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
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
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.