Movie Ticket Giveaway – Win AMC Gift Cards

We’re excited to announce that we’re giving away two $25 AMC Gift Cards to the lucky winners of our March Giveaway (February 21st – April 1st, 2011)

All you have to do to enter is Connect with us on Facebook and/or Twitter and mention the Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio with a link to our site and why you think acting classes are important.

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Fall 2010 Brag Sheet

The Elizbeth Mestnik Acting Studio (EMAS) isn’t just a Professional Acting Training Program. It is a community of actors, writers, producers and directors who are out there putting their stamp on the Entertainment Industry in Hollywood, New York and across the country. EMAS is proud of all the work current students and alumni are producing. Here’s a short list of what our members have booked, released, shot, performed, produced or developed in just the past 6 months.
Vanessa Alderete: Film: Confessions of a Gangster.

Glen Alexander: Founder Three Feathers Theatre Company

Sharif Atkins: TV: White Collar, The Good Wife, the Preacher’s Kid

Whitney Ayers: Theatre: Off Broadway: Sex, Relationships, and Sometimes Love, Renegade Theatre LA TAPE, Film: Egg Nog, A Brief History of Women.

Chris Bensinger: Broadway Producer: La Cage Aux Folles-TONY AWARD, American Idiot-TONY NOMINATION, Street Lights- New York Music Festival ’09

Jeannie Bolet: Film: Spiral, Strange Food, TV: All My Children, Webseries: After Hours. Signed with Val Maur Talent.

Nelson Domingo: Theatre: Actor’s Workout Studio’s The Comedy of Errors, Signed with JLA Talent, Founder of Three Feathers Theatre Company

Charles Davis: TV: The Game, Night and Day (tv movie), Signed with CESD.

Colin Day: Film: The Lonliest Road in America, Theatre: Elephant Theatre, Love Bites, Block Nine.

Allison Dykstra: TV: True Jackson

Silvana Gargione: LA Improv Fest and Boston Improv Fest. Theatre: Sylvia Plath is my Co Pilot.
Lily Holleman Film: UrFrendz, Kitty Kitty (short) (post-production), T.V. Southland, Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union ,Theatre: South Coast Repertory Circle Mirror Transformation (January 2010)
Jackie Kamm: Film: Nipples & Palm Trees.

Susane Lee: TV: True Jackson, TV movie: Kosher Pig

Cat Love: Founder Three Feathers Theater Company
Jordana Oberman Film: The Preening Swan (post-production), Mushroom Hunt (short). Theatre: Dear Harvey.
Ketryn Porter : Webisodes: The Alarmingly Charmingly Cousins, Klassy (in production) Pilot: Dudes in Toyland

Katie Ross: Film: Night Drive

Richard Robichaux: Film Lead: Bernie opposite Jack Black, TV: Better off Ted
Brad Schmidt: Broadway Debut: Lombardi
Lynn Trickey: Theatre: Actor’s Workout Theatre The Comedy of Errors, Signed with JLA Talent.
Billy Towers: Film: 3’s A Crowd , The Ghost Hunter.
Johnny Wactor: Film: Hold Up, Let Me Explain, Punctured, Golden Box, The Grass is Never Greener. Webseries: Hollywood Girl. Signed by Bobby Ball Agency
Ken Weiler: TV: Private Practice, Days of Our Lives, Film: Shrink

Christopher T. Wood: Film: Friends with Benefits , TV: Without a Trace

John Wilhovsky: Film: Young Again , Empress Vampire (post-production), The Gates of Heaven (short), 365 Days.

How to Win Over a Casting Director

Breaking into the film business isn’t the easiest thing to do in the world, but people continue to do it again and again.

So what’s the secret?

It comes down to three things: talent, experience, and luck.

This pretty much applies to just about every job in Hollywood, but especially for actors and actresses.

That’s why it’s hard – that’s not to say there aren’t talented individual people out there that find they’re most happy when they’re acting.

For the latter, there are a few things you can do to enhance your chance of winning over a casting director and their assistant during your next audition.

1. Let Your Talent Shine

One of the most important elements casting directors look for in actors and actresses is talent. They want to see that you have some sort of spark of talent that has the capacity to blow up and surprise us.

If you’re truly talented, and you’ll know because you’ll have tasted positive feedback, mild success, and other great things from your acting … even if you have yet to start pursuing it. As a child, did people suggest you become a movie star? Were people impressed with your personality or ability to act? If so, you’ve tasted the social proof that you entertain people.

Though this isn’t required, it’s often one of the signs that you really are talented.

2. Build Your Experience

Try to build your experience as much as possible. Talent scouts constantly lurk the crowds of shows and acting schools looking for that special someone they’d like to present to their client.

Do something so you can say you’ve done it. Perform in a show. Star in student films. Act as an extra. The key is to gain as much experience possible … and you should want to do this, not feel obligated.

Those scouts and agents are looking for you … help them find you. With just the right amount of luck, you’ll land representation and move on to bigger and better projects. The more you have on your resume, the more likely the casting director is to give you the opportunity to impress them with your performance.

Which brings us to the next point …

3. Make Your Own Luck

The more you do, the more likely you are to get lucky – that is, the more likely you are to bump into a producer, catch the eye of a scout, or land a roll with a project that actually goes to a festival.

Get out there and dig – success doesn’t come to people, people go to success.

This point doesn’t necessarily lead to impressing the casting director directly, but it might just lead to your casting director.

Overall, the idea is to walk into the casting office confident and ready to have fun. Build your experience, show your talent, and get a little lucky in the process and you might just impress the casting director enough to be called back for a second audition.

Article written by the Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio

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Upcoming Acting Class – September 20th, 2010

The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio is welcoming in warm arms our new upcoming acting classes beginning from the 20th of September. We are all very excited and love new projects and acting adventures. See our website to find out what we are all about and be sure to read about the Meisner technique and our beginner and advanced classes.

We welcome you all to our acting class. Thanks.

Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio
6581 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 528-6280

WHY STUDY MEISNER?

How is the Meisner Technique different than other approaches to actor training?  Why would you pursue this type of program over all the other acting classes in Los Angeles?  In this age of immediate gratification and short attention spans, it seems like The Meisner Technique may fall out of favor, and yet it is still one of the most respected techniques in Hollywood.  Why?

The Meisner Technique demands that an actor make a commitment to their training, and if you are in a program that follows Sanford Meisner’s syllabus, this training will take place over 9-months.  This is serious training for serious students. Those who come to Hollywood to get famous quickly and easily wouldn’t even consider something like this. So why should you make this sacrifice of time, effort, and yes – money?  What does the Meisner Technique do that is so special?

To put it simply – it gets you in actor shape.

I have always compared Acting to other difficult endeavors like playing an instrument or sports, endeavors that also show that whatever effort you put in shows in the product you put out.   So, to continue this metaphor, if acting is like, say… Gymnastics… then Meisner is the daily workout at the gym to get strong and flexible.  The more traditional acting skills (objectives, actions, character biography etc) are like learning the different elements, – (the cartwheel, the back flip, the somersault etc.)  Most Acting Classes teach you the elements, but don’t know how to get you into shape.

Now I will be honest with you.  I can do a somersault, and I can even do a cartwheel – but they are pretty pathetic because at the age of 42, I’m really not all that strong and flexible.  But if I worked out every day to increase my upper body strength and the flexibility of my spine, those elements would look much better.  And when Olympic gymnasts do these elements, we are in awe, because they dedicate themselves to knowing the elements and being fit enough to execute them.

The actor who understands the “elements” like playing an action, or making a character choice, but isn’t emotionally connected to the material leaves the audience cold, or even worse – uncomfortable for the actor.  Like me doing my somersault, we don’t want to see it again!  The out of shape actor can make sense of a part, but will lack the heart.  And we need for the audience to be drawn into our performance, to feel what the actors feel – and if the actors feel nothing – well, the audience will feel nothing.  THAT IS NOT ENOUGH!  So we train, rigorously, like professional athletes, to take our performance to the next level.  To put our abilities on par with the best actors out there.

So why take Meisner?  Because it gets you to:

  • Discover who you are and how you are unique
  • Learn how to bring your uniqueness into performance
  • Work honestly off of your acting partner
  • Access and strengthen your emotional range
  • Be fearless in your work
  • Make bold and honest choices
  • Work from your instincts and not your intellect
  • Personalize any material so that you can connect to it
  • Remove self consciousness by focusing on the tasks and people in the scene
  • Really do, really feel, really fight, really laugh, really be…Really!

THE ABILITY TO DO THE ABOVE MEANS YOU ARE IN ACTOR SHAPE!

When you complete a Meisner Technique program and can put it on your resume, it also says a lot to the people who might hire you about how dedicated you are to mastering your craft.  A casting director who sees that you have completed a true 1 or 2-year Meisner Program knows what they can expect.  Spontaneity, emotional range, self-knowledge, brave choices and truthful behavior.

That is why you invest in a Meisner Technique Training Program.  To get in shape. Quite simply, to be the best.

Upcoming Class

Have you always wanted to try acting but felt intimidated and unsure where to start? Recommended by NBC’s Talent Development Initiative, the Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio (EMAS) in Los Angeles is where trained professionals work with small groups of 12-14 student actors at a time to instill the most effective, efficient techniques to help them mature in the craft. For beginning actors, the Acting Foundations class, part of the Basic Technique series offered at EMAS, the perfect way to get your feet wet. This class is excellent for new students to gauge how advanced their skills are, and it provides a safe environment for them to learn new tools to be successful in the acting world. Meetings start September 23rd and are on Thursday nights at 7:00PM; the class runs for 12 weeks until December 9th.

The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio takes training actors seriously and uses effective techniques to help students develop a useful, impressive skill set – it is no wonder that it is one of the top acting schools in Los Angeles. Visit www.emasla.com for more information.

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