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The 2017 Artist Weekend

The 2017 Artist Weekend

Acting Workshops
The Actor’s Lab, Artist Weekend … Renew, Reinvent, Reconnect August 4th-6th, 2017 Set in a rustic retreat in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, 24 artists from all walks of life will gather together to focus on their “life vision.” The Artist Weekend is a 3-day, action-oriented retreat designed to empower the artist in us all. Participants include actors, writers, directors, dancers, choreographers, producers – as well as other performance and visual artists. Renowned acting coach, J.D. Lewis will lead participants through an agenda of self-discovery which will include writing exercises, fun and interactive games, group discussion and goal setting. The Artist Weekend was established 15 years ago in the mountains above Los Angeles. Over the years, the weekend has been fine-tuned into one of the most dynamic weekends of self-exploration…
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Twelve Rules for the Working Actor

Twelve Rules for the Working Actor

Uncategorized
Developing your craft and orchestrating a successful acting career is an on-going and ever-changing venture. It requires great focus and determination. There are some rules that appear to never change and can help on the way to that success. I’ve made note of a few key points that the working actor should really take into consideration: Work on your Sense of Personal Power and Self-Worth Confidence as an artist is paramount. Having a sense of Self assures the casting director and director that you have the wherewithal to do the job. Knowing who you are will be the key to career longevity and self- preservation in this business. Define your ‘Castability’ Be honest with yourself about the roles you are capable of booking. Marketing yourself correctly is essential. Knowing your niche…
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Defining Your Castability

Defining Your Castability

Acting Pointers, Audition Pointers, Networking
Defining your castability, and a pinpoint on the horizon! One of the first questions I ask an actor is, “What do you think your castability is?” I’m always surprised when they aren’t sure. That’s like a door to door salesman arriving at your house and not knowing what he or she is selling. In my 28 years of coaching, one thing I know that is paramount in an actor’s career is knowing their castability. So often actors say that they’ll play anything… whatever comes their way. Knowing what you are selling is of the utmost importance. Being specific and having a niche is how this business works. Are you a college student, an FBI agent type? Are you a congress woman or an urban mom? Are you a hipster or a doctor…
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AmerWrecka

Projects
AmerWrecka Written and directed by J.D. Lewis. AmerWrecka had its international premiere at the renowned Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 2005. With five-star reviews and the buzz from the Festival, it became one of the most sought after plays for 2006. Fifteen members of The Actor's Lab traveled to Limerick, Ireland, where AmerWrecka headlined The Unfringed Limerick Festival. With sold-out houses and standing ovations, it continues its momentum by going into pre-production for the feature film version and also a theatrical run in New York City.   Article from Creative Loafing » And another article from Creative Loafing Article from the Charlotte ViewPoint »
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