The Beginnings of the Tony Awards

Since 1947, the Tony Awards – formally known as the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theater – have been presented each year at a ceremony held in New York City. Named in honor of the late Antoinette Perry – actress, director, producer, and American Theater Wing co-founder who had passed away only recently before…

Since 1947, the Tony Awards – formally known as the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theater – have been presented each year at a ceremony held in New York City. Named in honor of the late Antoinette Perry – actress, director, producer, and American Theater Wing co-founder who had passed away only recently before the first Tony Awards ceremony was held – the tribute of the Tony Awards was the celebration of honorees associated with Broadway performances and productions, and the recognition of excellence in live American theater.

In 1939, the American Theater Wing, the co-presenters of the Tony Awards, had been established in Manhattan as a non-profit organization whose mission was to support excellence in theater, and in 1947 held the first Tony Awards ceremony to recognize achievements specific to Broadway theater. While about 5000 guests attend the celebratory theater gala today, and millions more join in spirit as they watch the television broadcast of the awards show, about 1000 attendants made an appearance at the inaugural Tony Awards ceremony, which took place in the Grand Ballroom of New York City's Waldorf Astoria hotel. After a night of dinner, dancing, and other organized entertainment, the first Tony Awards were presented at the midnight hour. During this and the next year's awards ceremony, winners received a scroll, cigarette lighter, and money clip (for male winners) or compact (for female winners). There were only eleven awards announced that year, but today the Tonys offer awards in about 27 categories honoring plays and their actors, creators, directors, and technicians.

It was not until the third ceremony, in 1949, that the first Award medallions were presented to the winning nominees in Antoinette Perry's name, and in honor of her commitment to perfection and the absolute highest standards of quality when it came to the theater.

The medallions awarded to honorees are designed with the masks of comedy and tragedy on one side, and the profile of Antoinette Perry on the other side. The medallion is composed of a nickel-plated brass and bronze mix and suspended on a nickel-plated pewter swivel above a black acrylic glass base – an addition that was not made until 1967. After each ceremony, each awarded medallion is number for tracking purposes and engraved with its winner's name. Other unique crystal awards can be found online for companies looking for that special recognition for its highest performers.

In 1965, Helen Menken, president of the American Theater Wing, announced that she would retire. Worried that her retirement could bring an end to the Tony Awards, the League of New York Theaters began a partnership with the American Theater Wing and convinced her to remain on board. However, when Menken died the following year, the 1966 awards ceremony was held at the Rainbow Room without entertainment or public audience, for the one and only time in Tony Award history.

The next year, in 1967, the American Theater Wing's new president, Isabelle Stevenson, invited The Broadway League as co-presenters of the awards ceremony, which was held in a Broadway theater rather than its traditional hotel ballroom setting. This marked the first time that the rewards would be televised nationwide, at that time for an hour long compared to today's three hour long Tony Awards broadcast.

Determining Tony Award Nominees and Winners

Since the Tony Awards intend to honor and encourage excellence within the theater industry, as well as the advancement of its arts, the American Theater Wing needed to develop jurisdiction rules and aoting process that would be mindful in serving those ends. Therefore, based on the idea that it would yield an unfair advantage to…

Since the Tony Awards intend to honor and encourage excellence within the theater industry, as well as the advancement of its arts, the American Theater Wing needed to develop jurisdiction rules and aoting process that would be mindful in serving those ends.

Therefore, based on the idea that it would yield an unfair advantage to allow the more frequently produced plays and musicals to be considered eligible for the most highly prized Tony awards – since they would have benefited from more development time and more familiarity amongst voters than newer or less frequently produced plays and musicals – in order to be eligible for a Tony Award, it was determined that the Administration Committee must determine that a play or musical is one that:

• has not appeared on Broadway before
• has not yet been determined as a classic
• is not considered to be in the historical or popular repertoire

These eligible plays include those recently transferred to Broadway from Off-Broadway or West End, as well as plays that are based on films. Occidentally, the decisions of the Administration Committee are controversial, as shows ruled ineligible within the new categories are unable to have their authors have any chance at winning the most highly coveted awards of Best Play, Best Musical, Best Score, or Best Book.

To be considered as Broadway theater, the theater must house at least 500 seats and be located within or in a portfolio to New York's Time Square locale. The Tony Awards Administration Committee makes the final call regarding each theater's eligibility.

The Administration Committee, responsible for determining eligibility for each nomination as well as fulfilling other duties, consists of twenty-four total members:

• Ten from the American Theater Wing
• Ten from the Broadway League
• One from the Daramatists Guild
• One from the Actors' Equity Association
• One from United Scenic Artists
• One from the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

The Nominating Committee, which determines who to nominate in each category, is comprised of a rotating group of theater professionals, each of which is selected by the Administration Committee, serves for three years, and is obliged to see every new Broadway production during their time on the committee, then meet after the deadline for Tony eligibility to vote on that year's nominations.

In 1947, when the Tonys began, the American Theater Wing determined that eligible voters would include the members of its board, as well as representing management and entertainment union members. In 1954, eligibility was also extended to theater professionals who were not members of the American Theater Wing, and has since been extended even further. Today, the 700-plus Tony Awards voters consist of:

• the board of directors of the American Theater Wing
• the Advisory Board of the American Theater Wing
•oting members of The Broadway League
• members of the Theatrical Council of the Casting Society of America
• governing board members of Actors' Equity Association
• governing board members of the Dramatists Guild
• governing board members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
• governing board members of United Scenic Artists
• governing board members of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers

The nomination andoting process is supervised by Lutz & Carr, an accounting firm popular for handling various crystal awards ceremonies. They keep the results completely secret until they are announced at the ceremony during the television broadcast.

Since only plays and musicals from one of only 40 large Broadway theaters are eligible for nominations, as decided by the Management Committee of the Tony Awards – and only a fraction of the plays at these locations can be considered as new each season – critics of the awards view the Tonys as a promotional event for just a few of New York's largest producers and theater owners. Since there are 27 awards categories, and only a few eligible plays to choose from, most shows that are deemed as new by the Committee are bound to receive at least one nomination.

Televising the Tony Awards

Originally, the Tony Awards ceremony was broadcast over WOR radio and The Mutual Network. 1956 was the first year the awards ceremony was televised, but only locally on the DuMont Television Network. Since 1967, the ceremony has been broadcast nationally, in a live program including songs, video clips, and presentations associated with the nominees. With…

Originally, the Tony Awards ceremony was broadcast over WOR radio and The Mutual Network. 1956 was the first year the awards ceremony was televised, but only locally on the DuMont Television Network. Since 1967, the ceremony has been broadcast nationally, in a live program including songs, video clips, and presentations associated with the nominees. With the exception of the 1999 ceremony held at the Gershwin Theater, since 1997, the ceremony has been broadcast live on CBS from New York's Radio City Music Hall, usually during the first week of June.

Until 1978, the broadcast had aired on various television networks from year to year, but beginning then, the Tonys made CBS their home network. For the first six years, however, CBS partnered with PBS for the latter station to broadcast the first ten awards during the first hour of the ceremony, with the remaining two hour broadcast taking place on CBS. The partnership continued until 2003, when CBS finally allocated an entire 3 hour time slot to the ceremony, allowing for an uninterrupted presentation.

In 1997, the awards ceremony shifted away from its Broadway locale, and was broadcast from the 6000-seat Radio City Music Hall for the first time, which not only enabled the ceremony to welcome cast and crew for each nominated show, but also to invite members of the general public as attendants, The Tonys have been held there ever since, with the exception of 2009, when the hall was closed for renovations.

Typically, the number of viewers for the Tony Awards do not match the viewership of the comparable ceremonies for film, television, or music, despite being considered the highest honor rewarded in American theater. Neverheless, CBS treasures its position as home of the telecast, as the wealthy, intelligent, affluent audience that the Tony Awards show does draw is highly valued by the premium advertisers who appreciate the upscale viewers, thus dominating the expensive advertising slots offered through the broadcast . Corresponding to this upscale audience, the glamorous mask trophies are a step above the standard crystal award .

There are certain notable Tony Award record breakers.

• The record-holder for the most Tony Awards won is Harold Prince, with 21 honors during the course of his theater career: eight for Best Direction, eight for Best Production, two for Best Musical, and three special Tony Awards.

• Stephen Sondheim held the record for the most Tony Awards won of any composer, with eight to his name.

• Bob Fosse holds the record for the most Tony Awards won of any choreographer, with eight.

• Angela Lansbury is the only actress in the history of the Tony Awards to be nominated in all four performance awards: Best Actress in a Musical (for Mame in 1966, Dear World in1969, Gypsy in 1975, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 1979), Best Actress in a Play (for Deuce in 2007), Best Featured Actress in a Play (for Blithe Spirit in 2009), and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (for A Little Night Music in 2010). She is also tied with Julie Harris for the most total wins for performance Tony Awards, of which they both have five.

• Thus far, in Tony Awards history, the musical to receive the most Tony Awards has been The Producers, winning twelve awards out of its fifteen nominations in the 2001 ceremony, the prized Best Musical award among them. The Producers is also tied with Billy Elliot The Musical for the most nominations for a single musical, which also had fifteen nominations in 2009.

• The record for the greatest number of awards received by a single non-musical play goes to The Coast of Utopia, winning seven rewards, Best Play among them, in 2007.

• So far in the history of the Awards show, three musicals have won all six of the most coveted honors, (Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Leading Actor, Best Actress, and Best Direction): Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in 1979; South Pacific, in 2008; and Hairspray, in 2002.

• As of 2010, the first show to win the Tony for Best Production three times is La Cage aux Folles, with its original staging winning in 1984, as well as its later versions winning in 2005 and 2010.

International Band Makes Magic

Pink Martini is a delectable concoction of twelve Portland, Oregon-based musicians whose sweet, smooth, spicy, tart and tangy programs are savored through the world. Pianist Thomas Lauderdale laughingly admits that he probably came up with the name when he was slight intoxicated and in the process of abandoning his political career to return to his…

Pink Martini is a delectable concoction of twelve Portland, Oregon-based musicians whose sweet, smooth, spicy, tart and tangy programs are savored through the world. Pianist Thomas Lauderdale laughingly admits that he probably came up with the name when he was slight intoxicated and in the process of abandoning his political career to return to his first love, music.

He never imagined he would establish a band. Such a thing was not in his radar when he received a contract to go back home to Portland and play several concerts with the symphony. Because his life had shifted away from music toward politics, he was working on ballot measures that interested him involved civil rights. The only sour note came from the bands and DJs at political events. Convinced that he could write catchy songs and put together a lively ensemble to inspire voters, he assembled musicians guaranteed to add zest to the gatherings.

The band took off like the proverbial wildfire. Along with performing at political rallies, they were invited to appear at many other gatherings. It was not long before Lauderdale realized it was more fabulous to be playing in exotic locations and thanked by applause than to working under fluorescent lights and dealing with angry constituents.

He next convinces China Forbes, a former Harvard classmate turned guitarist and songwriter, to join him in Portland, bribing her away from New York City with Frequent Flier miles. Multilingual, as are many in the band, she is the lead vocalist amid a cocktail shaker of musicians representing wildly diverse styles. Their assorted backgrounds and languages ​​enable them to converse wherever their schedule takes them. When needed, the core dozen is often enhanced with a string section. Despite the exotic origins of some members, Lauderdale often finds fresh talent right at home. As an adopted child who grows up with adopted siblings representing Africa, Asia and Iran, he easily reaches out to people of all nationalities.

He has never attempted an active search for band members, accidently finding the needed trumpet player, violinist or other instrumentalist by initiating a casual conversation. His conga (Cuban drum of African heritage) player was working in the kitchen of a place where he was having lunch. During a break, he came out and began entertaining the guests. Lauderdale snapped him up.

After making its European debut at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Pink Martini has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and other major orchestras in Europe, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. They have collaborated with stars like Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Chavela Vargas and Michael Feinstein. The title song of their debut album, “Sympathique,” won France's Victoires de la Musique Awards of 2000 for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist.” Their second and third albums, “Hang on Little Tomato,” and “Hey Eugene!” have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey. Their latest, “Splendor in the Grass,” is climbing rapidly.

Lauderdale's political background comes to the fore today only when he muses about the role of music as a democratic vehicle and the appeal of beautiful melodies and beautiful lyrics to all ages and political affiliations. Whether embarking on a love affair or going through a crisis, Pink Martini lends support.

It even goes back to the future. At a recent concert, a soldier and his wife who were expecting their first baby came up afterwards to explain that they had driven all the way from Fort Bragg so their unborn child could enjoy hearing the concert.

How Singing Exercises Can Improve Your Public Speaking

Could you actually recommend singing exercises for speakers? Yes, indeed it is suggested to assist them to ground their voice which would be to speak from other diaphragm rather than their throat. It will not make much difference that the audience can not actually hear exactly what the speaker says. Speaking too softly usually takes…

Could you actually recommend singing exercises for speakers? Yes, indeed it is suggested to assist them to ground their voice which would be to speak from other diaphragm rather than their throat. It will not make much difference that the audience can not actually hear exactly what the speaker says. Speaking too softly usually takes away their concentration towards the presentation as they seek to figure out what the speaker says. The constant fading of sentence can easily deter the audience's fascination with the full presentation.

It is very important maintain clarity and it is essential to build up a strong voice. Of course a robust voice does not mean screaming at the top of the voice but merly delivering them through the lungs. This is exactly where all of the singing exercises for speakers are available in. Singing exercises for speakers will certainly assist to prevent any possible damage to the voice cord and promote the appropriate use of the lungs and diaphragm for a stronger and clear voice.

Here are several steps to some singing exercises for speakers that can assist them develop their voices. This exercise is called 'belly breathing' which is a easy way to expand the lung ability to generate that full and rich voice to capture the audience's attention.

– Sit upright and place one hand to the stomach plus the other hand behind the back. Consider two hands on top of each other but separated the torso.

– Take a deep breath almost like seeking to push each of hands out so far as possible while they're still put into position. It takes lots of practice and lung strength to generate the back move and with practice it would happen perfectly.

– Exhale quickly without making any sound. Any noise during the exhalation process is an indicator of tension in the voice cord.

– Take a breath again considering the hands still in place.

– Then exhale again but this time, say the first letter of the alphabet.

– Do this exercise with all current alphabets till the letter Z. As the exercise progresses with each alphabet, the voice should get loud and stronger while still breathing normally.

The voice does not need to be developed like weight training which takes years to cultivate from a small physique to a huge mass of muscles. But surely adopt an everyday practice routine considering the above singing exercises for speakers and build vocal agility and endurance from the quickest time to make that professional speaking voice be prominent.

Las Vegas Magic Shows

There is no better place on earth to watch a magic show than among the lights of Las Vegas. Glitz and glamor abound. The most skilled magicians in the world make their way through Las Vegas at one time or another. Some thrill and move on to other venues, others stay and perform on an…

There is no better place on earth to watch a magic show than among the lights of Las Vegas. Glitz and glamor abound. The most skilled magicians in the world make their way through Las Vegas at one time or another. Some thrill and move on to other venues, others stay and perform on an almost daily basis. They cover almost every genre of magic, from the full illusions of David Copperfield to the parlor magic and humor of Mac King.

This article is not about who I think you should see, but instead a directory of texts to guide you to the performers who are best suited for your preference and budget.

David Copperfield performances almost nightly at the MGM Grand. He is the epitome of Las Vegas magic – Big, grand, glitzy, and the Best at what he does. Anyone of any age can appreciate his shows and will leave inspired. Expect to spend some money, as watching the Best will cost the most.

Penn and Teller perform at the Rio, and are not to be missed by adults who want to be truly fooled and entertained. I would recommend this show for the entire family, but Penn is known to drop the 'F' bomb from time to time, so I would rate this show a definite 'PG'. Again, tickets are not cheap, but well worth the cost.

Criss Angel's 'Believe' performances several times a week at the Luxor. Although this show did not open to great reviews, I understand Criss has increased the number of illusions dramatically and I am starting to hear that the Criss Angel that wowed a nation on TV is back and going strong. If you are a Criss Angel fan I would expect you to be extremely satisfied with the new look of 'Believe'. Should be suitable for the whole family.

The Amazing Johnathan performances at Planet Hollywood and his wild brand of magic is definitely for adults. Magic is simply a tool Johnathan employs to make you laugh for the duration of the show. The virtual non-stop humor makes this one of the most watched shows in Vegas.

Gerry McCambridge, the Mentalist, also performances at Planet Hollywood. I would recommend finding another activity for the kids, as Gerry is a very cerebral performer who's mentalism is probably beyond the average child. Adults will 'get it' and appreciate the intense skill and professionalismism displayed by 'the Mentalist'.

The Magic and Tigers of Rick Thomas rocks the Sahara. Rick carries on the tradition of the predominantly popular Siegfred and Roy, using large and beautiful creatures to add a spice and flair to his shows. This show is a perennial favorite of the Las Vegas magic lover. Suitable for the entire family.

The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's is the Best Deal for the money in Vegas. Call the box office and ask for special pricing. You can find good tickets for less than twenty bucks. Mac is a really, really funny guy. A couple of his effects border slightly on risque ', but in a way that will make the average' kid 'feel as if you trust them to watch and appreciate the performance. I would not hesitate to take anyone from ten years old and beyond.

The Nathan Burton Comedy Show at the Flamingo is a great way for a family to spend the afternoon in Las Vegas. The star of World's Greatest Magic on NBC; World's Wildest Magic on NBC; America's Got Talent; Miami Ink; and VH1's Surreal Life is often called the 'hardest working magician in Vegas ..'. Full of illusions and show girls, this show will definitely be one of the highlights of your Las Vegas trip.

Although not all of the magicians are currently performing in Vegas are listed, there are several web sites detailing many other performers and shows currently appearing in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. Magicians contact these sites regularly with their latest information and links to their events as times, dates, and details are constantly changing. Do your homework before leaving for Vegas, as some shows sell out early. Enjoy.

Marketing Tips for Actors – Win That Contract Role on a Prime Time Series – Be the Solution

To combat nerves, prep professionally and ace an audition there are many techniques that work: 1. Exercising- aerobics, running, yoga 2. Positive affirmations 3. Focusing on the character you are about to portray- ie, Be Blanche Dubois on the bus or in the car driving to the audition 4. Meditating to become totally centered 5.…

To combat nerves, prep professionally and ace an audition there are many techniques that work:

1. Exercising- aerobics, running, yoga

2. Positive affirmations

3. Focusing on the character you are about to portray- ie, Be Blanche Dubois on the bus or in the car driving to the audition

4. Meditating to become totally centered

5. Warming up your voice and body just before entering

6. Talking to all the other auditioners -to connect and raise your energy level

These techniques focus on YOU and solve your problem of handling the exam.But the best technique of all? Understand the person for what you are auditing, the Casting Director. Solve her problem. Sometimes when auditing for Prime Time bars you may “go to Producers” – all 10 or 12 of them: the coordinating, supervising and executive producers as well as a string of Associate Producers, assistant Producers and of course, the Head writer of the series , the “Creator” or the Director-Creator, a few “Executives with titles like East Coast VP or West Coast Prime Time VP and their assistants. the corporate office sitting in the corner- rare but possible-or in the Control room watching. And what are all these folks thinking? Are they thinking about Your talent? Your looks? Your personality? But mostly they are? operating from a place of FEAR.They're thinking about how THEY are going to keep their job and make this project a hit.

“Is this actress going to be the ONE? The one who will star in my Prime Time Time Series, Film, or Commercial and make it soar?”

Everyone is full of fear. Casting Directors most certainly are on a treadmill with little time, a lot of nerves and anxiety trying to please their boss, the Producer, Client or Network.They have to find the RIGHT actors or not work again for that boss. The Producers are nervous because if they choose the wrong talent the show will fail and they will lose their edge at their Network.The Writer is scared because either it is her first script or 20th it needs to be successful so she will work again in the next few years. “You are only as good as your last credit” is absolutely true. The committee of 15 or so – associate, assistant and other producers all are vying for a position at the table- meaning if they vote on the wrong actor that they lose status and possibly their job … or GAIN status and the power to produce them OWN series. Everyone is scared that the wrong choice will destroy their career- tons of money (millions) and lots of jobs are at stake for a new series or a network commercial. In the midst of this angst and chaos, you come with your own fear, doubt and nerves ….

Will they like me? Am I talented enough? Did I make the right acting choice? “

Re-think this. Instead of making it about YOU and how well you can audition, make it about THEM. SOLVE THEIR PROBLEM. Help them. Calm them. Charm them.This is where psychology outweighs talent and all the training in the world. ALLEVIE the FEAR. You are the happy voice of success.

“I will solve your problem. Choose me and we both will win! I will star in your series and it will be a BIG, FAT SUCCESS!

So your acting job – including playing the script they wrote -is the script YOU write. (well, your subtext)

“I'm going to make you successful … I will make you $$$ MONEY … We are going to WIN an EMMY, the OSCAR, the TONY together !!!”

Become the SOLUTION to their problem not another problem. And while you are focusing on helping them you actually will do a far more brilliant audition. Try it! It works. Trust me, I know!

Successful Marketing!

Gwyn

Unknown Facts About the Tango

Unknown to many people, the dance of the tango had extremely humble beginnings in the slums of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Several theories exist concerning how the tango evolved into the sensual, romantic dance that people currently know and love. One theory states that some of the tango's unusual movements originated along the gauchos of Buenos…

Unknown to many people, the dance of the tango had extremely humble beginnings in the slums of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Several theories exist concerning how the tango evolved into the sensual, romantic dance that people currently know and love. One theory states that some of the tango's unusual movements originated along the gauchos of Buenos Aires, who were their smelly, hardened chaps into the city's congested nightclubs. As the story goes, when a gaucho began dancing with a girl, she placed herself in the crook of his arm with her head thrown back in order to avoid the smell and her right hand was positioned close to his pocket as a demand for money in exchange for her hospitality. Such a theory is difficult to prove true or false; however, it is an interesting example of the colorful history of this intriguing dance.

Historical Highlights

In the early 1900s orchestras and dancers from Buenos Aires traveled to the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe where historically the dance became wildly popular in cities such as Berlin, London and Paris. After this, the first American tango craze took place in New York. By 1914 several authentic tango styles were introduced in many nightclubs including unique variations such as Newman's Minuet tango.

The Many Faces of Tango

Many individuals are unaware of the fact that the dance of the tango has many variations and each has something special to offer both spectators and participants. These variations include the Tango Canyengue, which is a rhythmic style tango that follows a percussion rhythm as opposed to the traditional instruments used in tango music. Introduced by the younger generation in the 1980s, the tango nuevo features complex positions and more fluid movements rather than the classic rigid lines of the traditional tango. Ballroom tango emphasizes leading and following skills as well as the character head snaps and staccato movements seen in competitive tango dancing. Many other variations of the tango exists and some dancers enjoy trying them all one by one for an exhilarating experience.

Healing Characteristics

Tango from the Rio de la Plataregion was used in a clinical trial for persons suffering from Parkinson's disease. The study provided evidence that dancing the tango was helpful in healing this debilitating neurological disorder. Parkinson's sufferers who participated in tango classes demonstrated a marked improvement in coordination that was not present in the second group of Parkinson's sufferers who participated in traditional exercise. Medical scientists state that while dancing in general may be beneficial, tango dancing was even more so due to the fact that the dance features several types of movement especially relevant for those with Parkinson's disease. These include walking backward, moving at various speeds, initiation of movement, turning and dynamic balance.

The Tango In Buenos Aires

In 2009, Uruguay and Argentina stated that the tango should be placed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List and this became a reality that same year in the month of October. Throughout the years, tango has enjoyed a brilliant sequence of popularity booms and subsequent Declines. The tango leads a continuous life through Buenos Aires where both the music and the dance have been developed so thoroughly that the tango has attained a level of perfection in Argentina that is not seen in other parts of the world. The tango is a timeless dance and those with a strong interest in an authentic tango experience should visit the enchanting city of Buenos Aires where the tango was born and will live on eternally.

Top Three Acting Tips Every Single Actor Should Possess

There exists loads of common acting tips online. But, few actor internet sites include the genuine juice needed for players to truly have a very successful career. The reason? A lot of the internet sites you will find on the net happened to be outdated or even written by non working actors. Not This Article…

There exists loads of common acting tips online. But, few actor internet sites include the genuine juice needed for players to truly have a very successful career. The reason? A lot of the internet sites you will find on the net happened to be outdated or even written by non working actors.

Not This Article
I have got over 7 years of experienced credits below my belt plus 15 years of teaching experience to share with you. Listed below you will find the top three serious acting tips each actor must possess. School is in session!

Passion
Passion is required to become thriving in acting or other venture in fact. Passion is the fuel for your acting profession. Just how do you realize when you've got a love for acting and not a like to it? Initially, you actually visualize your lifestyle as a prosperous actor or actress. Enable your thoughts to really envision what it really could have like to have your name over the marquee of a major play, Television show, or major film. Let yourself to honestly go there! Do you get excited?

Now visualize yourself without any of that. Let your mind to equally race as well. If you do not feel sick inside your abdomen after visualizing yourself without having acting then great job! You've got the first requirement to transform into a stimulating actor. Before you decide to head to acting be sure you have a genuine passion for it. If you do not it may be hopeless making it in this competitive arena.

Vision
Vision is the capacity to realize that which is not face-to-face with your eyes. If passion is the fuel to your dreams then vision served as the electrical draw for your voyage. Put simply vision will shed light on your route as an acting professional. You'll need vision in acting to last the years it will take to build up ones own skill as well as your acting credits. It will take a vision to identify yourself getting that Oscar!

Complete This Action!

I invite you to genuinely sit down yourself and put in writing your vision for yourself. What type of achievements can you really see for yourself? Should you do this action you will have a laser focus to your efforts as an actor. Next, I challenge you to read this vision affirmation you come up with for 1 month. Should you do this activity you are going to inspire yourself with an energy source that very few stars possess.

Cultivate Ability
Acting is like farming. You have to plant lots of seeds and then have patience for that harvesting. As an acting professional you're continuously cultivating your ability. This means that you're always looking for ways to mature. Inside your class work, in your auditions, within your everyday schedule, your always mindful.

This self consciousness for expansion will help build you into a more solid actor. Before you realize it you'll be able to respond on demand. You'll have the vitality to create character on 100% pure instincts. You'll step into the skilled professional realm of acting.

By taking all these basic steps and ground them into your acting practice every day you will have results. Becoming an actor or actress is really a journey not necessarily an event. In case you have dropped from the wagon it's possible to dust yourself off again. Consider all of these 3 strategies and make your actual acting wish a real possibility!

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

If you are in love with the Scottish National Drink and visiting Scotland this May, there is no doubt that you should head to the North East of the country in order to witness the Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival. As well as having the opportunity to sample numerous types of Whiskey and join in…

If you are in love with the Scottish National Drink and visiting Scotland this May, there is no doubt that you should head to the North East of the country in order to witness the Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival.

As well as having the opportunity to sample numerous types of Whiskey and join in various festival activities and events, a trip to Speyside promises visitors delightful scenery and plenty of outdoor activities such as walking and cycling in the surrounding countryside.

Certainly if the recent weather in Scotland is anything to go by, visitors will be guided with the warm temperatures and blooming flowers that will surround the festival locations.

Visitors will find pretty villas and friendly hostels throughout the region. Accommodation will be taken after during the festival though with a bit of research there should be no problem booking delightful rooms in order to sample all that the festival has to offer.

For many travelers to Scotland, the Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival could have been combined with a city break to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. After spending a few days in the countryside of the North of Scotland, a visit to Inverness would round off a thoroughly enjoyable trip.

Accommodation in the vibrant city of Inverness can be found on numerous websites and other useful resources which have a variety of tourist information on hand. Inverness is also much easier to get to than you might think, with regular trains from London and all major Scottish cities as well as its very own airport.

Inverness

So after meandering through malt whiskey country and enjoying a journey of discovery in rural Speyside, perhaps it could be time to toast memories at a smart city restaurant in Inverness itself and discovering a different side to the Highlands of Scotland.

Of course, one of the attractions of Inverness is its proximate so some unbelievably wild areas and a rural landscape that can not be found in any other part of the UK. But when making a journey here, it is definitely worth exploring a growing city which enjoys an interesting cultural scene as well as some quality restaurants, bars and nightlife venues. Shopping is varied in the city and there are plenty of tourist attractions and numerous surrounding castles to visit should you want to get closer to historic Scotland. I for one, would raise a dram to that.

Quoting for Voice Over Work

Quoting for voiceover work has become more and more tricky for voice artists due to the influx of many weird and wonderful media types. Here are some simple steps to help you quote for VO gigs, and rope them in: STEP 1: GETTING THE ENQUIRY Often you'll receive an inquiry via email. The most important…

Quoting for voiceover work has become more and more tricky for voice artists due to the influx of many weird and wonderful media types. Here are some simple steps to help you quote for VO gigs, and rope them in:

STEP 1: GETTING THE ENQUIRY

Often you'll receive an inquiry via email. The most important thing is to get back to people immediately. Do not try to “stall” them.

Do not email back – phone them. You will double your chances of getting the gig.
Give them something to work with – even though you might need more information to give a proper quote, at the very least you can tell them your usual hourly rates for non-broadcast work

STEP 2: THE QUOTE:

If the ad is for broadcast (ie on the radio, telly or cinema), it's pretty simple, you can just follow the standard equity rate card.

If the script is a “narrative”, ie non-broadcast, the standard equity rates are about £ 142 per hour
Web usage tends to be around £ 220 (and if you charge a studio fee of £ 104 you can also).

If it's a weird job that you're not sure what to charge (that is not-for-broadcast, or for a small usage), it's easiest to quote an hourly rate. Normally, the 1st hour would be higher, and then a lower hourly rate after that. Eg 130/175 pounds per hour for the first hour and then 90/130 per hour after that.

And if you still do not know what to charge – charge what you like. Think about what would make the job worthwhile to you, and quote that. Do not overthink it.

STEP 3: CYA

CYA stands for “cover your ** s”. In 99% of enquiries, the client would not have given enough information to do a proper quote. (Ie they do not tell you how many hours of studio time, length of the script, what's the usage, what media etc etc). The worst thing you can do is respond with a long email with 20 questions, asking all these things. I'm not saying, do not ask those questions. But when you get back to people, try to give them something to work with. (Only email them if you have no phone contact number, it's much better to phone).

Tell them your usual hourly rate for non-broadcast. CYA by saying that the quote is subject to seeing the final script, and that a usage fee might be applicable depending on which media the work will be broadcast in. In this way, you've given them something to work with, and at the same time covered yourself for any eventuality.

STEP 4: DOES THE CLIENT HAVE A STUDIO BOOKED?

It's happening more often that clients want VOs to provide finished mp3s (ie they do not have their own studio booked). Many VOs have their own home studios, so would just include it in the price of their voiceover quote. But if you do not have a home studio, you are still able to pitch on these jobs:

Just be sure to add another £ 130 per hour studio time into your quote. If the job ends up going ahead, make sure to take a £ 130 deposit upfront to cover any studio expenses, I'd recommend using Paypal.

Busking / Street Performing – 10 Essential Hat Lines and Ideas

What you need to consider when trying to squeeze money from your lovely audience at the end of your awesome show! 10 tips and ideas along with some well-used lines that you can adapt. Make the audience laugh to break the tension – the hat lines (comedy patter) and continued audience banter while you are…

What you need to consider when trying to squeeze money from your lovely audience at the end of your awesome show! 10 tips and ideas along with some well-used lines that you can adapt.

  1. Make the audience laugh to break the tension – the hat lines (comedy patter) and continued audience banter while you are collecting money can be just as entertaining as the show! You will surely need to keep the audience entertained if there is a huge queue of them trying to give you money and having to wait to get near to the hat! “If you are giving your bank card, please drop in a note with your PIN number also”
  2. Get a good feeling flowing through the crowd – although you are asking the crowd for money, it should not feel like they are being forced to do so. “If you enjoyed the show, then please kindly donate some money, if you did not, then please write your complaint on the back of a £ 20 note”
  3. Let the Audience know that you are only human and that this is your living. “Help keep starving jugglers where they belong – on the streets”
  4. Mention the hat through the show. It should not come as a surprise to the audience at the end that they are being asked to give money. It also gives you the chance to get them used to the idea! “I know that I do not come into your work at the end of your day and applaud all your hard efforts and give you money, but this is how I make a living, so please give generously.”
  5. Build a picture in the audiences head of other forms of entertainment (Cinema, TV, Magazine etc) they happily pay for regularly. “Is this routine worth a cup of tea? Then we have an agreement”
  6. Kids enjoy giving money (especially their parents hard earned cash), parents enjoy seeing kids happy, therefore make kids feel important!
  7. Thank the people individually for giving you money. Expect only half (or even less) of the audience to give money. Never have the hat on the ground, where it can be stolen (bring it out at the end)
  8. Do not refer to yourself as a busker , but instead as a “Street Entertainer”. It sounds less like you are begging for money this way, and also makes you sound much more professional.
  9. Give your volunteer a £ 1 coin . Say to the audience that the person has entertained me a lot, and I want to show my appreciation. I hope that the audience will do the same when I finish the show!
  10. Finally, at the end of the show , tell people that if they can not give money, then come up and say how much they enjoyed the show, and if not, just to come up and pretend they enjoyed the show. Direct people to the hat. You should not be going in any direction except toward me. The exit is here. The more people you get queuing up to give you money (or say say thanks) the more other people will think of doing the same!

5 Magic Props to Add to Your Juggling Performance

If you are looking for a way to enhance some of your juggling routines performed in front of an audience (especially kids) then why not consider some very simple and cheap magic tricks? You will be able to find any of these items by doing a simple Google search, and by watching some clips of…

If you are looking for a way to enhance some of your juggling routines performed in front of an audience (especially kids) then why not consider some very simple and cheap magic tricks? You will be able to find any of these items by doing a simple Google search, and by watching some clips of these props on YouTube you should be able to agree that these props will come in very handy in enhancing your existing show!

Vanishing Purse: I use this prop to hide my 3 juggling scarfs mainly, which I can then produce after searching for them, and do a scarf juggling routine. Alternately, I can put in a red ball, and bring out a blue ball, or a completely different object altogether allowing for some great comedy ideas!

8ft Pole: If you wear a Jugglers Hat, then there is a fantastic prop you can buy to fit inside it called an 8ft Pole. At any point during your performance, you can ask someone from the audience to potentially throw a ball into your hat, and then you can pull out what looks like an 8ft wooden pole. Very cleverly designed prop! A jugglers hat can also be spun on a plate spinning stick, thrown in the air and caught on your head for a lovely finish to a routine! When catching the hat on your head, bring your hand down on top of the hat to squash it. This will make sure that it stays on your head and does not just rebound!

Color Change Juggling Rings: These rings are white on one side and have a different color on the other side. Juggle the rings so that the audience just see the colorful side at first, then switch your catching position (you need to find a way to catch the ring and turn it over so that the audience will now see the other side of the ring). The audience will be amazed that the rings have suddenly had all the color removed! You can then bring the color back and finish by stacking the rings around your head!

Magic Coloring Book: One of the simplest magic tricks ever invented (once you know the secret!) This prop allows you to flick through the book and just see blank pages, or black and white pictures, or fully colored in pictures. You can ask the Children to use their imaginations to fill the pages, and to throw colors from their clothes to make the book colorful. The only limit to this trick is your own imagination as you can easily entertain kids with this prop alone for 30mins!

Disappearing Leg: Juggler holds a large bath towel by the corners. He shows there is nothing on either side of the towel, then holds it in front of both feet. When he raises the towel (to just before the knee), he / she picks up one foot to make it appear that one foot has vanished. This can be repeated for the other foot, and then both feet can “appear” once again! You could have your own logo sewn onto the towel to increase your advertising opportunities! Be sure not to lift the towel too high (especially if you are up on a stage above the audiences eye line!)

Sometimes if you have a few of these props in with your Circus Skills Workshop kit, you can bring them out for some of the quiet / shy kids who do not really look as involved as the others. If you let them try to figure out how the trick is done (or perhaps tell them after they have had 5mins trying to work it out) then they are suddenly full of energy and running around to demonstrate them recently found skill to anyone who cares to watch. What an amazing transformation! Magic can be used in so many different ways to enhance your existing Juggling skills and routines. Go on, give it a try!

Busking and Street Performing – Advice on Laws and Finding the Perfect Pitch!

So you have some talent and would like to make a bit of money! How are you going to attract a crowd, what sort of show can you create and how are you going to end up with the money being put in your upturned hat at the end! Do not fear, for this article…

So you have some talent and would like to make a bit of money! How are you going to attract a crowd, what sort of show can you create and how are you going to end up with the money being put in your upturned hat at the end! Do not fear, for this article will help you to get started! It has been said that if you can perform on the street, then you have the necessary skills to perform anywhere!

Busking Laws

There is no universal code of conduct for Buskers, although it is common sense that you are likely to get into trouble if you impede pedestrian traffic flow, block or other obstacle entrances or exits, or do things that endanger the public. It is common law that any disturbing or noisy behaviors may not be connected after certain hours in the night. In the UK places requiring licenses to busk may also require you to audition!

Permits will only cover you for a certain place and they are not transferable between different towns, so a lot of buskers will not bother with them unless they are always going to use the same pitch. Perhaps the best attitude is to simply smile and move on if the Police turn up! Sometimes easier to plead ignorance than ask permission (but that's for you to decide!)

Watch Out: Buskers can find themselves targeted by thieves, especially if they work alone. It can not be easy to keep an eye on all your props, and your earnings at the same time, and there is a process called “dipping” or “skimming” where the customer pretends to make a donation and takes money out instead! George Burns (comedian) described his days as a busker in the following way.

“Sometimes the Custom thread something in the hats.

Where to Busk (find your perfect “Pitch”)

You could perform the exact same routine in 2 different places and make completely different amounts of money, so finding a good pitch (performance area) is essential if you want to make money. If you can find a place that has high visibility, possibly some seating nearby, low background noise, and plenty of pedestrians walking by then you are in with a good chance!

If you decide to busk outside someone's shop and they get annoyed with you, then this is not a workable pitch and you should move on. There is no point making enemies and making the situation worse for the other buskers in the town by giving everyone a bad name!

Here is a Busking Wikipedia page of all the best known Busking Locations in the world. Be aware that as these locations are the most popular you will most likely need a Busking permit / license to perform there!

Busking / Street Performing – 5 Steps for Creating a Show

The following notes are written from the perspective of putting on a Juggling show (as I am a professional Juggler) but they will still be of some use for other types of performance such as musicians, acrobats etc. Above all, the show should be car-crashable (people slowing down to see what is happening), fast paced…

The following notes are written from the perspective of putting on a Juggling show (as I am a professional Juggler) but they will still be of some use for other types of performance such as musicians, acrobats etc. Above all, the show should be car-crashable (people slowing down to see what is happening), fast paced with lots of things happening, and without any change of people getting bored (ditch the rubbish routines and any jokes or banter that isn ' t working!)

Your first decision when busking is whether to just perform your skills over and over again in the hope that people might stop and watch you for a few seconds and drop some money into your hat or whether you are prepared to put in a bit of effort and work on a show that lasts at least 10mins (but even better if it is for 20+ minutes) of their precious time. If you can create such a show using the guidelines below, then a sizeable portion of the audience you have collected will give some money for being entertained when you pass round the hat at the end (as long as you have the right patter to encourage them to do so!)

5 Steps to Creating a Busking / Street Entertainment Show

  1. Gathering an audience: I usually find that the best way to gather a crowd is to start laying out my props. This will get some peoples curiosity and alert them to the fact that something is happening! It may not bring them over, but they may just lurk in the background waiting till something happens before coming closer! If you can find enough curious people looking at what prop you are next bringing out your bag (and if your props are interesting eg binbags, parasols, rubber chickens, toothbrushes etc) to peak their curiosity, then you should be able to gather them when it is time to begin! If you want to mark an area that they must not step across, then use either a rope or a bottle of water (make a line out of water).
  2. First Routine: This has to be good! It is usually your 2nd best routine. of the whole show (as you build up to finish with your best). There are some people who have already been hanging around waiting for you to start the show and you do not want to disappoint them! If you do not have a lot of confidence at speaking, then perhaps a musical number to show off some of your skills is appropriate? If the audience can sing along and be encouraged to clap then this will alert others that something is happening and create a larger crowd!
  3. Middle of Show: Now that the audience has started to get to know you, this is the time when you can start letting them know that you will be passing round a hat at the end to collect some money. This is also the time that you might want to make some stars out of audience members by including them in some of your routines. Make the audience feel like part of the show as this will keep them interested.
  4. Final Routine: Do something impossible or possibly impossible. Say it's impossible. Make it look impossible. Build up to doing the final trick successfully by using as much Comedy and other skills as necessary, but do not let it drag out too long or else you will lose some of your audience! This is another good opportunity to use volunteers.You can make the trick look harder by gradually dropping a few times to build up the tension (as long as you also have some fantastic drop lines to cover yourself and keep the audience entertained)!
  5. Collecting Money: The hardest part of the show! You need to train the audience to not just disappear as soon as you have taken your bow. If you have made some good friends in the audience through your banter and picking volunteers, then they will most likely give you some money. You will need to develop some fantastic “hat lines” to help encourage the audience to willing part with their hard earned cash!

Other Issues

Volunteer / Audience Participation: Audience participation is usually the most memorable and funny part of street shows! If done properly, the volunteer should always be made to look like a hero and be able to leave the stage with a fantastic round of applause and cheering. If you can make the audience laugh and clap loudly, then this will attract more people to join them! You might even find that you have made some new friends who will be the first in line when you pass the hat round at the end!

Audience Control: If you have gathered a huge amount of people to watch your show, then you will occasionally need to stop your performing and expertly entrust them in to allow for other pedestrians to go about their daily business. If appropriate, you may be able to get some kids who can not see at the back to make up a new front row sitting down. Using a bottle of water, you can draw out a line, and asking the audience to move right up to the line in one swoop is much better than picking on individuals. This becomes easier with practice, and if you can find entertaining ways of herding the crowds, then it can become an enjoyable part of the show and also help the audience to feel like an audience! The first row should act like a fence which should stop other people from walking onto your stage.

Stage: Leaving the stage area creates a mystery (but come back quickly and have a reason for leaving that is explained as soon as you return!) Bringing a volunteer on at any point in the show can renew the audiences concentration and energy. Jumping up high or doing some high tricks, as well as making full use of however large a stage are you have helps change peoples background and perspective.