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Confident Self Tapes
Have you ever gotten a request for a self tape due by the end of the day…
BUT between work, school, and soccer practice, and getting food on the table, there’s just not enough time to help your young actor prepare?
I have a solution for you.
I’m Loren E. Chadima and I’m an Award-Winning Director and Acting Coach and the founder of Intentional Acting. I’ve created a free acting class that will introduce you to replicable techniques to help you and your young actor prepare and shoot self tapes, in under an hour, that you feel confident sending to casting.
In this class, you and your young actor will learn how to:
- 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 of network, and what that means.
- Memorize effectively so your young actor’s personality comes out on the tape.
- Use production techniques, that are used on professional sets, to make high quality videos quickly and efficiently.
…And do all this in under an hour.
This is not a lecture! Come prepared to get up and work.
Are you and your young actor ready to stop winging self tapes and want to learn a technique that will leave you feeling confident every time you press send? Then this FREE class is for you.
Saturday, Feb 17th IN PERSON
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Question 5; Motivation: Why do I have to get my Intention right now?
A lot of times I’ve heard Motivation lumped in with objective, goal, intention, what do you need. But it is completely different and comes from a different part of your brain. People have intentions all the time. “I want to quit smoking” or “I want to lose weight” BUT most people don’t have any motivation to do it. A lot of us have wanted to lose a little weight at some point in our lives, but we didn’t. Why didn’t we? Because we lacked MOTIVATION.
I have the perfect example of motivation with intention. Check out this weeks Acting Tip to hear about it.
Confident Cold Readings
4 Week Online Class
Starting Tuesday, July 18th
It’s not about HOW MUCH TIME you have to prepare – It’s about HOW you prepare.
Do you struggle to get your eyes off the page and really connect to the reader?
Ever walked away from an audition thinking, “Ugh, if I’d only had more time to prepare?”
You do have the power to master your nerves and the moment.
Stop “winging it” and learn how to prepare…. in 5 minutes or less.
My signature Intentional Acting technique is designed to boost your knowledge, confidence, and ability to book the job with a cold reading.
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The Who, What, When, Where
WHO: Serious Actors Only
WHAT: In 4 two-hour online classes, Loren will personally coach you through the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting and the 8 Keys to Intentional Script Analysis to create confident cold readings.
WHEN: Tuesdays, July 18 – August 8th. 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST
WHERE: Online from your living room. We’ll meet using Zoom so all you need is your favorite phone, tablet or computer.
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When you are breaking down Questions 3, there is an external experience (previous Acting Tip) and there is an internal experience. Today I’m talking about internal experience.
When you get a scene that is not so physically engaging or demanding, you have to look into yourself and ask ‘What does that feel like?’. You need to take a moment to let yourself really feel what is happening. Take a look at the video to see an example of a scene that explores the internal experience.
Question 3: What is the experience of the scenes?
Ask yourself: What is the experience of riding on a roller coaster? I bet you felt a lot, right there, just thinking about it. Watch this video to see how to get specific about the external experience of a scene.
Question 1: Part 4; What is the conflict between the Characters?
Conflict is the basis of all story telling. It is essential. It is the most important part of story telling. Without conflict, we really don’t have a lot of story. Every single movie has a conflict. If the Joker didn’t create conflict for Batman, then Batman would have no reason to go save the world. There would be no story. Even if you’re not into the super hero movies, you’ll see conflict in other stories like between two lovers. Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl again.
The problem I see actors do so often is over-complicate the conflict in the scene. So keep it really simple. Great example; Sally wants John to apologize. John doesn’t want to apologize. The way I see actors over-complicated it, is they might say “There is a war going on”. John and Sally are in a war. But the problem is outside of them. We want the conflict to be directly between the characters. It creates a connection and it gives you something to do. Remember, Acting is Doing.
Nearly every scene has a conflict, but there are some that don’t. One example might be John wants Sally to marry him, and Sally wants to marry him. In there, there is no conflict. They both want the same thing and it’s all about love. When you get that in a scene, you then want to go to ‘Question 3; What is the Experience of the Scene?’. I’ll explain it deeper in later videos, but I’ll give you a taste of it for now.
When there is no conflict in a scene, then we’ve got to have the experience of the scene. When two people are in love and want to get married, then we are watching the scene and the experience HAS to be there. If we’re not getting that experience and the feeling of two people who love each other and want to get married, then that scene doesn’t work. Just like if there is no conflict in the scene, then that scene isn’t going to work either.
Always make sure your conflicts are simple and very, very clear. Because remember in Question 1, you want to be able to look at it like a fly on the wall or from the 3rd person. You want to be able to see the story on the screen and you want to be able to clearly be able see what is happening.
Question 1: Part 3, What Happened The Moment Before?
It’s really important to have a strong moment before, for 2 reasons. For one, as an actor it’s going to help jump start and get you into the scene. And two, it helps get the audience involved really quickly because they see the story already happening and they just have to follow along and get in there.
So how do you create a moment before? Or where does the moment before come from? You have to start by looking at the script. Sometimes it’s on the page and sometimes it’s not. I have 2 scripts from under 5 cold reads we have done in class. In the first script, it says: ‘Susie tears through a rack of clothes. A saleslady carefully approaches. “Miss, what’s happening?”‘. Let’s assume you are the saleslady. Your moment before is you see Susie tearing through a rack of clothes and then you carefully approach before you say “Miss, what’s happening?” So as an actor, you’ve got to create the moment. You’ve got to see that. You’ve got to see this lead actress tearing through all this stuff and it’s all becoming disarray. And then you might be careful as you walk over to her because she looks kind of important. You have to create all of the story before you say your first line.
In the other script, it says Hotel Guest Start. And then the hotel guest says their first line which is “Have we met?”. That’s it. There is no description of what happens the moment before. There is nothing to introduce the hotel guest. The hotel guest just says their first line. In this case, as an actor, you have to create that moment before for you. But make sure you create it based on information in the script. In this script, it later says that ‘such and such is suing you.’ The hotel guest is serving papers. So what’s important is that you know this is a hotel guest but it’s kind of a trick. You’re tricking them by asking if you’ve met and then you’re serving them papers. So what is the moment before? Even though the hotel guest has to look like it’s really casual when they say “Have we met?”, they are looking for this other character, specifically, so they can serve the papers. So as an actor, you have to create that space. You’re in a hotel lobby, and you’re looking around to see if the other character is there, and then you see them and say “Have we met?”.
You might not get a lot of time to create that moment before in the audition room, but what you can do, is start to create it before they even say action. Instead of waiting for them to say action, thinking of your first line, thinking is the camera ready, thinking should I start, you can be creating that moment before. If you’re thinking about all those other things, that is what will come through on the camera. Instead, you can immediately see yourself in the hotel lobby and you will be ready for when they call action. When you’ve already created the experience and the moment, that shines through and they can see that in the camera and in your audition.
So when you get your next audition, I want you to look at “What is the moment before?” Make a strong choice. Look at the script, see if it’s there. If it’s not on the script, then create it based on the story in the script. Don’t go make up something that isn’t there.
What is the scene About? Part 2- Where does the scene take place?
I’ve started going through the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting and today I’m breaking down the second part of Question 1: Where does the scene take place? This is an important piece to take your auditions to the next level that so many actors skip over.
You really want to see where you are and have specific details about where the scene takes place. Take a look at this video to understand how to really answer this question.
To have or not have a prop in an audition is a hot button topic. I’ve heard of casting directors getting annoyed when an actor uses a prop in the room. But nowadays, a prop we use all the time is a cell phone. They are basically an additional appendage to our lives and our bodies.
What do you do when you have an audition in which you are on the phone? Put your fingers to your ears, look at the reader or do the taboo thing of using your phone?
Here’s how I helped one of my actors.