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Going From a Good Actor to a Great Actor

on Aug 1, 2013 in Acting | 134 comments

Nowadays, the filming and acting industry is full of competition and only the best will survive. Have you ever imagined yourself stepping on the stage and stealing the entire attention of the show? Then you have to equip yourself with tips that will enable you to become the best actor/actress. Tips on how to become the best actor/actress: Always express emotions and what you feel: The expression of emotions and feelings will make the audience know what is going on. They will also create a feeling about certain situations. Ensure that your posture matches your character: An accurate posture for a role will make the difference. It will not only make you confident but also a standing actor. However, do not overdo it. Monitor your volume and speed: While reciting certain lines, at times we feel tempted to blaze through them very fast. If you over exaggerate, you will become a boring actor. On the other hand, slowing down will make you appear robotic. Play with emphasis: Every line that you recite and play is very important. You should emphasize them accordingly. Even though they may not sound important, emphasizing them is of great importance. The emphasis that you put on every word carries weight. Put yourself in the place occupied by your character: You cannot adequately represent something unless you put yourself in the mind set of that object. By knowing your character, you will be able to improvise some words to use in case you forget certain lines. This will ensure that the play progresses as expected. Never break the fourth wall: This implies that you should avoid acknowledging the audience if it is not stated. If you do so, they will picture out that you are acting and this makes the play a boring one. It will also make it less believable. Be unique: Do not imitate what other actors have done. Try to come up with your own styles and ways of expressing your ideas. There are thousands of plays and movies that have been produced by the best actors. If you try to steal their ideas, you will be surprised by the outcome – your production will be the worst one. The manner in...

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Can I Become a Voice Over Talent?

on Jul 31, 2013 in Voice Overs | 27 comments

The ever growing entertainment industry has so far been complimented with a number of innovative skills involved in both radio and TV. One such creative process that has proven to be quite interesting and better yet effective, is a technique known as Voice Over. This is simply referred to someone reading a script – mostly for TV and radio commercials, narrations for promotional and instructional videos, audio books, or even acting in animations. The question as to whether you can become a Voice Over Actor / Talent should no longer bother you. Take the memorable step in your acting career and be sure to experience an exciting new style that will earn you lots of cash. How to Get Into Voice Overs Get prepared for a rejection no matter how good you are. During the auditions, anything can happen depending on your performance or the listening judge. If rejected, get over it! Practice even harder by reading aloud – at times this helps to tape TV spots or radio spots to playback while at the same time mimic the Voice Over Talent. This will most definitely help you learn different styles of reading which would inn turn sharpen your skills. It is best that you use your natural voice when starting out. Learn to express yourself as an actor, varying intonation, pacing, including how to breathe properly while reading scripts. Although projecting may sometimes be a good tool for theatrical works, it is mostly common for a Voice Over Actor to talk in a softer, evenly modulated, and a more conversational tone. Save the projections (loud talks) for hard-sell truck pull commercials. A good voice coach is an added advantage in Voice Overs although you can do it on your own. If you have to look for one, make sure that he or she has proper references because you’ll need a trainer who not only understands but has good knowledge on what producers look for when it comes to Voice Over Talent. Even if you are doing it on your own at first, ensure that you practice till you sound professionally good. You should always have in mind that this is a gradual process; it doesn’t matter whether you...

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10 Best Ways to Become a Model

on Jul 28, 2013 in Modeling | 11 comments

The luxurious and glamorous life of being a model is something we all secretly want to have. To become famous, travel all around the world, and be known in the modeling realm. But, is it really that difficult to become a model? The modeling world is very much competitive and in reality, models are one of the most hard-working people in the planet. There is no easy way to become a model, but the decision on what type of model you would want to become is part of the first step! You need to figure out what type of model you can be, and find a way to make it happen. You need to be aggressive and learn the best ways to become a model. The Basics Take care of yourself. Treat your body as an asset. You should always make it a point to eat a healthy diet to help make your skin young and glowing. Find the modeling type that is best cut out for you. There are different types of models in the industry. You should check whether you are cut out for the requirements for a certain type. You can choose whether you fit being a plus size model, a print model, a runway model or an underwear model, if you don’t fit their criteria you can also be a hand, foot or hair model. There is also an option to be an alternative model. Educate yourself about the industry. Coming out of your shell and deciding that you want to become a model is the start of everything, but you should be able to learn about the industry itself. The modeling world is tough and you should really educate yourself by reading articles and books on modeling. The Start: Snapshots and Portfolios Take head shots. Head shots are the first thing that should be on your portfolio. Consider having a professional photographer, use natural light and don’t put on a lot of make-up. These are meant for the agencies to see you at your natural state. Know your measurements. This will make it easier for the agencies to place you. Know your personal stats. Create your portfolio. Your portfolio will contain your professional shots....

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What It Takes To Be An Actor

on Jul 21, 2013 in Acting | 78 comments

If you have what it takes to be an actor then acting career is there for you. It is the best way to display your talents. The job of an actor is not dependent on the age or look merely but it is more dependent on the intensity with which the actors can show their acting talents. The skill which is required for this career involves creating magical moments which look realistic and for this actors need proper coaching. For becoming a successful actor or model there are some personal traits which are required for them to get into the character. These include: Concentration is very important for an actor to play the part of someone else. It takes effort as well as time for getting into the character or playing the role of someone else and minor distractions can lead to loss of the focus. If you have what it takes to be an actor then these tips will be helpful for your acting career. Continuing with the learning process– actors are learners and if the actor is unprepared then acting may be difficult. After years of practice an actor can act without effort and in a simple way. Listening to others– actors should be good listeners because taking the advice of others are very helpful. Interacting with others is also equally important along with communicating and reacting to the actions of others. Actors should have excellent communication skills. This communication may be either spoken or with the help of actions. Being disciplined- an actor should be disciplined. Even if an actor is famous or rich, he or she needs to lead a disciplined life in order to be successful in their career. A set routine should be followed effectively and any deviation in the production periods may change the outcome. A lot of discipline is required for getting into the character emotionally and physically. Good expression- expressing their emotion impulsively and freely is the job of an actor which is done by using their voice and body. The job of an actor is to create vivid imaginations and unforgettable moments to become famous and successful. Actors are considered as good story tellers who emote and expresses through...

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