Taming the Big Apple: A Handbook for the Actor
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The organization of this SIP was formulated to inform the actor about some of the skills that will be necessary when looking for a professional job. One of the major factors is auditioning. It is important that the actor be as prepared as possible for the experience . If the actor knows what to expect it is likely that he will be less nervous and not as easily thrown by changes. I have included notes that I have taken at auditions in New York. Hopefully , they will clarify what is expected of t he actor when he try- out and will give you some hints about how to use the audition to your advantage. To help you make some important decisions I have put in information about the unions and about the services available to you in New York . If you can get both these factors to work for you instead of against you , you 'll find that your job is much easier. My experience at Johnson-Liff was a unique one . It allowed be to view acting from the side of the producers rather that from the actor. The change in perspective was illuminating. The majority of my work centered around the casting office itself . I worked largely with processing pictures and resumes , dealing with actors and their agents, and coordinating auditions . I was also all owed to attend the actual auditions and to sit in on the decision. making process . This has given me new insight into what it is the producer or director is looking for in an actor. The way to . help yourself, as an actor, is to get out of your O\'m. way. When you allow ego, emotions or unprofe s sionalism of any kind to enter into your performance it blocks the casting person from being able to see the truth about your talent. Most actors that I observed hurt themselves . There will always be the occasion that you are not right for a part but do not jeopardize your chance at something in the future.
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