When actors are just starting out, there can often be a long time between auditions. What are you supposed to do with yourself as you wait for that next opportunity? I am here to tell you that what you do between auditions will determine your success at the audition. Too many actors wait forget this and wind up NOT showing what they are truly capable of.
So what should you do while waiting for you next audition?
Be in class
If you don’t know this by now, you should… acting is like a muscle, and if it is not exercised, it gets weak. If you are auditioning, you should already have a strong foundational technique, but there is no harm in learning new approaches. Or, you can get yourself into a good scene study class where you can put your skill set to a weekly workout. Just be sure any class you join, you work every class and you rehearse in between. You must be at the top of your acting game so you are ready when the big opportunities present themselves!
Learn a new skill
As an actor – the more you know, the more you have to bring to any role. Take ballet, enroll in a history class at the local community college or learn to cook. It doesn’t always have to be something performance based…you just need to keep expanding who you are and what you know, expand what is interesting to you. This also makes you a more 3-dimensional person, which makes you more attractive to those who can hire you.
Volunteer to be a Reader
A reader is the person that reads opposite the actor who is auditioning. Even though you aren’t auditioning for the part, it’s a great way to have someone see what you are able to do as well as to create a more personal relationship with the Casting Director. Call Casting offices that cast the shows you are right for and ask if they need any volunteers.
Go to see plays
Movies are wonderful, but plays really allow you to study other actors. Good plays or bad, each experience is a great way for you figure out why a performance works, or doesn’t.
Be familiar with today’s directors and their styles – from the Coen Brothers to Kathryn Bigelow, you need to be familiar with their work.
You need to be familiar with plays and playwrights. Playwrights like Neil Simon were the origin of our modern sit-com. Writers like John Patrick Shanley and Theresa Rebek now write for film as well as television shows like Law and Order and Smash. You also need to know the iconic writers so when they are referenced (ie; this is very Pinter-esque, or this has a Tennessee Williams quality) – you know what that means.
Go to Casting Director Workshops
This is a great way to start meeting the casting directors (or their assistants).
Stay mentally healthy
If that means daily exercise, meditation, getting a pet or going to church… do it. You need to stay positive, optimistic and happy to get through the slow times.
What you do in between those precious auditions can make or break what you end up doing in the room – so stay busy and be prepared for your big break.
DO WHAT YOU CAME HERE TO DO!
The Basic Technique Series at the
Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio
It’s why most of us decided to pursue acting – To “be” someone else. Walk in their shoes, speak in their voice, feel their pain, live their joy! – to become THE CHARACTER.
THE CHARACTER class at The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio (EMAS) gives acting students a foundation in creating truthful, dynamic characters for film, television or stage. It teaches techniques that find the character’s voice, physicality and psychology. Through exercises, improvisations, monologue and scene work, students acquire a comprehensive set of “acting tools” to draw upon when approaching a role. At the end of the12 weeks, students will know how to bring a character to life and apply their techniques in scene work.
If you have always wanted to explore acting – this class will give you techniques using both research and imagination to create dynamic, truthful and emotionally alive characters. You will learn how to place these characters into living relationships and then take the words off of the page and bring them to life in a scene! What a great way to start the new year!
What: The Character – Technique class for Beginning Actors
Where: EMAS: 7600 Melrose Avenue, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles 90046
When: Thursdays at 7pm – starting January 9th, 2014
Tuition: $500 for 11-week session
Contact: 323-528-6280 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Register: For on line registration click here
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Commercial Acting 101
Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 12.
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Commercial Acting 101 (101 Things You Need To Know Before Your Audition) taught by commercial veteran Bill Coelius, is the product of his experience acting in over 35 national commercials, and auditioning on a weekly basis in today’s market. From slate to set, Bill shares a carefully crafted game plan that will help you book and shoot that national commercial. Bill presents a myriad of skills, strategies and trade secrets that will turn your beliefs about yourself and the industry inside-out. Commercial Acting 101 covers everything from a review of basic skills such as slating, sign-in, and making copy your own, to the hidden rules of auditioning, creating confidence, and the secrets of on-set behavior.
The Importance of the “Slate”: how to book the job in the first 10 seconds.
Understanding what the client wants: How to break down the commercial copy.
The Direct Pitch: How to sell the product directly to the camera.
The Art of the Callback: Learning to take adjustments and owning the room through simulated auditions.
WHEN: Tuesdays at 7pm
DATES: Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 12.
WHERE: EMAS: 7600 Melrose Ave, 2nd Floor Los Angeles 90046
CONTACT: 323-528-6280 or email@example.com
REGISTER ON LINE HERE
See more about our Meisner Technique Classes
Sanford Meisner is a renowned acting coach that was born in 1905. He is credited with establishing the Meisner acting technique, which remains popular today.
Here are some of Sanford Meisner’s most known milestones in history:
Life and Death
He was born in New York in 1905, to Hungarian parents, and died in 1997.
- His emotional acuteness stemmed from the tragic death of his brother in early childhood. He credited this event to his penchant for acting – where grief is channeled into an imaginary realm.
- The acting coach was married between 1948 and 1950 to Peggy Meredith.
- A young Meisner pursued acting after graduation from high school.
- Sanford Meisner is an alumni of the Damrosch Institute of Music, which is now labeled as the Juilliard School. There, he took piano lessons.
- Sanford Meisner also attended the Theatre Guild of Acting.
Career and Entrepreneurship
- Lee Strasberg was one of the most influential teachers in the actor’s life. He, Sanford, and several others were carefully selected to form the Group Theatre.
- The actor began teaching at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York in 1935. In 1947, his tutelage was sought at the Actor’s Studio – he accepted.
- Meisner formed the Meisner/Carville School of Acting in the early eighties.
- He directed Twentieth Century-Fox Talent Program between 1959 and 1961.
The Birth of the Meisner Technique
The Meisner technique is the brainchild of the actor himself, and it pays special focus to the following:
- Affective memory – which recounts the emotive sides of one’s past to help get into character more easily. This was adapted from Stanislavski’s method of acting.
- While many actors are trained with varied methods of acting, The Meisner Technique specifically emphasizes using the actor’s imagination, coupled with emotions, in order to make the storyline more believable.
Famous Names Trained by Meisner
The following actors have all been winners of the Academy Award – all trained by Sanford Meisner:
Today, the Meisner technique lives on in many top acting schools across the nation. Sanford Meisner, who was known under the alias “Sandy” to many, is respected as one of the leading acting coaches in American acting history.
* image found from wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanford_Meisner)
THE PROFESSIONAL PROCESS – A BUSINESS OF ACTING 1-DAY WORKSHOP
Wednesday, August 21st 7pm
From agent meetings to thank you cards, we cover the important questions facing actors as they make their way in Hollywood. Many actors feel ready to get their foot in the door, but HOW?
Money, unions, agents, managers, casting directors, finding your type and navigating it all with authenticity and integrity. In this workshop we tackle those questions and more. Actor training is key to the development of any artist. However,…once you learn how to act you need to know how to get people to hire you to ACT!
When: Wednesday August 21st, 2013
Where: 7600 Melrose Ave, LA 90046 – 2nd Floor
Register on line HERE
The Physical Voice
July 2 – August 6, 2013
Combining the ideas of Fitzmaurice vocal work and Physical Dynamics, this workshop is geared to help in important areas of an actor’s development.
What it does:
Physicality: we develop awareness of patterns of vocal effort or blocks through a series of gentle and/or rigorous exercises.
Breath: we explore the central role that breathing plays in both vocal production and the inspired imagination.
Vocal Quality: we cultivate the ability to accurately communicate our thoughts and feelings while meeting the demands of text.
Practical Results: we reduce strain in the voice, increase vocal range and expressivity, make speech easy and clear, allowing creativity to flow.
“An unbelievably powerful experience, I opened up vocally, emotionally and physically – I recommend this work to every actor who desires to do powerful, truthful work!”
– Darby McCullough – EMAS student
When: Tuesdays 7:30 – 9:30pm
7600 Melrose Avenue, LA 90046
Cost: $295 for 6 classes
This class is a magnificent way to make sure that your instrument is able to do all it is required to do when working on emotionally charged scenes. It helps the actor to work through physical and emotional blocks while also helping them understand the way breath and language can help tell the story, develop a character and engage the audience.
REGISTER ON LINE HERE
or for more information Call 323-528-6280
The best part about a Scene Study class is that opportunity to sink our teeth into a meaty character or a dynamic conflict; after all, that’s why we’re actors! However in n the film and television industry, even working actors rarely get to live through an entire scene. Until an actor is at the top of their profession, acting opportunities often consist of unfulfilling small vignettes. So a good Scene Study class is your best opportunity to flex your acting muscles and refine your craft on a consistent basis. Often “On Camera” classes uses the small, unchallenging material of smaller roles, but at EMAS we allow actors to explore really dramatic, emotionally engaging, character driven scenes and then learn how to translate that energetic performance to on-camera without losing any of it’s core intensity.
This Scene Study class is for actors with prior training and/or significant professional experience. The class is designed to help actors harness their technique to use towards performance. It is an opportunity to keep acquired skills sharp, as well as learn new techniques. Students will be filmed in many of the classes to really see how to translate their core acting choices to Film and Television.
Class size is limited to 12.
EMAS understands that actors at this level have busy lives and careers, however Ms. Mestnik requires that this class be a priority. Subsequently, she is very strict about class attendance and work outside of class. Outside rehearsals are mandatory and ANY missed classes must be made up in a private tutorial, as students rely on their partner’s attendance to be able to work in class. Private sessions are $75.
Admittance to the EMAS Scene Study class is by invitation OR audition/interview only. The audition will require a short (1-2 minute) monologue. Any genre is acceptable.
To reserve a spot in the class a security deposit of $200 is required. This deposit is not refundable if the student decides not to take the class. Once this deposit is received, the student is guaranteed a spot in the class.
Wednesdays 2:30 – 6:30pm Session begins September 11th, 2013
7600 Melrose Avenue, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90046.
$595 for a 14-week session. $200 deposit required to hold your spot. $200 due on October 2nd and final payment of $195 due on November 6th.
Elizabeth Mestnik and Victor Villar-Hauser
323-528-6280 or Director@emasla.com with any questions or to set up an audition.