Why Actors Should Stop Planning

how-to-start-an-acting-careerAllison leaves an audition and pumps her fist. “I nailed it! I did everything I wanted to; laughed at the exact right moment, gave them that sarcastic look, put my hand on my hip… that was awesome!”

Sheena leaves an audition for the same role a little dazed. “I have no idea what just happened.”

Who books it? Probably Sheena. Why? She was fully present. So present and connected to the other person that she has no idea what she herself did. There was no room for self-reflection in the moment because she was so focused on the other person.

Think about it: in your real life, have you ever left a conversation knowing exactly what you did during every single moment? You might remember laughing, and you’ll definitely walk away from that conversation charged with feeling, but you can’t recall it like a video tape. You don’t know exactly when you put your hand on your hip or what your facial expressions were at any given moment. (Unless you have Highly Superior Autobiographical

The Secret To Surviving The Quiet Season

dsc_1289-1024x680-810x538A successful producer once told me that the key to surviving this industry is how you handle the time in between gigs. “It’s easy when you’re working; it’s what you do when you’re not working that really counts.”

He wasn’t suggesting hiding under the bed with a pint of Cherry Garcia and a vision board and waiting for the phone to ring. He also didn’t mean you should focus solely on career-centric activities, networking your face off until you’re tongue falls out of your mouth. He meant, above all, you have to stay creative and enjoy a well-rounded life.

After all, wasn’t it your artistry that inspired a pursuit of this career in the first place? And what inspires all art? Life. Our creativity and ideas spring directly from the well of our life experiences. The more life we live, the deeper the well from which our creative souls drink like a bacchanal.

So how do we continue to fill the well? We live. Fully. Every single day. Here’s how you remain creative even

Movies – The Art of Visual Storytelling

kids16When The Jungle Book movie released a few months ago, The Guardian in its review wrote that ‘hyper real digital animation meets old-fashioned storytelling’.

Many wondered what the point was in remaking an old Walt Disney classic from the mid 1960s which was undoubtedly a brilliant musical masterpiece. Rudyard Kipling’s tale about a jungle boy growing up in the jungles of India was simply fascinating enough in the book version and the original animated version lived up to expectations. So the question was raised simply because the modern version of 2016 left the old fashioned animation and the songs behind and embraced live-action computer graphical interfaces to tell the story better. And the results have been mind-blowing seeing how well the movie has been received world over. In the context of the battle that mankind is facing over environmental issues and the constant debate over human-animal coexistence, the movie although based on times gone by, has equal relevance to present contexts.

Many of us have watched movies based on best-selling books and novels or on real-life incidents and have

5 Movies to Watch Before Living in Student Housing

These movies paint an entertaining, if not always realistic, picture of living on campus. Moving into student housing can be an exciting event in anyone’s life. It’s no wonder that so many movies have portrayed the experience. Check out these five movie dorms before you make the move yourself.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

Filmed on Louisiana State University’s campus, Pitch Perfect puts Beca in the Barden Bellas right before their big acapella competition. Beca lives on-campus in one of the university dorms, for which real Pentagon was the stand-in. If you think Beca’s dorm is standard, you’re in for a surprise. Since the average student is underaged, many campuses restrict or forbid alcohol consumption. You can still have a swell time by getting involved with student groups that sing and enjoy other activities.

Animal House (1978)

Considered in most respects to be the definitive college movie, Animal House tells about Delta Tau Chi fraternity’s decision to stick it to the Dean and put on a huge homecoming parade that no one will ever forget. Animal House captures the fun spirit and fast friendships roommates often form over the course of living together.

Monsters

The Best Used Car Dealers From the Movies

These movies paint an entertaining, if not always realistic, picture of living on campus. Moving into student housing can be an exciting event in anyone’s life. It’s no wonder that so many movies have portrayed the experience. Check out these five movie dorms before you make the move yourself.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

Filmed on Louisiana State University’s campus, Pitch Perfect puts Beca in the Barden Bellas right before their big acapella competition. Beca lives on-campus in one of the university dorms, for which real Pentagon was the stand-in. If you think Beca’s dorm is standard, you’re in for a surprise. Since the average student is underaged, many campuses restrict or forbid alcohol consumption. You can still have a swell time by getting involved with student groups that sing and enjoy other activities.

Animal House (1978)

Considered in most respects to be the definitive college movie, Animal House tells about Delta Tau Chi fraternity’s decision to stick it to the Dean and put on a huge homecoming parade that no one will ever forget. Animal House captures the fun spirit and fast friendships roommates often form over the course of living together.

Monsters

The Art Of Listening And Being Present

“You have to listen better,” your acting teacher says. So you really look at the other person, laser focus on them and say to yourself, “Listen… listen… listen… “

Then you see the playback and you look like a psychotic deer caught in alien headlights. You’re straining and bug-eyed and robotic. Why does the work look so inauthentic? The only thing you were focused on was listening better!

But not really. The only thing you were listening to was your own voice repeating that word over and over in your head until it lost all meaning. When you’re doing that you can’t possibly be listening to the other person.

This word “listening” is thrown around a lot. It’s often accompanied by “being present” and “living in the moment.” But do you really know how to listen and be present?

Sure you do; you do it every day when you’re not acting. In fact, you do it unconsciously in just about every moment in your life. But when you’re acting, you’re so self-conscious and focused on impressing your audience that this innate ability suddenly feels as foreign as eating with your toes.

So let’s

Acting: How To Break Through An Emotional Block

You have an audition for the role of a drug addict or someone who is suicidal. Or maybe the character is struggling over the loss of a parent or child. Or they are trying to escape an abusive household or dealing with PTSD. Maybe they’re battling a war in Afghanistan or inside their own community. Or they’re going through a divorce or dying of cancer.

Emotionally deep roles can be intimidating and scary – so much so that some actors shut down. They hit a block; something in them refuses to “go there” in an effort to avoid uncomfortable feelings like fear, pain, sadness and grief. And yet, that’s our job. If you’re going to represent humanity, you must be willing to experience the whole spectrum.

So when you hit an emotional block, how do you get beyond it?

We must remember why we do what we do. As actors pursue their careers, chasing after resume-building credits and insurance-keeping checks, we often forget why we starting acting in the first place.

I started acting because it was fun. I discovered how freeing it can be to transform into someone else, speak their words

From Stage To Screen: Toning It Down While Keeping It Real

Ah, the stage! The glorious live performance. When you’ve had years of experience on the stage, every cell in your body knows what performing feels like. Your body knows to be bigger, louder. It feels full, grand, real and you can hear the audience react. How rewarding. How deliciously rewarding!

Then you do film or TV for the first time and your eyebrows act like caterpillars on crack. You look like a bobblehead or cartoon character. You’re surprised your eyes don’t pop out of your head to the sound of an old fashioned horn. There’s no way around it; you’re simply horrible.

You’re told, “Be small! Be still! Tone it down! Don’t do anything!” So you stop: you stop moving or doing anything. You try to keep those caterpillars – and the rest of your body – contained.

And you certainly see a difference. It’s not nearly as big as it was before. But now instead of Roger Rabbit, you look like Robbie the Robot. You’re empty. Uncaring. Boring. Weird. Like you’re stuck in a cage, frozen.

You’re afraid to move, feel, express or be yourself.

So where is the happy medium between

Enjoying Movies Through The Best Service

The Internet has had a huge impact on the way audiences are able to watch their favorite films. Services that allow users to stream content to their computer or mobile device make it easier to find just the right film or show. Services that are available to use free of charge can provide you with the entertainment option you have been seeking without requiring you to pay to watch the latest movies and your favorite television shows.

Internet based services can differ considerably in terms of what they can provide for their audiences. Options that require users to open an account and provide personal details and information may not be the best resource. Choosing a service that allows you to begin watching content more quickly and easily could prove far more convenient.

Paying for movies and maintaining accounts that require monthly subscription costs is often more expensive than many users might realize. While such fees and costs are typically low, they can quickly add up. Services that can be utilized without having to pay offer a budget friendly alternative for those who love films and television shows.

Not every service or content provider is

What Is The Consideration Before Buying A Portable Projector

To buy and set up a projector for a home theatre system or presentation could be somewhat challenging. Here are some pointers that can act as a good guide to look into.

Ambient Light

Light from the surrounding can wash out the image of the projection. The brightness of a projector is measured in lumens, so do check the lumens before a purchase. Brighter ambient lights would mean requiring higher brightness, which translates to, more lumens needed.

Powered by battery

Projectors generally consume a lot of energy; however with the advancement in technology, portable projectors are becoming more efficient. In some cases, it can be powered by a small battery for roughly 1-2 hours. Of course there might be a trade-off not forgetting the factor mentioned in this article.

Mounting your projector

Most projectors can be displayed upside-down or right side up, allowing for flexibility when deciding the mounting position. Another important thing to take note of is to ensure that the projection is not easily obstructed.

Affordability

In the past, there aren’t many choices, getting a basic projector requires average expense of about a $1,000, or more for

The Office Business Transitions

Introduction

As a business, it is strategically important to define a direction of where the company is going. The Office started off as just Dunder Mifflin a paper company. They had very profitable sales periods, and also very low sales periods. After a huge decline in business, the company Sabre lead by CEO Joe Bennett came and bought out Dunder Mifflin and diversifying the given products that they sell. Was one business acquisition better than the other? This article will identify ways that the series showed how a firm can go into a different market when it is near failing.

Dunder Mifflin

Was specifically a paper company. Sales representatives made different clients every day and they sold them solely paper products. CEO David Wallace had the company up and running quite smoothly through the first few episodes. After a while had passed, management buckled and the company was headed towards bankruptcy. All assets of the company would be sold and all the branches was said to be closing. However, a different direction was introduced keeping the company and show alive.

Sabre

Sabre lead by CEO Joe Bennett bought out Dunder Mifflin when

How to Get the Best Viewing Experience Out of The Office

Introduction

The Office is a hit television series that everyone should properly enjoy. Sometimes it is easy to start a new television series and not get the full experience the show has to offer. It is just a show, so what all can you possible miss? Surprisingly, there are multiple ways that you can fail to get the full experience of a television show that the director intended you to have. Fortunately, I have watched all nine seasons of The Office a few different times. This article will help guide you through ways I have personally sought out to get the best viewing experience of the hit television series.

Start from the beginning until the end

With new and easier ways to watch your favorite television series (such as Netflix and Hulu) it is tempting to skip ahead to seasons that others recommend are the best ones. When I first began watching The Office, I started on the fifth season without watching the seasons that were prior aired. After I finished the rest of the seasons, I felt extremely satisfied with the show and recommended it to multiple people. However, I was unaware that

How to Move Up in the Workplace Via The Office Characters

Introduction

Moving up in the workplace is essential in the business field. The great thing about The Office is that even though it is a humorous hit television series, they apply real business concepts and situations within the show. Analyzing through the seasons, we find that certain characters use different strategies in order to proceed in higher rankings within the company of Dunder Mifflin. This article will introduce some ways that a few characters got promoted and moved to higher positions.

The Ryan Howard Technique

Ryan Howard started off hired as just a temp (temporary employee). Although it was not expected for Ryan to be a permanent employee, he got a hold of the company’s culture and was able to adapt into his position. When Ryan’s sales continued to increase, he was then hired on as a sales representative. Corporate saw much potential in this young sales rep and continued to observe how his new position increased the company’s sales. Corporate was even so pleased, that they promoted him to join the corporate workforce as vice-president of sales. Unfortunately, Ryan began using different drugs which distracted him from doing his job. He was later

Pet Birds Make For Good Sitcom Plots

Judge Judy quite often ruffles the feathers of the litigants before her, which is one of the reasons she remains one of the most popular people on television. A case on a recent session of her show, however, involved a more literal interpretation of ruffling feathers.

The plaintiff had 42 birds, and she was suing a couple who had purchased two macaws from her. The case got a little heated at times, and Judy shortly wrapped it up by informing the plaintiff that she already had too many birds.

Pet birds have appeared on TV long before Judge Judy, as proven by a quick look into the history of sitcoms. Here are episodes from nine shows where a regular character runs into trouble with someone’s pet bird.

Three’s Company

In the episode called “Bird Song” Jack Tripper (played by John Ritter) and Chrissy Snow (played by Suzanne Somers) agree to take care of a parakeet Mr. Roper plans to give his wife as a gift.

The Andy Griffith Show

Opie (played by Ron Howard) accidentally kills a mother bird with his slingshot, prompting Andy to make him take care of the

Films: Are Films Created To Condition People?

If one wants to take it easy, they could decide to go and see a film or to watch one at home. This could also be something that they will do if they have some free time, with this being seen as a good way to spend it.

Education

Alternatively, they might have the desire to find out about something that took place in the past. Perhaps they are studying history and need to find out about what occurred during a certain period of time.

It can be a lot easier to watch a film than to do endless research, and it can be far more fulfilling. Still, one will only be able to take this route if a film has been made that covers what they are looking for.

The Downside

Yet, even if they do find a film that covers what they are studying, it doesn’t mean that it will make their life easier. For one thing, the film might not reflect what actually took place, and this can mean that it is primary purpose is to entertain people.

Therefore, if one was to reference what they see in

Classic Sitcom Characters Who Attend Memorable High School Reunions

This summer marked number 35 for me, and I celebrated it the same way I did all of my other high school class reunions. I stayed home.

Of the 320 people who graduated with me way back in 1981, I have kept in touch with the half dozen I was close to back then. The others, while I wish them no misfortune, I really have no desire to reconnect with.

Even though class reunions are not for me, I have enjoyed TV shows with characters who have attended theirs. Here are seven classic sitcoms that aired an episode on which at least one regular member participated in a high school class reunion.

All in the Family

Archie (played by Carroll O’Connor) reluctantly agrees to accompany Edith (played by Jean Stapleton) to her reunion, where the most anticipated guest will be her high school sweetheart Buck Evans. The former track star, now obese and bald, is unrecognizable to everyone but Edith.

The Andy Griffith Show

Deputy Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts) anticipates rekindling his romance with Thelma Lou (played by Betty Lynn) when their Mayberry class gets together, only to find

How To Get Your Child Into Modeling?

Flipping through the newspapers and magazines, looking at some print advertisements or brochures and fixing your gaze at the television screen during a commercial, there they are, small young kids with wide eyes modeling for a particular company. You are wondering that in fact, your child is cuter and you do not see why your child is inferior compared to them. Then you start to ponder how to get your child into these agencies and become a star just like those that you have seen. Fret not because this article will tell you how.

1) Get your child’s picture and email it to the modeling agencies

When it comes to modeling, the physical appearance is always the first thing to look out for, everything else is secondary. If your child looks good both in real life and on screen, chances are, your child has a good chance of being selected. So what better way to let the modeling agencies know about your child than simply emailing a picture of your child to the agencies. You can do some quick search and see what are the various agencies available, afterwards, simply email them and state that

7 Actors Who Played a Memorable Attorney on the Big Screen

Hollywood and lawyers have gone together like two peas in a pod since the very inception of motion pictures. In an industry built on fantasy and unlimited imagination, playing an attorney in a well-written film can be the direct route to big recognition in an actor’s career. From Atticus Finch to Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, those portraying legal advocates have given us some of the most memorable characters in Hollywood history. Among all the many examples, these top seven thespians provided us with some of the most unforgettable performances in the courtroom.

1. Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

No one can forget Gregory Peck’s portrayal of attorney Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Admirable father to Scout and Jem, Atticus Finch uses his legal prowess to fight against racial injustice in Depression-era Alabama. His defense of African-American Tom Robinson, who was wrongfully accused of rape, stands the test of time as one of the top courtroom performances ever.

2. Joe Pesci as Vinny Gambini

As an unsuccessful and frustrated attorney in “My Cousin Vinny,” Joe Pesci’s comical portrayal of Vincent “Vinny” Gambini earned this film a cult following. Vinny pulls off an unimaginable

Here’s How You Can Get Branding Videos for Your Business

Thanks to the social media and viral world, most of the brands and businesses are now willing to invest in aggressive marketing. Over the years, video marketing has emerged as one of the best tools for promotion and marketing, and there is a need to think beyond the box to create more engaging and genuinely appealing content. What does it take to make the right videos for your business? In this post, we will talk of these aspects along with some of the crucial elements that matter the most in choosing a service.

Understand Your Customers and Audience:

Video marketing isn’t just about producing content. It is also about finding an anchor with the audience, and for that, you have to understand the expectations of the target public and find a balance between those expectations and business goals. This may seem easy, but more often than not, it requires a lot of planning. Take your time to talk to the marketing team, find the right ways to create a plan, and as you make one, you have to find a few ideas to take the plans to the next level. It is wise to find

Five of Classic TV’s Most Memorable Food Markets

Going into a store and hand-picking the items you want are mundane acts we perform weekly, if not daily. That freedom, now taken for granted, is a relatively new concept.

Shoppers did not have that option until exactly one hundred years ago, when the first self-serve grocery store opened in Memphis, Tennessee in September of 1916. Before that, customers had to request their items from a clerk.

Since then, grocery stores not only expect their shoppers to pick their own items, but also offer lanes for them to self-scan without having to interact with a single employee. The latter concept has still not caught on with most folks, who still prefer the human contact during the transaction.

That human contact is what makes some grocery stores a part of the settings of classic television shows, from back in the days of the town general store to the modern phenomenon of the convenience store. Here are five famous places where TV sitcom characters regularly purchase their groceries, and the shows on which they are found.

Olsen’s from Little House on the Prairie

Nels (played by Richard Bull), father of the mischievous Willie and snobbish Nellie, is the proprietor of the only place in Walnut Grove,