Friday, June 16, 2017

Are You Ready for an Acting Manager? Here’s What You Need to Know:

Are You Ready for an Acting Manager? Here’s What You Need to Know: Once you reach a certain point in your acting career, you start to wonder if it’s time to take it to the next level. And perhaps you’ve even been approached by a manager or agency. This is a good sign that you’re headed in the right direction, but there are still things to be aware of, and even be cautious of. And that’s what we’d like to discuss with you today. So take a minute and read through the tips to make sure the next step you take is the right one for you.  
First of all, what needs to be clear is the role of the manager. The manager’s main focus is to guide the actor's career and make connections for them; and although most of the best managers out there are former agents, the two have very different roles.
As great as that is, the dark side of the trade also needs to be spoken of. The most common scams in the entertainment industry usually involve people who call themselves managers, but have no legitimacy nor the professionalism or expertise to really help you further your career. That’s because acting management is not an occupation regulated by any of the actors unions. So sharks come in, promising you fame and fortune, but only for a fee paid upfront without any promise of results. 
Of course this is not true of all managers. But you should always be cautious and do your research before signing with a management company. Find out the names of other actors they represent and ask those actors about their experiences with the manager or company in question.
On a fee point, most management companies usually offer their services in exchange for a 15% commission, though it can sometimes be a little more. A legitimate manager will never ask for money up front. So if the ask for it upfront, run!
As for integrity, no manager should ever, under any circumstance, ask you to remove your clothing or engage in sexually explicit "scenes". This is illegal, unprofessional and you should walk away. 
Hoping to be discovered? The truth is, that’s rarely how it works. If an acting manager is legitimate, they likely won't approach an unknown actor. Of course that's the dream - to be discovered, but it's just not likely. A successful manager is already busy with experienced clients, and you'll have to work pretty hard to get their attention.
Acting is a great career, but be sure you are prepared to take the classes, meet the people and do your homework!  The New York Acting School for Film and Television wants to see you succeed! Call us today and let us know how we can further your dream.


Friday, June 9, 2017

The Best Way to Prepare for Any Performance or Presentation

The Best Way to Prepare for Any Performance or Presentation When it’s your turn to get up in front of a crowd and wow them into applause, you want to be ready and give it your best so you keep them wanting more. The New York Acting School for Film and Television is here to teach you just that. 
No matter what you do, every presentation is a performance and every performance is a presentation. You’re always selling a thought, idea, emotion or experience. And your job is to captivate your watchers so that they become transfixed and can’t wait to hear and see more. But how do you get there? We want to share with you the best way to prepare for your presentations and performance that keeps you feeling confident, prepared and prepped for success.
Start with a plan. Good presentations require great preparation, but do not start by writing your presentation out like an essay. Caroline Goyder, a former acting coach at the Central School of Speech and Drama who helps business leaders to communicate effectively says, "Writing it down tempts you to just read it out, which gives a dead, impersonal delivery."
When it applies, have visual support. If you are a speaker or presenter, always have a visual tool to backup your key points, but try to be original and not stick to just using Powerpoint with words and graphs. Ed Brodow once beat up a rubber chicken as part of a presentation. It's crazy and odd, but people remembered it. This allows for a multi-sensory experience and connection to both you and the message you’re sharing.
Practice as you. Practice well and often into an audio or video recorder so you get used to what you sound and look like to an audience. Then deliver it to a small live audience of colleagues, friends or family and be open to constructive feedback. This is a very helpful tool. Be sure to tap into your own emotional experiences to bring their impact and authenticity into your performance and presentation.
Slow down for the final delivery. When it's time to deliver you big point or climax, take it slowly. Putting pauses between each thought helps you slow down. This is useful as nerves tend to speed up speech. Imagine you are delivering each point to one member of the audience and wait until you can see from their face that they have got it. This is a technique used by stand-up comedians.
Imagine your success. This one is used by most successful people in the world.You simply spend a little time each day to visualize yourself confidently delivering and your crowd going wild with awe and applause. Imagine how it feels. Imagine you confidently delivering, remembering every line and point. Imagine being asked to come back and do it again!
The New York Acting School for Film and Television loves to see you confidently set up for success. Whatever your need, from better presenting to on camera comfort, we are here to support you with classes and coaching. Call us today!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Simple Tips to Faster and Easier Memorization for Performers and Presenters

Simple Tips to Faster and Easier Memorization for Performers and PresentersWhen it’s your turn to get on stage or face the camera, the last thing you want happening to you is to go blank. Additionally, when you’re busy getting ready for that moment, you want to be able to memorize your lines and speech simply and easily; you’ve got a million other things on your plate to prepare for simultaneously.
Welcome to the world of performance, where you have to be all and do all without over thinking any of it! Fortunately for you, we’ve got the tips you need, (not to mention classes and mentors) to help you not just memorize in a better more powerful way, but use it as a tool to further your career!
Most people don't realize that our minds memorize not just the words we’re learning, but also how we say them and the emotion we speak them with. This is due to both subconscious and muscle memory that allows you to memorize on a multi-sensory level. So when you are going over what you need to memorize, be sure to say it with passion and emotion so your whole body gets the message.

Another option that’s on a different end of the spectrum is to practice repeating your words and lines over and over again in a monotonous robotic voice, without any inflection. This allows your mind to simply ingrain the formation of the words into your memory, creating a strong foundation for the emotion to be built on.  Once you rehearse the scene, it'll be different every time! One day you'll be upset and yelling, and the next day you'll be able to deliver those lines with joy and exclamation.   
Sometimes the best thing you can do is to simply step away. Go jogging, cook some dinner, clean the house - all while gently remembering your lines. This gets your head engaged in physical activity which will both relax the memorizing side of your mind a little but also allow what it *is* practicing to be associated with physical activity.

You also need to relax and let go of your need to control or do things perfectly. Many people, under the pressure of 'not remembering' forget to breathe in that moment when they are practically reaching for that next word. So breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.  This will activate that back of your mind which both calms and is able to think more clearly.  The words will come.  Relax and breathe.

In the end, what’s most important about memorization is that you've got to find the right way for you to get your lines so ingrained into your body and subconscious that you can recite them in your sleep. If you're struggling to remember lines during a scene, you’re possibly over thinking and rehearsing your fear of failure rather than the script itself. This is sabotaging and won’t get you the results you really want.

Of course, we always recommend taking things further by getting more training and bettering your skills with tools from the professionals. And that’s exactly what we do at The New York Acting School for Film and Television. Call us today and see which option is best for you!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stage Fright Messing With Your Acting Career?

You Don't Have to Let Stage Fright Mess With Your Acting Career!
Nothing can be more discouraging to your acting career than getting on set, having that camera look directly into your eyes and you freeze. It’s as though time stands still, you can’t find your breath and you don’t know what to do. The bad news is this can destroy your career if not dealt with. The good news is that it can be dealt with. The New York Acting School for Film and Television is prepared to get you out of the fear and into the confidence you seek, by making sure you are in front of the camera during every class. This method has been very useful to our students.

However, here are some helpful tips to help you right away.

Visualize. Close your eyes and get into an emotional space of excitement.  Draw up a memory where you felt overjoyed, excited and proud. Allow that to overcome you as you emotionally relive the experience. Now see yourself walking up to that stage or to the camera and think of how fun your job is. (visualize how easy it is to focus on your breath)  See the other actors responding readily to your character. See the audience in silent anticipation of your presence.  They came to experience you.  Just them sitting there, waiting, is a gift to you and their way of saying 'thank you' for sharing your talent of storytelling.

Keep practicing. Most often people who have a frightening experience, end up shying away from the camera all together because they’re embarrassed about their anxiety. Now, don't be embarrassed or frustrated about that. We all carry that weakness around with us in some way or another. In fact, some very successful actors have a strong fear of rejection. It's what they do with it that matters most.  It's a large force of energy.  How can you use it to your favor?

Focus. The strongest action you can take is to direct your focus away from the negative feelings and instead, focus it on the talent you have and how to better it. Acting classes are here available precisely that reason! They give you a safe environment to practice your craft.   So, don't worry.  Take action.  Start with visualizing the excitement and then move deeper into your talent. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we are here to guide you through it.  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Important Things You Need To Know As You Begin Your Acting Career

Sure, you can just start acting but that’s like getting into the car and having no destination in mind or idea how to operate the vehicle. So it's important to get very clear on the foundations of acting and what you need to know so you can get where you want to go.
Know your type. In your youth you learned how to be whatever you want to be, but in real life you have to face your limitations.You are unlikely to be able to play much outside of your general age, height, weight, etc, so it’s vital that you have a clear understanding of who you as you truly are, when you walk into a room and what that means in terms of the roles you qualify to audition for. So be honest with yourself. Talk to your teachers, friends, family and directors and ask them for their opinions around your type so you can get a headshot and create a resume that powerfully and properly represents the who you are. First get cast for the roles you’re perfect for, and then once you expand your portfolio, your role options will expand too.
Be resilient. The beginning is the hardest. What I hear most from my students as they’re starting out is that they didn’t realize just how hard the beginning would be. There’s a big learning curve in the beginning and you have to push through it, take the criticism, learn constantly, get rejected and not let any of it get to you. Yes, you’re at the bottom of the ladder. So just keep climbing, one rung at a time and you will get there.
This is your day job. Ok, not literally, but you need to think of it as such, in that you need to be showing up every day for your building acting career. Every day, practice your skills, everyday, strengthen your weak points and learn new things. You can’t leave this to chance - you’ve got to curate and design the success you seek and that takes daily dedication. Write  a list of the big and small things you need to do on a daily basis to better yourself mentally, physically and professionally for this path and stick to it.
Remember, the rejection isn’t personal.  Agents, casting directors, producers, and directors are not the enemy. Sure they hold the power of who hires you and who doesn’t, but they’re not out to get you. Either you’re right for the role or you’re not. They want you to be good. If you are, it makes everyone’s life easier and makes for a great production. If you aren’t hired, it’s because you simply aren’t right for the role, or you’ve got more to learn.
Having good character is just as important as being in character. Who you are as a person, your integrity and how you show up in the world is the foundation of your career. You could be so talented that you master just about any role you’re given, but if you lack integrity or character, your career will be short lived. Know what your values are, hold to solid ethics and keep to them whether in public or private. Being in the spotlight is great for fame but it’s horrible for secrets. So do nothing you’ll be ashamed of being known or seen by all, and do what you know to be right. 
It takes patience and resilience to succeed in the acting business and if you’re ready to commit, you’ll go far. To better your skills, take classes or learn more about private instruction, contact us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television today.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How To Craft the Perfect Resume for Your Acting Career!

The acting business is just like the rest of them, in that you need to get out there, get known and get hired. And aside from actively working and networking, you need to have a professional way to let everyone know that you’ve got the talent they’re looking for! This means you’ve got to have a proper, professional acting resume.  At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we specialize in preparing talent for booking and for bettering the talent that is ready to go further; and resume building is a top priority.

How To Craft the Perfect Resume for Your Acting Career!It’s best to think of your acting resume as a calling card. You are presenting yourself to complete strangers who know nothing of your talents. With that in mind, be sure your resume is: 

Neatly typed, no longer than one page, is professionally edited and proofread, is updated on a regular basis to keep it current and is formatted correctly.

Your acting resume should never be longer than one page or have unnecessaries like paper clips. They bring clutter to the casting room and will only make things feel messy. In addition, you should be sure that your name and contact information are prominently displayed at the top of the page. This is so your resume can be found easily among others.

You’ll be attaching your headshot to your resume so make sure it adheres solidly. You don’t want any bulky clips or open stables that could snag on other photos in the casting director's pile.

Keep your fonts simple and always use black ink to print your resume, and be sure it doesn't smudge. Colorful or wild fonts look cluttered and distract your reader from seeing your talent and possibility. Remember, help them see you. 

Don’t be lazy or messy about building your resume. Make it sleek and elegant. As you build it, imagine you’re looking for talent. Would you hire you? A small effort on your acting resume will go a long way toward presenting yourself as a professional.

Never underestimate the smaller details in building your acting career. For more tips like these, acting classes and coaching, contact the New York Acting School for Film and Television today.

Friday, May 5, 2017

How Act Professionally When You Want To Be A Professional Actor

How Act Professionally When You Want To Be A Professional ActorWhen you’re ready to rise to the top of your acting career, the last thing you want to do is ruin it by being unprofessional. This is a field where being respected will carry you far. Talent isn’t enough. Being professional, knowing how to be respectful is what proves to others that you can be trusted, that you’ve got a good character and that you’ll be good to work with. But how do you prove this to them? Glad you asked. Here’s what you want to do to make sure you’re being your best self as you seek success as a professional actor:
Be Real. Don’t build yourself up to be someone you’re not, don’t lie about what you’ve done or not done and definitely don’t waste time with excuses. You are an actor. But that doesn’t mean you should act when you’re meeting people in the industry. It’s never acceptable to be dishonest or bend the truth to support your situation or the furthering of your career. The truth will always come out, so you might as be the one telling it. 
Don’t use name dropping to get ahead. I know that might sound hard as this is an industry based on who you know, but the truth is, name dropping isn’t real. Now, if you do know someone and it makes sense to reference them in a conversation, go for it as long as you talk to your connections and get permission ahead of time to mention their name. Remember, if you name drop someone you hardly know, and word gets back to them, that will be a detriment to your developing reputation.
Learn the lines as they are and improvise later when you’ve got the director’s respect. Many actors feel the lines should be re-written, but that's not your role, and it's offensive to the actual writer. Simply memorize your lines. This might seem obvious, but there are too many actors who learn a few of their lines and then try to wing it (accidentally rewriting them) and fail miserably. Please spend the needed time preparing your lines. Don't just prepare what you’re going to say, but also how you’re going to say it.
Always be on time. Always. You might be surprised to find out how many actors just have no sense of time.  Audition time slots are limited, pass quickly and are scheduled at odd times like 2:50 or 10:05. When they call you to be there, be there early.  Being late will definitely leave an impression, but not the one you are hoping for. And if you are late, don’t make excuse. Apologize and own it. No one will care if there was traffic, they’ll just say that you should have left five hours early.  Life happens and sometimes things go wrong and in a normal world, this may in some cases be taken into consideration. But DO NOT depend on that. No matter what excuse you think you have to get you out of a particular situation, there are dozens of other people happy to take your place. So do your absolute best, not to need an excuse.
Put your phone away and pay attention. The set is always busy and just because you’re not doing something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be mentally present. If you’re on the clock, you need to be off your phone. Can you imagine being called on and you don’t know what’s going on? 
A lot of this is common sense. Take your career seriously. Do the most respectful thing, use respectful words, be on time, pay attention, and mostly, be teachable. There’s no room for your ego in this field. Learn to take constructive criticism and you will grow and succeed. 
Write these tips down and keep them close. They are foundational for the integrity of your career. In the meantime, better your abilities and learn more tips through the coaches and classes at the The New York Acting School for Film and Television.  We can't wait to help you on your way!