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Free Intentional Acting Class
For Young Actors, ages 9-17, & Their Parents
Confident Audition Prep
In person in North Hollywood, CA
BEEP: Email from Agent: “Audition 4:00 pm Tuesday, please confirm.”
Timestamp on email: 9:00 pm Monday night.
Like most parents, you probably read lines with your actor and make sure they’re memorized.
Do you feel confident that your audition prep is getting your child the results you both want? Booked jobs?
Not sure? I have a solution for you.
I’m Loren E. Chadima and I’m an Award-Winning Director and Acting Coach. You’re invited to a Free Preview of Intentional Acting Classes for Kids and Teens. We’ll introduce you to The 9 Questions of Intentional Acting – a repeatable acting technique that gives young actors and their parents the tools to confidently prepare for their scripts for auditions and being on set. This two-hour class will help you whether your child prepares with or without you.
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You will learn tools to help you:
- Breakdown the script.
- Find the key components casting is looking for in minutes.
- Discern if the material is comedy or drama, Disney or TNT, cable or network, and what that means.
- Memorize effectively so your young actor’s personality comes out on the tape.
…And do all this in 30 minutes or less.
This is NOT a lecture!
If your young actor is serious about their acting career and you want to feel confident that you’ve helped prepare your child to success in the audition room…
…then this FREE PREVIEW Class is for YOU.
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Free Intentional Acting Preview Class
Confident Cold Readings for Adult Actors
Using The 9 Questions of Intentional Acting
Do you walk away from a cold reading thinking, “Ugh… If I just had more time…”? Do you struggle to get your eyes off the page and really connect to the reader? I have a solution for you. I’m Loren E. Chadima and I’m an Award-Winning Director and Acting Coach. You’re invited to a Free Preview of the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting - a repeatable acting technique that helps you know what casting is looking for and how to deliver it.
This technique works whether you have an on the spot cold read or an audition with a week’s notice.
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You will learn tools to help you:
- Quickly uncover important clues.
- Know whether the script is a comedy or drama and deliver it accordingly.
- Make strong choices that make you stand out from the competition.
- Get your eyes off the page.
- Really connect to the reader.
…And do all this in 10 minutes or less.
This is NOT a lecture!
If you are a serious actor, ready to stop winging your audition prep and to walk away feeling confident that you’ll get a callback
…then this FREE PREVIEW Class is for YOU.
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!
Know someone who could benefit from this Acting Tip? Please Share!
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.
Intentional Acting is here to help, please let me know how.
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.