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!

Monday, April 24, 2017

What All Actors Need to Know About Getting Signed by Agents and Agencies

What All Actors Need to Know About Getting Signed by Agents and AgenciesSure, everyone wants that lucky break where you’re discovered and booked for the best roles at the best pay. So when you’re given the chance to have an agent or an agency, it’s easy to want to hurl yourself at the opportunity. But before you do, we want to help you make sure you’re ready and know what the process is. 
First off, in order to get a talent agent, you must already have a good amount of acting experience and an impressive acting résumé. So if you don’t have that, and you get approached or scouted, don’t just dismiss the offer, but go into it with eyes wide open. There are scammers out there and you don’t need to get taken for a ride. There are a lot of sketchy people out there that know how badly ambitious young actors are looking for their chance at fame.  Unfortunately these people post bogus casting calls where they may coerce you into nudity and other compromised situations. So if in doubt, bring a friend or relative along with you and always let others know where you are going. A good way to safeguard yourself is to avoid responding to small, inexpensive ads and stick with legitimate avenues to achieve your goals. 
So if you want to be taken seriously, make sure you’re focused on working and getting your resume ready for the day the legitimate opportunity does come along, you simply need to build it up by searching out acting roles on your own by searching out quality and legitimate casting notices, casting calls, and auditions. Diligently reading the industry trade magazines and by joining casting web sites.
Take classes, hire a coach and make sure you’re at the professional level you need to be to be represented by agencies that can get you high quality work. Don’t be afraid to start small either. There are many online resources and well-established casting companies for inexperienced and experienced actors alike. A little diligent research and patience will pay off in the long run.  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!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mindfulness Tips to Increase Success and Reduce Stress for Actors

Mindfulness Tips to Increase Success and Reduce Stress for ActorsActing takes it’s tole on you physically but it also drains you mentally and emotionally. You’re always on. You’re feeling many feelings; some are yours and some are contrived for the performance. The set can be high stress and all of that pressure can really weigh in. So if you’re wanting to have an incredible acting career, without burning out from the stress of it all, we’d like to share with you some simple mindfulness tips for added success and wellbeing. 
First of all, It's vital that you set aside your frustration with the industry, the directors, your fellow cast members and even yourself as you simple rest in gratitude. Gratitude is the fuel the expands our creativity and success. It feeds the relationships and opportunities in your life while inviting more good to come in.  

Tip 1: Create a list you of all the things you’re grateful for in your life and acting career. From the big to the small details, list them. Have two copies; one being a notecard you can keep in your pocket and read off-set when you’re low on steam. 

Tip 2. Celebrate your wins. In your daily journal, record each time you remembered to have gratitude today and took time to simply breathe.

Tip 3. Be aware of your responses. Notice when you’re reacting emotionally to what someone says or does and chose to shift your perception in that moment to appreciate the learning experience at hand.

Tip 4. Decide how you’re day will go by setting an intention at the start of each day.  How do you want to feel? What state do you want to be in? How do you want to communicate with others? Set the intention and go back to that space throughout the day. 

Did you enjoy those tips? If so, know that it only gets better. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we offer classes, coaching and hands on learning for actors wanting to take their careers to the next level. Want to know more? Contact us today!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Simple Tips for Dealing With Acting Anxiety for the Actor that’s Ready to Win!

Simple Tips for Dealing With Acting Anxiety for the Actor that’s Ready to Win!
Anxiety is one of the most common struggles adults these days are faced with and actors aren’t exempt. Anxiety in actors is often dubbed as stage fright. It’s totally common but with the right education, training and practice, your audience will never know that anxiety is even an issue for you. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, it's an acting block we deal with and see all the time. Luckily, through classes and coaching, it's a block that can be overcome. 

Don’t want to wait for the class? Here are some tips to get you started: 

You’re totally normal. 
Expect, and accept, that you will feel anxious, especially at first. That's OK. If you allow yourself to work with the anxiety, not against it, you'll be able to calm down and proceed. If you resist the anxiety, you'll make more trouble for yourself.

All eyes aren’t on you. 
The audience isn't here simply for you. They are here to see a performance that has nothing to do with you. Today, you happen to be part of the performance. 

Feel emotion? Show it!
Take the emotions and passion you feel for your subject or artistic expression and channel it into your performance. Don't try to "hold it down". If you try to suppress it, it will work against you. Express it!

Make eye contact and connect.
Establish contact with the audience through eye contact and talking directly to them. Ask them questions to get them involved in your talk (i.e., How many of you here have ever had this experience...?) While your natural instinct will probably be to avoid the audience as much as possible, just like the reviewer cited above, you will actually feel less anxiety once you get the audience involved with you.

Breathe from your diaphragm.
In order to speak calmly, you need to breathe from your diaphragm as it allows more oxygen to come to the brain and for the blood to circulate more slowly, resulting in a naturally more calm state.  This isn't a natural skill and will need to be developed with practice. If you're a trained vocalist, this will come more naturally to you. But with everyone else, it's an important skill to master.  

Where you focus is where your energy will go. So focus on the scene, the win, the art and the fun of it all. Focus on your breath, focus on your lines and fall into the performance. Remember, that The New York Acting School for Film and Television is ready to get you through it and on your way to success. Anxiety isn’t an end all, it’s an invitation to get better than ever.