We are an on-camera audition technique and scene study studio, with a particular emphasis on script analysis and character study.
It is our belief that most acting studios lead you to depend on them, with directional teaching… “go up on the line here, turn there, emphasize this, make that the operative word, step in here.” That’s all fine and dandy, and your scene (THIS scene) will get better once they’ve coached you through it, and you will be amazing, and you will feel great…but none of that equips you to make informed choices the next time, with the next piece of material. Because they never told you WHY you should have made those choices, HOW they knew to make those choices…and you are left perpetually coaching-dependent.
We teach you:
- How to glean everything you need from the text
- How to become self-sufficient in your analysis and choices
- NOT to need us to do excellent work
- To LOVE this work
We teach you everything we know and then we encourage you to leave. Hopefully, you will then refer someone else, so we can stay in business.
The Character Study classes focus on character development, physicality, voice, etc…tools that you will get to explore in-depth and learn to translate into your film/TV auditions/sets. Everyone works approximately 45 min every class.
A: As actors, we are in the business of building humans. We get to give them memories, experiences, relationships, lives as full as we choose…it is both an omnipotent privilege and a responsibility that many actors neglect as they busy themselves with technical choices. Yes, you came in and said all the words and made some ‘choices’…meh, nobody cares. And that cheats YOU of the joy of it, and won’t book you the job. No audience will eagerly tune in week after week to watch you make choices and memorize…they tune in to watch you go through something…so that THEY could go through something. So your job in the audition room is to make the casting director go through something. With a comedy, with jargon-heavy procedurals, even with a one line co-star.
A: By collaborating with your biggest ally…the writer! The writer has already done all the heavy lifting for you…he/she has given you the blueprint of your human (their human, that you are co-birthing). The better the writing, the more convoluted that blueprint. And THANK GOD for that. We all LOVE playing complicated characters – you just need to learn to read that blueprint (thorough script analysis — understanding what the piece needs, not what you want it to be). It all starts with script analysis, and we are confident in saying NO ONE (or at the very least, no studio in this city) does script analysis better than KC Clyde.
A: Ongoing classes are always on camera, and simulate a real audition. You come in ready to go and we tape your auditions one at a time. Then KC breaks down the piece with you and guides you through finding the clues in the script (minds are regularly blown here). Finally, we watch your tapes and discuss what you found, what you missed, and what you should work on if you bring this piece back as a callback. Which brings us to this: weeks 1-3, we work on brand new material. Week 4, you get to bring back whichever piece you’d like as a callback. Now that you have all the script analysis info, it’s all about the acting. We suggest you bring back the one you had the hardest time with. During week 4, we investigate your progress: over the month and month to month, so you are constantly measuring/adjusting accordingly. This is the only way to grow, and the only way to make sure you’re not getting comfortable/stale and wasting time/money on class month after month/year after year, long after it’s lost its value for you. If your class work becomes stagnant, we will encourage you to leave and try something else (we’ve already done this a handful of times since we opened our doors). After each class, we upload your tapes and make them available to you, free of charge. If you NAIL a particular piece, shoot it off to your reps/potential reps! Also, if you have an audition, you are welcome to bring it to class and get coached on it instead of working on class material! We will not break it down in class…KC goes pretty deep with script analysis, and if 4 people have auditions, we’ll be there all night, and it’s not fair to other students. But you do get the audition coaching…for free!!