Monthly Archives: August 2017

Aug 15

WEBINAR 1: Anatomy of a Self Test Audition

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

Anatomy of a Self Test Audition - the takeaways
learnt from Lou Mitchell
      The Recording

Date:

Duration:

Tutor:

                         Full Fee:


AVAILABLE NOW

1 hour 30 minutes

​Richard Sarell

$10.00


90 minute WEBINAR Replay - $10

5 star rating

After a fabulous SELF TEST AUDITION WORKSHOP with Lou Mitchell (Maura Fay Casting), RICHARD has crunched the numbers and done the analysis.
THE RESULTS ARE FASCINATING. 

NOW you can discover the basic mistake 68% of actors make in their self test audition in this 5-star Webinar.

Do a simple exercise that will change the way that you make your choices forever. 

Richard has the numbers that prove the point.

Sharon Heywood
Wesley Forke

Detailed and descriptive. Great stuff.
SHARON HEYWOOD


Seeing those percentages was a real wake up call - kind of scary.
WESLEY FORKE

Thanks for opening my eyes, Richard
KATE ALNUTT


Immediately implementable practical instruction and insights.
SOPHIA LIGHTFOOT

Kate Allnutt
Sophia Lightfoot

There is a current epidemic of self test auditions because of the pandemic. That trend was growing before the Covid Crisis and is set to continue afterwards.  So, don't fall into this basic trap with your next self test.   


What you will learn in this session ...

1) The most likely choice most actors will make

There are common choices made by actors when preparing a self test scene.  Understanding how others work will help you to make choices that are different.

2) Creative techniques to make an effective and professional self tape

There are very simple techniques that open up your options for the choices you are considering.  Learn to let logic create the possibilities so that your intuition can make the choice.

3) Manage the shooting/recording options

In last Saturday's session Lou Mitchell made a number of suggestions about how to use the camera to enhance your performance.  This session will explore a variety of ways you can do that.

4) Preparing options for a scene when under pressure

Build your skill at understanding how the elements of the character and the conflict interact so that you are in complete control of all the options.  There will be a simple exercise to help you do that, which will be empowering.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You find Casting Directors intimidating
  • Are never sure exactly what a casting director is looking for or you are absolutely sure what they are looking for
  • Have made great plans for your audition but seldom deliver them
  • Feel you often fall into the same traps
  • Often aren't clear about your choices so you just wing it.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • the same mistakes will continue to reoccur
  • you wont have a professional understanding of the audition process
  • confusing choices will be hard to resolve
  • your audition will be the same as everyone else's
  • 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.  Self test have added a whole new layer of complications.  Plus 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.

Richard continues to analyze actors choices to define which ones are productive so that the actors he trains are equipped to make pro-active choices.  

Because our minds all work in the same way understanding those patterns of behaviour is both good for managing the actor's choices as well as understanding the character's motivation.


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 WEBINAR - IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

Aug 08

Audition Workshop – Lou Mitchell

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

ONLINE Self-test Audition Workshop

Dates:

Sat 8 August

Duration:

4 hrs

Times:

9 am – 1 pm

Tutors:

Lou Mitchell – Maura FayRichard Sarell

Fee:

$95

History of The Rehearsal Room's Audition Workshops

MAKE A PROACTIVE CHOICE DURING LOCKDOWN

Try out your SELF TEST skills and shooting set-up. THEN get feedback from Casting Director LOU MITCHELL (Maura Fay Casting – Dr Blake Mysteries) and TV Director RICHARD SARELL (View his CV HERE).  It will be like doing a CALLBACK Audition.  

  1. Submit your self test prior to the session.
  2. Then view it with Casting Director LOU MITCHELL and get feedback.  YOU GET LIVE ONE-ON-ONE ONLINE TIME with the Casting Director, Lou Mitchell.
  3. NEXT you get direction from LOU MITCHELL about the changes she would like and you immediately implement those options LIVE to demonstrate your audition skills.  (You can record your performance.)
  4. You also get ONE-ON-ONE TIME with director and acting coach Richard Sarell.  Get practical acting tips on how to implement change and/or make great active choices quickly.  (A perfect opportunity to sample the power of The Rehearsal Room acting process.)
  5. At the end of the session participate in a general discussion about the audition process in this post Covid-19 world.

LEARN TO BE CREATIVELY CONFIDENT IN AN AUDITION

DOUBLE THE VALUE

Lou Mitchell

Maura Fay Casting

GET PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FROM CASTING DIRECTOR LOU MITCHELL ABOUT ..

  • Your self-test shooting set up
  • Your approach to delivering a good audition
  • The other things you could consider in your preparation 
  • What your strength is in the audition room and what you can work on
  • The key essentials for an audition
  • Richard Sarell

    Director – Acting Coach

    DISCOVER KEY INGREDIENTS OF THE REHEARSAL ROOM APPROACH  …

    The Rehearsal Room techniques were used by Stefanie Caccamo to help a an actor friend record a self test. She explained that … “he immediately felt a shift in his performance – he was no longer thinking about “acting” and what he looked like, but rather what he wanted to achieve in the scene.  He sent the best take off to his agent and got an immediate response.  His agent said, “THAT’S THE BEST TAPE I’VE SEEN YOU DO!.”

    AN AUDITION WORKSHOP WITH A DIFFERENCE

    What you will get from this course?

    1) Do’s and don’ts for self tests

    Acquire an understanding of the obvious traps

    2) Get great tips on general casting issues

    During the briefing session at the end of the workshop you will get practical hands-on advice from Casting Director Lou Mitchell.

    3) The opportunity to ask questions

    You will be able to ask questions in the briefing session about the personal areas of confusion or concerns you have.

    4) Get specific analysis of your acting technique

    In your one-on-one time with television director Richard Sarell you will get direct honest feedback about your acting technique and your audition 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.

    5) Make progress at being less nervous in auditions

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

    Scenes are supplied by the Casting Director LOU MITCHELL. for these workshops.  The choice of which one you wish to work on is yours. YOU WILL HAVE THREE DAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR SELF TEST.  An experienced reader will be available on Saturday morning 8 August to work with you on the live component of this workshop.  That’s when you get to re-work the scene under LOU MITCHELL’S direction.

    Four actors

    One-on-one Coaching

    Coaching Sessions with Richard are $60 for 1 hour (Covid-19 price) but are only $45 (Covid-19 price) for actors who have trained for a term at The Rehearsal Room.  Ring 0407 226 620 or email contact@rehearsalroom.com to book. It is best that you record your self test independently and then come for coaching to prepare for responding to Lou’s direction.

    I’ve really rediscovered my passion for screen acting. I used to leave screen classes feeling deflated and unsure of myself but when I leave The Rehearsal Room, I feel inspired to keep working harder. Truly, thank you.

    Actor STEFANIE CACCAMO

    Stef Caccamo

    For an actor a scene must do more than further the plot – it must explore the relationship between 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…

    Shane Porteus

    THIS IS FOR YOU IF…

    • You to advance skill levels and career options during lockdown
    • 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
    • Are not sure if your self test set-up is a good enough standard
    • You feel an audition is a competition that you must win

    IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

    • you could continue to feel uncomfortable when shooting your self tests
    • 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 this was sometimes due to lack of understanding and sometimes to do with nerves.  That was why he devised a workshop that would help actor’s acquire skills to defeat the audition stresses.THE AIM of these sessions was to enable actors TO BE CREATIVELY FREE in an audition not restricted by fear.

    REVEALING THE MYTHSHaving 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.

    LEADING THE WAYRichard 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.

    Saturday 8 August

    Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

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