Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Study your craft!

There has been an upturn in work here in Nevada.

It may be location work that comes and goes, but it is work.

Nevada talent are also finding work in other cities and markets.

You must be good enough and prepared.

Register with the casting companies and as much as you can make yourself available for background work (if that is the type of work you wish to do or if you are new to the industry). See the lists and links on the right hand column of this blog for contacts, ideas and starters.

Stay on top of their work, and offer your talents in whatever way each office or location casting director prefers.

There have been roles cast as well, but as always most actors are brought in from LA. We can change that if we are prepared and able to show our talents fully at auditions.

Casting directors have stated that they must be very picky in bringing in local talent to audition, because the level of ability must be at a high level, a professional level, and actors must be truly knowledgeable and skillful to get the opportunity to be cast.

Sign up with agencies (SAG talent is suggested to sign an exclusive and may be represented only by SAG Franchised agents), network with agents and managers, get to know your fellow actors and stay on top of your craft.

I urge you to go to acting classes in our community to heighten your talent and skills as they apply to film acting.

The SAG Conservatory is a start, but it is not a school, or ongoing training. The Conservatory is for surveying what is out there, hearing from professionals in the business, and to be honest, networking with fellow talent.

Private classes are available with several good people teach steadily throughout the year. Some are located in office parks (for example Hollywood Bound on west side, or Michael Plasited's Empress Theatre), others in "far off" places (actually very close) out of their homes, park district offices or schools. I keep it no secret that I offer classes through Casting Call Entertainment on Fridays, at my home or though Boulder City Park and Recreation (for a low $40 a month, most of which goes to keep the Park District operating). 

Both UNLV and CSN offer acting classes and coaches. Both also offer on-camera training.  There is an added benefit for older talent. Both offer free or low cost training for actors over 55, at-risk performers and in some cases performers with disabilities. Call the theater and film departments for additional information.

Local middle and high schools offer theater departments. There are local non-profit and for profit schools and training centers for talent of all ages as well.

The important thing is to continuously increase your abilities. Auditioning for plays (and hopefully getting a role) is another way to gain vital experience.  If you want the opportunity to conceivably get a speaking role, get that training and keep at it. Acting on stage may be different than film, but there is a reason most working actors do theater. Theater is our heart and the heart of our craft.

Get that training and continue it. One class does not make you an actor.

And in the words of one of my teachers, "be and applicant not a supplicant." Go in and consider your audition or interview what you do best, the time you enjoy and practice your craft. Do not go in and beg for a job, name drop, or take up unneeded amounts of the casting professionals time. Use your craft and do your job well.

Get the training!

-Art Lynch

(writtten from experience and the heart, and materials from Professor Glenn Cannon, Paul Napier, Vic Perillo, the late Lucky Hayes, the late Dick Wilson and others).

For additional information click on "read more" below.

Yes, I do offer acting classes, private coaching or advice..

Adults, teens, children! There is room for all and plenty of reasons to join the fun!

If you want to act, if you enjoy acting, you are already an actor. That does not mean a star, a celebrity or competitive in the field of acting. But acting applies to many aspects of life, and can be used to teach, to pray, to entertain, blow off steam, or reflect the world as only an artist can.

How good you are, how skilled, how studied depends entirely on how much you want to put into it.

There is aptitude and there is talent. Both can be developed to meet the needs of your church, community, professional theater, film, television, conventions and other areas where actors ply their craft.

For over a decade I coached acting full time, with part time for most of my adult life. As a youth I found friendships, experiences, and passion putting my own talents to use.  I love acting and believe in actors. It is not a closed club, but something that lives deep within all of us. 

I have worked with and have references from students in all age groups, from 4 to senior citizens.

I do not pretend to be some sort of star, or an expert, just a coach, trainer, teacher and someone who believes in you.

Ask my students.

I was taught this lesson by the likes of Dick "please don't squeeze the Charmin" Whipple, who gave to Nevada, Nevada SAG and to beginning actors with all his heart. He told me never to give up, as he gave me his first gigantic black and white video camera, the one he used in teaching his students. 

Acting, Voice Over, Character Voices, Improv Theater Games, Auditioning, Public Speaking, The Business, Self Marketing, On-Camera, Broadcasting and other areas of the craft are available for the asking through the Boulder City Park and Recreation, Casting Call Entertainment, or private arrangements. Just ask.

Click on "read more" to find out more....

  • Art Lynch
  • Casting Call Entertainment
  • Hollywood Bound
  • John Armond
  • Las Vegas Theatres (contact for class info)
  • Melissa Motes Voice Over
  • Michael Plaisted's Empress Theatre Workshop
  • Nevada SAG Conservatory
  • Scott Rogers
  • Study Your Craft
  • Feel Free to provide introductions to other teachers, schools or classes...

  • Acting Classes

    I offer private, small group and group lessons for reasonable rates. I taught acting full time for over a dozen years, plus have coached talent for most of my adult life. Contact me direct at art.lynch@artlynch,org or call 702-454-1067.

    You count, not my ego, or anyone else. I do not talk down or market against any other teachers. You can judge for yourself. I do advise you do not get sold by star studded sales or talk of the work a coach has done in the industry. What they have done, other than coaching or teaching others, is their career, not what will make yours. Experience has value. But in the end it is the work you do, how they help you to make the most of your potential, and the way you use your talents that counts. What a coach or teacher can bring out in you, and what other students can offer you, are what really counts. Every class has value and potential for talent, just not all talent. It is better to be working the craft in workshops and on jobs, than simply talking about it. 

    I teach courses and individuals through motivating their own interests, talents, strengths and finding fun ways to work on your weaknesses (if any).  I keep on top of the industry and know what the industry is looking for. But in the end only you can make your dreams, aspirations or goals come true. Any teacher is only as good as the passion and talent of their students. I also help students have fun, find things within themselves they never knew they had, and develop the skills needed to be an actor, regardless of how they eventually apply those skills (see postings on this blog, my bio or contact me directly at 702-454-1067).

    I offer very reasonable courses through Boulder City Parks and Recreation. Courses are on Saturday mornings, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Courses include voice over, acting, auditioning and improvisation. Prices vary, but the general cost comes to $60 a month for up to 8 hours of classroom time. Private lessons are $20 an hour. This money is paid to the Park District and cannot be paid directly to me. I am blessed to do what I love, help actors, only blocks from my own home. Contact Patty Sullivan for details. Boulder City is much closer than you may think. BC is ten minutes from Henderson, twenty minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and a half hour from downtown Las Vegas 

    I teach courses at Casting Call Entertainment.  I am not "four walling," but I offer the same quality of instruction as at BC or in any of my previous coaching positions. At this time my primary class meets Friday afternoons between 5 and 8 at their studio, near Flamingo and Eastern. Addtional classes at other times are always forming. Private coaching available. On Camera and film classes also available. Talk with Sharry Flaherty.

    Internet based one-on-one and small group lessons are also available, offered to individuals or groups no matter where you live across the globe.

    A full service site for actors is under development at When completed it will include a detailed glossary with links, interviews, links to other sites offering lessons and information, current news, audition information and more. This blog is a small start to the final project.

    Stage and screen skills, voice over, character development, cold reading, scene study, auditioning, improvisation, public speaking, confidence building, theater games and on-camera technique are among the courses or material I have to offer.

    Acting Material on this Blog

    Actors and acting, shown on the right side of this blog, has links to articles, postings and lessons. Industry Media Links take you to sources for news, contacts and audition postings. Actors links offer a broad spectrum of links which not fall easily under the other categories.  SAG related links to various major SAG events and news. Stuff for Actors and industry links to additional resources. It is important to note that all of the off-site links may bring you to sites that are selling products, services or information. I have chosen those where you can also access free information without being asked for your personal information or funds (the exception may be trade publications).

    I believe in talent; all talent.

    Feel free to repond to, critique, suggest or submit items for my acting blog. It is there for you and for all those who love the craft, dream of stage and screen, or believe in themselves enough to want to remain on top of industry trends, terminology and opportunities. 

    Classes forming now!
    Boulder City
    Patty Sullivan  
    Boulder City Parks and Recreation.
    ($40 for 4 classes a month)
    (702) 400-3254 / 294-0335
    Lessons by arrangement or
    Ages 8 to 13 5:30 PM 
    Teenagers and adults 7 PM 

    Las Vegas.  
    Fridays 5:30 to 9 PM
    Private and other course on requests

    All Others 
    Henderson, and Southern Nevada.
    (Private and group rates available)

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