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My Review of iActingStudios.com

August 26, 2013

Wow, I haven’t blogged in a month.  Where did this last month go? – I need a time refresher!

I love the idea of iActingStudios.com.  As a mom with limited babysitting funds, acting classes are unfortunately one of the things I’ve had to put on hold for a while.  I do a coaching session and casting director workshops occasionally but am no longer in a regular acting class.  A 2.5 hr scene study class plus 1hr of subway/travel time each way, would cost me a $81 each week in babysitting alone. (Yes $18/hr is normal in NYC – I think babysitting is a great survival gig for actors, but that is another blog post!)

Taking class at home after my son is in bed, “Bringing Hollywood to Me” as founders Bob Stewart and Rick La Fond say, intrigues me. Appealing to both actors just starting out, as well as more seasoned professionals, they claim to bring you the best master teachers in Hollywood and make them available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  They have over 50 master teachers with over 130 pre-recorded video classes teaching everything from acting and voice-overs to networking and doing actor taxes – a very cool resource!

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I chose to take 2 classes on very different topics. My first was with Joey Paul Jensen on Mastering General Interviews.  I recently had some great agent meetings and feel pretty confident about my interview “technique” but was intrigued to see what else I could learn.  The format – An introduction from Joey, 4 actors doing mock interviews, notes, followed by a re-do of the interviews.  Because it is an area I am very comfortable with (Thank you Dallas Travers) it wasn’t a mind-blowing class for me but I would definitely recommend it to someone who has concerns about generals.  I loved Joey’s focus on telling stories – Producers/Agents want to hire/sign great storytellers, and if you tell great stories/anecdotes you will make it easy for them.  I also appreciated her reminder to engage people, do your homework and ask questions.

My second class was with Amy Jo Berman.  As you may know, I’m a big fan of Amy’s from her articles on Backstage and following her on social media. I was very excited when I saw her name, she is the perfect example of someone I would LOVE to study with but of course as I don’t live in LA, up until now, I couldn’t.  Her class, Big Actors, Small Parts focused on auditioning for small co-star roles.  In contrast to my interview class, this is an area of my career that I have not been feeling good about.  I’ve had a few 1-4 lines co-star auditions recently and just felt “off” about them.  The class promises to teach you THREE MAGIC WORDS they will allow you to nail these small co-star parts.

I’m not going to tell you what the three magic words are… you’ll have to take the class… but… I will tell you that this class – rocked my world! Amy’s advice made complete sense though it went against my actors instincts and even conflicted with what other casting directors have told me.  My instinct is to “make a meal” of this tiny beat, to make a bold choice and stand out.  However most of the time (of course there are exceptions to every rule) the scene is not about me, I’m merely background.  It is a trap to give yourself too much importance in the scene and make the part something bigger than it is.  I’d highly recommend this class and I’m very excited to but her ideas into practice at my next audition.

Amy is clearly a gifted teacher and loves actors.  She reminded the class to be gentle and kind to each other, as we are all here to learn.  I also have a lot of respect for theses brave actors who are willing to work and record these mock-auditions/meetings for a potentially massive audience for everyone to watch/benefit from.  I’m not sure I’d have the courage to air my dirty laundry, in perpetuity, for everyone to see!

IActingStudios.com has just launched so are currently giving away 2hrs of classes for free! They also have a 50% launch special.  With the current discount, plans range from –

Starter (One month with 10hrs of classes + free classes, free seminars etc) – $24.99 to

Premium (One month with 30hrs of classes + free extras etc) – $59.99.

More info on pricing can be found HERE.

Thank you to iActingStudios for letting me try out their classes to share with you! Post a comment and let me know what you think?  Next on my list is a Heidi Levitt class and a Chuubuck technique class.

Talk soon,

The Mothering Actor Signature

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Andy Gholston permalink
    February 7, 2016 6:15 am

    I believe IActing studio’s is a great training tool for actors who don’t live in La.

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