January 17, 2021
Major Tom to Ground Control
Our Weekly Recap, Resources & Recommendations for Actors, Directors & Creatives
"Release 'I guess? Embrace 'YES!"
Thanks to those of you who joined us yesterday for the Saturday Workshop featuring Master Voice & Speech Coach, Anne Burk!
"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING"
by William Shakespeare
COLD READ AUDITION
by Lilliane Klein, P Lynn Johnson, Tessie Herrasti, Mark Guerette, Brad Thornton and Drummond Macdougall
AUDITION FOR NETFLIX SHOW
Lea McCormick, reading with Tessie Herrasti & Ken Belsky
“Worst Pies in London” from the musical Sweeney Todd
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Here are the latest additions to your video library:
- Coaching Sessions from January 9th: "The Women" by Clare Booth Luce & Anita Loos; Cold Read Exercise "Breakdown / Breakthrough"
- Lessons from Tom: from January 9th: "On Guidepost #7"; "Grow Younger and Younger"; "Time, Importance and Spinning Plates"; and "Walk in the Character's Shoes"
- Voice & Speech with Patrick Mulryan from Saturday January 9th
- Tech Tips: How to self-record an audition in zoom; How to share an audition as a downloadable link
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Music This Week
INTRO: "MOTORBOAT TO MARS" and "FREE" by Chicago
OUTRO: "I GET KNOCKED DOWN" by Chumbawamba
Recommended This Week
A darkly humorous film written by, directed by and starring Vincent Gallo, alongside Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Angelica Huston, Mickey Rourke and Rosanna Arquette.
The story follows convict Billy Brown (Gallo) who, upon his release from prison, dreads going home so much that he tries to get back inside. Out of desperation, Billy kidnaps Layla (Ricci) from a tap dancing class and convinces her to impersonate his wife and accompany him home to visit his parents.
Available on Amazon and YouTube
"PIECES OF A WOMAN"
From award-winning director Kornél Mundruczó (WHITE GOD) and executive producer Martin Scorsese, PIECES OF A WOMAN is a deeply personal, searing, and ultimately transcendent story of a woman (Vanessa Kirby - Best Actress Winner, Venice Film Festival 2020) learning to live alongside her loss.
In particular - watch Vanessa Kirby's performance in this film alongside her work as Queen Margaret in "The Crown" for an example of transformational acting!
Available on Netflix
"A FACE IN THE CROWD"
A female radio reporter turns a folk-singing drifter into a powerful media star. A prescient and chilling cautionary tale. We recommended this over the summer last year, but given recent events, this film has become even more relevant.
Directed by Elia Kazan
Written by: Budd Schulberg (story), Budd Schulberg (screenplay)
Starring: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal & Anthony Franciosa
Available on HBO Max, Youtube, iTunes and Vudu
"COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER"
We're recommending this film in honor of the recent passing of Director, Michael Apted (creator of the Seven-Up Series).
This film recounts the life of legendary Loretta Lynn, the dirt poor Appalachian Mountain girl who rose from humble beginnings to become the "Queen of Country Music."
Directed by Michael Apted
Written by Thomas Rickman (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman), Loretta Lynn (autobiography)
Starring Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones & Levon Helm
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SEE YOU JANUARY 23RD!
New York Professional Actor Training comes to your home next Saturday!
Your First Class is Free!
Our International, Intergalactic Acting Jam continues next Saturday, featuring Master Voice & Speech Instructor, Julia Lenardon!
Julia Lenardon is a prolific voice, speech and dialects coach to Broadway, Film and TV. Her resume includes Broadway's "Matilda: The Musical" , Off-Broadway "Tamburlaine" at the TFANA, "O My Gad" at Joe Papp's Public Theater, performances at Carnegie Hall, and two international tours & 2018 Netflix Special of "Indecent" just to name a few.
Recent film and TV coaching credits include "X-Men Dark Phoenix and Apocalypse", "Brooklyn", "Cardinel X-Men", "12 Monkeys", "The Umbrella Academy", "Pacific Rim" and so much more.
Join us on Saturday to study with
Julia Lenardon and Tom Todoroff!
The Guidepost Card Set
These beautiful cards were created by NYC Studio Director, Mark Guerette. An excellent way to learn and swiftly and joyfully integrate all elements of the Todoroff Technique!
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