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Date: 11/12/2015 2:28 PM PST

Hi there!

I hope you're doing well today! So the question for this article is, how do actors and actresses get into character?

When you analyze a character you need to understand what your character does, and why. For example if you are playing a police officer you need to understand why a person chooses police work as a career. this is applicable to any character you are playing. in addition you need to know your characters obstacles to better understand the motivations of your character. Your character work should be done along with your scene breakdown, or script analysis, and you could also include a character autobiography, this way you also know who the character is, and where they are coming from. I touched on this in my article how do actors prepare for roles.

When you do your character work take notes when you read the script (Usually the second time) Try to read the script a couple of times at least. When you take notes you can list all the facts given in the script about your character, such as what others say about you, what the author says about you, and what you say about yourself. Just because something is given it doesn't mean that it's true or your character accepts it. For example your character may not feel they have a problem with drugs, even though all of her family and friends etc knows you are a drug addict.

Your autobiography should be very specific and include as many facts as possible about your character. Once you have done your autobiography, be prepared for new ideas to arise, this is not a problem as you can always go back to your original ideas. In addition you may need to do research on your character as well.

When you are doing your character biography on background you can complete a full back story on the characters life up to this point. For example when I was working on my character Uncle Brodee for the upcoming TV show "KinFolks" where I was chosen to play the brother in law of the main character, I came up with a full back story of who I was, where I was from, my relationship to the main characters sister, where I met her, what I do for a living as well as understanding this career perspective. I also wrote about how we fell in love, how much money I have, my appearance according to this wealth, and even how I dress.

These are just some of the things I came up with, and again the character biography, and back story can be very specific. Include as much information as possible to help you with getting into your character. After you have done all of your character work, you then proceed onto the scene breakdown, or script analysis checklist. These will guide you through a step-by-step process of further analysis of your character, for example the characters overall objective for the story. To find out more about this process simply find an acting school or coach that can assist you with breakdowns. Again if you want to know the coaches I have trained with to learn all this information you can see my resume.

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Date: 11/10/2015 2:28 PM PST

Hi there!

I hope you're doing well today! So the question for this article is, how do actors and actresses get their starts?

We all have to start somewhere in the acting industry, and it's usually at the bottom wrung of the ladder. Many famous actors and actresses who went on to become movie stars started in minor television or commercial work roles, and then went on to appear in there first movies. For example Julia Roberts got a part in the movie Satisfaction in 1988 and then went on to Star in the movie Pretty Woman along with Richard Gere. This movie created fame and fortune for Julia. Nicholas Cage got his first minor role in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982. Jennifer Lawrence, an actress from the modern era, landed her first major role on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show from 2007-09. She later starred in the independent drama Winter's Bone in 2010, while her first commercial success was the superhero film X-Men First Class in 2011. She has since gone on to fame and fortune starring in The Hunger Games franchise.

As you can see, most actors and actresses have started in small roles before going on to bigger ones, leading to their fame and fortune. Personally I have been in the acting industry here in the USA since 2008. I started off as an extra on Grey's Anatomy. Since then I have worked on several TV commercials, my biggest one was for The History Channel. I have also had a couple of minor television roles, the biggest one was Ray Donovan as a LAPD Cop, with a couple of lines. I have also starred in my own web, TV show series for one season. You can check my IMDb for my list of credentials. Although this doesn't show some roles for short films that I have worked on. You can see my full resume here. knowing this information it is imperative for me to remain optimistic as I move towards my first mainstream movie role. If I land one it should lead to bigger and better things!

While it is every actor or actresses dream to walk the glitzy and glamorous red carpets as big time celebrities in the spotlight, every actor or actress had to start somewhere. Some artist's got their start due to being in a talent contest or showcase and then getting noticed. From there they went on to obtain fame and fortune. Others already had a famous family member, such as Miley Cyrus, her father Billy Ray Cyrus was already a famous artist. Miley went on to star in television shows and movies with the help of his fame and fortune. The process an actor or actress usually has to go through to achieve fame and fortune is by getting a start at the very beginning. A most famous artist that started as an extra was the great Brad Pitt, he is now enjoying the status of one of today's most highly paid and sought after actors.

If you don't want to start as an extra you could obtain an agent and audition for commercials, web series, TV shows, and movies. From the information that you have read here, if you get a decent agent they should send you out to audition for small parts in the beginning, however these may lead you down the road to your fame and fortune. This is what I'm doing now as an actor. Auditioning for suitable roles, to build my credits in hope that it will build a greater career as an actor. If you would like to become an actor or actress you can read my blog article on this here.

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Date: 11/9/2015 12:49 PM PST

Hi there!

I hope you're doing well today! So the question for this article is, how do actors and actresses memorize their lines?

There's many ways that actors and actresses can memorize their lines, including writing them down, covering the script with their hands and memorizing words line by line, recording them and playing them back while speaking them, even running lines with other actors or people. Personally I just learn the scene line by line, and then cover with my hand going through the scene, and then afterwards record the other persons lines and then fill in the blanks with my lines upon playback.

When you get the sides for an audition or the script from the production office for a booking it's a time of joy and happiness, a sense of what could be possible if you book the job if auditioning, or really do well in it if you're already booked. After reading the whole script to get the placement of your character in the story, the next step is to memorize your lines for your particular scenes. Apart from the work you have to do with the script, memorizing lines is a basis for the rest of the work you do with your character.

It is up to the individual how you memorize your lines, however two things you need to be are accurate and clear. The words the writer gave you should be delivered with accurately. You want the meaning of the words to be clear to you. You have to completely understand the lines and how they relate to the other characters and the story. Once you have read the script you can begin breaking down your scenes or scene (if you only have one scene) and then start to memorize the lines.

The most common ways that actors learn and memorize their lines are as follows.

Writing them out by hand. Simply write the lines out in one large paragraph, and then run through the scene out loud. Do this for several times breaking your lines into thoughts. The last time you write out your lines, see if you can do it without looking at the script. Just think of the other characters lines, as you don't have to memorize these. This way you can really listen during the scene and not anticipate the lines. Learning the scene line by line memorizing as you go.

Covering the script with your hands and going down the page uncovering as you go, while memorizing line by line. Recording the other persons lines and whispering yours, then playing it back while filling in the blanks with your lines. Finding another actor or person and just running the lines over and over before and after you have memorized them is a great help as well. Another way is recording your lines and playing them back, speaking them as you listen. Record the entire scene, your lines as well as all the other lines in the scene, and listen to them over and over.

By the way their are also Rehearsal apps actors can download from the internet to learn lines, apparently it's like having a scene partner that never gets tired of running lines with you. You can highlight the lines in the app, record the other character’s lines, and use it as a teleprompter, which will scroll through the script as you are reading it. Then it just keeps playing on a loop. Again with these apps it is good to whisper your lines and read the other character’s lines out loud when you're recording, so you don’t get too caught up in the way you're saying your lines, but know how much time you have to say them. You can literally put your device on a chair and pretend you're running lines with someone. Apparently It’s so much better than a tape recorder. (I can't wait to try these apps myself).

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Date: 11/7/2015 10:00 AM PST

Hi there!

I hope you're doing well today! So the question for this article is, how do actors and actresses do intimate scenes?

The actors/actresses need to create chemistry between themselves to perform in intimate scenes. If there's no chemistry the audience won't become involved. However on the other hand , if there's a connection between the artist's the audience will root for the relationship to prosper and survive, making it interactive and exciting. The chemistry between the artist's can often determine the success of a movie/film, play, television show, or web series.

Creating chemistry is something that needs to be worked on. You can create it by looking at the reasons chemistry occurs in real life and then duplicating it in a performance. Chemistry arises from a deep connection between two people. Most people think it comes from a simple sexual connection, however sex without emotional connection is not satisfying to have or fulfilling to watch. To create chemistry it requires both an emotional and sexual attraction. To become truthfully captivating chemistry is required to go deeper than just a sexual attraction.

Emotional connection is what makes people fall in love or bond as friends. This often comes from a commonality of pain. Meaning both people have experienced a similar emotionally painful experience that touched them and they reacted in similar primal ways. Once you find a common emotional pain you have a bond. You have access to part of their soul that they struggle to hide and protect. This connection will draw the artist's very close together. In fact this is what creates love, you identify with each other on a very rare level.

In creating sexuality, you must use the other actor, not a substitution. Their are various formulas you can follow to create emotional, sexual, and emotional sexual chemistry. I learned all of this from studying at Ivana Chubbuck Studios. You can purchase her book The Power of the Actor at bookstores to learn more about this particular subject, as well as all the formulas involved.

For actors and actresses intimate scenes are often just another day at work, however not always. Often their agent probably negotiated detailed contracts specifying what could and could not be shown on screen. It is often common to see contract specifying what can and can't be shown as far as nudity goes, and artist has approval of body double, if used.

Sometimes it can be awkward to be naked and get busy in front of other people, this is probably why sex scenes are often filmed on a closed set with only essential personnel allowed during filming. Those famous sex scenes are done from on set etiquette and preparation, to some surprising tricks for covering up.

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Date: 11/6/2015 9:08 AM PST

Hi there!

I hope you're doing well today! So the question for this article is, how do actors and actresses make money?

There are several ways actors and actresses make money. Firstly if you start of as an extra or background performer you only get paid one time only for each job. The amount you get paid varies. For example you get paid a certain rate for being non union which depends on the project you are working on. When you become a SAG-AFTRA union member you will get paid more than a non union worker. Again the rate depends on the project you are working on.

The next step up from being an extra or background performer is being a day-player. This means you get one line or up to five lines. In layman's terms this also can be measured as five lines or under. Also known as a five and under. In this case you would get paid a lot more than being an extra or background artist. Again it's a specified SAG-AFTRA rate depending on the individual show.

In addition for these roles you would also receive what is called residual income. This is also known as recurring income. It means that you will continue to get paid for up to months or years after you have filmed that one particular role. Again it depends on the contract binding for each individual project. The next level is guest star, then recurring, then supporting, then starring roles. The bigger the role, the more you get paid, both after the job is completed as well as residuals.

The ideal residual income will produce money 24/7 and you don’t have to personally be involved with the project in any way. All you have to do is watch your bank account grow. Can you imagine this type of income? Let me tell you I have experienced in both acting and my business career and it feels awesome! When you are an actor the most common ways of making money are either commercially or theatrically. For those of you who don't know what this means commercially means television or internet commercials and theatrically means film/movie, television, and internet projects either drama or comedy or both mixed (dramedy. You can also earn residual income for commercials, not just theatrical projects. Once again this also depends on each individual project and the contract binding.

Onother question that relates to this topic is how much does the average actor or actress make? This varies depending on the individual actor, however studies have shown that figure to be around $90,000. I got this information from MTV news. This is not so bad is it? This might seem like a good figure to the aspiring actor, however not to the top actors. They have been known to make around $20 Million for each movie. So again it depends on the individual and what level you are at.

If you are interested in becoming an actor or actress you can read my article on How to become an actor or actress So to summarize being an actor or actress can be a very stable or lucrative career, depending on the level of each individual artist. The idea residual or recurring income sounds interesting doesn't it? It sure does to me, and as an actor I cant wait to earn more of this type of income as well as the first payment for completing the jobs!

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Date: 11/5/2015 10:39 AM PST

Hi there!

I hope you're doing well today! So the question for this article is, How does an actor or actress prepare for a role?

Speaking from my own personal experience as an actor, I have learned to prepare for roles by going to great acting coaches schools, such as Aaron Speiser's acting studio (Will Smith's Coach) and Ivana Chubbuck studios (Brad Pitt and Halle Berry's Coaches). Currently I am training privately with Chris Holder (One of Ivana's Instructors). I have also had to prepare for working roles in various productions, you can see my credentials here Matt J. Doyle IMDb.

As you can see I have a reasonable amount of experience. The most interesting roles I've had to prepare for were characters on The Artist's Process Web TV Show Series a show which I also Created and Co-Produced. In my preparation for these roles I would utilize the help and guidance of my acting coach. We would go over each character before breaking down each scene. Basically you need to know who the character is and where are they coming from. You can write all the characters information down on a note pad or sheet of paper.

Once you have done this you should start to read through and breakdown the script. This requires you to follow a scene breakdown, to breakdown each scene. (If you only have one scene, you would do just one scene breakdown). Once this is all done you can start rehearsing with another person or persons if there are more than two characters. It is usually a better idea to rehearse with another actor or your acting coach if possible. Aaron Speiser doesn't require you to rehearse the scene at all, however Ivana Chubbuck does. It just depends on the individual coach. I find it is more beneficial to rehearse the scene several times, again this is totally up to the individuals preference. Once you have done the scene breakdown you can start memorizing the lines, and then rehearse off book (Which means not looking at the script or sides). This is how you prepare for Movie/Film, TV (Television), and Web Series (Internet) Roles.

For commercials you must use a commercial breakdown outline. When you prepare for commercial (TV and Web Commercials) or theatrical (Movie, TV, Web Series and Movies) auditions you can use specialized scene breakdowns for auditioning. You then follow the same process, except you may not always memorize the lines. You would in this case do what is called a cold read. You can also practice this with other people or yourself by recording the other part/s and filling in the blanks with your part.

I have found that the more I practice and rehearse the easier it is to perform as an actor. As you may already know, the worlds top actors really do their character and script/scene homework well. For example Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, or Will Smith. If you are preparing for a role in a movie you must also read the whole script to find your character needs and overall objective, and then break each scene down from beginning to end. So to summarize you must prepare following the correct steps and procedures. If you work with an acting coach/school you are in good hands, if they have trained someone who is a successful actor. I have found out that if you are not doing well as an actor you are not schooling. preparing, or practicing enough. So lets try even harder! See you on the Screen.

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Date: 11/4/2015 1:02 PM PST

Hi there!

I hope you're doing well today! So the question for this article is, how does it feel to be an actor?

Well I can tell you from my own experience that it feels great! If you read my previous article on How to Become an Actor or Actress, you would most likely notice that I do have knowledge of the acting industry, as well as producing and being an entrepreneur with setting up my internet presence and integrating (Google ad-sense) etc as well.

In actual fact I've been modeling and acting since 1991. My official acting training started at The Actors Center Australia in 1997. When I say that, this was my first official acting school. Any way as the story goes I felt this incredible feeling of freedom and liberation when I first decided to pursue my passion and dream as an artist in the performing arts industry, which clearly was to be an performer and producer in all Motion Pictures. (Including Film, Television, and Web Series). The only thing I regret is that I didn't go to College when I was in my youth, however I'm back finishing that up now at nights and on the weekend. This also feels very satisfying.

My goal is to obtain a Degree in Marketing as well as to be Consistently working as an actor, hopefully world wide. So right now I'm all set up to continue my acting career, with my personal website, all my social media, and sites for my agent to submit me for commercial and theatrical roles. (Theatrical means Film and Television) If you read my article on How to Become an Actor or Actress, you will see which sites are needed to assist anyone with an acting career.

The feeling I have today about what I have accomplished and what I'm about to accomplish as an actor is a feeling of content and optimism. I'm very excited about acting in a couple of my own Web Series productions, and possible short films and movies, as well as other people's productions. I feel great knowing that even though I'm now a middle aged man, my future still looks bright! I still feel like a man in my youth, and the possibilities in life are endless! I still enjoy listening to the latest music, and keeping up with all the latest fashions and trends.

Being an actor who's job is to prepare before going on set to shoot does take some discipline, as you have no boss to answer to and the director or producers won't say anything to you if you haven't prepared properly. They just may not hire you again. So that feeling of anxiety before you turn up to set needs to turn into excitement, knowing you have prepared for your part and will do well. The feeling on the set is also very vibrant as you are around a lot of creative people. You also need to be patient as it takes time to get ready and to shoot the scene. Usually they shoot many takes before the scene is complete, however when you are done you feel a real sense of accomplishment.

When you are not working as an actor you should keep the positive optimistic feeling going. In addition preparation of yourself is very important. When I say this I mean to practice, spend time with an acting coach, and go to the gym as well as eating reasonably healthy. So overall if your passion is to be an actor, that's great. I'm sure if you work hard at it your dream could possibly become a reality!

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Date: 11/3/2015 12:29 PM PST

Hi there!

I hope you're doing well today! So the question is, how do I become a Producer of a Web Series?

Well I can tell you from experience It's not always as easy as it sounds. I know this as I have Produced a Web Series called The Artist's Process, speaking from experience you need to have some funds to pay for your production.

There are different ways you can raise funds, such as using crowd funding favorites like Kick-starter or Indie Go Go. I was lucky enough to have enough funds to Produce Season #1 of my Series, however due to costs I had to stop Production. I am now trying to do a Season #2 pick-up raising funds through advertisers (Google ad-sense) Kick-starter and Indie Go Go, as well as the support funding option for fresh content of videos on YouTube. The costs associated with Producing a Web Series vary depending on your situation. For example you will need a cast, crew and equipment to film your series. I hired a Crew for a very reasonable price, as well as a Director. The Crew had all their own equipment.

I paid the Crew including the Director a negotiated rate that they accepted, and gave the Actors/Artist's Copy, Meal and Credits on IMDb. The Crew Cameraman also Edited the Footage. You Could save money if you had your own camera and equipment such as boom microphone and lights etc, and could edit the footage yourself. You could also Direct yourself and have a couple of friends for crew to help you. Your budget depends on your situation and how much funding you have.

To start the process you can set up a YouTube account for free to upload your videos. See here for my YouTube Channel - Matt J. Doyle YouTube. If you can, also build a Web Page such as this one - The Artist's Process and take advantage of other free pages such as IMDb, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or other current sites to promote your series. Then you can use Your Facebook when you have one to start promoting your Series.

You can use LA Casting or Actors Access to advertise for Artist's to audition for your show, unless you just want to utilize your friends. The way I do it is I make sure the Artist's have at least a Facebook account so I can promote them on that platform. Again you can check out my Show's Facebook to see how I do it. So to recap you can start a Series and promote it for very little or next to nothing depending on your situation. If Artist's are Union you will need to go to the SAG-AFTRA FAQs.

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Date: 11/2/2015 11:18 AM PST

Hi there!

I hope you're doing well today! So the question is, how do I become an actor or actress?

Well first of all let me tell you the story of how I became an actor in the USA. It all started back in 2008 when I decided I wanted to become an actor here, I had originally moved here in 2003 from Australia. I had previously studied modeling and acting there since 1991, however my first official acting training schooling was in 1997. So in 2008 I started looking online and came across a list of Background or extra agency listings. So I called some on the list, and one of them happened to be Central Casting. So I went in to their office and signed up (this is now free) at the time I paid a fee of about $20.00. I was also going to school at Mt. Sac College at the time. Anyway Central started booking me on jobs and then I decided to quit School and become a full time actor.

Later on I joined a calling service to help book me on more jobs and this worked very well. I was working non-union almost every day of the week. In the meantime I called SAG (The Screen Actors Guild) now known as SAG-AFTRA, and asked them for a list of agencies which I received from them. I then paid $50.00 for a photo store to take some Head-shots for me to send to agents. I proceeded to send a copy of my head-shot and resume to every agent on the list. By the way I had also been taking acting lessons at a local theater group in Pasadena Los Angeles. Out of all the agencies I sent my information too I received a call from one agent who I went in for an interview for and later joined.

I was still non union at the time and my agent suggested I work to become a Union member. As time went by I was now working and auditioning, from that particular agent through the auditions I booked two non union commercials. One for Internet and one for TV. By this time I had also moved on through two other acting schools. Later on through the extra work I became eligible to join the union, which I did. I still kept working as an extra as well as auditioning for acting jobs. The only problem i faced as an actor doing both auditioning extra work is that sometimes they both clash and you may miss an audition.

If you cancel the background job it looks bad with the casting director and your call in service. Now I am a paid up Union member (SAG/AFTRA) and I'm not doing any extra work. I'm just auditioning for jobs right now. I'm also back at school taking some night and weekend classes, as well as training privately with an acting coach. Since the beginning I have the two commercials under my belt and some co-star roles in Movies and Television. I have also starred in a Web Series, and am looking to Star in a new one in the near future. So this is how I became an actor and am continuing to pursue my career and dream.

When you join an agent you should not have to pay them any money. You may have to get new head-shots, however no up front payment to join should be required. The agent will then set you up on three websites, Casting Frontier, LA Casting, and Actors Access (This is if you require Commercial and Theatrical representation). Otherwise for Commercial only they will set you up on Casting Frontier and LA Casting, as Actors Access is for Theatrical.

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Date: 11/1/2015 8:28 PM PST

Hi there!

November 2015 was another great month for me. I worked on my acting career, life, and all of my endeavors. I also spent more time with my family and friends.

More to come!

Meanwhile I hope life continues to treat you well!

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