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|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by thegrinch(m): 6:33pm On Feb 06|
I completely agree with this list.
However, the first thing an actor needs to realize is that S\He is an Instrument... Master the use of your Body, Voice, movement, etc like you would master an instrument and you would automatically command a presence so strong, you will be irresistible to Directors and your audience will love you.
You could join our next 3 months Acting Class which we dubbed: "Enter Nollywood with Ease" training. Classes Starts on Fonday, February 18th. Check my signature for contact details.
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 3:29pm On Feb 07|
It is NOT all about who you know my dear... I know Obama, Trump, Bill Gates, Dangote, Kunle Afolayan but you know what? I still don't have an American visa lmao! Just imagine it is the other way around, just one person among them knows me the way I know them? Okay, we know what's up yeah?
My point is this, in Nollywood as an industry, there are key players. They are the guys who call the shots. To me, trying to know them will be a long shot although it is worth trying. But I have a better idea and that's what I am here to share today. So, if you want to hit the spotlight soonest, here are a few things you might consider doing:
1. Respect your colleagues.. all of them: let me explain this, you see those "hungry" boys and girls, ladies and gents, men and women you meet at auditions? Respect them! Behave well around them, regard them, make friends with as many of them as you can. what you see there every day is a pull of writers, Production Managers, producers, casting directors, continuity, directors and potential E.Ps who are yet to understand their calling in the industry. When they eventually do, you will always be their first point of contact when a need for your kinda skills arises. You heard this here first!!
2. Attend Events: Now you are probably thinking, hey I don't have money to transport to any shitty event. Well, to those of you who take this business seriously I doubt if that's really gonna be a problem. So hear this advise; Attend events that Filmmakers, Casting Directors, Writers and Producers attend. The environment helps you meet them when their security is a bit down, use it and continue using it.
3. Engage with Professionals Online: Let me make this simple, sometime in 2017 I met a guy on Twitter. A top Nollywood director. He's very active on that platform with a blue-streak and all. I went through his profile and timeline, checked out his works on youtube, came back with excerpts and warmed my way through his heart. He asked for my monologue and boom, the rest they say is history.
4. Learn to be genuinely interested in people: Listen, don't fake it. Genuinely care about people, ask them about them, respect their opinions, focus out and above all, add value to them. In all your interaction with people, always appear dependable. This one skill is the reason I can strongly refer you for a job and referral is how we get along in Nollywood and all other facets of life.
5. Follow Up, Be Consistent: Schedule your follow-ups and be very consistent with it. reach out to the last Production Manager you worked with once in a while, the P.As, any of the crew members at all you have worked with.
Look all I have been trying to say since is this, open up your mind and realize that to be a good actor, you must first live and respect everyone around you. No, I didn't say go take shits from scumbags, just be good and remember is who sees you that determine who promotes you.
Alright, go get some associates!! And let your friends know we are sharing free tips here... that's another way you can add value to them. Cheers!
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 3:30pm On Feb 07|
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 3:32pm On Feb 07|
HANDLING REJECTION IN NOLLYWOOD
Believe me, when I say this, rejection is one of the tools the greatest of actors have used very effectively to their own advantage. Do I need to tell you about Dwayne Johnson? or Jason Statham?
How about Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, and the world greatest director Steven Spielberg? Come down to Nollywood and the cases are the same! But before you take that cowardly step to quit, remember you owe us some good shows on the television and the world is waiting on you to beat through your numerous rejections and come take your shine. My job, however, is to show you the easiest way to deal with rejections, develop a thick skin and come through... follow me.
To effectively handle rejections in the entertainment industry, keep the following at the back of your mind:
1. They aren't rejecting you, they are rejecting your lack of credentials.
how to solve it:
in the corporate world, they call it "wrap poo of accomplishments". Go back to the drawing board, get a friend to assess your weaknesses and your strengths. Build on your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Take up unpaid jobs and gather as many experiences as you can get, offer to work as a Production Assistant, this position will expose you to many expectations of the director, DOP and even the producer from an artist. It will also teach you humility.
2. They don't have anything for you.
how to solve it:
first, you need to realize this isn't your fault, to begin with! you might have performed excellently well in your auditions but there is just no character in the story befitting of your person. Just move on to the next with lots of belief and positivity.
3. They do Have Something For You But You Don't Think You Deserve it. Self Doubt.
how to solve it:
here, this is totally your fault, how dare you look timid in front of me when am about to entrust part of my business in your hands! No, I won't do that. You must come out confident of your capability first before anyone can believe in you. Next time you stand in front of that judge, take a deep breath and focus on your character. Wait for the direction and smack it in their faces!
Let me give you a golden advice here... If anyone ever asks you if you can do anything and you know you can't, say yes you can... they will teach you how to do it. That's the spirit of every hustler. Never say Never.
4. They Don't Just Like You:
how to solve it:
Damn them all! yeah, you heard me. I will bet my ball pen you are even more professional than they are. Those situations don't call for self-pity. Don't be sorry for who you are, someone is out there waiting to beg you to feature in their project. All you need to do is keep being original, do you, and keep getting better at anything you do. You may have come across to them as a difficult person to work with, but like i said, it will take a professional to look beyond assumptions and get closer to find out about you.
Bottomline here is, rejections will keep coming, but sometimes all you may actually need is just one "Yes" to become the "hottest commodity". Be original, be humble and be grateful.
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 8:33am On Feb 10|
The Disaster Every Up Coming Actor Must Avoid
I don't intend to be a bearer of bad news... never! My job here is to give heads-up to all and sundry who might need some insights to stay on the right track in the Nollywood industry. If you don't want to end up like some of our revered "Legends" in the industry who are now either sick or broke or both, please I beg you to pay maximum attention here. You are way too young to make such mistakes in this dispensation with the ocean of information available to you.
I felt so sorry for most of our Industry legends because they weren't privileged to have access to the tools we currently abuse today. But hey, we don't have time for self-pity now. We have a duty to make the much-needed corrections and be better for it, for the sake of our families and ourselves. Here are top trends you must look out for and avoid at all cost!!
Fame Without Money:
Now listen carefully, there is a very thin line here for upcoming artists especially in Nollywood. The problem most of you would encounter is the greed and most times lack of finance in the industry. As an upcoming actor, you have little or no control over your wages and welfare because you just want to work and be known to a reasonable extent. This is where the challenge is, you never know which job will push you to the limelight, it could be the one you were paid 10k to shoot and after 3 months you are everywhere, but still nowhere!
Monitor your roles carefully. This is a deliberate and conscious exercise. Never depend on acting to pay your bills, get a side gig to cushion the effect of the hustle so you don't put your self in a tight corner. I will talk about some of the side gigs you can do while staying close to the corridors of the movie industries. keep tabs with me here.
Sexual Promiscuity And Drug:
A very vital issue no one wants to talk to you about. They don't want to tell you the truth because they want you to fail too. Here is the idea, you feel very free to do whatever you like on set because it's the movie industry forgetting that there are always consequences... well, I am sorry on your behalf. Except sex actually does inspire creativity in you which in many cases it doesn't, just like many would argue they get inspired when they smoke marijuana. So many lies have been propagated and so many failures have been witnessed, don't fall for it.
first, you need to know what works for you. If your family have cases of heart disease and diabetes, why smoke because people are smoking in your camp. If you make hard drugs your source of energy and inspiration, chances are that you will become an addict and sooner you will be on a hospital bed soliciting for funds like many "legends" have done in the past. It was not their fault but like they say... ignorance is no defense. Take 30 minutes every day to meditate. If it works for Denzel Washington, it will work for you. I will be sharing some simple steps you can take to remain energized and inspired all the time.
Many won't agree with this but it doesn't matter. This point is for the few who are taking the acting business seriously. If you have passed through university, you will realize that many first-class materials don't keep relationships while in school. And if you work in a structured environment, you would have also been thaught that office romance is more likely to bring you down than it will ever promote you. If that's true of success in those areas, what makes you think that's not a pattern?
No one says you won't succeed, but you will take twice the time to. Needless I remind you that most people who approach you trying to warm their way to your heart have observed you from a distance, accessed you and believe that you will be a ladder on which they can climb to the top. In most cases, they never really care if the ladder breaks afterward.
Be careful, Be watchful, but be very friendly and approachable.
I will complete this list on a later date. Make I go church first. God bless you all.
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|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by richolly(m): 8:20am On Feb 13|
Audition for Comedy Drama Series in Lagos.
Shooting starts before month end.
Series would be shown on terrestrial and cable TV
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 12:08pm On Feb 13|
In one of our posts here i promised to bring you a list of hustles you can engage on the side to eke a living while keeping your acting dreams alive yeah? Ok so, the truth of the matter is that many of us have difficulty raising money to attend auditions, print headshots and in most cases feed ourselves on set during some of those "low budget" movies. Let me shock you, nobody takes acting as their only source of income both in Nollywood and Hollywood, and that is where the test of passion comes in! How humble and how far are you willing to go to actualize your acting dream?
Here are some things you can do on the side as an actor:
1. Home Teaching:
this has to be the most flexible part-time job any smart and dedicated person would do. find a subject you love, specialize on it, refresh your memory on it, go on to Tutor Nigeria and sign up. Or you can also tell a few of your church members to tell their friends. All you need might be just 3 families 2-days of 2hours session every week at N10k to N15k a month. Do the maths.
2. Gym Instructor/Private Trainer:
Strictly for fit actors. Am not joking guys, if you are looking just like a regular guy or lady out there, chances are no one might actually take you seriously. So come on stretch those packs and put them to use. You can choose to find your own clients or go to P-TEE and let them help you find some.
3. Hair Styling, Make-up, Manicure/ Pedicure:
Both sex, trust me, I know this business, and if you are good, you can earn as much as N7k minimum a day in a nice location for gents and above N10k for ladies. Some will argue of course, but permit me to teach you a concept called "upselling". It is a skill that lets you sell more services to clients who usually don't wouldn't ask for them. Convince him the new dye you have will help his damn bald head and he will likely jump at it and that's more money for you. Period. If you are good with twist and lock too, still more money! Make use of You-tube to learn new styles. Try unisex too... you know what? Just make the damn money of peoples hair!! Needless to say, you will have to decide when you want to work, just plan your schedule accordingly and you will be fine.
4. Creative Writing:
Although the money doesn't come daily but depends on how skillful you are. Writing can be very lucrative, be it guest blog posting, screenplay, script writing, editorials, as long as you are happy doing it and receiving the reward for it. Check out Freelancer and if you like what they do, sign up and make some money
5. Personal Assistant:
Best industry for an upcoming actor to serve as a personal assistant is in the movie industry, if you want to learn the trade, join the trade. Try Camera assistant, Sound Assistant, Production assistant, just assist fam! You will learn things, skills and the business of film making. And you will get paid.
6. Video Editing:
Don't be scared, nobody is saying you have to start editing movies yet. Look, it is the era of short clips and demo reels, monologue challenges and online skits. Why not learn some video editing skills and "help" your colleagues at the most unbeatable prices while perfecting your skills for the big league in the future. Sounds like a good idea? You welcome!
7. Graphic Design:
You know the age we are in right? the last audition information you got on your whatsapp media was graphic design. Someone got paid for that. Next time, let them go through you! If you don't have the skill, the good thing is that you can learn it in a day! Worried you may not have enough client? Says the man who hasn't even learned the skill. Again, go to Freelancer and get some.
This is not a debate fam, just get a nice camera. You can start with your colleagues at the audition venues and perfect your skills until events start paying for your contract fees. And if you don't have a camera, I advise you check for Cameras for Sale and select a good one.
No am not talking about the yellow cab in Anambra and Lagos or the blue ones in Asaba and PH, am talking about Uber or Taxify Although, this will mainly be an option for those residing in Abuja, Lagos or Port-Harcourt, but not to lose hope because soon internet taxi will be everywhere in Nigeria's major cities.
I wanted to make it a list of 10 but I figured I should keep it to my self. That's for me and me alone, but if you want it, you can indicate in the comment section. i will email it privately.
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 5:01pm On Feb 14|
RMD Productions Limited is looking for actors to star alongside Richard Mofe-Damijo in a brand new TV series. Please keep in mind that the audition is NOT ONLY for those who have acting experiences but is also open to new talents. If you have what it takes to be on the show, follow the guidelines below to create your audition video, then click the link below to complete the Audition Registration Form. Remember to copy your audition video link into the space provided on the form.
HOW TO AUDITION
1) Select one of the characters from the character bible and view/ download your script.
2) Create a 90 seconds audition video. In 30 seconds tell us your name, age and place of residence and in 60 seconds reenact your chosen script.
3) Click on Begin Registration, follow the instructions.
Interested? click on https://vhfilm.blogspot.com/2019/02/rmd-productions-limited-is-casting-for.html and view more information.
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by hinere: 10:06pm On Feb 16|
I must commend you. Your posts are wonderful and very inspiring. Every actor needs to visit your blog. Keep it up. I'm also an actor. Currently do stage...thinking of transitioning to screen in the nearest future.
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 7:21am On Feb 17|
hinere:thanks, I appreciate. Transition ought to be easy for you in terms of skill-set. I started with stage myself. However, standing in front of the Camera makes you feel and react in a different way too. We will be glad to have you on screen sir. Cheers!
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by richolly(m): 9:07am On Feb 18|
Wednesday, Feb 20 @ UNILAG
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 2:40pm On Feb 18|
6 Easy Steps To Enter Into Character Every Nollywood Actor Needs To Know
Let's not deceive ourselves, infinitesimally few directors in Nollywood actually cares if you have successfully internalized your given roles. Some will hand you the script right their on the spot and expect you to pull a Leonardo Di Caprio or Marilyn Monroe right on the spot. Don't let these half-baked directors kill your budding careers even before it began. Don't take that your "Extra" role for granted, ask questions and see how your intending actions rhyme with the whole story. They say hey it's just a party extra, but you don't care to know what kind of party it is so you jump in without knowing how to feel or act or even dance. That will make you look so stupid, and unless they need a stupid person next time. you are never getting another call from them anymore and many others. They say, learn from the best to be the best. So, follow me as I share the incredible tips used by the likes of Johnny Depp, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood, Daniel Day Lewis, Taraji Henson, and co.
If you are surprised this came first then you need to review your life process as an actor. Come on guys, this is the most important first step to taking your career from an amateur to a professional level. Meditation is simply a habitual process of training your mind to focus and re-direct your thoughts. This has absolutely nothing to do with religion unless you decide to bring religion into it. Succinctly put, meditation is a method professional actors use to empty their minds of personal thoughts to make them available for new thoughts as will be dictated by the new character they will be playing. The end result is to make the actor relax, avoid internal conflicts between old and new characters and remain very flexible to changes. Am not here to teach you how to meditate but you can read more about meditation for acting Here.
2. STUDY YOUR CHARACTER:
Now that you are ready to wear your new character, there is a great need to study your character deeply, everything you can find about your character will help. From his background to way of speaking, walking, dressing. Did he/she grow up in a rich home, under a single mom or dad. Is he/she well educated, sparsely educated or not educated at all. Does he/she socialize or an introvert? Ask questions and carry out your own characters psycho-analysis and truly connect with your character. When this is done, you can tell how your character will react when it hits a leg against a stone ( cry about it or just groan or curse under breadth and move on). Put in all the work on this.
3. RELATE YOUR CHARACTER WITH OTHERS IN THE SCENE (IF ANY):
As Michael Shurtleff famously noted "Every scene you will ever act as an actor begins in the middle, and it is totally up to you the Actor to provide what comes before". To be able to do this, you have to read and understand your characters point of view by studying the responses of other characters in the same scene. Use every relevant props around your set for inspiration as to what actions that need to be on display.
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by berbs: 2:48am On Feb 21|
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 11:22am On Feb 21|
Use My Pictorial Chart to Identify Your Place in Film making
As an Actor, you can do so much more! Often times we hear and see people who supposedly claim to have "passion" for acting falling away after trying to secure roles for a little while. This attitude goes a long way to rob our industry of her best talents in different fields. Just what if your job in the industry is to be a Sound Engineer instead of an actor, or even be both or more and still be excellent in them all? Yes, it is very possible. Today I
have taken the pain to present to you in a pictorial chart the different areas in film making that can equally make you a star.
Read and comment on the site, tell us where you think you fit in, we might be able to help you find trainers, clients and or business relationships.
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by Dyoungstar: 12:35pm On Feb 24|
Male and female actors urgently needed for a shoot ASAP.
Must be between the age of 20-30
Fluent in English.
2. Full photo of yourself
Via the whatsapp number below.
All interested persons should indicate interest by sending the required details to this number 07066611666.
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by berbs: 1:41am On Feb 25|
It's closed since last year
|Re: Post All TV/Movie Audition Notices Here by VcStunner(m): 2:38pm On Mar 03|
Make Your First Movie With Little Or No Money
What determines your cost is what you can get for free, and you could make a free film if you did without anything you had to pay for. How? Friends! Colleagues!! Friends!!!
Since you can't afford professional services, it's only normal to say you will have to bring your A game in negotiation and leadership if you actually want to successfully convince your colleagues and friends on this adventure. The nature of your script is also very key. Write more Exteriors than interiors, if possible no interiors at all.
- Camera - you need a camera. An iPhone actually looks quite great. If you don't have one, borrow one.
- Lighting - do you have bulbs around the house? Work lights? Wax paper to diffuse lights/tin foil to reshape them? That too is okay.
- Cameraperson - will they work for free? Of course many will like to work for free!
- Actors - get friends to act in it. I have written about the importance of the friends you meet in auditions and sets before yeah? This is where you put them to use.
- Food for the crew. This is one of the biggest expenses in low budget filmmaking. Are people buying their own food or are you just not counting this as part of the budget?
- Editing - can you use a free editing program on a computer you already have?
- Marketing and Distribution - You don't start anything without first sorting this one out.
I would never try to make a feature for Zero Naira, though. Consider the level of competition you're up against, and whether you will make your best possible film or just tear your hair out for something that you're not proud of. Instead of a feature for Zero, why not a short for N25k to N50K? If you make a really good short, your way forward will be that much easier.
subsequently, i will be dropping some dope short film ideas you can make with very little budget.
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