Your child is so cute, they should be on TV!

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How many times have parents heard that? As an actress and acting coach, many parents ask me about how to get their kids started in the business, oftentimes because they’ve been told their child is cute!

My first thought is,”has the child expressed an interest in wanting to act?” If the answer is yes, then get them into an on-camera acting class.   It’s no different than if your child was interested in dancing, gymnastics or playing a sport. You’d enroll them in a sports league or class, right? Do the same for a child who wants to act.

Like many things kids try, some will love acting and others will decide they’d rather be on the playground, or WATCHING TV rather than being ON TV. But if they love it, having taken a class will give them the beginning tools and confidence they need to walk into an audition room knowing what to expect. THAT can make a huge difference in which cute child gets the job.

The Top 3 Things a Hosting Agent Looks for in a Reel

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If you want a successful career in broadcast hosting, one of the first things you need to do is find a great agent to represent you. It may sound simple, but it’s tougher to get your foot in the door than you might think.

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One key to getting agent representation is to put together a great reel. You know, we live in a digital world. Anyone with a camera can shoot and post a hosting video online— and tons of people do—but only a few of them really stand out. So, the question is…

How do you make a reel that showcases your work and grabs the attention of potential agents?

Mark Turner who started the Host/Broadcast division at Abrams Artists Agency over two decades ago shared the top three things every agent looks for in a reel.

  1. Authenticity: Make sure your reel is authentic to who you are and the brand you want to convey to viewers. For instance, if you love to cook, you could film yourself preparing your favorite dish or interviewing the chef at a restaurant.
  2. Personality: It is absolutely critical to show your personality. It doesn’t matter how passionate or knowledgeable you are about a subject, if you can’t be engaging and fun on camera, you’re never going to get noticed. Are you funny? Quirky? Charming? Figure out what your strongest assets are and make sure we see them on your reel.
  3. Editing: Don’t forget to keep the focus on you versus other people in your video and avoid long interviews. Stick to quick edits that show off good one-­liners and important points. Make sure the clips move quickly to keep the viewer engaged, and keep the reel to 2-3 minutes max.

Something I’ve learned in my 20 years as a TV host, and 15 as a media coach, is that successful on-air talent never try to be anyone other than him or herself. Don’t do something on camera just because you saw someone else do it. Find elements of your personality that make YOU stand out. Watch yourself on camera and notice how you’re coming across. Would you want to watch you? Who would?

Remember: If you’re uncomfortable, so is your audience.

The truth is, anyone viewing your reel will know within the first 30 seconds whether they like you and want to see more. So, never include anything you don’t love. Once you create a video you feel great about, it’s time to start sharing it with agents who represent TV hosts and on-air experts. Mark points out that he looks at every video he receives, so go ahead and send that reel!

If you’re looking for more guidance on how to develop your on-­camera personality, build confidence and connect with your audience, sign up for our one-­day intensive TV Host Training Workshop on December 3 at One on One in New York City. Space is limited. Learn more and register at www.tvhosttraining.com.


markturnertMARK TURNER

VP, Alternative & Digital Programming Division, Abrams Artists Agency

Upon graduation from Connecticut College in 1993, Mark started working as an assistant to the head of the commercial dept. at Abrams Artists Agency.  After 2.5 years, he was promoted to agent and started up the Host/Broadcast Division. Over the last 2 decades, the department, now titled, the Alternative & Digital Division, has morphed into a one-stop shop for all things under the non-fiction umbrella. Mark has represented top on air hosts, experts, personalities, producers, and digital influencers, in all aspects of unscripted TV and digital. He’s worked with, and placed talent, and sold shows, with every major production company, cable channel, broadcast network, syndicator, and digital platform, across the country. In 2014, Mark was elevated to a Vice President with Abrams Artists Agency.

leilaLEILA SBITANI

TV Host & Media Coach

Leila has hosted a wide variety of TV Shows that have taken her all over the world and enabled her to work with numerous celebrities. Including, most recently, Jennifer Lawrence, Antonio Banderas and Chris Hemsworth. Working on Entertainment Tonight, E!, Style, WE, Metro TV, Oxygen, [email protected], and TV Land to name a few. She also has extensive experience as an actress in film, theater, commercials, voice-overs and industrials. Leila has been working as a media coach and teacher for the past 15 years. Teaching master classes at colleges, high schools, and workshops in New York. And working with production companies as well as independently taking on clients for one on one coaching. Leila has coached talent that have appeared on various networks including VHI, BET, HGTV, Fuse, CBS, FX, and MTV

 

Successful People Avoid Doing These Things

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What contributes to one’s success is a complex matter. Skill level, attitude, social deftness, one’s ability to listen and to take initiative represent just a few of the innumerable qualities that can contribute to favorable outcomes in one’s career.

But according to Travis Bradberry, the president at TalentSmart and the coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, an important attribute in the quest for achieving success is the ability to manage emotions and remain calm especially while under pressure. TalentSmart studied over a million subjects and found that the “upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence.” Indeed, the company’s research found that a whopping 90 percent of top performers demonstrate high emotional intelligence. So, here are a few of the behavioral patterns observed–specifically, things that highly successful people deliberately avoid in order to remain calm and controlled in all circumstances.

Avoid living in the past

Sometimes it’s quite a challenge to overcome the perceived failures of the past. People often prefer to stick with what’s safe and comfortable. But according to Bradberry, “Emotionally intelligent people know that success lies in their ability to rise in the face of failure, and they can’t do this when they’re living in the past.” He continues, “Anything worth achieving is going to require you to take some risks, and you can’t allow [past disappointments] to stop you from believing in your ability to succeed.”

Don’t dwell on problems or holding grudges

What you choose to focus your attention on directly affects you emotional state. Therefore, Bradberry says, “When you fixate on the problems that you’re facing, you create and prolong negative emotions and stress, which hinders performance. When you focus on actions to better yourself and your circumstances, you create a sense of personal efficacy that produces positive emotions and improves performance.” In other words, simply taking steps to seek solutions can make a big difference in both how you feel and in what you accomplish.

Similarly, those who tend to be successful avoid holding grudges. He explains that when you repeatedly relive a negative conversation or experience, you trigger a fight-or-flight physical response. “When a threat is ancient history, holding onto that stress wreaks havoc on your body and can have devastating health consequences over time,” he states.

Don’t say “yes” too often

Studies have shown that people who overextend themselves increase their chances of feeling stressed out and depressed. Although it can be surprisingly hard for people to say “no” to others in various circumstances, Bradberry insists it’s a “powerful word that you should not be afraid to wield.” Successful people don’t soften their “no” responses with explanations like, “I’m sorry but I don’t think I can….” Rather, they are direct and stand firm knowing they are prioritizing the fulfillment of their current responsibilities and commitments.

Don’t get stuck on the idea of perfection

It’s important to remember that nobody is perfect–nor is anyone’s work without its flaws. Bradberry’s wisdom imparted to perfectionists might help them to see the bigger picture, and better appreciate their efforts. He says, “Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you’re always left with a nagging sense of failure, and you end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish and what you should have done differently instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.”

Avoid negative people

As you’ve surely noticed, people who tend to complain as a matter of habit can really bring you down. “They wallow in their problems and fail to focus on solutions. They want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves, “ Bradberry says. If you find yourself feeling obliged to listen to persistent complaints out of a desire to be polite, kind, and sensitive, he reminds us, “There’s a fine line between lending a sympathetic ear and getting sucked into their negative emotional spiral.” He recommends people keep a distance from chronic complainers much the same way one might purposefully keep away from a chainsmoker.

In the spirit of avoiding negative people, here is a video clip created by entrepreneur Patrick Bet-David that addresses “eight personality traits that repel good people out of your life.”

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Top Actors Describe What They Believe Makes a Good Actor

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Being an exceptional actor takes a whole lot of skill level, dedication, experience, and sacrifice. Add to that, the mysterious “it” quality that great actors always seem to possess. But what do actors, from their unique perspective, say is important to cultivate what it takes to become a truly great actor? Although the required personal qualities or habits could fill countless books, here are a few examples of what actors have mentioned among their various interviews over the years.

Set a clear goal to become a great actor

Gary Oldman: “Wanting to be a good actor is not good enough. You must want to be a great actor. You just have to have that.”

Pierce Brosnan: “The word ‘star’ doesn’t mean an awful lot to me. ‘Good actor’ and having the respect of one’s peers means more.”

Tom Sizemore: “I didn’t come to Hollywood to drink or get high, and I don’t want to be considered a cool actor–I want to be a great actor.”

 

Take Risks

Lena Olin: “To be a good actor, you have to be very smart. But to be a great actor, you also have to have a streak of, ‘I’m an idiot, a complete lunatic.'”

Nicolas Cage: “To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new.”

 

Stay Open to Life

Lane Garrison: “To be a good actor you have to feel life and observe life.”

Sarah Bernhardt: “He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor.”

Peter Berg: “You know to me, being a good actor, the most important quality is you’ve got to love to play, and to just be open to anything.”

 

Be on the outlook for opportunity

Denzel Washington: “Black or white good parts are hard to come by. A good actor with a good opportunity has a shot; without the opportunity it doesn’t matter how good you are.”

Bryan Cranston: “When you’re an actor in grade school, high school, college, whatever, you start to realize what you’re really good at, what you’re kinda good at, what you’re okay at, and you start to compartmentalize. But if you know yourself and what you’re capable of, it’s just a matter of opportunity.”

Kristin Stewart: “I really, specifically, love acting, and I think it’s a really cool thing to be really indulgent and follow that. I have a lot of ambitions in life, but for the next few years, I just want to be an actor. That’s a lucky opportunity, and that drives me to want to be good at that.”

 

Keep acting in perspective

Gary Busey: “There has got to be more to life than being a really, really, ridiculously good actor.”

Katherine Heigl: “If I spread myself too thin, I’m not a good actor, I’m not a good mother, and I’m just really high-strung–and everybody hates me.”

Shia LaBeouf: “If people perceive you as a good actor then they’ll wish for you to be a good actor and they’ll root for you when they watch you. But if you come out and you’re going to clubs every night, people don’t root for you anymore.”

James Dean: “Being a good actor isn’t easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I’m done.”

Daniel Radcliffe: “There’s no blueprint for where I should be. I see myself as a young, good actor who still has a lot to learn. There’s nobody at any point in their career who is the finished article.”

Anna Faris: “Blythe Danner is somebody whose career I admire. She’s a great actress and does good work, but also has a life of her own. I love my job but, at the end of the day, I want to come home and watch a movie and drink a bottle of wine with my husband.”

 

A Dose of Ego

Robert Redford: “I had just arrived in New York from California. I was nineteen years old and excited beyond belief. I was an art student and an acting student and behaved as most young actors did–meaning that there was no such thing as a good actor, ’cause you yourself hadn’t shown up yet.”

Jean Anouilh: “A good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself.”

Sibel Kekilli: “Acting for me is like a ping-pong game. That’s the secret of acting. When you have a really good actor, I always want to be as good as he is or she is.”

What personal qualities or habits do you feel are critical for actors to have in order to become great actors?

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We all need affirmation! (part 3)

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In parts one and two of ‘We All Need Affirmation!’ we discussed the power of positive affirmations and a number of exercises of changing negative thoughts to positive ones combating those lingering, counter-productive thoughts.  In this final installment, are two exercises on building self-confidence and belief in oneself.

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Exercise: I believe in myself.

This next Affirmation will help you believe that you are good enough to be great.

Once again, write this down in your Actor’s Journal.

I believe in myself.

Then take a breath and say it out loud:

I believe in myself.

Say it again, quietly to yourself.

I believe in myself.

Feel it, own it and live by it. This should become your mantra, part of your morning ritual. Before you brush your teeth, drink your coffee, or pick up your cell phone, you need to look in the mirror and say “I believe in myself” three times.

You will immediately see a difference in yourself. You will gain a stronger desire to achieve your Want and you will be more positive about your prospects. Incorporate your mantra into your daily life. Say it to yourself three times before you go to class. Say it before you go into a meeting with an agent. Say it after a rough day before you go to sleep.

I believe in myself.

This Affirmation is especially effective before auditions. It will counteract any prior self-doubt and negative thoughts and statements about failing such as “I’m going to screw up this audition.” It’s equally as valuable after auditions to block any negative thoughts from re-entering your subconscious like “I just screwed up that audition.”

Also, to complement this Affirmation, try the following visualization exercise at home or sitting in your car before any audition:

Once again, relax, take a deep breath and imagine the inside of the casting room. Picture yourself standing in the middle of the room performing your scene with focus, energy, passion and the Confidence that comes with being fully prepared. Picture a casting director, writer, producer and director all sitting across from you, smiling, interested, taking notes and circling your name on their call sheet. As you finish your audition, visualize them smiling, thanking you for your work and telling you with a wink that they’ll be in touch. See yourself walking out of the audition with your shoulders back and your head held high, proud and satisfied with your audition, confident that you did your best.

Visualizing a positive outcome will fuel you with Confidence.

Exercise: I am a confident actor.

In this final Affirmation, I’m going to help you build upon the Confidence you already have. I’m going to help you find something you’re confident about and translate that into your acting. I’m going to help you accept that you can be a confident actor.

First, let’s find out where else in your life you feel the most confident. Steer it away from acting. Think of something you know you are good at, something that you believe you can do and do well. We all feel confident about something. Do you feel most confident about your relationships, at your job, playing a sport, schoolwork, giving advice, in sex?

Where are you most confident? Write it down in your Actor’s Journal.

I am very confident when I …

Let’s say you wrote down, “I am very confident when I am driving.” That doesn’t mean you have to be an expert or a professional racecar driver. It just means that driving is something you feel sure of doing.

In other words, when you drive, you are not fearful of the road or other motorists. You feel relaxed, yet in control. When driving, you are cautious even when you’re talking to your passenger, singing to the radio, or talking on your headset. You feel free, at ease, your thoughts are flowing. You feel confident and the Confidence surges through your body.

Well, that’s how you should ultimately feel about your acting, whether it’s in classes, auditions or on the set. You should feel comfortable with the material. You should feel at ease in the room. You should feel strong about your intentions. You should feel confident. You should feel like you’re a good actor.

I want you to think about that activity, the one that makes you feel confident. Picture yourself doing it in your mind and feel the Confidence rise in you. Attach that powerful feeling to the following words. Write it down and say it out loud three times:

I am a confident person!

Carry that feeling and that positive thought into the classroom, meeting or your next audition. Experience the difference it makes.

Translate those feelings of Confidence into your acting. Say it out loud:

I am a confident actor!

As you work on your Confidence in and out of acting class, this mantra will ultimately become your personal truth.

Now you have four personal Affirmations to work with in gaining Confidence and sustaining it on a daily basis. Take these Affirmations and write them on a Post It. Hang the Post It on your computer, your bathroom mirror, your dashboard or put it in your wallet to always carry with you as a reminder.

I am good enough to be great. I believe in myself. I am a confident actor.

 


SeditaImgWhether you’re auditioning for a co-star or a series regular on a half hour comedy, sitcom guru and acting coach Scott Sedita will teach you The Sedita Method of sitcom acting, which comes with it’s own terminology, coined phrases and unique glossary.

Scott’s internationally best-selling book, “The Eight Characters of Comedy. A Guide to Sitcom Acting & Writing, 2nd Edition” has sold over 100,000 copies and has become a “bible” to Hollywood comedy writers, directors, producers, and actors and is used as a textbook in over 100 colleges and universities. Find Scott and his staff of professional actors, teachers and coaches at ScottSeditaActing.com.

Battling Cancer, Shannen Doherty Inspires Others to Have Courage

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Shannen Doherty, of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of 2015, and has been battling the disease with chemo, radiation, and alternative therapies to this very day. Shannen has been documenting her battle through a series of raw, heartfelt, and heart-wrenching photos and unflinchingly honest journaling posted on Instagram for the past year. Her struggle has raised awareness of the deadly disease, and garnered an enormous amount of love and support from the general public as well as her castmates. Indeed, just this week the celebrated actress shared a doleful photo of her post-chemo condition in which she lies inert on her hospital bed with the journal entry:

#fbf to a very short bit ago. Day after #chemoday isn’t always so great. Sometimes one isn’t able to dance, or eat or even to think about the next day. Sometimes it just feels like you aren’t going to make it. That passes. Sometimes the next day or 2 days later or 6 but it passes and movement is possible. Hope is possible. Possibility is possible. To my cancer family and everyone suffering…. stay courageous. Stay strong. Stay positive. #wegotthis. #fightlikeagirl.

Back in the day, Shannen was rumored to be a bit of a party girl, and the tabloids accused the young lady of being “difficult” to work with. Like any and all gossip, some of it is likely true, and much of it probably fabricated. But if Shannen did indeed go through a phase when she took her fame for granted or partied too hard, it does seem clear that she’s become a thoughtful, caring, and insightful woman. And, who knows? Maybe it was even the craft of acting itself, and dealing with an onslaught of subsequent fame, that in some ways taught Shannen humility, determination, forgiveness, and grit.

Ironically, 25 years ago when Shannen was 19 years old, her 90210 character, Brenda Walsh, found a lump in her breast. “I remember that episode because it really meant a lot to me,” Shannon now reflects. “Back then, I was a kid, and I thought I was invincible, you know. I was going to live forever.”

But all these years later, Shannen writes on her Instagram page concerning her battle with breast cancer: “I hope people take away the fact that you have to be strong and put yourself out there and have courage and be a warrior.”

With this in mind, aren’t actors, by their very nature, courageous warriors? They are used to adversity and are comfortable with taking on grueling challenges. From the time they choose their profession, actors will likely experience a barrage of “advice” from naysayers designed to upend their theatrical aspirations. However, the true actor forges on, knowing that the odds are against him or her, and with a sense of purpose plows the rocky and unforgiving soil of the actor’s trade. Actors and actresses understand the world is not fair, because they are constantly studying and portraying brutal drama and ludicrous comedy, which scorns and laughs at the folly of the human condition.

Warrior on, actors! And you too, Shannen! Wishing you the best!

 

Strike Looms Between SAG-AFTRA and Video Game Companies

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SAG-AFTRA rejected a contract offer from several video game companies on Wednesday, thus paving the way for voice and motion-capture actors to strike starting October 21 unless demands are met. According to the union, “This group of video game employers knowingly feeds off other industries that pay these same performers fairly to make a living. This represents a ‘freeloader model of compensation’ that we believe cannot and should not continue.”

Besides having actors only receive higher upfront wages, the union is fighting for secondary payments when games reach a high level of consumer success, stating, “Secondary compensation is what allows professional performers to feed their families in between jobs.” Currently, voice actors don’t receive residuals on their work unlike television actors receive.

The union is also seeking safe working environments for both voice and motion-capture actors. It argues that video game employers often fail to hire required stunt coordinators on set, “which puts performance capture and stunt performers at safety risks.” Likewise, voice actors are said to be at risk with the “challenging vocal tasks” that games frequently demand. Thus, the union is fighting to limit vocal sessions to two hours, down from the current four hours, without loss of pay. SAG-AFTRA president, Gabrielle Carteris, called on games publishers to “negotiate a modern contract that covers this highly profitable industry.”

The game makers that would be targeted by the strike include Activision Publishing; Blindlight; Corps of Discovery Films; Disney Character Voices; Electronic Arts Productions; Formosa Interactive; Insomniac Games; Interactive Associates; Take 2 Interactive Software; VoiceWorks Productions; and WB Games.

SAG-AFTRA’s board of directors voted unanimously Sunday to strike the video game companies if a deal cannot be reached by Friday, October 21 at midnight PT.

On the other hand, the video game producers have slammed SAG-AFTRA over the threat to strike, saying, “We have negotiated in good faith for the past 18 months with SAG-AFTRA union leaders, and are making progress toward a new contract….We consider the Union’s threatened labor action to call a strike precipitous, unnecessary, and an action that will only harm their membership. SAG-AFTRA represents performers in less than 25 percent of the video games on the market.”

The video companies have only one report of workplace injury as a result of vocal stress. And they have sought to reduce the burdens placed on talent by providing more flexible work scheduling as well as other innovative work arrangements. Also, they insist, “We want to draw attention to the increased economic benefits and working condition improvements being offered because SAG-AFTRA’s website is inaccurate and out of date and does not reflect offers some of which have been on the table for more than a year.”

The gaming companies have refused to include residuals as part of any compensation package, arguing that doing so would upend the industry’s business model. Instead, they offered “additional compensation” on top of an actor’s regular pay and depending how many sessions were worked on each game, and maxing out at $950 after eight sessions.

The union countered with an almost identical arrangement, but instead of using the companies’ wording of “additional compensation,” they called it “residuals buyout,” attempting to gain residuals for voice actors for the first time.

Rejecting this terminology, the companies argued it would be unfair to offer a buyout of something that isn’t offered to the hundreds of animators and programmers who likewise work hard to develop the assorted popular games.

“It would be unfortunate for SAG-AFTRA to take its members out on strike over terminology and not money,” stated Scott Witlin who is the chief negotiator of the companies. Witlin continued saying, “We urged union leaders to put the package to a vote of their membership, but union leaders refused.”

The dispute continued despite a federal mediator being brought into talks on Wednesday. The sticking point was said to be the residuals.

Because SAG-AFTRA represents performers in less than 25-percent of the video games on the market, the impending strike could hurt those SAG-AFTRA talents, and as a result, provide competing actors an advantage.

The Whole Package | Part 3 of what directors look for from actors in auditions

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In the past two “what directors are looking for” articles we covered how essential the first 10 seconds of the audition are, as well as the importance of listening and reacting.

One of the other topics that the directors I work with love to talk about is how they’ll only hire actors who they see as “the whole package” in the audition room. We discussed what that meant in terms of the actor’s work as well as their presence in the room. Let’s take a look:

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THE WORK

One of the most important skills that tell directors that they’re looking at the real thing is the actor’s ability to create compelling moments in the scene. Directors are waiting to be “hooked” in a new and exciting way.

Most of the time, in real life, we don’t speak in long complete groupings of sentences. We go from smooth, to static. We make sounds and we catch our breath if we get surprised and slowly let it out when we recover. We’re really interesting!

And yet, so many times in auditions, directors complain that actors have taken the life out of the piece. I realize this is most likely in an effort to look prepared and professional, but it’s not real or honest. If you’re connected to yourself, we’ll know that the rough edges are a choice and not a mistake.

The next time you’re speaking with someone, notice the moments of the conversation that make them unique; the pauses, the breaths, the chuckles etc. And then be aware of the moments you take and how you take them.

For your next audition, take those moments! Directors won’t hire someone who looks like they’re reading off a teleprompter. They will hire the actor who has the ability to create a real three-dimensional human being and who expresses themselves in a singular rhythm – quirks and all.

Another element of being the whole package is taking a strong point of view on the material – not hedging bets. Actors too often prepare in a way that they feel will please the people in the room – second guessing instead of committing. Of course, look at the breakdown and don’t go nuts! But at the same time, don’t audition down to what you believe the expectations of the people in the room are. Lift the material up with the decisions that you make and exceed everyone’s expectations. This may feel risky at first, but if you have a way of preparing that has brought out the strongest and most compelling qualities that you have to offer, you’ll feel safe enough to take that risk. It’s your only choice to show the people in the room, especially the director, that you have the ability to make your scene(s) come alive in way that takes the whole project to a higher level.

THE ROOM

Simply put, everything that you do in the room has to give the people watching you the confidence to hire you. They’re not just hiring your work, they’re hiring the person, and they need to know that the person that will be showing up on the set is strong, confident and in charge of themselves.

Actors who know how to book the job don’t need the perfect environment in order to be great. They walk in, look around, see the frazzled casting director, the high-strung producer and the network person on his phone, take a breath, smile and say “this is my stage today.” By not fighting the circumstances of the room, they’re taking the position of power. This acceptance makes you the calm, compelling center of all of the room’s activity. And this acceptance extends to all that you are as a person. No self-judgement, shame or hiding. Directors love actors who are in full acceptance and ownership of their entire being.

Now that you’ve accepted the room, the people in it and yourself – take charge! And you are in charge of the room in that you are the only active element in it. Everyone else is in the passive position of watching. You alone can affect the environment in a positive way. If your preparation is everything it needs to be, you can be confident in knowing that your seamless, dynamic work will be more than enough to change the room for the better.

The bar is high in auditions, isn’t it? You need to explode into the piece in the first 10 seconds, have the type of listening and reacting that captivates and surprises, create moments that stand up in the room as the strong, whole person who can handle anything that the job has to offer.

With such high stakes, it’s important that you have a way of working that brings pure joy and energy to your auditions. If you have a process you love, the love will also be in the work and that will make you pretty darn irresistible!


CraigWallaceCraig Wallace’s background in script development combined with his 16 years of coaching actors enables him to find the job getting moments that others miss. His expertise in breaking down text and years of coaching experience has made him “L.A.’s go to private coach.” Sign up for his group or private classes at wallaceauditiontechnique.com

We all need affirmation (part 2)

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In part one of ‘We All Need Affirmation!’ we discussed the power of positive affirmations and the exercise of changing negative thoughts to positive ones. Next is an exercise on how to counter those negative ideas and thoughts that can linger.

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Exercise: I am good enough to be great.

Of course, remnants of your negative thoughts will still linger. Let me show you how to counter those nagging negative thoughts with an even more positive thought.

This next Affirmation will be all encompassing to your life as well as your career. Once again, write this down in your Actor’s Journal:

I am good enough.

Now clear your mind, close your eyes, take a breath, and say it out loud five times:

I am good enough.

As you repeat this Affirmation to yourself over and over, some flashes of a past negative event may play out in your mind like a home movie. You might become emotional as this negative experience runs through your mind. You might see someone telling you that you’re not good enough, not smart enough, not good looking enough or that you’re too fat, too skinny, too small, too tall. Or the event could have been much more specific, like you forgot your lines in a play, which left you feeling embarrassed or humiliated. It’s something that left a deep scar.

Acknowledge this negative event, and the thought and emotions that go with it. Exhale and let the negative thought start to evaporate. Counter this negative thought with a more passionate, positive thought. Open your eyes and say:

I am good enough.

Say it as many times as you need to wash that negative thought away. Feel it and experience it slipping from your mind. You should feel relief as you allow yourself to be rid of the negative thoughts that surround that negative event. Hear the words come out of your mouth. Listen to that single voice, that single Affirmation. Say it again, say it louder and stronger:

I am good enough.

Let’s take it one step further. Now, you’re going to say it directly to yourself. Walk over to a mirror, look yourself in the eyes, take a deep breath and say:

I am good enough.

Keep saying it until the person staring back at you believes it. Once you feel it in your body and you truly believe that you are good enough, take another deep breath and say:

I am good enough to be great.

You should feel stronger, exhilarated and more empowered. You have triggered the positive energy that you possess. You should feel a belief building in yourself. You have embraced your potential and you are ready to move forward and be great.


 

© Ron Rinaldi Photography www.ronrinaldi.comWhether you’re auditioning for a co-star or a series regular on a half hour comedy, sitcom guru and acting coach Scott Sedita will teach you The Sedita Method of sitcom acting, which comes with it’s own terminology, coined phrases and unique glossary.

Scott’s internationally best-selling book, “The Eight Characters of Comedy. A Guide to Sitcom Acting & Writing, 2nd Edition” has sold over 100,000 copies and has become a “bible” to Hollywood comedy writers, directors, producers, and actors and is used as a textbook in over 100 colleges and universities. Find Scott and his staff of professional actors, teachers and coaches at ScottSeditaActing.com.

Fox’s New Take on ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

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Just in time for Halloween, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is back, but this time with a twist. After 40 years, the campy cult-classic musical comedy horror film has a new televised version. Fox-TV will premiere Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again on October 20th at 8 p.m.. The show is a tribute to the original, and is directed by Kenny Ortega who also directed the High School Musical trilogy.

American Idol‘s Adam Lambert portrays the motorcycle-riding bad boy Eddie who crashes the party at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s citadel. Eddie was originally played by Meatloaf in the 1975 film singing Hot Patootie–Bless My Soul. Lambert revealed his enthusiasm for the role saying, “I grew up watching ‘Rocky Horror,’ but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision. ‘Rocky Horror’ always made me feel like it was okay to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock ‘n’ roll!”

The Hollywood Reporter said Lambert was originally considered for the starring role of Frank-N-Furter–the part that was first played by none other than Tim Curry. But Lou Adler, who produced both versions of the film, believed Adam’s performance would be too closely compared with Curry’s performance by diehard fans. As it turns out, Laverne Cox, the star of Orange Is the New Black was selected to play the iconic part. Adler said, “When the idea for Laverne came up, that took that [concern] away. Win or lose, she was not going to be compared to Tim.”

The cross-dressing pansexual alien scientist Frank sings boundary-breaking songs like Sweet Transvestite. To prepare, Cox took several months worth of vocal lessons as well as dance classes to train. Adler described Cox as “a force,” adding, “It’s surprising that she hasn’t been asked to do a musical before because she can really do it all. She really sets the bar high.”

The show’s song “Don’t dream it, be it,” has long resonated with Cox. “I am a black transgender woman from Mobile, Alabama from a working-class background who is starring in ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,'” she told Billboard. “The movie is about freedom and embracing who you are. Letting go of all your inhibitions. I hope that’s what people take away–that anything is possible.” Recalling when the original film first came out, she said, “I was gender nonconforming. I was wearing dresses in college and had a shaved head, and there was this character who was this wonderful validation of who I was.”

Former Nickelodeon star, Victoria Justice, portrays the newly engaged Janet Weiss who was played by Susan Sarandon in the 1975 film. Justice acknowledged how challenging it is to follow such a fan-favorite performance. To prepare, she watched the original many times because she wanted to make sure to “pay homage to certain specific spots that are already fan favorites.” But then she deliberately refrained from memorizing the way lines were delivered in order to put her own spin on the material.

Liv and Maddie‘s Ryan McCartan was beyond thrilled to be cast as Janet’s fiance Brad. “I have wanted to play Brad Majors since I was 12,” the Disney actor said. “When I saw Brad, such a nerdy guy turned transvestite masterpiece. I knew I would play this role some day. There aren’t words to describe how I feel, and there never will be.”

The film also stars Christina Milian, Annaleigh Ashford, Reeve Carney, Staz Nair, and Ben Vereen.

The 1975 film was first considered a flop, but would go onto become a cult hit with midnight showings. Indeed, fans created audience callback dialogue as well as rituals including throwing toast and toilet paper at the screen. The movie went on to become the longest-running theatrical film in history.

Kenny Ortega said the new version is intended to celebrate rather than supersede the original. “It’s not like we’re a bunch of outsiders. It’s people who have a great love affair with this project, and we’re coming at it with great sensitivity, care, and appreciation for all that it’s meant.”