5 Tips for Rehearsing for a Play

By | Theatre

Whether it’s your first time entering the rehearsal room, or you are well set up in your routine – rehearsing a play can be an arduous process. Regardless of your experience in the theatre world, everyone struggles at some point in learning lines and working effectively in the creative process. You may be a lead role for the first time in a full-length play, or part of an ensemble in a smaller production, but the elements of a rehearsal and bringing a show together are relatively similar. In saying all this, it’s not as difficult as you first may think!…

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List of Theatres and Theatre Companies in Sydney

By | Theatre

Why, as an actor, is this list helpful? If you’re wanting to get out and about and watch more live theatre. If you do, after all, call yourself an actor and are keen to perform on the Sydney stage, then it is only logical that you are aware of the stages themselves. Visiting regular theatre shows keeps you accountable and helps to inspire your next performance. You will also become familiar with the actors and actr…

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Prizes Announced for Youth Comedy Night

By | Events and Community, imPACt

The Prizes for tonight’s Youth Week Comedy Night 2018 have today been announced. Judges’ Choice: Backstage pass and a one-day internship at Tonightly with Tom Ballard (ABC). Audience Vote: One day in pre-production, and one day on set of an upcoming Jungle Entertainment comedy series. The comedy night will take place from 6.30pm at Riverside Theatres Parramatta and will see 7 young comedians aged 16-25 from Western Sydney take the stage. The night will be hosted by Makedonka Stoilova and the three judges will be The Feed’s Jan Fran, Bjorn Steward from Black Comedy and Superwog’s Sasha Sutton.  

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Film Crew – Who Does What on Set

By | Film and Television

So you’re about to come into contact with a film set. There will be countless men and women running around, performing their jobs on set and it may become a little daunting for you as you try to settle yourself in and work out where you fit. A better way to understand who does what is to think of the jobs in terms of categories. 1. Those who look after THE ACTOR 2. Those who look after THE CAMERA 3. Those who look after THE SET 4. Those who work across ALL DEPARTMENTS Note: The main goal of this article…

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Allison Meadows Gives Showreel Advice

By | Castings and Auditions, Film and Television

Welcome back! You would’ve seen in PART 1 of this experiment, we took three Actors at varying stages of their careers and asked for their showreels. Here was our fancy blog pic… We then asked three of Sydney’s top Industry Professionals to review each showreel and then provide answers to the following 5 questions: 1. Did the opening of the Showreel attract your attention? Why/why not? 2. For how many seconds/minutes did the Showreel keep your attention? 3. Was the Showreel too long or too short? 4. Based on this Showreel, for what types of characters would you hire this…

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The Feed’s Jan Fran to head Comedy Night Judging Panel

By | Events and Community, imPACt

Jan Fran will head the judging lineup at Youth Week Comedy Night 2018 at Riverside Theatres Parramatta on Thursday 31 May. The journalist, doco maker, social commentator and co-host of SBS’s The Feed (who will have just returned from Eurovision 2018 in Portugal) will be joined on the panel by actor Bjorn Stewart (Black Comedy, Cope Street Collective) and Superwog’s Sasha Sutton. “It is an absolute honour to have these judges come on board,” says Parramatta Actors Centre co-founder and event organiser Nisrine Amine. “As artists who use their own versions of comedy to open up social discourse, their presence will be…

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An Examination of Actor Showreels by Industry Professionals to Determine What Makes a Good One – PART 1

By | Castings and Auditions, Film and Television

And so the experiment begins… Title: The Examination of Actor Showreels by Industry Professionals to Determine What Makes a Good One. Aim: To investigate what makes an effective acting showreel. Hypothesis: If industry professionals such as Casting Directors and Talent Agents reviewed Actor Showreels and provided feedback on what they watched, then actors thinking of organising their own showreels would learn of the best ways to make an effective one. Method: We took three Actors at varying stages of their careers and asked for their showreels. We then asked three of Sydney’s top Industry Professionals to review each showreel and…

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How To Make An Acting Showreel

By | Castings and Auditions, Film and Television

What is a showreel? It is a consolidated video clip of your acting work. It a collection of your best acting bits. It is a showcase of your acting style and range. What kinds of scenes are included in acting showreels? Essentially, showreels are made up of two kinds of scenes – monologues (acting solo in a scene) and two-handers (where you are acting opposite another actor in the scene). These scenes can come from film, television, or commercial work. How long should a showreel be? Average of 3 minutes. Why do I need a showreel? Casting Directors want to…

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Top 9 Actor Showreel Companies in Sydney

By | Castings and Auditions, Film and Television

We are excited to share with you this list of some of Sydney’s Top Actor Showreel Companies.  This list is a resource to help you get started on your research journey. Enjoy! The Top 9 Actor Showreel Companies in Sydney (in no particular order) Before you get started on this list, READ OUR FAQ’S HERE ABOUT ACTOR SHOWREELS 1. Showreels Australia | Sydney NSW “Our research tells us that (Casting Directors) want to find talent they can cast. Simple as that. Talent that they can cast. If they can’t see you (because the clip is too dark); can’t hear your natural…

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