Your competition, folks with MFA's have spent a minimum of $200,000 on their training, so they are miles ahead of you. You need to duplicate that amount of time in private coaching and classes. The advantage of private coaching is that you can tailor your own training regimen and meet with a coach 1:1 which is optimal and triples your learning curve. Besides, if you spend $300 in coaching to get one on camera gig, the gig will pay you anywhere from $1200-7000 depending on how much on camera time you have. So invest in yourself and strengthen your greatest resource: you. How well prepared you are is the only thing completely within your control and oddly enough, it's the most important.5. Hire a coach before every on camera audition, call back and screen test. There is almost zero rehearsal time in the world of film & tv, so your workout is your rehearsal. If your coach is a working professional, they can also provide valuable info about the lay out of the office, the folks you're auditioning for as well as how to approach the material. And even if you don't get this job, guess what? If you did solid work in the audition room, the director, casting director will remember you because they will have watched your tape. And the coaching will continue to hone your on camera skills.6. Make no mistake. Every reading or workshop of a play or screenplay is an audition. It is a chance to show folks your stuff. So if there's a song in the script, learn it ahead of time or ask for a recording of it. If a dialect or another language is required, learn it. Call a friend who's either speaks the language or knows someone who does and get a recording. I don't care if the script says, "Don't worry about it." Walking into a reading or audition fully prepared means you're serious about getting this job. This is the actor's job. I am amazed at how many actors don't bother. When given a chance to act, then act full out, no holds barred giving the total self....If you make yourself unforgettable in a one day reading, you have created an impression on the director, writer and producer or Artistic Director; not to mention all the other industry folks who will be in attendance. 7. Actor Tip: There's the job and then there's the audition. The job is on a set with real people and lots of cameras and you really get to be in the world of the film or TV show. In the audition room, it's an 8x10 tiny little room, with a casting director mumbling lines and giving you nothing. How do you create the reality of an entire world in a tiny little room, seated in a chair with a camera up your nose. It's a skill and it's not hard and it's not a trick, it's easy once u learn how to work the camera instead of the camera working you and your nerves... Come learn the secret!
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April Yvette Thompson