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.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Are You Making the Most of Your Acting Income Potential?

Are You Making the Most of Your Acting Income Potential?
Most people dreaming of acting success do themselves a big disservice on the road to it. The smart ones wake up and well, the rest get discouraged and even quit. 

When you have a goal in mind, especially when you’re just starting out and needing momentum, it’s important that you keep your eyes open for creative and less obvious opportunities. And in my experience - many of those opportunities are passed by not because they’re hard to get, but because people have too much pride getting in the way. 

Taking on other opportunities doesn’t make you a failure on your desired path. It makes you flexible, builds character, adds to experience, furthers your connections and increases your wealth. So are you willing to do new things? Learn new things and get farther down the road of success?  The big thing you may not have thought of?

Voice over acting. From children’s voice overs, to animations and commercials, your options are vast.  You can practice your knack at theatrical performance, comedy, drama, suspense, children’s adventure and so much more. Think Robin Williams - in the sound booth, with the chance to have fun making a fool of yourself, bringing your character to life without having to look a certain way.

You hooked yet? An acting gig where you can look tired and dress your way? Relief. And if you’ve already found your performance groove through stage, improve or classes, you’ve got the first steps covered. If not, it’s as simple as connecting with different classes and opportunities in your area. Many of the techniques you'll use are the same ones used on stage and screen especially when it comes to the training of your voice and shifting the personality of your voice with the character’s emotion, age and presence. You've got to be able to think on the spot, develop your character and the voice to go with it, while reading text perfectly and responding quickly to direction.  It's a lot but you can do it with ease and the right training.

Once you get some practice, you’ll want to create an audio portfolio of your voice samples. Record the various voices you’re so great and performing and be sure each track is clearly marked by gender, age, region etc.  The more variety you are able to provide, the better! Read scripts and be both parts of the conversation.Provide contrast in a single sketch by playing one character as a southern belle and one as a British gentleman or Viking.  Going from male to female with different accents while including emotion can really impress a casting director. But keep your tracks short. You want to grab them, hook them and bring them to the next track - wanting more. Too much, and you'll bore them.

Of course, most importantly, speak clearly and enunciate!  This, oddly enough has been a hard one for many.... but if you don’t master it, you’ll really limit your opportunities. Practice speaking slowly and articulately to make sure you’re never rushing or mumbling; of course unless that’s how your character speaks! 

In the end, this is a fantastic way for actors everywhere to expand their horizons and succeed.  And if you are ready to take your career further and get serious about acting, visit us at The Acting School for Film and Television.  We'd love to help you succeed!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Big Audition? How to Keep Calm & Carry On, When It Matters Most.

Big Audition? How to Keep Calm & Carry On, When It Matters Most.
Keep calm, carry on. That’s what they all say. It’s on all the mugs and journals and posters and you know it’s true, but they don’t know what you’re going through; how important this audition is to you. How can you keep calm with all the nerves and pressure?

First of all, take a deep breath and remember that it’s normal to feel nervous when you’re under pressure. But nerves only lead to more nerves and honestly, mistakes and sub-par performance. So the most important skill you can choose to master - more important than acting itself, is the ability to keep calm.

It’s when you’re calm that you think clearly, have better memory and are honestly, more magnetic and enjoyable to be around. That’s what sells anyway, right? Charisma? You can’t have charisma and that easy-going ‘work with me’ vibe if you’re nerves are on fire.

The good news is, none of that is necessary. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we understand that auditions can be a lot on your shoulders and we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to not only survive your audition, but to succeed at it.
It’s a vulnerable place to be when you’re getting up and performing in front of people because you’re at the mercy of their judgement and choices. A little bit of stress here, is normal. However, if it's an overwhelming amount of stress each time, you may need to reconsider whether this is your true calling or not, or also consider that maybe you need more classes first, before going for the audition.
In the meantime, here are some helpful ways to keep your cool when panic hits and you’re front and center:
Breathe. If you remember nothing else, remember this one. Taking a deep breath brings oxygen to your nerves and helps to calm the senses. Be sure to take a long deep breath in through your nose and out your mouth as soon as anxiety hits. You may be surprised at how fast this works.
Mistakes happen. Keep Going. Focus on finishing the rest of the scene calmly and confidently, and do your best, improvising naturally where needed. If the casting director needs you to do the scene again, he or she will let you know.  Additionally, choosing to move on and past the mistake, shows your ability to recover under pressure and your talent for improvisation. Of course, don't do it on purpose, but don't be afraid to do your best with what you've got. The worst thing you can do is to stop. Keep going and do your best.
As for holding notes. It's totally fine, and in fact, expected for you to hold your highlighted line cards in your hand during the audition. Many actors put theirs away, thinking they'll impress everyone, but then they end up forgetting their lines and slow the flow. Keep your lines in hand. If you forget a line, all you have to do is glance down and grab it. However, don't just stare at the cards or read off of them. Watch the other actors when they are talking, and when it is your turn, know your first line and glance down quickly to grab the next one. Do not simply read from the page - that's not acting and it's not what will get you hired.

People are actually rooting for you. Remember that the casting director and everyone else in the room wants you to succeed. It doesn't mean you'll always get the part, but this is a fun art and the others in the room are cheering you on.

Show them what you’ve got and remember to have fun. The pressure will always be there, but you are bigger than that. Don’t let it take you down!
Trust in your talent and remember that of course, you’re still learning and you’re in this because you love it. Just be humble enough to breathe and stay the path. Learn more tips on acting and classes at the New York Acting School for Film and Television in New York City. We'll get you on your way.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Why Even Talented Actors Should Work With an Acting Coach

Why Even Talented Actors Should Work With an Acting Coach
If you’re a seasoned actor, you might wonder if it’s really necessary to invest in bettering yourself as an actor. And to be honest, just asking that question leads me to know you’d benefit from it. The truth is, there’s a lot more to acting than just getting on stage or in front of a camera and performing. Of course, a good actor is able to pull the audience into their emotions and into the mood of the moment. A good actor should be able to pull the watcher into the story and cause them to feel that they are right there in the middle of it. And when you read through that, you might think it’s all simple. However, unless you’ve gotten your Oscar, you know this is no small skill.

One ingredient many actors miss is vulnerability. For actors to do their best work, they must be willing to be totally open, to experiment and allow all that is inside to be exposed. To accomplish this at the highest levels requires tremendous discipline. 

To really grab your audience you need to be able to pull into your character your own experiences so to work with real emotions, real experiences, traumas, feelings, and memories from your life, to make the character come to life. When you do this, your body and voice becomes a finely tuned instruments that expresses and conveys the characters you play. When you think of it as being an instrument, you realize that all musicians continue to learn to better their craft. 

Most actors do not rely on school of thought, one modality or one specific teacher to show them all the skills needed to be successful. It takes a variety of classes and teachers throughout an actor’s career to develop as an actor. Like most professions, there is not one single person who can know all the ins and outs of a business. For example, while one teacher may be an expert on visualization, another may be more helpful in reaction techniques. For those just starting out in the business, and also for the more seasoned performers, it’s important to stress that choosing an acting coach is important, but it is not a matter of life or death whether your first coach is the best or not.

You’ll need to try a few different learning styles on for size in order to find out what support will be most beneficial to you, and therefore it is important to allow time to decide whether you are gaining beneficial knowledge or if time is just being wasted.

At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we provide high quality classes as well as coaching to meet your need and level. If you’re not in the New York area, do your research. Ask around from other actors and people in the industry about reputable options. Have a mentor that gives you their honest feedback about your skill level and see where your findings take you.And of course, if you’re in the New York area contact us today!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Beginner Tips for New Actors Ready to Succeed

Beginner Tips for New Actors Ready to SucceedNow that you’ve decided acting really is your thing, then it’s vital for you to take it seriously. Show business isn’t just a name, it’s a way of life; it’s a path you choose that when you win- you really win and when you lose, it can be a real struggle. We don’t want you to lose. In fact, we are in the business of helping you to win.
So if you don’t want to waste years of your life chasing a golden mirage of a carrot - then you’ll do well to heed these pearls of useful wisdom. Are you ready?
For starters, before you even get to the audition, you need to have an understanding of industry lingo and how things are done. There’s a lot of crossover from theatre to film, but really take notice so when you get to the audition, you don’t have to stare at someone blankly because you don’t get the instructions. Study the words you hear often like, stage right, down stage, ad lib, upstage left, close-up, hit the mark, and look for ones you may not know.
Another "must" for an adult newbie is to always start working on material immediately, as soon as you get it. 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.
Next thing - be real. Do drama where drama is called for and dry where it’s called for too. Just make sure you sound like the character themselves - not like the actor. If you can't learn to sound real and authentic, then either acting is not for you, or it’s definitely time for some classes.
Whether stage or film, these basic tips are here to help you understand the beginner building blocks of a career in acting 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!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Vital Habits for Success Your Acting Career Won’t Survive Without

Vital Habits for Success Your Acting Career Won’t Survive Without Let’s be honest. Not everyone at the top has all the talent and not everyone with the talent gets to the top. What gives? Could it be that there’s more to success than just having talent? I’m sure you know what’s coming. Of course there’s more to it. At the New York Acting school for Film and Television, we want people to succeed more than anything and we do our part by educating you, expanding your skills, supporting you with ideas and connections and also inspiring you to be and deliver your best.
So as I was thinking about success today and what it takes to be seen and win when everyone’s in the race with you, I recalled pearls of wisdom from the greats and wanted to share their advice with you. Because if you take it all to heart and apply it to your life - you’ll get where you want to go.
Robert Iger recommends getting up early and he’s not messing around. This Disney CEO is not the only executive claiming to rise at 4:30 every morning. Successful people do not stay in bed until 2:00pm on a Sunday. Or even 11:00am. Research shows that our brains are sharpest two and a half to four hours after waking. Get up early on a weekend and you’ve got a head start on the rest of the world.
Have you ever read about Benjamin Franklin beyond his inventions? He was a man committed to executing a plan. He would ask himself every morning, “What good shall I do today?” Successful people know the importance of even daily goals — the weekends are no exception. Sure, they can be a time for (planned and purposeful) rejuvenation, but you don’t have to be President to know that general slacking off is not an option.
Ok, on to the next success hacker - the father of success hacking really - Tim Ferriss. For a good kick in the pants, check out his book The Four Hour Work Week. In it, he helps people make the most out of their days and lives without spreading yourself too thin. It may be tempting to maximize your weekend productivity by running on the treadmill while calling your mother and trolling your newsfeed, but successful people know that this just reduces efficiency and effectiveness. Instead, be present for each single activity. Ferris recommends a maximum of two goals or tasks per day to ensure productivity and accomplishments align.
Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour commits to playing tennis for one hour every day. And she’s not the only big-shot making time for exercise. Richard Branson stays active with kite surfing and India’s fourth-richest billionaire is a serial marathon runner. Successful people know the importance of an active body for an active mind — weekends included. If nothing else, it will also counteract that glass of wine and cheese platter from Saturday night.
Tech legendary Steve Jobs once said, “Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” Weekends are the time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things — to keep your work-life harmony (the new ‘balance’) in check and reset if needed. Spending time with your friends, children or partner might not directly increase profits that day or propel you into the limelight, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Even the current US President famously makes time to sit down for dinner with his family.
Warren Buffett definitely doesn’t believe in an all work no play life. He may be considered the most successful investor of the 20th century, but in his “spare” time Buffett likes to play the ukulele. Successful people are often interesting people — and their hobbies have a lot to do with that. Sure, golfing on Saturdays can be a great way to network and source business opportunities. But, even solo hobbies — knitting like Meryl Streep or oil painting like George W. Bush — can aid success through fostering creativity and relieving stress.
Pop self help icon, Oprah Winfrey is used to having all eyes on her and that’s a lot of pressure. And to handle it and stay centered, she recommends stillness and mindfulness as a daily practice. This once-best-kept secret of the yogis is now common knowledge. Even the corporate world is acknowledging the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for reducing stress, improving productivity, facilitating creativity and maintaining general well-being. The weekends can often be busier than week days with attempting to cram in chores, exercise, family commitments, social engagements and more into a 48-hour period. The most successful people take daily time out for stillness, weekends included. They don’t call it a meditation “practice” for nothing.
Let’s end on an icon note, shall we? Jay-Z. He’s made an empire as a highly successful rap artist and entrepreneur, and the secret is right there in his lyrics: “You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip. You can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.” (Decoded) Jay Z didn’t become worth $520 million by only wanting it five out of seven days of the week. If you want to eventually spend your weekends on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean with BeyoncĂ©, unrelenting grit and persistence might just get you there. Well, we can always dream, right? ( Life Hack)
It all comes down to an attitude that goes deeper than just performance, talent and desire. You’ve got to hone in your ability to handle pressure, to focus, to get your to-do list done and so much more. Are you inspired?
I hope so. And when you’re ready, take the next step and see how the New York Acting School for Film and Television can take YOU to the next level.

Success is yours. Claim it.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Surprising Ways Acting Classes Will Rocket Boost Your Red Carpet Career!

Surprising Ways Acting Classes Will Rocket Boost Your Red Carpet Career!If you’re more than ready to move past the small gigs and into the bigger and better roles, you might be wondering just what you need to do to get there. After all, you’re great on stage and behind the camera. You’re talented. You’re confident. And you’re ready. But you seem to have hit a plateau and you’d like to pass go - and collect your $200. How do you do it?

At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we’ve heard this story time and time again. In fact, it’s the number one reason people come to us. They and more and will do whatever it takes to get over this hump. Our answer? Acting classes. Because the truth is, no one is above the instruction and community you get in the space of a class. We pride ourselves in our connection with our students and the results they achieve. But the benefits that come from the acting classes we provide are incomparable. Here’s why:
Your acting career goes beyond just you. That means you’ll be engaging with other actors. Some will be good and others won’t. A class helps you to still be your best regardless of what others can and can’t do, while a seasoned professional can give you tips as you go along.

You’re not the only one bettering your career, there are plenty of other actors out there improving alongside you - with new ideas, techniques and methods being introduced and mastered every day. Classes provide you with solid techniques that you can fall back on and call upon time after time in different situations.

You win some, you lose some. Sometimes you’re on top of the game - and other times you’re not even close. It can be hard to be in that flux - emotional too. Classes help you to be able to access and master your emotions amidst the challenges of situations and people dynamics.

What’s it worth to you to have seasoned actors have their eyes on you, ready to help? In our classes, you’ll receive good, constructive and personal feedback to help you improve your craft.

Still get the performance jitters? Nothing to be ashamed of, everyone does now and then. But classes help you gain confidence and learn to be more comfortable with performance.

Those are just the starter reasons to enjoy the benefits of taking acting classes. You'll soon find that not only your skills are improving, but you will also begin to know yourself better; both your strengths and weaknesses alike. Ultimately, you’ll see yourself succeeding as an actor. And that’s what you want, right?