MASTERCLASS FOR ACTORS WHO WANT TO WORK INTERNATIONALLY with Nancy Bishop
I had the opportunity to participate in a casting masterclass with Nancy Bishop in Barcelona.During 3 days I learned new strategies for audition and playing on screen.It was a great experience for me and a lot of the tips she gave us I am using when I am preparing for an audition or when I am acting infront of a camara. I am very thankful to Nancy Bishop and also to Luci Lenox ( another great casting director) for doing masterclasses all around the world.They are supporting us and teaching us from their kindness and knowledges things that for them are just little tips and for us are precious advices that will help us to build strong careers in what we most love to do: ACTING.
I atended Nancy Bishop’s workshop during November 2014 at the Frank Stein Studio. My marketability as an actor has seen great improvements as a result of my participation in this course. During this period I learnt great effective marketing strategies to sell myself as an actress. I achieved this by studying what good presentation material is composed of and how to lead with value on social media using new technologies to promote my work. I was taught many different acting exercises that would allow me to develop a good audition technique in a very suited and positive environment. Nancy’s approach to the actors career also encouraged us to be creative by writing our own roles or creating original presentation material. Throughout, the course was very challenging and stimulating, not only due to the content but also thanks to Nancy’s innovative teaching skills.
It has been a very useful experience to work with Nancy Bishop, even only for few days, I’ll keep in mind many specific and essential guides to face my next castings, not from the viewpoint of what a casting director wants to see, but thinking of what, as an actor, you need to say.
Working with Nancy Bishop helped me understand how the industry works internationally as well as knowing where I stand in my acting career and with that, create a plan for me to find more opportunities in the business. It was a great experience that made me grow as an actress and, more importantly, as a marketable actress.
I had the pleasure in meeting and participating in Nancy Bishops intensive course in Barcelona. To this day I am still reflecting and using the tools and information from the industry that Ms. Bishop provided. Her book “Secrets from the casting couch” I consider is a manual every actor should have, both for auditioning as for marketing aspect of presenting himself and his acting capabilities. Details of how to prepare and conduct yourself in audition, understanding the problems and responsibilities casting directors face helped me understand how to make a casting work
To work with Nancy has been really useful for me; I learned a realistic and practical point of view of what directors want to see in an audition and what to expect as an actress as well as being aware of how much can I do to succeed in an audition. I also learned how to face and to use my bests and she reminded me how important it is to enjoy my profession!! I really appreciate her honesty and savoir-faire: I think she loves what she does and she encourages us to keep trying but taking into account the need of hard work, discipline and commitment to achieve our goals. I really enjoyed it!
Nancy’s course was an eye-opener in many ways, but I’d highlight the work we did towards really looking at ourselves objectively in terms of the roles we could go for. Also, I finally understood what a good headshot is like and what it should say about you, which is essential to market yourself successfully as an actor.
Nancy Bishop´s workshop was a real eye opener for me in terms of how I present myself in head shots and most importantly, knowing my archetype. Her class was filled with interesting ways of approaching characters and scenes and extremely useful information for the do´s and don´ts of how to promote yourself, castings, cold readings and finding the confidence in front of the camera. I highly recommend this workshop to any actor who is serious about their career and who´s looking for professional advice and direction on taking the next big step.
Nancy’s exercises and improvisations were really useful in getting to the heart of what makes acting believable. Even though I was trained as an actor the simple set of questions you must answer helps you pay attention to what’s important in order to make the most of a film or TV casting, I found both the marketing tips and the advice on acting technique very useful, and enjoyed Nancy’s energy and directness. I left feeling more confident and equipped.
The workshop with Nancy Bishop is something you must do one in your lifetime, it’s one of the most useful workshops i’ve ever done. You learn how to find your posible roles, and how to start promoting yourself. The tools that she provides you, are something that each actor should know, and she gives you the opportunity to catch them and make them yours. I’ll resume the experience with Nancy Bishop in three words: Professional, helpful but also fun.
Carlos Algar Osuna
As an evolving screen actor, you tend to look and see yourself in a personal narrow kind of way. Nancy shows you how “others” see you, and what you should focus on when you’re trying to sharpen your skills... The workshop was a baby step... one that you should keep in mind whenever you get the opportunity to practice your acting in front of the camera...