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ACTORSITERS GUEST STARRING TONIGHT!

Dear Parents and Young Actors,

Today, I spent some time on FACEBOOK, and I am OVERWHELMED with the success of young Actorsiters.

https://www.facebook.com/actorsite

I remember each young actor, and I also remember learning from each parent about what it takes to STAY IN THE GAME, because each of these families stuck it out to success. A “tip of the hat” to all the parents of these young actors who keep them focused and in the game.

Not everyone does. Some get distracted…it’s not failure,it’s distraction. It’s not quitting, it’s changing priorities.

If your priority is success in Hollywood, you keep your child focused on training at the ACTORSITE

Actorsite is always TRAINING, SUPPORTING, GUIDING, and providing a SOLID BASE to young artists…

We love to see so much success! It makes what we are doing well worth it.

TONIGHT is a BUSY NIGHT for Actorsiters.

CODY SULLIVAN GUEST STARRING ON TWO SHOWS TONIGHT!

First, Actorsiter CODY SULLIVAN joins Actorsiter DONIS LEONARD, JR., on the hit show Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 5.17.54 PMHOUSE OF LIES  starring with  DON CHEADLE on SHOWTIME.Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 5.17.03 PM

 

 

Plus CODY is rocking he’s also guest starring on TROPHY
WIFE this evening. EXCELLENT!

TONIGHT IN RERUNS, BIANCA AND CHIARA AMBROSIO
star on SEE DAD RUN with SCOTT BAIO.Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 5.19.20 PM

And, of course, I’ve already mentioned DUSAN BROWN
starring on ABOUT A BOY tonight…Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 10.05.12 AM

 

 

HAVEN’T BEEN TO ACTORSITE? Come try a free class!

WEDNESDAY: ON CAMERA CLASS WITH KIMBERLY CRANDALL
5-6 pm: Ages 8 and under
6-7 pm: ages 9-12
7-8:30 pm: TEENS

THURSDAY: VOICE OVER WITH GIANNA BOURKE
5-6 pm: Ages 8 and under
6-7 pm: ages 9-12
7-8:30 pm: TEENS

Actorsite ROCKS OUT!

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The Actorsite and Our Awesome Acting Classes.

  • ·      The Actor As CEO
  • ·      Building a Solid Foundation
  • ·      Crash Training
  • ·      Casting Director Workshops
  • ·      Our ONLY GOAL is YOUR SUCCESS!

At the Actorsite, we promote “the Actor as CEO” of their career. This has worked well for our  clients over the last 20+ years.

The actor practices skills  and builds a career as well as hiring an agent as a sales person and many times a manager for further industry connections.

It works.

We’ve enjoyed watching over 100 artists become series regulars or movie stars while training at the Actorsite. Plus hundreds more build solid careers using the skills we teach.

With the philosophy of “Acting is a muscle, you have to work it out”, we continually  hone  the Actorsite training program so that we provide always provide a firm foundation to build an acting career.

Actorsiters quickly learn to be smart about their career. As a CEO they must adapt quickly.

 

We provide the tools so you can work on skills.

Welcome to Actorsite’s Awesome Acting Club.

Earthquake Preparedness 2014

Earthquake Preparedness InfoIMG_5807
Dear Readers,

It’s been 20 years since the Northridge Earthquake…

While watching and reading about the Philippine Typhoon, I thought I would give you a “heads up” reminder on our most common natural disaster here in Los Angeles and give you some hints on how to prepare.
We have earthquakes almost daily in Los Angeles…most of them you never feel.  Some days we’ll have a dozen or more. In my experience, they have to be 4.0 or higher to even get a “sway” that I can feel. Once they get above 6.0 though, it’s a different story.

I’ve been in a couple of “big ones” that have disrupted normal daily functions, so I’ll tell you that you can make it easy on yourself and protect you and your family in case of a “shake, shake, shake!” and I’m not talking about dancing.

It’s good to stock up on the food you normally eat, etc., and a little bottled water because if we have a 6+ earthquake, it will affect traffic and the delivery of food and the water and the sewer system. Plus some gas and electric lines are likely to be out, too.

You may be  “camping out” in your home or apartment for a few days! I had just arrived in LA the day before the 1994 quake, and if I hadn’t lived at Oakwood at the time, I possibly would have had a few “rough” days, since power was out in many areas  for days, and grocery stores cannot run without power.

Grocery stores have 5 or 6 hours of fuel for their backup generators, but if they can’t get that refueled, then we’re stuck without food. Trucks can’t travel collapsed freeways, and no one else can either. Surface streets many times are blocked, too.

At Oakwood, we didn’t have power but they trucked in water and food daily and they got the sewer system up and running quickly. Other areas were not so lucky, and if the earthquake had been closer, then we might have been more isolated.

Luckily, we were a long way (15-20 miles) from the epicenter so our experience was mild compared to some.

I want to encourage you to keep your own stock of food and water and just get the same stuff you always do, just in larger quantities…that way you can enjoy the adventure rather than having to stand in long lines or suffer.

Another thing, if you DO stock up, then keep your plans to yourselves or the neighbors will expect you to feed them, too. I’m all for charity, but the best charity is to encourage them to stock up ahead of time too, so you are ALL prepared, because if you are the only family in a large complex, you’ll not be able to feed everyone.

Don’t barbeque in front of the neighbors if they don’t have food.

This info is to PREPARE YOU, not scare you!

Also, if a bigger earthquake happens, always try to get NEXT TO big pieces of furniture and crouch down, rather than UNDER big pieces of furniture, because there are always pockets next to large bulky objects when a building collapses…

So here’s my earthquake preparedness list to remind you of how to prepare…think of it as preparing for a “camping trip”… Great!

EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS LIST:

If you haven’t been through an earthquake

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE 7 DAYS SUPPLY OF:

  • FLASHLIGHTS (One per person)
  • BATTERIES (The big package so you can use the flashlights!)
  • CANDLES AND MATCHES. Get twice as many as you think you’ll need.
  • SAFE CANDLES! Don’t become a fire hazard!
  • BOTTLED WATER: One case small bottles per person, plus a few extra gallons. I’d have 3 or 4 per person.
  • Handy Wipes for cleaning, plus wet wipes to bathe with.
  • SNACK FOODS/CANNED FOODS/HEALTHY SNACKS/GRANOLA BARS PROTEIN FOODS THAT DON’T HAVE TO BE COOKED OR REFRIGERATED. Get what you usually buy, just get extra for your cabinets.
  • If you have a gas barbecue, you can use it, but be careful how you use it.  Don’t cook indoors without ventilation, don’t cook outdoors where others might see or smell your food, etc…
  • Non-Electronic games: Cards, board games, outdoor games,  etc.
  • MEDICINE,PRESCRIPTIONS,BAND AIDS, ETC.
  • PLASTIC BAGS: To use if the sewage system is damaged! Just put them in the toilet and dump daily!  Find a spot AWAY from your living area to store the used bags.
  •  PLUS KEEP YOUR GAS TANK TOPPED OFF!

Remember to have enough for 7 days. Hurricane Katrina reminds us how vulnerable we are. We cannot rely on the government unless we like to stand in line and beg.  For more informations, download this booklet from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

 

All the best,

 

Jack Turnbull

Actorsite.com

 

2014: 100 DAY CHALLENGE FOR ACTORS

100 DAYS TO A CAREER BOOST
A dream is just a dream until you take action!IMG_5807

By Jack Turnbull
http://actorsite.com

A. Required Daily Practice.
B. Build relationships with casting.
C. Agent your Agent and Manage your Manager.
D. Perseverance is the key.

Dear Readers,

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
unreal situation.

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
CHARACTER.

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
louder, softer.

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
with casting.

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
three agents.

What agents would you like us to book?

Send to actorsite.support@gmail.com 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,

Jack Turnbull
Actorsite Awesome Acting Club

 

Philippine Fundraiser: Headshot Special

IMG_4580Dear Readers,

As you know, my wife Jessa is from the Philippines. Her family in Manila is fine.

Her grandparents, though are in dire need of assistance.

Her paternal grandparents in Visayas had their property destroyed, felling hundreds of coconut trees and killing all of their pigs, so her family, the grandparents, the aunts and uncles, cousins, etc., are left with no way of making a living or raising food.

Her maternal grandparents in Bicol, who were very poor to begin with, have lost their house and the entire family is devastated. So there is another set of uncles, aunts, and cousins who are need of assistance.

So here’s what Jessa is doing.

As you may already know, she shoots killer headshots, so she is offering a special so she can send money to her relatives.

She will shoot a ONE LOOK HEADSHOT SESSION for $50 cash. You can see a couple of samples of Venise here.

To prepare: Be sure to wear contrasting colors, usually dark colors. Layered is good. So throw a sweater or jacket on top.

Be sure to come with a clean face and, if you need makeup, bring all of your makeup. Also bring all the things to fix your hair, etc…

She’ll shoot 30 frames of super high-quality digital photography.IMG_4581

We’ll upload to SHOOTPROOF.COM so you can see your prints and make your choices.

Each print will be $15 to order the original digital copy or $50 for the entire set. That way, you only pay for what you download, rather than getting dozens of shots you don’t like or don’t need.

She’ll be shooting MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY (5 pm to 7 pm) and SATURDAY 10am to 5 pm) next week.

For more info send to actorsite.support@gmail.com .

All the best,

Jack Turnbull
Actorsite.com