By Jack Turnbull
A. Required Daily Practice.
B. Build relationships with casting.
C. Agent your Agent and Manage your Manager.
D. Perseverance is the key.
An acting career is a marathon and the running is the goal.
Enjoy the journey, the destination is not far away…
IMPORTANT, these suggestions are “in-addition” to your
regular training, auditioning and performing.
Here is your 100 Day Challenge:
If you do these 10 actions EVERY DAY for the next 100 days,
you’ll have BOOSTED to a NEW LEVEL in your career.
1. Take every opportunity to COLD READ out loud. Cold read
and ACT OUT every mobile text your receive, every sign you see while
riding in your car, every line of every book you read.
The challenge is to find your inner characters and practice
with “found text” which is ANY text you encounter.
Acting is a muscle, you have to work it out. Practice at least
15 minutes per day. close your FACEBOOK LONG ENOUGH TO
WORK ON YOUR SKILLS.
2. Take every opportunity to STRETCH to find new inner characters.
Learn to copy and mimic any of the characters you meet in your
daily life. You’ll find some who you can really play well.
Copy and mimic those on TV and in movies, too, but the people you
know in real life are such a rich source of character choices.
Always add new voices and personalities so you are a well-
rounded actor. Learn to mimic every friend you have.
This is throughout your day…FUN!
3. Stretch your emotional life. Use your mystical self,
your egotistical self, your self-deprecating self, use
all of those emotional and feelings that you go through
each day and catalogue them and have them available to
you in your acting performances. Practice using your
emotions. REMEMBER YOUR TRIGGERS.
When you are angry: What is the trigger?
When you are happy: What is the trigger?
When you are hungry: Find the trigger.
When you are arrogant: Remember the trigger.
There are literally hundreds of triggers. PRACTICE
USING THEM EVERY DAY!
All emotions have triggers that bring them on. An
actor has full access to the triggers so they are free
and unencumbered by reality, since all acting is
finding a heightened sense of reality in a very
Did you see THE HOBBIT? Incredibly compelling
performances on a green screen stage. USE YOUR
IMAGINATION to find your triggers!
4. Practice the PHYSIOLOGY of your many characters.
Some characters are uncomfortable in their own skin,
some are confident, some have a military bearing, some
have weird quirks.
Practice physiological transformation from character
to character EVERY DAY! Do it at the gym, do it in your
acting classes…it’s important.
5. PRODUCE YOUR OWN WORK: I love to watch VINES. It’s
great for building characters and learning to POP
a line so that it’s interesting.
And youtube videos are MORE ways you can experiment
with your characters. Remember it’s HOW YOU COMMIT
TO THE CHARACTER that makes it compelling. Not the
writing, but HOW YOU POP IT.
Good writing is nice, too, but timing is the most
important thing to focus on. Don’t worry about
brilliant writing, worry about COMMITTING TO THE
A good example is watching Anchorman 2. The writing
is just so-so, but the EXECUTION is FANTASTIC!
6. Practice varying your timing and delivery.
Find a scene or monologue that you are working on
to practice with. Your goal is to disrupt what the
audience expects to hear…that makes it interesting.
Elements of speech: Higher, lower, faster, slower
a. Insert pauses where none is expected.
b. Put emphasis on the wrong word or syllable
c. Take a statement and phrase it as a question.
d. Whisper or shout lines from time to time.
e. Put a pause before the last word in a sentence.
All tips to make your performance more compelling.
7. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH CASTING: Set goals on
building relationships with fellow creatives in the
entertainment industry. I’m a personal fan of Casting
Director workshops, because I’ve helped guide over
100 actors to series regular and movie star status
in the past 10-12 years.
I’ve seen the results, when an actor books a lead
role in small feature film, then goes on to bigger
and bigger things.
Or one of our members books a co-star on a small show
and later books a pilot.
It happens all the time. That’s why you work on skills,
to be ready when you are called.
Those first bookings come from building relationships
SO PLAN TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH 20 CASTING DIRECTORS
IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS. OR MORE?
SOME HINTS: http://awesomeactingclub.wildapricot.org/events
8. Learn to Agent your Agent and Manage your Manager.
I’ll be writing more on this subject later, just remember
that Agents and Managers are BUSY PEOPLE, so if you are
lucky enough to have representation, then RESPECT THEM
and their time. Master the 20 second phone call, the
12 word email, and the short text of info.
GET NEW HEADSHOTS IF YOUR REPS REQUEST THEM…Remember,
if they ask for headshots and you give them bad ones,
they can’t make a “silk purse out or a sow’s ear”. Give
the a QUALITY SIMPLE HEADSHOT! It’s hard to pitch around
a bad or old headshot. All agents and managers know this.
9. BUILD YOUR TEAM: It’s important that you build your
agent representation and your manager representation so
that they push you and help your career.
We plan to have an agent session on January 23 with
What agents would you like us to book?
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org for agent recommendations.
10. MOST IMPORTANTLY STAY IN THE GAME! If you practice
your craft every day, then it WILL HAPPEN for you!
But those who sit and get rusty will fall by the wayside.
Now get motivated. I am!
All the best,
Actorsite Awesome Acting Club