Jan and Jon came highly recommended by my agents. I learned so much in both their Day-long Class and their 4-week Advanced Workshop. Not only were they extremely fun-spirited and encouraging, they were also direct and honest with their feedback… something that I find to be crucial! My auditions, both commercially and theatrically, have improved exponentially. Jan and Jon are great!
FAQ for Adult Advanced Audition Workshop:
Audition Techniques for Film, TV and Advanced Commercial Copy
Is this workshop complete in 4 weeks?
Yes, the workshop is complete in 4 weeks. But you might enjoy taking it again to keep your audition skills sharp. Since the material is constantly changing and a different Industry Guest attends the final Tuesday night of each session, there is a lot to be gained from taking the workshop again.
How is the workshop set up?
Our goal is that each student works three times a night. We will cover techniques applicable to every type of audition. We will also teach you how to adjust your audition for a specific type of show. Typically, every class will begin with a short commercial piece, followed by a short scene for a Co-Star or Featured role. The third round will focus on Guest Star roles.
Since auditions for TV or film projects are one-on-one with the casting director, the majority of the material in this class will be solo spots. Because each exercise is a solo spot, the class is like an extended private lesson, with the added advantage of being able to observe and learn from the work of the other students in the class.
What is typically covered in the 4-week workshop?
Our goal is to give you the tools to audition with confidence. You gain confidence by knowing how to prepare for any audition. We will teach you techniques that can be applied to every audition as well as techniques that are relevant to a specific project. A few examples of these techniques are listed below.
Comedy: Find the jokes on each page and learn how to deliver them. Raise the stakes and have a strong 'want' in the scene. Learn the importance of tempo in comedy. A slow pace kills comedy.
TV Episodic: Know the style of the show. Learn how your character furthers the plot. Learn to find the events of the scene. Discover what motivates your character. Play moment to moment by making discoveries.
Features: Understand how your character furthers the plot. Learn how to let the type of film (i.e., horror, suspense-thriller, teen comedy, period drama, etc.) influence your performance.
Commercials: Learn to how to be compelling even in a 5 second audition. Discover the importance of a strong moment before.
Why do you include commercials in an audition class for TV and film?
We only cover advanced commercial copy. Our emphasis is on commercial material that is more like auditioning for a short film. Essentially you are employing the same techniques you’d use for a film or TV audition.
How can your class help me increase my callbacks and bookings?
Since the majority of material used in the class will feature you alone on camera, we can study your work in depth. We will help you make specific, emotional choices that bring the script to life. Technically we can help you get your eyes off the page and also help you understand how much or how little you need to do to communicate your intentions.
Why do you also cover featured parts?
Featured roles are usually only a line or two. While it’s the goal of every actor to star in films or to be a regular on a TV series, a lot of auditions, involve short scenes, or just a line. These roles are frequently very challenging because the actor is tempted to do too much. While these are small roles, we know of many instances where a featured part has led to additional work. We’ll teach you how to approach these auditions in a way that leads to getting the job.
What is the format for the Industry Guest?
The format will depend on the guest. Some guests will do a workshop-teaching format while other guests may offer a tips night followed by a Q&A session. Again, this is not a showcase.
If I have an audition, can I bring my material to class to work on?
Yes, please do.
Can I audit the class?
Yes, you may audit the first hour of any class, if space is available. Prior arrangements must be made with us.
What if I have to miss a class? Can I make it up?
Yes, but we do ask that you call us 24 hours in advance.
To Sign Up or Get More Information, call: 818-997-7792