On behalf of everyone at Totally Lit! we would like to wish everyone a Happy 2015! May the New Year bring joy and prosperity to you all.
As we approach a new term, we have a number of things happening, over a very short space of time and the students are going to be extremely busy.
We recommence classes on Saturday 10th January and will be getting to work on the students immediately, as this term is all about the 'individuals'. We have spent a great deal of time looking at 'ensemble', from the point of view that we are all part of the ensemble on a film set; the cast, the crew, the production team; we are all working towards a common goal, however, this term we are concentrating on the things that affect the individual actor.
Each actor will have their head shots done this term, as we ensure that we have everything in place for when the casting directors are attending sessions this term and/or delivering masterclasses. The students' profiles will all be online, so it is important for the students to realise that they are now a 'brand', or a 'product/commodity'. This is how they will be seen by agents and casting directors, so the image has to match the actor and vice-versa.
Having experience on set, or building up a showreel is only a small part of what helps you to get work. It is true that casting directors want to see examples of your work, as well as head shots that are a decent likeness and show an interesting side to you, however, they also want to be impressed by you in the casting, so we will continue to look at ways to improve each of our students' audition technique, alongside the technical acting classes. I don't think that many people are cast from their showreel alone.
We set our students the task of doing a self-tape and some of them have already had experience of doing this, however, not many of them will have had extensive feedback, previously and so, along with all and i really do mean ALL of their previous work which has been recorded, I have been watching countless clips closely, of each student, in order that they can get some really accurate feedback. I want them to see how they have each progressed.
When you work with people over a long period of time, trying to improve their work, you can reach a point whereby they feel that you are always pointing out where they have gone wrong, or made mistakes. It is vitally important that our students see just how well they have developed and how they continue to improve. It would be awful to be turning out self conscious actors who feel that they will never be good enough. The truth is, they are already special, that's why they are with us. It's time to do a very "un-British" thing and celebrate our good bits.
This is our company Blog, re-capping previous weeks sessions.