How sports can help you win your next audition!

acting audition sports Mar 02, 2022
Katherine Beck, The All American Actor’s Podcast

Episode 43: How sports can help you win your next audition!

In today’s episode we are talking about how Sports can help you book your next role.

Learn how American Sports and our sporty, competitive state of mind can give you that mental toughness you need to audition.

From baseball to self tape auditions you will learn how to  apply sports to your next role.

By the time you finish listening, you’ll know:

  • How to get that competitive edge in your next audition
  • What we can learn from athletes and apply to our process
  • How to apply sports to your role preparation

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You're listening to the All American actors Podcast, episode 43. In today's episode, we are talking about how sports can help you win your next audition, I am going to give you some insight on how understanding us sports can give you the edge into booking us roles. That's coming up next. Unknown Speaker 0:21 Ready to go behind the scenes and learn what it really takes to build a sustainable career as a working actor in the US film and TV industry. Join me Katherine Beck, your all American accent coach, as I give you the insight and inspiration to take action on your career, learn my best tips and tricks to performing with an American accent and hear from working actors and other industry professionals. To give you a comprehensive overview of this biz we call show. Unknown Speaker 0:54 This is the All American actors podcast. Unknown Speaker 1:00 Before we jump into today's episode, I just want to take a moment to first give a huge shout out to J 4743. Who sent me this five star review and says she is sharp and smart. My problem is pronouncing words correctly with some concentration on syllables. What impresses me is her ability to show by speech differences in pronunciation for us versus Australia, and how to apply the correct sequence of sounds great programs. Well, thank you so much. Gosh, I wish I knew your complete name instead of just J 4743. So I could properly thank you for your wonderful review. But thanks again. And I'm so glad you're enjoying my programs. And hey, if you're out there listening and loving this podcast, loving what you hear, do me a favor and just take 30 seconds out of your day. Make sure you have hit the subscribe button. So subscribe if you have not yet subscribed. But also leave me a review when you leave a review. That means more actors can find this podcast, which is great. So if you liked this episode, go ahead and leave me a review. Alright, yes, I'm an actor. I'm a voiceover artist. I'm a coach. I am a creative type. But I also have a sporty side to me. It's not as big as the actor side. But it's definitely there. And I think growing up in the US, there was always that competitive inner drive to compete to win was so strong. And I don't know if that's because I was born and raised in the US. Or if it was something innately within me. I didn't come from a family of big sports players. I'm trying to think well, my sister did gymnastics in high school, which is why I started doing gymnastics when I was like three years old. And maybe that had something to do with it. But aside from that my family was not sporty at all. My dad loved watching sports, he was really big into the Chicago Bears, and watched a bit of baseball because his dad, my grandpa was really big into the Chicago White Sox. And we grew up during the Michael Jordan era. So the Chicago Bulls was a really big part of my upbringing. I remember watching basketball games with my dad and going to basketball games all the time, it was just so much fun. And so I had a really good appreciation for sports, because sports was really big in Chicago and just big throughout the US. But I wasn't really a sporty person. But for some reason, I was very competitive. And so when I was in high school, because sports is such a big part of the high school environment, there were so many different sports you could choose from. So I did a little bit of running, I did cross country and I did track. I wanted to do gymnastics. But because I had done it for so many years, I just didn't feel comfortable or confident jumping back into that sport, but I did do some running. And that was really fun to compete in some races. And you know, even though I knew I wasn't going to win, it was just really great just to be out there. part of a team, I think is really important as well. And just to get that sense of culture and community and support, working as a team was really great. So I really appreciated having that experience as well. But what I took from that and I think take from my upbringing in the US and being around sports and and how we really strive to be number one is that that can definitely seep into acting as well. You know, when I look at actors in the US and I remember when I moved from Chicago to LA, both industries, you know, the Chicago industry and the LA industry both competitive but it Unknown Speaker 5:00 I just stepped up a notch when I moved to LA. And I felt like there was so much more competition with the actors. And again, I just remember that inner drive of wanting to compete and wanting to win started to kick in, in my brain again. And I think some of that training that I had in sports really helped me out of not forgetting that it's not a competition, but it is, in a sense, kind of like a competition, because there's going to be a winner, there's going to be one person that gets that role, right? So what can I do to prepare myself to get to that point where I can book that role. And so it's all of that discipline, like an athlete trains, that discipline, getting ready for that role, getting ready for that audition, so that I can feel confident and good about the preparation that I have done leading up to this point. And I think that when we can train like athletes, we can get ourselves also into the right frame of mind of that mental toughness, right? Because as actors are so much rejection, so many knows, so many times where maybe your acting is really great. But you're just for some reason, not right for the role, it could be physically, it could be something else, it could be your accent, you know, maybe your American accent wasn't 100%, for example, Your acting was great, but your accent wasn't quite there. So somebody else got the role. There's so many reasons why you may not get the role, we want to make sure that we can reduce the chances of the things that we can do. That is something that we can do, which is, you know, for example, continuing to work on your acting, working on your American accent or working on your voice working on your body, doing research, doing observations, understanding the industry, what's happening in the industry, what productions are happening right now, what's in what's out, who's casting what, you know, knowing the key players within the industry, this is all things that you have within yourself to control, you can control the amount of information, knowledge and practice that you do on a daily basis. So if you are prepared, and the opportunity presents itself, and you are right for that role, your odds your chances of booking that role, are pretty good. So that's why I think we can learn a lot by watching sports and looking at us sports and US athletes and how they train and how disciplined they are physically and mentally. So I think as actors, we have to start training, we have to start considering ourselves almost like a professional athlete. And when we do that, we put ourselves in a totally different category, which is pretty exciting. We want to think of ourselves as a professional actor, even if you're not right now a professional working actor, you want to think of yourself like you are one right now. So you're doing everything that a professional working actor would be doing. Even though you may not be getting those big paychecks, you're doing the same sort of things that they would be doing at that stage. And when you do that, you'll start to notice some really great shifts. just exciting. Yeah. So that's what I wanted to bring up on today's podcast. And also, the idea of things like sports. So for example, US sports you may not be familiar with, right, but comes up so often in films and TV shows, it's really good to understand the rules of the game. So when you've got some downtime, do some research, learn about American baseball, learn about American football, learn about the American sports, because I guarantee it's going to come up in auditions. And the more you can know about the things that show up on the page, the better, trust me, it really does make a difference. And it really just brings that extra level of authenticity to your character as well. So that's my number one tip when it comes to any sort of roles that you might get that your character is of some sort of sporty profession, or on a team. They could be, you know, in high school and on the football team, you want to do your research, and I bring this up because it's exciting. You know, this is the fun stuff when you get to create a role that's totally different to your own and doing that observation and research. And that is exactly what we do in my monthly workout group which I call ultimate screen actor. I've got a Unknown Speaker 10:00 Group for my adults. And I've got a group for kids and we meet every month. And each month we work on a different theme. And this month, we've been working on sports movies, which has been so much fun. And I think really educational for my actors. And we've been having a really great time. And I'm currently looking at the scenes that they submitted to me. So each month, I give them a whole bunch of scenes and monologues to choose from within our theme. And they choose one and they work on it. And at the end of the month, they put it down like a self tape audition, and they send it to me to get feedback on their accent, and their American character development and just their overall performance. And it's super rewarding, not only for the actors, but for me as well, because I can see their growth month after month after month, which is really cool. We also do a group class at the start of the month, which is really fun as well, because we all get together in a group on Zoom. And we do some cold reading for each other. I get to give my actors some feedback on their accent and their characters. So they have those notes and information before they film. And it's just a really great time. Anyway, I bring this up because I've actually just opened the doors to ultimate screen actor. It's usually a closed group that's open to members of all American voice, which is my American accent program. When they complete the program, they're welcome to join the group. But usually a couple times a year, I open up the doors to the public where you are more than welcome to join in. I take a small group of new members because I like to keep the number small so that I can really focus on my members within that community. So the doors are now open right now if you want to check it out all the details and how to sign up. Just head over to Katherine That's Katherine From there, you can select the adults group or the kids group and sign up. You've got until the fifth of September. All right, that is it from me. Thanks so much for tuning in. This week. Next week is going to be a surprise episode on the podcast. So stay tuned for that. And don't forget to share the show with all your actor friends. Make sure you let them know what's coming up next week. Well, next week is a surprise and invite them to tune in with you and learn how to become an All American actor so you can be the Working Actor you dream to be until then go practice your American accent and I'll see you back here next time.