Saturday, August 19, 2017

Have You Thought of Boosting Your Performance Career With Voice Over Acting?

Have You Thought of Boosting Your Performance Career With Voice Over Acting? Once you get your acting career going it’s hard not to get stuck in tunnel vision. And guess what happens when tunnel vision hits? You’re acting career… gets stuck. When you’re just starting out or when things get slow, it’s important to keep your options for creativity and performance open. This will help you expand your skills as well as get your connected to more people in the industry. And who knows what kind of job you’ll land as a result of your many voices and faces?

The solution? Voice over acting. The options are so many. You can do a theatrical performance, comedy, drama, suspense, children’s adventure and so much more, not to mention commercials and advertisements. Just think of Robin Williams' comedic performance at the beginning of Mrs. Doubtfire. Remember that scene where he stands up for the innocence of children and protests the condoning of smoking while the cute little canary snidely puffed his cigar?   Of course, we’re all supposed to learn a subliminal lesson about not smoking, but for the performer, this bit is inspiration! Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Wondering how to get started? Well if you’ve already gotten used to acting through stage, improve or classes, you’ve got the first steps covered. If not, definitely look into 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.

Lastly, be sure to 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!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Vital Tips You Can’t Live Without As a Beginning Film Actor

Getting started in film acting can be very intimidating if you don’t feel ready and it can feel annoying if you’ve already got similar experience and now you need to start from the bottom up again. But rest easy. Know that whether you’re starting from scratch or starting over, there are some simple yet important tips I can share with you today that will advance you and help you feel like a pro in no time. 
Vital Tips You Can’t Live Without As a Beginning Film Actor
Don’t stop learning. Throw your pride out the window - there’s always something new to learn or to remember. You know that one book you read a long time ago and just recently found yourself looking through again? Did you notice that something caught your eye that you missed the first time or had long since forgotten? It’s the same way with anything you learn and practice. You miss things and forget things. So keep it fresh through constantly learning. 

Practice makes…. Close to perfect. Practice often. Always be working on something. And then know that no matter how much you practice and learn, you’ll still mess up. So keep at it, have patience and enjoy the journey. 

Be the part. Anyone can read a script or say their lines, but performing them in a way that captivates the world into believing it’s real is a whole new level of skill and talent. You can learn it for sure, but to master it, you need to be aware of the need for it first.  r you are portraying.

Understanding the script. Not only must the actor understand the role of the character, but he must also be able to understand the script itself. Talk to the director for deeper insight on what the script is really about and it will be easier for you to get in the right frame of mind when acting out his part of the character. 

Knowing the character and become them. Research the character so you can fully understand their personality and why they feel what they feel and do what they do. You need to fully understand exactly what type of person the character is and what the character believes in as a person. You need to know the likes and dislikes of the character as if they were you.

Prepare your body for the work. Getting enough sleep and setting time aside to fully concentrate on the character is important and will help the role that is being portrayed to work better and to flow smoothly. Eat well. Stay hydrated. Do what you need to do to stay present, alert, high energy and connected to the scene.

Be a team player. Everyone who takes part in a production is important. You need to prioritize respect for everyone’s individual roles and responsibility as well as commit to getting along with others and letting them know you appreciate the role they play in the production as a whole.

Show up respectfully, be on time, be alert and be humble enough to learn, practice and handle critique and you’ll go far. Contact us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television for further information or to find out more about our coaching and classes.

Monday, July 31, 2017

What To Do When You’re Acting Career Becomes a Freeze Frame

What To Do When You’re Acting Career Becomes a Freeze FrameEveryone gets stuck. It’s part of life and it’s definitely part of acting. You put in a ton of effort, you’re on the go and things seem to be moving really well. But then you hit a wall. A slow season. You wonder if it’s you and if this is your new normal. And you’re not the only one. 

The trick is to maintain a healthy perspective and recommit. If you let it get you down, it will become your new normal. If you choose to rise above it, you’ll do just that. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we meet actors at all levels of their career. And one thing we want everyone to know is that the road to acting success is a journey, not an overnight leap. So when the going gets slow, you need to know how to keep going. 

The first thing you need to do before you can ever move through a challenge is remember why you’re doing it in the first place. You’ve got to have a strong enough why to fuel you through the hard times.

Learn new skills. Take new classes outside your comfort zone. You could try improv, comedy or silent acting group. Taking classes and participating in workshops, or studying in full-time drama/theatre programs will help you fine-tune your existing skills and pick up new ones. You’ll learn from instructors, directors, and other actors with different backgrounds and perspectives.

Take it further and learn from a coach on a one on one basis. Choosing help is the difference between wishing and wanting to creating and getting. They’ll help you by helping you improve on very specific areas as well as help you set priorities to reach your goals.

Have a life. All work and no play will leave you forgetting that you love what you do. It's time to get out of your own head. It's time to meet new people and do new things. Hike. Read a novel. Eat out every Thursday at a new lunch spot. Take a drawing class. Garden. Experience everyday joy so your job doesn’t wear you down.

To get more tips and take your acting career even farther, do something for yourself and get registered for an acting class; you’ll gain new experiences and perspectives that you can apply to future roles.  From all of us at The New York Acting School, we salute to your success!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Acting Etiquette Every Actor Must Master to Succeed in Their Careers

Acting Etiquette Every Actor Must Master to Succeed in Their CareersMany actors would like to think that succeed at the game of entertainment is a simple as getting up in front of people and entertaining them. But it’s not. And in fact, those that feel that way end up forever being rejected for parts or being passed over because they fail to put in the time and effort needed for proper success.

At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we pride ourselves in properly preparing our students for the success they’re looking for in the world of acting. We don’t just focus on the practice, although we do plenty of it, but we also focus on the more detailed skills you need to master to be seen, booked and starred. And today’s detail is all around etiquette; how you perform on screen, in front of the camera and before the audience. Nail these and you’ll skyrocket your talent and credibility faster than you might realize.

Etiquette on screen. Always keep going until the director shouts “Cut!” and then keep on acting for a bit. We feel that when we make a mistake that we should stop, but that instinct will not further your career. If you mess up a line, keep going until the director call a halt to the take. Let it be HIS decision. The mistake may be just what the scene needs.

Do not stop a take for any reason, except for possible injury or death. Sounds harsh, but take it seriously. The director makes the call. Every time.

Regarding your body, there are some helpful tips to keep in mind about your eyes, your posture and placement. Be sure to never look directly into the camera lens unless specifically requested to do so. Being in the right place is often more important than saying the right line. Maintain your concentration and eye lines all through the tedium of lineup and rehearsal; it helps both your fellow actors and the crew.
Lastly, and this one is more for booking, never say you do not want to play a role; say that you are unavailable. Never say “No,” say “Maybe” instead. It keeps you more available for future consideration.

Etiquette and the Camera. This one has a lot of small points that I’m just going to pour through for the sake of both our time. They’re simple but powerful so take each of them seriously.

Generally, ignore the camera lens; let it discover you. Staring at or looking for the camera lens will make you look like an amateur. Remember it’s presence and honor your placement, but also pretend it isn’t there. 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. In a 3-shot, put the lens in the middle of the gap, not yourself. If you have trouble hitting a mark, line up 2 objects at the final position you have to hit. Establish a “web.”

As for your posture, keeping your shoulders angled toward the camera often look better than straight-on ones. It’s better for your body as well as the believability of the scene. 

Of course, the New York Acting School for Film and Television is always here to help you improve your 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!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Use This Quick Checklist to See if You Really Have What It Takes to Make It In Acting!

Sure, you want to be an actor. You’re great at it. You’ve got talent and you can see yourself going the distance and claiming your fame down the red carpet. But the entertainment industry isn’t just a field of roses. There are challenges to overcome, skills to learn and a lot of rejection. So the real question you need to ask yourself is if you can keep to the road when it gets tough. That’s why we at the New York Acting School for Film and Television gathered together this “will I make it” list for you to see where you’re strong and where you need to apply yourself more. Because we want you to make it. And we know that if you want it bad enough, you’ll do what it takes to get there.

Do you:

  • 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!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

How Method Acting It Can Skyrocket Your Success as an Actor or Performer!

How Method Acting It Can Skyrocket Your Success as an Actor or Performer! Every actor has his or her own way of developing their character. There are some ways that require more practice and some that require embodiment. That’s what I want to share with you today and I want to focus on the idea of embodiment. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we understand the need for mastering different skills.

Today, I want to focus on what’s so great about method acting and why I believe you should master it. Does that mean you can only act using method acting? Not at all. But it’s proven itself to be a useful form and the more useful tools you’ve got in your box, the more likely you are to succeed, right? 

Method acting actually involves a series of approaches but its overall aim is to develop believable performances by teaching the actor to embody and replicate the emotional experience of the character through his or her own emotions.

So what are the key points to method acting? They’re pretty simple and once you read through them, I think you’ll get the picture and know if it’s right for you. 

Acting Using Emotional Memory As Your Fuel and Inspiration The 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.

Character Framing - This is where you draw from and portray more lifelike and believable characters instead of just caricatures and exaggerations from theatrical inspiration. 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.

Experience and Personal Motivation With this perspective, 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.

Observation and Mimicking  – With this one, a very popular one, you want to make the most of your time people watching so that you can really observe how the character’s real life counterparts might move and operate in the world. Where do they go? Who do they interact with? How do they interact? Think of who they might be in real life, watch those people and consider the rippling dynamics and how you can embody them.

Of course, that’s just a summary, but I’m sure you can tell that it’s a useful skill to dive into and have at your disposal.  To learn more about Method Acting, and other forms of character development, please contact us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television today. We have many classes and coaches waiting for you to take the step toward bettering your career.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

How to Get Noticed as a Pro Actor in an Industry Saturated With Talent

How to Get Noticed as a Pro Actor in an Industry Saturated With TalentYou’ve already put in the work of perfecting your trade, but you’re afraid you’re just not standing out enough. You need to be noticed, seen above the rest and booked for being the best, right? It’s not easy, it’s a crowded industry. But there are ways to be noticed if you do it right. And we are here to help you. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we specialize in taking people with talent and developing them in the ways necessary to succeed in their dreams at any size. One thing we’ve learned, is that in order to get paid and win in this industry, you have to stand out. Let’s talk about how to do this.

If you want to be booked like a pro, you need to be seen as one. This means people have to see you as an expert at your trade. So what else can you do to get even better? To learn more? To take it even further? 

Start by reading, asking and listening. You want to research everything you can on your way up the ladder. Grab a handful of books on the acting business, watch youtube tutorials, talk to other successful actors and meet with as many people in the industry as possible (directors, grips, stage managers, producers, agents, editors, etc.). Ask questions, pick their brains and write it all down.  Then send them a thank you card, buy them a coffee and show your gratitude.

Shadow those you admire. Interview a working actor who's career is where you’d like to have yours be one day have.  Study their career road map well, and the knowledge will save you from unnecessary surprises and disappointments later on.

Be resilient. You’re not the only talented one out there. You’re good, but there are many out there with the same level of skill, experience or talent as you. So you’ve got to stick to your game and not get discouraged when the journey gets rough. What you NEED most is the right state of mind, your talent, persistence, flexibility and a love for what you do BECAUSE you love it. Success beyond that is a bonus AND is more likely to come, when you are not longer desperate to make it happen.

Represent yourself right. Head Shots are your number one advertisement which means it's quality needs to be a priority. So don't go cheap here. I'm not saying you have to spend a fortune on them, but you do need to find a photographer who knows how to bring out your best qualities and features.

Get properly trained. Never stop learning. Take classes or study at a university with a good drama  or performing arts program. If you'd like to get to the film and television industry, go take some classes at a location that specializes in those areas. In addition to acting, take courses in literature, psychology, history and philosophy.  Creating a broad liberal arts

Always be networking. You never know who you’re going to meet, so get out there! Agents and directors work with those actors that they know, like, and trust. So meet everyone and make sure people know you. Be respectful, positive and professional at all times though! Don't let the reputation of networking cause you to feel impersonal and false.  You are in charge of your authenticity. Rather, think of it as building a community of people who can support you in your aspirations. And you support them too. Pay it forward. The more advocates you have out there, they more work you’ll be offered.

In the end, you want to make sure to leave a lasting memory in people's minds of your punctuality, determination and positive mindset.  Be a friend and be wise.  Be humble and never stop learning. Ever.

For more information, talk to us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television and let us know how we can help you succeed.