Saturday, January 12, 2019

How to Get Seen and Get Booked As Beginner Talent

How to Get Seen and Get Booked As Beginner Talent
You might be new to the game but you’re not new to the gift! You’re ready to get on set, get in front of the camera and show the world what you can do. But how does the world know you’ve got what it takes? Let’s be real. Time is money and directors need to grab their talent fast. So if you’re going to sell yourself for the role, you’ve got to be convincing from the get-go. How do you do that when there are thousands of other faces out there, possibly with more experience, wanting it just as badly as you do? How do you show them that you’re ready and have what it takes?
Well don’t get discouraged. Newbies all over have found their break, they just had to stick to some basic understandings and ways of promoting themselves to be seen professionally.  You want to fast track to being booked and seen as new talent in a flooded industry? Heed these words!
Hire or nail down a mentor.
Don’t be annoying, but be teachable. As you meet more seasoned pros in the industry, don’t drool over them, but be curious. Complement them in a dignified way and ask them questions. Ask them what they wish they had known when they got started. Ask what their biggest tips would be. And then ask them how you can be of service and help to them. Be willing to assist, be around, be of service and humble.

Have your pro portfolio on a clean polished website.
Everyone who’s anyone needs a website to share what they’re great at and what they’ve accomplished. So it’s your job to build a simple site for people to find you, be impressed by you and connect with you.  Make sure to always include recent head shots as well as your most recent and current projects. First of all, before you can share who you are with the world, you need to know who that is so they know who they’re going to get. So focus on your strengths and see that they are consistently communicated on your page.  Are you bold and confident? Are you kind and determined? If yes, know what that means to you. Then choose three colors that work together and best represent you.

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

Boldy network wherever you go!
Use your social media accounts to show glimpses of the fun you’re apart of, being in line at an audition, or getting makeup done. Announce your wins; your bookings and call backs! This gets 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 experience along your path is a learning experience and will get you closer to where you want it to be as long as you remain teachable.  At The New York Acting School we want to see you succeed.  Please call us and let us know how we can help you achieve your dreams!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Scared to Act? Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway!!

Scared to Act? Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway!!A New Year is here; are you really going to let your stage fright keep holding you back? If you've got the urge to shine, you've got to want it more than you're afraid of it. And the changing of the year is a perfect time to recommit to your goal of getting out, front and center as your talented passionate self. It's time to stop letting the stage stress you.

Don’t let the camera stop you from being in your full potential. So many talented actors aren’t seen for what they can do because their anxiety gets the best of them. Part of the problem is that they start overthinking  and it all goes downhill from there.

But you don’t have to let performance anxiety get in the way of your budding career. I’ve got some tips to help you step out of the trap and into your success. Important to know: Getting up in front of people to perform is a vulnerable place to be, and you are also at the mercy of their judgement and choices. A little bit of stress here and there 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.

Breathe. Taking a deep breathe 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.

Keep going. If you do forget your lines, don't stop. Finish the rest of the scene and do your best, improvising naturally. 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.

Keep your lines close by. 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.

Rehearse and memorize well.  Yes, use your cards to remind yourself where you are and what's next, but 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 want you to succeed. 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.

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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Can You Really Woo Your Way To Acting Success?

Can You Really Woo Your Way To Acting Success?I was thinking about this lately, about how it often feels like some people have all the luck with even less of the talent. If that's in fact true, why is it? Are they bribing? Are they kissing up to the industry leaders? Can you really woo your way onto the red carpet? Now, first of all I feel it important to note that as unfair as it might be, the answer is yes, but it's yes for everything. In every field there will be people who will give a job to who they know or who's paid them off, even if they haven't earned it. However, the question I want to address is can you woo, use your charm and etiquette to get further in your success as an actor?
As an actor myself and the head of the New York Acting School for Film and Television, I’ve found these points to be both true and essential for any actor looking to succeed, so I want to share them with you. Of course, you don’t have to stop at the tips. Our school is available for coaching, classes, and more.

Below, are simple tips of professionalism and character that I've seen help even the most novice actor, go far in their career:

No matter what happens, if someone forgets a line, if something goes wrong, just keep going and stay in character until you hear the director call “Cut!”.

If you mess up a line, keep going until the director call a halt to the take. Let it be HIS decision.

Do not stop a take for any reason, except for possible injury or death.

Never look directly into the camera lens unless specifically requested to do so.

If you’d like to know what size the shot is going to be, don’t the director – ask the camera operator.

Hit your mark! Being in the right place is often more important than saying the right line.

Camera Advice: Generally, ignore the camera lens; let it discover you. Don’t merely cheat an eye line, motivate it.
Posture: If both your eyes cannot “see” the camera lens, your face will appear to be obscured. Keep on an imaginary narrow path that stretches out from the front of the camera. Remember that shots are composed in depth, not width. Shoulders angled toward the camera often look better than straight-on ones.
Maintain your concentration and eye lines all through the tedium of lineup and rehearsal; it helps both your fellow actors and the crew.

An actor only has status between “Action!” and “Cut!” Exception: A star may have it all the time.

If a role doesn’t interest you, let the casting director know that you’re unavailable. This keeps you in mind for further opportunity.

Never say you do not want to play a role; say that you are unavailable. Equally, don’t respond with a ‘maybe’. Let them know that you’ll look over your schedule, talk to your manager if you have one and then get back to them by a certain date and time.

As always, the New York Acting School for Film and Television is always here to help you improve your acting skills and to prepare you for acting success with our acting classes,  coaches and more! Please call today to see how we can better your career!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Most Important Skill An Acting Coach Should Teach You:

The Most Important Skill An Acting Coach Should Teach You: People think that all you have to do to succeed as an actor is show up and perform. But there’s so much more to it than that. A good actor is able to pull the audience into their emotions and into the mood of the moment. Being able to pull people into the story, causing them to feel like they’re right in the middle of it it is no small skill.

In fact, the best word to to describe what actors must master is vulnerability. Because in order for actors to do their best work, they have to totally open up, to experiment and allow all that is inside to be exposed. This requires tremendous amounts of discipline. Actors work with their emotions, their experiences, traumas, feelings, and memories. Bodies and voices become finely tuned instruments that express and convey the character. Since the actor is the instrument, he or she is in a very different position from the film's other collaborators.

There are hundreds of colleges and universities that offer a major in Film/Cinema studies. Some schools offer a broad look into acting, while others focus on specific techniques and skills needed to be successful in the business. What many actors have found is that the need for coaches and teachers to help develop the craft is critical. William A. Ward once said, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

Most actors do not rely on one specific teacher to show them all the skills needed to be successful. It takes many 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.

It’s your job to take the time to determine what 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.

"Acting is living your life, then using those experiences to enable the audience to experience their lives and emotions," Judy Kerr from her 
book Acting is Everything.

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, I encourage you to do your research. Visit schools and interview coaches. Have a mentor that gives you their honest feedback about your skill level and see where your findings take you. Have questions? Contact us today!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Give the Gift of Acting - New York City Acting School Offers Great Gift Packages for 2018 Holiday Season


 Who Do You Care About Who Would Love a Real Shot at an Acting Career?

Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Apple, Hulu and others are hiring lots of actors. There has never been a better time to find work in the movie and cable series business. But the key to success lies in the being a professional who can handle both the auditions and the actual work of acting. There is no better place in the US to study acting for Film and TV than the New York Acting School for Film and Television.

We are offering 4 packages that will introduce your family member or friend to a career in acting. Once they test their ability, they can sign up for more classes and hone their skill. Your gift can be the catalyst that starts them on their way.  Call 212.877.2219

A tiny taste - Give the gift of an introductory class designed to help both the instructor and the recipient of your gift determine if this is a good direction for them.  Normally $150 - Just $49.95

A great breakfast - The introductory class plus one other class of their choice. After taking these two classes, your loved one will have a pretty good idea whether they have the basic "stuff" needed to go further into acting.  Normally $300.00 - Just $99.95

Lunch with pie - In this package, the budding actor will select 10 classes for just $495. Now there is actually a chance to hone the skills, try different aspects of the potential directions in acting, and get some serious camera time. The standard tuition for 9 classes is $550, so there is a 10% savings and a bonus class. 

Dinner with all the trimmings - By then end of this short course of 18 classes, the acting student is ready to try a few auditions, and if the interest is still high, sign up to take more. Normally this package would cost $1000. However, if you purchase this package as a gift, we will give you over $100 off the normal price. You can win the prize for best gift ever for just $895.00.

Call 212.877.2219

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How to Go From Peanuts to Pro In Your Acting Career

How to Go From Peanuts to Pro In Your Acting CareerYou love acting, which is why you stick to it, but you and everyone else knows that acting for hobby pay is not a lasting plan. Not to say that you should get stiff and stubborn and not take helpful roles. Definitely take on the opportunities that build your portfolio of experience. However, without a plan for moving out of that hobbie hustle, you’ll stay there. You’ve got the talent and the drive; but don’t let it drive you to your grave! Step up your game and start moving at the pro level. 

Moves you’ve got to make to graduate from peanut pay!

Get better. Seems like a given, but you might be surprised at how comfortable actors get in their talent. If you’re not expanding or growing, you won’t go past where you are today. The best way to get better is to take classes on public speaking or get involved with Toastmasters or another professional group, in addition to your usual acting and performance classes. 

Represent yourself professionally with high quality headshots. You'll need two different looks for acting headshots. Be sure you work with a professional photographer, skilled in the category of head shots. Please remember to staple your headshot to the back of the headshot, text opposite from the back of the picture.

Have a high quality, talent diverse reel to showcase what you can do. This is like a visual resume. Send this out to directors, casting departments, art schools, and agencies. Don’t have a reel? Start developing one.

Be picky but humble. Don’t demand the best roles, but still choose wisely. Reach out to up and coming directors, writers and producers. Buy them a coffee and tell them your goals. Ask them for an opportunity to read to them. Be willing to be cast in student and college short films. Just get on camera so you have experience to promote.

These, in addition to social media presence and networking add an incredible amount of momentum to the development and furthering of your performance career! 

Ready to take your hobby to professional? The choice is yours and we are here to help. If you are looking for classes, a coach or additional guidance, please contact us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mastery of This Real Skill Is the Secret to Make It In Acting

Mastery of This Real Skill Is the Secret to Make It In ActingYou want to act and you want to get booked now. You’ve got plenty of experience but success is seeming to take on a slow momentum. What do you do? What are you missing? Is it always going to be this way or is there a faster way through it? One thing I’ve learned in my lifetime of both experience and education is that there are certain skills that if you don’t master, your career will be a disaster, but when you do - you’ll… get there faster. Today I want to cover one in particular that’s known for being able to make or break your career, depending on what you do with it. 

This skill? Has to do with your mind. It’s not so much about mindset or positive mental focus, even though that’s very powerful. In fact, it’s slightly connected to that, in the sense that too much of a good thing can also lead to you’re ruin. 

The problem and solution? Thinking. Too much and overthinking is one of the fastest ways to sabotage your chance at an audition, your character development, even your wins and losses. Not sure if this applies to you? Check the list below.

  • overthink your role?
  • stress about landing the part?
  • fear that others are succeeding faster than you?
  • see acting as work more than play?
  • find yourself desperately taking low end jobs and then complaining about it?
  • beat yourself off for not performing perfectly?
  • dream about the red carpet, money and glory more than the experience?

You can’t overthink the role. Acting is about studying and embodying; becoming, not over analyzing. So if you find yourself over thinking - it’s time to get into a new class that helps you hone in on your skill as well as loose yourself to the role.

Stressing about landing the part will get you nowhere. You will be rejected more often than you’re chosen. It’s not personal - it’s just a very particular art. Trust that you will be perfect for certain roles and as long as you’re showing up as you at your best, you’ll get the roles you’re meant for.

Some people will succeed faster than you - but don’t compare yourself or get bitter about it. If anything, learn from it. See what they’re doing that you’re not, or where they’re gifted that you could stand to have more education or practice and then do something about it.

When actors see it too much as a job, they lose their love for the art. Don’t let this happen to you. Keep it fun, keep your passion alive and see the good in each experience.

In the end, you are the leader here and sometimes leading is about allowing the path to unfold. Other times it’s about educating yourself and it’s just about always about being thankful for where you’re at. But in the end, if you have the right intention for succeeding (you love it) and you’re humble and committed to learning - you’ll go far.

At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we know you want to succeed. But we also knows the very habits that hold you back. So we focus on helping you excel while keeping it fun and keeping your love of acting alive! We hope you'll join us for one of our many classes and other offerings in New York City as you continue on the path to acting success!