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Posted by admin, July 31, 2015 4:05 pm

Another way to think about stakes is to identify what you’re willing to risk in order to avoid losing them.

Stakes give a scene urgency, tension, and drama. To measure how high the stakes are, first evaluate how much you care about getting your intention.  Then decide WHAT IT WOULD COST YOU IF YOU LOST IT.  (HINT: *Every* character must care about getting their intention or they wouldn’t be in the scene!)

So, let’s go back to Argo.  What is Ben Affleck’s character – Tony Mendez – at risk of losing if he doesn’t get those six Americans out of Iran?   Answer:  There’s an unstable international peace situation:  losing that could lead to war!  More importantly, their lives are on the line!  He has to risk sneaking them out of the country so they won’t DIE.

Those are stakes at their highest!

Think in terms of life and death – even in straight drama. Doesn’t it feel like you’re going to die if she doesn’t accept your proposal of marriage?  It has to!!  This will give you something to fight for and get your audience hooked into your scene!

Set your intention, evaluate the risk of losing it, and raise those stakes…it can make or break booking a job!


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Posted by admin, July 28, 2015 1:22 pm

When you put something at stake, it means that you put something in danger of being lost.

To find out what’s at stake for your character, try asking yourself this: “what will my character lose if s/he doesn’t get what s/he needs?”

A great example of stakes can be found in Argo, the Oscar-winning film of 2012.

The film is based on a true story about a real Mission Impossible-type assignment given to CIA agent Tony Mendez (played by Ben Affleck.) He is an expert at getting people out of dangerous countries. His mission is to save six American Embassy workers who are hiding in Iran after the fall of the Shah.  Just the description of the story can make you feel the stakes!  But if Ben Affleck hadn’t created a performance with a ton of risk – and stakes- he wouldn’t have won the Oscar for Best Picture. Go back and watch his performance…it’s all there!

Remember: If you want the casting director to keep watching your reel, you have to make them feel that there is something at risk or in danger of being lost. This allows you (the actor) and your audience (the CD) to invest in the scene and experience it moment to moment.

Sometimes the “stakes” you put into the scene come directly from you the actor. Make your performance personal. Lay your heart out on the table in your audition: risk it all…and get that part!

Next up:  Keeping your stakes:  what are you willing to risk?


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Posted by admin, July 27, 2015 7:48 pm

Shannon Murray has booked a lead role in the new feature “Starian”! Congrats, Shannon!

Posted by admin, July 16, 2015 7:08 pm

Congrats to Holden Scott…one of the new co-hosts for AwesomenessTV!!   Way to go!

Posted by admin, July 10, 2015 8:57 am

Listening actively means you already know what you want…and you’re listening for it.  What you are listening for is your intention (what do you need the other person to feel, say or do?)  I’ve given you lots of examples in my Intentional Acting Tips – but now I’m giving you homework.  You watch TV and movies – you have to – you’re an actor.  Watch the reaction shots. Watch the shots of actors when they are not speaking.  Are they listening for something?  Clue:   The best ones do!

Know your intention…then listen for it!


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Posted by admin, July 9, 2015 2:29 pm

A big Congrats to Sharon Batan for this amazing Honda Commercial! Click on the link below to watch!

Sharon Batan Honda Commerical

Posted by admin, July 6, 2015 4:13 pm

A great review from the New York Times!  Congrats, Bex!!

“A video of a girl-on-girl kiss brings unwanted attention to a reclusive student named Audrey, played by Bex Taylor-Klaus in the only performance that really makes an impression in the premiere.”

Posted by admin, 11:43 am

Listening is the cornerstone of acting.

Let’s think about that for a moment…

We’ve often heard that acting is reacting; but where does reacting come from?  Reacting comes from listening.

But just being told to listen can feel vague.  That’s why the question you should really be asking is: “What am I listening for?”

Think about it like this:  when you were a kid and you went with your mom to the grocery story, what did you want her to buy?  Candy, of course!   And what was her usual response?  “No.”   :-/

But what were you listening for her to say?  “Yes”!  You wanted that “yes” more than A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  It permeated your entire being and gave you laser-like focus!  Because wanting your mom to buy you candy was your sole intention, it became what you were listening for.  Her saying “no” created your conflict and gave you something to fight for!

Remember:  The key to active listening lies in that moment of expectation between what you desire and how your scene partner responds!

NEXT UP:  What active listening looks like!


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Posted by admin, July 3, 2015 9:31 am

Intention is knowing what you want, motivation is understanding why you need it NOW!

Once we understand the difference between intention and motivation, we can see how that works in a scene!

Let’s use any superhero movie:  The superhero’s intention: To stop the villain from doing evil things and hurting people.  Why does our superhero need to stop the evil villain RIGHT NOW?  What is the MOTIVATION? People are dying! The city is falling into darkness and chaos!  The world as we know it will END!


To apply this to your non-superhero audition, ask yourself this: what will happen if my character DOES NOT get what she or he needs? What do they have to lose?  (Sometimes, it’s as simple not wanting to lose their pride.)  As long as the motivation is important to the character (and therefore to you), it will fuel your intention.


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