Wednesday, November 28, 2012

PROP Talk!

I'm talking props today!  The use of these objects can totally add to your audition...

What is a prop?

It's a little extra item that's not necessarily attached to your body like wardrobe.  It gives you business to do during your audition.

Do you need a prop?

Go through your sides.  If you see a physical item that pops out at you that you could really use to enhance the audition, bring it and use it.  WITH INTENTION.

Let's say you refer to your extravagant necklace during the scene... Wear a necklace that is more than a chain.  If it's a comedy, wear a costume jewelry piece.  But don't wear one that may stab you in the eye... It's going to distract from your audition.

Let's say the script calls for your policeman character to show your badge.  How memorable would you be if you quickly flashed a prop badge.  Very.

Let's say you are playing an elderly character.  You could werk the BEEP out that audition if you bring a cane and use it to convey the emotion or feeling or comedy or whatever of that character.

Maybe you don't need a prop...

If during your prep, it feels awkward to hold the prop, scratch it.


Anyway, here are some stores to check out:

Reminiscence on 23rd between 5th and 6th aves
Abracadabra on 21st between 5th and 6th aves
Halloween Adventure on 4th ave between 12th and 13th st
Party City on 14th st between 5th and 6th aves


Friday, November 2, 2012

Artistic Actions During This Time...

Sadly, Halloween is over.  But it didn't really feel like it happened at all cuz of Stupid Sandy Storm over here in NY and NJ... Moment of Silence.

I ask myself... what can artists do?

Because sometimes, it isn't all about getting the part or getting the job right?  I should hope not... Sometimes it's about helping others to understand, feel, or just physically see what they are going through in their own lives, so that they know they're not alone.  Not everyone wears their heart on their sleeve like artists do.

I don't know too many actors anymore.  I mostly know actor/writer/producer/singer/dancer/director/jewelry maker/yoga instructor people. And if you don't yet put yourself into more than one of those labels, I bet its there in your creative being.  You just haven't taken the time to cultivate it yet.

I am noticing some amazing, well shot pictures on Facebook taken by actor friends.  These pictures help me to stay informed and they really convey what is happening downtown and in parts of NJ that I won't be seeing in person.

Some actor/writer friends are delivering some excellent rants online as well.  They express the sadness and confusion I feel during this time. And they also make me laugh as I can almost see their faces as they seemingly pound on their keyboards.  I appreciate their sentiments.

I have also seen a few videos made by actor/improviser/iphonefilmmaker/producer///////// giving their 2 cents in a way we can all relate to...

I even see actor/writer/////you get it by now, taking their free time to go deliver food, jackets, and other goods to highly affected areas.  Maybe you know someone is going... Maybe you can...

I guess what I'm saying is that there are many ways to give back in a creative way.  A lot of auditions or performances aren't going to happen right now.  And maybe it won't be some big contribution cuz we're all still in shock, but hey... maybe now's the time to see what other artistic talents you have.  And how you can cultivate them and share them in a way that gives back to the community...