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How to Help Young Children Audition Well – Acting Video

How to Help Young Children Audition Well – Acting Video

Posted by Thac321 on Apr 6, 2015

These days, and especially for very young actors, many commercial acting auditions avoid the whole idea of “scripts” or specific lines. Instead many commercial auditions have actors improvise emotional reactions or scenarios. This is great news for pre-readers who want to act on camera!  If you want to help young children audition well, watch and try these tips!  Help your youngster make the most of (and get the most from) their commercial audition opportunities. Young children are naturally brilliant actors.  We know this at...

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How to Create Your Actor Website — 12 Tips!

How to Create Your Actor Website — 12 Tips!

Posted by Thac321 on Mar 30, 2015

There are many reasons people start blogs or websites. However, there is only one reason to create an actor website, and that reason is to get you working. Actor websites are to offer more of your material to Casting Directors and agents. Your family and friends can enjoy a different blog or website.  Share more personal Tweets and Likes from a non-professional login or user name.  For your actor website, you want to present a consistent, positive version of your best working actor self.   Your actor website can be as simple...

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What is Pre-Production for Actors? (with Video!)

What is Pre-Production for Actors? (with Video!)

Posted by Thac321 on Mar 23, 2015

What does pre-production mean for on-camera actors? You may not realize it, but every audition you’ve ever attended has been for a project in “pre-production.”  Pre-production is the phase of any film, TV show, commercial, music video or print shoot when everything that must be in place for principal photography is chosen and arranged.  That means locations, equipment, crew and, yes, actors! However, pre-production for actors means much more than just casting! Everything involving actors from the initial audition until the...

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How to Audition like Disney star Ross Lynch!

How to Audition like Disney star Ross Lynch!

Posted by Thac321 on Mar 9, 2015

Did you know up-and-coming Disney stars like Ross Lynch get their starts like most young actors?  They audition, just like you.  How do you audition like Disney star Ross Lynch?  Take a look at this early audition video Ross did when he was 13 years old for commercial spots promoting Disney’s A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey.  When you audition, are you doing the four things Ross does to that help make his a strong audition? Do you see the four things Ross Lynch does so well with this audition video? ONE:  Ross...

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6 Tips on How Best To Work with Your Agent

6 Tips on How Best To Work with Your Agent

Posted by Thac321 on Feb 23, 2015

Signing with a talent agent is a firm step forward in any actor’s career, and it’s important to know how best to work with your agent. When a talent agent signs you, it’s an endorsement. In fact, most agents are smart, talented people who are passionate about promoting art and getting worthy projects made. Agency representation tells casting directors, directors, producers and studio executives that an experienced industry professional bet their livelihood on you knowing your stuff and making money as an actor. Talent...

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8 Facts to Convince Parents Acting is for YOU!

8 Facts to Convince Parents Acting is for YOU!

Posted by Thac321 on Feb 16, 2015

Do your parents blanch when you say you love acting and want to take classes? You’re not alone. Many parents approach the idea of their children acting with some trepidation. You may not realize it, but your parents have carefully weighed the benefits and costs of all of your other activities.  How do you convince parents acting is for you?  Parents usually rely on personal experience and their own judgment to decide when, whether and how their kids will play sports or start driving. Here are 8 great acting facts you can share to...

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What is a PSA? (Video Acting Lesson)

What is a PSA? (Video Acting Lesson)

Posted by Thac321 on Feb 9, 2015

PSA stands for Public Service Announcement. A PSA is a short commercial that touches on a serious topic, like underage drinking, domestic violence, or teen pregnancy. This PSA focuses on educating audiences why it’s important drivers pay extra attention while driving to children on or near roads and streets. Here’s an example used in an acting class for kids in Los Angeles: PSAs are intended to inform and educate the public, and they are run free of charge on television and cable channels. The FCC (Federal Communications...

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Using Props: Video Acting Lesson for Commercial Acting

Using Props: Video Acting Lesson for Commercial Acting

Posted by Thac321 on Feb 2, 2015

Commercial acting is all about helping a company get audiences informed and excited about their products. For actors, that often means working with props. You can start to learn to use props like a pro with this video acting lesson for commercial acting.  The more prepared you are, the more choices you can make, and the more you’ll stand out as an actor!  This is true for child actors, teens and adults.   A prop is any moveable physical object an actor is required to handle for a part. Physical stuff around the actor...

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12 Steps to Writing Good Actor Cover Letters to Talent Agents

12 Steps to Writing Good Actor Cover Letters to Talent Agents

Posted by Thac321 on Jan 27, 2015

Cover letters are a common part of any kind of career. Learn how to write good actor cover letters to talent agents, you’ll have mastered an essential life skill you can apply to any and every industry you choose. The basics strengths that make a cover letter stand out are universal and may not be covered in your acting classes for kids or teens. Get that talent agent’s attention and interest with these 12 simple steps (and see sample letters below). 1. Focus Your Resources You probably know a mass mailing when you get one. So do...

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What is a commercial Jingle? (with video sample)

What is a commercial Jingle? (with video sample)

Posted by Thac321 on Jan 19, 2015

You’ve heard them everywhere, but what is a commercial jingle?  A jingle is a radio or television advertising slogan set to a melody. Jingles are written explicitly about a product and are designed to be easy to remember. Here’s a video of a commercial jingle, compliments of some young commercial acting students from our acting school in Los Angeles:   Jingles are designed with multiple purposes in mind. Some jingles focus only on a company or product name, or combine a branded name with a catchy slogan. Some jingles...

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