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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.

Thank you.

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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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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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Posted by admin, August 5, 2014 1:06 pm

Risk Trusting Your Instincts

Here’s a quote from Anna Camp from True Blood.  ”I had no idea, actually, that I was gonna kiss the head, it just sort of happened…If I get an impulse that’s, like, creepy, I’m like, why not? They can always tell me not to do it. But better to be pulled back than to be pushed forward.”

In the Intentional Acting Industry Days, Casting Directors always say, “It’s easier to ask an actor to tone it down, than it is to ask an actor bring it up.”

The idea of allowing yourself to go big really just tells your critical voice to be quiet and tells you to risk trusting your instincts. That’s what Anna Camp did – she risked trusting her instincts.  Risk it. Trust your instincts and see what you discover.

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

Remember, as an actor, you’re part of an inspiring community. Share your experiences in the comments below. This is your inspirational story and can serve as a valuable learning tool for others.
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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, July 31, 2014 11:51 pm

Check out Isabella Balbi’s new Old Navy video, “Unlimited”!  WOW!!!  Way to go, Isabella!!  <3<3<3

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

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Posted by admin, July 30, 2014 9:13 am

The “Zone”

“I have to take the time after the show to not go, ‘Check out what I just did.’ It’s more like, ‘Wow! I’m so thankful that I was able to do that – that I was able to participate in that. And whatever wave was pushing me through that (performance) was awesome.  And wherever that wave came from I’m so glad that I was able to catch it.” ~ Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz is one of my favorite artists.  I think this quote applies to actors as well.  He describes the feeling of what I call a “Zone” performance.  You know that feeling when everything just seems perfect: you’re connected to the other actor, the words flow, you’re in the moment, you’re listening and responding and the camera and anyone watching just seems to slip away. You’re just there, in the “Zone” and it feels magical. That’s what I love about acting – it’s addicting.

Jason also puts the ego in its place as well.  I notice that my best performances haven’t felt like “I” was doing it. It felt like something greater than me just flowed right through me.

You can learn more about how the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting can help you create that magical “Zone” performance at www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/

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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 be sure to share your experiences of your magical “Zone performances. Who knows your input just might make the difference in inspiring someone else 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’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, July 23, 2014 1:39 pm

Many actors tell me that when they go into an audition they just want to “Get it Right.” But “Getting it Right” doesn’t get them the part.  Because when you focus on “Getting It Right…”

  1. You become the most important person in the scene.
  2. It creates no reason for you to connect to the other person in the scene.
  3. It puts you in judgment of your performance and doesn’t allow you to be in the moment of the scene.

“Getting it Right” doesn’t allow the actor to experience what the scene is about and leaves an actor feeling unsatisfied, in turn, leaves the Casting Director unsatisfied and on to the next actor.

Make sure you breakdown that scene and you know what your character’s intention is: What do you want the other character to feel or do. Connect to that intention, how do you relate to that, make it personal and fight for that intention. Then allow the experience of the scene to unfold.

More likely, this is what will get you a call back and the part.

Share below your audition experiences and how you prepare for an audition.

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Posted by admin, July 17, 2014 11:19 am

One of the ways professionals know that a famous painting is real is by its flaws. The more perfect the painting is, the more evident that it is not authentic. Many say, that it is the flaws that make the painting so beautiful. This is also true in acting.

Charlise Theron and Hallie Berry didn’t get their Oscars for being beautiful, perfect, and in control. They got it for their roles in MONSTER and MONSTER’S BALL where they were literally considered monsters of one sort or another. I bet, if you asked them how they felt while doing the roles, they  would say they felt afraid, uncomfortable, and vulnerable.

Are you willing to be uncomfortable in your scene work, or do you pick safe choices which lack a personal emotional investment? When you feel vulnerable during or after a scene, do you consider it a sign that you’re on target or do you stop the scene, change intentions, or quit class?

Be willing to fail, look imperfect, be vulnerable. Spend some time getting comfortable with uncomfortable feelings. This willingness will expand your emotional range and allow you to be truly authentic. And that’s who will book the job – the authentic you.

Share your thoughts on this topic – are you willing?

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Posted by admin, July 11, 2014 2:08 pm
Isabella Gamez has shot an anti-bullying PSA, has booked an Old Navy music video and will be singing for downloadable coupons …available on iTunes August 2nd! Wow! Way to go, Isabella!!  Here she is on set with legendary choreographer Toni Basil:

Photo: Isabella Gamez has shot an anti-bullying PSA, has booked an Old Navy Music Video and will be singing for downloadable coupons ...available on itunes August 2nd!  Wow!  Way to go, Isabella!! Here she is on set with legendary choreographer Toni Basil:

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Posted by admin, July 8, 2014 3:38 pm
Photo: ~ 10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way ~  #10 Don’t Stop  By Loren Chadima   The idea of perfection can be a powerful driving force to succeed, but it can also be a debilitating burden that has been known to derail many promising acting careers. There is nothing wrong with striving to be at your best when it matters. But if you want to get out of your own way and succeed where others have given up on their dreams…  Give up on being perfect – Just do it!   One time I was working on a project in which I had very little control over the process or the final result. I wanted to quit as I didn’t want do anything that wouldn’t meet my high standards.  My mentor told me, “Just do it, Loren. Get the experience. Learn what you can.”  And more importantly she said, “Nothing can make you or break you.”  She was right.    What I learned from that project was invaluable. Had I let my ideas of perfection get the best of me and waited for a better project I would have missed those great lessons. The project I was involved in was perfect.   It is in those moments where we wonder if there is something better for us that we so often miss being inspired by the perfect moment that is right in front of us. So what should you do? Play. Create.   You are an artist – so immerse you in things that inspire you – be it movies, music, museums, concerts, books, biographies, autobiographies, travel, your friends, your family, nature, the beach, mountains – whatever it is – find it, seek it out. And when you find it, be sure to embrace the moment with gratitude.   Above all, don’t give up before the miracle happens. Follow your heart. Your best is good enough.    ______________________  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/.
#10    Don’t Stop!

The idea of perfection can be a powerful driving force to succeed, but it can also be a debilitating burden that has been known to derail many promising acting careers.  There is nothing wrong with striving to be at your best when it matters.  But if you want to get out of your own way and succeed where others have given up on their dreams…

Give up on being perfect – Just do it!  

One time I was working on a project in which I had very little control over the process or the final result. I wanted to quit as I didn’t want do anything that wouldn’t meet my high standards. My mentor told me, “Just do it, Loren.  Get the experience.  Learn what you can.”  And more importantly she said, “Nothing can make you or break you.”  She was right.

What I learned from that project was invaluable.  Had I let my ideas of perfection get the best of me and waited for a better project I would have missed those great lessons.  The project I was involved in was perfect.

It is in those moments where we wonder if there is something better for us that we so often miss being inspired by the perfect moment that is right in front of us.   So what should you do?  Play.  Create.

You are an artist – so immerse you in things that inspire you – be it movies, music, museums, concerts, books, biographies, autobiographies, travel, your friends, your family, nature, the beach, mountains – whatever it is – find it, seek it out.  And when you find it, be sure to embrace the moment with gratitude.

Above all, don’t give up before the miracle happens.  Follow your heart.  Your best is good enough.
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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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