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
A few weeks ago, I was asked to serve as a judge for a York Revolution and YWCA Voice Quest Competition. Performers had to select a 1-2 excerpt of a song and put together a video to be considered for the callbacks. Tonight was the callback audition for several young performers. In all auditions, whether singing, theatre, or film there are things that can really help make you stand out (both in a good and bad way). I wanted to quickly share some of my observations with the hope of informing you before your next audition.
Here are some DOs from tonight’s callbacks:
If you don’t want to take my word for it, take the great Marci Liroff’s simple advice: “BRING IT.” And BE GOOD.
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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