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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Audition Tip of the Month! - Developing Special Skills


      Often times what separates one performer from another is their unique special skills. By developing a healthy mixture of special skills it will bulk up a beginner's resume, and for the seasoned actor it will help to market their unique special abilities. Below are a list of special skills to consider. Every month choose one to explore. If your child feels confident about that skill, then you may add it to your resume. They also must be comfortable doing that activity on FILM. Just because your child is a great swimmer, does not mean they feel comfortable being filmed in their bathing suit, so be sure to ask them if they would be comfortable doing each activity on film.



Bilingual(List)
Fishing
Tennis
Multilingual(List)
Football
Track and Field (events)
International Sign Language
Frisbee
Trampoline
Accents(List)
Golf
Unicycle
Dancing(Style)
Gun Handling
Volleyball
Singing(Style and Range)
Gymnastics
Wrestling
Musical Instruments (List)
Handball
Roller Skating
Juggling
Hang Gliding
Ice Skating
Magic
Street Hockey
Rollerblading
Fire-eating
Horseback Riding
Skateboarding
Animal Trainer
Equestrian
Snowboarding
Aerobics
Rodeo
Snow Skiing
Body Building
Windsurfing
Ski Jumping
Weight Lifting
Water Polo
Snowmobiling
Martial Arts (Discipline & Belt)
Mountain Climbing
Water Skiing
Kickboxing
Rock Climbing
Jet Skiing
Boxing
Repelling
Swimming
Archery
Parachuting
Diving
Badminton
Ping Pong
Synchronized Swimming
Baseball
Racquetball
Scuba (NAUI or PADI)
Basketball
Rugby
Snorkeling
Bicycling
Skeet Shooting
Surfing
Billiards
Trap Shooting
Body Surfing
Bowling
Pantomime
Parasailing
Cricket
Soccer
Boating
Croquet
Softball
Sailing
Fencing
Squash
Canoeing
Kayaking
Drill Team
Motocross
White Water Rafting
Flags
Precision Driving
Baton Twirling
Chorus
Licensed Pilot
Cheerleading
Motorcycling
Stunt Person

     Be specific. If you list a language let them know if you are a beginner, conversational or fluent in that language. Instead of putting "Track and Field" list the specific event you compete in, for instance shot put, or long jump. The more specific you are the better your agent and manager are able to promote you.

     The best tip is to discover your child’s unique potential talent. Everyone is gifted in one thing or another. You need to nurture and develop your child’s natural gift by providing them with training. If your child has good reflexes, perhaps they should be enlisted in a gymnastics class. If your child is graceful, then dance lessons might turn them into a beautiful dancer. If your child is ... energetic, a martial arts course can focus those chaotic moments into centered, deliberate actions. And, if acting is their forte, a good trainer may lead them to success. A good coach will emphasize that good actors do not overact - being too dramatic is a common mistake.

      Training is what separates good talent from bankable talent. You have to remember that there are budgets to consider when booking young talent. The chances of someone with NO training and NO experience booking a lead role is unheard of. Producers will not risk their financial investment on someone without some sort of background in the field.

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