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Posted by admin, October 19, 2016 6:09 pm

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJgk-yu-QtI

 

Posted by admin, September 21, 2016 7:47 pm

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.

Watch Between The Scenes Acting Tip #1

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!

 

Posted by admin, August 24, 2016 10:56 pm

Actors on shows like New Girl, 2 Broke girls, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and Friends seem like they are being silly and are having so much fun that their work as actors is often mistaken for being easy.  In actuality there is a lot of technique to what they are doing. The 3 techniques listed below are the most common mistakes I see when actors are working on sitcom material.

1.  No Dead Air

Comic timing simply defined means pick up your cues and don’t leave any empty spaces or “Dead Air.” Every moment has something happening in it whether it is a line, a sound, or a gesture.

2. Play Frustration, Not Anger

In comedy, even if it looks like anger, usually the character is just frustrated with the other character. Frustration, rather than anger is lighter and allows you to fight fore a greater variety of outcomes from the other character.

3. Make sure that when you say the lines that they are Clean, Crisp and Clear.

A line that ends in a period is one thought. Sitcom dialogue is short and very specific.  To deliver the lines specifically and clearly your thoughts, your understanding and meaning of the lines, have to be specific and clear as well.  When you’re specific in your mind and you enunciate clearly, your performance will feel clean and it will be funnier.

These techniques are difficult to explain in writing so please add a comment that might help a fellow actor.

 

Posted by admin, June 2, 2016 12:11 am

Fearlessness

As artists we choose different mediums to express ourselves. Actors choose acting as their medium to share some deep need or secret or story. And it seems safer because we are sharing through our character’s story – so it may feel like a mask, but….

The paradox is that when we actually have to get up in class, or in front of the camera, and be vulnerable and use our character’s story to express our own, we get scared and hide. Fascinating – because we are the ones who chose the profession of “being vulnerable.”

How do you move past this block and create vulnerable performances, which are fulfilling to you and your audience? You have to develop fearlessness.  You must be a fearless artist and take risks.  Think about it: the very best performances are when you feel someone spilling their guts out. Look at this year’s Academy Award-winning performances: Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Jared Leto. (Actually, look at every year’s Academy Award nominee list.)  My opinion is when an actor really goes out on a limb and risks great vulnerability it is usually their best work. A great example is Matthew McConaughey: Dallas Buyers Club. He put a lot on the line for that movie, including his own money. He was vulnerable in multiple ways – his money, his healthy, his soul – and see how it paid off.

So the question becomes: What do you need to create a vulnerable performance?

If you’re an actor or know someone who is feel free to share this article with those you believe could benefit from it. Thank you.

And risk being vulnerable right here. Share your experience as a fearless or fearful actor. Who knows, your input just might make the difference in preparing and inspiring someone to deliver the performance of a lifetime.
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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO

Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you are an actor, or know someone who is, and you need a safe place to be yourself and to be challenged to continually grow and share vulnerable performances, Intentional Acting may be the right class for you.
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.

Posted by admin, April 20, 2016 12:36 am

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.

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Posted by admin, March 23, 2016 4:03 pm

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.

Posted by admin, March 16, 2016 6:00 am

“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 OpportunityBe 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.

Posted by admin, February 15, 2016 3:13 pm

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Tuesday, Feb 23rd, 2016  @ 12:00pm

or Tuesday, Feb 23rd, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

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?

RSVP Today for a FREE 45-Minute TeleSeminar

Email: Loren@IntentionalActing.com

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.

Posted by admin, February 11, 2016 1:10 am

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.

Posted by admin, January 26, 2016 1:43 pm

The audition just ended, you walk out of the room and you’re still wearing the glow from the performance. Now what do you do next, other than remember to breathe?

As my friend Brian from Performer Track says, “Don’t just leave. Sit down in the waiting room and remember what happened during the audition.” In other words, write down your experience.

What Do You Write?

Whether you write your experience in a notebook, phone or check out Performer Track, it is imperative that you write it down and capture the essence of what just unfolded in the audition. Your experience cannot simply be logged in your head because it is likely you will end up overlooking the key pieces to your performance that will be important to remember for your call back.

So what do you write?

  1. Who were all the people in the room? (Don’t know? Kindly ask the assistant.)
  2. What were the adjustments they gave you?
  3. What did they say?
  4. Pull out your 9 Questions of Intentional Acting. Answer them according to what you did in the audition room. (If you don’t know these crucial questions for acting please email me and I’ll email them to you.)
  5. Be sure to write down anything else remarkable you can remember about the experience.

You’re Ready For Your Callback

After writing down your experience you will be much more aware of exactly what you did and how to do it again. Now you’re ready for your callback.

And yes – wear the same thing, unless they tell you otherwise. Notice I say WHEN you get the callback, not IF.

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If you’re an actor or know someone who is feel free to share this article with those you believe could benefit from it. Thank you.

And if you’re an actor and have experience with writing down your thoughts after an audition don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments below. 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.

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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.

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/.

 

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