Actor and Director Ben Hodge has been the acting teacher at Central York High School for the past 10 years where he has developed an innovative and fresh curriculum for young actors aged 13-24. This curriculum and workshop format is now available to the greater York area with hopes of training and leading new actors to the realisation that acting is a more than just a hobby or pastime: it is an honourable profession and a way of life. His connections with New York City, LA and local talent agencies are now being offered to anyone who joins the Studio classes and have opened the doors for many already joined. He currently runs classes and offers private acting coaching via Skype. Connect with Ben on Twitter or via email
If you’ve spent any time in the audition room, chances are you know that there are plenty of intangibles that can help you nail or falter in that room. The truth is that if you are serious about your acting, whether you live in a big market or small market, everyone has talent. Talent can only take you so far. A booking can often come down to a smile, a thank you, or even someone asking for a chair instead of simply grabbing it. It can often come down to cleaning up some sloppy behaviors that actors may not be aware of.
I wanted to pull together a few audition DON’Ts that I’ve seen over the years and share them with you. Thanks for reading. Here is part 1. Enjoy.
Guest Post from Actor and Director Ben Hodge – A few audition DON’Ts that I’ve seen over the years – Part II
Ben Hodge has been acting and directing for 20 years in a variety of formats. He has directed several productions in York, PA and had his play REACH performed in NYC at an Off-Broadway venue in 2009. Ben studied English and Acting at Messiah College and received his Masters in Education from Penn State University. After the success of REACH, the hit play about the hidden issues of 21st Century teens, Ben started acting classes in the York, PA area and created Ben Hodge Studios in October 2009. His main goal is to bring a high-level, professional acting workshop to York, PA that is modelled after professional workshops with influences by Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and David Mamet.
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