April 16, 2014
Great article on taking risks and the cool things that can unexpectedly happen along the way. Check it out. OR ELSE.
Here’s an excerpt with a link to the full read below.
“A casting director friend of mine once told me she believes that for every hundred actors auditioning, there are about four who can play the role, and one who is the role. When asked if she ever knew what she was looking for in that person, she said, ‘No, but I know in which general direction to look.’ Like searching for a passport, and in the process finding lost money, embarrassing old photos, and that odd sock we thought was gone forever, our predetermined checklist simply serves as a ‘direction in which to look..’ and nothing more.”
April 13, 2014
Class Notes Highlights from Brian’s Ongoing, by Jonathan S.
- Relationships are different points of views fusing together.
- Make sure that when we are working with relationships we have different points of view and that we have clear choices.
- Explore what makes each partner in a relationship different.
- What differentiates [your character] from the rest of the characters?
- The circumstances [are already] there and present. What is already happening that causes the scene to start [and] take place?
- Breathe life into the character. Don’t walk the audience through every beat.
- What is feeding your aesthetic [as an artist]?
- What is your artistic diet?
- Take care of what you need to take care of before you get to class [so you can be fully present].
- Warm up and do exercises to prepare yourself to work to your best ability.
April 12, 2014
“Chemistry is not anything an executive producer or writer can orchestrate or plan; you just hope and pray for it.” - David E. Kelley
April 11, 2014
“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” - Mary Tyler Moore
Class Notes Highlights from John’s Tuesday, by Clayton S.
- WHEN YOU DON’T RECEIVE, YOU PUSH TOO MUCH TO SEND!
- Infidelity doesn’t ruin a relationship… it’s the sign that something was already wrong.
- [You can’t seem] vapid. You’re a series regular, and we’re assuming you’re going to stay married [and that things will work out for your characters].
- Nothing is more uncomfortable than sustaining the connection.
- When you’re trying to be cool with someone you’re trying to keep up with their language. You try to keep up with the rhythm and approve of everything that they say/do.
- It’s okay to “color outside the lines.” We’re allowed to be a little sloppy! It gives us texture.
- When you’re having fun, we’re having fun.
- Keep from playing a caricature.
- FIND THE EASE!
- We need to worry less about the comedy and “the funny” and more about the given circumstances of the material.
- Don’t allow yourself to miss moment to moment stuff by getting swallowed up in high stakes.
- TAKE YOUR TIME!
- Sending is great but it won’t pay off if you don’t receive back.
- You gotta be a badass. You gotta find your specificity.
April 9, 2014
“I believe that acting in any medium is the same thing, it’s discovering the truth in where you are.” – Victor Garber
April 8, 2014
Great interview with John Gammon from ABC’s ‘The Middle.’ He gives 8 tips on making the most of a role along with some killer career advice. Click the link below for the full article, and here’s an appetizer sampler in the meantime.
8 Tips on Making the Most of a Role
- Make the most of every opportunity.
- Be willing to try everything.
- Let it go.
- Find work you can afford to lose.
- Watch and listen on set.
- Keep creating.
- Pace yourself.
- Be happy.
“[Be] comfortable with auditioning and sees it as [your] chance to act that day.”
“It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
“Don’t come at acting from the place of insecurity and a place of absence. Don’t come at it from a place of deficit where you must do it in order to fill yourself.”
April 4, 2014
- Sometimes we feel the need to hold on to our niceness. Sometimes it’s an addiction and we can’t help but do so, but you gotta let your inner dick/bitch out of its cage and maul some people every now and then. It will do nothing but add texture and dichotomy to your acting and we will be obsessed with you even more than we already are.
- Stop apologizing. Even if you knocked a child’s aquarium over and laughed demonically about doing so, don’t apologize- let it be a shining example of what a bad-ass you are. BAD-ASSES DON’T APOLOGIZE IN THIS BUSINESS. (Even if they slaughter the cast of “Finding Nemo”.)
April 3, 2014
Three friends sit down to lunch at a famous celebrity hot spot in Hollywood. They peruse the menu:
“Look at the salads!”
“Look at the pastries!”
“Look at the prices!”
I’m ashamed of most of you if most of you weren’t able to immediately identify the three friends as Lucy, Ethel, and Fred, respectively. Their POVs are SO specific that DECADES later we know EXACTLY what’s on their minds.
This is one of my favorite bits from “I Love Lucy”, the “L.A. at Last” episode in the Brown Derby where William Holden gets a pie in the face. I love it because (a) it’s a work of art in just twelve words, (b) only one word differs from each line, and (c) we know EXACTLY who each character is and know EXACTLY what they’re thinking about the situation they’re in at that moment. Now, we actors could explain to whomever why/how it’s funny, the whole ‘introduction, repetition, variation’ concept, the ‘power of 3′s’, etc. But no one gives a shit about that, frankly. They want the SPECIFIC LIVES of these characters to follow intently and live vicariously through. My point with all this? Going for/relying on/being an expert of the TECHNICALS does NOT make up for a lack of SPECIFICITY with our point of view and our thought process!!!
I say… round up a couple o’ friends and go out to eat- chances are your point of view on the world will jump right out onto your plate for all to see. – Borden
Here is a nice lil’ article I found with some basics on how to give a ‘clean slate’ in your commercial auditions! Think it’s the easiest thing in the world? Think again…