I just got cast in a TV series comedy pilot and I have my first table read next weekend. This is my first lead role and I have never done a table read before. What should I expect?
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I was script supervising on set this weekend and witnessed something I had never seen before. One of the actors is a method actor. Before and after auditions he stayed in character, so the director knew he would have to navigate this. But on day one of the shoot, he came to the set late and held up...Expand post
I was script supervising on set this weekend and witnessed something I had never seen before. One of the actors is a method actor. Before and after auditions he stayed in character, so the director knew he would have to navigate this. But on day one of the shoot, he came to the set late and held up production for 2 hours. Why? He said that's what his character would do. He would be late and inconvenience everyone. Now, the guy is a talented actor, and when the time came, he gave his all, but at the expense of the rest of the cast and crew. Curious to get the actor's perspective on this. And even other filmmakers that might be reading this.
THE GOOD NEWS at the 1970 annual Screen Actors Guild meeting at the storied Hollywood Palladium was that SAG president Charlton Heston was about to present the organization's eighth annual Life Achievement Award to Gregory Peck. I was there in the auditorium that Friday, Nov. 20th, with what seemed l...Expand post
THE GOOD NEWS at the 1970 annual Screen Actors Guild meeting at the storied Hollywood Palladium was that SAG president Charlton Heston was about to present the organization's eighth annual Life Achievement Award to Gregory Peck.
I was there in the auditorium that Friday, Nov. 20th, with what seemed like every recognizable face in Hollywood, green as grass, a newly minted SAG member and at that point a five-month resident of Hollywood, my bachelor apartment a stone's throw away. I sat as close to the stage as I could, in the lefthand section, right on the aisle _ a spot that almost turned out to be as much curse as blessing (years later, Screen Actor Magazine marked an anniversary of the event with a huge, double-page photo _ and there I was, as wide-eyed as Bambi, but twice as gullible).
First, a little history about the Palladium.
The legendary Art Deco building at 6215 Sunset Boulevard opened in October 1940, thanks to the $1.6 million largesse of Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler.
To say that the list of performers who appeared there over the years is varied and eclectic is an understatement in the extreme.
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra featuring a boy singer named Frank Sinatra gave the inaugural performance there, and in the ensuing years, the Palladium would be home to everything from "The Lawrence Welk Show" to "Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip," with films such as "The Blues Brothers" and "Day of the Locust" sprinkled liberally throughout.
The afternoon of this momentous annual SAG gathering began cheerily enough, with SAG President Heston presenting a delighted Peck with the achievement award (I had seen them convincingly knock heads as adversaries in the great western "The Big Country" a decade earlier and was amazed at how well they seemed to get along).
Then all hell broke loose.
Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, fresh off filming "Klute," which would bring Fonda her first Oscar, were at the height of their anti-everything cycle, and on this day they were attacking SAG for not being diversified enough. That came as an immense surprise to me, since the organization's board members, seated onstage, seemed pretty darned diverse to me, featuring everyone from Native American Jay Silverheels, Tonto himself, to actresses like Kathleen Freeman and Kathleen Nolan of "Real McCoys" fame, the latter slated to become the first woman president of the body a few years later.
Ms. Fonda and Sutherland seemed to want to talk, and so they they did, via microphones that had been set up in the aisles so that members could question Heston and the board.
There were plenty of pressing issues. A whopping 42% of the SAG membership was unemployed, and because of that the guild and IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) had signed a lower-budget contract designed to bring production back to Hollywood (the agreement was called the "Comeback Contract").
Seated as I was right on the aisle, Ms. Fonda became my new best friend, at least geographically speaking. No matter what anyone said, she had a ready answer, and sped back to the microphone. And _ almost _ to me. (It occurred to me that I'd better have something to say if she sped too hard, missed the mike, and landed in my lap; it could be the ultimate career changer.)
Finally, the dignified and reserved character actor John Randolph, just coming off a dynamic performance as the "old" version of Rock Hudson in the film "Seconds," attempted to bring reason and decorum back to the session. Avuncular and extraordinarily well spoken, he removed his glasses repeatedly and leaned in, moving his arms and hands in way that must have taken years onstage to perfect. (Alas, this was not to be Mr. Randolph's worst experience at a gathering of actors; at the 1986 Oscar ceremonies telecast, his wife, actress Sarah Cunningham, would die of an asthma attack.)
I came away from the SAG meeting impressed, dazed and a little frightened. What had I gotten into, and was I up to it? I still don't know the answer to that one _ but here I am.
Hey everyone, As a drama student in college I am starting to look for monologues that I could use for university. I understand that the monologue has to be right for me. But I can't seem to find any. I was wondering if there was a playwrite that people could suggest that may be interesting and diffe...Expand post
Hey everyone, As a drama student in college I am starting to look for monologues that I could use for university. I understand that the monologue has to be right for me. But I can't seem to find any. I was wondering if there was a playwrite that people could suggest that may be interesting and different. That no one would have seen before. I want to avoid the monologue books as I'm sure they have definitely been overdone. I am very open to different types of characters. And would love any knowledge, playwrites, or advice people have for me. Thank you!!
The writers may have avoided a strike, but let's not forget SAG-AFTRA is still in the midst of its longest strike ever! http://deadline.com/2017/05/sag-aftra-video-game-strike-gains-1202094389/...Expand post
I'm just tossing this out there coz it really bothers me! The sheer shaming we get in the biz as actors! WTF? Why do people in the biz shame us actors and WHY do we tolerate it? This goes from agents, casting directors, directors, producers and even co-stars! Something "horrible" happened to one of...Expand post
I'm just tossing this out there coz it really bothers me! The sheer shaming we get in the biz as actors! WTF? Why do people in the biz shame us actors and WHY do we tolerate it? This goes from agents, casting directors, directors, producers and even co-stars! Something "horrible" happened to one of my creative pals recently that made me really think about the"creative shaming" that goes on in this biz and how much of it I've endured and have kept silent about. She was on a reality TV show where the celebrity judges completely dismissed her work and talent and she didn't feel the power to tell them to "go to hell" but stood there and took the humiliation. It made me think about the agent who dropped me after I had booked out with her coz she got me a last minute TV audition…the time I went to a "coach" for help on a part and he stopped me every 5 seconds to criticize me until I left in tears (and paid the Dbag $160)…the Casting Director who kept giving ME notes about a cue that I missed coz the other actor would never give me the correct cue line. These are just 3 examples of a string of insults and slurs I've withstood.Am I the only one who feels this way? Why don't we stand up for ourselves as actors? Why do we feel we must endure the "shaming" that goes on as "The Biz"?
We are currently casting a fully funded movie here in London and for reasons too complicated to go into, want to cast an American A-lister in the lead.
However, as a Brit myself (and to save time), I'm keen to ensure that whoever we approach can pull off a decent British accent so does anyone have any suggestions? Needs to be over 40.
I just started an acting troupe and I'm basically the only member. I want to create the opportunity for people to be able to write and perform their own stories instead of relying on others to typecast them or wait to afford an expensive acting school. Please contact me if you want to join or know someone who would want to join
Hi fellow actors:
Hope youre having a great week so far. I wanted to see if anyone here who may live in L.A area ( I guess not always necessary) would be so kind as to maybe refer me to a good Talent Manager for representation? Thanks so much, and have an awesome day.
Anyone out there can suggest a 2 minute dramatic monologue? I'm looking for something contemporary and not overdone. I have been looking around at the usual websites but I'm drawing a blank for some reason. I also need a song for for this audition and I have a pretty low voice for female so any suggestions would help. Thanks everyone!