Do you hate your day job?

Are you one of those actors who hate your day job?
 

Are you one of those actors who hate your day job and wish you could not have to do it?

I’ve talked with so many actors who complain about their day jobs, and long for the day when they can leave it for good and act full time. That’s when they will feel successful, they say. A lot of energy, frustration, feelings of failure, and incompleteness is in that conversation, as well as the energy and consciousness that the actor then walks around with.

So, let’s have a reality check. Most artists have an A and B job. It is just the way it is in our culture. Back in the day of the huge communist countries, the government supported artists, provided for them so they could be artists. In America, it’s different, we are a capitalistic country and you have to support yourself. Trust me, as romantic as it may sound that Russian artists had it made, they had their challenges as well.
So let’s deal and talk about that. Most artists have an A and B job. That’s just the way it is. Accept it. I’d like to encourage you to embrace it if that’s the situation you’re in.
Most other professionals only have A jobs. A school teacher will go to college, get a degree in teaching, and then find a job in an educational institution and work their job. It is what they do. They don’t necessarily get a B job (unless they have other reasons). That is their life. An accountant the same, gets and education, finds a job in accounting, and that is their A job. Engineers, nurses, lawyers, doctors, etc, these people may change their A job from time to time, move up, get promoted, but that is their A job and their life. A B job would only be for additional income, and what usually happens is instead of a B job they get what I call a B hobby. Yes, they pick up a hobby and it becomes their B job. Most professional occupations live this way of life.

As actors, part of the lifestyle is that you have both an A job and B job. The A job is of course your acting career, you are in business and that is your life’s work. You have a B job to support your A job until your A job makes it to a level where it can sustain you. 
It’s science, it is gravity, learn to accept it, and if you can, embrace it. You B job servs your A job. Even those who get a lot of work as actors, sometimes they need to go back to their B job in lean times, or when things are slow. Get over it and get it. Don’t let it discourage you.

The challenge is to keep your A job a priority and create the B job to serve the A job.

What I often see is this:
The B job becomes very lucrative and the actor increases his lifestyle and now needs the B job to sustain the lifestyle. The A job gets compromised. Yes, the money is tempting, but the lifestyle can kill the A job. Sometimes security shows up in the B job and then there is a tough decision to make.

If you can get a handle of this perspective and psychology, you won’t get broken when either business slows down, or you have to get up to do that B job. Your work is to find the balance, come to peace with it, and appreciate it. You might even enjoy the life of being an actor in LA. That is my wish for you, that you have a healthy, positive energy on it. Embrace the lifestyle - it is respectful, honest, and enviable by many who only have A jobs.

Post originally published on May 23 on the NoHo Arts District Blog: 
http://nohoartsdistrict.com/industry-art/actors-advice/item/3509-are-you-one-of-those-actors-who-hate-your-day-job

FREE Intro Class on April 30th

Learn from award-winning Master Coach Fran Montano

 FREE Introductory Class for Beginners
Saturday, April 30th
10am - 1pm

Spring into Acting with the Actors Workout Experience!

Ready to dive into acting but not sure where to start?
This is a free introductory class where
Fran Montano explains the process of "what is acting".

You'll observe and participate and if it catches your interest, 
the May Beginners Course starts on May 7th, 2016. 

Acting Course for Beginners
Starts Saturday, May 7th
from 10am - 1pm

Discover the Actors Workout Experience!

Our commitment to the craft is proven by over 25 years of training working actors in the Los Angeles area. The Actors Workout Studio continues to bring new and exciting techniques that provide actors with the necessary tools to create successful careers.

This class is for beginning actors, those interested in exploring the process, and those feeling a little rusty.

Learn the craft from the basics. Unleash your creative side and get in touch with your artistic expression. Emotional exercises, preparation techniques, and character development. Free yourself up, reconnect with your passion, talent, and instincts, all while getting a solid foundation to the craft. Fran’s small, intimate classes allow for individualized and personal teaching.


Space is limited, 
so call 818-766-2171 now to reserve your spot.

 

 

-OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR STUDENTS-

“We are in the business of transforming actors’ lives, one at a time.  This involves each actor getting individualized coaching, where we work to  break through their specific  issues, by taking them “through” their blocks to the next level.  That is why we keep our classes small and focus on each actor’s individuality, talent, and uniqueness. Here, they discover what makes them different than the rest, hence their “Vein of Gold”.  We are proud that this is what makes the Actors Workout Studio different and more distinct than many schools around town.”

Training and Promotion Muscles - Keeping them in Balance

Watching the Oscars always stimulates me in some way – sometimes good, sometimes not so good.

There are so many aspects of acting and the business I think about after watching them. One thing that struck me this year was promotion. How much of the outcome is affected by promotion vs. the actual art?

Art is subjective. It’s often hard to compare certain performances or films. All the films in this year’s Oscars were great, but different, hard to compare really. So how do people vote? How much do publicity, marketing, and money affect the vote? What promotional efforts went into even getting nominated? How many films and actors were not even considered because not enough people saw them?

There are two things a professional actor must keep in balance: craft and promotion.

An actor stays in the best acting shape by keeping their chops sharp. Most actors have a place to study and keep themselves working, so they are taking care of that side of the equation. But promotional skills are also a major factor to a successful career, and without promoting themselves properly, no one will know how good they are, or even who they are. I constantly see great actors not getting the notice they deserve, and I see mediocre actors getting a lot of heat and attention. Why? They have good publicity. The best actors must balance both craft and promotion. Both muscles must be at work. The first muscle, craft, is fun, it’s easy, and it’s what got us into this business to begin with. It’s creative, expressive, and we love it. As for the promotion side… not always as beloved.

How is your promotional muscle?

I had a talk with an actor this week. She was in a play performing four times a week, had six auditions, three callbacks, and had to prepare two acting exercises for class. That’s more than 15 times she worked on her craft this week, not to mention all the hours she clocked in rehearsing and preparation. This was a busy, working actress, very fulfilled in her craft on this particular week.

But how was her publicity muscle working? I asked her how many industry calls she made. How many emails did she send promoting herself, and, more importantly, how many of those calls and emails were follow-ups to previous calls? They won’t remember you the first time, and they might not remember you the second or third time… but following up again and again is how actors get results.

You need to train both muscles, and yes, they are muscles. You already know about actor muscles, chops, skills, etc. We talk about that a lot. So how are your promoting skills? Are you training those muscles? What are you doing? How regular and how efficient is it? Do you enjoy it? How are you engaged in that area of your professional development? With the world of social media at our fingertips, self-promotion is even more accessible than it has ever been before. Use it to your advantage, and stay in the best promotional shape you can. 

Post originally published on March 18th on the NoHo Arts District Blog: 
http://nohoartsdistrict.com/industry-art/actors-advice/item/3391-training-and-promotion-muscles-keeping-them-in-balance

The Business of Acting - Advice from Fran Montano

If you’ve followed my blogs over the past several years you’ll notice that in January I start with a conversation about the Business of Acting.

I tell actors that you are a business and need a business plan.

I emphasize the importance to set goals, then create and execute tasks. And most of all, be accountable. You are your own boss. In January, I invite all my advanced students to participate in an intensive workshop where we face our demons, set goals, and put ourselves into action. If you’d like to review any of the past posts and notes on this topic, you can email me at fran@actorsworkout.com, and I’ll be happy to send them to you.
This year, instead of repeating myself once again, I thought I’d post a commentary that one of my students wrote recently regarding her experience in doing this kind of work. Many actors have found her remarks be an inspiration and a kick in the ass to get yourself moving.

You too can do this!

Post from Amanda Serra -
Carbon Dating was conceived during a Business of Acting class at the Actors Workout Studio in 2014. Fran Montano spoke on the importance of actors making their own work, and offered several examples of inexpensive and effective ways actors can assist their careers by continuously working and honing their skills. He insisted that the common excuses of "I can't get an audition" or "no one will cast me" were just that - excuses.

"Cast yourselves!" He exclaimed and then went on to list everything from recording a monologue on your smart phone to writing/producing/starring in your feature film. My very good friend, Marcie Barkin was sitting next to me in class and whispered, "I'd love to do a web series, but I'm not a writer."

I whispered back, "I am."

"Good," She said, "write us something."

Inspired, I sent Marcie episodes as they were completed and her positive responses of HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA encouraged me to complete the first season. Okay. Done. Now what?

My experience has always been in front of the camera/audience. I had never produced a series, but I thought I would gather my friends together, everyone would pitch in and maybe I'd spend a couple thousand dollars on the whole thing. I ran ideas past Fran and he suggested that I find someone who has production experience in my circle of colleagues and pick their brains, so I approached Linda Palmer a producer/director acquaintance of mine and ask her to mentor me for one episode. She read the entire season, fell in love with the series and wanted to produce it with me. Linda brought in Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors) as the leading man and producer. Suddenly, what started out as a little web series with a borrowed camera and a group of my friends became a fully produced series with a professional production team, crew and star! It also cost way more than a couple thousand dollars...

I created Poke In The Eye Productions, LLC and Palmer suggested that I co-direct with her and took me under her wing. From pre- to post-production, she patiently led me through a Masters level crash course in film production. I learned everything from breaking down scripts to calling shots; developing a budget to approaching investors; and music licensing to marketing. By the time the first episode was released, I was confidant I could produce another season and other projects without hesitation.

The journey from the Business of Acting class to the airing of the season finale of Carbon Dating began because Fran challenged me to take control of my career and guide it forward. Yes, it's scary when stepping outside comfort zones, but it's thrilling, too. Thank you, Fran and the Actors Workout Studio for providing an inspiring, challenging and creative space for actors to stretch themselves in all directions!

Carbon Dating Season 1 episodes 1-9 can be watched on You Tube at
http://www.youtube.com/c/carbondating series
Please Subscribe! Comment! Like!

Other links to Carbon Dating fun and information:
https://www.facebook.com/carbondatingseries

http://www.carbondatingseries.com/

Congratulations to Amanda Serra! What a creative, inspiring, project she created for herself, and for the world to see.

What Amanda didn’t include in her post was that the show was submitted to several festivals and received the following awards:

1.      Best Web Series, Best Women Film Makers and Best Editing at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. (http://www.himpff.com).

2.      Best Web Series and Best Women Film Makers at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. (http://www.laiffawards.com).  

3.      Bronze winner at the International Independent Film Awards. (http://www.iifilmawards.com/IIFA_Home.html

4.      Best Web Series from the Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival.  (http://woefilmfest.wix.com/bi-monthly).  

5.      An Award of Merit for Web Series from Accolade Global Film Festival and IndieFEST.  (http://accoladecompetition.org) (http://theindiefest.com)

I heard that there are even more, but this is all I have available at this time. I wish you all the best in the New Year and yes, you can create your career. May all your dreams come true!

Post originally published on January 27th on the NoHo Arts District Blog: 
http://nohoartsdistrict.com/industry-art/actors-advice/item/3300-business-of-acting

LAST CHANCE to Audit the New Beginners Course!

Acting Course for Beginners
Starts January 16, 2016

10am - 1pm

Kick off the new year with the Actors Workout Experience!

Ready to dive into acting but not sure where to start?
Come audit the first day of class for free!

You'll observe and participate and if it catches your interest,
enroll in the January Beginners Course at AWS. 

Our commitment to the craft is proven by over 25 years of training working actors in the Los Angeles area. The Actors Workout Studio continues to bring new and exciting techniques that provide actors with the necessary tools to create successful careers.

This class is for beginning actors, those interested in exploring the process, and those feeling a little rusty.

Learn the craft from the basics. Unleash your creative side and get in touch with your artistic expression. Emotional exercises, preparation techniques, and character development. Free yourself up, reconnect with your passion, talent, and instincts, all while getting a solid foundation to the craft. Fran’s small, intimate classes allow for individualized and personal teaching.

Space is limited,
so call 818-766-2171 now to reserve your spot.

For more information about the Actors Workout Studio, explore our website at  http://www.actorsworkout.com/

-OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR STUDENTS-

“We are in the business of transforming actors’ lives, one at a time.  This involves each actor getting individualized coaching, where we work to  break through their specific  issues, by taking them “through” their blocks to the next level.  That is why we keep our classes small and focus on each actor’s individuality, talent, and uniqueness. Here, they discover what makes them different than the rest, hence their “Vein of Gold”.  We are proud that this is what makes the Actors Workout Studio different and more distinct than many schools around town.”

Acting Class for Beginners Starts in January - AWS Holiday Gift Ideas

All of us at the Actors Workout Studio extend our warmest wishes to you and your families for a safe and happy holiday season.

Give the gift of Inspiration, Creativity and
Self Expression to a loved one. 

Purchase a month of classes for your friend
who wants to dive into acting. 

Space is limited.

Call 818-766-2171 now
to reserve
 a spot in the class!

O Solo Night! Twelve Holiday Tales at AWS

The Actors Workout Studio is celebrating the holidays with shows all weekend to benefit Toys for Tots. 

Can't make it to our holiday show? Want to just donate to Toys for Tots?
Visit http://donate-2-tots.brownpapertickets.com.

TWO SHOWS A NIGHT - ONE WEEKEND ONLY:

Friday, Dec 11th at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, Dec 12th at 7:30pm and 9:30pm

Reserve your tickets at http://o-solo-night-aws.brownpapertickets.com
Tickets are $16.50

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O Solo Night! Twelve Holiday Tales is a Holiday Monologue show like you've never seen before! Come and experience all the fun, poignant and wacky holiday characters we have in store for you. What’s it like to be Jewish during Christmas? What happens when Santa gets stuck in your chimney? How do you deal with those annoying “holiday update” letters? Come and find out answers to all these questions and more. With a vicious snow monster on the loose and an elf named Gingerbell, you’re sure to have a great time!

The production showcases the talents of Meredith Barnett, Michael Broussard, Nicole DaCosta, Thea Grabiec, Chris Karmiol, Dagney Kerr, Monica Mauro, Pancho Moler-Pascal, William Paden, Taylor Solomon, Andrew Thompson and Jonah Weiland.

Executive Produced by Fran Montano.
Produced by Stacy Ann Raposa, Dagney Kerr and Graydon Stroud.

Directed by Irene Muzzy, Rickie Peete, Richard Pierce, Stacy Ann Raposa and Caitlin Michael Riley. Artistic Direction by Stacy Ann Raposa.

Written by Cynthia Faith Arsenault, Tom Cavanaugh, Kathy Correia, Daniel Guyton, Chris Karmiol, Dagney Kerr, Steven Korbar, Thomas Misuraca, Ron Pullins, Linda Rand and Wendy Goodman Thum.

 

ANYONE CAN DELIVER A GREAT COMEDY AUDITION AND PERFORMANCE!

Secrets to Standing Out at an Audition andHow to Leave Them Laughing

ONE-DAY SEMINAR WITH NEIL GORDON Saturday, November 7th, 2015 10am-5pm

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neil gordon actors workout studio seminar

It's a fact: Anyone can do comedy. Whether you have a good grasp of comedy or you are convinced that you're horrible at it, Neil Gordon's one-day seminar will radically change the way you see yourself and perform comedy.

Let's face it. If you're an actor, you have to be able to perform comedy. Comedy shows can launch unknown actors into mega-stardom in an extremely short period of time.

The mistake most comedy technique classes make is trying to mold you into a character by pushing you to do something you can't. Neil uses each actor's strengths to mold a comedy performance and teaches you how to adapt these strengths to each character.

Neil also teaches his students the "Politics Of Auditioning."

How to analyze the scene and understand what the writers and directors are attempting to do. That way, the actor can add to the character and enhance the comedy material.

NEIL GORDON One of the original founding members of The Groundlings Improv and a guest lecturer at the Lee Strasburg Academy, Neil Gordon was also inducted into the DKA Honorary Film Society of USC Cinema.

His most recent projects include: FOX - World’s Funniest Wedding Disasters - Producer ABC - Into The Night - Producer ABC -Walt Disney World’s Anniversary -Producer ABC - America’s Funniest Home Videos -Producer HGTV - Surprise Gardner -Producer/Director SYND - Caught On Tape (pilot) - Producer/Director NBC - Best Of Bloopers And Practical Jokes - Producer CBS - Legally Grandma (pilot) -Producer TRAV - London,Two Thousands Pounds/Day - Producer/Director ABC -The Rick Dees Show (pilot) - Producer/Director CBS - Send In The Clowns (pilot) -Producer/Director CC - Neurotically Norman (pilot) -Producer/Director UNIV - The Estelle Harris Show - Producer/Director

Learn how to ace the audition and book the role!

Only $125 Class size limited. Call 818-766-2171 or Email caitlin@actorsworkout.com

AWS Scene Presentation Night

The Actors Workout Studio Scene Showcase"An Evening of Theater" Directed by Irene Muzzy

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Friday, September 25th at 8pm Saturday, September 26th at 8pm featuring AWS members

Jon Majarian Jim Marsilio Scotch Rutherford David Herrington and Arnold Edwards in “Glengarry Glen Ross”

Monica Mauro and Cristina Cox in “Turning Point”

Caitlin Michael Riley and Michael Broussard in "Seascape with Sharks and Dancer"

Vincent Ruiz and Stephanie Boukalis in “Birdbath”

Richard Harris Monica Schober Bryant Elsayed and Jennifer Juvenelle in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Actors Workout Studio 4735 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood CA 91602

Please call 818-506-3903 to reserve your seat.

NEW Young Actors Program at AWS

 FREE Intro to Acting Workshop for Young Actors (8-12 & 13-16)

Saturday, August 29th from 2-5pm

Our small, individualized classes at the Actors Workout Studio usually cater to adults 18 and older, but we are now offering a New Session for Empowered Young Actors (EYA)

EYA focuses on authentically empowering our students (8 y.o. - 16 y.o.) to bring the full force of their brilliance and creativity to the stage/screen. Actors will be taught craft and technique. They will work on monologues, scenes, improvisation and theatre games.

rp photoThe class will be led by Rickie Peete, a seasoned actor and teacher at AWS. Born in Florida, Rickie came to Los Angeles after spending most of his life in the Washington, DC area, where he taught acting at the Creative Freedom Arts Studio.

He is both a SAG and Equity member, whose background includes a recurring role on General Hospital and appearances in numerous plays, including Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Fences, and HooDoo Love at the Complex Theatre. Rickie is also a writer and director, having produced his own play, "Obamanologues, Journey to the White House", here at AWS.

 This brand-new program starts SOON, so come to our FREE 3 hour introductory workshop and determine if this is the class for your young actor. ABSOLUTELY NO COMMITMENT.

Space is limited. Call 818-766-2171 to reserve your spot!

AWS Summer Newsletter

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JULY NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2015

Hello all, Summer is here and I hope all is well and you are living your dreams. Here’s our summer newsletter with some new additions to our curriculum that I think you might want to take a look at. Wishing you all the best! Fran Montano Artistic Director

bar 1AWS is much more than just an acting class.  It is a community of professionals – training, personal coaching, performing, and networking.  In addition to your small, intimate, acting class with personalized coaching for your specific needs, included are a number of additional workshops. You now have the opportunity to attend up to 4 classes each week for the same monthly tuition.

1.      HOME CLASS - Your weekly small intimate acting class – personalized coaching in a class setting that requires prepared work and assignments. Working on your specific needs through the AWS technique, which includes the teachings of Meisner, Strasberg, Hagen, and Adler.

2.      OPEN WORKOUTS – A weekly bonus class where you get to work with the other coaches and other members of AWS in an intense repetition class

3.      PRO ACTORS LAB – A weekly workout with material. Exercises to get the script off the page and into your body. Essential for great auditioning.

4.      WRITERS GROUP – Writers and actors get together to develop, create, and workshop material with the aim of putting on productions here on our AWS stage.

bar 2Two hour workout labs offered daily for professional actors

This is your chance to practice material! Rehearse your auditions, practice cold reading, and enhance your improv skills.

This is different from our regular acting classes. These are a series of fun exercises in freedom to be fully open, alive, powerful, grounded and electric in every audition to light up a room with your skill.

Become the BEST AT AUDITIONING & BOOK MORE JOBS.

Actors Lab inspired by AWS Alumni Member Michael Masinimike masini cropped 1

A professional actor and producer,  Michael recently appeared on TV Shows MODERN FAMILY, MYSTERIES OF LAURA, SCORPION, RECKLESS, ANGER MANAGEMENT, FRANKLIN & BASH, EAGLEHEART, HIT THE FLOOR, THE PROTECTOR, & AMERICONS. He is also repped by the top management company in the world: UNTITLED ENTERTAINMENT. “This is not a method or style that will confuse you.  It is based on principals of how to make an audition or scripted material as loose and free as an improv with the most exciting choices. It's fun, easy and effortless and casting will love and remember you and keep calling you back.”

**If you are a member of AWS, you may attend once a week as part of your curriculum.** If you are not currently enrolled in acting class at AWS, each class is $25. Email caitlin@actorsworkout.com to sign up.

bar 3We are committed to having bonus repetition classes every week. Classes are scheduled and actors can sign up online. Classes are taught by Fran, Andrew, Irene, and Rickie. So you have the chance to get notes from 4 different voices and work with other members of the studio every week. **These classes are free for all AWS members.**

bar 4What: A group of writers and actors that meets every week to develop one-act plays for “The Park Project”, a stage production at AWS

When: Every Sunday morning 10am-noon

 Who:  Beginning, emerging and established Writers are all welcome. Actors are encouraged to attend—there will be opportunities for you to participate.

SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY 7/18 !!  – at 3 PM - 6 there will be a reading of selected material by the writers group to be presented in a reading for AWS members and guests. Come and see the material being created, developed, and work shopped. Mark your calendar, more information coming.

Find out more about the Writers Group on our blog at https://actorsworkoutstudio.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/writers-workshop-weekly-at-aws/ To attend, email storeysg@gmail.com and she will contact you with more details.

**If you are a member of AWS, this is part of your curriculum. ** If you are an outside writer interested in attending, there will be a small tuition.

Workshop led by AWS member Stephanie Storey

stephanie storeyStephanie has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and in the spring of 2016, Arcade Publishing will release her debut novel, Oil and Marble. Stephanie has four feature films under option with directors and talent attached, and as a television producer and writer, her shows have won NAACP Image Awards (Tavis Smiley on PBS) and been nominated for a primetime Emmy (The Writers’ Room with Jim Rash on the Sundance Channel).

bar 5I am looking for a Set Designer and a Lighting Tech Person. If you know someone, let them know and contact us. This could be a great work study situation for the right person.
bar 6We post pictures, update what's happening, and provide some wisdom and information for actors. Go to our Facebook Page and Like us!
bar 7The NoHo Arts District blog just published my article for July. I used a recent class experience to illustrate the importance of living fully in your character’s every moment. Check it out! http://nohoartsdistrict.com/industry-art/actors-advice/item/2994-class-excerpt-are-you-living-fully-in-your-characters-every-moment-part-ii#.VZdBbRtVikp
bar 8Cristina Cox sent this to me and I think it’s worth a read again. I put it in the last newsletter but thought it’s worth repeating in case you didn’t get to read it then. We have this conversation frequently in class, especially when actors feel like they are losing touch with their passion, or in a state of helplessness.

https://www.facebook.com/peter.iacangelo/posts/10154190475939625

I like to believe that AWS offers these opportunities for many actors.

Have a great summer! Fran

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bar 10“We are in the business of transforming actors’ lives, one at a time. This involves each actor getting individualized coaching, where we work to break through their specific issues, by taking them “through” their blocks to the next level. That is why we keep our classes small and focus on each actor’s individuality, talent, and uniqueness. Here, they discover what makes them different than the rest, hence their “Vein of Gold”. We are proud that this is what makes the Actors Workout Studio different and more distinct than many schools around town.”

The Actors Workout Studio  4735 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood CA www.actorsworkout.com 818-766-2171