Acting Classes


What that part in the school play?  Prior to the audition, find out how many parts there will be and pick two you really want.  Then find out what you need to do to prepare.  On the day of the audition, here are some Barbizon pointers to help you land the part:

  • Wear something brightly colored that stands out.  Make sure you review your lines before your turn.
  • Be ready to let the director tell you what to do, and be sure to follow directions.
  • Be ready to do your lines with other people.
  • Be ready to do a different character.  The director may think you are perfect for a part you didn’t even think of.
  • When you read or say your lines, look at the actors you are working with not at your script.
  • Don’t be afraid to move and be animated.
  • Be sure your voice is good and loud so everyone can hear you.
  • If you don’t get the part, ask to be an understudy or help backstage.
  • Don’t give up.  Keep taking your Barbizon Acting Classes and just do you best.

This is the last installment of five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#5~ WORKING ON THE SET:

1.  Be nice to everybody!  Work hard, be friendly and respectful.

2.  Try to learn what each of the crew members do.

3.  Remember the one in charge is the Director.  Any questions you have about staging or delivery should be aimed at the Director.  This is an unspoken rule on the set so that the actor will not get conflicting information.

4.  Be prepared: Some Directors are very nice.  Some are not.

This concludes our segment on Commercials.  Until next week, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .

Over the next several blog postings, we will be going over the five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#4~ THE SHOOT BEGINS! :

1. Set yourself up for the first piece of business you’re going to do and focus in on those lines. Do it just like you did during rehearsal.

2. The assistant director will usually ask for quiet, then tell the sound person to roll sound, and tell the camera person to roll camera or “roll tape” who will response with “camera’s rolling” or “speed.” At this point, the slate will be put in front of the camera and usually clicked to make sure sound and video are synchronized later on. The director may then ask for “quiet on the set” and then “action.”

3. At that point, you should wait a split second (called a “beat”) so your dialogue won’t overlap with the director’s “action,” then start.

Next week #5: Working on the Set. In the meantime, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .

Over the next several blog postings, we will be going over the five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#3~ SHOOTING DAY:

1. Get the best night’s sleep possible.

2. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the shoot so you don’t get frazzled because of a traffic jam. There are no excuses for being late.

3. Make sure you have everything you need for the day. You’ll need whatever wardrobe you’re been asked to bring, and your script.

4. Eat a good breakfast before leaving. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Next week #4: The Shoot Begins! In the meantime, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .

Over the next several blog postings, we will be going over the five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#2~MEMORIZATION:

1. Don’t make the mistake of not memorizing your part. When you show up on the set, know the script from start to finish - forward, backward, and sideways.

2. Know your lines really well because there are a lot of people on a TV commercial set and with all the distractions, your lines can be easy to forget.

3. An actor has a certain confidence when he or she knows that the lines are memorized letter-perfect. You’ll be better prepared to handle detailed blocking and complicated moves as well as end-of-the-day fatigue.

4. If there are any last minute script changes (and many times there are), you’ll be able to handle them if you’re confident that you know your words. If you harbor the slightest doubt that the copy isn’t etched in stone in your mind, those changes are going to throw you.

Next week #3: Shooting Day. In the meantime, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .

Over the next several blog postings, we will be going over the five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#1~WARDROBE:

1. Wardrobe is usually provided so you may be called in for a fitting. Normally, though, the person in charge of wardrobe will have been given your sizes by your agency and there will be several outfits there to be chosen from.

2. Be as helpful as possible by bringing in anything you think they might need to complete your look.

3. Don’t be offended if the clothes they select are terrible. Their taste, or lack of it, may be quite different from yours.

Next week #2: Memorization. In the meantime, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .

There are numerous qualities that make a good runway model :

1. She is never late; always on time.
2. She is prepared with a model’s tote bag.
3. She should fit into garments with little or no alteration.
4. She has good skin and hair and is always well groomed.
5. She is objective and willing to wear garments that she may not like personally.
6. She is cooperative with staff and other models.
7. She is businesslike and professional and realizes that her job is to sell garments on the runway and make them look appealing to the audience.

Barbizon can help you achieve these qualities.

Wondering what goes on behind the scenes at Barbizon? We not only Train you to Be a Model … Or Just Look Like One, we teach skills you can use in everyday life. Some of our curriculum highlights include poise, posture, skin care, proper makeup application, effective speech and voice projection, wardrobe planning and accessorizing, public speaking, job interviewing, manners, nutrition, exercise, and many more.

We want to hear from you. If you are a student or graduate, speak out and tell us some of the fun and crucial things you learned in your Barbizon Modeling and Acting classes.

We just wanted to welcome all of you to the new Barbizon Modeling Blog. Be sure to check back often for news you can use related to modeling, acting, personal development, prom preparation, job interviewing, fashion trends, beauty tips, and many more.

You’ll also get up-to-the-minute stats on what our Barbizon Grads are up to. Be sure to check out Barbizon of Hawaii grad, Sheena, on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model every Wednesday night on the CW Network.

Go ahead and ask us a question, voice your opinion, or tell us about your Barbizon experience. Don’t hold back, we want to hear from you.

There is always a debate about child models/actors and the problems they face as they grow up in the business and working at a young age. At Barbizon, we start girls and boys as young as six as we believe they are at an age where it is more about learning and not so stressful.

Barbizon wants to know what you think! What is a good age for someone to start learning the ropes about modeling and acting? Do you think that getting into the business too young tends to create more issues for those later in life?

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