Welcome to my ACTING BUG BLOG.
Today I'm going to chat a bit about FEAR.
Fear sucks. Fear can stop us from doing things we love or are curious about. You can't touch it, you can't see it, but you can feel it. It's like an invisible wall in front of you all the time. It's thick and hazy and has an internal hold on you. It's always right there in front of you.
Now there's the thing... you have a choice. You can either allow that wall of rule your life or push your way through it and see what adventures lie ahead.
It's that simple. Just Do It. See what happens when you do. Don't be that person who wonders their whole life if they could get through that wall.
Screw the wall! Just Do It!
Hope this piece of advice gives you the motivation to do what you want to really do.
Life is Short People. Seriously Short.
Acting Isn't Easy. It's a craft and a tough one at that. But oh so rewarding. As they say, "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it". As in anything you do in life, in order for an actor to succeed, they must work at their craft every day.
Here are the top 4 things every actor should be doing daily.
1. Improve Your Acting Skills
Know your craft and study it. Taking one class does not make you an actor. You must ALWAYS study your craft. Not once a month, but daily if possible. The actor's tools are their voice, brain, body, access to their emotions and their imagination. Get yourself in as many classes as you can afford. There's always a way to study. Study improv, take voice lessons, dance lessons, movement classes, dialect classes, scene study classes. Perform on stage, in web series, in student films, produce your own! Just get out there!
2. Market Yourself As An Actor
It's free, it's easy to use and everyone is on it. That's right, it's called SOCIAL MEDIA. And you need to be on it.... everywhere. Create a YouTube page, a Facebook Actor Page, be on Twitter and Instagram and more. Don't know how? Figure it out! Again, it's free people!
3. Learn How to Audition for Film/TV Roles
Auditioning for casting directors is very different than auditioning for a theatre production. Casting directors work on a variety of shows, and each show has a 'tone'. It's the actors job to know the tone of the show they are auditioning for and to get as much information about the role, the show, the director and the casting director as possible. The better prepared you are for the audition, the more confident you will be.
4. Be the Actor Every Show Wants
When you book a gig, it's important to:
- always on time
- know your lines
- be reliable and consistent
- be an actor who's easy to work with
Be that team player who leaves a great impression.
Remember manner go a long way.
Now get out there and live your dream!
Today's blog post is about AGE.
I get asked almost daily the same question, "Am I too old to act?."
And I say, AGE, SMAGE. Or no, you're not.
There no age limit to act.
There is always a need for a talented actor, regardless of your age. In fact commercials are constantly looking for mature actors. They can never find enough grandparents, especially grandparents from different cultures.
The next question I get asked is, "how do I start"?
Well Improv class is first step. Attend an improv class to see how you are on your feet. The majority of commercials are improv based, meaning there is no script, just situations.
For example, you're at a commercial audition and the casting director asks you to sit down. Then they will ask you a question like, "Tell me about your best holiday'. Then you would tell them a entertaining 30 sec. story that's interesting, funny and memorable. Or you would stare blankly at them and say nothing.
This is why improv class is essential. Improv is all about story telling without scripts.Using your imagination, you can anywhere, anyone at any time.
We offer $20 drop in Improv classes once a month at The Drama Class. If you're thinking about this 'acting thing', check out an improv class first. I can almost guarantee you'll be back for more as it's tons of fun and where else can you 'play' with complete strangers and have the time of your life? After a few improv classes you'll be used to thinking on your feet and your confidence will start to soar.
Then you'll be calling me asking how you get a commercial agent. And I will be there looking forward to the call.
I've been working in our local film industry as an actress, casting director, film producer, acting coach and business owner for over 24 years. I have some advice I'd like to share.
"I loved your genuine enthusiasm, passion, friendliness and above all else encouraging nature!!