VIDEO – How To Deliver A Winning Personality Slate

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In the video accompanying this article you will see 2 young acting students from 3-2-1- Acting School in Los Angeles demonstrate what I like to call the “Personality Slate.”

As you know the “slate” is what actors use to introduce themselves when auditioning for TV and Film acting roles. Why is a great slate so important? Well, it is the very first time the casting director and or client gets to “see” and experience you! It is the very first impression you make and you make this through your slate, simply by stating your name and many times answering questions.

You may be wondering, how do you convey who you are as a person and highlight your wonderful personality when slating? Here are 10 tips that I impart to my acting students on how to feel confident and slate with personality!

  1. BODY LANGUAGE. Walk at a brisk pace when you enter the audition room. This looks more confident. Stand tall and shoulders back. Go right to your mark.
  2. SMILE. This I recommend highly even if you are auditioning for a dramatic serious role. A smile shows you are friendly and easy to work with and puts everyone at ease.
  3. EYE CONTACT. Both when you meet the people in the room and when you are slating to the camera. The lens is your best friend. Be sure look squarely right into the lens and pretend you are introducing yourself to some celebrity you would like to work with or meet, like your newest crush. We ALL have crushes. Right?
  4. CAMERA IS ON. Assume the camera is ON as soon as you enter the audition room. This way you will on your best behavior.
  5. SEPARATE your FIRST & LAST Name. Take a pause between saying your first and last name so people really understand how to pronounce and what your name is. Also, LOVE your name really enjoy it you have it for a life time! And this will be noticed.
  6. VOICE. Your volume and tone of voice needs to be LOUD and PROUD.
  7. BE YOURSELF. Be your genuine, unique, authentic self.
  8. HAVE FUN. If you are having fun the industry professionals watching you live or on film will have fun too. And who doesn’t want to have fun? After all this is why most people work in the entertainment business because they like it and have fun. Be part of making good times for those around you.
  9. HOBBIES & SPECIAL SKILLS. Talk about the things you love to do and what you are good at. This will bring a sparkle to your eyes and light up your face with excitement and excitement is appealing and will bring out your winning personality.
  10. MANNERS. Be sure as you leave you show what great manners you have and say Thank you. You can even say, “good luck with this project.”

Practice these tips at home and use them next time you audition to ensure a top notch winning personality slate! Oh and good luck out there!

Ms. Mae Ross founder and creative director at 321actingstudios.com.

 

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Mae Ross Starting her professional career at the age of 10, with a 64 city tour of “The Music Man”, Ms. Mae Ross 3-2-1- Acting Studios’ Owner/Artistic Director was born to sing, dance, act, and model. It wasn’t long before she was full swing into a performing career that would take her from National Campaigns, roles on stage, film, and television to producing one of Hollywood’s finest young actors Talent Showcase. Yet her greatest passion in life was still ahead of her… Ms. Mae, as her students fondly call her, is most proud of her 20 years of working with children, teens and young adults to build greater confidence, discipline and to launch successful entertainment industry careers. “I love helping students reach their full potential.” In 2007 Ms. Mae opened 3-2-1- where she continues her life’s passion guiding young actors to develop and showcase their unique talent through her signature Showcase and Acting Career Program.

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