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4 Ways to Take Control of Auditions

4 Ways to Take Control of Auditions

Posted by Amanda Jaros on Apr 10, 2018

So, you want to take control of auditions?  Good for you! The great news is that there are plenty of things you can do, right now, in the comfort of your own home.  There really is no limit to how much you can work your audition muscles. There are also specific training resources that will increase your chances of success!  Here are 4 ways to take control of auditions: Set up a self-taping station. Increasingly, casting directors are asking actors to send in self-taped auditions. Set yourself up to win by creating a well-lit...

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Voiceover Resources for Actors

Voiceover Resources for Actors

Posted by Amanda Jaros on Feb 26, 2018

Here at 3-2-1- Acting studios in Los Angeles, we focus on on-camera acting classes for kids, teens, and young adults, but at the same time, we encourage our students to pursue all sorts of opportunities — and especially voiceover work.  While we can certainly apply the foundational acting techniques that we learn in our on-camera and theatre classes to voice acting, there are specific techniques that actors should learn if they would like to focus on voice acting careers.  Here are some great voiceover resources for...

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How to Increase Creativity as an Actor

How to Increase Creativity as an Actor

Posted by Amanda Jaros on Feb 8, 2018

As actors, we are constantly exposed to our #1 source of creativity: life!  However, on occasion, we can find ourselves in creative “slumps,” in which we are seeking new ideas, outlets and inspiration.  If you are wondering how to increase creativity as an actor, you’ve come to the right place!  Here are some idas: Take an improv class I’ve mentioned improv in a lot of posts here, and that’s because I truly believe in it.  Improv is a fantastic way to get your creativity flowing!  As actors, we constantly need to...

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Young Actors

Holiday Gift Ideas for Young Actors

Posted by Amanda Jaros on Dec 16, 2017

The holidays are upon us! Can you believe it?  I know we’ve been busy here at 3-2-1- Acting School in Los Angeles, preparing our students for pilot season and gearing up for holiday activities.   In the spirit of the holidays, here are some fabulous, creative holiday gift ideas for young actors! Gift Certificate to an Acting School Actors love nothing more than to act, and what better way to support your beloved actor than by treating her to a month of acting class!  This is an especially great gift for teen or young adult...

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How to Slate for the Camera– Your First Impression

How to Slate for the Camera– Your First Impression

Posted by Amanda Jaros on Aug 30, 2017

How To Slate for the Camera– Your First Impression In this video my students at 3-2-1- Acting Studios demonstrate how to slate for the camera. At every on-camera audition, an actor must identify himself by saying his first and last name to the camera. This is called a slate. Sounds easy enough. But hold on… in those few words you must impress the Casting Director, the Director, Producer and the Clients. It’s your chance to prove yourself worthy of the job. Or else they will hit fast forward to the next actor. Oh...

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Does a Talent Agent Pay for my Headshots?

Posted by Amanda Jaros on Aug 30, 2017

Does a Talent Agent Pay for my Headshots? Talent agents do NOT pay for your child’s head shots. In fact, they don’t pay for any of your child’s business expenses. They do not “sponsor” actors to fly out from another state or nation. Instead, YOU will pay the agent 10% commission upon booking a job (for union work) and 20% commission (for non-union work). Granted, upon booking a job, a production company might pay for your travel, but not an agency.  Parents, once your child actor gets hired in an...

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Did Your Behavior in the Lobby Cost You or Your Child the Job?

Did Your Behavior in the Lobby Cost You or Your Child the Job?

Posted by Amanda Jaros on Aug 30, 2017

Did your Behavior in the Lobby Cost You or Your Child the Job? Casting directors work closely with their assistants who are normally running an audition session. After you sign in the audition lobby, children (and parents) should remain quiet and focused. It’s always helpful to review lines or mentally prepare for audition. If you or your child is already confident with the audition material, it is acceptable to read a book or play games on a smart phone or tablet. Just make sure the sound is OFF.  If the sound is on, it is...

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What is acting?

What is acting?

Posted by Amanda Jaros on Aug 11, 2017

What is Acting? Have you ever watched a show and wondered what made the performance you just watched so amazing? How did the actor create such a realistic and natural performance?  Here at 3-2-1 Acting Studios we constantly say how important it is for an actor to be realistic.  Below are 5 ways to get to the heart of your acting: Communicating feelings and ideas to an audience It’s important for your audience to understand what you are feeling.  They need to feel what you are feeling.  Know how to use your body and...

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Acting classes for kids: why positivity is a must

Acting classes for kids: why positivity is a must

Posted by Amanda Jaros on May 31, 2017

We all hear the stories about young actors who face personal challenges, leading to shortened careers and other unfortunate circumstances. This does NOT have to be the case.  Here at 3-2-1 Acting School in Los Angeles, we teach dozens of happy, vibrant, well-rounded children, teens and young adults every single week.  I am a firm believer that a positive professional experience starts with a positive training environment.  Show business is just that — a business — and we can’t always control who we encounter when...

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8 ways to stay sharp between acting jobs

8 ways to stay sharp between acting jobs

Posted by Amanda Jaros on Apr 23, 2017

8 Ways to Stay Sharp Between Acting Jobs As an actor, you will be on an adventurous journey full of interesting work, big surprises, fun adventures, and hectic weeks.  You will also have some “quiet periods” between jobs and auditions for recharging.  During these times, we highly recommend that you keep your acting skills sharp.  Just as professional athletes train during the off season, you should always be in practice!  Because you are a pro, and pros are always striving for success.  Here are 8 ways to stay sharp between...

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