WELCOME -- Get your sides below:
The following material will be made active, one class at a time. Similarly to "real life auditions", sides will be posted fairly last minute. (36-48 hours before class.)
Don't forget to leave time in your schedule each week to do your homework. Doing your homework causes the lessons you learn during class to become actualized.
Please, feel free to email your finished "homework template" each week me. If I have a minute in-between clients, I'll email you my thoughts. :-)
Please SCROLL DOWN to the class number you are looking for to find the appropriate sides... Thanx!
Be prepared to be put on tape for the role of DEVON when you arrive at the auditorium. Prepare as you would if this was your actual audition. See you Friday morning! Questions: 818.693.6450
WEEK ONE - DRAMA
EVERYONE IS DEVON (Click the red DEVON to get your sides)
Devon is an FBI agent who is deeply committed to exposing government corruption. Devon forms a partnership with Nicole to take down the Keane administration. SERIES REGULAR
Backstory: A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil. Airing on Showtime Networks.
The following letter is always given to all actors auditioning for us at TLK.
Please note that it goes across all 3 columns.
WEEK TWO - PERIOD THRILLER (this character has some supernatural overtones.)
A strange, attractive but dangerous being. Not completely male or female, Skade can be very sexually charged by either sex. Skade is a seer and has visions. Some might describe Skade as a total psychopath, but others see a hurt deviant who uses power to be loved. Yes, Skade is violent and enjoys killing...but there are glimpses of a more human side, as well. - Non-UK accent - we want to teach the actor/actress an accent unheard of before, so for now...use your own accent, unless something else strikes you. It's clearly not about the accent. Will appear in 9/10 episodes.
BACKSTORY: See IMDB
WEEK THREE - COMEDY
(SINGLE CAMERA COMEDY)
"Let's Get Physical" is a single camera comedy. Let’s Get Physical follows a middle-aged slacker who makes a reluctant comeback to take on an annoying arch-nemesis from the 80’s. They face off in the ultimate battle of athleticism… competitive aerobics.
Everyone is COLONEL FORCE
Colonel Force may or may not have been a real Colonel. The casting is open to all ages, race and gender for this role.
CLICK HERE FOR "Let's Get Physical" SIDES (Link will be RED when you can download)
WEEK FOUR - COMING SOON
WEEK FIVE - COMING SOON
WEEK SIX - COMING SOON
If you did not receive the NON DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT click here. Email it back to Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
Use this Homework Template to help you prepare -
If you don't understand the homework template, or get stuck any part of it. Just move on. Do what you can. You will learn to use it in class.
I want to _(phys. action verb)_ this_(3 pos. adj)_ yet_(3 neg. adj)_ _(colorful noun)_ into __or _(dire consequences)_ .
THE 15 QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR LIFE:
1. What name has been given to this conversation?
(In other words; What is the title of the script - and episode name, if appropriate.)
1A. When living the life where you have this conversation, what is your name?
(Aka, your character's name) Where are you? (Environment)
What is it like here? -- BRIEFLY mention important sounds, smells, sights, etc...
What is your relationship with the other major person in this conversation?
What is your current overall objective in life? (What is your "super objective"?)
What is your relationship with the other major person in this conversation?
A) What do you want from the "main" other person in this conversation? B) What will happen if you fail to get it from them?
A) What are the internal obstacles making it difficult for you to achieve your goal? B). What are the external obstacles making it difficult? (make sure you tell me more than one)
At the end of this conversation, what would the other person say or do that would let you know that you were successful in winning your objective?
Tell me about one conversation that you could have that would cause you to "relive" and experience, step-by-step, a relevant moment in your history as you walked the person you were sharing it with, through it. Please include: Who it is with. Whether or not this conversation is on the phone, in person, or with yourself or with God. What you want from this person and what they want from you. (Hint: make them at odds.)
Tell me about one other conversation that you could have that would cause you to "relive" and experience, step-by-step a relevant moment in your history as you walked the person you were sharing it with, through it. Please include: Who it is with. Whether or not this conversation is on the phone, in person, or with yourself or with God. What you want from this person and what they want from you. (Hint: make them at odds.)
Tell me about one final conversation that you could have that would cause you to "relive" and experience, step-by-step, a relevant moment in your history as you walked the person you were sharing it with, through it. Please include: Who it is with. Whether or not this conversation is on the phone, in person, or with yourself or with God. What you want from this person and what they want from you. (Hint: make them at odds.)
What stands out to you as the greatest piece(s) of valuable information from the last audition (or acting opportunity) that you went to?
What are you currently working on in your craft (what is your main focus) in your next acting opportunity?
(example: I’m working on history or I'm working on having powerful transitions or I’m working on being in the moment, etc…)
With that in mind, please make a Promise To Yourself. Focus your mind on this goal above all else. Commit that you keep this promise.
"On my way to the audition, I'll be in my car...." where am I going as the character, what am I doing/contemplating? (Remember: make it in the timeline of the conversation in the script, this is not a “deep history” but more of a "moment before" kind of history. If you have more than one scene, use this work to fuel one of the later ones.)
While I'm in the hallway before I enter the audition to "live the life", I'll be… (where?) as the character (doing what?) (Remember: make it in the timeline of the conversation in the script, this is not a “deep history” but more of a "moment before" kind of history. If you have more than one scene, use this work to fuel the first one.)
What does it mean when "they call your name” today? (Set up something that gets your juices flowing and emotionally connects you to the story) :-)
Click her to download a copy of the Homework Template
To find what history to do for your phone-call(s), ask yourself: As my character...
1) Why am I doing what the script says or infers that I am doing?
2) Why am I feeling what the script says or infers that I am feeling?
Your history phone-calls are the answers to these questions.
You may be doing several things...do history work on each thing. For example: I'm a doctor, but now I am killing people who are asking to die. So, you'll need to find the history to uncover why you are doing each of these "big picture" things. You can't play the truth of the character, until you've invented for yourself a scenario that created a powerful reason (that you can personally connect to) that was the impetus behind why you chose to do all the things it took to become, and still be, a doctor. Once you have, your mind will accept that you are a doctor, and many thoughts, images, feelings and layers naturally will bubble up from this. Next, "what happened" that you chose to now kill people. Once you have made that personal for yourself, meaning you've invented a scenario that created a powerful reason that personally moves you, you will have images, (sights, smells, sounds, kinesthetic feelings, and tastes) that will naturally give you many the character's thoughts, feelings and behaviors...you will connect to the character and the story, which will allow you to listen and react from inside this life. Note: you can give yourself permission for an image from this work to "pop into your mind" in a place where you recognise that the character may accidentally have an image of his/her past "pop into their mind". This way you trigger the emotions, convictions, etc, that the character feels.
You may be feeling several things...do history work on each of those things which are outside of your normal reactions. For example: if your character bursts into tears when she sees a coffee maker. You will need to find the history to uncover why you are feeling this way about coffee makers. Invent for yourself (as the character) a scenario that you can personally connect to that rips you up when you think of coffee makers. Cast real people from your life, or character's from plays you have worked on, or from movies you have seen, etc, in the roles of the character's friends, enemies and family - use them in your imagination to help you connect right away to the scenario.
Handle at least 3 aspects of your character...making 2 of them these 2 questions...and then add one more feeling or doing to make the third.