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Classes, Coaching, Auditions

Episode #5

Classes, Coaching and Auditions

Interviewing and auditioning is a fact of life in the entertainment business. Whereas in other professions a person interviews once, maybe twice, gets the job and stays a few years or a lifetime. In acting, auditioning is a daily activity, if you’re fortunate enough to get in the door in the first place. But how are you going to get any job if you don’t know how to act with empathy or improvise with gusto?

In today’s show, we’ll be discussing the role of the acting coach, even in animation, and how to learn to have fun while you are auditioning with two premier auteurs...Ed Hooks and Sue Walden.

Ed Hooks is a respected actor, teacher, author and columnist. His acting credits are extensive in all media, including stage in New York and Los Angeleis, hundreds of television and radio commercials and several TV series. He also teaches animators about acting and was the animator coach for the new PDI/Dreamworks hit Antz. He has two books for actors, The Audition Book and The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook. His monthly column “Inside the Industry” is the most popular feature of Callboard Magazine.

Ed Hooks and Sue Walden
Cynthia with Ed Hooks and Sue Walden

Sue Walden is a woman who wears many hats and likes it that way....A teacher, administrator, writer, corporate trainer, director, producer, performer and playmeister, Sue is the Executive director of Improvworks, the SF center for Improvisation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the connection between play and learning alive and well. Sue is the co-author of the book Working with Groups to Enhance Relationships and is finishing up her second book on applying principles and skills of improvisation to our personal and professional lives.

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