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Marketing Tips for Actors

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industryTHE FIRST important thing is that you are there because they are INTERESTED in you!

A client recently asked me naively if her offers to have 3 agent meetings were because they were just being "polite". No, they were not being polite. No one has time to waste going through the process of interviewing you or making you drive there, park (pay for a cab or a bus) and spend 10-30 minutes for no reason!

Adding the Missing Ingredient: Meisner's Approach to Acting

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meisner workshops melbourne I was fortunate enough to do a practical three year course in acting at a university with only twelve other students. Together, we explored Shakespeare, Uta Hagen and the enigmatic work of Yat Malmgrem. Alongside these varied acting classes, we worked on the common staples of performing: voice, movement and dance – none of which were my forte:

Script Breakdown - Script and Scene Analysis

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Script and Scene Analysis
Script and Scene Analysis
There are many facets of a film Director's prep on any movie or Television show - from location scouts and creative meetings to casting and scheduling.

But the first, and most important part of your job, is to understand the script - what the story is about; the themes; the story points; the characters.

Theatre Marketing Ideas

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Theatre Marketing Ideas
Theatre Marketing Ideas
Marketing and promotions in the performing arts for your theatre is often plagued with problems, the public does not always pay attention to such tactics, and marketing in the arts will compete with other forms of entertainment. So when a marketing program is started one should move carefully, testing different methods before committing serious money.

Preparing Monologues

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{multithumb} Preparing MonologuesA lot of people are confused as to go about preparing a monologue for audition or stage. Let me tell you something, it isn't that hard! You just need to follow a few simple steps in order to maximize your effectiveness in the audition or class. One of the common misconceptions about monologues is that you should memorize all of the stage directions and words first, THIS IS NOT TRUE!

Instant Line Learning

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Instant (almost) Line Learning
Instant (almost) Line Learning
Learn the dialogue - sequence of events - never memorize it - dialogue should never be addressed until you know the story and have already created your character. Know the story. The story only happened one way. Only one thing happened first, then one thing happened second, etc.

Writing Scripts Basics

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It is a matter of fine tuning
It is a matter of fine tuning
Let your Script breathe... Let a script breathe? Come on. A script isn't human (not before your shoot it) so how can it breathe?

Think of it as a child, your child. You must have at least nine months of pregnancy to have a child. There is no instant child. The same is with a script. There is no time limit when you write it unless you are professional and someone hires you to write it. For a freelance writer it can take months or years to have one ready and even then it is not finished until the film is shot and edited.

Scriptwriting

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The Five Key Points of Story Structure
Key Points of Story Structure
One thing is true of all stories. They all have a beginning, middle and end. Film scripts typically run from 100 to 120 pages with each page representing about a minute of screen time. Within these script pages there will be five vital events.

Directing Theatre

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Directing Theatre
Directing Theatre
Ultimately, theatre needs three elements: actors, play, and audience. But for theatre to actualize its potential, a person would need to impose his or her point of view that would penetrate all aspects of the production. That person is the director.

Camera Position 101

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Camera Position 101
Camera Position 101
Beginning camera operators tend to use hand held shots and also zoom a lot.  Often their goal is to capture the look of MTV with it's edgy experimental vision.  These beginners have no idea how experienced and seasoned the camera professionals are who capture the look for MTV.  Some of that look is not even done of location, but instead is manipulated in post production using effects generators.

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