December 2014 On-Camera Courses with Your SitCom Coach-Maggie Reed. Weist Barron Studios.

AUDITIONING FOR SMALL PARTS (Under 5 lines) TBA
Thursday December 4, 2014. 3:00-5:00pm. AND/OR Tuesday December 16, 2014. 6:30pm-8:30pm
at Weist Barron Studios, 35 West 45th Street NYC

“It’s only a few lines, what’s the big deal?”

That’s what you might ask yourself when you get your audition script for a co-starring role on TV or a day player in a film, right?  But, once you get to the audition, if you haven’t prepared properly, you feel lost and unsure about how to deliver such a seemingly simple scene.  The Under-5 Workshop will give you a solid technique for preparing for those short scenes.  Learn how to create your character’s world, while still serving the script, with 5 lines or less.  Films are filled with these short scenes, as well as primetime and daytime TV co-starring roles. Be prepared.  Get the confidence you need to Nail those Under-5′s!
$45 for a single class.  $40 for each additional class.
Please go to www.WeistBarron.com for more information and call 212-840-7025 to enroll.

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SITCOM COMEDY INTENSIVE SitCom Logos_Me
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm – Weist Barron Studios, NYC

You know the Rules Of Comedy, now come play with them all day in this Intensive On-Camera Workshop of Sitcom Scenes chosen specifically for you.  Or you can bring in scenes of your choosing*.  Either way, it’ll be a blast improving your script analyses skills, like how to find the jokes and how to land ‘em, all while gaining more comedic confidence for slammin’ SitCom success in any comedic adventure you encounter!

*Scenes MUST be memorized before the beginning of class, so register ASAP to give yourself time to get those words down.

ONE-DAY ONLY  10:00am – 5:00pm

$145 Special Holiday price

Please go to YourSitComCoach.com to sign-up by Paypal or www.WeistBarron.com for more information and call 212-840-7025 to enroll.

To get the confidence you need for the approaching pilot season, book private coaching sessions with Your SitCom Coach-Maggie Reed, in-person or on Skype.com, now to hone your funny bones and get the confidence you’ve been looking for with your comedy monologues and scene work.  In-person or on Skype.com.  Click here to take advantage of current rates before they go up January 1, 2015.

SitCom Blog by #YourSitComCoach – Maggie Reed

Do the C.O.W.* Everybody now! Well, not Everybody.
Just actors who want to start DEVELOPING A CHARACTER through script analysis.

These are the 3 steps:

Go through the script and write down what your
1. Character says about themselves
2. What Others say about your character AND…wait for it…
3. What the Writer says about your character

After you do that, you’re probably going to start feeling like you’re getting a pretty good idea of who your character is.

One thing I love about acting is that it’s like a big jigsaw puzzle that’s so fun to 1. find those innie-outie pieces and 2. start interlocking them until there is a clear (yet, nubby) picture of your character.

Of course, there are more steps after this. But, I said 3, and I’m a woman of my word. ;) Have fun with this 1st dive into your character’s world.

For coaching on more script analysis skills and further character development techniques, contact #YourSitComCoach – Maggie Reed at Maggie@YourSitComCoach.com. Sessions available either in person in NYC or over Skype. Check out more information and session fees, including volume discounts (going up January 2015) at YourSitComCoach.com

*I totally stole this concept from Mary Lou Belli. She is an awesome teacher, and is also the incredibly talented director of the hit TV show Girlfriends among many other popular TV shows. And she’s a very accomplished writer, as well – Acting for Young Actors and Directors Tell The Story. maryloubelli.com pGal6ttjc0vNfyjylGStndOJHnpsf0a6daUO-lVn87Q

The Margaret Reed Channel-YouTube

Click here for my new YouTube channelThe Margaret Reed Channel.  New material will be  added continually. Enjoy!

In production on 2 films concurrently now.  One is the drama from director John Desiderio entitled Silenus, in which I play the mother of an autistic adult child whose husband has abandoned her, leaving her to discover aspects of herself that had previously been hidden.  The other is the hilarious new film by Joe Ronca called By the Dashboard Light in which I play the erotic-Jeopardy-like game show enthusiast who cares more about her TV show than her wayward son’s and daughter’s problems.  And watch for the new pilot, Burn the Ocean, by Roger Casey and Sean Hudock, directed by Ashlea Hartz and produced by Brooke McDaniel, in which I play an ex-CIA, bomb-strapped agent.

Recording a bunch of top-secret voiceover dialogue and efforts for an Academy Award winning actress, directed by an Academy Award winning director was a thrill-a-minute.  It opened last October, with another Academy Award winner as the other star of the film. Wish I could tell ya what the suspense-filled film is, but then, well…..let’s just say, it wouldn’t be pretty…  It was one of the most creatively fulfilling and rewardingly exhausting few days of production that I’ve ever experienced.  The Academy Award winning editor of the film (wish I could tell ya his name, but, well…. you know the drill…) was extraordinary in his ability to convey what the film needed from me, while he coordinated his comments, via Skype from across the ocean with the director, to the LoopersUnlimited theatre & voiceover director Dann Fink, then on to me with precision and inspiration.  So grateful for them both and for the amazing talents of Mark DiSimone, the mixer at Soundtrack Studios in Manhattan.

 

Student Bookings


Rising star Trey Gerrald, has a recurring role on Orange is the New Black and has appeared and will be on Tina Fey’s Tooken, You’re the Worst, Next Caller, and The Carrie Diaries, to name a few.  Tom Coll has booked. So has Megan Grocutt. Likewise with Daniel Hepner, Bill Beckwith, Joe Gesuale, Jill Wurzburg, Megan Elliott, Rahmel Reid, Terrence Jenkins, Jeff Joslin, Irene Minko, Max Brand, and so many more of my students/clients. In projects such as Blue Jasmine, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Nurse Jackie, The Fosters, The Good Wife, Win, Win with Paul Giamatti and the new HBO miniseries directed by Todd Haynes with Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce (and yours truly as Maggie Biederhof), plus indie films, TV, stage, and internet productions.

This year has been an embarrassment of riches for us all. May it continue on in all of our lives who read this and want the world to be a richer place by giving audiences food for thought, emotional inspirations, and insights they might not have had before.

Please let me know how your projects are going. I’d love to hear about anything you’re working on. And send me a link to your website or Facebook, ActorsAccess, etc. page. I’ll display it on my Links page. Bravo to you for living your dreams!