As a fundamental class that focuses on the teachings of Stella Adler, which one would you guys recommend from the ones listed below?
-Art of Acting Studio (Ron Burrus)
-Stella Adler Academy Los Angeles
-Actors Circle Theater (Arthur Mendoza)
I feel that up to now I've studied cold reading and audition technique with some great teachers, and have read plenty of books on technique, but I feel that I want to solidify everything together with a good technique class.
Should be noted you must have tv guest star roles minimum to work with Margie
Press charges or walk. There would be other girls posting anonymously on here about this if there was any small hint of teacher/student misconduct.
Take a picture on your cell phone of the email from him saying that to you. Post it on here, otherwise you should be banned because if what your saying is false then your an awful person to attack someone like this
Yep, there's a reason why I no longer list her first.
Cold Readings are becoming a thing of the past. Most CD's want actors off of the page and considering you can down load sides a couple of days in advance you can go in totally memorized. Lately I've been finding CD's almost expect. it. So what "cold Reading" classes?
I have not heard of cds wanting actors off book. In fact if Im not getting paid I will not be off book. I will put the time and work in needed to do a great audition but if I have a few auditions that week I am not going to be off book for all of them. What cds are saying this?
CD's are not saying it. A few well known actor freinds of mine are saying and experiencing it. As Dylan once wrote, "The times they are a changin"
I agree that pure cold read auditions are becoming a thing of the past with showfax and eco-cast and online media in general, BUT I do NOT think it's a skill that should be ignored and no longer taught.
A lot of casting director workshops are pure cold reads. So being good at cold reading sure helps there.
I've had auditions where I was very prepared and pretty much off book where they later wanted me to read for another part the SAME day, 15 minutes later. Cold reading has saved my ass and gotten me some of those roles that ended up being better ones.
And as cool it is that you can now get your sides in advance, online has made things go faster and busier giving us more auditions to deal with than ever before. So the reality is we won't be 100% off book for everything we audition for. The skills taught in an auditioning or cold reading class teach you how to make sense of a script and deliver a good audition in a limited amount of time when you're opposite a monotone reader who probably won't give you anything to work off of. If you can get good at that, then you'll be awesome in those situations that you do have a lot of time to prepare.
And for me, I think being as off book as possible does work in your favor for it normally looks better on camera. HOWEVER, there is a difference between just memorizing v.s. knowing the script. Anyone can memorize and give a boring read, but if you're invested and have strong choices and off book most of the time, even better!
Truthteller, I totally agree with your analogy of the entire audition/cold reading process except I would NEVER take classes with a Casting Director. But very, very nice article. Thank you
Yeah, I don't do CD workshops hoping to learn to be a better actor. Most CDs are NOT qualified to be teachers. For me, they're more a marketing tool to get my headshot and resume in their hands guaranteed, build a relationship with them, and get on their radars so when my agent submits and pitches me, it makes it that much easier for the CD to call me in more to audition. Or even when I didn't yet have a theatrical agent, I was able to audition for co star roles because I had built some relationships. And when I got a theatrical agent who sent me out on auditions with some of the CDs I met before, I was super comfortable in the room.
Truth, any particular reason why The Acting Center is no longer in your list? I recall you had them on it back in 2011.. It's great to see that the list is always changing and up to date.
Because you're really better off studying improv at Second City, Groundlings, IO, and UCB.
It's pretty much improv games and you probably won't get into scripted scenes until your 6th month there.
Does anyone know how long you do repetition and door exercises at Playhouse West before you work on scenes and how big are the classes?
Yes, I know your progression depends on you fast you get it or learn and that everyone is different but on average, how long does it take before you work on scenes?
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