The Audition

Most actors hate auditioning. Really hate it. And, for good reason. It’s an extremely stressful act of desperation, performed in front of apathetic strangers. The actor puts all they have into their performance, pour out their emotions, and compete against a group of others just like them, some of whom may even be close friends, for one single opportunity, and prays with all they have they did well and were liked. When they’re through, the strangers, without a word about their performance and without making eye contact, wave them away, and say nothing about their acting.

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Once home, the actor analyzes every single second they spent in the audition room and sees every moment as an error and continually berates themselves as they anxiously wait for the phone to ring and/or search emails for a response, all the while still praying it’s a positive and that they were liked. If it’s a positive response, they’re euphoric. They’ve succeeded. They’re loved. But, if it’s negative – there’s never an explanation – just a cold-hearted, essential, “we reject you” that when read, feels like a punch in the stomach. The evil rejecter provides no reason and offers no advice. The actor then instantly doubts their talent, future, and abilities.

And, then there’s the next audition. Oy vey.

How an Acting Coach Can Help

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Acting Coaches understand the pain and fear actors have regarding auditions. Because they currently work in the field or once did, they know for what casting directors and agents are looking. Some even went through many auditions themselves.

Online Acting Classes provide that many talented actors are fundamentally unprepared for auditions and just need training

in order to land more roles.

The Acting Coach, in a one-on-one setting with the actor, can:

• help an actor understand what to expect at auditions.

• help an actor determine what might happen at a particular audition.

• teach an actor relaxation techniques.

• breakdown audition materials and help an actor give more character to a potential role.

• run audition lines with an actor and improve their performance.

• help actor select the best headshot and prepare their resume.

Level of Experience Doesn’t Matter

Acting coaches tailor their sessions to meet the needs of the individual actor, so even the experienced actor can benefit from their experience and advise. They have to audition, too.

While no one can guarantee success, preparation always increases the chance of success. An Acting Coach prepares the actor for auditions and, therefore, boosts their chances of being cast.

Private Acting Coaching

Acting depends on building relationships and developing chemistry. Acting Coaches frequently help actors accomplish these objectives on sets, at theaters, and through workshops. The Acting Coach helps actors improve individual their skills and performances both for particular roles and projects and overall for their careers.

There are times, however, when a Private Acting Coaching is more appropriate for an actor. Private acting coaching is a one-on-one session with an Acting Coach. The goals remain the same – improvement of skills for particular roles and overall for careers.

What Does Private Acting Coaching Involve?

The Private Acting Coach often:

• works with an actor get ready for an audition.

• helps an actor select a monologue for auditions.

• offers an actor advise on selecting headshots and preparing resumes.

• helps an actor prepare to act in a role in which they were cast.

• provides advise on memorizing lines.

• runs lines with an actor.

• offers career guidance.

• comes to the theater or set to provide assistance and guidance.

• teaches relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and voice projection.

• helps an actor develop depth and work on emotions.

• assist with developing timing.

• show an actor how to stand out and get noticed.

• teach an actor “the business.”

For Both the New and Experienced Actor

Private coaching is appropriate both the new and experienced actor. It can both improve an actor’s chances for success and change the direction of their career.

Benefits of an Acting Coach

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All Actors Are Different

So, you’re an actor. You’re probably auditioning or hoping to audition for roles. You either studied acting formally or just now decided to act. You’re looking to work in film or perhaps theater. Perhaps you already had a few roles or only did background a few times or don’t know where to start. The possibilities could go on forever. Then, there’s opportunity and demand to consider and understand, along with, trends, potential, personalities, types, and appearances. In other words, a lot dynamics impact an acting career.

The Point

The point? An Acting Coach could benefit every actor, no matter the where they are on their career path.

What is a Coach?

A coach is a professional that establishes relationships with others, guides them, brings out their best, and helps them achieve. Much is placed on a coach’s shoulders. Think of a sports team coach. They are expected to produce results and if the team does not capture championships, the management replaces them quickly. Hence, they’re important.

How Do Coaches Know What to Do and What to Advise?

Typically, a coach currently works or previously worked in the field in which they coach. They spent years observing and practicing what works and what doesn’t. And, they have a strong desire to see others succeed.

What is an Acting Coach?

As stated above, an Acting Coach establishes relationships with actors, guides them, brings out their best, and helps them achieve. Acting Coaches help actors better their performances, prepare, and improve their skills for career development, auditions, and for specific roles or projects. They mostly work one-on-one, as Private Coaches, but can work with groups and conduct workshops.

What Can an Acting Coach Do?

An Acting Coach can:

• Pull qualities and nuances out of the actor and help them put those into to their characters.

• Teach actors how to take direction and accept constructive criticism.

• Help actors relax and no longer fear auditions.

• Help actors prepare for auditions.

• Show actors how to examine a character and take on their mannerisms and, thus, improve their performances.

• Provide tips on how to remember lines and rehearse for roles.

Most importantly, an acting coaching can help an actor’s career takeoff and thrive.