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Acting Workshop 4/26/16 | Kym Otto & Tony Vierling

Sorry for the weird angle and sometimes cutting off people's heads. You should be able to get the gist! Enjoy!

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Comment by Anika Besst on May 17, 2016 at 10:25pm

I found it very fascinating the abundance of audition materials she carried with her on a daily basis, and the driven schedule she had to maintain day to day. Going from one audition to the next, with a gym visit, and a job to attend in the mix would be extremely exhausting so staying committed and determined would be of at most importance. I appreciate Kym and Tony sharing their personal experiences with us. For example, Kym mentioned getting 'Hangry' when waiting for an audition/ call back, and how having a snack is crucial. I also found the brief description of the audition book with your music very helpful, the clarification in what sheet music should look like and what we should have provided was specifically useful. 

The insight in auditioning was very helpful and beneficial. I have noticed some of the tendencies mentioned like reddening of the face, and my speech speeding up as I introduce myself. Watching others introducing themselves was interesting because it gave an example to what Kym and Tony described. 

I enjoyed their revisiting of the importance of accepting rejection since it is part of the job, and how necessary it is to build relationships with others in the business. Also, being reminded how important it is to remain yourself and challenge yourself artistically was valuable. With this new insight from actors who have experienced this type of living themselves, I will take into account the intensive schedule those on tour must endure when writing future reviews. 

Comment by Aubrey Salita on May 22, 2016 at 11:46am

This was so incredibly cool and important for young aspiring actors to see. I found it fascinating to see Kym Otto going through her bag for auditions and seeing all the things she brought along with her on her long journey everyday for auditions. It's crazy to hear about the grind and dog eat dog world it is for each audition out in new york. I loved learning about her binder in which she wrote down every audition she did, who she auditioned for and who she met. That is so smart because it is all about relationships and that is so crucial. I had never heard of the breakdown for each parts until this video and learning about the details of pay and what they are looking for. It is so nice learning about this from two professionals who have been in the business for so long.

Of course they both had jobs such as waiting or being a bartender because they need money and a job to sustain their apartments, utilities and hobbies. I never new that they had companies literally created for actors/actresses to make money for when they need a job because they are not in a show. It was also fascinating to hear about the specific amount of resumes and headshots needed for new york vs broadway vs which type of character you're going for. 

It is scary but also realistic that your whole career could be based on a whole 5 seconds of an introduction. Also how often directors are distracted and writing things down when you walk in the room but you have to just keep going and keep performing no matter what is going on in front of you. 

Overall I wished I could have been to this workshop because it was very informative and interesting about life in new york, auditions and how to live with this craft. I will keep this video on tab so when I have some questions or I am curious on life as an actor coming to auditions I will re-watch this video because it is very informative. This workshop just reinstates all of the information I have been so lucky to learn about life in new york and reminds me of the brutality and grind of this work but also the satisfaction and joy that comes along with this art. 

Comment by Clare Judge on May 23, 2016 at 12:27am

Very bummed that I missed this workshop but this video was very interesting.

I had no idea what would go in a Broadway actors bag. Seeing the amount of stuff she carried everyday was mind blowing. I also didn't think about actors going to the gym. That is usually a part of my routine but I never would have thought about Broadway actors working out but it makes perfect sense. I loved the talk about the headshots and getting to see different types of headshots and tips for picking the right one for a specific audition. They also gave really helpful information about touring vs New York life. I can't even imagine being in a new city ever week with the same group of people. This crazy life still sounds pretty great to me especially now that I know the reality of it all. I was reassured about the craziness of the world of acting and i feel way more informed now that I got to hear it from a seasoned veteran!Still sad I missed it but I'm very thankful for the video!

Comment by Noah Coon on May 24, 2016 at 12:15am

Easily one of my favorite workshops. I'm so disappointed that I had to miss it. I really enjoyed the section where she talked about her "life" bag. I realized that you had to carry things with you when living in New York City, but I didn't realize the extent to which one must be prepared for. It was really eye opening. 

A lot of the comments were things that I had heard before, but as always there are many opinions on the "right way" to audition. It was really great to hear an other opinion because then I can take the information i heard tonight and compare it to what I have heard previously. My favorite parts of the work shop were whenever Kym would compare an actor's life in the Twin Cities with and actor's life in New York. Being That I hope to go to New York City some day and act, It will be good to take note of the differences so I can eliminate the amount of mistakes I make. These speakers really seemed like they knew what they were talking about, and I wish I could ask them even more questions! 

Comment by Avery Ronning on May 24, 2016 at 4:49pm

When I saw this video I was so upset that I missed the workshop that I had to watch it again! After seeing Kim's audition bag I no longer think that I carry around a lot. That looks like around 5 times as much as my school bag.  I was also interested to hear about the audition experiences based around music. I audition for shows but now after hearing all about their auditions, I think I've been doing it all wrong. I also was interested to see what people said when it was their turn to speak at the front of the room. I was kind of shocked at the amount of people who said they like/love dogs. Throughout that whole section, I was thinking about what I would have said. I also thought about my previous auditions and what I may have been doing wrong the whole time. I also thought about how I can improve my auditions. I definitely regret not attending. 

Comment by Laura Wyatt on June 1, 2016 at 9:58pm

This video makes me sad but a little glad that I missed the workshop. From a technical perspective, I have never had to do an audition or even attend one, so the entire process that Kym described seemed intense and overwhelming. I knew that the theater scene in New York was competitive, but I had no idea how much they have to think about all the time, for example you can't wear your character shoes for singing because the panel will notice little things like that and it will influence your casting. I would go crazy with the long days she had in New York for 10 years. I liked how they told us how many auditions they have to go to, because the reality is that you won't get every part you audition for. I loved what Tony touched on at the end about how you can lose jobs just because of your body type, but you can still audition for you. I was kind of glad that I missed the workshop because I would have gotten super nervous about the introduction part, and just thinking about how the director can decide if you're cast or not within 5 seconds of meeting you. Both Kym and Tony had great knowledge to share and I'm glad I got to see the video! I'm also glad that Minneapolis has such a great theater reputation. I also had never thought about how an audition in Minneapolis can be the complete opposite of an audition in New York. It was an amazing workshop! 

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