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Help with Accents and a Few More Workshops

Posted by Shanda on Wednesday, February 9, 2011,
So, I have to work on an accent for a role.  And it's an accent I've never tried before.  Funny thing is, that it's for a role I didn't even audition for.  Haven't you always heard "Go ahead and audition for roles that you know you aren't 'right' for, because you never know, they might just offer you something else." ?

Well, that's sort of what happened here...only in reverse.

I had auditioned for a role as an American woman that I thought I was "perfect" for and I got offered a role of a woman...

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Louisiana Actors Expo Tickets are on sale

Posted by Shanda on Thursday, November 18, 2010,
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Guest panelists announced for the day-long workshop

New Orleans, LA (October 26, 2010) - Tickets for the 2nd annual New Orleans Actors Resource Center (NOARC) Louisiana Actors Expo are now on sale. The one-day event will take place on December 11, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Old U.S. Mint Louisiana State Museum located ...

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NOARC hosts the second annual Louisiana Actors Expo on December 11 at The Mint

Posted by Shanda on Sunday, October 17, 2010,
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NOARC's Louisiana Actors Expo To Take Stage At The Old U.S. Mint
Second annual gathering of actors and film professionals hits its mark with panels and presentations

New Orleans, LA (October 17, 2010) - The annual New Orleans Actors Resource Center (NOARC) Louisiana Actors Expo comes to the city for a second run of informative discussions and Q & A sessions with film industry professionals on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from 9:...

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The Casting Workshop, Saturday, March 13, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 11, 2010,

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NOARC 2009 Actors Expo Tickets Are On Sale!

Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 11, 2010,
Originally Posted on November 10th, 2009 by admin
Tickets are now on sale for New Orleans Actors Resource Center's Actors 2009 Expo, co-sponsored by Sync Up: The Jazz & Heritage Talent Exchange, an economic development program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

An event intended to inform, initiate and inspire actors!

Guest Panelists Include:

Emmy Award winning and CSA Casting Directors

Beth Sepko:
Brent Caballero:
Elizabeth Coulon: imdb...

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NOARC 2009 Actors Expo Press Release

Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 11, 2010,

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In Search of a Good Coach?

Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 4, 2010,

Someone has offered you a chance to make your dreams come true. And they are telling you that with a lot of hard work and dedication and persistence, you can be the actor you have always dreamed of being. And they're not just promising you the moon and the stars, or some swampland in the middle of Florida. They are being up front and direct and letting you know that you have a hard road ahead of you to travel to get to where you want to be. And they are assuring you that YOU can do it and tha...

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The Actors' Co-Op

Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 4, 2010,

Once a month, NOARC holds The Actors' Co-Op meeting, where novice and veteran actors come together to help each other develop their skills, hone their craft and receive career support.

Meetings are held at The Backyard Ballroom performance space at 3519 St. Claude in the Bywater. If you have a monologue prepared, we would love to see it, and if this is your first step into acting, we will be happy to find material that meets your skill level.

For more information about The Actors' Co-Op, please...

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Character Development

Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 4, 2010,

Taken from the Aaron Speiser Acting Workshop workbook

The following information should be used to assist you in your preparation for performance. The information you get out of the script will guide you in creating truthful, believable behavior. REMEMBER - read the script often (or at least read the entire script once and then the scene often). When in doubt, go back to the script for answers or get professional coaching. Base your acting choices on facts given in the script, research and life...

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Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 4, 2010,


Drew's Script-O-Rama -

Simply Scripts -

The Script Source -

The Daily Script - - also had the IMDB link attached to most scripts

Internet Movie Script Database - - Catagorizes script alphabetically, but also by genre

Screenplay 451 - - Has scripts available for download in a zipped fo...

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Suggested Reading

Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 4, 2010,


A Life - Kazan - Autobiography

Acting Professionally - Cohen - Non-fiction

Adventures in the Screen Trade - Goldman - Non-fiction

An Actor Prepares - Stanislavski - Non-fiction

Creating a Role - Stanislavski - Non-fiction

My Life in Art - Stanislavski - Autobiography

Audition - Shurtleff - Non-fiction

Caught in the Act - Shewey - Non-fiction

Films Scenes for Actor I & II - Karton - Fiction

Final Cut - Bach - Non-fiction

How to Sell Yourself as an Actor - Callan - Non-fiction

It Would Be So Nice if ...

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Elements of Comedy

Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 4, 2010,

Taken from the Aaron Speiser Acting Workshop

1. Misdirection or Mislead - Make the audience think you are leading them one way then go the other way (flip it).

2. Fast changes: A. Physical B. Emotional C. Vocal

3. The Unexpected - Surprises

4. Great Truth

5. Physical Comedy - Clowning, Pratfalls, Food, Mugging, Pain or Pleasure, anything to do with the body (itching, diarrhea, orgasm, blindness, deafness, stuttering, smells. etc.)

6. Comic Build

7. Running Gags

8. Reacting (can be funnier than anythi...

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Posted by Shanda on Friday, June 4, 2010,
Your headshot is your calling card. It is your SALES PITCH. It is how you communicate with your audience (casting directors, directors, producers, agents) WHO YOU ARE. It says "This is who I am" or "This is what I can be." Most new actors when they are going for their first photo session commonly make the mistake of thinking that their headshot should say "This is what I look like" or "This is what I can look like." "Being" and "looking like" are two completely different things. You know as w...

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