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Posted by admin, May 28, 2014 5:48 pm

! many times have you found yourself overwhelmed by a project, your career or life itself? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there.

There have been many times in my life where I’ve become so overwhelmed with multiple things on my to-do-list of life or a specific project feels so big that I don’t know where to start. In those moments the term “paralysis by over analysis” hits home.

This is exactly how I felt when I graduated from Conservatory and wanted to get my directing career started. Steven, my teacher said to me, Just poke your finger in the ether and get started.” Start anywhere? Really? I was consumed with the idea I had to have some detailed road map to follow.

While having a plan is important, there is much to be said about simply getting started. Yes, start creating from within the moment. Not consumed with the past or fixated on the unknown of the future. Start right here, right now. It is what you do in this moment that will lead you to the next thing and then the next thing until you realize what you always dreamed of doing and being…you are.
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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, learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 Questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages.

Posted by admin, May 21, 2014 6:58 pm

 

~10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way~
#3:  Follow Up!

by Loren Chadima

As an acting coach, I often hear actors complain about how their agents and managers are not getting them out as often as they think they should.

But when I ask their agents and managers why their actors feel this way, the replies I most often hear include, “They didn’t follow up.”  “The actor didn’t put their headshots up on a website.”  “They didn’t get new headshots.”  And another common reply is, “I asked them to (fill in the blank)…and they didn’t.  So I can’t do anything for them.”

You know that old saying, “Hollywood is all about who you know”?  Frankly, this is true of any business.  And the way you build solid relationships in Hollywood is by following up promptly and professionally.  When you don’t follow up, you’re getting in your own way.  You stop the flow of work and the ability of your representation to help you.  Then they get upset and they tell people – such as Casting Directors!

Success = Preparation Meets Opportunity

Being prepared for success as an actor is essential to successfully following up.  When in doubt, remember:  Success = Preparation Meets Opportunity.

Be prepared to be in class.  If you are an actor who takes your career seriously, take class seriously.  Treat class like an audition so that when the audition comes up, you’re ready.  This has happened to two of my students.

I often focus on one-line auditions in class.  Two students said that because we practiced these so much in class, when they got a one-line audition or were upgraded from an extra and given lines, they knew what to do.  They were prepared for the opportunity when it happened and they had success.

Be prepared for any audition when it comes.  This ranges from flexibility time-wise to being fully prepared mentally.  It also goes back to the example above about headshots or other key items you will need to show up fully prepared to land that role.

Be prepared to own your success.  If you are unwilling to take responsibility for your career, how can you expect anyone else to do this for you?

Be prepared to take every opportunity to act that you can – you never know what it will lead to.

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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 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, please visit:  www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

 

 

 

Posted by admin, May 13, 2014 5:23 pm

10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way

#2:  Show Up

If you are serious about being a working actor, there is no better way to stack the odds in your favor than by showing up when and where it matters most. Honoring your desire to succeed and showing up will beat procrastination every time.

So often we use excuses to not show up to class, to an audition, a call back.  I once heard that the number one reason people lose their jobs is because they just don’t show up.  It seems crazy when you consider that showing up is the easiest thing one can do.  By taking action and putting in that effort, we amplify the energy of our desires to succeed; which in turn fuels our momentum.

It’s About Relationships

It’s the same for actors.  I listen to actors complain that they haven’t booked anything.  And then I hear their agents and managers complain about how hard they work to get their clients an audition and then the actor doesn’t show up.  This business is about relationships.  By showing up when and where you’re supposed to, not only do you keep those relationships, you build them.

I’m a director and I can’t tell you how many actors don’t show up for auditions and call backs.  And, what’s really crazy is they don’t even think of leaving a message.  When I have an audition list and an actor doesn’t show up, they will definitely not be considered for any future project.

If you can’t show up, you’d better have a very good reason and communicate it genuinely.  If an actor cannot make it to an audition but they have the respect to call and provide a good reason for not being there, I’ll still consider them for future projects.

The Formula Is Simple

It’s not easy to succeed as an actor, but the formula is actually really simple.  Show up.  And when you do, new opportunities will show up for you.

As author Anne Lamott once said, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work:  you don’t give up.”

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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.

Remember, as an actor, you’re part of an inspiring community.  Share your experiences in the comments section below.  This is your inspirational story and it 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/.

Posted by admin, May 7, 2014 8:48 pm

~10 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way~

#1 Banish Procrastination – Take Action Now!

by Loren Chadima

What is the #1 thing that stops the momentum of positive energy flowing to us?

If you answered procrastination, you’d be right.  Procrastination can be either internal – a nudging telling us to do something – or external – delaying an action or putting off an opportunity.  But whatever it is, rest assured: if you don’t do something about it you could be watching a promising career as an actor pass you by.

Follow Your Instincts

The best actors follow their instincts.  When that nudging comes – they use it.  They risk looking stupid or doing it wrong and just do what their instincts tell them.

We often procrastinate on tasks like sending our headshots, writing a newsletter, or signing up for a class.  In this way we are stopping the momentum of opportunities coming our way.

Are You Afraid of Fear?

Either way , if we aren’t listening to our instincts or taking the action it is because we are afraid.  It is our resistance.  It can be the fear of doing it wrong, fear of looking bad, fear of what the result will bring – good or bad - or fear of rejection.  And you know what fear is:  False Evidence Appearing Real.

The only solution is ACTION.  Just do it.

It’s kind of like an improv: if the other actor says or does something and you don’t respond – you’re dropping the ball.  Life is the same way.  It’s really just one big improv – so go ahead; say, “YES!”, and fearlessly dive in.

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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.

Remember, as an actor, you’re part of an inspiring community.  Share your experiences in the comments section 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 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./what-is-intentional-acting/

 

Posted by admin, May 1, 2014 11:32 am

Congrats to Jessica and Keith Nagel for being cast as regulars in the TV series “Sangre Negra”!

Posted by admin, 11:28 am

Congrats to Mark T. Anderson for booking the role of the “Court Reporter” in the new David Fincher movie “Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck opening October 3rd.

Posted by admin, 11:25 am

Congrats to Renee Santos for booking a new stand-up comedy special and a One-A-Day Vitamin commercial!

 

Posted by admin, 10:49 am

How important is it for you to be a working actor who is happy and fulfilled by your career? If you’re an actor the answer would likely be,  “very important.” But look deeper within and see if it is as important as you would be willing to really admit.

In my years as an acting coach and director, there have been countless occasions where I’ve seen actors who claim they are committed to their career routinely turn down auditions, agents, managers and great opportunities to launch and build a successful career. In most cases, these were actors who were just starting out and had landed little to no acting jobs.

“I’m Better Than That”

Why would someone turn down work, you ask? The most common answer is because they think, “I’m better than that.” They look upon these opportunities as a waste of time as they somehow believe that the role of a lifetime will just fall out of the sky.

This is a town where dreams do come true. But it is crazy to think that life-altering roles are going to be secured by an actor who regularly refuses to go to auditions and holds out for A-list representation.

Work Begets Work

Turning down acting gigs begets sitting at home and fantasizing about working as an actor, while  resenting those who are working. It was no coincidence that of all the actors I’ve met who felt  certain roles were beneath them are also the ones who carried the strongest resentment for fellow actors who were working hard to be working actors. Remember “Yes, and” keeps the energy of the scene going. “No, but” stops the action. The same is true in your career.

So which do you want be? Working and happy or not working and resentful?

It’s your choice.

And whatever your answer may be, here is a great piece of advice on being a working actor from award-winning actor, Neal Patrick Harris:

“Don’t be too conscious of what the next move in your career will be.  I’ve seen many actor friends turn down a lot of gigs because they think, ‘Now I’m a big actor. I can only do these kinds of movies.’ Well, they often just stop working.”

~ Neal Patrick Harris, star of “How I Met Your Mother”.

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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. Share your experiences in the comments below. This is your inspirational story and can serve as a valuable learning tool for others.

__________________________

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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