Keep Learning!

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Sep 172012
 

You can always keep learning in this business! Don’t forget to take some time to keep growing and learning as a talent. It will help you more than you know!!

Talent Poole offers classes to our exclusive talent for FREE!! Take a peek at our website to see what is going on this fall. We have improv, voice over, on-camera techniques, prompter techniques and dos and don’ts of the biz.

Here are some other places in town to fill you class schedule:

Michelle Hutchison is now offering all new ON CAMERA CLASSES for FALL, 2012!

These popular five-week courses are perfect for those who wish to learn the techniques necessary to have a dynamic and professional on-camera audition. The workshop will enmesh the actor in the world of auditioning for the camera. You will be given television and film scripts to prepare for the camera, as well as learning how to handle cold-read materials. All aspects of the business are discussed such as headshots, resumes, agents, casting directors, actor’s unions and more. You will be given a tape of your time on-camera to take home and review. This is an excellent tool to see how you operate on-camera. Many students have seen marked improvement in their on-camera skills and bring a fresh confidence to their auditions.

FALL CLASSES INCLUDE WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS AND TEENS!

ADULT WORKSHOP:
Monday evenings, 6:30pm-9:30pm
September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22

KIDS AND TEENS WORKSHOP:
Saturday mornings, 9:30am-12:30pm
September 29, October 13, 20, 27, November 3

ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!

Class will be held at the Lynn Blumenthal Casting office in downtown Minneapolis.

Instructor for the class, Michelle Hutchison, has worked as a professional actress for over 20 years. She has been seen on many local Twin Cities stages, as well as appearing in feature films, commercials, industrials, and voiceovers. Michelle has assisted at LBC in casting films such as, “The Last Avatar”, “Kicking and Screaming”, “Ice Princess”, “Bad News Bears”,” Yours, Mine and Ours”,”Superbad” and many more. Her on-camera workshops continue to train the young and more mature to enjoying a more successful and dynamic on-camera audition. Because of her tutelage, her students have booked television commercials, film, industrials and television series.

There are limited amount of spots available in the workshop so that you will receive maximum time on-camera. To enroll please contact Michelle at Funnyhutch@aol.com, or you may call 612-462-1325.

These classes are kept to an intimate size, but will fill up fast!

 

Bab’s Casting 

Babs offers training and workshops. These are tailored to the needs of individuals and groups, whether they be actors, models, VO talent, directors or “real” people curious about how it all works. These are given at her cozy western studio and on location. Babs loves to de-mystify casting, to teach and empower.

To register, set up a different location or dates and prices, please contact the studio: 612-332-6858 orbabs@babscasting.com

Ongoing On-Camera Class for Adults

I know the basics, I’ve auditioned, even booked work, but I want to do more!

OFFERED 3rd SATURDAY EVERY MONTH. Ages 16 and up. For those ready to work on a variety of commercial audition scenarios. Over time, we’ll work on a range of scripts from one liners to industrial copy, bite and smiles, reaction shots and improv situations. We’ll record the auditions and Babs will critique them. This is a great time to practice being on-camera whether you are a print model, stage actor, “real” person or seasoned broadcast talent. Come once, come every month, you decide what you need.

(2 hrs per class, ongoing, *$50 per person, you must pre-register each time, NOT a drop in class)

SESSION B: 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-3 p.m.

 

Brave New Workshop Improv – Adult Improv

Everyday Improv: This level introduces you to the essentials of improvisation: saying “Yes and”, finding your creative voice, listening and discovering with your scene partner, and more! This is done in the safe and supportive “creative gymnasium” that makes the BNW: Student Union so unique and fun.
The next Everyday Improv Level 1 will be on Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm starting September 22nd.
This class runs for 8 week

 

So – what are you waiting for??? Get enrolled in some classes today!!

 

 

The Importance of Improv

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Jul 132012
 

More and more we are getting requests for talent to have improv experience. They may not specifically say it – but read between the lines in the audition specs. Did the client ask for “something unique”, “facial reactions”, “fun personalities”, “good timing”, or a “comedy background”? They are really asking for someone to be comfortable with IMPROV!

In commercials, most of the content is said by the VO talent, that means the majority of ON-CAMERA talent is acting through facial expressions and reactions. The more comfortable you are with your body, face and movements… the more comfortable you will look on camera.

Some of the key principles of improv are:

Be Prepared, Warm Up: Even in commercial work, it is important to take a minute to prepare for your audition. Make sure you have read all the information well in advance, have memorized your lines if need be, have your headshot and resume printed in advance, and have your wardrobe ready to go. Once in the audition space – take a few deep breaths – shed the stress of the drive in traffic and don’t think about the rest of the crowded room. Only think about what is needed for YOU.

Listen: Listen when the director/casting director gives you a suggestion. Take a minute, process it, and react. Listen when your partner is speaking – actually speak back to them, don’t just recite lines to them.

Action Beats Inaction: Don’t just stand there and say/do nothing!! Act and react. Make specific choices for your character.

Be Honest: Don’t censor your initial thoughts. If you have a gut reaction, it is likely the most natural reaction for you… try it!

Trust: Trust your impulses and your choices. Also – trust those of your scene partner. Build off them, weave them together… make up a great story!

YES AND… The most commonly known principle in improv is “yes, and…”. You never say no. Accept what is happening and make it part of your reality and create around it.

Improv doesn’t mean you are a stand up comedian or the guy with the best one-liners. The talent who are great with improv can see comedic timing in a script and they can feel the places where a reaction can be placed.

If you are interested in learning more about improv – we are lucky to have some AMAZING improv theater groups in town that offer classes. Take a peek at:

Brave New Workshop Student Unionhttp://studentunion.bravenewworkshop.com/

Huge Improvhttp://www.hugetheater.com/classes/

Stevie Ray’s Improvhttp://www.stevierays.org/improv_comedy_classes.html

Comedy Sportzhttp://www.comedysportztc.com/classes.php

 

 

Suzanne’s Dos and Don’ts of the Biz Recap

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Apr 172012
 

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of teaching one of the classes for Talent Poole – The Dos and Don’ts of the Biz. The talent and I went out into the courtyard to soak up the sun while we got down to business. The class was filled with talent that were brand new to Talent Poole to folks that had been with us since we opened our doors 16 years ago. We spent the afternoon talking about the quirks of the entertainment industry, here are some of the highlights!

  • The Hierarchy of the Advertising Industry: Do you know how many people have to approve the decision to hire you? A TON!
  • Resume and Headshot Pointers: What makes a headshot stand out? Comfort, friendliness AND I should recognize you the instant you walk in the door. Your headshot should look like the best version of the “everyday you.” Resumes – highlight the most important and interesting jobs – get rid of the clutter. Make an impression!
  • Treat this as your BUSINESS (even if you have 2 or 3 other jobs): Remember names, keep track of your progress, and always work at improving.
  • Be the easiest person in the world to work with: Be available, be prepared, read emails completely, answer promptly, be polite and gracious, be kind.
  • Keep us updated – send us reminders of what you are working on, what classes you are taking, when you are going to be out-of-town. Not only does it keep us informed, it keeps your name on the top of my mind!
  • Don’t do anything you have to apologize for – on set, in an audition, or at our office!

What I liked best about the class was that I got to spend the hour getting to know 10 talent, that I may not have known very well. The more I know about our talent, the better I can represent them. And… in this business you have to constantly work on the business and the craft. You are never done learning.