If you HAVE to sing, you must Practice. A lot. Get a singing coach. Find pieces that showcase your talents. Make a youtube video, enlist your pals, entertain at parties, post, tweet, and build your brand. You are on a great journey and you must, MUST! Play this role to the hilt.
If you can’t hold a tune, and your singing might clear the room – then you must act, emote, and hone the skills you have so that you can win your audience over. In the back of your mind, think of those actors who are such compelling performers that they get cast in singing roles, even when they are not great singers.
You can cultivate that powerful stage presence in YOURSELF, and win the audience over!
Ambition, Drive, and good auditioning skills will get you into drama school.
Break a leg. -Alan
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With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and one day be the Governor of California!?
Schwarzenegger also became good friends with professional wrestler Superstar Billy Graham. In 1970, at age 23, he captured his first Mr. Olympia title in New York, and would go on to win the title a total of seven times.
The immigration law firm Siskind & Susser has stated that Schwarzenegger may have been an illegal immigrant at some point in the late 1960s or early 1970s because of violations in the terms of his visa.
LA Weekly would later say in 2002 that Schwarzenegger is the most famous immigrant in America, who “overcame a thick Austrian accent and transcended the unlikely background of bodybuilding to become the biggest movie star in the world in the 1990s”.
After taking English classes at Santa Monica College in California, he earned a BA by correspondence from the University of Wisconsin–Superior, in international marketing of fitness and business administration in 1979. He got his American citizenship in 1983.
He tells that during this time he ran into a friend who told him that he was teaching Transcendental Meditation (TM), which prompted Schwarzenegger to reveal he had been struggling with anxiety for the first time in his life: “Even today, I still benefit from [the year of TM] because I don’t merge and bring things together and see everything as one big problem.” – Footnotes mostly from “Arnold Schwarzenegger” – Wikipedia.
By Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities reading magazines at the supermarket checkout.
Personally, I don’t care if someone’s hair color is natural or out of a bottle. If their knees are real or replacements, or their boobs, bottoms, and lips are Botoxed, real or prosthetic enhancements. Actresses who present well and are good in their roles are what I enjoy. Some roles favor blondes, and some don’t. But since you asked, I consulted sources that may know, so here you go:
Blonde fascination (possibly bordering on obsession) is something that permeates our society. Barbie Dolls are usually blonde.
From “Blondes have more fun” ad slogans to Baywatch stars like Pamela Anderson. FYI – Baywatch (the Series, NOT the 2017 Movie, link is to neat eBay souvenirs) was syndicated internationally, and the rest of the world may believe America is populated by blonde swimsuit models and actresses. It was a theme in the movie “Borat”. Here is “Everything you need to know about Baywatch”.
Not to mention the timeless attraction of Marilyn Monroe.
Being a Paparazzi is hours of boredom, moments of action (when a celebrity may be sighted, and photographed), and negotiation for fees for pictures. It is surveillance work, and requires some detective work, knowing people who can give you information on a specific star’s whereabouts, (and sometimes paying for the info). You also can be detested, Scorned, punched/threatened/assaulted, and jailed, if you are too aggressive. You also may be carrying expensive lenses and cameras, which can be subject to damage. If you are good, the reward is cash for your photos. You also have to know publicists, who may compel you to photograph their clients so they can get exposure in the tabloids.
Paparazzi exist to feed the hunger of the press and the famous for more exposure – While I am sure many are professional and have some respect for the subjects, many are invasive and push the limits to get their pictures. This can mean anything from an argument with a celebrity (or their bodyguards) to a fight that ends with someone arrested, or even loss of life (in the case of Princess Diana).
Up and coming stars seek out the attention of Paparazzi to get more exposure and celebrity status. If they are fortunate and become famous, they frequently “turn” on the paparazzi and deny them access, abandoning the resource they needed to get their fame.
So if I have not freaked you out, please hire me to train you as a world-class drone piloting, risk-taking Paparazzi at my famous photographer school. (Just joking, although a kickstarter for this may be fun). Take a look at my Photography blog: The Good Shots.
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I would like to see Leonardo DiCaprio to take on strong roles with causes he believes in, like Climate Change. Not unlike Kevin Costner in “WaterWorld”. Bruce Dern also chooses roles to promote causes, like “Silent Running”.
As an aside, Adam West was in the “Swamp Thing” series, most likely more for a paycheck than saving the environment, at that point in his career. His “swamp Thing” character was eclipsed by his Batman persona.
Leonardo DiCaprio is a wonderfully capable actor (yes, I am a fan) and will excel in almost any role he chooses, or even produces/directs.
While I am looking forward to his next role, my crystal ball is not good at casting actor’s future direction.
by Alan Chenkin, Learned all about actors from reading the tabloids in the checkout line…
Controlling your face muscles when you act is a necessary discipline that all actors need to master; Involuntary “tells” will give your audience cues that you are reading your parts, not delivering a solid performance. Just as Poker players need to develop their “poker face”, actors need to be able to convincingly transmit the emotions and feelings of their characters with facial control.
Some actors use video and may work on their emotions with friends, as they work on their face muscles (remember, your face is a tool in acting) to broadcast emotions. Happiness, Sadness, curiosity, worry, grimacing, and more are “must haves” in an actors toolkit. Developing the muscle memory to emote faces on-demand will be a winning talent in interviews, performances, and more.
Break a leg – and control your emotions – it takes practice!
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As said best by Joni Mitchell, “That’s one thing that’s always, like, been a difference between, like, the performing arts, and being a painter, you know. A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that’s it, you know. He has the joy of creating it, it hangs on a wall, and somebody buys it, and maybe somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft somewhere until he dies. But he never, you know, nobody ever, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, ‘Paint a Starry Night again, man!’ You know? He painted it and that was it.”
Music artists have to constantly reinvent themselves, and the money in the music business flows to promoters, ticket vendors, and not to performers (unless you are consistently producing top selling albums).
Which leaves you with TV and Movies. WHY? because you get residual income, which can fund your life while you pursue new parts and roles you find personally rewarding; like Broadway shows (when the show closes, by the way, your paycheck ends, just sayin’).
It is important for an actor to monetize their career, and/or get a sponsor (or sponsors) to support them in their journey to master their craft.
Financial security will give an actor the ability to eat while evaluating roles and donating their skills to good causes. Residuals, whether from album sales, sitcom appearances, or movie roles can be a key component of an performers ongoing income.
By Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities by reading the tabloids at the supermarket checkout line…
Marisa Tomei is a serious actor with good genes, but don’t think that is a free pass to some “fountain of youth”.
Ms. Tomei has a serious workout regimen and a diet to help her keep her physique in top shape. Actors, and more often Actresses, are pursued by paparazzi and tabloid reporters for any perception of weight gain, chubbiness, bad eating habits or badly timed bikini photos -usually photoshopped. With her dedication to her routine, Marisa Tomei has fought off the scourge of aging, sagging, and weight that has many celebrities tormented. Like I said, it is not a “free pass” – she works hard at looking good.
“I’m always in awe of how healthy Marisa eats. It could be part of the reason her skin is always smooth and glowing. She drinks lots of natural, raw juices, eats lots of veggies, avocado and whole grains. I’ve noticed that clients who eat lots of avocado always have amazing skin!”-Tina Turnbow
Stage Fright is common among Actors and us non-acting folks.
These noted performers (and many more) have publicly discussed their stage fright:
Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the block)
Brian Wilson (the Beach boys)
Sir Laurence Olivier
Acting classes and extensive public speaking help get past Stage Fright. While many performers indulge in meditation, alcohol, massage, etc., Sometimes they need to perform enough to relax in front of their fans. Performance anxiety, like forgetting lines, creates and sometimes increases stage fright and the “jitters”.
When you get “into character”, you have license to be someone other than yourself, and that often gives us – as performers – the ability to be that person, without stage fright or exposing our personal anxieties.
Before an audition, practice relaxation exercises, learn your script really well, and “break a leg”.
Both actresses, Katie Holmes and Anne Hathaway, are adept at conveying a sophisticated and refined image.
It is both their calling and profession to act with class and sophistication when their role calls for it. You have two excellent examples of poise and refinement. You may have a personal preference of one or the other, but they both have serious acting chops – and a decent resume of work.