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5 Tips On How to Prepare for Rehearsal

Just like you would stretch before running a marathon, an actor must properly prepare before a rehearsal. Quality rehearsal preparation could be the difference between getting the line right on the first try vs messing up. Your voice is your talent and your instrument, so you should always be practicing and exercising it. Read below to learn how you could be enhancing your rehearsal preparation

5 Tips & Tricks 

  1. Read Out Loud: Reading and practicing your script out loud every day will ensure that you understand the proper annunciation of words, where to be emotional, and the timing of each word. Read books and scripts to your dog or a significant other to practice and experiment with different monologues. This will help you understand your character and many others that you may come across in your profession in acting. 
  2. Break sentences apart: Breaking up a sentence and its structure will help you speak more naturally and fluently. Now, you will sound more convincing and help the other actors learn when to say their lines, as well. 
  3. Research: To fully understand the role you are taking on, research may be critical. Research your character, the time period they were in, other representations of the film, the director, the location, and whatever deems necessary concerning your character. By taking a moment to research, you will better understand your character and film itself. 
  4. Edit & Annotate: You may want to consider editing your script. This doesn’t mean editing the words, but highlighting and taking notes on your script will make it easier to remember key points during rehearsal. 
  5. Get Comfortable: Get cozy with your character, enough to understand what direction you are going to take them in based on the plot. This is also a great time to figure out what kind of character development they are going to go through and how to build up your character as they grow. 

These simple tricks can help you read the script more effectively, even on the first try. Preparing for your first day of rehearsal can be intimidating, and it will be even more intimidating if you don’t come prepared. Here are some preparation tips for the first day of rehearsal to remember: 

 

  • Prepare your script 
  • Show up ten minutes early
  • Check the production schedule
  • Do a script analysis
  • Make sure you put away things that might distract you from focusing
  • Relax & Breath

 

Another way to prepare your next rehearsal is by joining the CGTV curriculum to further your education in the acting industry. CGTV is a high-level TV, film, and entertainment program designed to help connect talent to the industry. Talent is guided by top celebrities from ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows including CSI, 24, Modern Family, The Suite Life on Deck, Disney 365, Drake & Josh, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Austin & Alley and Good Luck Charlie. CGTV: We have people on TV! For more information, visit our website at cgtv.la or give us a call at (818) 206-0290 

 

Sources:

https://www.theatrefolk.com/blog/preparing-first-day-rehearsal-guide-student-actors/

https://edwardsturm.com/articles/10-rehearsing-tips-actors/

Housing

Our Housing Options

Upon arriving in Los Angeles, everyone wants to see the “Hollywood” sign. Many people describe getting goosebumps upon seeing the worn, omnipresent sign. Most agree there is no place quite like Hollywood.

Hollywood offers the ever-present California sunshine and fair weather, a wonderful choice for shopping, and a variety of activities. On a more practical side, an aspiring actor or actress also needs to look at housing, which is why we suggest the Loews Hotel. Some of the conveniences it offers as far as housing for actors include: 

AMENITIES & SERVICES

  •  Business Center: An onsite FedEx Office ( a must-have for daily information regarding auditions, call-backs, and agent). 
    • High-speed printing, including fast business-card printing.
    • Twentyfour hour access to self-service computers and printing with your room key.
    • Fast, easy fax service.
    • Essentials, from chargers and electronic adaptors to business supplies.
  •  Fitness Center: Found on the fifth-floor, appreciate free access during your stay. You’ll love the new equipment and tons of windows with great views.
  •  Internet: Offering guests free wireless high-speed Internet access for up to 3 devices. You can connect from your guestroom, the pool terrace, and all public spaces.
  •  Parking: Offering valet and self-parking at Loews Hollywood. For valet parking, please allow 20 minutes for the retrieval of your vehicle.
    • Valet Parking is $46 + tax per vehicle, per day (includes in-and-out privileges)
    • Self-Parking is $17 per vehicle, per day (does not include in-and-out privileges)
  •  Pool: Located on the fifth floor is the outdoor, heated pool where the views are spectacular.
  •  Yoga Studio: Located on the 5th floor, the yoga studio will transport you into your ultimate yoga experience. Poolside Yoga is available.

Other amenities include Babysitting, Catering and Conference Facilities, Dry Cleaning, Room Service, Safes and Safe Deposit Boxes.

Visit Our Loews Hotels Blog for more Hollywood Itinerary Ideas. You can also ask the concierge for a list of all the amazing things there are to do in Hollywood. 

CGTV takes every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your high-level TV, film, and entertainment program needs and will do whatever it takes to earn your business and remain lifelong clients. CGTV has been forming exceptional talent in the Los Angeles area; we pride ourselves on being large enough to provide professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. To discover more, please visit our website today or call us at 818-206-0290. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current events, tips, and specials. 

Sources: 

https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/ways-prepare-big-move-la-4739/

https://www.tripsavvy.com/hollywood-sign-directions-best-views-hikes-4071327

https://www.loewshotels.com/blog/locations/hollywood/

 

Rising star

Supporting Your Rising Star

Calling all future stage moms and dads! We both know your child has the potential to be a star, but do you have what it takes to be a supportive acting parent? Acting is a very competitive industry and childhood is a beautiful experience. Combine those two and you need a very supportive parent! Read below to learn how to help your rising star get started in acting! 

 

Supporting Cast: Stage Mom:

 

  • Organization: Set up a set schedule for your child actor. An even balance of school, friends, family, and acting will not only benefit your child but you as well. Try to plan and schedule acting events on the weekends. 
  • Education First: Avoid missing school at all costs, because ultimately that’s what is most important at this developing stage of their youth. Education is and will always be very important in your child’s acting career. To truly enforce this idea, consider a “homework first policy.” 
  • Their Opinion Matters: Listen to your child’s wants and needs in the acting industry. If they don’t want to do a certain role, respect that maybe it’s just not for them. By letting your child choose, they will feel more open to telling you yes or no to certain rolls. This is your child’s decision and dream, let them feel free with it!
  • The Fun Doesn’t Stop: At the end of the day, kids need to be kids. Always make sure your child is enjoying themselves. Too much stress will leave you and your little buddy feeling overwhelmed. 
  • Do Your Research: Set your young star up for success by doing your research. Make sure you aren’t signing up for any scams or explicit roles before agreeing to anything. 

 

Join our team of celebrities today! CGTV is a high-level TV, film, and entertainment program designed to help connect talent to the industry. Talent is guided by top celebrities from ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows including CSI, 24, Modern Family, The Suite Life on Deck, Disney 365, Drake & Josh, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Austin & Alley and Good Luck Charlie. CGTV: We have people on TV! For more information visit our website at cgtv.la! To stay up to date with the latest CGTV news follow us on facebook

 

Sources:

https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/tips-parents-child-actors-11248/

https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/great-ways-support-child-actors-career-1175/

Stars of CGTV

Meet The Cast… Meet the Stars of CGTV

In the crazy world of acting, sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. At CGTV, we teach and provide resources for aspiring actors, so they too can perhaps become celebrities. Our state of the art program is designed to prepare you for the world of acting, so you can reach your dream goals. CGTV is the home to many celebrities who have been through this exact program. Meet the cast! Stars of CGTV.

Adrian R’Mante (CEO/Founder): 

R’Mante is most known for his role in the hit mega show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as the hotel employee, Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya De La Rosa Ramirez. That wasn’t the beginning of his acting career though. R’Mante started acting and dancing at the young age of 14, as well as taking part in other sports like basketball, football, and baseball. 

Currently, Adrian’s latest project is playing Diego Gonzalez, a guest starring role, on CBS’s hit show “NCIS: Los Angeles” with LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell. Recent films include the thriller “Underground” and award-winning comedy movie “Life at the Resort.” Through his education and career, Adrian has had the opportunity to work with top-acting professionals in the country and now wants to pay it forward in his CGTV Program designed for undiscovered talent. Adrian says: “LIVE in the moment while appreciating what you have and work hard for what you love…PERFORMING!!!.”

Joe Nieves: 

Becoming most well known to Disney Channel fans as Tom Diaz from the series Stuck in the Middle, this actor has held notable television roles as Carl the Bartender in How I Met Your Mother and Fencik in Day Break. Other recurring parts of his have come in the shows The Mentalist, 24 and NYPD Blue. He used key learning points from the CGTV program is to help him get to where he is today. 

Tanya Chisholm: 

Chisholm stars on Nickelodeon’s hit series, Big Time Rush, playing Kelly Wainwright. Other hit shows like Corey in the House and Ghost Whisperer are some of her first roles.  A native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Tanya graduated from the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. With brains, beauty and outstanding ability, Tanya received the coveted Regent’s Scholarship for Academic Achievement as well as the esteemed John and Faith Surabian Award for Musical Theater.

Other CGTV Celebrities and What They’re Known For 

  • Geno Segers: Pair Of Kings
  • Louis Tomeo: Every Witch Way 
  • Jayce Mroz: I Am Frankie
  • Jackson Robert Scott: IT (2017) 

Join our team of celebrities today! CGTV is a high-level TV, film, and entertainment program designed to help connect talent to the industry. Talent is guided by top celebrities from ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows including CSI, 24, Modern Family, The Suite Life on Deck, Disney 365, Drake & Josh, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Austin & Alley and Good Luck Charlie. CGTV: We have people on TV! For more information visit our website at cgtv.la! To stay up to date with the latest CGTV news follow us on facebook

Aspiring actors

Attention Aspiring Actors

When it comes to starting an acting career, you might have a lot of questions, including where to begin. Look no further than CGTV to learn techniques, tips, and more! The CGTV website is a great resource for aspiring young actors. These unique online features will help set you up for success, so you can join the young talent of CGTV.  Read below to see how CGTV can help jumpstart you or your child’s acting career!

CGTV Resources For Aspiring Young Actors

CGTV provides online resources and a curriculum for young actors. This curriculum teaches the importance of confidence, character breakdown, audition techniques and so much more. CGTV will effectively prepare and educate you, so you can find your first role as soon as possible. CGTV will teach you the necessary skills to be successful in the acting industry, as well as providing mentoring and networking opportunities that can’t be found elsewhere. The curriculum takes you through a step by step process of what it takes to be an actor. The CGTV curriculum teaches these following sections:

 

  • How To Be Successful
  • Character Breakdown
  • Cold Reading & Commercial Auditions
  • Audition Techniques
  • Auditions With Sides
  • Marketing Yourself In Acting
  • Improv

 

Online Resources

Once you are a part of the CGTV community, you will be given access to some quality, online resources provided by CGTV. These resources will give you further practice in the industry. Most importantly, they will help you maintain the skills you have already learned at CGTV. Become a member today and get access to the following resources:

  • Scripts: Online scripts that you can practice reading on your own time
  • Celebrity Tip Videos: If your name gets big, we provide the tips
  • Rehearsal Videos: Tips on how to properly rehearse
  • Safe Tape Tips: Safety is one of our biggest concerns. We want every one of our actors to know to safely execute their careers
  • Industry terms: Basic industry terminology to keep you in the loop

CGTV wants you to succeed and they will provide you with whatever it takes! CGTV is a high-level TV, film, and entertainment program designed to help connect talent to the industry. Talent is guided by top celebrities from ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows including CSI, 24, Modern Family, The Suite Life on Deck, Disney 365, Drake & Josh, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Austin & Alley and Good Luck Charlie. CGTV: We have people on TV! For more information visit www.cgtv.la or stay up to date with our latest news and follow us on Facebook!

Industry Terms

That’s a Wrap: Knowing Your Industry Terms

By now you know you don’t have to be Emma Stone or Brad Pitt, or have the acting chops of Meryl Streep or Tom Hanks to break into the acting business.  It helps, however, to be informed and educated. One way to get informed is to learn some of the following industry terms:

Above-the-line – Creative talent such as actors, directors, producers, and writers OR the part of the budget which includes costs and fees associated with the above talent.

Actors Equity Association (AEA/ Equity) – A union that has jurisdiction over performers in live stage productions in theaters, such as Broadway and community theater.

Agent – A representative of talent, petitioning on behalf of the talent for work within the entertainment community. Agents, by law, have the right to both solicit employment and negotiate terms for the artists they represent. Not to be confused with manager.

Callback – A follow-up audition, after they have narrowed down the competition.

Call Sheet – The daily schedule of a given production, listing “call times,” actors involved and scenes.

Commercial Agent – an agent that represents talent for television commercials.  This is not to be confused with a print agent which represents models for commercial print ads.

Commercial Modeling – Otherwise known as Print Modeling, this is modeling done for print advertisements, catalogs, etc.

Day Player – An actor who is paid a flat daily rate and generally only has a few lines in the production. Characters that appear in only one scene are generally played by day players. This is sometimes a “step up” for an extra who is asked to read a line on-set.

Dailies – As the film is shot, production and development units view footage the following day. This film stock is known as ‘dailies.’ The producer, director, and various studio department head critically analyze the previous day’s results, looking for any visible problems, from wardrobe to set dressings and performances. In theory, dailies depict the progression of the film in relation to the course of production.

Director – The principal creative artist on a movie set. A director is usually (but not always) the driving artistic source behind the filming process, and communicates to actors the way that he/she would like a particular scene played. A director’s duties might also include casting, script editing, shot selection, shot composition, and editing.

Executive Producer – A producer who is not involved in any technical aspects of the filmmaking process, but who is still responsible for the overall production. Typically an executive producer handles business and legal issues.

Extra – A person who appears in a movie where a non-specific, non-speaking character is required, usually as part of a crowd or in the background of a scene.

Honey Wagon – A vehicle/trailer/truck containing dressing rooms and restrooms.

Line Producer – The hands-on manager of a film set, the line producer organizes the practical aspects of production. Line producers and production managers are responsible for budgeting, scheduling, and implementation.

Pilot -The first episode of a television show or cable show used as a “test run” amongst networks and producers before the show is greenlit.

Pilot Season – The time between around January to about May when pilot episodes are filmed and tested and possibly given the green light to begin production.

Pitch – The meeting held between key players of a film or broadcast literary work. In most cases, this is where the writer(s) attempt to ‘sell’ their product to the producers by explaining why their product should be made by that company into a motion picture.

Slug Line – A header appearing in a script before each scene or shot detailing the location, date and time that the following action is intended to occur.

Taft-Hartley – A federal statute that allows a non-performer to work in a union position without having to first join the union. It is in effect for 30 days from the first day of employment, after which the performer must join the union.

Trailer – An advertisement for a movie which contains scenes from the film.

Treatment – Similar to an outline, a treatment is one of the first steps in developing a project. It adds depth to character and story by filling in missing blanks.

Walk-On – A small acting part which has no lines.

CGTV is a high-level TV, film, and entertainment program designed to help connect talent to the industry. Talent is guided by top celebrities from ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. Call us or email us! Phone: 818-284-6689 • Email: hollywood@cgtv.la

quality auditions

How To Find Quality Auditions

As a talented and experienced actor, you know that there are many battles you have to fight on a daily basis in order to stand out from the crowd. You constantly have to hone your craft, study new and innovative ways to get into character and be in touch with your emotions in order to convincingly play a part.

But in this competitive business, sometimes, even finding the chance to get in a room in front of influential casting directors and producers is the most difficult part of being a successful actor. What resources can you be using to ensure that you are always aware of the best auditions? Are you looking in the right places, or are you missing opportunities that can positively impact your career? Here are a couple of foolproof ways for you to find auditions in your area.

Hire a Talent Agent or Manager

According to WikiHow, a talent agent or manager is crucial to getting you noteworthy auditions no matter what stage of your career you are in; they will get to know your acting resume and search for parts and auditions that will work best with your skill set. If you have friends or colleagues that are in the business and that do have a talent agent, ask them to pass along your information. You can also find an agent through local community actors you may have worked with in the past.

“Backstage” is your New Best Friend

The Backstage publication, available both in print and online, is an exceptional source for actors like you looking for career-changing auditions. Backstage’s auditions for television shows include casting calls for a variety of exceptional opportunities, including TV network comedies and dramas, commercials, reality shows, web series and much more. New TV and video auditions are also posted to Backstage.com on a daily.

Pay Attention to Social Media

Facebook is a great resource for getting auditions. Wikihow also states that because event pages are often used to announce open casting calls and auditions, social media websites like Facebook are a great resource for getting auditions in film, TV, and even theater.

CGTV prides itself on providing exemplary customer services. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your high-level TV, film, and entertainment program needs and will do whatever it takes to earn your business and remain lifelong clients.  CGTV has been forming exceptional talent in the Los Angeles area; we pride ourselves on being large enough to provide professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. To discover more about how we can help you become the star you were meant to be, please visit our website today or call us at 818-206-0290.  Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current events, tips, and specials.  

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Sources:

https://www.backstage.com/casting/open-casting-calls/tv-auditions/

https://www.wikihow.com/Find-Acting-Auditions

 

social media

3 Reasons All Actors Need to be on Social Media

Social media is not just sharing selfies, the food you ate, or videos of a recent vacation. Actors are being told to post more on social media about their outfits to build their following and eventually get cast in parts. It’s been said that some parts have been cast to those who have a higher social media following. CGTV is a high-level TV, film, and entertainment program helping connect talent to the industry and here are 3 reasons all actors need to be on Social Media.

Ever wonder why someone with a higher social media following may be cast over you without social media? It may be partly because without social media, you’re less castable. You are less desirable to networks because you can’t share the project you’re working on to your fans. When you have an active platform and a higher number of followers, you can post about your project which makes you a team player. If you work with CGTV, make sure you have a social media following.

Social media helps you to reconnect and build new relationships with your audience. When you post, you are top of mind with your followers and continue building those relationships with your audience. Before social media, you would only be able to connect with people in person. But now you can connect online with a simple direct message.

Social media is now becoming a part of jobs. If part of your job was to post, go live, tweet, or even do an Instagram takeover, do you have the capability to do so? The agents and managers in Hollywood are now requesting a headshot, resume, acting reel, and social media following. So if you haven’t done so yet, create a profile on a few of the channels and start building a following.

Start creating your own opportunities by using social media. Build, connect, and foster relationships with your audience and become more castable. If you are ready to be cast for a job, contact CGTV at 818-206-0290 or visit our website to learn more.

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Memorize Lines Fast

Tips to Memorize Lines Fast

It’s a moment that every actor has faced at some point in their careers. They earn a role they fought for after pouring every ounce of their talent and ability into their audition. They eagerly begin thinking about how they will authentically portray their character in an impactful and memorable way. But sometimes, this excitement and anticipation can be met with anxiety and tension, especially at the moment when the script is received.

Being overwhelmed when reviewing the script for a play, television show, commercial, or film is perfectly natural. Reviewing the pages and memorizing not only your great amount of dialogue but getting the sense of how you will move onstage or how the camera will move around you, can be a challenge for actors of all experience levels. Luckily, there are a few tricks that will make the memorization process go much faster, allowing you to bask in the excitement of a role well-earned.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to memorize lines fast.

Write Them Down

This method of memorizing lines quickly may surprise many, but believe it or not, writing down your lines in each of your scenes is a guaranteed way to remember each of you lines word for word.  Many actors swear by this method, as it is an effective way to connect your mind to the action of writing the lines and seeing the lines simultaneously.

Practice with an Actor

Running your lines with a fellow actor is a great way to memorize your lines in a rush. When reading, focus on pausing between each line, paying special attention to what is being said. If you understand what is going on with the scene and where the dialogue will naturally go, it will make the process go smoothly.

Invest in an App

The Rehearsal 2 App is a wonderful way for actors to learn lines. It’s the scene partner that never gets tired of running lines with you. This secret weapon allows you to highlight the lines, record the other character’s lines, and use it as a teleprompter, which will scroll through the script as you are reading it.

CGTV prides itself on providing exemplary customer services. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your high-level TV, film, and entertainment program needs and will do whatever it takes to earn your business and remain lifelong clients.  CGTV has been forming exceptional talent in the Los Angeles area; we pride ourselves on being large enough to provide professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. To discover more about how we can help you become the star you were meant to be, please visit our website today or call us at 818-206-0290.  Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current events, tips, and specials.  

 

Self-tape audition

4 Simple Tips to Prepare for Your Self-Taped Auditions

Technology has evolved so much so that it allows actors the convenience of self-taped auditions. Actors no longer have to come in and audition in person with the casting director but instead send in their own self-taped auditions. CGTV program is designed to help connects talent to casting directors and top agents in LA and is guided by top celebrities from ABC, NBC, CBS and we are providing you with four tips to prepare you for your next self-taped audition.

Setting

When you are preparing the space where you will be recording, make sure you are front and center of your self-taped audition video. Casting wants to see you and will not be as concerned with the background so have a simple and plain background for your video. Having a solid colored background, like hanging a sheet behind you, is better than having a cluttered background that can be distracting.

Wardrobe

Making your wardrobe decisions is like making the setting decisions. Keep it simple and also decide on an outfit to keep the attention on you in a positive way. Avoid busy patterns, logos, white or black girls (black shirts can cause a floating head effect). Our eyes are drawn to the brightest part of an image or video so to keep the attention on you, avoid these wardrobe choices.

Lighting

To create the best lighting for your video, it’s important to be aware of the lighting you are shooting with. Overhead lighting can be unflattering and cast shadows on you, so to avoid this, shoot closer to an open window to add natural light. You can place a lamp nearby to soften the light and reduce shadows so the attention stays on you.

Recording Equipment

Quality recordings of self tape auditions are what casting directors are looking for. Instead of buying expensive equipment, your phone will do just fine as long as it records videos. When recording, recording in HD isn’t necessary and HD can be unforgiving with its detail. Just make sure the equipment you use shows accurate color, detects sound and has decent focus.

With any audition, you need to make sure you are prepared. Practice on your own or to a friend or family or even grab an acting coach. Before you record, it’s important to have practiced in front of other people at least once so you can hear their feedback and adjust before recording. Also for a great self tape audition, you need to make sure you have the proper recording equipment, a simple background, and the right attire. CGTV program will help connect you with some of the top agents, casting directors, and managers in Los Angeles and whether it’s your first audition or 11th, we want you to be prepared for your self-taped audition with these self-tape tips.

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