Monday, December 11, 2017

How to Win Any Audience Over As a Top Actor!

How to Win Any Audience Over As a Top Actor! When you get up in front of an audience, you want to make sure you have their full attention. You want to wow them and captivate them so well that your performance is unforgettable. And that can totally be done with the tips below as well as through classes provided at The New York Acting School for Film and Television so read on, and see what helps you and then contact us to see which classes might help you take it to the next level.
Everyone knows that if you want to be fully prepared, it’s good to have your lines or presentation prepared ahead of time, but be sure to write it out as a performance - not a speech. Read it to yourself out loud and see where you need to add more emotion or less. Practice it 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.
Another technique you can use is personalization. It’s a form of character acting but with twist. It's not just about taking on the character you are aiming to become, more so, it's about reaching into your own experiences and emotion to the point that the scene becomes fully yours and you fully bring the audience in.  
The next tip to really real them in is to slow things down… pause….before the climax. Wait to deliver the big punch, til you can feel they want it! 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.
Lastly, believe you’ve got it. Decide that people have come to see you perform and that they’re going to love every bit of it.
And they will. Every time. Because you believing it is half the battle. Doubt yourself and they will to.

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!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Truth About Acting Success That Not Enough People Are Willing to Talk About

The Truth About Acting Success That Not Enough People Are Willing to Talk About People dive into acting with a lot of hopes and dreams of succeeding and walking the red carpet, being known for massive talent and success. And it might seem like the number one way to get there is to just be great and show up, but there’s more to it than that. You have new techniques  to learn, movies to research and a career to plan. You don’t have the time to learn the business tips ‘behind the curtain’ - not through trial and error at least.  There are people to know, scams to avoid, talent to better and ways to present yourself that if you’re not prepared ahead of time, you’ll be taken for a ride or fall flat on your face.
At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we believe you should have the best shot at success with as little risk as possible. So what we give to you are some simple words of advice. So you can win.  
For starters, your highest priority should be to better your skills. So make sure that you’re expanding your knowledge. Work with a coach and get involved in group classes as well. It’s important that you take advantage of one on one learning opportunities as well as the group experiences as they have different lessons to show you.  
Next, no matter how much experience you have, make sure you go to as many casting calls as you can because they hold the biggest weight in your chances of getting work. The hunt for them can feel tedious, but push through it. Once you have had a good amount of call backs and have worked on several jobs, you'll have an impressive résumé that may even get the attention of a talent agent who will then locate work for you.
Another thing to keep in mind is that not all people have your best interest at heart. There are scammers and predators out there. So just because someone says you’ve got talent, doesn’t mean you should listen to them or pay them for services. Keep in mind that in order to get a talent agent, you must already have a fair amount of acting experience and an impressive acting résumé. 

Want the great roles? Hunt foor the quality and legitimate casting notices, casting calls, and auditions. You can do this by diligently reading the industry trade magazines and by joining casting websites. Established talent agents have well connected relationships with major casting directors, production companies, studios and other industry insiders. It is the agent's job to use these relationships and contacts to find the best parts for their clients. Do a background check on the agents you consider as well. Avoid ones you don’t trust at first instinct, because it’s likely your instincts are on point. Some are honorable and others just want their own gain.

Acting is a business, after all and with business comes politics, rules, and seniority. Many talented creatives tend to forget this very important fact and it affects their ability to create success momentum. No matter what kind of performer you are, if you’re looking to get paid, then you’re in a business. This means people will both play dirty and they’ll play by rules and you need to get clear on all of it. Talk to people who’ve been in the business a long time and ask them advice and what they’ve learned over the years.
Don’t just be good, be the best- in every area of the trade. At the New York Acting School, we are here to help you along in your goals with classes, coaching and more!  Call us today for more information!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Simple Tips To Avoid Getting Scammed By Acting Managers!

Simple Tips To Not Get Scammed By Acting Managers!Just because someone flashes a business card at you, doesn’t mean they’re worth working with. This is an industry where not everyone can be or should be trusted. So even though I know it’s time for you to level up and get some representation, don’t rush to say yes to the first person that flashes lights and promises success to you. Do your homework first.
Start by getting connected with people that are plugged into the industry and know who’s been in the game long enough to have earned their respect stripes. You can trust us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television, to do just that. We have walked many talented people in to their success and into their smart career moves. That being said, choosing a manager is a big move that requires smart planning. Here’s what you need to know before you dive in.
First of all, you need to know your manager’s job role. Their main focus is to guide the your career and make connections for you; and although most of the best managers out there are former agents, the two have very different roles.

If a manager approaches you, do your homework. Find out the names of other actors they represent and ask those actors about their experiences with the manager or company in question.  

A manager should be well connected in the casting community and entertainment industry in general. Once again... do your research. See who they know and who knows them.  This alone, will do a lot for you.

Be careful that your prospective manager doesn’t trick you into getting what you don’t need. Ask ahead of time what they tend to require. They may recommend that you get more training or new photos, but should not require you to take a particular class or use a particular photographer as part of the terms for working with you. Until you're sure a place is legitimate, don't pay for services you may not even need.

Check their integrity. Talk to them about your values and how you feel about nude scenes. If they resist or tell you that you’ll need to do certain things or be more flexible, beware. You never have to do scenes that require you to engage in sexual acts or nudity. These are your rights.
That being said, most legitimate managers will never 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. So if someone approaches you with promises, be wary. Do your homework and check in with people more plugged into the industry and your area. 
In the end, we desire your success.  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.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Simple Practices for Starting Your Day With a Powerful Success Flow

Simple Practices for Starting Your Day With a Powerful Success FlowEveryone wants to succeed but what separates the ones that succeed from those that don’t? If you could finally hack into the simple practices that make the success difference, would you? Well if you’re not one of the ones that sits around waiting for success to come to you, you’ll love the tips I’ve got for you today. They’ll make as big a difference as you let them.
For starters, one of the biggest mistakes people make is in thinking that they don’t have nany control, or that fate decides their future. Sure, this may look like a trusting way of looking at things, but in most cases it’s about powerlessness. The truth is, you have far more power than you might realize. And that power is put to best use at the beginning of your day. So tip number one? Decide how you want your day to go.
Decide how you’re going to feel. Decide how you’re going to respond to situations that don’t go your way. Decide how you’ll celebrate when you get the part or position. Plan your responses ahead of time and you’ll have the power reigns the entire day.
Second thing is to decide the outcomes that are non-negotiable. Look at your to-do list. Is it ten points long? If so, there’s a good chance it’s full of filler activities meant to look good, please others or simply - fill in your day - so you feel busy, look busy and can say you’re doing everything you can. But everything isn’t what makes the most difference. Wise things do. Look at your list. Considering your goals and what you want to achieve, what are the top 3 things on that list that will get you the closest to those goals - the fastest? If nothing will - shift your to-do list.
That being said, know your goals. Are they yours or do they just look good? Any goal that’s set there just because it should be there, will be harder to reach. What are your true  goals? Who cares if they feel impossible. If they’re yours, they’re what you should be focusing on. Everyday. Wisely and with full commitment.
How do you bring this all together? The powerful art of journaling. Stream of consciousness writing has the power to help us tap into our deeper fears and desires in a way that lets us face and fully own all it. Writing out whatever is on your heart and mind in the morning helps it be released and realized when thats the goal.
But where the journaling needs to go farther, in goal setting - is that you need to end your session affirming the power within you and affirming the success you desire to see. Write about how you feel at the end of the day as present moment truth. Write about how it feels to walk up on the stage and accept the oscar. Write about what it felt like to be cast as the lead with your favorite director. Envision it. Write all the details.
Then, write out what’s on your to-do list today. What would the to-do list of that person look like? You need to live like the person that’s going to make it all happen. Start by writing it into reality.
Lastly, remember that success is your responsibility, not your luck. Imagine the results you want and take daily, non-negotiable inspired action toward that. Have the mindset, hold the power and walk the walk of the person that succeeds.

And remember, The New York Acting School for Film and Television wants to support your success too. We offer a variety of classes, coaching and skills teaching to help you reach your goals as a red carpet success. Reach out today and see if we’ve got the right match for you!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The One Thing Actors Need to Know To Succeed, But Most Don’t

The One Thing Actors Need to Know To Succeed, But Most Don’tIt’s amazing to me that so many actors want to succeed and think they will based on one of the most common misconceptions out there. And unfortunately so many also won’t see this post and will go on living according to what they think they know. And it’s not a big vital thing - on the contrary, it’s small - but it makes a big difference in the actor’s success.
Are you ready for it? The big misconception so many actors base their careers on is that once they get a good part (or any part) the roles will just keep coming. That once you’ve landed a role in a box office hit or prime time sitcom, that suddenly you’ll be booked out. It’s not true. It does happen but it shouldn’t be depended on.

The truth is, you might land a great role but then it’s quiet for a while. Don’t give up. Don’t get jaded and angry that it’s happening for “everyone else” and not you. The overnight success stories you hear about are exactly that. Special - because they’re stories.

Focus on giving and delivering your best work. Take classes. Keep learning. Expand your horizons and be willing to do voiceover work, stage and television because that’s where experience is born. It’s also where you learn to work with people, take direction and grow in your skills.

Focus on getting clear on what you want your career to look like and how you’d like to see it develop. And then be willing to try new things and learn new tricks. You might be surprised at what you’ll enjoy and where success comes easily to you.
It may take the form of learning new skills and specializing in these or in branching out into different areas of performance. You may be presented with opportunities to move into other aspects of the work, such as theatre or company management, scriptwriting or even directing. Options are everywhere, when you are open to them and they are even more likely in smaller companies, where these skills can be combined with acting. Some actors may even be inspired to set up their own theatre or film/television production companies.
The truth is, it’s all a learning experience, and it’s your job to decide how committed you are and to which path. No matter the path each actor takes, most spend time in other types of jobs and end up building up a range of transferable skills, which usually do lead into more opportunities with related careers, such as acting coaching, teaching, lecturing and even training.  You may be deepening your skills and and broadening your options in more subtle ways.

There’s not a lot of predictability in the film world. But we want you to be supported for the whole journey. And at the New York Acting School for Film and Television, that is our goal. We are ready to provide you with the tools needed to succeed both in the short and long term. Contact us today to find out more.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Important Things You’ve GOT to Know If You Want to Ace That Casting Call!

Important Things You’ve GOT to Know If You Want to Ace That Casting Call!
Oh I know the feeling.You’ve been waiting far too long for this moment. The casting call you’ve been waiting for. Now the real pressure is on and you don’t want to blow it! Understandably so! But I think we both know that nerves will only make you less likely to land the role. So instead of freaking out and possibly losing a great opportunity - I want to share a few important things with you about casting calls that will leave you in the know, confident and ready to go. There's no
First of all, take a few moments to think of the pressure the casting director is under. They’re supposed to come up with the most amazing cast ever  - choose just the right people out of many. No pressure at all, right? You bet there’s pressure. So when you show up to the call, be sure to enter in with a level of respect that shows you appreciate their effort and time.
So get your head in the game knowing you’re not the only one with a hard job here. There are a lot of people’s careers on the line and if you have what it takes, you’ll get there. So show up in your confidence, be polite, be prepared and be thankful for the chance to show what you’ve got.
Arrive early. Arrive everywhere early but especially to your call. Bring a book if you need to to keep occupied but don’t be afraid to get there 15 to 20 minutes early. It makes a good impression and gives you a time cushion for disasters.
Be clean. Please be sure to shower, wear clean pressed clothes and keep it limited on the fragrance. You’re not trying to make an ‘I’m the best’ impression - you’re trying to show them who you are when you’re being your best.
Wait your turn. Be patient. It’s a long process and being impatient presents you as a diva. That won’t get you hired.
Lastly, be prepared. If there are lines to learn, learn them well. Learn them from multiple perspectives and be able to change them on the spot. Be ready to show your diversity.
There are many other tips and tricks we, at the New York Acting School for Film and Television, would love to share with you.  Please get in touch today, to see how we can advance you on your path to stardom.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Need Help Memorizing Your Lines? Don’t Stress! Try This!

Need Help Memorizing Your Lines? Don’t Stress! Try This!Forgetting the words is a fear that not only haunts you but can even keep you from following your big dream. Plus, there’s nothing more stressful than having a deadline to memorize for and feeling pinned up against the wall with your mind at a blank.

So don’t let that happen. Instead be sure you’re using our best tricks for memorization and retention to make sure those lines stay for good.

Our first trick starts with your strengths. Read through your script a few times and then test yourself. See what you remember. Once you know what you know, write out what you don’t. Write where you’re stuck. This one is perfect for speeches, comedy sketches and shorter performances. Read through the script and highlight the parts you’re having a hard time remembering. Write those parts out. Re-read the script and read the highlighted/written parts out twice.
Record yourself reading the script. This one works amazing. First, get out a recording device like your phone or computer. Record yourself reading what you’ve written. 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 to what you’ve recorded. This is a portable way to keep the lines close to you wherever you are.

Practice using different emotions. Say the lines silly, say them angry or say them sad. Say them in the way you won’t be able to forget. This one might sound silly but it really works!
Last silly suggestion - invite your friends in on the fun. Have them read your script to you. Enjoy being entertained. Critique their performance in your mind in a way that helps you get even better. Take turns reading for different characters!
Finally, stop overthinking it. Stress is the number one killer to all success. You’re doing this as part of something you love and when you are you,  people are most entertained and pleased. So just be you, have fun and do your best. Improvise. Make it good. This is your dream, right?
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!