Acting is a muscle, you have to work it out…
Today, I want to remind you that with all of the pop acting
advice out there, that the FUNDAMENTALS of building a career
So I’ll give you a basic list to remind you what to focus
1. Practice Clear Speech. Every day it’s important to warm up the lips
the tongue, the teeth, and your entire mouth so that you speak
If they can’t understand you, they can’t hire you.
Some free voice warmups here:
FOUR MINUTES A DAY of speech practice will ensure that you speak
MUCH MORE CLEARLY when you are in character and being creative.
2. COLD READING PRACTICE: Today (and every day) take some text and
read it OUT LOUD and make it real and natural. If you are student,
then take any of your textbooks and read it OUT LOUD in a natural
voice and make is sound like you are SAYING and not READING.
Acting is not reading, reading is not acting.
COLD READING is not READING, it is ACTING!
5 to 10 minutes of this every day will work wonders on your overall skill
TV DRAMA/FEATURE FILM CASTING DIRECTOR WORKSHOP:
Casting Director RUSSEL BOAST from Pagano/Mannwiller Casting
THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2:00 pm
BRING TWO COPIES OF YOUR TV DRAMA SCENE TO READ WITH A READER
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3. Practice scenes in a class or with your acting friends. Always
have scenes available that you can pull at the drop of a hat, in case
you get a chance to showcase. Comedy is always best, but a good
dramedy works too. Short scene are more effective than long scenes.
TV scenes rarely go over 3 minutes, so limit your scenes to 2-3 minutes.
A Band practices songs so they can connect and play together, Actors can practice
scenes with the same intent, to CONNECT and PLAY together. MOST IMPORTANTLY
4. Write ONE MINUTE MONOLOGUES about every subject imaginable.
Suggestions: BREAKFAST, TRAFFIC, RESTAURANT FOOD, FRIENDS, RELATIVES,
Make them specific and full of detail and have a beginning, middle and
end. Clock them at 50 seconds so when you perform and (hopefully) slow down, you
can bring them in under a minute. Don’t go for laughs, go for entertainment.
5. Refine your VEIN OF GOLD as far as the characters you play.
Write monologues for your characters…and record them and put them up
on YOUTUBE or just show to your friends.
Got a super interesting character, make a YOUTUBE CHANNEL and update
it once a week with new videos.
5. Practice shooting scenes on your phone. First, do the scene with one
person holding the phone, then the other, then get a friend to do the TWO shot
while you perform the scene.
Then practice clipping the scenes together. If the performers are within 2
feet of the phone, you will get great sound.
Add a little music and you have a scene recorded!
TV DRAMA CASTING DIRECTOR SCOTT DAVID
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 at 1 pm.
Bring Two Copies of your TV DRAMA SCENE
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6. Walk, run, play sports, get physical EVERY DAY. Your body is
your instrument, you have to practice with it. Challenge yourself
to make your instrument stronger and more flexible.
NOW GET BUSY!
KEEP ROCKING YOUR SKILLS! THEN HOLLYWOOD WILL FIND YOU!
All the best,
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