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FAQ – For New Actors

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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’m new to acting and I’ve never taken an Acting Class before. What should I expect with Intentional Acting?

Unless you prefer to sit and watch, you can expect to be on your feet acting in the first class. You can expect a supportive and patient teacher who will teach you the necessary skills of acting and who will guide you through the process one step at a time. You can expect a realistic and honest assessment of where you are in terms of reaching your goals, as well as, a path with which to reach that goal.

With Intentional Acting you will be provided a solid foundation and clear direction as to what is expected of you in the world of professional acting. 

To learn more about Intentional Acting and the breadth and depth of training you will receive call Loren at 818-985-8504 or Email Loren.

Does Intentional Acting guarantee auditions? 

No. The intent of Intentional Acting classes is solely educational. Any class in which an Industry Professional such as: Casting Director, Manager, Agent, Producer, Director, has been invited to teach, speak, or observe is for educational purposes only and by no means an audition for work. It is not a job interview. The presence of industry members is neither a guarantee nor a promise of employment, but what you will get is usable skills that you can apply to your next audition.  

Can Loren and Intentional Acting help me get an agent? 

Loren prepares students for meetings with Agents.  90% of all students who come to her to prepare for their meetings get representation.  The studio does offer industry events, in which agents, managers and casting directors come to speak.  Opportunities arise for students who are in class and committed to their career.  It is that commitment that creates opportunities, not Loren or Intentional Acting.

To learn more about Intentional Acting and the breadth and depth of training and type of exposure you can expect to other professionals in the acting industry call Loren at 818-985-8504 or Email Loren today.

Does Intentional Acting help me get a S.A.G. card?

No. Intentional Acting can, however, prepare you to consistently get into the “Zone” so as to nail the audition that will get you a union job.   Unless you are already working as an actor, having a SAG card may not be in your best interest to get one. This is an important topic to discuss in a consultation with Loren.  

To learn more about a S.A.G. card and the Intentional Acting methodology call Loren at 818-985-8504 or Email Loren.

I’ve never taken an acting class before and I’ve already landed some parts. I’m getting great feedback so why do I need an acting class?

If you are finding work despite no formal training it is clear you’ve got some natural ability, but truth is you’re succeeding by accident. Winging it on natural talent will only get you so far in this industry. 

What all working actors possess is a technique that gives them the ability to perform consistently, so that Casting Directors and Directors can rely on them to give them what they want at the moment they need it.  

Without proper training you can be assured the day will come that your performance will need something more than just natural talent. If you are not prepared or possess the foundation of a trained actor, you will find yourself in a situation where all eyes on the set will be on you, and you won’t know what to do. Don’t let this happen to you.  

Intentional Acting acknowledges and works with the instincts that have gotten you this far, while teaching you a skill set that will make you a consistent and reliable actor propelling you to your next level.

Are you ready to start succeeding by design and 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.  

As a new actor who has never taken an acting class before, what are some realistic outcomes I should expect from taking Intentional Acting for beginners?

As a new actor you should expect to see your self-confidence increase and your performance anxiety lessen with training through Intentional Acting.  You should expect to have a better understanding of what acting is and how to do it through the training Intentional Acting provides you.  And you should expect to see your passion for acting and life increase as a result of being a student of Intentional Acting.

I’ve have been on a few auditions, but I have no bookings.  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.

I’ve spent a lot of money on my career, from previous acting classes and headshots, to personal loans just to pay bills, while seeking work.  Why should I spend more time and money with Intentional Acting?

Being an actor is very much like running your own business. It takes money and time to build and grow a successful business and it is no different with a career as an in actor. Acting is truly a commitment to your artistic expression. To get anything significant out of your career you have to invest in it.  

Acting in Hollywood can be an expensive and unpredictable business and no one can guarantee you any results.  Intentional Acting is a fun, rewarding and invigorating process that empowers actors to succeed in the businesses of acting and in life.

At Intentional Acting, it is important that you feel that your money and time are spent well. Loren wants to know what your passions and goals are and will make sure that you’re getting honest feedback about the skills and tools you need to meet those goals.   If within the first ten days you feel that you are not getting your value, you can write to Loren and ask for a full refund.

What is your depth of commitment to your career as an actor?  To determine if Intentional Acting is right for you call Loren at 818-985-8504 or Email Loren to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

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.

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.

I am not an actor, but a business professional, is Intentional Acting something that can help me?

Yes. Intentional Acting has played a role in effectively improving the results of professionals outside of the acting industry.

Loren has worked closely with attorneys and sales professionals, utilizing the Intentional Acting methodology to help them improve their communication skills, confidence and ability to connect with their clients.

It’s your career and it’s talking to you. Are you listening?  If so, you’ll know it’s time to take your career to the next level, even if you’re not an actor. 

Call Loren at 818-985-8504 or Email Loren today to determine how Intentional Acting can help propel your career.

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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