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Posted by admin, January 29, 2014 11:30 pm

Each year thousands of anxious parents descend upon Hollywood with their equally anxious and eager children, looking to land that one acting job for their child that will positively change their lives. The reality is that for the vast majority of young actors who pass through the endless turnstiles of Hollywood’s audition process, few will actually book that job. And even fewer still will secure a series of acting jobs that can serve as a catalyst for a life-altering career.

To break through in Hollywood I can assure it will take more than just your child’s obvious talent. Overlooked in all of the preparations for stardom is the crucial role parents play in helping their children land that all-important first role.

Easy & Agreeable

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 overly demanding and uncompromisingly difficult.

Here are 5 keys that can help your child book the job

  1. Be a happy and nurturing parent.
  2. Be flexible, patient, kind and helpful.
  3. Get help when and where it is needed most. This applies directly to #1 and #2. If you find it increasingly difficult to follow the advice in #1 and #2, get help immediately, or send another adult in your place.
  4. Hire an acting coach to properly prepare you and your child for maximizing the precious opportunities of the meetings and auditions you will go on. The adage about never getting a second chance to make a good first impression still holds true in Hollywood.
  5. Don’t be your child’s coach and/or manager. Whatever examples you may be able to point to in Hollywood where a young actor was successfully coached and/or managed by their parents, there are tens-of-thousands of horror stories where promising careers were halted before they ever got off the ground because of a parent’s inability to navigate the often turbulent waters of Hollywood. But it’s not just the potential of a career that is ruined. The relationship between a child and parent is forever tainted. No acting job is worth a life-time of regret.

Remember you are a part of a community and you and your child’s experience can be a valuable learning tool and inspiration for other parents with young actors. So never shy away from sharing your experience in Hollywood.

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If you’re parent of a young 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 experience as a parent to a young actor. Who knows, your input just might make the difference in preparing and inspiring a parent and a child actor to book the job 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/.

 

 

Posted by admin, January 28, 2014 4:47 pm

Congratulations, Becky Paz, for booking a PSA called “Break the Box”!

Posted by admin, January 22, 2014 5:50 pm

The moment before is a very important part of a good audition. Film and television scenes often cut into the middle of a conversation.  The scene before is older man laying in a hospital bed and the next scene his daughter crying. We don’t see that character die but we can deduce what happened based on the editing.  But it’s up to the actor, in this case the daughter, to create the moment before.

Audition sides cut into the action and the actor must answer the Question #1,  bullet point #3 – What is the moment before?

99% of the time the answer to what happened the moment before can be found in the script. But in a cold reading panic, actors go to MSU – Make Stuff Up University. Train yourself to read the script, find the clues, before you MSU, so that you can make a specific choice.

Correct script analysis is important because the moment before can change the entire intention of the scene. Did she just kiss him or slap him?  Dialogue that follows either of the latter moments can be very similar, but the intention will be different.  The Casting Director will know what the moment before is.  If you make it up and miss what is written in the script, it will show the CD a lack of training and experience.

The moment before is very important in a commercial audition. Commercials are so short and they need what my directing teacher called a “Pre-Life.” A moment before creates that feeling of “life” before the scene.

Michael Caine suggests relaxing into the scene.  Many actors take a full breath  – in and out – before they start the scene and then they say their first line.  Instead, relax into the scene, breathe in then say your first line or take your first action.

Try it. See what happens, then comment below and let other actors know how your moment before helped your audition.

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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.

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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 818-985-8504 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

 

 

Posted by admin, January 16, 2014 8:53 pm

“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/.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by admin, January 2, 2014 5:49 pm

The holidays are over and as an actor, perhaps the busiest and most important season of the year is just about to happen.

Yep, you guessed it. It’s Pilot Season.

Whether you’re just starting out as an actor or you’re a veteran of the pilot season, when it comes to being at the top of your game, pilot season truly is crunch time for actors. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at what you’ll need to be at your best when it matters most.

2,000 ACTORS BEING SUBMITTED FOR EACH ROLE

In an industry that is known almost as much for its head-scratching ironies as it is for its life-altering inspiration, pilot season seems to be a bit of both. I say this because pilot season provides a unique space for actors to shine and inspire through their craft. But the opportunities to secure coveted acting jobs are not what they used to be.

Although the distribution outlets for entertainment content has expanded exponentially in recent years, there are fewer pilots being made. Where there used to be over 300 pilots made in one season, now there may be only 30.

Studios are not making as many films either which means more movie stars go to television, not just to star in series, but to do three-or-four-episode guest roles. Remember there are over 2000 actors being submitted for every role.  You have to be at your very best when that audition comes in.

TIME FOR PILOT INVENTORY

There are a number of ways and means to ensure you’re fully prepared for pilot season. One of the more important ways to be prepared, which is often overlooked, is taking an inventory.

An honest inventory is necessary or it really doesn’t work. And it is crucial that you have your coach or teacher give you feedback so that you ensure you’re on the right track.

Here are six questions to help with your pilot inventory.

1. Are you breaking down a script and making the strongest choice?

2. Are you owning the room when you walk into the audition?

3. Do you adjust quickly if you’re not in the mood or something happens in the waiting room to throw you off?

4. Are you really adjusting to the direction the CD gave you or are you giving them the same thing twice?

5. Are your headshots working for you? Looking like you? Resume up to date?

6. Are you in class? Professional actors, like professional athletes – Practice.

This is your Pre-Season for Pilot-Season. So be sure to take your inventory, practice and go get that role! If not you, than who?

Loren

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If you’re an actor or know someone who has a working knowledge of preparing for pilot season please feel free to share this article with those you believe could benefit from it. Thank you.

And be sure to share your experience as an actor with inventory results below. Who knows, your input just might make the difference in preparing and inspiring someone to land a role 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.

 

 

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