Auditions & Acting
Originally posted Feb, 23, 2009
Originally I posted this so people were aware of an open casting call. But then I thought I should leave this blog up for other people who are interested in getting in the industry.
I want to stress how important it is for more Native youth to get into acting. They are looking for young Native youth 12-18. So if you’re interested, then I suggest you make that leap.
Alright class… let’s begin.
It’s a tough business. You’re going to get the door shut in your face more then it’s open. But if you believe in dreams I think anything is possible. I think I’ve been kicked down more then anyone has ever lifted me up. I ran away from home, had maybe 300 bucks, and even though the odds were against me I perservered. One of my good friends (who I hadn’t seen in forever), came to the after party for Mother’s and Daughters’s and said “She left and said she was going to be an actress, and she did it, and I always brag about how she did it. She didn’t let anyone tell her otherwise”. You know how many times, I thought about quitting? Too many. I remember talking to one of my buddies and being like that’s it, forget it. And he was like… “you not only give up on you Tinsel, but on everyone who believed in you, who stuck by you. Don’t you dare”. So I kept going, I keep going. For everyone who shows me love; who say I inspire them.
I Believe in Dreams.
Don’t let anyone say you can’t do something because you can.
So if you’re sitting there at your computer and you have this crazy idea of doing something, being president, opening a business, being a lawyer, being a singer. Do it! Do it! Do it!
You are the only person really standing in your way.
Now that I’ve gone on some crazy rant, back to the blog.
All I can do, is offer my advice and experience. I’m going to break this down in different acting scenarios.
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THE OPEN CASTING CALL
First of all open casting calls suck. Not gonna sugar coat it. You’re probably going to feel like cattle. You’re going to be there for a long time. So bring a snack. You’re going to be there with some really cool people and some not so cool people. You don’t have to talk to anyone. I personally don’t really strike up a conversation, because it can be distracting. And it can take you away from you work. Ok so they call your name…
2. Breathe (even I forget sometimes..lol)
3. When they ask you to talk to about yourself, it’s always good to talk about something other then facts, cause most of the time they have that info from the sheet you’ll be asked to most likely fill out. Telling a story about yourself helps them see your personality.
and last but not least…
4. Be yourself. Who you are will be they reason you get the part.
So you found an agent, or you got a call back. Sweet! Remember that they saw something you did the first time they liked, so be confident. They are rooting for you to do good, that’s why you’re there. Be prepared. Know your lines. Don’t party the night before; be well rested. You have to be relaxed, massage your muscles while you’re waiting, do breathing exercises. If you’re not relaxed you will not be connected to your work. People are always like how do you remember all those lines. It’s easy. I know my character. If the movie is based on a book, read the book! Simple. If you have access to a script, read the script. The less you know, the more of a disadvantage you’ll be at.
Ofcourse there are actors who bullsh*t their way through auditions and do perfectly fine. They work. But who cares, not me atleast. If you want to be a fluffy actor, or just want to be famous. Well then this blog is not really for you. This blog is for people who really want to be actors… storytellers.
I take my craft pretty serious. I train. I improve. I don’t really care about fame. I care about the work. The Story. I’m an artist. If that’s something you’re interested in, then take my advice. Along the way of your journey you’re going to find things that work you and things that don’t. Everyone is different. What works for one, doesn’t work for the other. Find your own path.
Another thing is, if you see someone you don’t like at an audition, don’t wish them bad
things. My agent said this to me once, and I thank her for it. When
you send someone bad energy it comes in the room with you. Focus on
you. Jealousy doesn’t do any one any good.
Do the best work that you can do, and the creator will reward you. If you don’t get one thing, you’ll get something else. Just keeping working hard and don’t give up.
Now I talk a lot about training. Well what if you’re in a remote place and don’t have access to coaches? Well start a theatre group. Get together with a friend and run lines. You can find scripts at script-o-rama.com Find scenes and run them with an acting buddy. Or record the other persons line on a tape recorded and then do the scene if you have no one else who is as passionate about your craft.
There’s lots of things you can do, you just have to want it bad enough.
I’m open to dialogue on this blog. So if you do have any question please feel free to ask them here. Something you’re wondering might be something someone else is curious about as well.
Disclaimer: All this info is just my opinion, from my experiences. If you use my methods and something goes wrong I am not responsible. hehe. :P HUGZ.