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Posted by admin, January 18, 2011 3:05 pm

Persuade, Convince, Realize and Understand are unspecific and unhelpful intentions. When an actor tells me that they are using one of these intentions, I instantly know what’s wrong with their audition.

Think about it. How do you know if you persuaded me? How do you know if you convinced me? Because you made me feel or do something.

For example, if I’m trying to persuade you to buy my car, I want you to make a decision and give me money. Now that gives me something specific to fight for and listen for. And, I know I got my intention when you give me that money. This gives you, the actor, something tangible to do in the scene.

Next time you ask yourself, “What’s my intention?” and to persuade, to convince, to realize, or to understand come to mind, ask yourself, “What do I need the other actor to feel or do, to know that I have persuaded or made them understand.”

Are your Intentions vague?  How have you addressed this area of your acting?  Please share your experiences by commenting on this blog post.

Remember, as an actor, you’re part of a community and your experience – which is your story – can serve as a valuable learning tool and inspiration for others.

Posted by admin, January 17, 2011 5:45 pm

The best advice I can give the parents of young actors is that your behavior is as important, sometimes even more important, than your child’s. You may be the only thing standing in the way of your child booking the job.

When an Agent, Casting Director, or Producer casts your child, they know that they will be dealing with you and spending as much time on set with you as they will with your child.  It is important that they like you and know you’re going to be easy and agreeable.

I have had agents and managers who have wanted to represent students of mine, but the parents were too difficult, so they passed on the child. I also know kids who have been released from set because the parents were demanding and difficult.

Here are two things that can help you help your child book the job:

1. Be a happy and nuturing parent. Be flexible, patient, kind and helpful. And if you can’t be, get help, or send another adult in your place.

2. Hire a coach to prepare you and your child for meetings and auditions.  Don’t be your child’s coach and/or manager.

Share your experience as the parent of an actor.  Remember you are a part of a community and your experience  can be a valuable learning tool and inspiration for other parents with young actors.

Posted by admin, 4:42 pm

The number one thing that a Casting Director wants is an actor who is present. In class, a student was doing a scene but didn’t feel he had gotten the character.  I asked him what he – not the character – wanted right now. He said that he had had a tough day. I said, “So do you want a hug?” He did. “Use it.” I said. “But I’m a cop, at a crime scene, testing out a new partner.” I urged him to try it and see.

This time his listening connected him to his scene partner. He surprised himself by the very motivated and spontaneous physical choices he made, and he didn’t stumble on any lines. From a casting point of view, the scene had the sexual tension, conflict, and energy needed for a strong audition.

You can only be present to what is real for you in the moment.

Next time, ask yourself, “What do I want right now?” Pick the most pressing need. Then use that as your intention, even if you think it will never work for the scene. Try it and see what happens.

When it comes to being present and bringing your performance to the next level, share your experiences with us.

Remember, as an actor, you’re part of a community and your experience – which is your story – can serve as a valuable learning tool and inspiration for others.

Posted by admin, January 12, 2011 4:29 pm

Do you know the right questions to ask before choosing an Acting Teacher and Acting Coach?

Below are the most often asked questions about Intentional Acting and how the classes and resources are relevant to both Adult Actors and Child Actors. As you review the questions and answers you will notice some are more specific and relevant to new actors, actors continuing study, as well as, seasoned “working” actors.

If there is a question that has not been answered about how Intentional Acting and classes can develop, fine tune or enhance your acting skills please Email your question. Loren will get back with you right away with an answer.

For Seasoned “Working” Actors

For Actors Continuing Study

For New Actors

For Child Actors and their Parents

Posted by admin, 1:49 pm

With Intentional Acting Loren’s passion is giving actors the skills go after their dreams and succeed in the businesses of acting and life. With that in mind, we enjoy sharing our student’s successful achievements as an actor.

Taro McArthur – “ The Guardian Series: The Sacred Oath“ with Kiowa Gordon

Anthony Safir – Cox Cable, TMobile, GE Capitol/Taylor Guitars, Destroy Build Destroy

Vincent Cash – Internal Behavior 2

Antoinette Abbamonte – Raising Hope

Brianna Tju – Make it or Break It, Guest Star

Ariel Fournier – Acura Commercial

Harlie Vaughn – Bratz Commercial

Sheylon Haywood – All Worked Up

Jon Tognacci – Palm Saddle Gloves Infomercial

Check out a partial listing of our student’s bookings.

What our students are saying about Intentional Acting...

Posted by admin, 1:13 pm

Traditionally, Pilot Season runs from the beginning of January to about the first week of May. However, with the proliferation of cable television, there are pilots being shot all year long.

A Pilot is an sample episode that is presented to the Network. If the Network likes the show they will air it to see what the ratings and reactions are to the show. If the show gets good ratings, the Network order 7 to 13 more episodes to air at the start of their season.

When you audition for a Pilot, you never know if the Pilot will actually air on television. Regardless, being cast is an invaluable opportunity to work, meet Directors and Producers, and it’s a great resume booster.

So how do you prepare for Pilot Season?

1.Be in acting class! This is most important thing you can do to be at the top of your game.  Have a coach ready for last minute auditions.  The working actors you are competing with are in class and have  coach, so if you want to compete, so should you.   And when you get that callback make sure to schedule another coaching. I’ve seen so many great opportunities missed be an actor didn’t come in prepped to book the job.

2.Make sure your resume and pictures are up to date on casting websites, such as LA Casting and Now Casting and make sure your agent has what they need.

3. Do your research. Go on the internet and find out as much as you can about the show and if you don’t find anything, Google the network, Producers, and Directors.

4. For young actors, be sure your work permit is up to date.

5. Take it easy, this is also the time for colds and flu, so get plenty of rest.

And, as always, don’t forget – Have Fun!

Let us know your thoughts on this blog and be sure to share how you’ve prepared to leverage the opportunities of pilot season.

Remember, as an actor or the parent of a young actor,  you’re part of a community and your experience – which is your story – can serve as a valuable learning tool and inspiration for others.

Posted by admin, 12:39 pm

The first thing you need, to get your young actor started, is a Work Permit. Be advised that your child must be in good standing with their school grades, behavior, and attendance before they will be granted a work permit. Even with the best of grades, behavior and attendance, the decision to allow the child to work is at the discretion of the school.

Parents, be sure your relationship with your school administrators and teachers is a good one, it will really help you to get the permit and then in making the arrangements when your actor is working.

Before your child auditions, do your absolute best to have your Work Permit and Coogan Account in place. Agents, Casting Directors and Producers will easily eliminate a child from casting, if their paperwork is not is ready.

Work permits usually take 5-7 business days. Many schools provide Entertainment Work Permits in the attendance office.  The best way to facilitate your permit and learn everything you need to know is to go to  Tony and Heather are great women who know their business and they will get you set up properly.  Tell them Loren sent you!

What is your experience with Work Permits?  Do you have any suggestions for other parents?  Share here so other parents can benefit from your knowledge.

Posted by admin, 11:57 am

What I love about acting is that I get to behave in ways, that in real life I have to censor, in order to be a polite, socialized person. Many actors struggle when their good training from “Mom” gets in the way of their scene work.

When we’re polite, our scenes lack conflict, drama and stakes. Believe me, I understand this one. My acting teacher always told me I was being too polite in my scene work. And now my writing coach says the same thing about my script!

So when you’re acting – TAKE EVERYTHING PERSONALLY! Yes! Let it in, let it hurt, let it sting, let it feel good, hear it, feel it, and respond to it -TAKE EVERYTHING PERSONALLY!

And on the other side of things: GET A REACTION OUT OF THE OTHER PERSON. Don’t be polite! Poke, prod, tickle, get under their skin! Get a reaction – any reaction. Just make the other people in the scene feel or do something now. So stop being polite – in your scene work that is!

Have you found yourself being “too polite” in your scene work?  How have you addressed this area of your acting?  Share your experiences by commenting on this blog post.

Remember, as an actor, you’re part of a community and your experience – which is your story – can serve as a valuable learning tool and inspiration for others.

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