Sunday, June 15, 2014

Method Acting vs Technical Acting

I had a student ask about method acting vs technical acting. Here is my humble opinion... I don't claim it is the right answer but I will share my thoughts and I am open to discussion about the topic.

I think method actors have some of the most amazing performances but they also tend to have rocky careers as actors. Technical actors can be very good as well but tend to be less dynamic or unique in their approach. I think a balance between the two is best for a long acting career. Learn technical techniques for day to day acting but benefit from the way a method actor really gets to know their character.

What do you think? I'm curious to see what other people think about this topic.



Sunday, April 20, 2014

A shot at Broadway? An interesting contest for new actors

I came across an interesting contest for new actors to have a shot at Broadway. It looks like it is free to enter. You just need a monologue or a song. Check it out here:

http://stagelighter.com/break-into-broadway?gclid=CN-GzZn87r0CFYhaMgod7hEAKw

And be sure to check out some great free monologues to audition with at http://www.freedrama.net/small1.html

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to be a SNL actor (acting on Saturday Night Live)

Many people have dreams of making it big. It's a long, difficult road to success and only a few make it, BUT it never hurts to dream. There was a young boy of 4 who watched Tom Baker play Doctor Who and he made it his life goal to be Doctor Who one day. That child, now named David Tennant, achieved that dream.

A teen actor said his dream is to be on Saturday Night Live (SNL) and asked how he can achieve that dream. I actually have a good answer for that one. Second City is the place to train.

"The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites as well as Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called "A Comedy Empire" by the New York Times."

Here are some SNL actors who got their start at Second City:

Tina Fey
Tim Meadows
Chris Farley
Mike Myers
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
John and James Belushi
Dan Aykroyd
Bill Murray

SNL your dream? Second City is a good place to start.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Check the Media Directory for Acting Opportunities

Here is a new resource I found for acting, singing and entertainment opportunities. It's a free resources so it's certain worth giving a try.

From the Media Directory: "Find below the latest news, opportunities, competitions & jobs that are currently on The Media Directory. We have some fantastic opportunities this week & we now have 201 active jobs with 30 new jobs already added this week. Currently 201 Active Jobs overall.

Go to www.themediadirectory.com and create your free account.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Auditions for Actors, Performers, Improvers at SeaWorld

Monday, February 17

We are looking for energetic hosts for both atmosphere performance and stadium shows. 

Surprise Squad These hosts are high energy yet approachable actors with strong improv skills.

They are enthusiastic about SeaWorld’s 50th Anniversary and eager to share the “Wow” with park guests. They must be comfortable both on microphone and in one on one interaction These hosts should be comfortable walking for long periods of time as they will travel throughout the park Interactive Stadium Host These hosts should have a youthful energy and athletic build.

 They are comfortable leading audience participation and getting a large audience excited They must be comfortable on microphone and working in a large stadium Please prepare a 1 minute, family friendly, comic monologue. You may be asked to participate in some improv exercises and join in some interactive dances and games.

 Auditions will begin at 6:00 pm on SeaWorld property.

Please contact us at SWFShows@SeaWorld.com for an audition appointment.

 When arriving for the audition, please drive to SeaWorld as if you were a guest. Once through the toll plaza, look to your right for the Ports of Call gate and park as close to that as possible. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to audition appointment to sign in and do paperwork. Performances will begin in Mid-March If you have any questions please email us SWFShows@SeaWorld.com or leave a message on our audition line at 407-370-1303. performers will be contracted through Odd-o-Ts’ Entertainment.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Is there a clown college? Yes!

My wife was clowning around and asked, "is there really a clown college."  Yes, there is:

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CLOWN COLLEGE

 How to Become a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Clown
If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® clown, please forward a portfolio/resume, head and full body shots and a DVD featuring a thorough representation of your skills to:
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Attn: Talent and Production Department
1313 17th Street E
Palmetto, FL  34221
On the DVD, please state your full name, where you are located currently and the date of the taping clearly. Please include a full length head to toe shot of yourself during your introduction. Label the DVD with your name, height, location, date and length of video.


Learn more at http://www.ringling.com/contentpage.aspx?id=45924&section=45688

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Dallas Texas casting call actor audition deadline Jan. 13, 2014


Les Miserables-Local Aud (Children Only) *UPDATED*
Dallas Theater Center
Dallas, TX
Call Type
Non-Required Principal

Date of Audition
1/13/2014

Location
Wyly Theater
2400 Flora St. 
Dallas, TX 75201
Please park in lot on Ross Ave (payment required). Buzz in at stage door.

MapQuest Directions

Time(s)
Monday, January 13, 2014
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM Children's Audition

Appointments
Please see go to www.dallastheatercenter.org/auditions.php to make an appointment. 

> A monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Personnel
Joel Ferrell- Associate Artistic Director, Casting Director
Tiffany Hobbs- Casting Associate
Liesl Tommy- Director

Other Dates
REHEARSAL AND PRODUCTION DATES
First Rehearsal: 5/24/2014 First preview: 6/27/2014 Opens: 7/4/2014 Closes: 8/10/2014

Contract
LORT Non-Rep
LORT C minimum $710/week

Seeking
Boys and girls for the roles of Gavroche, Young Eponine and Young Cosette.
Please see Breakdown. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Ages 7 to 13 and under 4'-6

Preparation
Please bring 2 copies of picture/resume stapled back to back. Prepare material from the show & be prepared to sing a musical theater song from a different show. Have sheet music of your own prepared & marked for the accompanist. Accompanist will be provided. Children may sing with track if preferred

Other
www.dallastheatercenter.org

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

From Actors' Equity
Posted: 12/19/2013 | ID: 33098

Need free monologues for your acting audition casting call? http://www.freedrama.net/small1.html

Here are some great monologues for any upcoming acting auditions: http://www.freedrama.net/small1.html

The most popular monologues are "The Not So Perfect Child" and "Demons."

"End the Hurting" and "Destroy Me" are other monologues that have been requested recently.

The above options are dramatic but there are many comedy options on the Freedrama.net website as well.

Boston casting call auditions deadline Jan. 17, 2014

THE LAST FERRYMAN - OPEN by Appointment in Boston
Opera House Arts
Stonington, ME

Call Type
Non-Required Principal
Date of Audition
1/16/2014
Location
Paramount Center
555 Washington Street
Boston, MA
Please check in with the security guard when you enter the building.


Time(s)
OPEN Auditions by Appointment in Boston (2 days)
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
2 PM to 10 PM each day
Appointments
For an appointment, Email development@operahousearts.org for an appointment.
Equity & non-Equity, but all MUST have an appointment.
> A monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.
Personnel
Composer, Paul Sullivan
Book and Libretto, Linda Britt
Director, Judith Jerome
Music Director, Paul Sullivan
Other Dates
First rehearsal: July 15, 2014
Opening date, August 14, 2014
Closing date: August 24, 2014
Contract
SPT
SPT4 – contract salary $312/week
Seeking
Actors who sing, 2 men and 2 women, for characters in age ranging from 20 to 60
Preparation
Please prepare a two minute US vernacular monologue, and two minutes each of two songs, one Sondheim, and a second that shows your voice to its best advantage.

Bring picture and resume, stapled together.
Other
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

From Actors' Equity - Posted: 1/2/2014 | ID: 33199

Atlanta Georgia casting call audition deadline Jan. 13, 2014

Call Type
Equity Principal
Date of Audition
1/13/2014
Location
Shakespeare Tavern
499 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA
Time(s)
Equity Principal Auditions by APPOINTMENT:
Monday, January 13, 2014
10 AM – 5 PM
(appointments are in 5 minute time slots)
Appointments
E-mail Jeanette Meierhofer at Jeanette@shakespearetavern.com or call (404) 874-5299 x 41 before 5 PM on Sun, 1/12.
> A monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.
Personnel
Artistic Director: Jeff Watkins
Contract
SPT
SPT 7; $448/week minimum
Seeking
Equity actors, men and women, for the 2014 Season Plays:

NOTE: No housing is available to out-of-town
Preparation
Prepare two brief contrasting monologues: one by Shakespeare and one comedic monologue (the Shakespeare monologue may be comedic only if the other monologue is not comedic). Singers may prepare 16 bars of an a cappella song.

Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.
Other
Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout each session as time permits.

www.shakespearetavern.com
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

New York casting call acting audition deadline Feb. 1, 2014

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical - ECC/Dancers
Paul Blake & Sony/ATV Music Publishing
New York, NY

Call Type
Equity Chorus
Date of Audition
2/1/2014
Location
Ripley-Grier 520 (Everyone must show
government photo ID to enter building.
)
520 8th Ave. (36th/37th)
New York, NY
16th floor
Time(s)
Equity Chorus Call / Dancers who sing extremely well
Saturday, February 1st 2014
10 AM - Equity Female Dancers
2 PM - Equity Male Dancers
> Chorus rules are in effect.
> A monitor will be provided.
Personnel
Music/Lyrics: Carole King & Gerry Goffin and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Book: Douglas McGrath
Director: Marc Bruni
Musical Director: Jason Howland
Choreographer: Josh Prince
Casting: Stephen Kopel
Other Dates
Currently running on Broadway.

ECC Dancers: 2/1/14 at Ripley Grier, 10 women, 2 men
ECC Singers: 2/4/14 at Ripley Grier, 10 women, 2 men
Contract
Production (League)
$1807/week minimum
Seeking
Male and Female Ensemble Dancers who sing extremely well for the currently running Broadway production.
Preparation
Women, please bring heels & jazz shoes.
Men, please bring character/jazz shoes.
Please bring picture and resume stapled together.
Especially interested in actors of all ethnicities.

Callbacks to sing will be held at a later date.
Other
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

From Actors' Equity
Posted: 1/2/2014 | ID: 33202

Los Angeles actor audition casting call deadline Jan 15, 2014

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE-Local P/R Req
Center Theatre Group
Los Angeles, CA

Send To
CTG Casting/ VANYA UNDERSTUDIES
601 West Temple Street
Los Angeles CA  90012
Personnel
Artistic Director: Michael Ritchie
Assoc. Artistic Director: Kelley Kirkpatrick
Playwright: Christopher Durang
Director: David Hyde Pierce
Original Direction: Nicholas Martin
Casting: Mark Simon
Other
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

www.CenterTheatreGroup.org
Contract
LORT Non-Rep
Minimum $908 (through 2/16); $935 (starting 2/17)
Seeking
ACTORS--open to ALL AGES, ETHNICITIES, and PERFORMERS WITH DISABILITIES
LA LOCAL HIRES ONLY
Understudies must be available to begin rehearsal on Tuesday, January 21.
Other Dates
REHEARSES: 1/21/14
PREVIEW: 1/29
OPEN: 2/9
CLOSE: 3/9
AUDITIONS: mid-January in Los Angeles 


From Actors' Equity

ABC and CBS tv acting auditions casting calls

Here are some acting auditions for ABC television. http://abc.go.com/casting

Here are some casting calls on CBS television: http://www.cbs.com/casting

New to acting? Check out these free tips to help you get started at http://www.freedrama.net/acting.html

New a monologue for an audition, go to http://www.freedrama.net/small1.html