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!
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.
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/.