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Jan 14

Acting – Build an Acting Career

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Build an Acting Career

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Tuesday 25 Jan – 27 March

9 weeks

7.00pm to 9.30pm

Kyahl Anderson
Richard Sarell

$555.00


$55.50


Are you  between 15 - 26 years old and seriously interested in being a professional actor?
If so, this course is for YOU!!! 
You will learn the key ingredients to a professional performance and you will be coached in the fundamentals of how to start a career.  You will be guided how to approach an actor's agent.  And you will have the opportunity to shoot a showreel scene to demonstrate your skills.

Ann Truong Hard Target 2, Hunters, Schapelle, Neighbours

"Something clicks in every class. It’s an amazing feeling - knowing that you are going to learn something profound but you are yet to have any idea of what that is until it happens. I return each week excited knowing that I am about to experience this."  March 2013



What will be covered in this course?

1) Learn the key to the 'business' of being an actor

Once you are ready, this course will instruct you on how to approach an agent in a professional manner and how to look good in the audition room once you start getting auditions.

2) Learn the key to being a stand-out actor

These modern acting techniques have actors looking highly professional in the fast moving world of TV and film production.  Older approaches, originally designed for actors who worked in the theatre, aren't easily adaptable to modern schedules.  These skills will have you working quickly and effectively - essential for the modern screen actor.

3) Effectively creating a character and then changing in 10 seconds

Both Actor's Agents and Casting Directors have commented that after extensive training actors often can't take direction and make changes.  Actors who train at The Rehearsal Room always stand out because of their ability to take direction.  These are proven professional skills that work.

4) Learn techniques that have you looking professional on the set

Knowing what to expect on a professional set means you won't make obvious mistakes on your first jobs.  Understanding what a director requires and how to deliver that is the key.  Protocols, etiquette and interpersonal skills are all part of a professional actors skill set.

5) Understand how to market yourself as an actor

Once you are a trained actor you are a business commodity.  You need to know what you are selling and how to sell it.  Understanding how show business works and how you will fit into it is the key to being both happy and successful.  This course will set you on the right footing to achieving those goals.

6) Get a professional showreel scene that demonstrates your strengths

Once actors are ready we will shoot one showreel scene to give you the best chance of displaying your skills to a potential agent.  An agent generally won't consider signing an actor unless they can see their work in a showreel scene.  It is essential to have at least one showreel scene of good quality.  For $460 we will shoot and edit a scene for you of professional standard  (costs are often around $999 for such a service).

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You have always had a desire to try acting but didn't know where to start
  • You are wondering if you have any acting talent and are looking for a safe place to give it a try
  • Have tried other places but found them too complicated or too confusing
  • You feel you need to understand how the film & TV industry work before you step into it
  • You have a voice inside you saying "I want to try acting"

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You will make slow progress trying to find a system that works for you
  • You will make basic mistakes when you first approach an agent that reduce your chances of success
  • You won't function confidently when doing an audition
  • Basic acting skills will be confusing
  • You won’t know how to put yourself in charge of your career
  • You won’t have an acting process that grows with you and for you

ABOUT RICHARD...

Richard has been developing these remarkable acting techniques for 33 years.  He has directed 175 hours of TV drama for a variety of TV networks including the ABC.  He has a  professional directors understanding of what makes an actor stand out.  


Actors who have studied at other institutions are constantly commenting how clear and practical this approach to acting is.  It gives actors the ability to make highly professional and very effective choices quickly.  Actors often believe that a director will tell them how to play the scene.  This is rarely true.  Mostly directors are waiting to see what the actor has to offer.  Being able to make great choices and change them quickly is what this approach trains actors to do.

ABOUT KYAHL...

Kyahl Anderson has been studying The Rehearsal Room acting process for 5 years.  He is totally on top of the theory and is so practiced at using it as an actor that  he had 10 call backs for 10 consecutive auditions in 2017.

Besides working effectively as an actor he is being regularly hired as a director because he is consistently delivering performances and productions that work.  He has been teaching all levels of classes at The Rehearsal Room for 12 months and is receiving outstanding commendations from the actors he has instructed.​


THIS COURSE STARTS - Tuesday 30 Jan 2018

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be skilled in auditions. This workshop lays all the foundations for a professional acting career.

Tia shot this scene to demonstrate her skills with a US accent ... but YOUR SHOWREEL SCENE COULD LOOK JUST LIKE THIS.

Oct 04

THREE Audition Workshops

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

THREE Audition Workshops

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Saturday 4 Nov, 11 Nov & 25 Nov

(3 weeks)

9.00am to 1.00pm

Alison Telford, Lou Mitchell, Thea McLeod & Richard Sarell

$350.00

Other price options available - see below


A great opportunity to train with three of Melbourne's top casting director's:

ALISON TELFORD (Ex ABC now - Alison Telford Casting) - 25 November
LOU MITCHELL (Maura Fay Casting) - 4 November 
THEA McLEOD (Neighbours & McLeod Casting) - 11 November.

Get the best advice in town and also be assessed by television director RICHARD SARELL.


THREE DIFFERENT PAYMENT PLANS
1) Enrol to see all THREE Casting Directors $350 - Enrol NOW
 To book a discounted one-on-one coaching session email contact@rehearsalroom.com    

2) Enrol to see any TWO Casting Directors ($270) - to enrol ... 
... email the dates you would like to attend to contact@rehearsalroom.com or call 0407 226 620

3) Enrol to see only ONE Casting Director ($150) ...

... email the date you would like to attend to contact@rehearsalroom.com or call 0407 226 620

The Rehearsal Room's Audition Space

One-on-one Coaching Offers

1) See THREE Casting Directors with 3 discounted coaching session $499 total.

2) See THREE Casting Directors with 2 discounted coaching sessions $469 total.

3) See TWO Casting Directors with 2 discounted coaching sessions $390.

4) See TWO Casting Directors with 1 discounted coaching session $340.

Coaching Sessions are with Richard Sarell and are 1 hour in duration.  Ring 0407 226 620 or email contact@rehearsalroom.com to book.


What will be covered in this course?

1) Build a personal relationship with a Casting Director

It is as important for a Casting Director to meet and understand you as a person as it is for them to know about your acting skill.

2) Explore three different points of view from three different Casting Directors

Casting Directors have many things in common but they also have their distinctive differences.  Working with them is the best way to find out how they see the job.

3) Get great tips on general casting issues

During the briefing sessions at the beginning and end of each workshop you will get practical hands-on advice from the casting directors.

4) The opportunity to ask questions

You will be able to ask questions in the two briefing sessions about the personal areas of confusion or concern you have.

5) Get specific analysis of your audition technique

In your one-on-one time with television director Richard Sarell you will get direct honest feedback about your audition technique and your acting technique.  Sometimes your acting techniques are great but your audition technique doesn't display your strengths.  Richard will assist you with clear and practical advice.

6) Make progress at being less nervous in auditions

Nerves can have a big impact on the outcome of an audition.  Making an audition an ordinary experience rather than an exceptional one is a skill that needs to be acquired and practiced.

Shane Porteous A Country Practice [Lead actor]

For an actor a scene must do more than further the plot - it must explore the relationship between the characters. Richard has a gift for making this process clear and simple. His direction gives me confidence to trust my own intuition, thus allowing the character room to breathe...

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You find Casting Directors intimidating
  • You are never sure exactly what a casting director is looking for
  • You have made great plans for your audition but never deliver them
  • Don't know how to conduct yourself in an audition
  • Don't know which questions to ask the casting director
  • You feel an audition is a competition that you must win

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • you will always feel uncomfortable when auditioning
  • you wont have a professional understanding of the audition process
  • will remain confused about issues that should be clear to you
  • you will reduce your chances of doing a good audition
  • be rigid in your choices rather than relaxed, flexible and professional

ABOUT RICHARD...

Over his twenty-five year directing career Richard found that many actors he auditioned didn’t actually listen in auditions.  And he realised that it took many years of experience for actors to come to terms with and understand the audition process.

Having a practical understanding of what the actor's job is when auditioning is a massive help in enabling an actor to audition well.  These workshops aim to quickly build an actor's understanding of the audition process - which usually takes actors years of professional experience to acquire. There are many myths about auditions and many confusions about what Casting Directors and directors are looking for.

Richard was one of the first acting teachers to begin running workshops that allowed actors to interact with Casting Directors.  The aim was to give actors experience of the audition room so that they can approach an audition in a relaxed, focused and professional way.

These are the only workshops where actors also receive analysis and feedback from a director as well as a casting director.  This combined input from two different entertainment professionals makes these workshops unique and incredibly valuable.


THIS COURSE - Saturdays 4 Nov, 11 Nov & 25 Nov 2017

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

Karla Hillam as the Ugly Duckling
Sep 19

An Outstanding Level of Skill

By Richard Sarell | News

“Mesmerising!” was the comment from one audience member.
“I couldn’t take my eyes off her,” was another comment.

This was a performance that was great fun. We laughed and were moved. The time flew by. And at the end we understood.

KARLA HILLAM’S stage presence was captivating, powerful and very entertaining. She had assembled a great team for her first solo cabaret performance. The direction was excellent, the musical arrangement impeccable, the costumes wonderful and her own performance was outstanding.

What are the ingredients that make such a performance a success?

They are …

  • a clear and purposeful communication with the audience,
  • an actor who is totally comfortable and having fun,
  • elements of comedy, drama, irony and pathos in excellent balance
  • and an actor whose technique is so refined all you can see is the character.

The actor’s job is really simple, isn’t it? It is to engage an audience and entertain them by taking them on a journey through the story. That’s what KARLA HILLAM succeeded in doing, in spades, on the opening night of her cabaret show, “Ugly Duckling” at the Butterfly Club (check here for times).

The last time I saw a Rehearsal Room actor on stage with such a strong presence was watching GLENN QUINN as an understudy in “Jersey Boys” at the Princess Theatre. GLENN went on to play a lead in that show 300 times. In a similar way KARLA delivered the same stage presence that demanded you watch her. When those qualities are present the hopes for a bright future are strong.

Congratulations, KARLA HILLAM!!

[Written & directed by Spanky; Musical Direction by Andrew Kroenert; Choreography by Brett Fisher; Sound and Lighting by Dan Barca; Costumes by June Robertson and Tristan Seebohm] 

Successes of the Month
Jul 31

On the Job

By Richard Sarell | News

DANIEL Di GIOVANNI has been on air as a core cast member in the ABC’s “Ronny Chieng: International Student” comedy series. Daniel also shot a Coles commercial in which he was cast without auditioning. His previous auditions were obviously strong enough to get him this gig.

YASMIN BUSHBY is on a roll. She has recently completed 3 big projects.  Yasmin has been writing, producing and presenting a series of 26 sustainability-focussed videos for the City of Melbourne. All completed in time for Al Gore arriving in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. She was also the featured role in a recent Coles commercial. And she is currently presenting an eight video series in Sydney and Melbourne for a big-name company. This shoot is underway at this moment.

DARREN MORT will shortly be making a return to Neighbours to reprise a guest character he has played before (no audition required).

ANTE KRESO appeared in “Offspring” with very positive feedback from the production about his work.

BRUNO STEPNELL has just completed a 2-day shoot for Neighbours.

ANDREA McCANNON and SIMONE BALL appeared in the same episode of True Story with Hamish & Andy.

MAXWELL SIMON after a great finish to his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the VCA has just finished his first professional gig – one of the lead roles in the new Australian musical ‘Between Worlds’. Well done Max.
Check this out … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yVgaHZwDlg

Congratulations to all. It has been a busy month.

Jul 24

Totally Truthful and Compelling to Watch

By Richard Sarell | News

Every so often, something so outstanding happens that its importance needs to be recorded. Last week ANDREA McCANNON’S performance in Wednesday evening’s ‘Eclat’ MASTER CLASS was such an occasion. ANDREA delivered a fabulous 6 minute 45 second blemish free performance recorded in one take.

At The Rehearsal Room, as actors progress through the various levels of the classes they work on longer and longer scenes. That’s because the challenge for the actor to keep a scene engaging for the audience increases considerably as the length of the scene grows. This scene was nearly seven minutes long! That’s unusually long for a TV script.  There were plenty of challenges here, yet ANDREA made it look easy.

This exceptional performance was totally engaging, compellingly real, charming and thoroughly entertaining. Fine work.

ANDREA’S association with The Rehearsal Room began in 2005. She started in the Intermediate Sunday Workshop and has continued to return over the years.

The next Sunday Intermediate Workshop commences on Sunday 6 August at 2pm.  Enrol here.

20week ACCELERATOR with Glenn Quinn, Richard Sarell & Kyahl Anderson
Jun 18

A Workshop That Raises the Bar

By Richard Sarell | News

It has been in the planning stages for 7 months but as we now have a FANTASTIC new venue we can announce it!!!    …
“The 20week ACCELERATOR starts July 19th.”  Cue the fanfare!!!   Trumpets sound!

It is a course that will lift actors skills to a new level.  Click here for details.

Auditions start next Saturday 24th June (to book a time ring Richard 0407 226 620 or email Richard@rehearsalroom.com). It is short notice but if you can’t prepare a simple audition in that time you really DO need this course – so, find a way.

The total focus of the 20week ACCELERATOR will be on training actors to work at professional speed with professional results. It will be powerfully effective.  This course will raise the level of acting tuition to a new high.

For more details go here.

Explosive afternoon
Jun 05

A Taste of Our New Home

By Richard Sarell | News

The Rehearsal Room tested out its new home at the Dream Factory in Footscray with a 3-hour workshop “Freedom for the Actor” on Sunday 4 June.  The results were outstanding with moving and powerful performances resulting from the exercises.

GLENN QUINN and KYAHL ANDERSON did a superb job in bringing their perspective to the session. “Incredible content in an explosive afternoon,” was how KELLY CUPO experienced the day. “What a pleasure to work with three professionals,” she said. The strength of the teaching team at The Rehearsal Room is growing and growing. It is already at an impressive standard.

“Three minds with three different approaches combined together, really created a powerful approach to the conversation,” commented CIGDEN HONEY.

It was an exciting afternoon.

The first SUNDAY WORKSHOPS at the DREAM FACTORY start this Sunday 11 June.
Click here to enroll for the Introductory Workshop and here for the Intermediate Workshop.

Joshua Hodge gets gig on Wentworth
May 24

Another Step Forward

By Richard Sarell | News

“You have got the role,” are the words every actor wants to hear their agent say.  JOSHUA HODGE has just heard those words because he’s got a gig on “Wentworth”.

It is another step forward in expanding his experience and it also helps in building a professional network with Casting Directors and Directors.

Although an actor is always hoping for the BIG BREAK, for most it is a question of building a reputation one step at a time. Each gig is an opportunity to gain more experience and each class is the opportunity to build more skill. JOSHUA recently completed the Advanced Workshop (for experienced actors) where in 10 weeks he explored over 15 techniques to manage character and advance the drama of the story. Those skills are aimed at generating a performance that will standing out from the crowd in the audition room.  Well done, Josh!!

May 01

Hollywood Excitement

By Richard Sarell | News

Actor/Producer DARREN MORT and Lead Actor WESLEY FORKE were in Los Angeles last week to see their film “Degree of Separation” screened in the opening session of 17th Beverly Hills Film Festival. “It was very exciting for the film to be accepted into the festival but to then be scheduled to open the festival was a huge honour,” DARREN MORT said from LA. Seeing the distinctive image of the film’s poster adorning the festival’s foyer generated a real sense of how significant this achievement is.

“Degree of Separation” was directed by KYAHL ANDERSON and DALE MASTIN. It was written by PHILIP CLAASSEN. Congratulations to everyone concerned.

 

Three Success Stories
Apr 28

Three Success Stories

By Richard Sarell | News

Fiona Banks is a busy director. With recent credits on The Dr Blake Mysteries, House Husbands and Winners and Losers she regularly runs sessions for The Rehearsal Room’s MASTER CLASS actors. This week she told The Rehearsal Room how pleased she was with JESSICA STANLEY’S performance in the final episode of The Dr Blake Mysteries (Series 5). The series has not yet been scheduled but Fiona said, “Jessica is going to be very pleased with her work.” Fiona is excited about this performance. So is JESSICA.

Congratulations, JESSICA.

 

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS
Actor WESLEY FORKE is achieving international recognition at film festivals for his outstanding performance in “Degree of Separation” as is KYAHL ANDERSON the director of this 14-minute film. It’s most recent review from the Stonefair Festival in Romania gives high praise to the film’s performances which is the story of Troy played by WESLEY. The Stonefair reviewer writes, “The delivery of the simple yet powerful message is substantially aided by the outstanding performances of all actors involved, and especially by Wesley Forke as Troy and Arta Mucaj as Virianna. The delivery of each line feels completely natural, while moments of silence and quiet contemplation are just as powerful insights into their personalities.” According to this Stonefair review these performances have achieved the perfect balance between relationship and circumstance to deliver the “raw power” of this story’s message.

 

“Degree of Separation” was produced by DARREN MORT.

 

MAKING A STRONG IMPRESSION
ELLMIR ASIPI has just completed his second term of classes at The Rehearsal Room and during the term shot his first professional gig in the ABC’s new kids show “Mustangs FC”.   ELLMIR is 16 and was originally booked for an 8-day shoot with a few lines on this new ABC show. His performance attracted attention because his part grew. By the end of the shoot he had been booked for a total of 20 days. That’s every actor’s dream … a promotion that occurs because the quality of your work is recognised.

He is plainly doing the job well. Congratulations, ELLMIR.

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