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; all 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 you show casting you’re 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 (especially when you are one of a 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 by submitting a lame audition tape.
If you don’t have the time or can’t afford a professional to put you on tape, then make sure you 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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