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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

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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. 

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.

Jul 10

TV Presenting Workshop

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

TV Presenting Workshop

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Early Bird
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Saturday 10 July - 14 Aug

29 hours over 6 weeks

2pm - 6pm

Richard Sarell

$690.00 available till 30 Jan
$770.00

NOTE:  The 2 final days may be full days + Final Review a fortnight after completion              


Learn practical professional TV Presenting skills and overcome your public speaking fears. The confidence that has you relating to the camera in a charismatic way will work just as well to a live audience.  You will learn more in your first session than you normally get from a whole course.

How to write good copy, co-present, conduct great interviews are explored.

Joined Up Films

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We’ve been sending our first time presenters to Richard to help get them camera ready for many years. He’s a consummate professional with a deep understanding of performance and presentation.


Darren Hutchinson Joined Up Films Pty Ltd
"Who's Been Sleeping in My House" (Adam Ford) ABCTV, "Will Australia Ever Have a Black Prime Minister" (Mark Coles Smith) ABCTV; "Are You Addicted to Technology" (Dr Huu Kim Le) SBS


An engaging performance that charms your audience will become a habit.


Professional performance skills will have you feeling at home on the public podium, the boardroom or in front of the camera.

In the final session shoot your own story that includes co-presenting, two reporting pieces to camera,  an interview and a voice over.

BRING AN SD CARD to record your work to take home to assess.  SD Card details are HERE.


Yasmin Bushby


The course gave me the confidence to know what I'm supposed to do on the set - it is very very practical and it works

What will be covered in this course?

1) Essential performance skills for communicating to an audience

Relating to the camera in a way that engages the audience makes it clear what the key to all good public speaking is

2) Keeping an open and spotaneous approach to charm your audience

Often the techniques that are taught are artificial.  Here you will learn simple practical skills that utilize the strengths of your personality

3) How to cope with stresses and distractions so you stay relaxed and real

Managing nerves and understanding what generates them is a fast track to success.

4) Understanding the production process and how a presenter fits into it

Working with a director who has experience directing current affairs and documentary means you will learn a professional approach to dealing with time constraints and other distractions.

5) Interviewing skills that give polished engaging results

Understanding the interviewers job is the key to doing engaging, spontaneous and entertaining interview whether on stage or on screen.  

6) Performing promos, coping with voice overs and autocue

Some specific areas require specific skills.  This course introduces a practical approach to these issues.

Adam Ford3 series of 'Tour the World' 

The thing that I like about The Rehearsal Room is that it gives you a process ... it gives you a formula that you can rely on.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • TV Presenting is something you have always wanted to do but didn't know where to start
  • The presenting course you have already done didn't build your confidence
  • Speaking comfortably in public is something you would like to master
  • You generally don't feel confident in groups and want to find a way of boosting your confidence
  • A tertiary degree in journalism hasn't made you comfortable in front of the camera
  • You believe you have the skills to be a presenter and want to learn more about how the industry works

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • Misunderstandings about the presenters job will haunt your skill set
  • You may never find out how good you can be
  • Remaining confused about issues that should be really clear will be the norm
  • Naive mistakes will occur because you don't have a practical understanding
  • The presenters job will be much harder for you than it needs to be

ABOUT RICHARD...

This course evolved because The Rehearsal Room acting process was so useful to Jules Lund in establishing a career as a TV Presenter at a very young age.  Jules did all the acting classes and then found it was those skills that quickly had him working on Channel 9's "Get Away".

On the basis of Jules success Richard decided to run this TV Presenters course and it was an instant success.  The techniques that presenters learn are an adaptation of the fundamental processes taught to actors at The Rehearsal Room.  They have all the same clear, practical, efficient and common sense qualities that produce performers who are in charge of their choices in a very professional way.

These techniques work on stage, in the boardroom or in front of a camera

Many have found they are now more comfortable and proficient on a professional set because they totally understand the realities of the job.  The end result has been a professional career.

And everyone has found that they learn the skills quickly because it is such a practical and supportive learning environment.


This video promotion was made for 2015 classes

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

THIS COURSE - Saturdays 10 July to 14 August 2021


Jul 06

AUDITIONING for TV COMMERCIALS

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

AUDITIONING for TV COMMERCIALS

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Saturday 6 July 2019

7.5 hours

10am - 6pm

Casting Director: Biffy James (2 Divas)
Director:  Richard Sarell

$256.00



Are you confident when auditioning for a TV COMMERCIAL?  Or do you often walk out of the audition room feeling you didn't do a great job.  Is the question often in your mind, "IF ONLY I had more time to think!  IF ONLY I could have another go!!"

Although a TVC only requires a short time commitment they often pay quite well - so TV Commercials are a handy supplements to an actor's income.  Impressing the casting director with your skill level is the first step towards the lottery of getting the gig.

This one-day workshop provides the opportunity to get better at auditioning for TV Commercials.  Yes, YOU WILL DO AN AUDITION.  But NO, YOU WONT walk out feeling that you would like a second chance.

THIS TIME YOU WILL get another chance?  After every round of auditions there will be a discussion/analysis session and then every actor will get a second go.  There will be one round in the morning session and another in the afternoon.  You get FOUR AUDITIONS in one-day working with two different audition formats.


What are the benefits of this course?

1) Build audition skill in two different audition formats

It is important to understand what a Casting Director expects of you and what they might ask of you.  What they ask might change depending on the audition format they are exploring.

2) An opportunity to sort out your specific confusions

Sort out your those areas you often aren't clear about.  Learn how to ask the right questions to get the right answers. 

3) Benefit from the knowledge of an experienced Casting Director and an experienced Director

During the briefing sessions after each audition you will get practical hands-on advice from the Casting Director's point of view and a Director's assessment.  You will explore a variety of options that are then tested out.

4) Work on real briefs so you get real experience

This will be a thoroughly professional working environment - dealing with the issues professionals face and using professional techniques to overcome them

5) Explore two different forms of TVC Auditions

Sometimes you have to work with another actor - sometimes you have to work alone.  Explore different techniques and different processes that help deal with these very different auditions.

6) Get to know a working Casting Director

Casting Directors not only need to know about your skill level they also need to know you.  Because you have a day to play with the challenges this workshop offers you will get to build a relationship with a working professional Casting Director

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
  • Uncertainty about exactly what a casting director is looking for holds you back
  • The great plans for your audition are seldom delivered
  • Don't know how to manage the unusual demands of TVC auditions
  • Which questions are the right ones to ask the casting director
  • You feel an audition is a competition that you must win

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • you may always feel uncomfortable when auditioning for a TVC
  • 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 BIFFY...

Biffy has vast and varied experience in the entertainment industry. Starting at just 8-years-old. She has worked at Channel 7, as an Associate Producer for a comedy sketch series over two seasons and has been at 2Divas Casting for 5 years. In that time she has been involved in casting hundreds of commercials.

As well as an Arts Degree she also has a Diploma of Screenwriting (New York Film Academy, NY), Masters of Creative Writing (RMIT), and a Masters of Producing in Film and Television (Victorian College of the Arts).

Biffy has conducted many private workshops for actors, advising them of audition tips and tricks, and what to expect in the casting room.

ABOUT RICHARD ...

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.

Richard believes this workshop will be unique in the way it identifies and solves problems for actors.  It will be a small group where​ the focus is entirely on the needs of the actors.


The Rehearsal Room runs a variety of Audition Workshops

Learn to be comfortable auditioning for TV Commercials. 

THIS COURSE - Saturday 6 July 2019

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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.

Apr 20

How To Get To Las Vegas

By Richard Sarell | News

Hard working actor/singer Anthony Sparkes played ‘Cec’ in 29 episodes of “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”.

That’s how he got invited to Las Vegas for “A Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Convention”. It simply was too good an opportunity to miss … so, he is on his way. He is expanding his itinerary and stopping by Los Angeles as well, of course.

Anthony has just completed the Advanced Workshop (for experienced actors) and no doubt will be thinking about joining a MASTER CLASS when he gets back. He is an actor on the move.