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FAQ – For Actors Continuing Study

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 What is Intentional Acting?

Intentional Acting is designed to empower actors with the tools to create compelling, natural “Zone” performances. The tools, principles and methodologies taught through Intentional Acting will help the actor to be confident, creative, present and passionate which results in higher success rates for the actor to secure the job and fulfills their dreams.

Led by founder, Loren E. Chadima, Intentional Acting not only teaches the art of thorough script analysis, but also utilizes the nine (9) Intentional Acting questions that are at the center of all acting – doing.

Click here to learn more about Intentional Acting and how it came to be one of the most sought after classes for new, continuing and seasoned actors.

What are the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting?

The nine questions of Intentional Acting are the acting principles found in all major acting techniques: Intention or Objective, Motivation, The Event of the Scene, Stakes, Connection, Using Personal History, Substitution. With Intentional Acting, however, these principles are formed into questions that will trigger the actor to make immediate experiential choices.

The questions are also put in a specific order, designed to build on one another in a sequential order. This results in a repeatable technique that creates consistent, personal, engaging and spontaneous performances.

The Intentional Acting questions can also be a highly effective and a practical tool for evaluating auditions and performances. Read all 9 questions here.

Who is Loren E. Chadima?

Named as one of the “Best Acting Coaches in the United States” by the American Federation of Performing Artists, Loren’s passion is giving adult and child actors the necessary skills to succeed in the businesses of acting and in life.

Loren’s students have been seen in popular feature films, such as, Norbit and The Crucible, television in shows, such as, Desperate Housewives, Make it or Break it, Grey’s Anatomy and in numerous commercials for notable brands, such as, Acura, Legoland, and Pepsi.

Loren is a graduate of The AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and her award winning film, Cries from Ramah with Mark Ivanir (Shindler’s List, Good Shepard, Get Smart) Anoush NeVart (Sex and the City 2, Must Love Dogs, ER) won several Best Film categories and qualified for the 79th Academy Awards.

Loren is also the Director of The Wiz Kidz DVD (www.TheWizKidz.com) as well as, an upcoming feature with Justin Shilton (Little Miss Sunshine, Aviator) and Josh Alba (Dark Angel, Monk, and The Division). Learn more about Loren here.

How and when are Intentional Acting classes right for my acting career?

Whether you are just starting out as an actor, continuing your studies as an actor, or a seasoned, working actor, truth is that there is always room to improve your craft. If you are looking to develop, enhance, or fine-tune your craft and you’re tired of spending money on acting classes that leave you with more questions than answers, Intentional Acting is right for you.

An experienced industry professional, as an actor, award-winning director and acclaimed acting coach, Loren Chadima is committed to helping you propel your acting career to the next level.

If you are struggling to reach your potential and are seeking the guidance and support, that is essential to succeed in your career, Intentional Acting Classes will give you a repeatable acting technique that creates consistent, authentic, and castable auditions and performances.

But don’t take our word for it. Review what our students are saying and then hop over to the Adult Classes department of our site and review the options available for taking your career to the next level.

Look, no one is saying acting isn’t a tough business, but it doesn’t have to be tougher than many actors make it out to be. Intentional Acting is a fun, rewarding and invigorating process that gives you, the actor, the tools for taking full control of your career when it matters most – right now!

Are you ready to take control of your acting career? If so, it’s time to call 818-985-8504 or Email Loren to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

What kind of material do you work on in the Intentional Acting classes?

In Hollywood, actors need to know how to analyze, breakdown, and be performance ready for television and film auditions. Therefore, the material provided in class are from actual television and film scripts.

Actors are encouraged to bring their own material as well. Students may work on monologues, which they find and bring to class. Also, if you have an audition, you’re welcome to bring your audition material to class.

For more information on the materials used during Intentional Acting classes feel free to call 818-985-8504 or Email Loren today.

How much rehearsal is required outside of class?

Students of Intentional Acting are not required to rehearse outside of class. In Hollywood, rehearsals are a luxury. Actors need to know how to be ready to work without rehearsal. Therefore, students are encouraged to learn their lines and show up in class ready to go, just as if they were showing up on set ready to work.

I’ve taken a lot of acting classes, but when I start my scene I don’t know what to focus on.  Can Intentional Acting help me organize all the training I’ve received and apply it when it matters most? 

Absolutely, this is the intent of the Intentional Acting Methodology.  Loren will work closely with all students to show the process for organizing the information in the actor’s mind, so the actor can focus on “Being” in the scene, moment by moment. 

To learn how Intentional Acting can augment and improve upon the training you’ve already received call 818-985-8504 or Email Loren.

There are so many different acting schools, each one saying they’re the best.  With that in mind, what’s so unique about Intentional Acting classes? 

What makes Intentional Acting so unique and powerful is that the technique gives you usable skills that you can apply today, at your next audition or on a working set.  You will not be given theory or a multitude of exercises that do little to truly prepare you for the moment when you’re scene is comes up. At Intentional Acting all students will be given a scene and put to work immediately, exercising and strengthening the muscles that you need on a working set.

Are you ready to take control of your acting career? If so, it’s time to call 818-985-8504 or Email Loren to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

What makes Loren a great teacher?

Loren creates a safe and empowering atmosphere that allows her actors to grow outside of their comfort zone and to consistently achieve their best performances.  She is committed to every actor having multiple opportunities to work in every class. 

What is so unique is her level of expertise that she brings to her work as a classically trained actor and an Award Winning Director.  Loren knows what it means to audition, as well as, what Casting Directors, Directors, and Producers are looking to cast.

Are you ready to take control of your acting career? If so, it’s time to call 818-985-8504 or Email Loren to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.  

I need help with my auditions; do you have an Intentional Acting “Audition” class?

An actor spends 90% of their time auditioning. With that in mind, all Intentional Acting classes incorporate the necessary tools of auditioning so that each student is properly prepared to maximize the opportunities that auditions present.     

I’m getting callbacks, but I haven’t booked any jobs. Can Intentional Acting help me figure out what I’m doing wrong?

Absolutely. Loren can assess your work in the first class or in a Private Coaching session.  Loren will go over with you what she sees is working for you and what areas need improvement.  From there Loren will discuss a clear plan to get you to your goal.

Why do I need to be in class if I’m already going out on auditions?

There are 2,000 people submitting for every role in Hollywood.  To draw a correlation between acting and Olympic level sports, as an actor you’re competing at the level of Olympian athletes.  

With that said, your auditioning and acting skills need to be at the top of your game, every time you audition.  There is little room for error. To be any less prepared, is to compromise your opportunities. 

Being in class is like being an Olympic athlete going to practice.  For instance, do you think an elite athlete such as Michael Phelps skips practice and then shows up for the Olympics fully prepared to be at his best?  He wouldn’t think of it. And if you are serious about a career as a professional actor neither should you.

Are you ready to propel your career?  If so, it’s time to call 818-985-8504 or Email Loren to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

I’ve taken fundamental acting classes, would Intentional Acting be right for me? 

Intentional Acting is for actors at all levels, particularly working actors. Intentional Acting is about getting the non-actor working and keeping the working actor working. For the working actor it is about uncovering and discarding that which is keeping you from your dream and instilling and practicing that which will take you, from an Under Five to Co-Star, from Co-Star to Recurring, from Supporting to a Leading Role.

I don’t live in the Los Angeles area so how can I work with Loren?

Loren offers online coaching via Skype or IChat as well as upcoming TeleSeminars. Click here for more information on our TeleSeminar classes.

Do you teach On Camera classes?

On Camera Acting Classes are reserved for the Advanced and Master Classes only. It is in these classes that advanced actors will practice auditioning and shooting scenes in front of a camera. Actors will develop their intuitive skill of knowing the size of the frame in which they are being filmed.

They will develop the ability to be present in the moment, while being able to remain conscious of their body and performance and able to repeat it for multiple takes. It is not beneficial for an actor to review their filmed scene work until the actor has a strong command of the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting.

Most great actors, i.e. Johnny Depp, Robert Redford, Nicole Kidman, do not watch their movies or themselves on camera. When shooting a film an actor rarely watches the playback. Good actors know that acting is an inside job and that their focus must be on their intention and the other person in the scene. When the actor has done their job, the camera can do its job, which is to capture the actor’s performance.

To bring a camera into an acting class before an actor can consistently focus on their intention and making the other person the most important person in the scene, is to throw the actor’s focus back onto themselves, making them self-conscious and diminishing the progress of their acting training.

Are you ready to propel your career? If so, it’s time to call 818-985-8504 or Email Loren to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

What does it cost to sign up for an Intentional Acting class?

There are variables involved in the cost of the Intentional Acting classes and Intentional Acting coaching programs. Every actor has different needs because they are at different stages of their career.

To find out the best way to serve your specific needs call Loren at 818-985-8504 or Email Loren to interview and determine which Intentional Acting class or coaching program is best suited for your budget.

How many classes should I take?

Being in class, on a regular basis, is your competitive edge in Hollywood. Studying acting is about developing muscles, habits, and thoughts in your brain and body that need to be kept in shape.

There is an average of 2,000 actors submitting for every role. Showing up for an audition, without having been in class is like playing at the Super Bowl without having been to practice. With that much competition the room for error is razor thin and actors need to be at the top of their game.

Do you offer any free classes that I can sign up for that will provide me a good idea of what I would experience in the actual Intentional Acting classes?

Launching in February 2011 Intentional Acting will be offering a Free Downloadable Virtual Acting Seminar. You will be able to meet Loren and hear her talk about Intentional Acting, as well as ask questions.

The date for this will be announced soon so be sure to sign up for Loren’s exclusive Special Report “The 9 Questions of Intentional Acting”. This way you can not only learn more about Intentional Acting but also be one of the first to be notified of the Free seminar and sign up.

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