Refocusing with Purpose

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Apr 192013

Hello All,

This week, I had a number of people worried about callbacks, energy in the casting directors’ spaces, and lots of other things that indicated people were feeling unsettled.

Now, I was all set to chalk it up to this, oh, let’s call it “winter extension”, that’s got us all a little nervy.  But then I read this piece, by Leo Babauta of, and I thought how applicable it would be to auditions and callbacks. Have a look, and let me know if you think you can apply this to your situation.

When auditioning, performing, or just going about your daily stuff…..I think it makes terrific sense.  My favorite part was in step four:  “Remind yourself of your intention.”  Why are you at an audition or callback anyway? Get back to that very specific point, and focus on it, and my guess is you’ll feel great when you leave the audition.


Defeat Distraction: Refocusing with Purpose

By Leo Babauta

Here’s a scenario: you jump into email or [insert preferred social network here] and start doing a few tasks, reading a few things, taking care of business … but soon get lost in the swarm of distractions of little things, and two hours have gone by without getting anything important or meaningful done.

Ever happened to you?

Sometimes a big task will sit there on your todo list or email inbox, but you keep putting it off because you’re in the quick-task mode. It’s hard to do slower, more thoughtful tasks when you’re in quick-task mode.

This happens to me all the time. I will breeze through 10-15 emails because they require 1-2 sentence replies or a 2-minute task each, which means I can knock them off. But a larger task sits there in my inbox, waiting for action, and can sit there for an entire day or two.

Why? Because it requires a different mode of thinking.

And so we put it off, and let the distractions of the Internet carry us away instead.

What’s a better method? Refocus yourself. Change modes. Have a purpose for each thing you set out to do. This works for me every time.

Here’s how:

  1. Catch yourself getting lost. When you see yourself putting off a bigger email or task, and getting lost in little tasks or distractions, notice this. Watch yourself. Then pause.
  2. Pull back. Take just 10-20 seconds to stop what you’re doing, and take a step back. Look at the bigger picture of what you’re doing. What’s the most important thing you could be doing right now? A bunch of little tasks? Or is there something with more meaning on your list?
  3. Change your mode of thinking. When you’re in quick-task mode, you’re not going to be able to handle something that requires more focus and thought. Writing a longer piece is impossible when your brain is in quick-task mode. So, as you’re paused, refocus and change your mode. Prepare yourself for something with less switching and more staying.
  4. Know your intention. Taking a few seconds to remind yourself of your intention as you start a task is a good idea. If you’re going to write something, what’s the purpose of the writing? Who is it helping? How is it changing the world?

Taking just a few moments to see the bigger picture, change your mode of thinking, and set your intention for your new task is an important investment. It’s an easy thing to do, but it can change your work completely.

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.


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

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


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, 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

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!!