Archive for the ‘Business of Acting’ Category
I am excited to release the first Intentional Acting Between The Scenes Acting Tip video. My intention is to give you tools to make your next take even better than the first.
Here you’re going to see that sometimes even I need to take my own advice. Take a look and let me know what you think!
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How many actors do you know run their career like a business? True, it’s not something you hear much about when it comes to the essentials necessary for being a working actor. But if you are committed to having a long, fulfilling career it’s essential you see it through the eyes of a business owner.
A Business Decision
Acting is your business and you need to run it like a business. The more you run it like a business, the better your results. As you start to understand your bottom line you will start to understand how agents, managers, producers and casting directors think.
For example, it’s not easy to go in for an audition and not get the role. It stings. But when you reinterpret that as a business decision it becomes much easier to not take it personally when you don’t get cast.
Ask yourself this: “If I were the CEO of multi-million dollar business and had a $100,000 to give to an actor would I give it to me?” Of course you say “Yeah, baby!” But think like a CEO and ask yourself these questions:
- Is my product (me, my audition skills, acting chops) at the top of its game, the best it can be?
- Do I have a budget for my business?
- Do I have a business plan?
- Do I have a marketing plan?
- Do I have a team (i.e. agent, manager, acting coach, lawyer) in place that is excited about working for me?
- Do I have a target list of business relationships with whom I’m networking? (i.e. casting directors and producers – people who can hire me.)
- Do I know my statistics regarding my auditions, callbacks, and bookings?
If you answer “No” to any of questions you will see a major area of opportunity to strengthen the business of your career.
You might think, “The Casting Director doesn’t care about any of this.” Wanna bet? They do, because they want professional actors not desperate actors. If you have a budget, a business plan, a marketing plan – you won’t be desperate. If you have great relationships and they know you’re networking – Casting Directors want to know who you know. They want to cast the next Brad Pitt or Jennifer Lawrence. So act like stars now in your real life and treat your acting career seriously like a business.
There is no better time than right now to start thinking and acting like you are the CEO of your business. Because you are.
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.
I’m posting this article by Dallas Travers about Scott David being fired. Casting Director Workshops have become an important part of your business, whether you like them, agree with them or not. And you as the business owner – the CEO of your acting career – need to stay up to date.
I also recommend having a coach for the Business of showBusiness and I highly recommend Dallas Travers. This article is one of her Free Acting Business Bites, which I suggest you sign up to receive. I completely agree with everything she says. Read it thoroughly and click on the link and read the Hollywood Reporter article as well.
Although Casting Workshops are set up as an “acting class,” they should not be a replacement for acting class. Class should be a safe place to make mistakes, explore, and try new things outside of your comfort zone. An acting teacher should be teaching you a process of acting and how to prepare for auditions and meetings with Casting Directors. This is how you grow as an actor.
Yes, you can get great tips from Casting Directors, but you’re going to the workshop to make relationships and to stand out. You need to be one of the top two or three actors in the workshop to be remembered. This is how workshops can lead to booking work.
If you’re not standing out as one of the top two or three in the workshop, then I recommend getting back into acting class. In Intentional Acting classes, you can use your class time to prepare your workshop scenes and bring the feedback from the Casting Directors and work on improving in the areas they see as weak.
Please take the time to read Dallas Travers’ Acting Business Bites: What Scott David’s Firing Means For You.
Also, here is the article from the Hollywood Reporter.
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So you didn’t book that job…and then the thoughts creep in, “I’m a failure.” I’ll never make it.” “Why bother.” “I suck.” “I’ll never make it.”
Well here are a few people who probably felt the same way….
Fred Astaire- after 1st screen test was told he couldn’t sing and could “dance a little”
Walt Disney- fired from his newspaper for lacking creativity and ideas
Albert Einstein- teacher said he was stupid was always “adrift in his own dreams
Oprah Winfrey- fired from her T.V. reporting job because she was “not suitable for television.
J.K. Rowling- once almost penniless, divorced, depressed and rising her child alone
Ludwig van Beethoven- music teacher said “as a composer, he’s hopeless” AND he lost his hearing
Elvis Presley- fired after one performance at the Grand Ole Opry after being told “you ain’t goin nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”
Thomas Edison- fired from first two jobs for not being productive and made hundreds of unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb
All these people made significant contributions to our world. Without them there would be no_______ fill in the blank. They changed the world and made it a better place for all of us. And so can you. So don’t let those feelings and thoughts get in your way. Keep going.
April, end of pilot season, is a good time to reassess what is working for you and what’s not. Take an inventory and think about:
- How is my reel – is there something I can do to improve it or add to it?
- How are my headshots? Check in with your reps and see if they think your headshots are working for you?
- Are you in class? Are you in the right class? Is your teacher and coach helping you move in the direction you want to go?
Many times when I’m working with an actor on a scene and I feel they are holding back they tell me they don’t want to be too _________ fill in the blank. Too big, too loud, too sexy, too…. many things. But really what they are holding back from is: following their instincts.
Often this “holding back” is because of a director or teacher gave them that note for a different performance in the past. Don’t generalize your notes from a director or teacher and bring them forward. At least run these old notes by your current teacher and get their feedback.
Take into consideration that every Casting Director I’ve met has said that it is better to be too big because they can always tell an actor to bring it down, but rarely can an actor take the adjustment to turn it up.
Know that when you’re holding back – you’re not risking going outside of your comfort zone and so your performance will probably be safe. Instead, trusting your instincts, go for it and don’t hold back.
Are you holding onto any notes? Share with other actors and get some feedback below.
“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.
Which do you want be? Working and happy or not working and resentful?
I’ve seen the same attitude with actors who haven’t even started working! They turn down auditions, opportunities, agents because they think, “I’m better than that.” They are not working either.
Work begets work. Turning down acting opportunities begets sitting at home and fantasizing about working as an actor and resenting those who are working.
Success = Preparation meets Opportunity. Be in class. Be prepared for any audition when it comes. Take every opportunity to act you can – you never know what it will lead to.
After many months of a nationwide search Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) was cast at age 16 as the infamous Doogie Howser, MD by show creator Steven Bochco ( NYPD Blues, LA Law, Raising the Bar).
Before starting production, Steven took Neil and his parents to dinner and gave him this advice:
“A career in acting is like surfing. You paddle out and paddle out and get wet and hit by the waves. When you finally get out where you’re supposed to be you have to sit on a surfboard for a long, long time, just waiting. If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch a wave, and it’ll be the most amazing feeling. But the key is that that wave will inevitably crash to the sand. Then what you have to do is paddle back out and get hit by a bunch of waves again. But trust that in the long term there will always be waves to catch.”
Thinking back on this advice, Neil Patrick Harris said, “It turns out (to be) absolutely accurate.”
Where are you in the process, do you agree with this? Start the conversation with a comment below.
Intentional Acting FREE TeleSeminar
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Is your audition prep as thorough as it can be?
Have you nailed the audition and later found out that you missed important research information that may have cost you the job?
Do you feel clueless on how to help your child breakdown a script for an audition?
If you answered, “Yes” you are not alone. Many actors and parents overlook the value of the proper research and essential script analysis skills needed to book the job.
In this eye-opening, 45-minute Free TeleSeminar Loren will introduce you to 8 Keys to researching your role and breaking down a script so you are ready to quickly and effectively.
By the end of this 45-minute career-altering introduction to Script Analysis you will learn a replicable formula for easily uncovering the critical clues for delivering a great performance by learning:
- The key to telling you what to wear
- What the Casting Directors are looking for.
- How the format of the script will tell you loads of information in seconds.
- And you’ll also discover that your biggest friend is the question, “Why?”
- How to uncover and make sense of the clues of a script
- Why 98% of the time the writer is telling you everything you need to know to make the strongest acting choice.
Ready to stop guessing what Casting Directors want and to start to easily finding all the clues that will help you book more roles?
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Why should you take time out of your busy schedule to be on this TeleSeminar? It’s simple. Your booking ratio could depend on it.
The muscles for acting are not in your body, but in your brain. Every skill, such as picking an intention, breaking down a script, executing a perfect cold reading, requires a specific set of neurons in your brain. Scientific research proves that those pathways must be continually used so that new pathways can be carved into your brain. Thus the scientific reason to be in class on a regular basis: to carve neural pathways that will book your next role.
You might not be able to see neurons, but you can feel their affects when an audition feels effortless and you notice that you are more comfortable being your authentic self, no matter for whom you are auditioning. You also feel the effects at an audition that you knew you should have nailed but somehow you just couldn’t get into the “Zone.”
Even the Tour de France – the world’s most grueling sports event – is actually the ultimate test of the adaptability of the brain, rather than of physical strength. Auditioning in Hollywood is probably the most grueling non-sports event there is.
Lance Armstrong would never consider practicing just a couple of times at home with a friend, or in their mirror, to prepare for his next race, but do you?
____________________________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.
The best advice I can give the parents of young actors is that your behavior is as important, sometimes even more important, than your child’s. You may be the only thing standing in the way of your child booking the job.
When an Agent, Casting Director, or Producer casts your child, they know that they will be dealing with you and spending as much time on set with you as they will with your child. It is important that they like you and know you’re going to be easy and agreeable.
I have had agents and managers who have wanted to represent students of mine, but the parents were too difficult, so they passed on the child. I also know kids who have been released from set because the parents were demanding and difficult.
Here are two things that can help you help your child book the job:
1. Be a happy and nurturing parent. Be flexible, patient, kind and helpful. And if you can’t be, get help, or send another adult in your place.
2. Hire a coach to prepare you and your child for meetings and auditions. Don’t be your child’s coach and/or manager.
Share your experience as the parent of an actor. Remember you are a part of a community and your experience can be a valuable learning tool and inspiration for other parents with young actors.