Monday, September 18, 2017

A Surprising Way You Can Use Every Day Situations to Make You a Better Actor

A Surprising Way You Can Use Every Day Situations to Make You a Better Actor Actors are busy people. Many have full time jobs and have to rush around just to make auditions and even get home early enough to spend time with their loved ones. So what you need is to learn how to better your skills even when there doesn’t seem to be time for it. Wouldn’t you agree? That’s why today, I’m focusing on a simple way for you to become a better actor and practice those skills, in your neighborhood, when you’re out for dinner or even catching the train.   
It all comes down to opening your eyes.
As you’ve gone across town from home to work or from meeting to meeting, have you ever really observed the world around you? Or do you just have your eyes narrowed in on your phone or focused on your next place to be? So much is happening around you and if you’re too zoned in, you’ll likely miss some pretty incredible learning experiences.

Yes, I’m talking about the art of people watching, but I want to propose it to you in a new way. Have you ever stopped to really watch how people talk to each other? How people cry or argue? Have you stopped to notice how different people hand stress?

For you to really learn from the experience of people watching, you need to keep your eyes open and in tune to their whole body expression; what is expressed and what is felt.

Take the time to observe their body language, their posture, the details in their eyes or lips. This is called sensory acuity; where you take the time to find the micro expressions that tell a bigger more internal story that the normal big expressions we’ve come to rely on.

A great example to learn from would be the TV series, “Lie to me”, where the whole show is based on solving mysteries and detecting lies through reading people’s micro expressions and body movement. You can watch this show to get a real idea of how to portray your character as true to life as possible, in ways that many of your peers won’t even think of.

Once you’ve watched the show, take it to the streets. Go throughout your day and your commute, not tuning the world out, but tuning more closely into people’s interactions, emotions and situations.

Lastly, bring it home. Write notes of what you observe and then come home to review them. Notice your true to life micro expressions as you have a conversation with your boss, friend or spouse and see if you notice theirs as well. Try practicing them in front of a mirror as well, to really see what they look like from the observer’s perspective.

Learning by seeing and doing.  This is an old method that's been tried and found to be true.  For more information on classes and taking your career further, visit us at the New York Acting School for Film in the heart of New York City; where dreams come alive!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Doing These Things Are the Fastest Way to Destroy Your Acting Career

Doing These Things Are the Fastest Way to Destroy Your Acting Career Maybe you already know this, but it’s actually really hard to make it in entertainment. Being booked to do a movie, TV spot, commercial or even land a spot on stage can be a real challenge. There’s so much competition, so much talent and so much of who-you-know mentality that if you have certain habits, mindsets or reputation, you’re sure to kill your chances all together. And if you’re reading this, it’s likely you’re trying not to fail and are looking to go far in your acting career.

A while back, we posted a similar list of “definite don’ts” and it got a really strong reply. Since it helped so many actors then, I figured it was time to share it again. So let’s go into it.

If you want to succeed in acting, make sure you never do the following:

Be unclear about your decision to be an actor:  You will need to get off the fence.  You need to be all in, 100% committed, clear eyed, determined and ready to be persistent, even indefatigable.  

Be unwilling to study:  This business is all about study.  You need to be a lifetime learner, curious about people, life, and the industry.  Studying scripts and context prior to auditions a must!

Lack self control or be impulsive:  Emotions are good on stage.  Not so good off stage.  Negative attitude, bad manners, anger issues, undisciplined mouth are all going to cost you work.

Abuse drugs or alcohol.  Everybody in the business boozes or uses, right.? Wrong, you are hurting your chances of success big time if you are a slave to anything other than your craft. Plus, it causes you to lose impulse control and judgement, leading you to accidentally or unconsciously do things that you might later regret. (Or might later ruin your career)

Be late all the time. Most casting directors figure that if you don't care enough to be on time for an audition, you don't care enough to be considered for the part.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Actually, acting is all about details.  You must have fantastic professional resume and head shot, show up dressed right, and ready to work. You need to pay attention to all the details from audition point, to script to people’s names.

Have confidence or inadequacy issues.  If you don't believe in yourself, how can you sell yourself, and why should anyone believe in you.

If you found yourself  fitting into one or more of the categories above, don’t lose all hope. Everyone can change old habits and take on new ones that support their dreams if they want it badly enough. One of the best places to start is by hiring your personal acting coach or by taking some classes at the New York Acting School for Film and Television.  Call Now and talk to the director, Mark Stolzenberg, about enrolling.  (212) 877-2219

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How to Promote Yourself Professionally When You’re Just Starting Your Acting Career

Just because you’re new to the acting business, doesn’t mean you should wait forever to be seen as a professional. However, if you wait to take the smart actions, you might end up working harder and waiting longer to be seen as an expert on stage and behind the camera. So use these tips we have to share and get a head start on your path to success!
How to Promote Yourself Professionally When You’re Just Starting Your Acting Career

Seek mentors.
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 an online portfolio.
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.

A few things to keep in mind for your site:
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.

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.

For the body text.   Tell 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.

Get social and get sharing.
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!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Could This New Way of Goal Setting Be the Key To Your Acting Success?

Could This New Way of Goal Setting Be the Key To Your Acting Success?Setting goals for your acting career can be overwhelming and the results can feel out of your control. How do you set goals and meet them when so much of your success lies at the mercy of your casting director and the industry bosses? The truth is, that while there is a lot that’s out of your control, there’s still so much power in your hands; your choices and habits. So today, I want to share with you some simple goal setting shifts in perspective that, when you do them, can totally transform your acting success and future career. 

Before I dive into what you should be doing, I want to tell you why it’s time to do it differently in the first place. You see, the old way of goal setting only addresses the top layer or immediate solution to your problem or intention and that’s not sustainable. True goal reaching is directly connected to knowing not just what your goal is, but why it’s there in the first place. At the core of every goal, there’s a deeper need for fulfillment; a desire and deeper feeling that longs to be met.

Most people don’t just shower in the morning because they want to feel clean. They also want to shower because they know the water will wake them up or they know that if you smell bad, you won’t be treated professionally or people won’t want to be near you. So we shower not just to be clean, but to be welcomed. Being welcomed, accepted and respected is the deeper need and desire for the goal of being clean. 

So how does this apply to your acting career?  When you know what your deeper desires are, you’ll be able to see more clearly what your priorities are and the goal setting (and reaching) will come more naturally to you because you’re setting your goals in alignment with what you want most for yourself. 

You can see why working out every day or losing 10 pounds aren’t the right goals because they’re not connected to your deeper desire. If your deeper desire is to feel more fit and have more energy because you’ll be more present in your auditions and more confident, well then, aren’t you more likely to work out more often and even eat better?  

The truth is, goal setting doesn’t have to be impossible or daunting and the success of your career doesn’t fully lie on the shoulders of the industry bosses. People who know what they want and have the drive to create it or get there, are the people that stand out in the crowd and get booked. They’re the ones that don’t quit. They’re the ones you want to be.

Want more tips for success? That’s what the The New York Acting School for Film and Television is here for. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you!

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!