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Musical Theatre Audition Songs: 6 Great Options for Kids

Does your son or daughter have an audition coming up? Here are some ideas for musical theatre audition songs, courtesy of Hayward, CA teacher Molly R...   It's not always easy to find the right musical theatre audition songs--and the same can definitely be said when it comes to kids' repertoire! Is there a way to avoid warhorses like "Annie" and "Oliver" while finding songs that will excite your young actor and the audition panel? YES! Here are some suggestions that will make y … Read More
Musical Theatre Audition Songs: 6 Great Options for Kids
Does your son or daughter have an audition coming up? Here are some ideas for musical theatre audition songs, courtesy of Hayward, CA teacher Molly R...   It's not always easy to find the right musical theatre audition songs--and the same can definitely be said when it comes to kids' repertoire! Is there a way to avoid warhorses like "Annie" and "Oliver" while finding songs that will excite your young actor and the audition panel? YES! Here are some suggestions that will make y
Academy Award Nominees, Before They Were Stars
We're so excited to see the announcement for this year's Oscar nominations! We love trying to guess who will win and debating our favorite performances and the best films of the year. There's so much great talent this year, the Academy Awards and other shows are sure to be a blast! It's also fun to reflect on how even the brightest stars had to get started on smaller roles and go through a learning process to get to where they are today. We love looking back to see how they made it big, and i
Acting Tips: What's in your Toolbox?
As with any profession, actors have tools. Just as a doctor needs a stethoscope or a fireman needs a hose, there are certain items an actor must keep in their toolbox. I usually start classes or lessons by asking my new students or clients what they think these tools might be. Sometimes, the answer is very literal ("Script!"), and other times abstract ("Passion!"). None of these is a wrong answer. Being an actor or artist is subjective and everyone's process is different and valid. But th
6 Kids' Acting Games to Play With Your Budding Actor
Whether you’re the parent of a budding actor, or a drama enthusiast hoping to ignite a stage spark in your child, there are plenty of cool acting games you can play at home! Acting games are used in many top drama classes and workshops because they’re really handy for developing key acting and performance skills in a fun way. Another cool thing about acting games is that they cost nothing but time and creativity, yet yield educational and personal development as well as hours of precious family
Audition Tips: 4 Things You Need Besides Talent
So you've been preparing for an audition for a few months, and the big day has finally come. But even if you have the talent to back up your performance, there are a few things you'll need to remember to get on your potential director's good side. Read on as St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. explains...   Auditions can be the most unpleasant part of being a performing artist. But with great preparation and forethought, they can also be the most valuable and exciting part. Aud

Acting in Portland

By RJ H. - Portland Acting Teacher

It is important for you to state what you like. As a teacher of acting lessons in Portland, I need to know what moves you. In our culture today, more and more people believe they can be a singer, a dancer, a movie star, a top model or an American Idol. And so do I. I believe in fame and fortune for each and every one of the students that I take on -- but only if that's what they want for themselves and they are willing to put in the work to pursue their dreams.

Some people want fame, but many others don't. I teach an acting class for models just about every week and always tell them: "In this world where everyone wants to be a superstar, rather than a farmer or a craftsman, you had better be able to answer any question a scouting agent, director or photographer asks you. And answer it with strength." It's important to state what you like; otherwise you're just another one of the other thousand faces auditioning for "America's Got Talent."

Before you can state what you like, you have to actually KNOW what you like. What books, what stories, what chords compel you? In my lessons, I often find myself spending more time coaching students on how to present themselves than on anything else. When I ask a student who wants to be in film, "What kind of movies do you like?" I expect a strong response. And if I do not get a strong response (which happens quite often), that is precisely where my training begins.

I believe it is important for a student to know why they are there, why they are taking lessons with me and what they want to achieve. It will inform every step forward we take together. And if I know the student's passions, then I can chart a course to pursue them. Without passion, there can be no progress. And in the world of TakeLessons, progress is great, but passion is transformational. So here's to your transformation as a performer, and I look forward to seeing you in our next lesson. Sign up for acting lessons in Portland today and let the journey begin!

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