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  • 09 Oct 2018 3:41 PM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)

    Write your OWN horoscope!


    For those of you who are a little superstitious, here's a suggestion on  how you TAKE CONTROL of your luck and circumstances: WRITE YOUR OWN HOROSCOPE!  Pick the goals you want to achieve and predict that you will DO THE WORK to achieve them.


    FOR INSTANCE: Say, you want to find an agent,or a NEW agent. Your horoscope should read:


    "New relationship on the horizon, prepare for partnership, marriage. Work on skills diligently for future success. Take time today to  reach out and make new contacts. Finish details."


    THEN: Get busy and work on skills, finish your materials and get them up online. Then REACH OUT to new reps.


    If you want to book more EPISODIC TELEVISION which ALREADY is getting BUSY! Then your horoscope mightn read:


    "The stars are right for success! Your planning and hard work are paying off. Reach out today to let the world know that you are one to be reckoned with. Take immediate action, to delay means loss."


    You can write any horoscope you want...THEN FOLLOW THROUGH WITH ACTION, so that you ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS!


    Speaking of ACTION: Practice your voice and diction warm-ups every day.


    Practice builds confidence.


    And, to shake off the nerves, find ways to ground yourself in uncomfortable situations.


    Breathing exercises, focus exercises, etc.


    And, most importantly practice charisma...you have it, be confident in it and use it in your acting!


    Charisma is a skill, learn it and practice it daily!


    All the best,


    Coach Jack Turnbull


  • 18 Jun 2018 12:13 PM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)


    I wrote this for those who have just moved to a new city for their career...

    Paralysis from loneliness...

    Sometime when we move to a new city for our career, the loneliness just seems so overwhelming.

    In fact, many times the paralysis we feel is just in the feeling of aloneness that we have...

    Loneliness is like being broke:

    Not only that, but when you are lonely, it's like being broke, because people around you avoid you because they get a strong feeling that you want something from them.

    When you first move to a new city, as in so many cases, that feeling of loneliness can be overwhelming. The best way it can be overcome is by being busy, and keeping creative juices flowing.

    As you do that and you are thrown in among like-minded individuals, and you
    become a part of something bigger and better and you forget you were ever feeling so alone.

    I know it sounds like a cliche, but it's good to get out and be around people, get into a class, make new friends, work on scenes, plays, write new material and perform it and just BE BUSY!

    As you become busy around others, you aren't so alone and gradually you will connect with others and fulfill your creative and personal needs.

    One of the reasons we offer SO MANY outstanding events for our members at the Actorsite is that we want you to STAY ENGAGED in your career.

    One actor said, "When I attend the Actorsite and work on skills, I feel like I have POWER over my career. When I sit home and wait for my agent to text, I don't have ANY power over my career..."

    Our next "HOT PIZZA, COLD READING" for actors is next SUNDAY, June 24...

    I love this quote from https://tinyurl.com/ycds6x8g

    "7. Always show up when meeting up with others. You don’t have to run for president of the knitters society at your first meeting. But you do have to show up. I have been telling others to practice yoga for 20 years and promising I would do it myself for just as long, but except for the occasional coincidental yoga offering at a retreat, I didn’t take the trouble of finding a class I could attend regularly until a month ago. Now I am enjoying it and it wasn’t that hard. I have put a reminder in my phone to resign from the procrastinator’s society."

    Need Private Coaching or Career Mentoring? Schedule here:
    https://tinyurl.com/yaevf84y

    To join our classes, including Online classes, click here:
    http://actorsite.com/join

    For upcoming Casting Director and Agent Classes, click here:
    http://actorsite.com/events/


  • 18 Jun 2018 10:53 AM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)

    Courage is a muscle...

    Each and every day we have to stretch and loosen up our COURAGE muscle. Each and every day, we have to take those challenges that we have been avoiding,

    those challenges that could move us a little closer to our goal, and we have to face them with an open heart to allow ourselves to find the truth in

    our creative lives and to confront our own dark instincts of self defeat.

    So lets take our courage and loosen it up and practice it in little ways. Find those things that we dread doing because of fear of failure, and confront them and take a small step to challenge our courage muscle and face down our fears.

    We can do it in small ways and that way, as we approach those larger fears, we know that we are gaining strength and growing and our courage muscle is getting stronger.

    Remember, our fears are there to protect us from danger, and in the modern world many times our fear becomes FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL. So if we just move ourself into the arena that we fear, we can confront those fears and find the courage to continue

    Need Private Coaching or Career Mentoring? Schedule here:

    https://tinyurl.com/yaevf84y

    To join our classes, including Online classes, click here:

    http://actorsite.com/join

    For upcoming Casting Director and Agent Classes, click here:

    http://actorsite.com/events/


  • 06 Jun 2018 10:41 AM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)

    On Sundays, we have HOT PIZZA, COLD READING at the Actorsite for Adults ages 18 and up.

    It's a ton of fun and a way to work on craft and network with like-minded actors at the same time.

    Click HERE to see the details of the next HOT PIZZA, COLD READING.

    All events held at AAAC STUDIOS, 5645 Strohm Ave in North Hollywood, CA 91601

  • 04 Sep 2017 5:37 PM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)

    Acting is a muscle, you have to work it out… 

    Dear Readers, 

    Today, I want to remind you that with all of the pop acting advice out there, that the FUNDAMENTALS of building a career never change. So I'll give you a basic list to remind you what to focus on first. 

    1. Practice Clear Speech. Every day it's important to warm up the lips the tongue, the teeth, and your entire mouth so that you speak clearly. If they can't understand you, they can't hire you. 

    FIVE MINUTES A DAY of speech practice will ensure that you speak MUCH MORE CLEARLY when you are in character and being creative. 

    2. COLD READING PRACTICE: Today (and every day) take some text and read it OUT LOUD and make it real and natural.  Take any book or magazine, or website, or script,  and read it OUT LOUD in a natural voice and make is sound like you are SAYING and not READING. 

    Get invested in the emotional life of the text. What is it you want, what is it that has been taken from you, make the characters come alive.

    Practice it in your different characters...take risks, enjoy the process.

    Acting is not reading, reading is not acting. 

    COLD READING is not READING, it is ACTING! 

    5 to 10 minutes of this every day will work wonders on your overall skill level. 

    3. Practice scenes in a class or with your acting friends. Always have scenes available that you can pull at the drop of a hat, in case you get a chance to showcase. 

    Comedy is always best, but a good dramedy works too. 

    Short scenes are more effective than long scenes. 

    TV scenes rarely go over 3 minutes, so limit your scenes to 2-3 minutes. 

    A Band practices songs so they can connect and play together, Actors can practice scenes with the same intent, to CONNECT and PLAY together.

     MOST IMPORTANTLY TO ENTERTAIN. 

    4. Write ONE MINUTE MONOLOGUES about every subject imaginable. Suggestions: BREAKFAST, TRAFFIC, RESTAURANT FOOD, FRIENDS, RELATIVES, RELATIONSHIPS, etc… Make them specific and full of detail and have a beginning, middle and end. Clock them at 50 seconds so when you perform and (hopefully) slow down, you can bring them in under a minute.

     Don't go for laughs, go for entertainment. 

    5. Refine your VEIN OF GOLD as far as the characters you play. Write monologues for your characters…and record them and put them up on your social media just for fun!  Or,  just show to your friends. 

    Got a super interesting character, write and produce more material and put it on your social media, maybe it will become popular...

    5. Practice shooting scenes on your phone. First, do the scene with one person holding the phone, then the other, then get a friend to do the TWO shot while you perform the scene. Then practice clipping the scenes together. If the performers are within 2 feet of the phone, you will get great sound. Add a little music and you have a scene recorded!

    I have an iphone and I've seen fantastic results by shooting straight into Imovie...fun and entertaining, and it gets you to see what the producers are seeing when you audition.

    6. Walk, run, play sports, get physical EVERY DAY. Your body is your instrument, you have to warm it up and  practice with it. Challenge yourself to make your instrument stronger and more flexible. Martial arts, yoga, swimming, dance, or just going for a long fast walk...10,000 steps every day for health and success!

    NOW GET BUSY! 

    KEEP ROCKING YOUR SKILLS! AND HOLLYWOOD WILL FIND YOU! 

    All the best, 

    Coach Jack Turnbull

  • 28 Aug 2017 1:57 PM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)

    Zen Saying: "Before Enlightenment chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water."

    Every successful actor has their process, and they repeat it when they work--and, no matter how big they get, if they wish to sustain that success, they continue to tap on their process...you, as a creative talent, can develop your process too.

    Some lessons from 25 years of successful coaching:

    The actors instrument is the body, the voice, and the ability to transform the "look" into the "emotional character" that solves the casting problem - that's what a casting session is, the search for an answer to a problem.

    "When in doubt, solve problems for others. When you do that enough, not only do you become a master at it, but opportunities you did not see present themselves to you." - Jason Leister

    What you have control over is your instrument, your acting instrument.

    The Body: Whether you are thinking leading or character, its crucial to take care of your body every day. If you neglect your workout program, it changes the characters you audition for, so challenge yourself every day physically for success. And "drop in" to characters when you exercise, so that you are used to being in character when you are moving. We practice emotional movement in our classes.

    The Voice: Whether you are thinking leading or character, it's important to loosen the voice every day. I like certain warm ups that we use in our classes, and there are many more. If you spend 5 to 10 minutes per day on warm ups, you'll have full use of your vocal instrument. It frees you when go into auditions, so your voice is relaxed and confident.

    The Character: I suggest that you practice stretching your emotional muscle every day, using sense memory and emotional exercises bases on empathy. Right now is a fantastic time to take what you see in the news and stretching yourself emotionally into characters that you may be asked to play. Break down your walls, and loosen your emotional instrument so that it's free and available when you go to audition.

    One suggestion: Download a scene from showfax or from the internet and challenge yourself to cold read it with little preparation. See how you can "drop in" to your character quickly. Remember daily cold reading practice pays off with more bookings!

    Keep pushing your career forward to success!

    Coach Jack Turnbull


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