Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Present Yourself As Pro Talent Even If You’re Just Starting Your Acting Career

Present Yourself As Pro Talent Even If You’re Just Starting Your Acting Career
You want to go pro, walk down the red carpet and win that Oscar. I don’t blame you, who doesn’t? But all that wanting will be for nothing if you don’t know how to get from here to there. If you want red carpet success, you need to learn how to be known, get your name out there and develop a solid reputation. And the most important trait you need to focus on beyond talent? That’s professionalism.

Don’t pass up the chance to propel your career. Use these easy marketing and networking tips to help turn hobby acting into the career of your dreams.

For starters, get alone with a journal and answer the following honestly: Know who you are; your strength and persona.  People need to know, for the most part, who they are going to get. Focus on your strengths and see that they are communicated on your page.  Are you bold and confident? Are you kind and determined? Ask yourself what that means to you. 

Why? Because, where you’re going to go next is to build a website. Even if it’s just one single page, you want to have a place online, beside Facebook and Instagram, where people can find you professionally. But be sure to buy your own domain name. Nobody takes an “ ” site very seriously. It says you don’t take your future seriously. Try to get your own name if possible. If not, get something along the lines of yournameacting or yournameinfilm dot com. This is not only professional, but allows you to build off of it in the future if you choose to do so. Use it and think of this as your bio with a headshot online. This is a place where people can go to see your headshots, what you’ve done  and the projects you are working on.

Keep it simple.  Your site only has to be a single page, if that’s what you want and it gets the job done. Also, keep your photos classy and with high resolution.  People want to feel that they are working with a professional. For the body, simply tell a short bio highlighting your skills and passions.  People are interested in your story, but more interested in what you can do. This is a good place to put another, different head shot.   If you create videos or audio samples, feel free to include these on the page as well, if there is room.

Lastly, don’t just leave it there. If you don’t already, make sure to be active on the social media platform that fits you best - be that Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. You’re an entertainer, so entertain. It’s important to have a certain social media accounts to connect with people and show them what you’re up to.  Feature pictures of you on set. Show glimpses of the fun you’re apart of, being in line at an audition, or getting makeup done. Announce bookings and callbacks. Get people excited about your work and adventure. As they see your progress, that circle of people will expand and more and more people will be aware of your skill.

Every successful industry or career has to be built with a professional foundation. At The New York Acting School we want to facilitate your success.  Please call us and let us know how we can help you achieve your dreams!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

How to Make the Most (not totally fail) Your Next Acting Audition

The long awaited acting audition or interview has your stomach up in knots. This is the big one. And you've got your foot in the door. The last thing you want to do is fail it and need to go into hiding, right? First of all, everyone nose dives at least once (or a hundred times). Of course, we want to help you avoid that but in the case that it happens, one of the key aspects of success is the ability to rise above failures and keep trying. No acting career will ever take off if you focus on the failure that might come. Know this: They'll come. Avoid them if you can. If you fail anyway but keep trying, there is no failure, only feedback. Learn and move forward. 

But today, it's time to focus on learning.

For starters, first impressions are pretty much everything. Sure, we'd all like people to stop judging books by their covers, but the truth is, judging the book is often what keeps us alive. Safe from danger. Intuition aware. Book covers can be a false sale as well, but I'll get there. For now, my first word of advice? If you want to be taken seriously and seen as a professional, look and smell  the part.
How to Make the Most (not totally fail) Your Next Acting AuditionShow up dressed to deserve their attention!
Freshly pressed; no wrinkles. Black, white and neutral tones are great colors to go with unless you know you're going for a role that shows you off as more of a clown or Keep your shoes professional too; classy casual - not too little or too much. Makeup should be the same; clean and natural but accenting.  Let them see you. 
To make my point clearer, if you want to totally blow it, follow this advice instead: 

Don't shower the night before.  Show up dressed in a ragged or dirty old shirt and jeans, a worn out pair of converse, your greasy hair hanging across your forehead, no makeup (for the ladies), or unshaven (for the men). You CAN NOT just show up that way and expect to be taken seriously... or professionally, for that matter.  

Tips for the audition itself:
  • You will often be asked for a monologue. Be sure to have three or four ready at your fingertips. so that you can go into auto-pilot, if necessary. Do not stop, smile sheepishly, or apologize if you forget your lines. Cover your errors.
  • You'll likely be in an office so it would be preferable to go with a monologue that doesn't have yelling or screaming in it. Also, keep it clean. Most agents, etc. prefer monologues without obscenities.
  •  If you're a singer, also have three songs fully memorized. Have your music with you. 
  • Don't claim to be someone or to have done anything on your resume that is not true. Do not try to pass off extra work as a featured role. It's unimpressive and will create a bad reputation for you in the long run. 

Becoming and actor and mastering an audition can be tricky but it isn't impossible.  That's why we at the New York Acting School for Film and Television provide the coaching and classes.  It's not an easy industry, but with the right help, you can succeed.  

Don't make the same mistakes as so many others before you.  Call us and let us know how we can help you achieve your dreams. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Important Things to Know Before You Commit to an Acting Career!

Important Things to Know Before You Commit to an Acting Career!
Just because you’re a great performer doesn’t mean that you’re cut out for an acting career. It’s a brutal playground and if you don’t have what it takes, you’ll be swallowed up or lost on the wayside. That’s why I’m writing today. Because if you’re going to make such a grand commitment, I want you to do it from a place of preparedness and knowing what you’re getting into. So when the going gets tough - you’re ready to stick it out. Sound good? Read on. Whether stage or film, these tips will help you understand the basic building blocks of a career in acting.
I know it’s not a make-or-break aspect but because I don’t want it to go unmentioned, one absolute necessity is knowledge of the of acting vernacular - so you know what to do when you’re given on-set commands. You have to know Stage Right, Down Stage, ad lib, upstage left, close-up, hit the mark, and...Action!
Another "must" for an adult newcomer is to start working on material immediately. The most basic acting requirement is the ability to say a line and sound real. It's hard to imagine an audition or a scene without having to speak. And his potential to sound real when he says a line is precisely what all beginning actors must discover. This is basic.
If you can't learn to sound real and authentic, then acting is not for you. It's best to discover your level of sounding real before spending too much money and building up great expectations. You must find out if you can say a line believably. That is the basic of basics.
Lastly, you have to handle rejection with confidence and unwavering determination. You’ll get no’s often. You’ll be criticized for your looks, voice, talent and everything imaginable. Sometimes it will be personal and other times, just part of the process of finding the right person for the part. At the end of the day, you can’t get sucked into taking it personally.
To summarize, if you are an adult who has always wanted to act, make sure you start with community theatre or with coaching sessions. Get a feel for the different fields, and start taking lessons. After several lessons you can then decide, based on an intelligent assessment of your potential and an honest evaluation by your coach, if you want to spend the next several years following the delayed dream. For more information, please get in touch with us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television today and never give up!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Character Development That Will Place You With the Pros!

Character Development That Will Place You With the Pros!You can’t just be a great performer to succeed in acting. You have to be an expert at living life as another person. You have to convince people that you’re someone else entirely. And to do that, you need to know how to have another person’s emotions, dreams, triggers and habits. Can you do that?
While it might seem complex, it’s actually quite simple when you know the foundations and get support. Like all skills, it’s one that needs to be challenged and exercised to become stronger and second nature to you. So of course, we recommend committing to learning and expanding your toolbox of skills and abilities so you’re never held back.
So let’s talk about the skill of quickly and convincingly getting into character, shall we?
To excel at character acting, you have to understand the role you’re playing almost more than you understand yourself. You’ve got to know their habits, fears, dreams and wounds. This is how you not only develop the character, but become them. This is also known as Method Acting.  This method calls the actor to internalize the emotional life and thought processes of the character. The actor is expected to literally feel the same emotional impulses as the character would in circumstances described in the script. The classical approach, in contrast, focuses on externalizing these processes of character development by developing a certain set of skills.
Here are the main points and processes:
Real Life Observation  – In developing the character, the actor must first spend time observing how the character’s real life counterparts move and operate in the world. Where do they go? Who do they interact with? How do they interact?
Character Motivation – The actor needs to ask a series of questions to determine motivation: how would the character react in the given situation? What situations would need to occur to motivate the character in a particular direction? What events would trigger particular emotions within the character.
Emotional Memory – Key to the method acting approach is the shift away from the actor’s portrayal of emotion toward the actor’s internalization of that emotion. The actor is expected to feel the emotion rather than simply pantomime it. This process is typically enabled by the memory of a past event within the actor’s own life that triggers the same emotion.
Re-Training – The method acting approach focuses on the portrayal of lifelike and “believable” characters rather than theatrical caricatures. The actor is expected to readjust the way s/he thinks and feels to fit the portrayal of the character.
Method acting is a great way to practice authentic and believable character development and can be applied in all forms of acting from stage to camera. It allows you to become an incredibly convincing character. We at the New York Acting School for Film and Television teach this and many other skills you need to succeed in front of the camera. Contact us today to find out more about our classes and coaching options.

Monday, May 28, 2018

How to Audition With Absolute Confidence!

How to Audition With Absolute Confidence!In most careers, first impressions are everything and your auditions are no different. Acting auditions can spike your nerves in a make it or break it kind of way. How you show up at an acting audition is half the battle.  So let's start there. Here are some basic tips to help you act with confidence at your next acting audition.
First impressions are vital. That first impression you give has the power to determine whether the viewers want to take those three minutes to read the you – or not. They want to see that you are confident, focused, prepared, and ready for the audition. You need to show that you can take control of the room. Make eye contact as the directors greet you. Believe it or not, they are rooting for your success, but in the end, if you walk into the room looking insecure, mumbling, or like you’d love to run away, your viewers will assume you are either very nervous, unprepared or simply inexperienced. With this, they will tune you out and won’t want to bother reading you even before you say your first line. So own that confident mind, behavior and connection… and then throw it into your presence.

Relate immediately! Your audition begins the moment you step into the room. The casting director is watching you the whole time. So be sure those steps as you enter the room are part of your act – your act of confidence.  It doesn’t really matter if you feel it. Your goal should be to live it.

When you get there, remember that your audition begins long before you ever enter the room.  You are an actor the moment you wake up, so step in to your role. Do whatever you do to get into your zone and mental focus… and begin your audition the moment you walk into the building.  Your role to play is the ‘talented actor’. Embrace it and be prepared to take control of the room.

While you’re waiting, make good use of the time. Those golden minutes of sitting and wondering, going over your lines while surrounded by others both nervous and confident alike.  It’s true. You will likely find yourself in that situation. But the fears and egos of those around you do not determine your ability or the success of your audition.  This brings me to my next point-

Watch your thoughts in the meantime. Did you know that your thoughts influence behavior? It’s true. What you think about and focus on determines how you will behave and ultimately portray yourself. If you are surrounded by people afraid or nervous about failure, you will likely pick up on their anxiety and own it as if it were your own. Do not limit your opportunities by wearing the anxiety of others.  Remind yourself of your talent, your passion, drive and goals. Be proud of your decision to follow your dreams and confidently wait – proud and thankful to have this opportunity.

Your body follows your mind and your mind can be changed by your body. Just as our thoughts influence our behaviors, our behaviors also influence our thoughts. If you are sitting with your posture slumped and shoulders rounded, you allow your body to tell both others and yourself that you are not worthy of the job.  Rather, train your body to BE the confidence you desire to communicate. You’ll find that you’ll not only enjoy this proud stance, but that others will be drawn to it as well.

Exude strength and confidence. No matter what your experience, always present yourself with professionalism and self-respect.  I’m not recommending egotism or arrogance, rather knowing and respecting yourself enough to stand tall and be professional. Don’t underestimate the power of grooming and a tidy appearance. You don’t need to adopt a new identity or wardrobe, but by all means, show up with an aesthetic that says, ‘I care, I am prepared and I expect to be treated as a professional.”  You can be as talented as ever, but show up without having showered and your pants in shreds and people may never really see your true colors.

Own your future in the moment. Ultimately, nobody is going to own your talent until you do first. You know what you can do – so do it.  Even if you don’t fully believe it, rehearse it in your mind and wear it when you sit, walk and talk until it fully becomes a part of you. Make eye contact and communicate readiness, excitement and professionalism.

At the Acting School for Film and Television, we have a class we’d love to invite you to called,The Business of Acting. Don’t let inexperience stand in your way, visit us at the best New York acting school and get started on your path to acting today!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Acting Hacks: How to Keep Your Lines In Your Mind!

Acting Hacks: How to Keep Your Lines In Your Mind!There’s nothing worse than standing in front of a crowd and forgetting what you’re supposed to say, whether you’re an actor or even a presenter. It’s not just embarrassing but it can mean big consequences and loss of opportunity. This makes for a stressful situation which doesn’t help in the slightest! You need to be confident at go-time, so let’s review a few important points so you can sleep peacefully and confidently show make that dream come true. At the New York Acting School, we to make sure you always reach your goals, so let’s talk shop. 
You know your learning style better than anyone else, so this is the time to ask yourself how you used to remember things in school. Did you doodle? Learn the songs? Read it repeatedly? Have it read to you? All these are different styles that point to different strengths in learning. So as you read the suggestions below, keep your own habits in mind and try the ones that make the most sense. 
Write It; On Repeat: This one is perfect for presentations, speeches, comedy and shorter performances. Get out a paper and pen (better than the computer because it stays in your mind more deeply) and write out the whole thing. If there are areas that you’re forgetting even more, write those parts in a different color; color will keep the memory even more visual for you.
Get Moving: This is a method that’s actually working a lot with children. Memorize and repeat while your body is in motion. Running, jumping rope or on the trampoline are all great body movements to go through your lines with. The mind and body connects in a powerful way and you’re more likely to remember your lines!
Record It:  Take everything you just wrote, and record yourself reading it. I suggest recording it in the way you want to say it. This not only gives you practice, but you’re working through it through different senses.
Listen and Take It Everywhere:  Use your run or long commute to listen to your own voice on the recording. This is a simple yet efficient way to rehearse what you’re learning.
As a reminder, even if you do forget what you’re supposed to say, don’t stress. Stress will cloud your thinking, only making it more likely that you will forget what you’re trying so hard to remember. Instead, breathe deeply, ground and trust it will come. Then let it go. Laugh it off or go to the next point. It happens to the best of us and the show always goes on.
The New York Acting School for Film and Television is the place to go for learning techniques like this one and many others that support your path to better performance. If you’re looking for classes, coaching or simply more information, please contact us today!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Fastest Acting Hack to Ditch the Stress, Audition and Chill.

The Fastest Acting Hack to Ditch the Stress, Audition and Chill.It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been acting, there are going to be some auditions you’re really
nervous about. It can be because you’re new to the game, or because it’s a really important part for a role you’ve been waiting for - but either way - you’ve got a lot riding on this audition and you’re afraid to mess it up. All of these feelings are totally normal, but you’re going to need to get ahead of them if you’re going to get anywhere in this industry - much less the part!

The downhill slide you’re experiencing is basically an anxiety snowball. You get anxious about the results so you tense up during your performance and you mess up. This makes you anxious that you won’t get the part (the results) and causes you to trip up your lines and focus during the audition. You get the idea, right? I mean, if you’ve got any experience at all, you get it because you’ve been there.

The truth is, you’ve got to start by letting go of the end outcome. As long as you think it’s a life or death situation around you getting this job, your body’s nervous system will step in to protect you with anxiety and the underlying need to run. Your body’s running from a fire you’ve decided exists but only exists in your mind.

So when you think of it like this, then there’s no actual reason to cave to audition anxiety, and it can lower your chances at getting the part, so we want to share with you some simple ways to calm your nerves before embarking on an acting audition.

The first thing you can do to empower yourself is to remind yourself that these feelings are normal. You aren’t the first and you won’t be the last to panic over a mind-made fire. You also aren’t going to be the first to overcome it. That’s great news, right? No need to reinvent the wheel. Let’s just go with what works, shall we?

And what works, is actually your breath. It’s the only aspect of your autonomic (unconscious) nervous system that you can consciously control. AND, it’s the part of you that has the influence over your nervous system to calm it down! What does that mean? It means the fastest way to put out the mind-made fire isn’t with water, but with breath. Your breath.

Here’s how you take the concept to the anxious moment of your audition. The minute you start to feel the nerves racing, you take a deep breath. Breathing deeply brings more oxygen to your nerves and helps to calm you down. Be sure to take a long deep breath in through your nose and out your mouth as soon as anxiety hits, with an inhale for 4 counts and an exhale for 7 counts. You will be pleasantly surprised at how fast this works.

It’s not too complicated, it’s science based and it’s proven itself to work time and time again. So the next time you find yourself sweating under pressure, remember there are simple ways to get you through it. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we know that auditions place a lot of stress on the actors shoulders. But with classes and coaching, these weaknesses can be overcome. Please call us today and see what would be best for you.