From the Stage to the Big Screen: A Guide to the Field of Acting
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This is a blog to teach people about the different areas of acting and how to get involved in the world of acting.
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Danny Boyle's 15 Golden Rules of Moviemaking by Danny Boyle - MovieMaker Magazine

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Danny Boyle has directed hit films in a wide array of genres, from the cautionary drug saga Trainspotting (1996) to the horror smash 28 Days Later... (RT @ECreevy: This is fantastic. Danny Boyle's guide to being a director.
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Best Acting Advice?

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"We have to allow ourselves to let go and be vulnerable and allow people to question our sanity.
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Even the greatest of actors had to start somewhere. No one is born being an actor. It might be bred into them, but real actors have to learn and make changes on their craft constantly. Actors, who have made a name for themselves or gotten big roles, tend to speak about their journey and give advice to currently aspiring actors.

Traycee King has worked on movies from “The Eleventh Hour” to “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Her advice is to become the role assigned. Put your full self into the role and don’t think about the fact that you are “acting.” Pretend that you are the person who is your character. Another actor, Janet Varney, has worked on popular television shows such as “Bones” and “Entourage.” Her best advice is to just listen. Listen to what is going on around you and really take in your surroundings. Become a part of the world. It may seem simple, but it is actually very difficult to get out of our own heads, which are constantly filled with endless thoughts.

 

Kuhn, Sarah. "Best Acting Advice?" Baskstage.com. N.p., 24 Feb. 2010. Web. 27 Mar. 2013. <http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/professional-tips/best-acting-advice/>.

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Kiera Xanthos's comment, April 2, 2013 10:44 AM
Sarah Kuhn captures the essence of acting in her article. She digs to the roots of acting to see what really makes an actor or actress. I completely agree with the author. While I have only been doing plays and musicals since around fifth grade, I think that her advice is important. Truly letting go or listening to those around you may be the key to making our character perfect. I think, that while I love acting and would love to go into a career into acting, I would have to work more on improving my ability to 'let go' and to truly become my character before I would even consider trying out for any parts. Marianne does a terrific job of summarizing the article, starting with an engaging hook and writing the summary in a way that intrigued me into reading the article itself. I think that there is a bit of a personal reflection missing, but it does not make me like the summary any less. Marianne's summary truly captures the meaning of the article and the background of her career choice of acting. I hope Marianne pursues her dream and goes on to being an actress.
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Acting Shakespeare

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Shakespeare's plays present a unique set of challenges for actors. Learn some of the best ways to connect onstage with t...
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Other than stage and film acting, actors still act in Shakespearean shows. For example two Shakespeare plays are acted often in modern times and are very popular. They would be Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. I actually recited from Much Ado About Nothing for an audition. However, a lot of people are intimidated by Shakespearean plays. This is mostly because the language being used is hard to understand. There are a few tips for the modern actor to portray the Shakespearean character in the fullest way possible.

The first tip would be to stay open-minded. The actor must also relax to fully translate the piece into modern language to fully understand what is going on in the play. Finally the last tip would be to take a modern viewpoint to the play.  Take modern tips learned and just apply them in a new way to the old play.

This might all be very tricky at first. But it becomes easier with practice. It was hard for me at first but I eventually understood what I was saying in my piece after saying it a few times.

 

Harrison, Joshua. "Acting Shakespeare." Suite101.com. N.p., 1 Jan. 2009. Web. 26 Mar. 2013. <http://suite101.com/article/acting-shakespeare-a87600>.

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Actingbiz - Film and Stage Acting

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Actingbiz provides free acting tips, acting advice, and guidance for actors and actresses of all ages. Find auditions, talent agents, managers, casting directors, and more.
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One commonly mixed up aspect of acting is the fact that “acting” is only made up of one field and the term acting can be used for everything. Two of the fields within acting would be stage acting and film acting. These two fields are very different.

In film acting, the acting being done is more “normal” than stage acting. Also most of the time in film acting, the actor is shot from the upper body up, which means the actor must stay very still. Gesturing on camera can be very distracting the audience. The actor cannot really “move around” a lot and has specific marks to hit.

In stage acting, there is more moving around. On a stage, the more room and space taken up, the better. There are a lot of arm gestures as well. This is because, from a distance, seeing the gestures adds more to the story and unlike film acting; this makes the story being portrayed more “normal.”

I don’t know if I would be more into stage or film acting. The transition from stage to film or from a film to a stage actor can be very tough, even for the most famous, greatest actors.

 

Kulerman, Ruth. "Film and Stage Acting." Actingbiz.com. N.p., 2006. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. <http://www.actingbiz.com/acting-tips/film-and-stage-acting.php>.

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The Hollywood Reporter's List of the 25 Top Drama Schools

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This article first appeared in the May 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
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There are thousands of acting schools across the country. They all give the basics that aspiring actors would need to know. However, if someone really wants to become an actor, they will attend a college that is known for a good acting program. These acting colleges are located around the world. There is a group of top acting colleges however. They have a large list of recognizable alumni. These alumni can range from comedic to dramatic actors. The colleges are located in numerous locations, form London to Australia to New York to Illinois. The list of the top 25 acting colleges in the world really helps an actor looking for a great education and a good, steady career.

Some of the top 25 colleges include Yale University School of Drama, which is located New Haven, Connecticut, UCLA in Los Angles, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, which is located right here, in Manhattan.

Many actors that are truly famous and well known have good college educations behind them. To have a good education and be an actor looks good to agents and casting directors. It is also good to have if an acting career falls flat. 

 

Appelo, Tim. "The Hollywood Reporter's List of the 25 Top Drama Schools."Hollywoodreporter.com. N.p., 4 May 2012. Web. 27 Mar. 2013. <http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-25-drama-schools-319963>. ;
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General Auditions Do's and Don'ts

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General Auditions Do's and Don'ts

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The hardest part in becoming an actor probably is the auditioning part. For me, it can be very nerve wracking and intimidating to act in front of total strangers. The auditioning process can best be described as a job interview but also a competition. There are some do’s and don’ts for auditioning. If followed, there is a better chance for getting the role desired.

The first two tips are “be polite to everyone” and “dress appropriately.” The next three do’s are “do a well rehearsed monologue”, “face forward so everyone in the room can see you” and “make bold, interesting motivated choices.” These will all make a candidate stand out to casting directors. The next three are “choose your audition pieces wisely”, “know what you’re talking about” and “make sure your headshot and résumé are professional.” The next one is “exude confidence.” In my opinion however, the final tip is the most important and makes most of a difference. This tip is “beware of the classic pitfalls everyone warns you about.” Some of these pitfalls are bad accents, overused monologues and self-written monologues. Be sure to stay away from all of those.

If followed these tips can almost ensure a good audition. 

 

Hilman, Melissa. "General Auditions Do's and Don'ts." Theatrebayarea.org. N.p., 18 Jan. 2012. Web. 27 Mar. 2013. <http://www.theatrebayarea.org/editorial/General-Auditions-Dos-and-Donts.cfm>.

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Ericson Hernandez's comment, April 1, 2013 1:52 PM
Many young people are fascinated by the world of acting and plan to grow up and become famous actors and Marianne does a good job of showing her readers that her blog is not only about talking about famous actors but explaining good traits are key to becoming a good actor. Marianne does a wonderful job of explaining all 10 audition tips and as an actress herself she was able to give her own insight about what the article is saying. Marianne seems to show a very strong interest in the topic of acting and it shows in this article that she wants the best not only for herself but for her readers. She warns them of things that she has learned while acting like when she tells the readers to beware of pitfalls like bad accents or overused monologue. Marianne also connects to the reader which is important when writing so that the reader feels connected to what she has to say. One example of this would be when she tells her readers that it can be nerve wrecking to act in front of strangers, knowing that as actors in training her readers might experience this when preforming in front of new people. Overall Marianne does a wonderful job of explaining the article as well as inputting her own knowledge on the subject.
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Top Ten Tips for Succeeding as an Actor | Actor Tips

Top Ten Tips for Succeeding as an Actor | Actor Tips | From the Stage to the Big Screen: A Guide to the Field of Acting | Scoop.it
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Acting is hard to get into. It usually takes many years for someone to get his or her foot into the industry. Also usually “overnight stardom” happens after many years of acting. There are some tips that actors can use to get a good grip and understanding of the acting business.

The first tip would be “understand the business.” The next tip is “managing your expectations.” Don’t get ahead of yourself. Acting is hard and you have to be in it for the right reasons. The next two tips are “get training” and “get good headshots.” The next tip is “get practice.” Always try and expand your knowledge. This helps understand more complex roles. The sixth and seventh tips are “network” and “be positive.” No one wants to cast someone who is a downer. That would just bring the attitude of the rest of the cast down. The final three tips are “never stop learning”, “know your type”, and “know success when you have it.” These are very important as well.

Acting is very hard. A lot of people think if they become an actor they will be “cool.” It really isn’t like that from what I have seen. 

 

"Top Ten Tips for Succeeding as an Actor." Actor Tips. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2013. <http://actortips.com/top-ten-tips-for-succeeding-as-an-actor/>.

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Acting Industry, Becoming an Actor - The Acting Corps

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Before considering the acting industry, one should visit The Acting Corps online to discover the facts. Find out if acting if the right job for you.
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Acting is a harder job than most people believe. It is not just an easy breezy life. In fact there are only about 50 people who are considered "stars" but there are many unnoticed actors and actresses who are famous in their own right. They are just not household names.

The hours are very long and irregular. Also, actors work through some very bad weather conditions. Television actors probably have the most irregular hours due to changing scripts. Television actors have to memorize lines very quickly as well, especially soap opera actors. Actors can work through the night and usually work on the weekends. 

There are only a handful of actors who make a six-figure salary. Actors working in Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional Theaters can make roughly $500-$2,000 for a five day week. The salaries are decided by the unions that the actors or talent is a part of. The three unions are The Actors Equity Association, The Screen Actors Guild, and The American Federation 

The actor's unions believe that the amount of actors will go up, no matter how hard the job is. I really want to be an actor and I am willing to go through long hours, okay wages and fighting stiff competition against other actors. 

 

 

"Acting Industry, Becoming an Actor." The Acting Corps. N.p., 2000. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. <http://www.theactingcorps.com/Site/acting-just_the_facts.htm>.

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