You’ve done the first audition and the call-back and now they’ve asked you to come in for a chemistry read.
Does the term divert you?
So many terms in the movie business need …Read More
They don’t know what they want. That’s the TV rule.
Episodic television is very much about making it up as they go along. Searching, searching for what works under great time and money pressure.
The character description in the …Read More
Do what you did in your first audition. Wear the same clothes.
Try not to over-work or over-think prior to the callback. You want to do well, but observe what diverts you from - and what keeps - the magic that you had in the first audition.
Usually the director will be there and sometimes producers. Go as you …Read More
This is the most difficult place before an audition.
Take this problem up for solution. Think about it, develop tactics, practice them over time so they become habits that serve you.
For instance: If your fellow actors are doing a lot of chatting, you don’t need ...Read More
That’s what they called it in the old days.
Maybe they still do.
An on-camera role in a commercial with lots of dialogue – that’s ‘wall-to-wall dialogue. Lots usually means 6 to 8 lines, which, compared to a ...Read More
Before the audition an actor whispers: ‘Watch out, the casting director is in a bad mood.’
She might be. And, if so, why?
It’s probably got nothing to do with you and everything to do the high pressure of ...Read More
Don’t forget that casting directors have seen everything.
Enter the casting room how it best suits you: in character, or not.
Maybe you work best always ‘in character.’ Then after the audition is finished you break out of character and say ...Read More
‘If only the reader would play the scene with me, I’d do a better audition!’
A reader is there to help facilitate the audition - not to play the scene with you.
If you’re confused about this you will get diverted and lose focus in your work. Scene partners are your fellow ...Read More
You enter the audition room and are greeted by the person behind the camera saying: ‘Stand on the mark’. Try not to get diverted and take that greeting literally by putting each foot equally on either side of the T.
The translation ...Read More
You’ve done an audition and are dying to know if you got the part. Fair enough. It’s understandable - roles are damned hard to land.
So, you call your agent and ask if you got the part.
My agent once told me ...Read More
Going to an audition without doubt or hesitation is good.
However, before you go, it’s not bad to ask yourself: ‘Do I want to go to this audition?’ You should consider both ‘yes’ and ‘no’ as possible answers.
Looking at the facts might help you clarify the ‘yes’ answer ...Read More
What you wear to an audition is important.
The acting is more important.
Learn to make your decisions on hair, wardrobe, and makeup quickly and clearly. You are auditioning for similar types of roles, so learn the colours and styles that suit your types.
In this way you won’t have to re-invent the wheel each time. Once these decisions are made you can get on to the acting.Read More
Seeing a black wall at the end of your audition is deadly.
It’s best if your auditions are part of your ongoing work and life. With none of them ever being the be all or end all.
As with all of your work, watch your ...Read More
Learning technical dialogue in a scene can be difficult.
Legal, medical, military, scientific.
Try separating it from the ‘playing’ part of the scene. Usually most of the scene is playable – then there’s the technical language - so you could lift it out, learn it separately and then put it back in.
The playing part of the scene you can ‘learn’ and the technical part ...Read More
Audie Murphy was a movie star in the 1950’s and was 1.65 metres tall or 5 foot 4.
Kiefer Sutherland is 1.75 metres tall or 5 foot 7. Lucy Liu: 5 foot 2, Rachel McAdam: 5 foot 3, Catherine Deneuve: 5 foot 5, Reese Witherspoon: 5 foot 1, and Tom Cruise: 5 foot 5.
On the other hand, Yaphet Koto 6 foot 2, Denzel Washington 6 foot, Nicole Kidman and Uma Thurman are tall.
Why are you asked to give ...Read More
The audition you do at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning is the best audition you can do at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
If you could have done better you would have.
There’s no need to set yourself up for constant regret. You’re already ...Read More
When you prepare your audition put your energy into the acting.
Under pressure you can wish that by dressing perfectly you’ll get the part. And that includes – both literally and figuratively – your socks.
How you dress, your hair, are all important. Make the decisions based on the show and the scene and make them quickly and decisively.Read More
No actor ever got cast in a movie because they learned their lines.
You get cast in a movie if your acting is good enough and if you look and sound the way the producers and director want.
All actors learn their lines. It is kind of the first thing we set out to do.
In an audition it is key to show ...Read More
Your audition sides may call for you to kiss, kick or kill.
What is the best question to pose? Is it: How can I show that? Or, is it: How can I use that?
You never have to show the producers that you know what is written in a scene. You won’t get cast for doing that. If a tiger appears before you in the scene you don’t have to ...Read More
John Boylan | Toronto Acting Coach
Semi-Private Sessions were initiated in 2009 and is the only course like this in Toronto. The courses have proved highly successful with actors making breakthroughs, assimilating ideas, and going from incoherence on acting topics to coherence. They offer ...
After delivering Directing the Actor at the New York University, Graduate Film School, the National Screen Institute, Winnipeg and for The Directors Guild of Canada this course is now ...
These Sessions are right for you if you are an Advanced actor auditioning and shooting regularly or a Beginner. Separate Sessions will be conducted for actors at each level.
You can work in a Semi-Private Session anytime during the year. Just contact John and let him know you'd like to do that and you two can find a partner for you and set up …
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