Today Ramin from Toronto Film Extras visited our actors and answered all their questions about the industry. We learned about everything from the film & television union (ACTRA), to hiring stand-ins for stunts as well as specialty music and sports skills. But more importantly, Ramin gave every actor his card and told them to e-mail their headshots/dimensions to him in order to be considered for background work! Of course, working as an extra isn’t exactly glamourous but it’s a first step!
You can learn more about Ramin and Toronto Film Extras at http://www.torontofilmextras.com.
We also finished our choreography for “All That Jazz” from Chicago and began working on choreography for “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray. Below is a video of my sister and I performing the dance – for practice, not entertainment purposes, I hope.
The actors have been dancing a lot each day. We do ballet technique, which is important in order to improve and gain awareness of our bodies. We do musical theatre and jazz style choreography, as many of our actors will go on to audition for musical theatre productions (that’s how I started acting and dancing). In the afternoon we do our lyrical/physical theatre, which is the work that will most closely resemble the show I will be devising with my company, Peanut Butter People. The cast for this show will be comprised entirely of actors with special needs. All Actingworks participants automatically receive an audition for this show, if they wish. Auditions will take place at the end of October. More details will be released in early September. For more information, please visit http://peanutbutterpeople.com/?p=236