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Pursuing Film Actor Expertise in Los Angeles

 
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​Vincent D’Amico, Year 11 received film acting expertise from Casting Directors and an American Accent Specialist in Los Angeles during his recent trip to America.  Vincent provides his reflection below.

In November 2017 I attended a Masterclass on the Gold Coast organised by The Australian Institute for Performing Arts (AIPA) with US Casting Director Lisa Beach.  (Casting Director of Horrible Bosses and The Detour).  Through the session, Lisa recognised my passion and potential.  After my live read in the room, Lisa recommended that I go to Los Angles for further study.

I was invited by AIPA to participate in an intensive programme in Los Angeles taking classes with Casting Directors.  Each Casting Director I saw gave positive and constructive feedback with notes on how I can improve. 

In Los Angeles, my schedule included six Casting Director sessions and one American Accent session. For each session, I received scenes that were considered suitable for my profile. No script was the same. I lived an actor’s life of frantically trying to deconstruct scenes, reveal rising tension points, stage blocking, analyse characterisation, apply suitable acting techniques and prepare for any questions about my interpretation – all in very limited timeframes. My experience with Matthew Barry, Sharon Lieblein, Lisa Beach, Gary Zuckerbrod and Rich Mento was inspiring and challenging. However, it was also quite exhausting and overwhelming, where at times I drew upon my courage to persist with scenes after receiving constructive criticism.

I learned from this experience that a film actor’s role is not easy and requires hard work. From my experience, I am more determined than ever to prepare myself for this challenging film acting industry.  In pursuit, I aspire to be selected to participate in further Los Angeles masterclasses next year.  ​

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Last reviewed 23 October 2018
Last updated 23 October 2018