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To be an actor of success, the talent and looks are not enough. In fact, one of the most important and distinguishing features that agents look at on a performer’s curriculum is the ability to speak accents. As banal as it might seem, it is something that could be decisive when the director needs to choose between two actors for a role.
Within the film & television industry, performers have won huge awards for playing a character with an accent. Some iconic instances are Meryl Streep playing the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Iron Lady, Florence Pugh and Saoirse Ronan with a Southern American in Little Women. Of course many of our beloved characters like Idris Elba in The Wire and Benedict Cumberbatch's Dr. Strange brought the British performers' skills of accents to beloved hits.
BBC (2019) reports that, those who hear the actress speak for the first time after seeing her in the series, are shocked by her strong native Liverpool accent: ‘fans were shocked to hear Jodie Comer’s Liverpudlian accent in real-life after getting to know her as that show’s vocally chameleonic assassin Villanelle, who switches between Russian, French, Italian and German’. In an interview for Grazia Magazine (2019), after being asked how she is so talented with accents, Jodie explains that switching up accents was a game she used to play with her dad, and that it is essential in order to bring to life authentic roles: ‘when I’m doing my own accent I find it harder to separate myself from the character’.
What do casting & production need for accents?
Accents are skills that take time and practice, but now is the time to get started! With the world on hold, actors have the chance to develop their skills and update their CVs with new experiences even at home! Pick which accent you want to learn and get started!
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On numerous occasions, I was lucky enough to step up and become the 3RD AD which involved some of the following responsibilities:
ADVICE I WOULD GIVE TO THOSE GOING ON SET FOR THE FIRST TIME
1. Be early! It always sets the best impression. Production companies have complex schedules to film specific scenes at specific times. Make sure you have enough time to get to the film set and don’t rely on internet route finders for accuracy. If using public transport, check the timetables and catch the earlier bus or train to be a step ahead of delays.
6. Always smile and stay enthusiastic. Filming days can be long and hard but everyone is in the same situation so stay positive and animated and the people around you will be sure to acknowledge your energy.
But most importantly, make sure to HAVE FUN!! Being on set is an amazing opportunity and an exciting experience. It’s a brilliant, cool industry to be a part of!
Want to be prepared for your first day on set as an Actor?
With many ways to stay connected, knowing which app to use and manage them is very important. The top to be sure that casting is a priority are the following:
You can go further to use platforms like Linkedin in addition to your Actors CV. Utilising all these platforms' uses of tags, hashtags etc. put your posts in front of the right people. Look at trending tags to keep your posts current. You can even post to multiple sites at once when things are synced to save you time!
Our casting team has seen it many times, people using their social media as a part of their CV.
Your Acting CV or Spotlight profile should be maintained at all times, but so should any social media that you have linked to your CV. The question to ask is:
Are the posts on this profile relevant to what I want to do with my career?
If your Instagram is filled with pictures of your cat or what you have had for lunch, it may not be the best for your professional career. An actors profile is something you can do to keep your personal and professional posts separate for industry peers, directors and casting directors to view what they need to see from you. I you have lots of images ready, then start a NEW page with all the great content you have ready to go!
Find the Right Online Communities
Facebook has a multitude of groups, pages and forums for actors to keep connected with other actors! Share with one another and keep each other connected during these times. We are all in this together, and the industry will be back! So keep those communication lines and new connections going during lockdown!
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Just like actors, crew members gain experience through training on various projects and work experience opportunities in the film industry! Over the next few weeks IPM Acting Academy's team member, Emily, will share what she's learned from her time as a part of #TeamIPM!
Hi my name is Emily and I am a casting assistant at IPM. My time as a Casting Assistant at IPM started in November 2019. Within the first couple of weeks of interning, I spent my time getting to know IPM’s talent. Through studying CVs and watching each actor's showreel, I was able to understand: the way in which each individual performed, their strengths alongside which roles might be best suited to their skillset.
I was introduced to Spotlight, a platform that connects performers with roles in theatre, television and film productions around the world. By reading exemplary material, it allowed me to understand what casting directors are looking for whilst also helping me to develop my own creative, persuasive writing style, in preparation for submitting actors for roles on Spotlight. Using Spotlight has taught me a number of things. Not only has it allowed me to understand the importance of casting and how competitive the acting industry is, but it has also broadened my knowledge and understanding of casting briefs, character breakdown and typecasting.
Spotlight has opened my eyes up to how specific a director’s vision
is from the very beginning of a production.
is from the very beginning of a production.
It is very interesting to consider the range of productions that are advertised on Spotlight; whether it’s a casting call for the lead roles in the next series of Peaky Blinders or a listing for a minor role in a student short film, Spotlight has it all.
Attending IPM Acting Academy Sessions
Another part of the training involved attending a series of the acting academy classes. This allowed me to get involved in helping my mentor plan classes, activities and have a hand at directing/interacting with some of the talent. I found it interesting watching each individual develop a character over the course of a number of weeks and react to given scenarios accordingly. Observing the switch between each artist's actual personality and their given character was intriguing to say the least. As I grew as an assistant director, I was able to watch the essentials group grow and progress as performers; something I found quite fulfilling. One thing I will take from attending the acting classes is that improvisation looks unbelievably difficult!
An example of a scenario where I observed how the actor successfully executed the change from being themselves to someone completely different was when I watched Andy (one of the class members) transform from his loud, bold, masculine self into the role of a homosexual recluse who’s anxieties have prevented them from leaving the house for a number of years. I'm sure from this example you can only imagine why I find the transition between an individual and their designated character entertaining to watch!
For IPM’s casting team, I also had a hand in assisting with marketing and social media. Not only have I written blog posts for their website, but I have also frequently managed the Instagram page; gaining followers, taking pictures, editing and writing content for online purposes. This has given me a broader knowledge of how marketing works in regard to reaching large audiences and targeting specific clientele. I also had a hand at creating some promotional material for IPM and Rossi Pictures, improving and perfecting my Premier Pro skills by editing together video footage and adding relevant graphics where necessary
My casting training has been insightful, fun and taught me a lot about the early stages of the production process. If you’re interested in a career in casting or production management, this internship is for you! I have come away from IPM with a greater understanding of the industry and valuable admin skills that I can depend on throughout my working life.
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