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Nov 21

Audition Workshop – Dave Newman

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

ONLINE Self-test Audition Workshop

Dates:

Sat 21 November

Duration:

4 hrs

Times:

9 am - 1 pm

Tutors:

Dave Newman - McSweeney Newman Casting
(Richard Sarell)

Fee:

$122

Self Test Audition Workshop


A CHANCE FOR YOU TO EXCEL

CASTING DIRECTOR DAVE NEWMAN says, "We need to ask ourselves, when looking at an audition, could I watch another 9 hours of this character?"

The challenge for actors in this next audition workshop is to NOT fall into the "SORRY, HATE, ANGER" trap that Dave Newman believes often restricts actors.  The goal is to create complex, likeable characters that deliver the story's drama.  Dave has received thousands of self test auditions.  His expert advice will help you embrace the opportunity to take control of your self test audition. 

You can test out your choices in a pre-recorded SELF TEST and THEN get feedback in this session from Casting Director Dave Newman (Australia Day, The Family Law, The Inbetweeners) about other options.  Dave will then direct you live in this online session.

Actors also get feedback from TV Director RICHARD SARELL (View his CV HERE).  

An acting challenge that will expand your understanding and your skill.  

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORKSHOP RUNS:-

  1. Submit your self test prior to the session.
  2. Then view it with Casting Director DAVE NEWMAN and get his feedback during your session.  
  3. NEXT you get direction from DAVE NEWMAN about the changes he would suggest and you immediately implement those options LIVE to demonstrate your audition skills.  (You can record your performance to review it.)
  4. You also get ONE-ON-ONE TIME with director and acting coach Richard Sarell. Get practical acting tips on how to implement change to avoid falling into the common traps.  (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

Casting Director David Newman

Dave Newman

McSweeney Newman Casting
President Casting Guild of Austalia


GET PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FROM CASTING DIRECTOR DAVE NEWMAN 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  ...

    A university trained actor recently recorded a self test using The Rehearsal Room techniques for the first time.  Immediately there was a shift in his performance.  He sent the best take off to his agent and got an immediate response. "THAT'S THE BEST SELF TAPE I'VE SEEN YOU DO!"  -  It's a tested process that delivers.

    AN AUDITION WORKSHOP WITH A DIFFERENCE

    In our previous Audition Workshop in August 68% of participating actors created unlikeable characters in their self test.  Casting directors say this exceptionally high outcome is a very common occurrence.  This indicates the core processes those actors used led them to an unproductive result meaning they have wasted their first run of the scene.

    This workshop provides the opportunity to break those patterns that hold you back from attracting attention with your auditions.  

    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 Dave Newman.

    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 DAVE NEWMAN. 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.  A reader will be available on Saturday morning 21 November to work with you on the live component of this workshop.  That's when you get to re-work the scene under DAVE NEWMAN'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 Dave'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.


    Stef Caccamo

     WAAPA Graduate

    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 Porteous

    Shane Porteous

     Lead actor - A Country Practice

    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 MYTHS
    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.

    LEADING THE WAY
    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.


    Saturday 21 Nov

    Learn skills you will use throughout your career. 

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    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] 

    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:

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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 06

    AUDITIONING for TV COMMERCIALS

    By Richard Sarell | Intensives

    AUDITIONING for TV COMMERCIALS

    Dates:

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    Times:

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    Full Fee:


    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.