Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Our 3rd Annual 3 Wishes
New Years Discount
This holiday season, you can save 15% off any Adult class or the Kid/Teen Bootcamp (EXCLUDES ALL WORKSHOPS) if you register by Monday, January 5, 2009.
Just let us know: What 3 things do you most wish to see Acting Studio Chicago provide in 2009?
Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org SUBJECT LINE: 3 Wishes) 3 wishes you have, for Acting Studio Chicago in 2009, and we will e-mail you a 15% Tuition Discount Coupon.*Check out our website for our updated schedule. The wishes can be for new workshops or classes you would like to see us offer, wishes for our web site, wishes for teachers....use your imagination and we'll see if we can make your wishes come true!
Friday, December 26, 2008
As I occasionally mention, guest posts and stories are always welcome. This time I have a specific request- BAD audishes. Please send me your stories of audishes gone wrong. Leave a comment!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Seeking 1 man (considers himself sexy) to play late 30's -40's
There are plenty of guys in that age group who can still bring the sexy. I'm just saying there might be a few interesting candidates.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The spot was an inner monologue about how another lady got such great hair. The character description was "likable for her vulnerable, slightly insecure personality."
"What's her secret?"
"Her hair looks so good!"
I've seen this theme a few times before. If someone else looks great or is thinner they must have some secret, special product. However, after reading countless magazines I feel comfortable saying that the secret is probably more sleeping time and healthy eating.
Also, my cab driver was very chatty and a former professional soccer player. Fun!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The Second City Training Center announces Auditions for the Music Improv Program Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th.
I'm in level 2 right now and it is fantastic. I would even say I like it better than the entire conservatory program. In level 2, we are going through the standard structure of a musical and learning about songs for opening/closing, i wish, revolution, variety numbers, and more. Lots of singing!! They only start a new round of classes about twice a year, so get on it if you're interested.
PS-NaNoWriMo is going strong at 46k and I'm going to finish at 50k tomorrow. I promise you many more posts in December.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I know I always work better when faced with a deadline. Case in point and my segway into the audish portion of this post: I've heard that you should do agency mailings every 4-6 months, but I haven't kept that up this year. It's hard to sit down and essentially be your own assistant for a few hours but once you do it once it's easier to go back and update. Last year I mailed out packets on December 31st and I walked to two post offices during my lunch break because the first one had already closed and I was determined to have the postmark match the date in the letter. Hilarious... and crazy.
This year I'll try for a little earlier in the month.
Friday, November 7, 2008
In addition to a fun character I also got to use a bad accent as the tween saying the following line:
"I'm Betsy Ross and I invented the flag."
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
New Year Resolutions: 2 Months Early. A double audish today and it turns out both were for diets. Wrigley is marketing gum as a way to get over cravings. Hmmm… should I eat this cookie, or chew fruity gum? The other spot was for a nutritional website.
The most interesting part of this audish was the ride there- my cab driver was absolutely ridiculous. First, he pulled over to mail something. What?!? You drive around all day… maybe you could do that when you don’t have a passenger. It looked like a parking ticket, and you have seven days to mail those. Second, he had no change… for a twenty. If I was throwing down hundos or even fifties it would be my fault. But I think cabs should have change for a twenty. He opened the door, stuck his head out, looked around the street, and sat there. I said, “What are you doing?” and he pointed to another cab. He only had three singles, and I was not about to pay 17$ for a 7$ ride that included a personal detour. So I had to wait for the other cab to arrive and give my cab driver change. I don’t want to be snobby but overall the whole thing was ridiculous.
Once I got into the booth they took my first read on both spots, so that was nice. :)
PS- happy election day!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Altar Boyz Casting
Altar Boyz is an award-winning Off-Broadway musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy band from Ohio. The show is presented in real time as a concert, the last concert of their national "Raise the Praise" tour, by the five-member group the Altar Boyz and their band.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Solo Sketch Comedy Class
This workshop is designed to assist, motivate, and inspire those who would like to write and perform character monologues and one-person scenes. Open to the experienced and not-so experienced, it will focus on writing, stage presence, structure, tools, tricks, timing, cadence, finding inspiration --- to name a few. The workshop will be limited to 6 students. Upon completion, performers will have performance slots in Thursday Happy Hour, the weekly solo showcase at the Playground.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
*This post brought to you by the wisdom I have gained by osmosis from my CPA father.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Things we could figure out before the audish:
- The word 'professional' appears 4 times in the post, including "professional appearance" listed as a plus. What does this mean? Business casual, no jeans!
Things we learned during:
- Kudos to the artistic director for starting the audish with a clear and honest speech about the process and what they were looking for. This included being family friendly, no swears. So... be clean and smart! Maybe this is not the best time to sexually harass your scene partner.
Does this stuff make a difference? Maybe not, but I'm always in favor of being professional and following directions. There were excellent people who were hilarious and were not hired. Auditors might not even be fully aware of it, but if it comes down to two people and one of them followed directions...
As always, stand out in a positive way.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Opportunity + Preparation = Success
One of my friends was recently contacted and asked to submit for a big role in an upcoming Quirk de Oil of Olay production- a new show that will eventually end up on Broadway. With his permission I am going to retell some of the details. I love this story because it is a perfect example of O+P=S and why you should always be ready. “Be ready” encompasses so many aspects of our business: Headshot, Resume, Training, Experience, Network of supportive fellow artists, Energy, and more.
Mr. B was doing the work and performing in style of theater that he loves, and then one day a casting agent contacted his recent director. There’s an opening in the show and the character description fits him like a bedazzled spandex bodysuit. Because Mr. B is a prepared actor, he had relevant training, a resume, reviews, and costumed photos ready to go and emailed that day. He passed the first round and was asked to submit additional materials. Because Mr. B is a fine human being, he had talented friends who were willing to help him with a video and a few more specific items this audition called for.
Now he’s waiting to hear back about the next round, but he’s in an excellent place. He was prepared 100% and submitted the best materials that he could. He controlled the part of the process that he could, now it’s up to them.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Check out their audish on Chicago Plays:
The House Theatre of Chicago
Rose and the Rime
Date: September 30th
Equity / Non Equity:Non-Equity
Type / Restrictions: Looking for non-equity male and female actors with experience in physical theatre and devising original work with an ensemble. Actors who sing, play an instrument, or have circus or dance training are strongly encouraged to submit. Please send a headshot and resume to The House Theatre of Chicago, ATTN: Casting--Rose and the Rime, 4611 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite #201, Chicago, IL 60640. Auditions--by invitation--will consist of a two minute physical theatre piece of your own design and a group movement call.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
SKILLS: The area at the bottom of your resume where you list everything you know how to do, sortof know how to do, or at one point in time knew how to do.
Well, "flute" is listed on my resume and last week I had the urge to see if I could still play and read music. I actually played from 3rd grade until my senior year of high school, including several years of private lessons.
Quick flashback: I can clearly remember wanting to play the trombone when we walked into 'pick your instrument day'. Even today I could not reach the end of the instrument when the bottom is extended, so you can imagine how far off I was as a 3rd grader. My sister played the clarinet and I was decent at the flute, so there it was.
I am proud to report that it was a little rocky at first, but I played for almost two hours and it really came together at the end of my practice session. If called upon, I could in fact demonstrate my flute playing skills.
What are your skills?
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I was just in glorious Pittsburgh, PA for two college improv shows over three days. The fun times included a great show, tax free clothes shopping, and a show that turned into a workshop. And it was all made possible by our GPS directional device. Seriously, Pittsburgh is a curvy city. Those Allegheny foothills make for some beautiful scenery but they are tricky to navigate on a dark and stormy night.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Singers Chorus Call
Lots of audishes on chicagoplays' site, what are you signing up for?
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Human Statue needed for our trade show exhibit ....
I can't even google image search this one for you.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Then I got a call from a friend and ended up sitting in with a great show at iO that needed another player- Felt - an improvised puppet show. A. It's so much fun everytime I get to join them; B. It feels like voiceover since we are we working through puppets.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
First up: a dialogue that I read with another gal. It was for a state lottery. It took off on the concept of sharing things at a barbecue and ended at sharing boyfriends. A little too weird and awkward for a lottery spot in my opinion....but what do I know?
Second: Shoes! We're talking BOGO ladies!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Laugh Out Loud Theater is holding auditions for paid positions in short-form improv shows at the Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg. Looking for several people to join a rotating cast on Friday and Saturday nights, typically you would work three to four dates in a two month schedule. Owning a car is helpful but not a must – casts carpool from the city.
Auditions slots are every half hour at Gill Park Wednesday, July 16 from 4-8pm Callbacks will be atGill Park Thursday, July 17 between 4-8pm.
Email name, phone number, and time slot preference (if any) to email@example.com. You will receive a confirmation email with further details.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
All Male Dance Team Seeks YOU!!!!!
Have you always loved choreographed dance routines? Do you like watching Usher and Justin Timberlake bust a move in their music videos and at live performances with a large group of synchronized dancers?
From the Reader.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
A pretty cool improv show is having audishes:
Chemically Imbalanced Comedy announces auditions for additional cast member for our hit improv show "Bad Review."
I have a vo audish for an audio book tomorrow, and I will report on it soon!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center
Type / Restrictions: The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (JPAC) will host auditions for Barry Manilow’s COPACABANA. The Production calls for the casting of three men, three women and a large singing/dancing ensemble.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
First up, a sketch show that required prepared songs. Plural- as in an uptempo and a ballad. When I got the email last week, I contacted my former teacher at Old Town. She fit me in for a private lesson which was super sassy and productive.
And finally yesterday arrived- the first time I had to sing a prepared song for an audish. I was looking forward to singing in my cab on the way there, because I have secret fantasies of being a Broadway musical star and this was as close as I will probably get to that.
I knew this was a sassy cab when I saw bright red seats. And I did have an awesome cab driver who didn't mind my practice singing, and in fact was very encouraging and claimed to enjoy my songs. He actually had some great advice when I told him I was audishing- "try hard and keep persisting" - a man after my own optimism.
Second up, a vo audish. For the role of an 'ethnically non-descript' friend who was 'nice, upbeat, funny, natural.'
Fun lunch time, but I seriously spent $20 on cabs. Yikes!
Monday, April 21, 2008
So what exactly is a mailing to agents? You only need 2 things:
- A cover letter (I am looking for representation, this is my background, here are my shows)
- Headshot w/resume trimmed to 8x10 and stapled to the back. Or your demo if it is a VO mailing.
Who do you send it to?
- Agents- build a list from the list of franchised agents on AFTRA & SAG's websites. Non union agents can be found in the Chicago Creative Directory
- Casting- be sure your letter to casting directors says you are submitting for their files, not looking for representation. Also find these in the Chi Creative Directory.
How do you make cute mailing labels? Use those admin day jobs skills and get this info into an excel sheet. Search 'mail merge' on word help. You can create a letter and then mail merge the greeting, and you can mail merge to get address labels. Avery 5160 are my fav labels.
Then wait for the calls to roll in. And while you ware waiting, think of something you can do that you can announce on a postcard. Fun!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I have discovered one of my favorite things in the world is being offered water at recording studios: "room temp or cold?" I was like, you know what, sometimes I do want room temp!
It took twenty minutes and I got a milkshake at McDonald's for the walk back to my day job.
Too much fun!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
I wish there was a dance team for upper twenty-year-olds who used to be on a dance team 5 years ago but don't want to wear tube tops.
Oh wait, there is, it's called the Chicago Sashay Company....
From the News section:
Open Casting Call - April 19th, 2008, adults 2-4 pm.
I went to this last year, it is right in Oprah's neighborhood. Last year they had us cold read some commercials, and there were lots of interesting people there audishing.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
What?• The Museum of Science and Industry is looking for improvisers to perform in its new exhibit – The Smart Home: Green and Wired – a modular house (no, NOT like in a trailer park) loaded with cutting edge technology (an exercise bike that can power up your beer fridge) and the latest trends in green living and sustainable design (a bathroom sink made from recycled toilets).
• We’ll provide you with content and some character suggestions to build from; you’ll utilize your skills and talents to create a fun, engaging and interactive experience.
Who?• Improvisers looking to gain experience interacting with a wide variety of audiences while honing their character skills and getting PAID to have fun!
More details on CIN
Monday, April 7, 2008
While interesting characters come out of the woodwork for any unscreened audition, percussion auditions at the Chicago Symphony often seem to draw a lot of, well, rock drummers who think that it would be 'cool' to audition for the Chicago Symphony. While many of these people are undoubtedly also excellent classical percussionists, if you hand the typical rock drummer the Gershwin Porgy & Bess xylophone excerpt (or other such classical warhorse) you're likely to get.... interesting results.
I recall hearing about one particular percussion candidate who, coming out onstage for his audition (behind a screen, with the audition proctor next to him to answer any questions), stared in puzzlement at the cymbal part for the Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky.
He looked at the cymbal part.
He looked at the proctor.
He looked at the part again.
He looked back at the proctor.
"Hey man.... how does this tune go?"
Read the rest here.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
It was for a new acid reflex control drug.
I didn't catch the spelling, but it sounded alot like "ass effects."
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Open auditions for The World of Faeries Festival will be held at Sheil Park - 3505 N. Southport Ave, Chicago on April 12 from 1-4. Prepare a one minute monologue. For more info email ...
Friday, April 4, 2008
Early 20s, youthful quality, able to make lots of info sound casual and friendly
But I feel a little weird about this one. The copy was a little clunky and I stumbled over some words so we had to do retakes. There was a frog in my throat and I was thirsty. Ugg.
Oh well, at least I got to say one of my favorite phrases- you know it's "I'm always on the go!"
Thursday, April 3, 2008
"So I was venturing a toe back into the waters of theater, trying desperately to get back in after having unwisely strayed from the stage to go into grad school in English Lit, after having two fantastic experiences in plays senior year in undergrad.
I hated grad school and had no business there, and secretly lusted to go back into theater. The problem is I hadn't been in a play in about three years, and I'd never memorized or performed an audition monologue before, ever. The two plays I'd gotten into in undergrad had just entailed script-readings, if I recall correctly.
I was so nervous to audition that I signed up on the sheet late at night after everyone had left the building. I was that nervous and awed still by theater in general. I remember it was dark outside and I memorized a monologue for the audition from "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" after seeing the movie with Tim Roth and Gary Oldman.
The monologue is this riddling tongue-twister thing about being buried alive in a box. Very funny and playful and dark, like the play. Though I later read that it's a completely over-done monologue. But that afternoon I forced a friend to listen to me do it over and over, and by the end I had it down pretty well.
The entire monologue fled me almost immediately in the audition, and I just rambled and panicked. I got SUPER nervous and MASSIVELY flustered, so much so that
I ... grabbed one of the two auditioner's cans of soda off their table to take a swig to wet my mouth and try again.
Do you follow that? It wasn't my soda, and I didn't know them. It was just totally impulsive and unconscious. One of them said "Whoa!" or something. I just blathered out some apology and got the hell out of there.
I think I got some weird, perverse, masochistic thrill out of it though, as I often do from botched theater experiences.
That's my story."
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
In the meantime, think about this: cover letters. With so many people asking for audition requests by email and sending out mailings, your cover letter is totes important. We're essentially applying for a job. In a similar sense, your cover letter is a chance to highlight relevant experience, recent projects/bookings, and education. Set yourself apart and include a short note in addition to "I would like to request an audish, my rezy & h/s are attached."
Make them throw viruses to the wind and open your attachments!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Another Chicago Theater Company
The Last Play Standing
Date: Auditions Saturday April 5 from Noon to 4PM, with callbacks Sunday April 6
Time: By appointment
Audition Location: Sheil Park 3505 N. Southport Ave.
Type / Restrictions: ACT Company seeks all ages and types for their Staged Reading Competition Series: The Last Play Standing.
Time Commitment:Performances Fridays and Saturdays April 18- May 3.
Material to Prepare: Headshot/resume, cold reading, familiarity with Shurtleff Guideposts a plus.
Contact Info: Contact Courtney Melzer to schedule an audition
Reply to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Audition Posted On: 3/25/2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
$20, 3 hours, March 30.
Victory Gardens Theater:
$225, 4 weeks, starts Monday, April 7.
$375, 8 weeks, starts April 28 (during the day).
Might end up at Victory Gardens or doing a private sesh at the Audition Studio/Act One.
Anyone ever take these classes? Leave a comment :)
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
You may remember this post about the day I had a triple ausdishle. I got an email about a month later saying I would be added to their talent bank. And I got another email yesterday saying they had a client who wanted to use me. It is narration/hosting for a flash program and I'll be recording on Friday.
And I did get cast in the viral video- looks like bum bruises can be good luck. It films on Sunday.
The other reason I am excited about all of this is that it gives me something new to report while doing an agency and casting director mailing. One of the workshops I took mentioned that the best thing you can do is have 'news' in your mailing. News can be bookings or classes, anything that shows you're working and/or working on your craft. When was the last time you did a mailing? My last headshot mailing was about a year ago, I did a voiceover demo mailing in December. It's time for another round. Let's get it going this spring.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
First- McFancyPantsCoffee: a fun spot that reflected my daily life. Spot: girl finds missing sock and uses the accomplishment as a reason to get a fun latte. Audisher: girl does anything and uses the accomplishment as a reason to get dessert.
Second- A local sub chain purporting to be owned by your second tier relatives featured a 'ditsy, Goldie Hawn' voice. A trendsetter being interviewed about the latest in food... and toasters that run on ethanol.
Friday, March 7, 2008
When we slated- name, role- we were also required to state that we were leagally over 25. A little unusual but I guess it means they are trying to be responsible advertisers...even if they are enforcing the 'annoying girfriend' myth with this standard girlie line: "How could anything be more important than shopping?"
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Here is a hilars audish from Blewt......
I am very interested in this position. I know baseball backwards and forwards. I know all of the terminology, and am very familiar with all of the players in the game.
The only catch: I do not speak actual Chinese. I do, however, speak AMAZING fake Chinese. A non-Chinese speaker would not be able to tell that I’m not speaking actual Chinese. From my tones and inflections, they would assume that I am speaking PERFECT Chinese.
Click to visit his blog and see the video!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This one was also booked off my demo so I haven't seen the script.
Feel sporty even when you're spot-y! Tampons!
Friday, February 15, 2008
"urban-anglo (white)...early 20's...voice is cute but not childish or valleygirlish...a lot of energy...likes to have fun and staying connected to everyone is really important to her"
Urban-anglo is a new one....
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
- client buys as is and it airs
- client wants the same talent, new script and we record again
- client wants new talent
- client wants none of it
Let's all vote for the first one :)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I haven't seen the script yet and it is for a "radio demo", so it's not going to air unless the production company sells it to the client.
I will report on the session later this week!
Friday, January 25, 2008
First I had an audish that I found for myself through craigslist- a software company that creates virtual tradeshows and needs voiceover/on camera hosts. I got there and was led into a huge green screen room with the script projected onto the wall. They had me go through it about 5 times and said that they would be cutting it together to create a library of talent for their clients to choose from. At the end they said I was 'ahead of the curve.' So either it went well or I was being compared to everyone who answers craiglist ads.
Second, I had an audish with my voiceover agent. I got there and found out it was actually for 2 different spots which is always fun and double the cab value. The first one was for a contest for kids to win a trip to space camp, supercute. The second was for a vapid Valentine's Day commercial for cell phones. If I could have a red phone that directly connected to every copywriter in the city, I would tell them to please stop using the following formula for radio spots: "Guy does something stupid, Girl is mad." Come on, more credit is due on both accounts.
Guy: I got you this cell phone. AND I programmed our song as the ring tone!
Girl: Oh so swee- (not the right ring tone) that's not our song!
In real life, the girl would be mad as soon as she saw that the gift was a cell phone. Unless it was hidden inside a flower inside a chocolate flower inside of a diamond necklace. Am I right ladies???
Monday, January 14, 2008
I get word of the day emails from www.m-w.com and recently this appeared in my inbox:
audition \aw-DISH-un\ noun
1 : the power or sense of hearing 2 : the act of hearing; especially : a critical hearing 3 : a trial performance to appraise an entertainer's merits
Did you know? Today, “audition” most often refers to a theatrical or musical tryout, but that wasn’t always the case. “Audition" is rooted in the Latin verb "audire," meaning "to hear," and was first used in the late 16th century to refer to the power or sense of hearing. "Audire" is also the root of such "hearing" words in English as "audible," "audience" (which first meant "the act or state of hearing"), and the prefix "audio-," which appears in various words relating to sound. It wasn’t until late 19th century that the noun “audition” began being used for an entertainer’s trial performance. And the verb “audition,” meaning "to test or try out in an audition," didn’t appear on the English language stage until the mid-20th century.
The original meaning of audition is a wonderful thing to think about going into an audish. For one thing, we all know that listening is a huge part of a successful improv scene. For two things, what really applies to any audition is hearing what the auditors are asking for and doing your best to deliver. Every VO audish I have been on has included some character description. Am I really listening and delivering what I think a depressed superhero would sound like? I try :) I think every tourco audish I have done has started with a speech from the SC folk saying that after watching tons of audishes they do not want to see inappropriate scenes or language. And then I see why they have to make that speech, because someone freaks out and does a prostitute-incest-seduction scene that freaks everyone else out.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Oh yea! And I started this blog to keep track of my auditions. I hope to write many more entries in 2008.