Friday, January 12, 2018

Don’t Get Talent Rusty! How to Keep Your Acting Skills Fresh In Your Down Time.

Don’t Get Talent Rusty! How to Keep Your Acting Skills Fresh In Your Down Time.You aren’t going to be acting all the time. In fact, if you get a solid job and spend a good six months or even a year on it, you’re going to need some time off. Take it. It’s necessary to keep you loving your craft and in the game. And then there are the times where you just aren’t getting the call backs you were hoping for. It’s all going to happen and it’s all normal. Don’t stress. But don’t go too relaxed either. It’s vital that in the down time you keep your game strong and skills fresh. Here’s how you do that.
Go to open calls you don’t care about. Really. Even if you aren't called back, just view it as active practice. Brush up weekly on your monologues. You never know when an instant opportunity will come knocking. Who knows?  You may land something you didn't expect! How does it get any better than that? But if you don’t - you’re practicing being detached from the outcome which is good for everyone.
People watch whenever you can. And really, don’t just read expressions and emotions, but allow yourself to be entertained by them and notice why you’re entertained. All of these suggestions aim to broaden your understanding of human beings and this world we live in. A greater understanding of human nature will make you a better actor. If you take your "downtime" and use it to read, both people and script, that subsequent growth of your humanity will compensate for the loss of growth as an actor.
Read everything - and perform it as you read it. The greatest asset an actor can have, aside from talent, is the ability to read and understand the tiny nuances of what you read. Read novels and imagine being the characters. Read reviews on the internet of the plays you are reading. Read poetry. There are many beautifully written poems that are simple to understand. What's great, is these same poems will also change the way you see the world.
Use the time off to better yourself. It’s easy to get caught up the success grind of life and forget to take care of your mind and the person within. Read books on centering. Go to a yoga class. Look at art and flowers. Take time to be thankful and slow down. The more you notice, the more you’ll feel alive. You'll be so glad you did.

For more information on acting coaches and acting classes in New York City, please get in touch with us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television and we will get you moving forward!

Friday, December 29, 2017

3 Simple Tips To Selling the Scene When Acting Strong Emotions

3 Simple Tips To Selling the Scene When Acting Strong Emotions The scene is great. You love the story and you’re thrilled to have the part. Your character has been through a lot and now the story is climaxing and you want to make sure you come of strong - but real. How do you act out those strong emotions so well that we can’t help but think it’s really happening to you?
There are some fine lines to this skill and not everyone is able to find them. And if you don’t, your scene will be a wash and feel like a B level performance. That’s what you don’t want. So give me just a few moments of your time to share some helpful valuable ways to sell the scene and own the emotion of the moment.
Get physical. This is the first tip. In order to be totally convincing, you need to make sure your whole body is behind the emotion. Think about a time in your life when you’ve been in similar situation. And if you haven’t - activate empathy and imagine what your body might be going through. Would your heart race? Would your face change? Do your shoulders round forward or chest pop out? Consider the emotion you’re needing to feel and embody it in your home. What would you do right now if you were really furiously angry? Maybe you’d close your hands in a fist and stomp around. Maybe you’d freeze and look around frantically. Maybe you’d freeze in maniacal shock. Think about your character now. How might they experience those emotions in their bodies? Practice this.
Building on the first step, the second step is simple. Think of the last time you were passionately angry, hurt or even excited. Could anyone keep you quiet? What did you go on and on about? Put yourself into an emotion from a scenario and rant about it. Go off on all the reasons you feel the way you feel, on all the reasons you have the right to feel that way and all the things going on inside you. Try this with a partner.
Once that build up has happened, it’s time to get noisy. Scream. Oh yes. Whether you’re sad or angry or excited, the scream is your dam breaking and allows your body to enter into full embodied emotion.
Lastly, if you know that’s the scene you’re about to do, get all in ahead of time. So the day before, feel those feelings and become the person. Focus on your pain. Focus on your anger. Focus on your joy. Focus on being consumed by the feeling and then let it all loose in your scene… not being dramatic, but feeling it. 
I hope those tips help you take your skills further. And of course, there’s more where that came from at the New York Acting School for Film and Television, whether you choose to be coached or join a class. Contact us today to find the path that’s right for you!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Some Actors Get All The Work. Here’s Why:

Some Actors Get All The Work. Here’s Why: As much as it seems like there’s a clique of inner circle people running the show and making all the decisions, (ok, sometimes it can be that way), the truth is, there are certain characteristics, habits and traits that set the successful apart from the mediocre. And you might think, reading this, that you’re not the one getting all the work, but you are putting in all the time and effort - so how dare I imply you’re mediocre?
I don’t imply you  are mediocre. You’re great. Just like a 100,000 others out there. You’re all doing the same great things. And none of you are standing out just enough to get ahead. Frustrating, isn’t it?
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do to stand out - show up brighter, louder and more impressionable than the rest. And when you know that list, and apply it in every creative way you can, you’ll rise. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.
Strengths. They know their strengths and play to them. They land rolls they know they can nail, to get their foot in the door and get the ball rolling.
Weaknesses. They know where they’re weak and while they’re busy promoting and diving into their strengths, they’re using their down time to improve their weaknesses and expand their skills.
Focus. There’s a zone in which all success is found. It’s called the flow zone. Where you can get into a groove that makes the rest of the world disappear and you can get fully lost in the moment of your bliss, enjoyment and the flow. The more often you can go there, the more you’ll be in the zone of reaching your goals. Which brings me to the next point.
Think positive. Maybe positive isn’t the right word. Think determined, think with expectation. The truly successful don’t feel the need to strive, or beg because they’re confident in their success. They show up, they give their best, they’re teachable - but confident and at peace. They know success is coming and they prepare themselves to receive it. They get the vision in their head for what they want, they speak it, write it, believe in it and move toward it every day.
Get lost. Actors that win the game lose themselves to it. They know how to go beyond acting and become the part; to lose themselves in the role. These actors become one with their roles they play in such a way that even when they’re off camera, in makeup or at lunch, they can stay in character. They become.
Let it go. Lastly - they don’t take rejection personally. They understand that roles come and go and your job is to keep showing up and performing as the artist they are. If you don’t get the part, who cares? There are others. Just repeat all of the above and keep moving forward.

If you’re ready to take your career further, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at The New York Acting School of Film and Television and we’ll get you set up with just the right coach or class for you.

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.
Period.
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!