With production of our first season of the dramatic comedy television show, MOHAWK GIRLS, just around the corner - we need actors to bring the story to life!
We have a lot of very fun supporting roles that we hope to cast with local Aboriginal talent in the Kahnawake & Montreal area.
We are having an OPEN CASTING CALL next Friday, March 22nd in Kahnawake, from 5pm to 9pm, which means everyone is welcome to audition. You DO NOT need an agent and you DO NOT need to be a part of the acting union ACTRA. This is your chance to be discovered!
Auditions will take place on the 2nd floor of the KSCS building in Kahnawake. For directions, visit: www.kscs.ca/contact
You can find out about all of the different characters and download the scripts you need to learn for the audition on the "EXTRA" page in the menu above. We look forward to seeing you!
courtesy of www.acting-school-stop.com
Long before you start your acting audition piece, a casting director has an opinion of who you are from the way you walk in the room and introduce yourself.
Here are a few audition tips to help you make a great first impression:
- Smile. A smile is worth a thousand words and will help relax you and your audience. Imagine a friend in place of the auditioner(s) and greet them with a warm confident smile.
- Make eye contact. Sometimes, when we're nervous, we tend to look away, so make sure to look people in the eye when you speak.
- Check your body language. Don't let the awkwardness of standing in front of seated "judges" make you fidget or cross your arms or do any of the other telltale signs of an uncomfortable actor. There is tremendous power in stillness.
- Take the lead. Don't wait for something to happen.
When you enter the room, greet everyone and introduce yourself.
- Don't rush... Talk to the auditioner, not at them. When you ask a question, wait for an answer.
- ...but don't linger.
The goal is to make a good impression in a few short exchanges. A casting director
will not appreciate you putting them behind schedule, plus your audition monologue
could be cut short as a result.
- Don't make excuses. Don't preamble your audition piece with something like, "I only had an hour to prepare this audition piece, so bear with me" or "I'm a little under the weather today". Actors make these statements all the time and they never help them make a good impression. Just do the best you can.
- Don't make up questions. Often, a casting director will ask you if you have any questions. That's just a courtesy question and doesn't mean you need to have a question. If you don't, a simple "Not for the time being, thank you" works great.
Here are some other general audition tips to keep in mind:
- Be prepared... The more you will have worked on your audition scene, the better chance you have of getting the acting job you want. You should never be reading from your script during an audition. The casting director wants to see you ACT, not read.
- ...but be flexible. Don't rehearse an audition piece so much that you can't take directions from the casting director. You should make strong choices about your audition scene, but be ready to change those choices at the drop of a hat if the director takes you in another direction. Sometimes, a director will do that just to see if you would work well together. Rehearsing the scene different ways before the audition can help you take directions better.
- Act for the camera. If the audition is being taped,
make sure to look up so that the camera picks up the expression in your eyes. Don't look directly in the camera, but make sure your face is clearly visible.
- Make believe. Don't pick up chairs and hurl them across the room just because your audition piece is a fight scene. Don't invade the space of the casting director or reader by touching them or getting into their faces (this is a big one, you may never be called in again to audition!) If the audition scene requires a physical action of this sort, suggest the action or ask the auditioners beforehand how they would like you to handle it.
I was asked today by an emerging filmmaker if I had any advice on documentary filmmaking to share. The following ten tips are the first that came to mind and I thought I would share them here as well:
1. People connect with people. Be sure to have compelling characters to take people through your story.
2. Remember who your audience is - if they know nothing, build from the ground up. If your audience is knowledgeable on the subject, you can get right into it and throw a lot at us.
3. SOUND. This is so important. Quality sound is more important then quality picture, believe it or not. Invest in renting/buying the proper sound equipment and/or hiring a sound person.
4. You don't have to do it all yourself - unless you have no budget and therefore cannot hire collaborators. The end product is always enhanced when working with other skilled professional. If you can, do so. Nothing great comes from working in a bubble.
5. Collaborating is like dating. Don't just choose someone based on credentials or deep pockets. Great creation happens when all elements come together magically. You get to choose who you work with - make sure communication is strong, ideals match, and you can laugh with them.
6. Be flexible. None of my films ever turned out to be what I had initially set out to do. Documentary is real life - which is impossible to predict or control. Go with the flow as things shift. It always leads to something better!
7. Find a mentor. They are invaluable.
8. Take classes, watch movies, read books. i am always learning more. There are many different filmmaking workshops across the country, plenty of books written on documentary, and the art itself is out there to behold. Watch documentary films to see all the different techniques that are out there. But remember to be an active viewer - take notes on techniques that would work for your kind of storytelling.
9. Listen. Interviews, whether formal or causal, are when people reveal their heart & soul. Be there with them. Listen to what they have to say and allow your own curiosity to guide your questions. The really incredible jewels of emotion, wit, brilliance, and insight come when we listen and respond accordingly to what we hear.
10. Show no fear. As the director, you are in charge (as much as one can be in documentary!!) You will always have limitless possibilities to choose from. There are no right and wrong choices. Trust your instinct and go with it!
I just received word that Jeff Barnaby is going into production on his first feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, in October of this year - and he needs to find his stars!
This is a fantastic opportunity of young Aboriginal actors!
His lead is a teenage girl but he also needs a variety of supporting roles filled in both the teen and child categories.
To view material for this OPEN CALL, go to http://actorscall.com/428c9
Questions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please spread the word to help Jeff discover new talent and to get our young aspiring actors their chance to shine!
I recently came across one of Plato’s many gems of wisdom that is so popular that it’s easy to actually overlook the profound message.
“An unexamined life is not worth living.”
Reading this instantly brought up memories of the fun 90’s flick Dick Tracy and Madonna’s quirky soundtrack that I memorized every word of. In “Now I’m following You”, with classic Madonna breathiness, she states this powerful phrase. Thus, I’ve screeched it out for most of my teens.
But it’s only recently that I’ve actually thought about it.
I’ve made a career of examining other people’s lives. I’ve probed and shared other people’s deepest secrets, fears, hopes and dreams. But with all that energy focused on other people, I haven’t really given my own life an examination – until now, that is.
I’m in the midst of an incredible journey of self-awareness, and I whole-heartedly agree with Plato. Digging into one’s own soul – and cleaning out the closet – is making everything shinier!
But what I’ve also found is that all of this self-reflection has added a jolt of electric current to my creative process. Looking inward has actually inspired three new projects – a short fiction, an experimental doc and a new media idea. All are so exciting to me that I cannot choose one over the other as my favorite!
All are at the beginning phases of development, from my brain to paper, but what I can report is that I don’t think I have ever felt this level of inspiration and intensity in conviction. (And for those of you that know me, I think this is saying a lot.)
I am completely certain that this creative energy buzzing through me is because I’m taking better care of myself, making deliberate choices for my wellbeing, and am actively working at bettering myself. It’s a process I highly recommend, for artist and non-artist alike.
Plato is, after all, one of history's greatest smart pants for a reason!
Four years ago, I became one of the publishers of our local community newspaper, The Eastern Door (www.easterndoor.com), in Kahnawake. It was a new venture that was close to my heart, as media - in all its forms - holds the heavy responsibility of making sure truth prevails. In our Aboriginal communities, this is a crucial task. But we at the paper also set out to celebrate, unite, and inspire.
I'm very proud of my time there and of the incredible team I was honored to learn from. The paper continues to shine on. But, after a hiatus that flew by in a flash, I'm happily back to dedicating all of my energy to my first passion: filmmaking.
There are many projects brewing, covering all of the different genres - doc, fiction, short, comedy, drama - and I am so excited about all of them! It's great to be paired back up with some of my favorite collaborators, most notably the gang at Rezolution Pictures, the writing genius of Cynthia Knight, and the creative electricity of editor Carl Freed.
I will keep you posted on all of the excitement as it unfolds, along with the lessons and wisdom I pick up along the way! It's always a wild ride and I'm so thrilled to be back on the horse. Yeehaw!
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars."
- Wassily Kandinsky