Performance

Actor Advice: Auditioning at Unified General Auditions

BY KEIKO GREEN via www.tpsonline.org Actor Advice from a UGA Volunteer Before she joined the TPS staff, Facilities Manager Libby Barnard volunteered at the Unified General Auditions — she has also auditioned numerous times, and plans to do so again this year. (Haven’t signed up yet? Click here to register!) This is a post she put together in 2014 about what she learned as a UGA volunteer. (Want to be a volunteer? Click here for info!) We post this as an additional resource that may be helpful for those preparing this year. The following are Libby’s personal opinions and do not reflect those of Theatre Puget Sound or our UGA auditors. ======================================= Obviously you can’t please every auditor. What follows is just my own opinion and lessons I decided to take, as a fell...

5 Tech Tools Every Actor Needs to Know

BY CAT ELLIOTT via www.castingnetworks.com If you’re an actor looking to jumpstart prospects in the new year, keep reading for some game-changing tech tools. While you’re waiting to hear back on that audition, instead of indulging in some emotional eating or watching “The Office” for the tenth time, check out these resources that will help move your career forward. I guarantee Jim and Pam will still be there when you’re done. Scenebot Cost: Free This little beauty seems to have flown under the radar, which is surprising since it allows actors to submit a self-taped monologue or scene once a month that can be seen by top industry pros. The app was co-founded by Nickelodeon casting director Krisha Bullock and boasts a list of 150 casting directors, agents and managers with whom it has partne...

Parting the Clouds of Callbacks and Casting

BY LAURIE RECORDS via www.castingnetworks.com The commercial casting process shouldn’t be a mystery. While every job is unique, there is an underlying structure to the process that, in theory anyway, we’ve all committed to when casting commercials. Why? Because it works! When talking to actors, there seems to be a cloud around callbacks, specifically, what happens after the callback. The stakes are higher during callbacks and what happens after, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be as informed about this part of the process as you are about the rest. Because knowledge is power, let me shed some light on the process that ought to pierce the clouds of confusion and anxiety. Say you had a terrific callback. But what the heck happens next? For you, not all that much. Just make sure you’re cl...

The Secret Life of Understudies on Philly’s Theater Scene

BY ZOE GROSSINGER via www.philly.com “Line?” Alanna J. Smith, decked out in emerald green face paint from head to toe and a witch’s black hat, yelled frantically to the stage manager. It was holiday season in 2016 and Smith was almost finished with her first staged production of The Wizard of Oz at the Walnut Street Theatre, having made zero mistakes so far. The line that slipped her mind? “I’m melting.” “Of course, the most famous line is the one I miss,” said Smith.   Not to worry. Smith, now an in-demand musical theater actress, was at the time an understudy for the Wicked Witch of the West role, and her flubbed line came during the “understudy run” of the production — a tradition in most Philadelphia theaters.   COURTESY WALNUT STREET THEAT Flubbing one key line as an underst...

J.K. Simmons on ‘Counterpart’ Season 2 and the ‘Crushing’ Moment That Changed His Life

The Oscar-winning actor opens up about the twists and turns of ‘Counterpart’ season two, how he pulls off dual leading roles, and the ‘divergence’ point that changed his life. by: Nick Schager The only thing better than one J.K. Simmons is two, which is a significant reason Counterpart is a top contender for best new show on television. After completing a sterling initial season earlier this year, Justin Marks’ twisty-turny sci-fi saga begins its excellent sophomore run on Starz this Sunday (Dec. 9). As before, its focus is squarely on Howard Silk (Simmons), a Berlin-situated government employee entangled in a Cold War-esque spy game—the catch being that the two sides at war are not East and West, but our world and an identical parallel dimension we discovered thirty years ago that’s popul...

2019 OTA Audition & Interview Registration NOW OPEN!

The 2019 North Central Regional Auditions and Interviews will take place January 19 & 20 on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, located in California, PA. ACTOR/SINGER/DANCER REGISTRATION FORM Audition slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  This year’s audition forms MUST BE OPENED IN ADOBE READER TO BE FILLED OUT: OTA-Acting-Form-2019     TECHNICAL REGISTRATION  FORM OTA Tech Form 2019 EVENT INFORMATION 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Auditions 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Technical Interview

What to Know About Being on Set for the First Time

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com As an actor trying to break into the film or television world, you spend endless days and nights dreaming of the moment you can finally step onto a set. But what happens when you actually get there? Do you know how to conduct yourself professionally on camera and off? Do you know the faux pas to avoid so you don’t give away your status as a newbie? Do you know when to pipe up and, conversely, when to zip it? Do you know how the actor’s role relates to the director and producer? It’s OK if you weren’t able to answer “yes” to every one of these questions—even Meryl Streep once walked onto a set for the first time. (Though she was probably brilliant on that day, too.) We’re all allowed to start somewhere, and Backstage wants to make sure you are starting wi...

Singing? How to Transition From Chest Voice to Head Voice

BY ARDEN KAYWIN via www.backstage.com Does switching back and forth between chest and head voice give you anxiety? You’re not alone. The ability to transition from chest voice to head voice smoothly is the source of a lot of insecurity for many singers. And I don’t blame you! The middle voice can be tricky to negotiate and downright scary without good tools. Hopefully, the following insights will help. Many singers and voice teachers call this part of the voice “the break” because that’s exactly how it sounds and feels for many: like a fissure in your mechanism preventing you from moving fluidly from one register to another. Personally, I hate the term “the break.” I don’t use it and I encourage you to toss it out, too. The words we use to talk about our voices are important and using some...

Finding Your Voice as a Voice Actor

BY RUDY GASKINS & JOAN BAKER via www.thatsvoiceover.com A common conversation in the art of voice acting revolves around the concept of “finding your voice.” It’s an important conversation to which every voice actor should pay close attention. As teachers of the voiceover craft for many years now, we’ve noticed that some students experience anxiety over this issue. Some confuse it with finding a niche or genre within which to find work. Others quickly move forward with little or no consideration to whether the concept has merit. “What is this mysterious voice that I have to find?” We have some guidance that will hopefully set your mind at ease. The good news is that it’s as natural as breathing and as plain as the nose on your face. A quick look at human physiology reveals that the voi...

Industry Experts on Ways to Quickly Memorize Lines

BY REBECCA STRASSBERG via www.backstage.com When asked for audition advice, many actors will tell you, “Know your lines as well as possible. That way you’re free to focus on everything else without holding a script.” Sounds simple, right? But what if your audition is tomorrow, or in three hours? How can you memorize your lines as quickly as humanly possible? As industry professionals spanning various areas of the business, our Backstage Experts know a thing or two about this topic, and have decided to share their tips with you. This week we asked them: How can actors memorize lines quickly? Here are 18 methods you can try! Paul Barry, L.A.-based acting teacher and founder of Acting 4 Camera 1. Check out the myths about memory here and give yourself a fighting chance by dispelling them imme...

Thinking Shakespeare (Revised Edition)

A working guide for actors, directors, students…and anyone else interested in the Bard Barry Edelstein TCG

Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships To demystify the application process and assist applicants with their Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships proposals, TCG will be holding two info session via teleconference and webchat. The sessions will be held: Monday, September 17, 2018, 1pm-2pm Eastern Time and Thursday, September 20, 2018, 2pm-3pm Eastern Time. Description A fellowship for actors that supports their artistic and professional growth in collaboration with a TCG Member theatre. Grants will be awarded in each of the following two categories: Exceptional Merit $15,000 (with an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loan debt) supports actors who are established in their careers as working professionals with 10 years or more of professional experience. Those with less...