Audition Essentials with Socratis Otto

Audition Essentials

with Socratis Otto

Once I made the switch, I was no longer a supplicant. I had power in any room I walked into. Which meant I could relax. I was free. Of course I didn’t always get the job, but that wasn’t my intent any more. What was important was I always left that room knowing I did everything I could do. – Bryan Cranston

The key to success as an actor is to audition amazingly. THE BUSINESS REVOLVES AROUND AUDITIONING. And while mostly it feels sterile, confronting, full of pressure and just daunting – it doesn’t need to be.

Master the Audition!

 

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The Sydney Actors Collective has been training some of the best new talents working in the industry today, our classes are consistently selling out and our numbers continue to grow. 

However, one thing we can all agree on is that there isn’t enough work or enough opportunities for actors to put their skills to the test. Which can lead to stressful experiences in the audition room. 

We know the cliché is all too often true – the best audition gets the job, not the best actor. We’ve been responding to ongoing feedback from our actors and from the industry and have decided to tackle this problem in our curriculum.

We are excited to launch our new audition essentials course – In The Room: How to Audition with Confidence – with Socratis Otto. 

The key to success as an actor is to audition amazingly. THE BUSINESS REVOLVES AROUND AUDITIONING. And while mostly it feels sterile, confronting, full of pressure and just daunting – it doesn’t need to be. Like anything, auditioning is a skill that can be mastered. How? By getting yourself in an auditioning environment on repeat. Practice makes perfect, and repetition makes success.

Often actors are so overcome by nerves and stress that the entire experience becomes about overcoming these sensations rather than allowing themselves to do the work. The aim of the class is to create a real audition process every week to get you to the stage where the audition room will no longer fill you with nerves but with excitement – excitement of being allowed to act.

  • You will learn the critical skill of how to manage yourself in the dreaded waiting room
  • how to handle yourself with ease and fluidity in front of the camera. 
  • You will work on how to deliver a character in an organic situation, not an orchestrated performance that needs to be replicated in the audition.
  • You will work on developing your actors voice,
  • How to make your takes different without relying on feedback from the casting agent.
  • and more

Socratis will take you through the audition process as it exists in both local and international casting rooms. He will review your test, focus those nerves and give you an intimate insight into what casting directors are ultimately looking for – you! Then he’ll get you to do it all again as practice might make perfect, but experience is paramount.

Socratis is one of our most in demand coaches and brings his skills and insights from over twenty years working in the industry, from mainstage STC to Hollywood blockbusters like (The Matrix, Wolverine, I Frankenstein) not to mention his groundbreaking portrayal as Maxine in Foxtel’s Wentworth

Don’t miss this opportunity to put your skills to the test and take one step closer to booking that job!

First session Wednesday 10th October, 7-10pm SAC Studio.

Cost:

$195 (3 weeks)

*$175 for current SAC students

Drop In Cost: $75, must be advised of attendance in advance.

“The guys at SAC are full of knowledge and will help any actor achieve their goals”

-James Tobin (Channel 7 Sunrise presenter)

“Acting with Chum on The Straits was great. This man knows acting!”

-Firass-Dirani (Logi winning actor: House Husbands, The Straits, Underbelly)

“I have worked with Chum as an actor and director. As a director he knew how to bring out the best performance in me. He cares!”

-Andy-Whitfield (Actor: Sparticus Starz TV USA)

"They will take your acting magic to the next level."

-Nash Edgerton (Film Director)

Get better at SELF TAPING!

with SAC founder Chum Ehelepola and McGregors Casting Director Stevie Ray

Who can get better at SELF TAPING??? EVERYONE!!

Self Taping is becoming the new normal. It is the way the industry is heading.

Self Taping is a skill unto itself, which many actors have not mastered. It is a skill which you have to work out and then be able to deliver when the test is sent you way. What are your tapes like? 

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International boundaries now non existent which means many Australian actors are putting tapes down for lucrative US projects…and booking!

Self Taping is a skill unto itself, which many actors have not mastered. It is a skill which you have to work out and then be able to deliver when the test is sent you way. What are your tapes like? 

SAC is holding an ONLINE SELF TAPE course to help you with master the self tape. The course will be run by SAC founder and LA based actor Chum Ehelepola and Stevie Ray from McGregor Casting. Between them, they have vast knowledge and experience in Self Taping. Stevie from watching them all day, and Chum from putting them down all day. Stevie has cast form them and Chum has booked form them. This is a great chance to be directed by Chum and Stevie who will give you great insight into your tapes.

So how does it work?..

The course will be a 5 week course. 

  • The first 4 weeks will be with me. You will receive a scene week 1 and have one week to shoot it and then upload online. I will view each tape and offer notes via MP3. 
  • You will then have another week to re-shoot the scene and try and incorporate my notes and any new discoveries you get after having watched the tape and heard my notes. 
  • Week 3 and 4 will be the same format but with a different scene.
  • Week 5 is game week! You will test your skills with Stevie Ray from McGregors Casting, who watches and puts down tapes for a living. Stevie is one of the top Casting Directors in Australia and will be able to offer valuable feedback about your work. I am very excited to have Stevie on board. 

There will be a private Facebook group where all the tapes will be uploaded for everyone to watch and learn from. This  will be very helpful as watching self tapes and learning from them is crucial to your mastering this art.

This whole course is ONLINE. You do not have to attend a class. It can all be done from your bedroom! All you need is a camera (phone cameras are fine), a well lit quiet room and a reader. If you have that then you are good to go!

We will begin this course May 16th. The course will be $295 for non enrolled SAC students and $250 for current enrolled SAC students. Places are strictly limited.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work deeply on self taping. It is the future and nailing this fine art is crucial to an actors success.

If you are interested please email chum@sydneyactorscollective.com 

Hope to see you online!!

“The guys at SAC are full of knowledge and will help any actor achieve their goals”

-James Tobin (Channel 7 Sunrise presenter)

“Acting with Chum on The Straits was great. This man knows acting!”

-Firass-Dirani (Logi winning actor: House Husbands, The Straits, Underbelly)

“I have worked with Chum as an actor and director. As a director he knew how to bring out the best performance in me. He cares!”

-Andy-Whitfield (Actor: Sparticus Starz TV USA)

"They will take your acting magic to the next level."

-Nash Edgerton (Film Director)

Congrats to BRIDIE CONNELL for her role on new ABC show

Congrats to BRIDIE CONNELL for her role on new ABC show

Bridie Connell is KILLING IT! She is starring in ABC’s new comedy show TONIGHTLY WITH TOM BALLARD.

She is fast becoming a comedy go to girl in Australia

Check her out here.

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