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BLUEDOG SUMMER CAMP FOR ACTORS:
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     Week of June 10-14th 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
 
 
Ages: 8-16
Bluedog School of Acting for Kids is open for the summer!, and fun…lots of fun.

BLUEDOG School of Acting for Kids is dedicated to helping your child reach their absolute creative potential at all times.  This AMAZING On Camera Acting ONLY Summer Camp, will provide your child with the acting burnout of their lives.  If your kid loves acting, and wants to hone their On Camera skills, this is the camp for them.

BLUEDOG’s   On Camera Summer Camp Week Intensive will offer the student a professionally crafted program that will help prepare them for working on camera with confidence, understanding and deep respect for the process.  This week program will guide the student through specific situations and different types of auditions he or she might encounter when going to castings.  The classes will be geared to work on: monologue, commercial and T.V. scripts, intense scene work, vocal technique, and physical discovery.

BLUEDOGS Acting summer camp offers all this and fun…lots of fun.
 
Bluedog Acting camp is for the student who is serious and dedicated in being a great actor.  BLUEDOG regular classes will continue through out June as well as, the summer camp.  BLUEDOG will be closed for summer break the entire month of July.  Regular BLUEDOG classes for all ages will start registration the week of August 5th.
 

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6 Tips for a Successful Self-Taped Audition

By Marci Phillips | Posted Oct. 26, 2012, 11:05 a.m.

Whether you’re out of town, on another job (yay!), or the casting director simply has no time to see you, self-taping can be a great way to be considered for a role that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to audition for. Sadly, many of the self-tapes that I receive are virtually unusable due to mistakes that can (for the most part) be easily corrected.

1. Watch your audition before you send it!! Think of yourself as the producer who is watching and imagining you on their TV show or in their film. This is the ballpark we’re aiming for. Although you won’t have the same quality camera or lighting that you would in a professional setting, you should try to make it look as good as possible.

2. Do a test shot to see how you look. When you sit too close to the recording device, your face looks slightly distorted. A good general guide is to frame yourself from your hips/waist up if it’s a comedy and a bit closer (from your waist/top-ribs up) if it’s a drama. There shouldn’t be much discernible space above your head – the frame should ideally sit at or near the top of your crown. I can’t begin to count the number of self-tapes I get where the actor is at the bottom third of the screen! Try to give us a straight-on image, not angled up or angled down. If someone else is manning the camera, this will be much easier, but do the best that you can. Give us one standing full-body (or as much of yourself as you can get in there) shot and tell us your height so that we’ll have an accurate image of what you look like.

3. Please try to avoid reading with yourself, using a recorder to recite the other role back to you. It’s distracting, a bit odd, and the timing on those solo-recorded auditions can be a painful thing to watch! There’s usually a friend within pleading distance that you can ask. Of course we always prefer that you have a competent actor reading with you, but anyone is better than no one!

4. If possible, do your audition against a plain wall or a place that isn’t so distracting that we’re reading the book titles on the shelf!

5. Do two different takes If you’re uncertain about the tone of a scene, but post your favorite one first.

6. Your reading should be so honest that we feel like voyeurs watching you. Keep your volume in the correct, organic place for the space and the scene. It shouldn’t seem like you’re “performing” for us, except in the rare case where that’s what’s required.

I see more actors get jobs through self-taping these days than ever before...take the time to do it the right way and hopefully you’ll be one of them!

Marci Phillips is the Executive Director of ABC Casting. The opinions expressed in this article belong solely to Marci Phillips and do not necessarily reflect the views or endorsement of ABC, Disney or any of its subsidiaries. Marci is the author of “The Present Actor – A Practical and Spiritual Guideline to Help You Enjoy the Ride” available on Amazon.com.

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Tips for Dressing Your Child for Auditions

1. Avoid solid black, solid white and solid red.. White washes out your child’s face; red tends to “bleed” on-camera; and they aren’t noticeable in black. Some say also avoid blue because many casting directors use a blue backdrop and when your child wears blue they look like a “talking Head”

2. Bright colors, bright colors, bright colors! When a client has to watch a tape of 40 children saying the same line, you want your child to stand out from the others.

3. Absolutely no logos or busy prints on clothing! This includes product names, designer names, and cartoon characters.

4. Be age appropriate. Your 8-year-old should not dress like an 18-year-old going to a club. Avoid make-up and jewelry. Girls under 16 should not be wearing makeup, fake eyelashes etc. If the role calls for it then caution on the side of less rather than too much mascara or makeup

5. Dress is Important! Your child should be able to wear something that they feel good in. This will give them confidence when walking into the room and performing. Casting gives you suggestions as to what to wear. They will usually say casual, dressy casual or a specific wardrobe for costumes for Halloween, Christmas dress etc. Pay attention and do your best to have them dressed appropriately. Polo shirts are not casual but could be dressy casual or school clothes.

6. Hair  They like to see the hair down for little girls so they can see the length. Don’t put too much gel in boys hair or have you young girls hair curled if that isn’t her everyday look. Don’t put fancy bows, headbands or baretts in girls’ hair. They can be distracting away from their face.

7. Keep records of what they wear on each audition and how their hair looks When they get a callback, you should put them in the exact same outfit that they auditioned in. You do not want to change whatever caught the eye of the casting director.

8. When you find an outfit that works, stick with it. 
 Once they start booking in a particular outfit that could be their “lucky” outfit. Keep it clean and ready to go.