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Posted by admin, February 28, 2014 3:25 pm

Big Congrats to Isabella Balbi on her Amazing Jell-O commercial!!  Way to go!

Watch it Here!!

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After an audition, your adrenalin is pumping an immeasurable amount of energy through your body. And your mind is swirling with a series of thoughts. What to do next?

Breathe. Take a nice long, deep breath. This is when you sit down and write out your experience right away.

As we’ve covered in a recent post, immediately following an audition it is highly recommended to sit down and write out your thoughts. If you didn’t read the post titled, “Are You Prepared for the Call Back?” which focused on the value of writing down your thoughts after an audition, be sure to check it out.

Once you’ve written out your thoughts and answered some crucial questions about the audition, again, remember to breathe. Notice your breath and just breathe.  If you forgot something write it down. Leave the waiting area and go to the car, but don’t drive away just yet.

I Am an Awesome Person / Actor

Breathe again, and again. And no matter how the audition went, good or bad, say an affirmation that makes you feel good i.e., “I am an awesome person. I am an awesome actor. I did what I did and it was more than enough.”

Say this as many times as you need to feel complete. (Perhaps set your phone timer and repeat the affirmation for two minutes.)

Now you’re ready to drive away from the audition. Move onto your next action of the day and get on with your amazing life. And that’s when the phone will ring, with a callback – after you’ve done your work and let it all go.

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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 if you’re an actor please share any insight or additional tips for what you have experienced when it comes to breathing and the power of affirmations leading up to and following an audition. Who knows, your input just might make the difference in preparing and inspiring a fellow actor in such a way as to change the course of someone’s career and life.

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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.

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, February 12, 2014 2:43 pm

The audition just ended, you walk out of the room and you’re still wearing the glow from the performance. Now what do you do next, other than remember to breathe?

As my friend Brian from Performer Track says, “Don’t just leave. Sit down in the waiting room and remember what happened during the audition.” In other words, write down your experience.

What Do You Write?

Whether you write your experience in a notebook, phone or check out Performer Track, it is imperative that you write it down and capture the essence of what just unfolded in the audition. Your experience cannot simply be logged in your head because it is likely you will end up overlooking the key pieces to your performance that will be important to remember for your call back.

So what do you write?

  1. Who were all the people in the room? (Don’t know? Kindly ask the assistant.)
  2. What were the adjustments they gave you?
  3. What did they say?
  4. Pull out your 9 Questions of Intentional Acting. Answer them according to what you did in the audition room. (If you don’t know these crucial questions for acting please message me here on Facebook or email me at http://intentionalacting.com/contact/ and I’ll email them to you.)
  5. Be sure to write down anything else remarkable you can remember about the experience.

You’re Ready For Your Callback

After writing down your experience you will be much more aware of exactly what you did and how to do it again. Now you’re ready for your callback.

And yes – wear the same thing, unless they tell you otherwise. Notice I say WHEN you get the callback, not IF.

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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 if you’re an actor and have experience with writing down your thoughts after an audition don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments below. Who knows, your input just might make the difference in preparing and inspiring a fellow actor in such a way as to change the course of someone’s career and life.

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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 818-985-8504818-985-8504 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, 2:33 pm

The great artist Michelangelo once said about his artistry that, “If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”

The life of an artist. The world sees our work and because of the blood, sweat and tears we pour into our craft it all looks so easy. But, the moments that seem easy are due to all the hard work it took to get there.

Make It Easy

A couple of years ago I found myself watching the contortionists at the Cirque du Soleil and realized that they make acrobatics look so easy that I forget how impossibly hard it is. I took for granted the strength, the flexibility, the practice, and courage it takes to achieve those feats.

Acting is the same. Great actors make acting seem easy. But I see a lot of actors who take the craft of acting for granted. They think “I can do that” and they audition, go to casting workshops, do showcases, without having a good teacher, being in a regular class or even practicing in front of a camera. By the way, these are the same actors complaining that they’re not booking.

Respect Your Craft

Great acting requires consistent practice, a good coach and personal courage to build the emotional strength and emotional flexibility required to perform great roles. Respect your craft.

The way that you show casting that you are an actor who respects their craft is by ensuring that your audition tape is as good as it can be. Let us not overlook the obvious here. If you want to book jobs this pilot season, when you are one of 100 submissions – you have to deliver an audition that makes casting say “WOW.” At the very least don’t leave them with a bad impression with a bad audition tape.

If you don’t have the time or can’t afford a professional to put you on tape, then makes sure you learn and master the keys for an awesome audition tape. Here are 8 tips to help you.

1. Pick a quiet space that has little to no back ground noise. TVs, fans, running water and air conditioning distract the viewer when heard in the background.

2. The wall behind you should be white or blue.

3. Position yourself a few feet away from the wall to avoid casting shadows.

4. Be sure you are lit well so that the viewer can clearly see your face and eyes.

5. Record a test sample. Check it on your computer. Make sure that you can clearly see and hear yourself. Remember if you can’t see or hear yourself, neither can the Casting Director.

6. The camera should be on a tripod to keep the frame steady. If you don’t have a tripod, use a stable surface.

7. Before shooting the scene, do your script analysis and research and ask the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting.

8. Record all your rehearsals. Your rehearsals may be your best takes!

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

Be sure to share your experience as an actor when it comes to what you do to practice and improve on the mastery of being an actor. And definitely share any insight or additional tips for what you have experienced when it comes to making an audition tape. Who knows, your input just might make the difference in preparing and inspiring a fellow actor in such a way as to change the course of someone’s career and life.

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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.

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, February 8, 2014 8:32 pm

Intentional Acting Industry Day

The intent of Intentional Acting classes is solely educational. Any class in which an Industry Professional such as: Casting Director, Manager, Agent, Producer, Director, has been invited to teach, speak, or observe is for educational purposes only and by no means an audition for work. It is not a job interview. The presence of industry members is neither a guarantee nor a promise of employment, but what your child will get is usable skills that they can apply to their next audition.

Posted by admin, 8:29 pm

Intentional Acting “Script Analysis” TeleSeminar

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Have you ever prepared for an audition and later found out that you missed an important clue in the script that might have cost you the job?

Do you resort to “Making Stuff Up” when you’re breaking down a script?

If you answered, “Yes” you’re not alone.  Many actors do because they overlook the value of essential script analysis skills needed to book the job.

In this eye-opening, 45-minute Free TeleSeminar Loren will introduce you the 7 keys you need to break down a script quickly.

By the end of this 45-minute career-altering introduction to Script Analysis you will learn a replicable formula for easily uncovering the critical clues for delivering a great performance by learning:

  • The importance of the page number
  • What answers lay in the title
  • How the format of the script will tell you whether it is Drama or Comedy.
  • And you’ll also discover that your biggest friend is the question, “Why?”
  • How to uncover and make sense of the clues of a script for your performances.
  • Why 98% of the time the writer is telling you everything you need to know to make the strongest acting choice.

If you are ready to stop making up the story of the script and instead quickly and easily find all the clues on the page to create a performance of a life-time then this FREE TeleSeminar is for you.

A FREE 45-Minute TELESEMINAR

Simply dial into the call, take notes and experience a new way of finding the clues in the script which will help you book the job.

Email Loren to book your spot on the next Teleseminar: Loren@IntentionalActing.com

Why should you take time out of your busy schedule to be on this TeleSeminar?    It’s simple. Your acting career is worth it.


 

Posted by admin, 8:26 pm

Intentional Cold Readings

SAG/AFTRA Conservatory

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

10:00 am to 1:00pm

Must be a SAG/AFTRA Conservatory member and register with the Conservatory office to attend.

Posted by admin, 8:24 pm

Free Demonstration

Intentional Acting  - How to Create Consistent Bookings

Wednesday Februrary 5, 2014

Oakwood Apartments  - Burbank

Oakwood Residents Only

 

Posted by admin, 8:21 pm

Stop by the Intentional Acting Table at the Oakwood Child Actor Expo.

And don’t forget to enter into the Raffle for a FREE 45-minute Private Coaching

Sunday, February 9, 2014

10:00 – 12:00 pm

Oakwood Residents Only

Posted by admin, February 6, 2014 12:21 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know the #1 thing a Casting Director wants from an actor?  To be present.

If you’re anything like the students in my acting class, it goes without saying that your career, your time, and your money are very important to you. You can’t afford to find yourself in that all-important audition with your head and your heart disconnected.

If you are struggling to reach your potential and are seeking to book not only one job, but several, the skill that is most often overlooked is: Being Present.

When you’re present, you put yourself in an ideal state of mind for creating consistent and authentic performances that will get you noticed by casting and booking jobs.

What Do You Want Right Now?

In a recent class, I had a student performing a scene. He was working hard but he was struggling to feel connected to his scene partner and the scene. I asked him what he – not the character – wanted right now.

He said that he had had a tough day. I said, “What do you want, right now?” He said he really just wanted a hug?” I told him to use this to get his scene partner to give him a hug as his intention in the scene. He resisted, “But I’m a cop, at a crime scene, testing out a new partner.” I urged him to just try it and see.

His intention to get a hug forced him to listen to his scene partner. He surprised himself by the very motivated and spontaneous physical choices he made, and that 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.

Be Present To What Is Real

You can only be present to what is real for you in the moment. Keep that in mind, next time you’re about to perform, 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 bringing your performance to the next level, being present in the moment can unearth not only a surprising and authentic result for the scene, but for yourself as well. Being present will allow you to bring more of yourself to the role and in the room – and this is what casting wants to see.

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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. Try bringing what is present to you in the moment to your next scene and share your experience 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/.

You are currently browsing the Loren E. Chadima's Intentional Acting blog archives for February, 2014.

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