We are SO proud of our actors! 2 Actors came to us for coaching to get into the drama program of their first choice colleges and BOTH got in! Congratulations!!! We are happy to offer coaching for ALL auditions!
10 Audition Tips they don’t teach you in acting school!!!
1) DON’T BE LATE! Seriously…the first thing I teach my students; getting there early is on time. Getting there on time is late! Try to never be late to an audition…it sets a bad tone and a casting director will then wonder if you’re going to be late on set…you don’t need them worrying about things like that. ALWAYS be early…You much always leave extra time- Assume there will be traffic; assume there will be train delays…remember, when auditioning, excuses are never welcome. Even legitimate ones.
2) BRING YOUR HEADSHOT & RESUME. Because almost all submissions are done online, actors tend to forget their headshots/resumes at auditions. ALWAYS have one with you…you might not need it but when a casting director or a producer ask for it, and you don’t have it…it makes you look unprofessional…it makes you look bad. Just keep one with you for all auditions. I have seen the look casting associates give to actors who say they don’t have their photo…you don’t want to see that look. And heaven help you if the resume isn’t stapled to the back….please don’t be that person.
3) BE NICE! I shouldn’t have to say this but I must…actors are nice IN the audition room but some have attitudes and can be nasty to people running the auditions, monitors, etc…don’t you realize they are going to tell the people running the audition about your attitude? If you’re running late, ask nicely if there is anything that can be done…just be nice in general. There are a lot of talented people out there but no one wants to work with someone obnoxious.
4) RESPOND ASAP- When you get a call or an e-mail for an audition, please respond to it IMMEDIATELY. Especially if an agent or manager is getting you this audition…casting offices like/need to know who is coming as quickly as possible so they know how to finish their schedule…the longer you take to respond, the worse your agent or manager looks. People carry their phones on them EVERYWHERE…and phones get e-mail…there is no longer any excuse for a 4 hour delay in letting your agent know you’re available.
5) MEMORIZE- There are some different opinions on this but I think to really nail an audition you need to go in memorized. Still hold your sides, just in case…but you should really know then backwards and forwards…especially if you have them for a few days…being lost in the script is just unacceptable.
6) LISTEN!!!!- Actors never listen to the reader, they just worry about their lines…Acting is reacting…how can you react if you’re not totally present, in the moment and listening to the other actors. MANY casting directors that I know will specifically watch for this in an audition.
7) DON’T BLAME THE READER! There have been so many times that I have seen actors pissed off after an audition because of the reader. I have heard “That reader sucked”, “They gave me nothing”, “They messed me up”…more often than not, the reader is NOT an actor…they are not there to feed your emotion needs…they a re there to feed you lines…and it’s your responsibility to be 100% on point regardless of how bad or nonchalant the reader is.
LEAVE THE REAL WORLD OUTSIDE- Auditions don’t always come when life is wonderful…sometimes you’re going through things…a break up, family problems, etc…you cannot bring any of that into the room…what’s happening in your life is NOT what’s happening in the characters life…and once that audition starts, it’s the characters who is speaking/living in that moment…not you…
9) SHOW UP!- You would think this is so stupid for me to have to tell you but guess what? When they say showing up is half the battle, it IS! Actors notoriously don’t show up for auditions…even when agents send them! But when you self submit for indie films/plays, etc…I can personally guarantee that MANY actors will not come…So show up…it makes your odds better.
10) BELIEVE- I’m not saying be arrogant…I’m not saying to belittle the other actors…even in your mind…I am saying, going in knowing the role is going to be yours. BELIEVE that this role is you and no one else auditioning is going to bring the character to life like you are. Don’t just say, really believe it. It’s a subtle confidence that will go a long way. And trust me, if you walk thinking, “I’m never gonna get this”….you’re right.
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So…you’ve decided you want to get into the most competitive business in the world…bar none! The most heartless business there is…you want to be a professional actor. I’m sure you’ve heard people say you need thick skin to be in this business….but what they don’t tell you is that you can’t just “have” thick skin…you need to earn it…I don’t know if people understand that. A guitar player needs to build calluses on his fingers…you can’t just say “don’t worry, I have them”…they come over time…you earn them.
Actors- you’re going to face frustration throughout your career…first you want to break into the business, then you have to deal with acting class then you finally get a headshot, then you just want an audition…then you just want an agent, then you want the agent to send you out more, then you’re sick of booking 2 lines roles…then you want to be a series regular, then you’re getting type cast because you’re too well known from being a series regular…and eventually you’re PISSED OFF because you didn’t win at the Academy Awards…wow…remember when all you wanted was to be able to afford a good headshot?
Everything in this business is a climb….and it’s one HELL OF A TALL MOUNTAIN!
The most common complaints are; 1) I can’t get auditions, 2) I need an agent and 3) Nothing’s happening in my career…All valid…and believe me, I’ve been there…often STILL there. So let’s address these;
1) I can’t get auditions. I don’t think actors realize how many people submit PER audition…when you submit on actor’s access, hundreds of other people are as well…and when you add in all the agent and managers submissions…trust me, it’s more than you would believe. And they can only see so many people…often less than 10% of the submissions…and it all comes down to a look at this stage…so be sure you’re headshot is up to date and really professionally shot. Bad headshots turn people away quickly! Just keep plugging away! Check often, submit early…and stay positive. Now, understand this…even when you get an agent or manager, it’s STILL HARD TO GET AUDITIONS!! You think your life is going to be so different when you get representation but it’s still an uphill battle! Agents also have to deal with the frustration of not being able to get their clients auditions…it’s just NEVER EASY.
2) I need an agent- SO DOES ALMOST 98% OF ACTORS OUT THERE! Seriously…it’s easier to find a NORMAL, attractive person on match.com. Agents need you too…remember that…only, they have a hundred thousand actors a year trying to get on their rosters and they can only have so many people…Before you go searching (and complaining) about getting an agent, ask yourself some questions; 1) Am I well trained. 2) Is my headshot awesome? 3) Is my resume good enough? This is a tough one…you can’t get good jobs without an agent and you can’t get an agent without good jobs…Just be sure you’re out there hustling…getting whatever you can….showing them that you can book work on your own! They’re not gonna fight for you if you’re not out there fighting! Build that resume! 4) Do I have a reel that is strong and shows me off in a good light? OK OK- I have all that! Now how the hell do I get this mythical agent? Those workshops where you meet agents and casting directors are an awesome place to meet them because you get in front of them-listen to them- perform for them and hopefully impress them! Don’t want to do a workshop…OK…there are other ways, but they are harder. Mailings are old school and don’t have a great percentage for working out…but it’s a shot. If your headshot captures them, they just might call you in. And many are now accepting online submissions. If you know someone with an agent, ask them to refer you…if you’re not the same type. Do an off-off-Broadway show in Manhattan and invite them. (But honestly, it’s really hard to get them to come). Finally…pray…probably won’t work but you have NOTHING TO LOSE!
3) Nothing is happening in my career…I love when people who have been really pursuing this for like a year complain to me about it…I totally understand their frustration but hey…I’ve been doing this sh*t since you’ve been born so chill out! You do everything you can- classes, headshots, submitting all the time, making your reel, making your website…you spend time, money and energy and nothing…you’re not making money, your parents and telling you you’re wasting your time…your husband/wife asks if this acting phase is over yet…and you keep dreaming of being a regular on a network TV show or in an actual Hollywood film…damn it, you’ll even be a zombie on Walking Dead at this point! The answer is- there is no answer. You either tough it out or you quit. You have to work your ass off, you have be sharp and ready when the opportunity comes and you have to understand that this is a LONG, LONG RACE…so pace yourself…I have had numerous psychics (yes, psychics) tell me the reason I wasn’t getting acting jobs was because of….me. My desperation, my negativity, it was holding me back…that energy was coming into the room with me…and I had to change that before anything good was gonna happen. You might not believe in that…but energy does follow you…when someone desperate approaches you in a club or a bar…it’s a turn off…same in an audition. Change your attitude…change your photo….change your energy! I heard a great quote…it said, “Nothing changes if nothing changes”. I once asked casting director Twinkie Bird about a problem I was having…I was bitching about my former agent and that nothing was happening and she said…don’t blame them, start with you. Are you doing EVERYTHING it takes to make this happen?
Finally…you can’t do this…this “acting thing” if you don’t enjoy it…it’s suicide. And you sure as hell can’t do it for the money…you do it because you love it…and when you start to work, you’re REALLY gonna love it…the payoff is worth the struggle…believe me. But when your life becomes a frustrating mix of I’m not getting auditions/I need an agent/my career is going nowhere…it’s hard to love it. Fight…get back the reason you wanted to be an actor in the first place. Watch the actors that inspire you. Every time I watch an Al Pacino film I remember why I wanted to do this in the first place. BUT GET BACK THAT FEELING….it’s gonna help you. Get back the excitement of being an actor…no one gets excited to be a plumber…or a receptionist…or a garbage man… you know….oh and going through all this…all these ups and downs. This entire struggle….THAT is what gives you thick skin….you have to earn it. Now stop being frustrated and go watch GlenGarry Glen Ross- you’ll remember why this is the greatest business in the world and you’ll realize…it’s wonderful to be an actor and better to be a frustrated actor than a frustrated anything else….Except a doctor, it’s pretty awesome to be a doctor.
So far in 2015- 2 of our Actors have been signed to a Manager and 1 just booked a role on Law & Order SVU!!!
Great thigns are happening with LAS Actors!!!
Final Spots for 2 Great Industry Workshops at our School in NJ!!!
(Free parking/No Tolls)
1) Agent and Owner of Gotham Talent Agency, Cynthia Katz!
Cynthia reps actors for Film, TV and Theatre and is excited to come to our school and meet some of our actors. (ages 18 an up) She is also giving actors the opportunity to perform a scene OR monologue for her…Sunday, October 19th at 2pm
2) 2 Managers from PARKSIDE TALENT
We have not 1 but 2 Managers from Parkside Talent coming on Sunday, November 23rd at 12 Noon. We are happy to welcome Sarah Jane Byrne and Peggy Sherwin Becker, Peggy is actually the owner of the agency…it’s rare to have 2 people from one company attend at the same time! Parkside Talent represents actors for film, tv and theatre. PARKSIDE WORKS WITH ADUTLS OF ALL AGES- As well as teens.
This is an excellent opportunity to get in front of them and make them want you!!! You have the option of performing either a scene or a monologue for them.Sunday, 11/23 at 12 Noon
EACH is only $30!!!! This is a good experience, great exposure and you never know…
Payments can be made over the phone with Any credit/debit card or
Online via Paypal to LaGuardiaActing@aol.com
For the first time, you can attend our Acting 101 class learning acting & the acting business in Midtown Manhattan! Starts Tuesday, Feb 25th at 7pm! Limtied Space!
Here is a list of some of the best places to find auditions online in the NY/NJ area
(This is the best/most legit site out there)
(Or you can buy the backstage newspaper)
(Click New York/New Jersey and then Castings)
(Click Job Listings in lower left hand side…Mainly theatre)
(Click New York City and then TV/FILM/VIDEO But be careful on this site as there are also a bunch of scams mixed in)
(Not sure how good this is, proceed with caution)
Fall classes for teens and adults! Register early as we have evry small class sizes!!!