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Why You Need An Acting Coach

Uncategorized May 14, 2021
WHY YOU NEED AN ACTING COACH
 
Be honest, in a perfect world - you’d know all of the things & you’d get all of the roles.
When an audition shows up, you’d be ready to hit it out of the park every time.
Your instincts would never lead you astray, you’d be present to your reader and you’d discover fresh new things take after take.
 
This utopian scenario sounds great but presents with it one major flaw. Acting is all about focusing OUT, and growth/breakthrough is all about focusing IN.
 
Let me explain.
 
Your #1 job as an actor is to be so focused on your scene partner, that you drop into character, get out of your own way, and fight for want you want moment-to-moment (despite your emotional turmoil).
 
This requires an enormous amount of surrender (trust) and takes discipline and faith.
Trust in your partner, trust in yourself & trust in your….
 
…outside eye.
 
Ok, before you...
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The Job of The Acting Coach

acting audition coaching Mar 15, 2021

When you get that email reading “You have an audition”, likely you do a little dance, jump for joy, devour the sides attached... and then think “now, how am I going to do this?”

 

Have no fear, that’s why a coach is here!

 


Having that extra set of eyes on your audition can help relieve a lot of pressure and stress that can come with those big and important auditions. My goal is to help you have fun, relax, and to discover new moments within the script. This helps us to make smart acting choices during our time together.

 

As a coach I am here to pay attention to the technical aspects of your audition so you can stay focused on the scene and the emotional journey that comes with acting. We will sort through any questions you have about the actions within the scene, dialogue, style, genre, tone and more, as we breakdown the scene and story elements. We will do line runs and run throughs before we hit record in order to give you the time...

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Is Audition Coaching Worth It?

acting audition coaching Mar 15, 2021

“Audition Coaching - OH NOOO!!! Another expense!”

 

Yes, it is an expense, but you want to get the possible chance of booking the role - right?

 

Sometimes we can’t find a coach in time for the submission deadline, schedules don’t match up, or for your own reasons you just can’t! But here’s why you should judge for yourself if it’s worth the extra dough!

 

I have my own clients as well as coaching for IYA in Toronto - and I really love this work. It doesn’t feel like work and I so enjoy all the discoveries that I make for myself as well as those made by my clients.

 

*I find often actors are worrying about the things that do not matter (especially unneeded props) and passing over the work that will make your tape stand out.

 

*Discoveries about the technical side of auditioning - where to place all the other people and pertinent things in your scene so it looks the best and most natural to casting. How to...

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5 Q's With Victoria Kucher!

acting improv Mar 08, 2021
 
As we approach our upcoming Improv Your Acting Level 1 course, we sat down with our amazing coach Victoria Kucher (@kuchecoo), who has worked extensively in improv comedy, sitcoms, and at The Second City, to ask her some serious questions about improv and comedy, no joke!
 
IYA: Hey Victoria, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. Here's the first one: What does improv comedy bring to an actor's skill set? Why is it important to learn?
 
VK: No problem, my pleasure. Improv isn't just about being funny, it's an amazing tool to help all actors build a well rounded character, digging into the WHY of the scene and moments. Improv helps actors discover their character's true opinions on other characters, the world they live in, and actions they make. It can be used to build up the moment before, making it fresh in your mind, or finding better understanding of something you can't quite crack in the script alone. Improv is a tool that can...
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Building Your Acting Biz

acting business marketing Feb 25, 2021

As Artists and creatives when we hear the word 'business' it often scares us. We feel like we don't have the capacity to handle our business or don't have an 'analytical brain'. The important thing to remember is that the skills you need to manage your acting career as you would a business can be learned. 

The best thing you can do for your career is to practice these skills and get good at 'the business of acting'. It will serve you in the long run.

You could have the best acting technique and education, but if you don't know how to market that no one will know those wonderful things about you!

If you want to do more to build your business as an actor, here are 3 main points that will help set you on the right path for this. 

1. Get your agent on board

If you don't have an agent already, get on board with an agent!

If you do have an agent, make sure you are both on the same page about your goals. Let them know where you want to go with your career and what kind of...

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Overcome Your Self-Tape Hurdles.

acting self-tape Jan 08, 2021

I think it would be fair to say that all actors have faced difficulties when it comes to self-taping. Whether that be technical difficulties, personal challenges, or plain old doubt, it is something that many of us share in common. 

When I first started self-taping back in the day, I was faced with so many questions that I didn't know how to answer. "Is casting watching my tape?", "Why does my lighting look like that?", "What kind of read do they want?", "How many takes should I be doing?", "Do they think I'm good?", and the list goes on. Does this sound familiar?

If it does, don't stress. Those questions are completely valid and so many of us think the same way. The biggest thing is, don't let those questions and doubts control you. Keep them in the back seat of the car, but don't let them drive. 

After years of practicing, searching, and applying, I've come to discover three key points that have helped me overcome my own self-tape hurdles and bumps. Hopefully they will...

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Take Control as an Actor

Uncategorized Oct 13, 2020
 

Like it or not, as an actor you are a business. Most actors believe that having an agent or a manager means they can sit back on the sidelines while someone else takes care of their career.

This is unfortunately wrong. There is a reason agents only get a 15% commission: they only put in 15% of the work. 

You as the actor are responsible for creating work for yourself, finding training, staying ready for your auditions and self-tapes, tracking your business expenses and so much more!

Take control of your mindset!

Take advantage of all the tools around you to boost your mindset and your confidence. As an actor, confidence is key. Are you taking workshops on mindset and manifestation? What things are you doing to remind yourself that you are enough, that you are worth it, that you are proven? 

Ask yourself what you can do for YOU so that you can bring yourself to the business as authentically as possible and uncomplicated!

The thing that most agents, casting directors and...

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Creating a GREAT Self-Tape

actors audition self-tape Sep 30, 2020

Self-Tapes can be really scary if you're unprepared, or you don't know what you're doing.

It's even more vital to know how to self-tape today because everything is happening online. Self-Tapes are taking over the casting game, and I want to make sure you're prepared! 

Here are some important tips to make sure your self-tapes are really strong. 

Have a designated space

Having a self-tape set-up that is always ready to go takes away the worry of figuring out how to shoot, and means you're always ready to go at a moment's notice. 

If you can have all of your equipment set up in this space at all times, even better! If you can't do this, make sure you can set up quickly and easily.

Your space should have good lighting (if you can set up in front of a window, awesome!). Natural lighting will always look best on camera, but if you invest in good lighting that works too!

Have a neutral backdrop so all the focus is on you, and not on your cluttered bedroom! A blank wall works...

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How To Prepare For An Audition

audition Sep 14, 2020

When we don't prepare for an audition that's when self doubt starts to creep in, nerves show up, and we don't present our best selves. 

The challenge for most actors is "What is the preparation work?" The important thing here is to develop a system that works for you, and stick to it. 

1. Do not perform your script when you first get it. 

Approach your script as an investigator. Read through it (in your head) as an audience member and start to highlight some important points of the story. Then, read through the script a second time, and write down any important things you might have missed. Then, you'll want to read it a THIRD time from a director's point of view. Really pick up on all the details as well as the bigger picture. Try to stay disciplined and go through the steps one by one.  

2. Do not daydream as if you have already gotten the role. 

This puts your focus inwards. When you go into an audition, you want your focus to be on the story,...

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A Self Made Actor

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2020
I have had the pleasure of working with Anne Thornley-Brown for many years. Not only is she an inspirational go-getter, she is also a strong advocate for Black voices & Black stories on our screens and someone who has experienced racism throughout her career as an actor.

I really enjoy having her in class and she is someone I am honoured to consider a close friend.

As part of IYA's new initiative to empower BIPOC actors, share their stories, and enhance their visibility, we will be featuring a BIPOC actor each month on our blog! Here is my interview with Anne.

TB: Tell me about you & your acting career.


ATB: Well, I have been acting professionally for longer than I am willing to own considering I have a grown son. My first gig was an industrial. I did a number of industrials and then started doing some TV. Degrassi was one of my first appearances on a TV series. As Spike's counsellor, I gave her Eggbert to babysit. I worked hard at it. Took...
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