Actors: 10 Tips To Booking More Work That No One Is Telling You

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Jack Plotnick

Webinar hosted by: Jack Plotnick

Actor, Director and Performance Coach

Jack has performed in countless TV shows, commercials and feature films. You most likely will recognize Jack from his series regular and recurring roles on Silicon Valley, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Reno 911, Action, Ellen, and Drawn Together, and his appearance in the films Meet the Fockers, Down With Love, Rubber and Gods and Monsters. Jack produced and starred in the Lifetime Television comedy Lovespring International (12 episodes on the air), and in the feature film (and cult hit!) Girls Will Be Girls. Most recently Jack starred in the feature film Wrong (5 stars from NY Daily News), was recurring on The Mentalist, is the spokesman for Chex Mix, co-wrote and directed the Off-Broadway musical, Disaster! (Top 10 - NY Daily News) and directed his first feature film, Space Station 76 (starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer) which was bought by Sony Pictures for worldwide release. Jack is currently doing actor's workshop and lectures in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more, and to read his free online book, New Thoughts For Actors, go to http://www.jackplotnick.com Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

It’s no secret that being an actor is one of the hardest jobs there is. Facing frequent rejection, navigating high levels of competition, constantly looking for new opportunities, all while honing your craft and remaining open and vulnerable in what can be a difficult and cold industry—pursuing this career is not for the weak of heart. There are countless challenges to building an acting career, but when we put undue pressure on ourselves we may not even realize that the biggest obstacle to overcome may just be our own psyches and self-destructive strategies. It's time to change course.

There’s so much information out there for actors about improving your craft, changing your auditioning chops, working with your agent, staying on top of trends, making connections, and more. It’s easy to forget that a big part of the craft simply comes down to mindset and confidence. Taking away the doubt that so often comes with performing and replacing it with swagger and confidence will help you not only win over every room, but also make smart, strategic decisions that will lead to a long and prosperous acting career. This, of course, is easier said than done, but a good first step is to learn the best tips, tricks, and traits of the most successful working actors.

Jack Plotnick has been a working actor for over 20 years and has amassed over 100 IMDB acting credits in the process including SILICON VALLEY, MEET THE FOCKERS, THE MENTALIST, RENO 911 and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. He's also parlayed this success into a directing career with SPACE STATION 76 for Sony Pictures Worldwide. He has used his experience to serve as the go-to teacher for many successful film, television and voice actors including Zachary Quinto, Liv Tyler, Alyson Hannigan, and Ryan Potter to name a few. Jack has built a successful acting career for himself by adopting a mindset that has allowed him to win over the room and consistently get parts.

In 10 simple and applicable steps you can return to again and again, Jack will show you how to eliminate fear, doubt, negativity and how to cut out all those detrimental voices so damaging to an actor's psyche. He will give you the tools that will provide a persistent positive mindset that will have you brimming with confidence. He will teach you how to crush every audition and put yourself in position to win every room. He will show you how to be a better actor and why you are versatile enough to handle comedy and drama roles. He will teach you how to keep your mind and spirit healthy and book more work. Expect to leave this webinar with a newfound confidence, enthusiasm, and a set of tools to take with you to start landing more roles and improving your craft.

 

 

What Some of the Most Successful Actors are Saying About Jack:

 

"Jack has an innate ability to communicate a sense of freedom. Our work together has allowed me to more reliably get out of my own way and connect to the material and situation at hand."

- Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes, American Horror Story)

 

"(Jack) taught me things that were so fucking brilliant. They are things that have stuck with me and helped me as a human being in this world."

- Liv Tyler (The Leftovers, The Strangers, The Lord of the Rings)

 

"I seriously couldn’t have done it without him. His words of wisdom are always with me."

- Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Pie)

 

"I've printed out every page of Jack Plotnick's website and made an "acting Bible" for myself."

- Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs, Bridesmaids)

 

"Right now I'm working mainly with Jack Plotnick, who's just the best acting coach ever."

- Ryan Potter (voice of Hiro in Big Hero 6)

What You'll Learn

  • Why Acting Is Easy
    • Understanding the true definition of acting will instantly liberate you from countless classes and workshops.
  • How to Free Yourself from Self-Destructive Thoughts and Anxieties
    • Never be “nervous” again
  • The Secret to Auditioning
  • How to Prepare for an Audition
    • Jack breaks down the process of preparing for a role into two easy steps
  • The Secret to Acting in a Drama
  • The 5 Concepts That Every Actor Must Understand in Order to Do Their Craft
    • Understanding these concepts creates a reality where there is no such thing as “failure".
  • The 2 Simple Fixes for All Auditions
  • The Secret to Acting in a Comedy and Sitcom
    • Stop wasting money on result-oriented line-readings and techniques which the working actors aren’t even using.
  • How to Short-Circuit the Process of Insecurity
  • The Healthy Way to Build a Career
  • Q&A with Jack

About Your Instructor

Jack has performed in countless TV shows, commercials and feature films. You most likely will recognize Jack from his series regular and recurring roles on Silicon Valley, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Reno 911, Action, Ellen, and Drawn Together, and his appearance in the films Meet the Fockers, Down With Love, Rubber and Gods and Monsters.

Jack produced and starred in the Lifetime Television comedy Lovespring International (12 episodes on the air), and in the feature film (and cult hit!) Girls Will Be Girls.

Most recently Jack starred in the feature film Wrong (5 stars from NY Daily News), was recurring on The Mentalist, is the spokesman for Chex Mix, co-wrote and directed the Off-Broadway musical, Disaster! (Top 10 - NY Daily News) and directed his first feature film, Space Station 76 (starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer) which was bought by Sony Pictures for worldwide release.

Jack is currently doing actor's workshop and lectures in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more, and to read his free online book, New Thoughts For Actors, go to http://www.jackplotnick.com

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • It was informative & Jack Plotnick made the webinar fun for everyone to hear and watch. I liked the part where he said that you don't need to go to an acting class to learn acting but for the theater medium it helps to take an acting class. Paraphrasing means changing a word or two or in other words improvising is very true in acting. - Divij Kak

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