All the Rage Actor Skills

July 21, 2013

Deranged robots, sympathetic hellions, unhinged fashionistas, transmogrifying zombies, demented preachers, pink aliens, rabid cyber dogs, bad-ass nerds, murderous babies, junky clowns, and head-spinning avatars … San Diego Comic Con International 2013 is in full swing! The annual saint’s day for every known freak in the universe has, by many accounts, had its most eye-popping, mind-blowing, and visually stunning year to date. Comic Con was founded as the “Golden State Comic Book Convention” in 1970 by Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, and Ron Burgundy. What started as a humble gathering of comic book aficionados has since become a celebrated worldwide event showcasing works in sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, action, and every conceivable spin off of said genres. Indeed, Comic Con has become a bona-fide boon to the movie, gaming, music, and graphic arts industries, and has attracted A-list stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, Zoe Saldana, Sandra Bullock, and Jamie Foxx to name just a few.

So what does this mean to you, young thespian, and future red carpet walker? You’re not a cartoon in a ten-gallon hat, or a laser-wielding witch, or even a human/Sasquatch hybrid (or at least I’m guessing; please feel free to write in if I’m making any assumptions here). But one thing is certain: you are an actor looking for work! And if the ginormous success of Comic-Con proves anything, it is that movies based on comic books and graphic novels are tremendously popular–not to mention enormously profitable. So you might want to consider adding some skills to your resume. Things like gymnastics, fight choreography, balance training, sword techniques, archery, or just plain old physical fitness. Because when you’re called upon to slay a demon or avoid a zombie, you want to be ready. Yes, there are stunt men and women who specialize in the truly dangerous stuff, but a certain amount of dexterity on the set may separate you from another worthy actor. Just think of Lily Collins, star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which is an adaptation of Cassandra Claire’s mega-popular fantasy novel; Lily plays a demon hunter in the upcoming film and says, “Running around in heels, being able to do all that and not injuring myself is kind of a boost of confidence.” She goes on to say, ”Every girl needs that experience.”

So, how about it? What skills have you added to your repertoire as of late? And what skills do you have on the docket? Whatever you’ve got, make sure to update your special skills on your Casting Frontier profile to immediately increase the chances of being called in for auditions based on those skills.

And, the big question is: Who’s going to write back first about the hidden comedic reference contained within this blog?