Sharon Chatten On ‘The Method’ – How It Can Help Anyone, Actor Or Not

I’m delighted to have the wonderful Sharon Chatten on the show this week.  A special thank you to Terry Berland for connecting us! 

In this show, we discuss what method acting is, why it is so misunderstood, what good acting actually is, how this type of training can help anyone, even non-actors, and why Sharon is deeply passionate about passing on the legacy.

About Sharon: Since 1980, Sharon has been teaching ongoing acting classes and working extensively as a private coach in Los Angeles and New York. Before committing full-time to teaching, Sharon had leading roles as an actress since she was 8 years old in hundreds of plays, television series and films.

Sharon was made a lifetime member of The Actors Studio in 1975 and a lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre in 1980. Under the personal invitation of Robert Redford, she participated in the founding two seasons of the Sundance Film Institute as a Resource Artist acting in numerous films by new filmmakers including playing Yolandia in the film Yolandia opposite Robert Duvall.

She has taught at Yale University (Fine Artists), Stanford University (Graduate School of Business), and the USC School of Cinema. She’s lectured at UC Santa Barbara (Film Department, and has been a guest on numerous panels including those for SAG and AFTRA.

Sharon has had the honor and delight of working alongside master talents: Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, and Al Pacino, just to name a few.

Some of her students include celeb talents Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, James Gandolfini, Charlie Hunnam, Will Smith, Ben Stiller, and even Justin Bieber.  Remember Full Metal Jacket?  Well, you’re going to find out why Vincent D’Onofrio, who played Private Leonard Lawrence in that film is a particularly amazing Method actor, and why he still uses this technique today…the same technique that’s he been practicing with Sharon for over 20 years.

For more information about Sharon, visit  www.sharonchatten.com

Casting Director Terry Berland On Breaking Into Commercials

Terry Berland, a Los Angeles-based award-winning casting director with over 25 years of experience, dishes about the casting process, what she looks for in talent, how commercials can fit into your overall acting career, and how to break in, whether you’re a new actor or seasoned theatre, film or television actor.

Terry casts for on-camera television, voice-over, animation, video games, hosting, theatre and films. Her casting awards include a Clio, The Houston International Film Festival, Art Director’s Club, Addy, and the International Film and Television Festival. She is known for casting legions of commercials throughout the years that have given many actors work including, Apple IPod Nano, Nike, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Taco Bell (voice of the Chihuahua), Mercedes, Nike, Discover Card, Pepsi, VW, Comcast and HP, to name a few. Terry’s background as head of casting for Madison Avenue giant BBDO/NY has lent to her deep understanding and involvement in the advertising industry.

Terry is the coauthor of the #1 best-selling book, “Breaking Into Commercials”, which you can purchase on Amazon here:  https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-into-Commercials-Marketing-Auditioning-ebook/dp/B00JU9QYIE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502576841&sr=8-1&keywords=breaking+into+commercials

Terry is an industry blog writer for Casting Networks (The Networker) and Industry voice-over expert Blog Writer for Back Stage.

For more information about Terry and her upcoming workshops, visit:

www.berlandcasting.com

workshops.berlandcasting.com

 

Billy Vera – Part 2 – A Blue-Eyed Soul Journey – From Capitol to the Walk of Fame, The Grammys, Michael Buble, and Much More

In Part 2 of this NOL Music Series, Billy Vera talks about his journey into acting (hint – Jon Voight!), how a well-known hit television show starring Michael J. Fox called ‘Family Ties’ boosted his career, his days with Capitol Records, getting discovered as a voiceover talent via his pro bono work at KCRW, winning a Grammy, snagging a star on the Walk of Fame, and much more, including his Big Band, his book Vintage Neon, his upcoming autobiography, and his still-in-production documentary starring heavyweights such as Dolly Parton and Dionne Warwick.

Show Notes – Part 2:

For more information on Billy and his upcoming gigs and releases, visit:

www.billyvera.com

Wiki:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Vera

The famous scene on Family Ties when ‘At This Moment’ plays:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h3JY49JTfk

Get the Big Band Jazz CD:  https://www.amazon.com/Big-Band-Jazz-Billy-Vera/dp/B00YJKRHXK

Get the book Vintage Neon:  https://www.amazon.com/VINTAGE-NEON-Los-Angeles-1979/dp/1532932871/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471664836&sr=1-2&keywords=billy+vera

Michael Buble’s version of ‘At This Moment’:  https://www.amazon.com/At-This-Moment/dp/B0043RM8KQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1471665042&sr=8-3&keywords=michael+buble+at+this+moment

More info on Billy’s star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame:  http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/billy-vera/

Billy’s Grammy:  http://www.grammy.com/user/billy-vera

One of Billy’s many AM/PM commercial voiceovers:  https://www.ispot.tv/ad/A5Qb/ampm-meet-toomgis

Trailer for Buckaroo Banzai, which Billy appeared in:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdanCNK4ayo

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