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

Pro Actors Lab inspired by Michael Masini

Pro Actors Lab: The Art of Booking TV/Film led by AWS Alumni member Michael Masini, 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. mike masini cropped 2

He is also repped by the top management company in the world: UNTITLED ENTERTAINMENT.

IMDB link: Michael Masini - IMDbPro These are two hour workout labs offered daily for professional actors at AWS. They are designed to get you confident, powerful, electric and free in every room so you own the role!

If you're interested in this new program,  contact Caitlin at caitlin@actorsworkout.com. These labs are FREE for all AWS current members.

 Two hour workout labs offered daily for professional actors

This is your chance to practice every day! Rehearse your auditions, practice cold reading, work on camera or enhance your improv skills.

This is not an acting class. 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 Actor Michael Masinimike masini cropped 1

Michael is a successful actor, producer and former professional athlete. He applies the same work    ethic in every aspect of his career. Practice, practice, practice.  "Everything came together in 2013 and I started booking and getting called back on everything.  Booking 8 TV shows, 2 Feature Films, 5 National Commercials and Signing with the top management company in the world in the last 2 years.   I want to pass on what I learned "WORKS" to give you a strong  sense of stillness, power, energy, confidence and freedom when you walk into any room, knowing you will be in the conversation for the role."  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".

Writers Workshop Weekly at AWS

Writers’ Group at The Actors Workout Studio

What: A group of writers that meets every week to develop one-act plays for “The Park Project”, a stage production at the Actors Workout Studio

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.

Each week, this writers’ group will meet to develop, write, and polish one-act plays designed to be put up on stage at the Actors Workout Studio.

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Each week, this writers’ group will meet to develop, write, and polish one-act plays designed to be put up on stage at the Actors Workout Studio.

This group will include everyone, from published writers who are looking to put up a new piece to beginning writers who don’t know how to start a one-act, but want to try. Writers can come to the group with nothing but an idea (or not even that; just a desire to write), a completed draft, or anything in between. The group is free-flowing and designed to meet the writer wherever they are in their craft or process.

Here are the only “rules:”

  • The play must be set in a park
  • It must be a one-act of no more than 15 pages

Writers can bring in a variety of material to be workshopped. This can include (but is not limited to) the following list: If you have something else you’d like to try, great!

  • Pitch an idea or story
  • Do an improv (with actors) to dig deeper into the story and characters
  • Go over a beat sheet or breakdown
  • Open up a discussion about your characters (you might even cast an actor as your character or cast YOURSELF as that character and answer questions in character)
  • Read the opening or ending of your draft (with or without actors)
  • Cold Read a few pages or entire draft (assign actors who are in the group that day)
  • Cast actors prior to the meeting and do a prepared read (you can use actors already in the group or bring in your own people).

To attend, email the Actors Workout Studio and we 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.stephanie storey

The workshop will be led by Stephanie Storey. Stephanie 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).

8-Week Total Immersion Acting Program & Professional Industry Showcase THIS SUMMER

aws summer program part 1aws summer program part 2 This summer, our 8 week Total Immersion Acting Program will provide accelerated intensive training for specially selected young actors. These elite actors will work daily with master teachers and be challenged through individualized and immersive instruction. At the end of the program, the training process will culminate with a custom-designed industry showcase. The "18 to play younger" ensemble showcase will highlight each actor's unique talents and offer a confident introduction to the Los Angeles entertainment industry.

Acceptance is based on an Application, Interview and Audition. If you have any questions, please free to call Caitlin at the Actors Workout Studio at (818) 766-2171.

A Unique Acting Program: The First 6 weeks

The Los Angeles Acting Studio and the Actors Workout Studio offer a safe and challenging work environment. The Studio is dedicated to training and preparing actors for real world application to work in the film and television industry.

The Total Immersion Summer Acting program is a specifically-designed and tried accelerated program for young actors to be rigorously trained daily for six weeks by our team of veteran teachers. This is a program rooted in the Meisner Technique as well as several elements of other techniques. Please refer to both sites in order to better understand what we teach: actorsworkout.com and actingcoach.tv

The first 6 weeks includes: Scene Study Cold Reading/Audition Technique Improvisation Script Analysis On-Camera Technique Actor's Emotional Instrument The Business of Acting

“18 to play Younger” Industry Showcase: The Final Two Weeks

In the final two weeks of the Total Immersion Summer Acting Program, our students are then immersed in a creative rehearsal process for an original ensemble production developed with their newfound improv skills. Our team writes, directs and develops this production to highlight each actor’s personal strengths to introduce them into the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry. The Showcase is a two-performance entertainment industry event. Directly following each showcase performance, there will be a meet and greet catered lunch with our industry guests. We are the only studio in Los Angeles that offers this unique opportunity for young actors.

Time Commitment

  • Classes meet Monday through Friday 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. for the first 6 weeks.
  • 20 Hours per week. 120 hours total.
  • Rehearsals for showcase will be scheduled from 10.00 a.m-5.00 p.m. for the final two Weeks.
  • 80 Rehearsal hours.
  • Classes begin Monday June 22, 2015 and end Friday August 14, 2015.

Your Commitment

Before you even apply for this program, we want you to truly ask yourself if you are ready for this commitment to yourself. As an actor, you will be challenged daily. You will be asked to be open, honest, vulnerable and emotionally available. The training is rigorous and requires your passion, courage, concentration and discipline. We train actors to be able to work on any film and television set. Are you ready to immerse yourself in this training and rehearsal process? Will you be ready to be showcased in an original production? The showcase production "18 to Play Younger" will be created and tailored for you and your fellow classmates by working professionals. Do you have what it takes to be seen by and introduced to Los Angeles Agents and Casting Directors? Are you ready? If the answer is YES, then we ask you to confidently apply and take advantage of this rare time in your life to be professionally trained and start your career as an actor in Los Angeles.

Why Choose Us?

We offer the most unique and innovative summer acting program in the country - there is no program comparable. Most acting schools that offer summer programs assign the lower level teachers to teach the various classes. We offer master teachers who have all been teaching for over two decades. Our teachers will coach each actor individually within the classes and communicate with the other teachers to bring out the best in each actor. Our teachers have taught hundreds of working actors, and know what it takes to be a working actor in today’s industry.

The young actors in this program will also have the opportunity to attend the open workouts we offer at the studio. This will give the students an opportunity to work with older, more seasoned working actors - something other acting programs could never offer. We truly care about actors and really want our talent to be introduced to the entertainment industry in the best light possible.

The “18 to Play Younger” industry showcase will be an original production designed personally for the elite actors in our program. We offer our actors the collaborative experience of working with industry professionals to write and direct this one of a kind showcase. Most acting schools don’t even offer a showcase for their summer students, let alone a real-world Hollywood showcase. We know that L.A. industry professionals want to see interesting new talent in this age range, especially actors that are trained to work on film and television sets.

We are not saying that this is the only training a young actor will ever need; most of our students have studied with us off and on for several years. We are saying that this program will offer you a solid acting foundation and a strong sense of who you are as an actor, and a confident introduction into the Los Angeles entertainment industry.

How to Apply

Enrollment in our 8 week summer Total Immersion Acting program and “18 to Play Younger” Industry Showcase is by audition, interview and application. Applications will be accepted April 2015 through June 5, 2015. Only a limited number of applicants will be accepted, so please apply early. Please note we will close enrollment once we have found our elite talent for the program and Showcase. Applicants must be 18 years old by the start date, June 22, 2015 to enroll. It is imperative that all applicants be able to realistically play high school and college age roles. All applicants must submit by email:

  • Completed Application: Download Here
  • Headshot, resume, demo reel or any links to your acting work. (If you don’t have a headshot or resume, a clear current picture of yourself is acceptable.)
    • Audition and Interview Videos (see below)
  • A $25 nonrefundable application fee: Pay via PayPal

AUDITION and Interview Videos

Applicants must also submit by email three (3) videos not to exceed two (2) minutes in length each. These videos must be enclosed with your application package.

Three Videos:

  • One comedic monologue
  • One dramatic monologue
  • One personality interview ( Please make a video introducing yourself and telling us why you want to be accepted into our summer program and showcase. Tell us about yourself, your interests and your career goals. Make sure your video really reveals your personality).

After we have received your completed application package, a receipt will be sent to you acknowledging that we have received your submission. Applicants will be notified within three weeks if they have been accepted or not into our summer program and industry showcase.

TUITION

Tuition for the 8 week summer acting program and Industry showcase is $2,350. An initial deposit of $850 is due upon acceptance into the program, followed by two equal installments of $750. The balance must be paid in full by the first day of class.

Non-local and International Students: Housing and Transportation

International students and talent not from the Los Angeles area are encouraged to apply. International students must have visas that allow them to be in the country during the dates of the program. It is imperative that students speak understandable English to apply. The studio is located in the NoHo Arts district (North Hollywood) and within walking distance of all major metro and bus lines. We do not provide housing, however there is plenty of temporary housing provided within the neighborhood that serves the entertainment industry. We are willing to help accepted students that might want to room together during the program connect with each other. We invite you to come study, perform and have fun in Los Angeles this summer.

The summer 8 week total immersion Acting Program and “18 to Play Younger” Industry showcase is a certificate program. On the final day, our elite actors will receive a certificate of completion for 200 hours of hard work.

If you have any questions, please free to call Caitlin at the Actors Workout Studio at (818) 766-2171 or email us at caitlin@actorsworkout.com.

Top 6 Things Every Actors Needs

Top 6 things every actor needs!

Top 6 things every actor needs!Written by Fran Montano. Article originally posted on NoHo Arts Disctrict Blog.

Are you a professional actor or a hobbyist? So many people call themselves actors. It’s easy, just say you are.

Everyone accepts that actors are unemployed most of the time so anyone can say it. People come to town and want to be an actor so they tell people they are. They get pictures, and then do a few things that make them feel like an actor. If you consider yourself to be a professional actor and this is your dream, then you need to take your work and “the work” seriously.

Here is what I tell new actors coming to LA as well as established actors that are working at it. There are some basic things that need to be taken care of:

1. A place to live in the LA area.

2. A phone and internet access.

3. A stream of income to live off of – A job - full time or part time, with the flexibility that can accommodate you, so you can pursue your career. If no job, then some source of income to sustain you.

4. Some good clothes to present yourself professionally.

5. A form of transportation to get you where you need to go.

6. A “home base” where you train, work out, and work on your craft.Of course there are many other things to consider - photos, agent, union membership, reel, doctors, a good mechanic, etc, but I want to talk about the basics for a moment. Some people will look at this and say this is simple and obvious. Many people blow it at item #3. They might have 6 months of savings to live off and plan to “make it” by then. That doesn’t work, they are usually gone or looking for work desperately soon.

But here is the biggest miss I see. I can’t tell you how many actors don’t do enough about the last item - #6: a “place to work out”.

This is the most important piece after making sure the first 5 are in order. Many, many actors leave this out or don’t take it seriously enough, especially actors who get work on some basis, thinking they don’t need it, and it is their biggest flaw.If you are a professional actor, your game needs to be at its best, the competition is fierce, and if you aren’t at the top of your work, you miss out. Professional athletes work out EVERYDAY, musicians practice their instruments EVERYDAY. I notice many actors are very lazy in this area. Look at Beyonce, a major superstar, she’s already made it. Yet she will dance 8 hours a day for weeks when preparing for her performances. Musicians practice hours and hours each day to get their material down. Ask yourself, how in shape are you? Are you prepared for your next gig? And what is your next gig? IT’S YOUR NEXT AUDITON!! That is where you have to perform your best, that is where your game needs to be at its best and played with brilliance.

Actors need a “home base”, a “gym” or a “center” where they can work and hone their craft.

A place they can go to work on themselves so when they go in to audition they are playing their best. Just like an athlete has a training gym, a musician has a practice room or studio, an actor needs a “work out home”. It also can serve as a support system.

Good isn’t enough, you need to be great.

Being a professional actor is akin to the training of an Olympic Athlete or professional musician, constantly in practice and keeping in great shape. So I ask you, do you have that support system in place? I don’t mean periodic classes for education, or a one day seminar, or a casting director or agent workshop. I mean regular working on your instrument. Constant pushing yourself to be your best, breaking through your blocks, stretching yourself into uncomfortable emotional places, so you are performing with truth, passion, and conviction. FIND ONE. I don’t care if it’s a bunch of actors in your living room a few times a week, a theater company that works out regularly, an acting class that challenges you, but every actor needs to be watched, coached, pushed, and challenged. You can’t do that alone. You can’t do that in a casting director workshop, because that is a “performance opportunity”. You need to be in shape prior to those, as that is where you present your greatness, not work on it.

There are many places that offer the “working out” atmosphere.

There are great teachers, coaches, schools, and theater companies out there. Check them out, audit, get referrals, and see where working actors are training. Find one that geographically works for you, so there is no excuse. Find one that is financially reasonable that fits into your budget, and finally a coach that “sees you”, “gets you”, and is there for you. Every actor needs to be watched and coached, just like an athlete. You must be disciplined like an athlete to make it in this business. If you’re not, then be honest with yourself, and enjoy the hobby of it. There’s nothing wrong with that if that is what you want.I come to this conclusion from observing and coaching actors for nearly 30 years. Those that treat their acting career as a marathon, and train as such, are the ones that have succeeded.

Don’t just get in shape, you need to stay in shape, and play in shape. You never know where your break is waiting.

Scene Presentation Nights!! Friday and Saturday at 8pm

You’re invited!!The Actors Workout Studio Scene Presentation Night Friday, 2/27 and Saturday 2/28 at 8 PM Admission is Free

All AWS members and guests are invited. RSVP required.

Come and see members of Irene’s Monday and Saturday classes perform an evening of scenes. Two evenings of prepared scenes. Come see the work, and get together with the AWS community!! Free admission, feel free to bring a friend. This might be crowded, so reserve your seat! Call 818-506-3903

Friday Night 8 PM (5 scenes) Monica Mauro, Jasz Harvey, Bryant Elsayed, Shawn Davis, Rosie Lesso, Stephanie Story, Erie Stillions, Dagney Kerr, Matt McGee

Saturday Night 8 PM (6 scenes) Same scenes and actors as Friday with an additional scene with Graydon Stroud and Sergiu Iva

The Actors Workout Studio - Vision Statement "...The life of an artist is a path, a continual journey. There is no end goal, only a series of experiences that fuel that journey. The growth of any artist is directly related to the risk, commitment, and discipline toward their work. The Actors Workout Studio is committed to the development and growth of the creative artist. This involves professional training, coaching, performing, and networking opportunities in the entertainment industry...."

Wise Words from Playwrights

From Writers - On AEA and Creating Theatre: A Statement from Dan Berkowitz & Jonathan Dorf As playwrights who have had their work produced in small LA theatres – and hope to again in the future! – and as Co-Chairs of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP), the service and support organization for playwrights in Southern California, we have, of course, been following with interest the discussion and debate which might be called “Quo Vadis The 99-Seat Plan?” While we recognize the changes and proposals recently issued by Actors’ Equity are internal documents requiring a vote among the membership of a single union of which we are not members, the outcome will affect everyone involved in LA theatre. Consequently, we would like to make a few statements and suggestions on behalf of those theatre artists not affiliated with AEA. A union, like any bureaucracy, is guided by its rules and regulations, and generally hews to a rigid interpretation of its mission. Artists, on the other hand, often have differing needs and goals, and expectations which change over time; thus a one-size-fits-all model rarely serves everyone well. In the theatre, in particular, there exists a wide continuum between “professional” and “amateur” which does not apply to other occupations. There are, for example, no “amateur” brain surgeons, and anyone who offers to perform such surgery for nothing (or for carfare) is best avoided. However, “amateur” actors – or “professional” actors accepting a modest stipend – are often capable of creating breathtaking performances. Likewise, while it is critical that commercial airline pilots be licensed and their activities strictly regulated for the sake of protecting the traveling public, theatre artists often flourish in an atmosphere more akin to chaos than regimentation. We steadfastly believe that all artists should be treated with dignity, and not exploited. At the same time, we contend that all artists should have the absolute freedom to create art for whatever rewards and recompense they feel appropriate and acceptable to them as individuals. For some artists, this will mean working only in fully-unionized venues, regulated by union rules, with pay scales and benefits determined through collective bargaining. For other artists, simply practicing their craft may at times take precedence over monetary considerations. We feel this should be their choice. If an actor wishes to play King Lear for less than the cost of a sandwich – because he knows it will probably be his only opportunity to tackle the role – why should an organization tell him he can’t, simply because he’s not getting paid what salaried administrators think is proper? Actors are not the only artists who get paid little or nothing in LA’s small theatres: playwrights are constantly urged to reduce or even waive their royalties. Sometimes we say yes, sometimes we say no. The key word in the last sentence is “we” – it’s our choice. We urge all members of the LA theatre community to remember that a wide variety of artists – playwrights, directors, producers, designers, technicians, and many more – are necessary to fully experience theatre. The more theatre which can be created, the greater the chance of true art being achieved. Money is important, but it’s not the only thing, and attempting to turn creating theatre into a purely monetary transaction is misguided. If you are an AEA member, please tell your union that while you appreciate what they do for you, it’s important for you to work as an artist, and your union needs to help you by making it easier, not more difficult, to do so: the current proposals will make it more difficult, and thus you will not accept them. Dan Berkowitz and Jonathan Dorf Co-Chairs, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights

http://laplaywrights.org/ALAP99SeatResponse.pdf

Stay informed about small theaters! Read Fran's article.

Attention Actors - What you need to know about the status of small theaters in Los Angeles. Get informed!

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It looks like Actors Equity Association is on a mission to “kill” small theater in Los Angeles, masked by the principle that actors must get paid more. They believe they are protecting their actors, when in fact, they will suffocate them. Call it “Equity Waiver Theater” or the “AEA 99 Seat Theater Plan.” In this essay I will call it “Small Theater in LA,” and will leave the union out of it for now.

Read the rest of Fran Montano's article here: http://nohoartsdistrict.com/actors-advice/item/2794-equity-and-small-theater-in-la-actors-need-to-get-informed#.VO37ZUK4l7M