UPCOMING AUDITIONS

NEW PROJECT: We're currently casting for a Cincinnati show promo/sizzle reel called the "LADD Project."

We are looking for differently abled talent to be taped sharing their passion for home renovation. So we're essentially looking for people with disabilities who might have some experience in Rehab, Home Improvement, Decorating, etc. You don't need to have professional experience, but just some experience. Can be Builders, Carpenters, Decorators, Architects, etc.

If you're interested and meet the qualifications, please submit a short video of you talking about what your experience is in anything related to home improvement (planning, designing, decorating, constructing, etc). Can even just be recorded on a phone and sent to us if that's what you've got!

Please submit to lynnmeyerscasting.submissions@gmail.com with the subject line "LADD Project."

If the producers are further interested in casting you from your submission, we would be in contact with more info about time, location & payment. You must be 21 or older to submit. Thanks!!!

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Seeking Non-Union Women & Men for TV Commercial

Project Description: A skincare product!

Nationally know Skincare Company has a new Eye cream that works almost instantly to diminish bags and droopy eyelids. This is for a known company (15 years in business) and the product is currently being sold with great results.

Seeking: Non-union Women AND Men!

Looking for people who have noticeable under eye bags for an on-camera testimonial
Must be NON-UNION
Ages 30+
Open to All Ethnicities 
Up to 6 men and 6 women will be selected

PROJECT DETAILS
Rate: $450, speaking - testimonial (this is including travel)
Shoot Date: June 6th 
Location: Yardley, PA

Usage: Direct Response TV (various markets, NO NETWORK Primetime) and digital marketing

HOW TO SUBMIT 
Please send Email by WEDNESDAY MAY 30th to: KYLE@SHADOWBOXPICTURES.COM
You MUST include all of the following information or you will NOT be considered!

Name
Age 
Cell Phone #
Email address
2 Pictures showing your under eye bags (FRONT view and SIDE view)


Submit your application to: KYLE@SHADOWBOXPICTURES.COM

13 Apps Every Actor Should Use By Heidi Dean

In our increasingly digital world, most of us are rarely very far from a phone or tablet. Why not use this technology to learn lines, stay organized, and book more auditions? Here are 13 apps for actors that will help you do just that!

We Rehearse gives you instant access to a rehearsal partner through video chat to help you run your lines. The app will notify thousands of readers, actors, and coaches when you’re ready to work on your scene. We Rehearse makes running lines very easy, especially for those last-minute auditions.

Rehearsal Pro is perhaps the most well-known of all the apps to help you learn your lines. You can record your lines and play them back, watching the script scroll by like a teleprompter, or you can even put your lines in “blackout mode” to test yourself. The app works with short audition sides and feature length scripts and is useful for actors in theater, commercials, theater, voiceovers, television, and film.

Tableread is a free, easy-to-use film and television app that allows you to read and listen to scripts, screenplays, and teleplays on mobile. Simply import a professionally formatted script in PDF format and listen. The Pro Version of the app allows you to listen to scripts read by over 45 unique character voices and add an inspiring soundtrack from a library of genre specific scores.

Scene Partner helps you learn lines using your own script or allows you to choose an e-Script from Music Theatre International, Samuel French, or Dramatist Play Service. You can hear your lines on your Phone or Tablet using the male and female voices provided or download additional voices for more variety.

My Lines lets you have your script with you on a mobile device anytime, anywhere. You can rehearse and memorize your lines without a scene partner, by either looking at or listening to your lines. You can also see or hear cue lines when you’re ready to be off book.

AuditionCal helps you track and organize your auditions and events (networking, workshops, agent and manager meetings). The app includes a searchable database, data email export function, calendar view with notifications and reminders, and photo uploading. AuditionCal will help you stay organized right from the convenience of your phone.

Slatable is a new app that makes the often daunting task of self-tapping simple. The app automates the technical process so you can focus on your performance without the need for tricky editing software or even a computer. Slatable also automates professional title cards and smooth transitions between each scene.

Social media apps are effective networking and relationship-building tools for your acting career. Not sure whether Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and/or Snapchat is right for your acting career? Find out how to choose the best platforms here!

IMDb: Part of your job as an actor is research. You must know who’s involved in the projects you’re auditioning for. You can do this research on your computer, but having the IMDb app on your phone is helpful for those last minute auditions. It's free so there’s no excuse not to have this one.

Shakespeare Pro includes the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets, and 6 poems, including “doubtful” works) as well detailed scene breakdowns, character descriptions, and glossaries. It’s an essential app for any classical actor.

Storyist is a wonderful app for actor-writers who need to produce submission-ready manuscripts and screenplays. The app comes with manuscript and screenplay templates (so you can focus on writing instead of formatting), the ability to work with both Final Draft FDX and Fountain script formats, and multiple cloud storage options.

The Amazing Improv Generator is a tool that will help you come up with spontaneous ideas for improvisational performances. This fun app will provide you with a random Character, Setting or Event all at the push of a button.

MyHeadshots lets you edit photos and resumes from your phone.  It's especially useful for child actors since a child's look changes so quickly as they grow. You can crop, edit, add your name, or borders to any photo on your phone or tablet creating a professional looking shot whenever you need one. This app makes getting get an up-to-date headshot a snap.

Heidi Dean is the industry’s top social media expert for actors and the creator of Marketing 4 Actors and the 21-Day Social Rockstar Challenge. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was a working, professional SAG and AEA actor for over 20 years. 

Craft Notes by Ed Hooks

CRAFT NOTES
“Advanced Pretend”
 Jeff Bridges was being interviewed on The Charlie Rose Show in connection with his film Crazy Heart when the conversation turned to his opinion about the art and craft of acting. “Basically,” he explained with a grin, “acting is advanced pretend.” I really like that description because it is so uncomplicated and is correct. There is a library full of books and DVDs that will tell you how tough it is to be an actor. A newcomer takes a look at the list of techniques to be mastered, including sense memory, emotional recall, substitution, staying in the moment, voice projection, diction, repetition exercises, active listening, how not to indicate, and on and on. First thing you know, acting is not so much fun any more. It is not at all like it was in the high school production where everybody just had a good time. Now you have to “do the work” and “prepare the instrument."  When you didn’t know much about it, you simply jumped into the pool and splashed around. Now you dare not get wet until you are absolutely certain that you can do five laps with alternating strokes.
When my daughter, Dagny, was five or six years old, she would occasionally see me on television. If my role called for violence or tears, the performance was disturbing to her. I remember explaining to her that I was pretending, that nobody really hit me, and that I was actually having a good time when I cried. She thought about that for a very long moment. In her 5-year-old mind, pretending was what she and her friends did when trying on clothes and shoes from her mom’s closet. Pretending was what she did when she played tea-time and served her doll a cookie. She therefore concluded that there must be a distinction between her kind of pretend and the kind of pretend I was doing on television. “So that is not pretend-pretend? It is for-real pretend?” Exactly, it is for-real pretend. Or, as Jeff Bridges put it, “advanced pretend.”
 Fade Out/Fade In, Present-day Ed Hooks acting class: A new student enrolls, an attractive woman in her early thirties who has been chasing an acting career for twelve years. I can tell when she walks into the studio that she is gut-level unhappy and frustrated but that, by God, she is ready to work. She is determined to lick this career monster yet! I sit her down and ask when was the last time she had fun acting, and she doesn’t have an answer. She wants to tell me about her Meisner training or whatever. I ask her why she came into acting in the first place, and she has to reach far back into her memory before replying. “I don’t know. I was maybe nineteen when I started….”  “Was it fun back then?”  She smiles, “Yes, it was.” I tell her that she must recapture that feeling of pretend, of playing. She has enough technique already. What she is lacking is perspective, confidence and optimism. I tell her that, for the first couple of months in my workshop, I want her to simply get up on stage and make mistakes and learn how to laugh at her silly self. “Acting is not neat and pretty,” I explain. “You are never ever going to get it ‘right’. It is all pure process. And part of that process is the audience recognizing that you are having fun being on stage.”

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Acting: The First Six Lessons by Richard Boleslavsky

In his beloved classic, Acting: The First Six Lessons, master acting teacher Richard Boleslavsky presents his acting theory and technique in a lively and accessible narrative form. Widely considered a must-have for beginning as well as established actors, Boleslavsky's work has long helped actors better understand the craft of acting and what it takes to grow as an artist. This enhanced edition includes additional exercises from Samuel Seldon's First Steps in Acting, which provide further opportunity to practice the techniques discussed in Acting: The First Six Lessons.


Richard Boleslavsky's knowledge of the theater was based on an impressive depth and breadth of experience. A member of the Moscow Art Theater and director of its First Studio, he worked in Russia, Germany, and America as an actor, director and teacher. He was a leading Hollywood director in addition to producing plays and musical comedies on Broadway.