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  • 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


  • 15 May 2013 9:35 AM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)
    Your Actors Access Short Link

    Dear Readers,

    Some of you are confused about Actor's Access short link.

    It's a young actor's RESUME LINK, that's all!

    All Film/TV Casting Directors are used to using Actors Access
    resumes because that's what they see when agents and managers
    submit to them through Breakdown Express.

    So it's a "comfort" thing. Any other link is not what they
    are used to seeing. They just aren't used to them.

    So when we ask for your "Actors Access Shortlink", don't
    question us---we're busy trying to HELP YOU...don't distract us
    from that...

    GREAT!

    Actorsite is in no way affiliated with Actors Access...we
    just like to keep it simple and give the Casting Directors what
    they are used to seeing...so your child gets more opportunities.

    Jack Turnbull
    Actorsite.com

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    ACTOR'S ACCESS SHORT LINK:
    ==============================================

    Here's how to make you actorsaccess shortlink.

    Sign in to your account at Actors Access.

    When you first sign in, you will see along the top a
    list of options. click on "My Tools".

    Scroll down to the bottom option, which is "Custom Link".

    From there, change it from the numbers, to your young actors
    first and last name (no spaces).

    Make it simple and easy to retrieve...cause
    that's what you want, isn't it, for casting to find you with
    a simple click on your link!

    Then click "Save".

    That will become your short link.

    Then email that link to us when we ask for it!

    SAMPLE: http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/ashleefuss

    Great!

    All the best,

    Jack Turnbull
    Actorsite.com
  • 14 May 2013 9:18 AM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)
    Making Life Easier: 
    Online Headshot/Resume Sites

    Dear Parents,

    I'm putting together my information on the online services
    used by Hollywood. If you work out of California, you may
    use other services...I don't know about that.

    Online Services are very inexpensive ways to post your .
    headshot/resume profile within the Hollywood Industry.

    When you arrive in Hollywood, the FIRST THING to do is
    get your headshot/resume up on these sites. Almost all of
    them are free or very inexpensive and I'll explain why
    you need to do it below. Your Agent and Manager CANNOT
    submit you if you aren't online! Get busy!

    Years ago, it was prohibitively expensive for actors because
    they would have to spend thousands of dollars on headshots
    each year for submissions. Now that cost is cut way down
    through the use of online services.

    I'm not covering the process of "submitting online" in this email,
    because that is another email altogether!

    This information is just to make you look professional
    no matter which casting office you visit.

    Between these services (and, of course, hard copy headshots)
    an actor can cover 100% of the casting offices in Hollywood.

    Breakdown Express/Actors Access
    Casting Networks/LA Casting
    Now Casting/Players Directory
    Frontier Casting/Castingfrontier
    Castitonline/Actorcast
    Internet Movie Data Base/IMDB

    There are reasons to be listed in all of these, although I don't
    have opinions on if you need "deluxe" listings on any.

    The main thing these sites have in common is that they are used
    by enough industry to be useful and they all have a talent profile
    which connects your headshot/resume to their processes.

    1. Breakdown Express/Actors Access is how almost ALL Film/TV Casting
    Directors schedule auditions. They send out breakdowns through
    Breakdown Express and your agent and manager can submit your
    file. Actors manage their profile information through Actors
    Access.

    They also have an upload service for auditions as most of the
    other groups below have, so your headshot/resume link would be
    included in the upload if the producer wished to view it.

    My personal advice is to have ONE COMPELLING picture (at least)
    which defines the actor's look and is specific. Too many pix
    and you look a little desperate in my opinion.

    You may also put up your reel and segments of your reel, and
    you may link to your segments through your resume. If you
    have "reel" worthy material can be valuable.

    This would be a good place to put up your voice reel because
    many of the film/tv casting directors also cast voices for
    ADR and Animation.

    They also have some kind of Actor Slate which I feel is a total waste
    of time and money. Any video on this site should be creative content, like a scene or monologue, not a vanity slate...save that for your
    friends and family.

    http://www.actorsaccess.com

    2. Casting Networks/LA Casting is the service used by most
    commercial casting directors for sending out breakdowns and
    receiving submissions.

    This is the site where you can put up multiple pictures, because
    the commercial and commercial print casting directors like
    a ton of different looks to choose from.

    You can also put your reel up here, but it is unlikely
    to get looked at.

    Your voiceover reel would be more effective, since many of the
    same casting directors who cast commercials also cast voiceovers.

    http://www.lacasting.com

    3. NOWCASTING is a service used by many casting directors to
    upload casting sessions and it's important to have your profile
    information on this site. It's primarily used by theatrical
    casting directors for this service, as far as I know, and
    the use is growing.

    This is a very "actor friendly" site, designed and built by
    actors so it's a place to also host your reel and voice over demo
    so you or your reps can send them to casting or producers if
    needed.

    I would "mirror" my Actors Access profile on NOW CASTING.

    Another way to get listed in NOW CASTING is to put your
    headshot/resume in the PLAYERS DIRECTORY, which was developed
    by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar) over
    70 years ago. It's now independent and still used by almost every
    casting office in Hollywood every day! They publish a hardcopy
    and ebook directory.

    http://www.nowcasting.com and,
    http://www.playersdirectory.com

    4. Frontier Casting/Castingfrontier is a commercial casting service and they
    are now sending out breakdowns too, so it's important to be
    in their service. They have bar-coded check in which is quick,
    and it's important to keep your profile updated. On this site
    I would "mirror" the info you post on LA CASTING.

    http://castingfrontier.com/

    5. Castit/Actorcast is being used by many of the studios
    for their audition uploads and distribution. Recently they have been
    building the Actorcast site where they now link to your profile
    with their audition uploads.

    On this site, I would "mirror" the information on the
    Actors Access site.

    http://actorcast.com

    6. The IMDB is an independent database which lists the credits
    for films and TV shows and some other media.

    IMDB is highly used to check credits and it's important to
    make sure your credits are accurate, since many are not.

    Since producers and directors and casting directors love IMDB to
    double check credits, I would have a headshot/resume up on this
    site. It's not expensive and it's well worth the money.

    The IMDB is used for casting and others to send to producers, etc., if they want to give them more information on a talent. For this reason, it's important to keep your information current. Your IMDB rating is not important so the "likes" to your IMDB file don't mean anything.

    I would definitely have a headshot/resume up on this site!

    And you can TWEET your successes and link to it on the IMDB!

    http://imdb.com

    This is my basics, and I'd like to hear from you on this subject!

    Please send comments to actorsite.support@gmail.

    Join the ACTORSITE ASAP!

    All the best,

    Jack Turnbull
    Actorsite.com
  • 14 May 2013 9:13 AM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)
    Coaching Boosts Your Bookings!
    Some Coaching Tips From Jack Turnbull!
    Casting Direcor Carol Goldwasser
    Over 100 Young Actorsiters have booked series regular roles in the past few years! 

    I'm so proud of every one. In fact, as I write these messages, I'm reminded of who I need to shout out to!

    This message is about COACHING, though, so we'll stick to the subject!

    WHEN DOES A YOUNG ACTOR NEED COACHING?

    There are two specific reasons to work on private coaching for young actors. First, to prepare for a specific audition, and second to work on specific skills.
    Coaching is not enough by itself, since an actor must "react" to other actors, and a coach is not another actor.
    Since it's basketball season, I'll use an example of how the various coaches on a team work with the position players on specific skills, BUT, for that player to actually practice  those skills, they have to play a practice game, and that is what an acting class is like---a practice game. A scrimmage.

    So a coach can not only help an actor prepare for an audition, but also tweak specific skills so that young actor can practice those skills in a class prior to auditioning. NICE!

    There are some young actors who only receive private coaching and never get into classes to practice those skills. As we have seen so often in the past, they then don't have the reaction skills needed to build a big career. That's why they sit on the sidelines while the kids who LOVE their FAST TRACK PRO classes book the roles. Acting is a muscle, you have to work it out, and it's more fun in an exciting class.

    So coaching supplements the classes.  
    How to prepare for Audition Coaching...
    Do you think parents should coach their own child? 

    Well, yes and no...since you are in HOLLYWOOD and the stakes are so high for every audition...and auditions are difficult to come by--- and callbacks are even more difficult to come by--- and bookings are even MORE difficult... If you are reading this, then you NEED to make sure your child gets coaching for substantial roles.

    Here's some info on how to prepare... 

    Yes, I am recommending coaching with a qualified coach.

     If your child fails to prepare, then they are preparing to fail! 

    How to prepare for coaching:

    First,  I want to encourage parents to be a "practice partner" with their child, who can help them go over their scenes MANY TIMES, since repetition makes the material familiar. 

    When doing that process, I caution parents to make sure the child is CONSTANTLY CHANGING their practice, so they don't settle into a "groove" which makes them un-direct-able.

     Parents can read the sides, breakdown and script, but unless a parent has been coaching for MANY YEARS, the parent should stick to being a "practice partner" rather than trying to coach the emotional aspects of the audition material. The coach is experienced at finding the right "tone" to the material.

    As I have stated for years, and now ALL GOOD COACHES AGREE, I encourage parents to have their kids do the scene DIFFERENTLY each time, practicing it LOUDER, SOFTER--even whispering, HIGHER---in the higher range of their voice, LOWER---in the lower range of their voice, FASTER---even TOO FAST, SLOWER--- even ridiculously slow and with different emphasis each time. HIGHER, LOWER, LOUDER, SOFTER, FASTER and with different emphasis to try different things. This is a practice technique and better prepares the actor for audition performance.

    30 to 50 (or more) times repeating the scene...is not a lot, in fact, it's just a warm up... Many times kids have an "attitude" when they practice with a parent where they want to do their "silly" voices or do it odd and weird ways.

    GREAT! ENCOURAGE THAT!  This way they can MAKE THE DIALOGUE THEIR OWN! By trying it different ways, they OWN the dialogue!

     It's part of the learning process. In fact, if a child practices a scene 30 or more times and does it the "SAME" every time, I would encourage that parent to find a different career for that child...that child is not direct-able and isn't going to "OWN" the material at ANY time in the future. 

    No casting director can give them a direction if they are so "locked in" that they are inflexible. So parents, encourage your child to do all of their cartoon voices, animal voices, other weird voices, etc., when working on the material, so they can "MAKE IT THEIR OWN". 

    If you follow these practice techniques prior to going to your coach, your child will have sufficiently repeated the material-- I recommend 30 to 50 times(or more), without settling into a "set" rhythm or pattern -- your child is ready for coaching. 

    At that point, the coach can give suggestions and make EMOTIONAL adjustments to the performance so they are properly tweaked to go into the audition. 

    The Casting Director then can give them additional tweaking for the callback...it's called BEING DIRECT-ABLE! 

    What is OVER-COACHING? Over-coaching is when a child is told there is a "RIGHT" way to perform the material and they work on being "RIGHT" rather than owning the material and being natural and effortless!

     If you hear that your child was "over-coached", then that means your child CANNOT TAKE DIRECTION! 

    Any coach who teaches your child a "RIGHT" way to do the scene is a bad coach! Any parent who does the same is JUST PLAIN WRONG. 

    A child should practice being flexible with the material...NOT BEING RIGID! 

    Some kids want to know a "right" way to perform a scene. 

    If you have that kind of child, then get EXTRA coaching so the child knows THREE different "right" ways to do the scene.  Any good coach can sense this and give the child three different ways to do the scene.

    They can then pick A, B or C when they are redirected...simple! So parents, to properly help your child, MAKE SURE YOU NEVER TEACH THEM TO DO IT "YOUR" WAY.

    Give them some choices! 

    And ALWAYS work with coaches that teach kids what is going on in a scene, rather than doing "line readings" and telling them to "SAY IT LIKE THIS". 

    PARENTS AS COACHES: Some of our most successful kids out there are coached by their parents... That's not a surprise...many times the "coaches kid" becomes the star of FOOTBALL or BASKETBALL, or BASEBALL...why not acting?

     I've been talking with some of the Parents who do a KILLER JOB of coaching their kids and from that I've learned that parents who do a good job NEVER let their child find a "RIGHT" way to perform the scene, and ALWAYS encourage their child to have "CHOICES" so they are direct-able. 

    For best results, though, unless you are an accomplished actor in your own right, or have directed theater or film, use a qualified coach from an industry referral, rather than trying to coach your child yourself.

    Your child will thank you with much bigger success!

     To RECAP: 
    1. Repetition makes the material familiar! 
    2. Young actors should try different approaches to the material! 
    3. Working OUT LOUD is the ONLY way to "own" the material.
    4. Always get coaching for larger roles.
    5. A good coach explains the emotional aspects of a scene. 
    6. A good coach always gives a young actor choices. 
    7. Parents can coach their own child if they are a qualified coach.

     All the best, 
    Jack Turnbull 
    Actorsite.com
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