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Posted by admin, March 31, 2015 5:50 pm

Pilot season hasn’t gone as you wanted and now you’re looking for a breakthrough?

Create your own!

Here’s how:

Identify Your “Breakthrough” Goal. Your goal should be: MAPS.  Measurable, Attainable, Personal and Specific.  The idea here is to create a goal that motivates you to go outside your comfort zone – something that will be a “breakthrough” for you.

 

Develop A Plan With Milestones…and Deadlines! This is the core of your plan.  It should include a breakthrough goal, a timeline, and an action plan. Be specific!  (Why is it important to you?  What’s the outcome?)  Share it with your team to get their feedback, then make adjustments as needed.

 

Get Support. Yes, you heard it: your team.  You can’t do it alone.  No one can.  So why try?  There are so many great ways to support your journey!  Try these:

 

1. Create Accountability Buddies. Find an individual with whom you can talk on a daily basis.  And create a group of like-minded actors with whom you can meet on a weekly basis.  Pick helpful, supportive, positive people.  No judging or shaming allowed!  Set your goals together, then report to each other on your progress.  Just the fact that you have to report in will keep you focused and on track.

 

2. If you’re not in one already, GET INTO CLASS! If you’re uninspired by the class you’re in, get into a new one!  Every time a student joins my class with a specific goal and commitment, amazing things start to happen.  When you’re inwardly committed, the outside world will come to meet that commitment.  Plus, what better way to create a supportive acting community than to be in a class full of inspiring fellow actors every week?

 

3. Get a private coaching/consultation. Take an hour and enlist professional support for your goal.  Get help refining your breakthrough goal and mapping out ways to achieve it.

 

Keep Your Eye on the Prize. Print out your goal and post it near your desk, near your bed – any place that you see it often.  And make sure to keep a copy of it in your Acting Notebook!  Remember:  the more you see it in writing, the more you’ll see it in your life.

 

Claim Your Breakthrough. Affirm your breakthrough goal on a regular basis.  Okay…you might think affirmations are hokey, but there’s scientific evidence that when you affirm something — it happens!

 

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Posted by admin, March 18, 2015 6:36 pm

Last week, a student told me he was *so excited* because his new scene partner was courageous and willing to push outside of his comfort zone.  Actors often say they want to be in a class with actors who are better than they, but I would like to encourage you to want to be in a class with actors who are willing to expand the limits of their comfort zone.

Acting requires fearlessness; and that can be terrifying!  Maybe our character would do this scary thing – but our ego says, “No way, you’re not going to do that!   You’re going embarrass yourself. You’re going to look stupid.” or “You’re going to get hurt.”  Poor little ego, it’s afraid and it just wants to protect us.  But since acting requires that we step into a character’s circumstances by meeting them where they live, we have to distract our ego with technique.  That’s where The 9 Questions of Intentional Acting come in; it’s a way of tricking our ego into doing things it normally wouldn’t.

And sometimes, we just need to tell ego and fear to take a hike.

Uzo Aduba of Orange is the New Black did just that when had to pee on camera in front of director Jodie Foster. Here’s how she describes it:

“I remember thinking, ‘This is happening!  I can’t believe it!  And my mom is going to see me doing this, too!’  But Crazy Eyes is fearless, so I needed to be fearless.  She lives all the way, and if I don’t meet her where she lives, she doesn’t live.  Even if that means peeing on floors.  As strange as it sounds, if I go half-way with urinating, it doesn’t feel honest and the payoff isn’t going to be satisfying for anyone.  Crazy Eyes has taught me so much, because she’s very solid in who she is.  She’s always connected to the truth and bets on love every time, no matter what the cost.  And she’s not afraid to pee in front of others, which also helps me understand what kind this was going to be.  No boundaries, no rules.”

No boundaries. No rules. Push yourself. Tell that ego to take a hike. Make every scene you do an adventure and before you know it, you’ll be soaring past your comfort zone!

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Posted by admin, March 12, 2015 3:47 pm

You’re on set.  It’s been a great day – you’ve overcome the jitters and gotten a few good scenes behind you when suddenly the Director says, “Hey can you…”   Your gut tells you “No, this isn’t right!   Speak up!”  But the director’s behind schedule and the camera crew is waiting for you.

What should you do?  Speak up?

Yes, your Director has the final say, but you need to listen to your gut.  Empower your gut!  If you don’t – the quality of your performance will suffer.  Your gut will hear, “Shut up.”  Then you’ll either be fighting to push your instincts down or they will be silenced altogether.  Either way – you will not be able to perform at your best when it matters most.

Ask yourself these questions before deciding if you should speak up:

1) Does it feel morally wrong? You know what is right or wrong.  Ask yourself:  was I  told about this in the audition?  Did we contractually agree to this?  If not, stop before you go any further.  This applies to adult and child actors. You have the right to be emotionally and physically safe as well as respected.  Parents – it is your job to be on set and protect your child.  And remember, you are the only one who can protect you or your child’s professional reputation.

2)      Does it feel completely out of character? You’ve done your homework.  You know your character and what she/he would do or not do.  If you can’t make the adjustment work, then you need to ask for clarification and talk it out.  Directors aren’t perfect and it’s possible they were so focused on one of the other million things they’re responsible for that they were unintentionally confusing to you.

3)      Is it something that’s not in the script? Stunts, wardrobe, putting in extra time, and delaying a meal are just a few of the things that get asked of actors on the spot.  SAG has rules, hotlines and a representative on set, so try to get clarity before moving forward.  If it’s a non-union set they aren’t bound by the rules of SAG, but SAG rules still remain a good guideline for knowing what’s appropriate and what’s not.   Know them before you go!

4)      Is it a valid concern or is my ego driving the bus? It’s easy to get caught up in the attention of being on set, particularly if you’re the lead.  Just remember that production is always a team effort.  We all have to work together so stop, think, and be rigorously honest with your self.  Are your feathers just ruffled or is this something that is truly concerning?

The most important guideline: You have to evaluate each incident on a case-by-case basis.

And finally:  make sure to take time to THINK before you speak up!

Next Week:  Decided to speak up?  Here’s how…

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Posted by admin, March 3, 2015 7:33 pm

The Bold Audition Gone Wrong

While it’s always a plus to “walk the character into a room,” there are limits.  A few years back, there was a call for a child actor wheelchair user.   Able-bodied kids and kids with disabilities showed up (including one of my students, who uses a wheelchair and a  service dog.)

The casting team got very excited about one actor in a chair until, at the end of the audition, the boy stood up. He confessed that he didn’t have a disability and that the chair was rented.

The casting director was floored.  The team felt duped.  It was a huge slap in the face to the actors there who had real disabilities.  The CD was not amused and the actor was dismissed.  Luckily, the next to be auditioned was the very talented Brock Waidmann, who went on to land the role.

What was meant to be a bold audition choice became an epic failure because the actor didn’t follow The Bold Audition Rules:

1)   RESPECT.

I can not stress this enough! Don’t go so far out of the norm that you insult the production team.  Remember, these are hard-working people who are giving you their time and energy.  Respect it.

2)  Justification in the script.

You have to be able to justify your choices. They need to be grounded in the facts of the show or the script.  Remember that your choices should also be grounded in the text and not just randomly wacky for the sake of being bold.

3)  Don’t be gimmicky.  Be authentic.

Casting Directors can spot a gimmick a mile away.  They can tell when you’re trying too hard and it won’t get you the role.  Don’t overreach, keep it authentic.

Go boldly…but go smart.

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