This seems to be a touchy and controversial subject. For some people in the industry, casting director workshops are seen as a “pay-to-play” experience that yields no results. For others, they are a legitimate way to get seen and score auditions.
We are big proponents of safety in class. Whether it means setting up guidelines for privacy in class, or how to treat the furniture, we believe in creating a safe place for actors. This especially means establishing an environment that is supportive and conducive to honesty and vulnerability.
Together we've booked more than 150 national commercials and 30 network television shows in our twenty years as professional actors in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Our workshop will give you practical advice you can use on your very NEXT AUDITION.
Have you ever wondered why is it so difficult to be in the moment? Have you ever wondered why no one has ever been able to tell you how to be in the moment more consistently? Have you wondered why having an objective or always playing an action makes it feel like you are putting your instincts in a box?
The experience of being in the moment is real. Many times it's what provides the true joy in acting. Every actor who has been in the moment while performing knows this, as only then does the work become effortless, spontaneous, and utterly creative. Unfortunately, this experience is mostly accidental. Once you've been told how important it is to be in the moment, it immediately becomes harder to achieve, because it cannot be achieved by trying. Welcome to the actor's Catch-22.
In my first article Welcome to the Desert, I explored how living in the arid, isolated reality of Los Angeles can often immobilize an actor's life. Too often that paralysis stifles the actor's creative soul - both personally and professionally. Today I want to explore another common dilemma for the actor: the dual life actors must lead in order to succeed.
Whether you are a new arrival or have been here for a number of years, I want to welcome you to LA. As a director and teacher it has been my experience that many actors, whether seasoned veterans or enthusiastic newcomers, can make life in LA more difficult for themselves than it need be. Too often actors can get lost when approaching their work, and grow immobilized when striving to remain active and focused. In this first article, I want to offer a personal insight as to why LA makes it so easy to lose your way and become immobilized.
Remember when you were young and play included imaginary games of Cops and Robbers, Hospital, Spaceship or whatever? Whether with friends or by ourselves these games would seem more real than regular life. For many of us, our childhood was the peak of our imagination. We were able to slip from reality to fantasy, and then back again effortlessly with total commitment and enjoyment.
"Richard’s unique approach has changed me, changed the way I act. He’s been instrumental in the development of my film career, becoming a series-regular and booking frequent guest star roles. His audition approach is a sweet science that is actually fun to use." Amir Talai—Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Modern Family