Most series directors are in the same boat as you;
They are freelance and were looking for a job when they got this one.
They do have the authority on set …Read More
So many guidelines in the film and TV industry are gone.
The times have changed. Often protocol isn’t followed, clauses in the producer/actor agreements are broken, preparation time for auditions shortened, less …Read More
You might audition for the same series numerous times.
It’s common to wonder why they keep bringing you in and why you don’t get cast.
If you keep getting auditions for a particular series it means …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
You hear actors say they’re going to call their agent and ask that question.
If your agent represents fifty or a hundred actors and they all call twice a week to ask…boy! That’s tough on your agent.
It is difficult to ...Read More
One actor asks the other.
You want to have a good business relationship with your agent.
‘Do you like…?’ is a question we pose when it comes to friends, family or acquaintances.
The working relationship with an agent is the most important and difficult ...Read More
In the meditation hall when the Master asked the Head Monk why he rang the wrong bell the monk answered, ‘Lost track.’
That’s all he said.
The Head Monk is a master teacher himself, so he knows what ...Read More
The young Canadian actor goes to Hollywood to read for a lead in a movie.
It goes well.
Later that morning in the producer’s office, the young actor is about to leave when the producer asks ...Read More
Are there less working-class actors today then when I was in drama school in 1972?
Reading the Guardian article by Carole Cadwalladr Why Working-Class Actors are a Disappearing Breed prompted my writing on the question.
We could also ask, ‘Are there less movies today showing the life of working-class people?’
Cadwalladr writes, ‘But it’s part of a ...Read More
Learn to recognize and appreciate the toll it takes on you being an actor.
Certain roles are demanding emotionally – Desdemona - and they can have a real affect of you.
A regular role on a series, a long-running play or a lead in a feature ...Read More
Don’t be pressured to think that your acting should be somewhere other than where it is.
It isn’t realistic, and you need to be if you want to improve.
This doesn’t mean you don’t have aspirations. Of course you do, but you have to start from where you are now. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it?
The key is knowing that your work is ...Read More
Try and present your work.
A common trait today, once someone has achieved a certain position of power, is to learn how to hold on to it. That can include kicking down the ladder anyone trying to come up and sucking up to those above.
If you get desperate you may find yourself trying to do that.
Presenting your work in a ...Read More
Why should you feel bad playing a small role?
If you’re in a large company such as Stratford where the season is long it means you have work for a good period of time.
You deserve it.
You’ve trained, given your time, had disappointments ...Read More
That’s what you need when acting on camera. It’s both literal and figurative.
Let us see you.
When you drop in and believe, your skin literally changes. It slackens and opens. We go in with you. As you have more experience and train properly you will learn to - open your skin.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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