 2014 1:22 pm

Madison Hu will be on ABC’s “The Goldbergs” at 8:30 pm TOMORROW!  The episode’s called “Mama Drama” and she plays “Debbie”.  CONGRATS, Madison! Way to go!!!

http://abc.go.com/shows/the-goldbergs

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Posted by admin, September 30, 2014 12:13 pm

Blah, blah, blah.

Has this ever happened to you?   You’ve rehearsed a scene so many times the words just float around your head and your scene partner seems a million miles away?

Not only are you not in The Zone, you’ve zoned out entirely.

Now what??

An actor’s greatest strength isn’t just the ability to focus; it’s the ability to RE-focus once their attention’s been shifted.  So how do you bring it back and salvage that scene before the whole thing goes down in flames?

Bring your awareness back to this:

WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THE SCENE?

Reaching for this touch point will automatically bring you to center and get you back on track.  And not only will you re-engage, your scene partner will drop back in, too.  Doing a monologue?  Re-connect with the person you’re supposed to be addressing, even if it’s yourself.

This technique will give your mind, your inner critic, and your body a place to go when you fall out of The Zone.  And once you get back there, the technique will disappear and performing will once again be exhilarating for you and your audience…and it will be a joy to feel them get lost in the story with you!

 

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Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you are an actor, or know someone who is, and you need a safe place to be yourself and to be challenged to continually grow and share vulnerable performances, Intentional Acting may be right for you.

There is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

 

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

 

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/

 

 

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Posted by admin, September 29, 2014 11:48 am

Adrian Black has been cast as a secret agent on NBC’s “The Blacklist”!  Way to go, Adrian…congrats!!!!
The Blacklist (2013) Poster

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Posted by admin, September 25, 2014 6:15 pm

The Bad Audition and How To Fix It

Has this ever happened to you?

You’re in the middle of a scene, and your inner voice says, “Why did you do that?”  or “Oh no,  you’re not feeling it!” “The CD looks bored.” And then the dreaded: “I missed a line.”

Now you’ve lost your connection to the reader and then you realize you have no intention and by this time you’re probably getting a bit nervous, and what happens?  You feel the need to act.  Or as my teacher used to say, while he mimed smoking a cigar: “Yackting”

And you know how it goes from there.

The Casting Director says, “Thank you.” and as you walk out of the room and the next actor walks in and you hear the Casting Director say to them, “Oh. Hi! It’s so great to see you again. How ya been?” Do I need to continue? Didn’t think so.

So how do you fix this problem?

Your audition got derailed when you made the voice in your head the most important person in the scene.  Now the way you get back on track is to…

Get over there!  Make the other person the most important person in the scene.

When you hear your voice, tell it what to do, even if it’s as simple as  “What are the color of the reader’s eyes?”  “What do I want them to feel or do?”

When you hear your voice, it means you’re not connected to your scene partner. Train yourself so when you do hear it tell it:  “Get back over there.  Focus on my scene partner.”

FYI – be careful. The voice is sneaky. It will also derail you mid-scene when it says, “Good job. You made the CD laugh. “ So you’ve got to be cautious of the voice when it is nice to you too.

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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO!

Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you’re an actor or you know someone who is, there is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 Questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

 

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Posted by admin, September 10, 2014 2:20 pm

Showing range.

Actors often ask: “How do I show range?”  From an acting point of view,  it doesn’t make any sense.  Think about it.  How can you be trying to show range and be present in the moment?  How do you do that?

If you’re thinking about showing range you’re not being an actor – you’re playing director.  Yes, director, because you’re on the outside watching your performance.  So now who’s the most important person in the scene?

However, if an actor fully commits to their intention and they make it personal and important, then fight for it - don’t you think a range of emotions will show up?

When an actor performs and I sense that they are not present, I’ll ask, “What were you working on?”  One response they might give me is: “I wanted to show range.”

I say you can’t do that and be present and give an authentic, compelling performance. Just think,  Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave was not thinking about showing range.  She was focused on her intention and it was important, personal and immediate. She showed lots of range, and now she has an Oscar.

Let us know your thoughts on “Showing Range” in the comments below. What is your experience, I want to hear.

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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO

Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you need help, “Showing your Range” Intentional Acting may be the right class for you.

There is no better moment than now to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

 

 

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Posted by admin, August 20, 2014 6:37 pm

Isabella is U-N-L-I-M-I-T-E-D!!!!  Congrats, Isabella!!!!!  Great job!

https://www.youtube.com/user/oldnavy

And check out the Behind-the-Scenes video, too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUK6iISKx48

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Posted by admin, 6:31 pm

Fearlessness

As artists we choose different mediums to express ourselves. Actors choose acting as their medium to share some deep need or secret or story. And it seems safer because we are sharing through our character’s story – so it may feel like a mask, but….

The paradox is that when we actually have to get up in class, or in front of the camera, and be vulnerable and use our character’s story to express our own, we get scared and hide. Fascinating – because we are the ones who chose the profession of “being vulnerable.”

How do you move past this block and create vulnerable performances, which are fulfilling to you and your audience? You have to develop fearlessness.  You must be a fearless artist and take risks.  Think about it: the very best performances are when you feel someone spilling their guts out. Look at this year’s Academy Award-winning performances: Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Jared Leto. (Actually, look at every year’s Academy Award nominee list.)  My opinion is when an actor really goes out on a limb and risks great vulnerability it is usually their best work.  A great example is Matthew McConaughey: Dallas Buyers Club. He put a lot on the line for that movie, including his own money. He was vulnerable in multiple ways – his money, his healthy, his soul – and see how it paid off.

So the question becomes: What do you need to create a vulnerable performance?

If you’re an actor or know someone who is feel free to share this article with those you believe could benefit from it. Thank you.

And risk being vulnerable right here. Share your experience as a fearless or fearful actor. Who knows, your input just might make the difference in preparing and inspiring someone to deliver the performance of a lifetime.
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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO

Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you are an actor, or know someone who is, and you need a safe place to be yourself and to be challenged to continually grow and share vulnerable performances, Intentional Acting may be the right class for you.
There is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

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