The Four Disagreements

The Four Disagreements

Okay, so you’ve gotten your audition sides.  You’re lucky enough to have 48 hours to read them, research the role and get at least functionally off book.  You’ve worked with coaches and friends, mouthed the words over and over at the coffee shop, on the train, in the cab, at the supermarket and in the waiting room.  You’ve got this puppy nailed.  You take a breath enter the room, smile at the casting director, reader and anyone else present, get a polite-to-warm response, deliver the sides the way you’ve done them literally a million times and you hear … “that was great, but I just want you to bring more of yourself to it, loosen up, have more fun with it,” or some version thereof.  Your brain blasts the music from the shower scene in “Psycho,” and you politely say “Okay!  Got it!”  But in your head you’re thinking, “What do they mean ‘myself?’”  “What did I miss?”  “What should I do differently?”  “I don’t know what they want!”  “I’m sure they didn’t say that to the other actors!”  “What am I gonna do now!?”

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Women in Film and Television Awards 2017 – nominate by Wed 13th

Women in Film and Television Awards 2017 – nominate by Wed 13th

Tom Hiddleston WFTVNominations now open for the Women in Film & Television Awards 2017!

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Wednesday 13 September.  Click here to get your nominations in today!

This is your chance to nominate a great woman for an award. Maybe it’s someone you’ve worked with – a terrific editor, production manager or cinematographer. Or perhaps it’s an exciting new talent you’ve spotted or someone you feel has made an important contribution to the industry over the years. It’s your chance to have your say. And the best bit….you can even nominate yourself!

We’re getting behind the team at Women in Film and Television because we love what they do for women in British filmmaking and television.

There are thirteen categories of awards from business to craft, project management to producer. A full list of award categories and their definitions can be found here.

The Women in Film & Television Awards 2017, supported by Sky, will take place on Friday 1 December 2017, at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Tickets will go on sale at 11:00 am on Tuesday 03 October 2017.

And if you have any other questions about the awards, you can speak to Jenny Samuels, Awards and Events Producer, Women in Film & TV, via 020 7287 1400  Email: jenny@wftv.org.uk. Or visit: www.wftv.org.uk

Questions & Actors

Questions & Actors

HOLLYWOOD WON’T CHANGE FACE UNTIL YOU FACE CHANGE

Seems like the only one that doesn’t see your beauty 

Is the face in the mirror looking back at you.

Taylor Swift

QUESTIONS: I read an article where Hollywood was having a hard time finding actors in their fifties and even sixties, because of the Botox in their face; they were expressionless. I just hope we become a society where the talented get to act, regardless of imperfections on the face. Do you think Hollywood is facing this change?

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Theatre Review: Hamilton

Come on! It’s Hamilton. Musical Theatre geeks across America have either already made the trek to New York, the theatre homeland, and spent their life savings on tickets, or they’ve waited impatiently for it to arrive at the major metropolitan city closest to them. The fine folks in Chicago and San Francisco have had their turn and, well, it’s finally time for Los Angeles. And we are EXCITED.read more

Act Smart! The back-to-school mindset

Act Smart! The back-to-school mindset

I don’t know whether it’s being a September baby, someone who doesn’t tolerate heat well, or just a plain old nerd, but my favorite season has always been fall, a.k.a. Back-to-School season. Just like the new chronological year, a new school year speaks of possibilities, potential, and other great, clean-slate things.

Even though we don’t live with academic years as adults, we can borrow the best of those good old school days to rejuvenate our acting lives. Because doing the same thing with no variation can lead to a lackluster approach, and acting hardly thrives on that. Here are a few ways to add some new-year newness, starting now.read more

Health Uncensored: There’s a new C word in town!

Health Uncensored: There’s a new C word in town!

It’s so easy to get caught up in the c-word. Oh, ya know, comparison. Even when we achieve impressively high goals, we don’t stay in that feeling of accomplishment as long as we should. It takes one measly scroll through Facebook to instill feelings of inadequacy and maybe even anger. Or is that just me? Lol. Then we wonder, “Does he/she ever feel this crappy emotion too? Maybe they’ve just got it all figured out?” Unfortunately, since we are all human, these emotions come and go. But, it’s about letting them go fast and minimizing how often they come.

I don’t know who the heck originally said this phrase, but they are spot on. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Makes total sense, right? You book a guest star on your favorite comedy and could not be happier. That is, until you read the #blessed #actorlife post of your fellow classmate who snagged the lead in a short film. This comparison literally robs the joy from our own life and radiates negative energy out. This can be applied to all areas of life, not just entertainment. Why do we think the grass is greener when we’ve all got weeds the neighbors can’t see? Believe me, I suffer from this thinking too! The forward movement comes from focusing on our own growth, accomplishments, the small things that make us really happy and practicing gratitude. These healthy habits shift our vibe and mindset.

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Commercial Actors Should Never…

Commercial Actors Should Never…

You might be familiar with the idea of “being impeccable with your word”. It comes from Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements. Or perhaps Robert De Niro’s character in Meet the Parents and the “circle of trust” talk with his future son-in-law played by Ben Stiller may be more familiar to you. Surely one, if not both rings a bell and strikes a chord. Trust, and your impeccable word plays a huge part in your reputation as a commercial actor. You gotta keep your word. Period.

Commercial actors should never break trust.

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Questions & Actors

mindfulness

THE UNINVITED CRITIC THAT LIVES IN YOUR MIND!

The battle is never between you and your fellow actors

It’s between you and the uninvited critic that lives in your mind.

QUESTIONS: Every time I leave an audition, I tend to criticize my performance and my fellow actors all the way home! I am not this mean to my worse enemy! How can I make auditioning not such a battle?

ACTORS: I don’t know of any actor that has left an audition room and not driven home with the uninvited critic buckled into their passenger seat!

I could have done better, I cried at home, why couldn’t I cry in that room? I knew I would forget that line! I can’t believe I asked if I could start over and over and over the critic in your mind torments your driving record all the way home!

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Act Smart! 3 ways to switch things up for success

Act Smart! 3 ways to switch things up for success

I don’t know about you, but these days, the mere thought of adding one more thing to my plate makes me feel like my head will explode. And yes, decluttering is great, as are quick things you can do to improve your life/health/career, but during the dog days of summer, sometimes the best thing you can do is the old switcheroo. Here are a few ways I’ve found to switch one thing for another that helped me; hopefully, one or two will spark an idea for you, too.

1. Leave five minutes early instead of five minutes late.

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Ten Factors of Trust Casting Directors Depend on from Actors

Ten Factors of Trust Casting Directors Depend on from Actors

There is a huge trust factor that the commercial business is run on. If talent does not come through on their end of the trust factor, the casting process would end in failure. Here are ten factors of trust casting directors depend on from actors.

You Look Like Your Photo

If we (casting directors) do not have a reel of yours to look at, we only depend on your photo. A physical look in commercials is very important because the entire message is a “quick read”. It is devastating and maddening when you come in for your appointment and look different than your photo. Some ways you can look different are looking much younger or older, or your hair is a different style or color. Perhaps your photographer made you look prettier/more handsome or not as pretty/handsome as you really are. If you are a professional, you will want your photo to look like you, not different. Looking different than your photo has caused a casting director to give an appointment to someone who is not right for the part.

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