Friday, October 13, 2017

Need Help Memorizing Your Lines? Don’t Stress! Try This!

Need Help Memorizing Your Lines? Don’t Stress! Try This!Forgetting the words is a fear that not only haunts you but can even keep you from following your big dream. Plus, there’s nothing more stressful than having a deadline to memorize for and feeling pinned up against the wall with your mind at a blank.

So don’t let that happen. Instead be sure you’re using our best tricks for memorization and retention to make sure those lines stay for good.

Our first trick starts with your strengths. Read through your script a few times and then test yourself. See what you remember. Once you know what you know, write out what you don’t. Write where you’re stuck. This one is perfect for speeches, comedy sketches and shorter performances. Read through the script and highlight the parts you’re having a hard time remembering. Write those parts out. Re-read the script and read the highlighted/written parts out twice.
Record yourself reading the script. This one works amazing. First, get out a recording device like your phone or computer. Record yourself reading what you’ve written. I suggest recording it in the way you want to say it. This not only gives you practice, but you’re working through it through different senses. Listen to what you’ve recorded. This is a portable way to keep the lines close to you wherever you are.

Practice using different emotions. Say the lines silly, say them angry or say them sad. Say them in the way you won’t be able to forget. This one might sound silly but it really works!
Last silly suggestion - invite your friends in on the fun. Have them read your script to you. Enjoy being entertained. Critique their performance in your mind in a way that helps you get even better. Take turns reading for different characters!
Finally, stop overthinking it. Stress is the number one killer to all success. You’re doing this as part of something you love and when you are you,  people are most entertained and pleased. So just be you, have fun and do your best. Improvise. Make it good. This is your dream, right?
The New York Acting School for Film and Television is the place to go for learning techniques like this one and many others that support your path to better performance. If you’re looking for classes, coaching or simply more information, please contact us today!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Simple Tips That Are Sure to Make Your Audience Want More

Simple Tips That Are Sure to Make Your Audience Beg For MoreNo matter what kind of performer you are - actor or presenter - you want people to love you. It’s not vain - it’s what your career is based on. So instead of simply hoping for the best, make sure that your best is so magnetic that your audience can’t help but take their eyes off you.
The first ingredient you need to master is ditching any you left in the character you’re playing. When you’re on stage or in front of the camera, only the character should be seen and known. The audience should feel they’ve entered another world completely with you as the leader that takes them out of reality and into the world you’re painting.
As a side note, this tip goes for presenters as well. Imagine you’re giving a talk sales or success. You need to fully show up as the successful person they most want to be like. Stand with confidence and finesse as you bring their imaginations into what’s possible if they choose to enter the world you’re inviting them to.
Important as that all is, the flip side is mastering keeping the inspirational parts of you present and known in your character. Remember, it’s your character’s emotions you’re expressing, but your experience of those emotions will be what brings your character to life. Your parents, your history, culture, friendships, traumas, socioeconomic status, and education all add up to give you a rich background to draw upon. Each actor’s approach to the circumstances of a role is different. If you use yourself, you are using your rich background.
Think hypnosis. Focus on taking your viewers for a ride and don’t be afraid to go above and beyond with this. The actors who ditch playing it “safe” to fully lose themselves in their roles are the ones that get noticed; as well as the standing ovations. Embody the character, feel the full emotions and then throw them at us.
Tired? No time for that. You’ll have many performances that require you to work when you’re exhausted and you can’t let that affect your performance. Tiredness can cause you to underact and lose your audience - as well as the connection you’ve made.
Keep it real. As much as you don’t want to underact, you don’t want to over act either. This crosses over into dramatic, which can be entertaining - but it won’t cause the audience to get lost in your story.   
Follow these tips and you’ll see a dramatic difference in how the audience engages with you! For more help like this, please contact us about joining one of our classes or to find out more information on finding an acting coach. We are waiting for your call!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Do You Need To Be An Actor To Take Our Classes? Not At All. Here’s Why:

Do You Need To Be An Actor To Take Our Classes? Not At All. Here’s Why: It often comes as a surprise when I tell people how common it is for non-actors to enroll in our classes. Sure, we help aspiring talent to improve their skills and move on to red carpet success, but the reason so many non performers come to us is for the underlying benefits that the classes actually deliver.

So if you ever felt pulled to a class but aren’t sure why, because you don’t really want to perform, you might actually seeking the side benefits that acting has in common. After all, why not be like the actors you see on TV and movies? They always seem to walk in, own the room and the crowd loves that. Why? Well let me share it with you.

Acting increases your confidence and sense of can-do feeling. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a presentation you need to give at work, a social event you’d like to feel more comfortable at or if you’re on center stage in front of a listening audience, the in-the-moment pressure that these situations bring along can be excellent in helping even naturally shy people overcome self-consciousness. Acting classes rocket boost your confidence.

What happens from there is huge. Due to your sudden increase of self confidence, you’re no longer doubting yourself or feeling nervous when it’s time to speak. You’re fine being at the head of the room, all eyes on you.

And when you do speak, you do so eloquently. Words seem to just roll off your tongue because you’re finally in character and that character is a very confident you.  

This makes you magnetic. So people begin to come up and talk to you more. And you’ve learned to read body language and emotion, so when they share their stories with you, you know how to relate and they feel like they’ve really made a connection with you. This means more confident dating, deeper friendships, faster sales and a faster route to success.

You’re life has totally transformed and everything seems simpler. You’re walking taller. You’re finding doors opening and opportunities presenting themselves that you didn’t know you right for, but suddenly you are. Because life connects with the person you carry yourself as and you’re carrying yourself with more confidence than ever before.
And that’s why it’s so valuable for everyone - not just actors - to take advantage of acting classes and the skills taught within them. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we want to see people succeed in all aspects of their lives. Contact us today to find out more!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Prime Insider Tips on Who You Need to Know to Make Your Break Into The Acting Biz!

Prime Insider Tips on Who You Need to Know to Make Your Break Into The Acting Biz!If you’re looking to break through to stardom, you have to understand that it’s not as simple as having talent. Lots of people have talent. Granted, if you’ve got no talent you definitely won’t go far either. But if you don’t know the right people in the right way, your future in acting may seriously suffer or be delayed!
That’s why it’s so important to know who’s who and if they’re good for you. Besides that, if you’ve got talent, you’re likely to be approached by people in the industry wanting to connect or even represent you and you don’t want to get suckered into a bad situation or dodgy deal.
So today, I want to give you a brief summary of who’s who so you can determine if it’s time for you to know them, get your foot into some harder doors and also protect yourself if they’re not quite who they say they are.
The first person you’re likely to connect with will be the Casting Director. They’re hired by the producers of the show/commercial/film you’re trying out for, to find just the right people for the part. This is who you or your agent will send photos and resumes to, and the actor will audition for. While it is possible to submit your photo and resume directly to a Casting Director, they usually only seriously consider actors submitted by an agent. So that leads us to the next person you need to know about:
A talent Agent is the person so many people want to be discovered by but not many people know the details of what’s involved with having one. The benefit of having an agent is that you’ve got someone with inside connections finding you work, in exchange for a 10-15% cut of what you mak (10% for union actors, typically more for nonunion). The better the agent, the more plugged in  they are to the inner exclusive network of who’s who. They use this extensive network of to get interviews and auditions for the actor. They also will work on the terms of your contract when you get a job. As an actor, you are a product and the agent is your salesperson.

A manager is similar to the agent but has it’s differences. Managers are specifically hired by the actor to not just find work, but also give advice, and guide the actor's career. (Agents don’t advice - they mainly connect). The exception here is where it involves child actors (who often need extra development and guidance into the business). Most actors will not require a real manager until they are well on the road to success and are establishing themselves enough to need to consult for bigger decisions and negotiations.

Who is the Producer in all this? Working alongside the casting director is the director; the person in charge of all the "behind the scenes" work of a show or film. They bring together a script, director, and actors, then oversee the film until it is released. The easiest way into Hollywood is knowing a producer, be they family or friend. Unfortunately for most of us, this isn't possible. But if you do happen to have a connection, use it. But be respectful, be thankful and give back.
Keep in mind that no matter who you know or who helps you on this path, that they don’t have to help you. So if they do, be thankful and respectful about it. Don’t name drop the connection. And definitely give back. Some ideas include thank you cards, thoughtful gifts or dinner invitations.
The more you’re able to meet different people of influence in the industry, and establish a positive reputation for yourself, the more likely you will be to get your foot in the right doors at the right time! There are always an abundance of different people in the entertainment industry who are essential to an actor.
We want to be on your list of helpers along the way. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television and ask about our acting coaches, acting classes and school for further training and practice.  

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!