Daniel Dupont Acting Policies

Daniel Dupont Acting Policies are in place so that we all can make the most of our time together. Although I use the words workshop and class inerchangeably, these policies encompass all meetings, appointments, tapings, etc.

GENERAL

Please plan to arrive a few minutes early so that you can get settled. Workshops will start promptly at the scheduled time. There is a saying in Hollywood - “If you are on time, you are late.” Get there early. Relax. Focus. Your attitude towards workshops and classes is a very strong indicator of how you will perform at an actual audition. Your habits are your behavior. The time to learn and practice is in class, not at an audition. Therefore everyone is expected to approach work in class just as you would an actual audition or your work on a set.

 

MISSING AN APPOINTMENT

As stated above, this applies to all workshops,classes or scheduled time you are to meet with Daniel for any reason. This business is made possible by the commitment of all of those involved. That concept must be something that each one of us takes very seriously. There are people depending on us, especially the ones you are in a scene with. By you registering for a workshop, for example, you are committing to participate. That means, show up ready to work. All materials memorized and ready to perform in front of the class and/or the camera. We will have a great time, but, only if every single one of those that attend are ready to work and give 100%. Auditions and sets can be really fun environments too, but only if everyone, cast and crew, are prepared, focused, and ready to work. To understand this policy clearly, just stop and think how it would affect you, if you paid full price, worked hard on your scene, and make time in your life to attend a workshop to improve your acting skills, and your scene partner failed to show up.
There will be times when the unforeseen happens, we all understand that. But, if that happens, you need to contact me immediately. There are exceptions to the above rule of attendance. In sted of including those exceptions, just think about what it would have to be for you to excuse your partner for leaving you hanging. This policy is in place so that people can rest assured that they will be working in a professional environment and their preparation and devotion to their craft will be respected and obliged by their partner being as respectful and disciplined as they are. 
If you fail to contact me within three (3) days before your appointment to let me know your situation and why you will not be there, you possibly may become ineligible to attend future classes or workshops.
Coming in late or leaving early is acceptable, but you must let me know ahead of time.
Classes and workshops are really fun and positive, but that atmosphere is affected by the professionalism of those attending.

 

SIGNING IN

Actors must sign in when they arrive just as you would at an audition. Minors are asked to include parent/guardian cell phone numbers at sign-in.This may seem like a small and insignificant task, but every audition requires actors to sign in. It is easy when you are nervous to forget simple things like signing in. It is also important to make sure you sign in the appropriate sign in sheet. I purposefully put the wrong information and/or have several places for them to sign in so that they get used to the process. There is a very fun game we play with them when they forget or sign in on the wrong sheet. It involves singing like animals amongst other things. I once had a student that missed a major audition because she signed in on the wrong sheet and therefore wad never called in to audition

 

BREAKS

There will be short breaks (5 +/ - minutes) throughout the day and one longer break (30 minutes) at the halfway point. This will give students a chance to have a snack/lunch, go to the restroom, etc. Breaks won't be long enough for a sit-down meal, but maybe get there early and get something you can snack on during breaks. No eating or chewing gum is permitted during class. However water/other drinks are ok as long as they are sealed properly and aren't distracting -- i.e. opening a can of soda while instruction or filming or coaching is taking place. Some water containers are made out of materials that can make noise, so please be considerate and respectful of your fellow actors.

 

CELL PHONES

Cell phonesmust be turned off during class and may only be used during breaks. Use of a cell phone may cause students to be asked to leave class.

 

PARENTS/GUESTS/FRIENDS

Parents and friends are permitted in the classroom during breaks to check on their children but will be asked to leave when teaching resumes. The hotel lobby is available for waiting and there are also restaurants and bookstores close by. We ask that you do your best to not engage in conversations that could take their focus away from why they are at the workshop. Discussing homework, problems at home, the big game tonight, etc. are very disturbing to artists when they are trying to work on their craft. Please wait until class is over to engage in those types of conversations.

 

DRESS FOR CLASS

I can control the temperature in the classroom to some degree, but dressing in layers or bringing a light jacket or sweater is advised. This gives students the option to add or remove layers. You may be moving around quite a bit, maybe even crawling on the floor, so dressing comfortably is important (shorts or dresses are not the best choice). If your scene indicates you are a certain “type” of person, and you want to dress for that part, that is fine to an extent. Wardrobe, shoes and shirts mostly, that make you “feel” like the character are great choices to make. But do not come to class in fish scales and shrimp boots because your scene is on a boat. We are going to be working on your abilities as an actor, not a costume design. Hollywood already has a department for that and they are the best in the world at it. So don't mock them by doing it. If you are playing a wall street broker, you may want to wear hard soled shoes, because it will feel different to you than a pair of flip flops. But if you are a football player, do not show up in full pads.

 

WHAT TO BRING

Everyone must bring headshots (if available) and a resume.
If you do not have a resume, you need to create one to attend class. Remember, every actor started with no credits on their resume. But they had a resume. You must have a resume. It may only have your personal information, training, and special skills and interests. If that is all you have done, then that's all you have done. Meryl Streep had a resume like that once. Do NOT put things on there that you have not done or make up things. If you put skills, always put your skill level, such as beg., adv., etc. Those are there for casting to have something to talk to you about and get to know things about what makes you, you.

 

TOOL KIT

Students are required to bring the below "Tool Kit" to class:

  • 1 Journal (can be a simple spiral notebook or paper in a 3-ring binder...or a true journal)

  • A binder or notebook to store scripts, notes, headshots and resumes(or same as above)

  • 1 Black Sharpie and 1 Red Sharpie

  • 1 Highlighter (at least one, more is better)

  • 2 Pens

You are expected to write things down all through class. It is your responsibility to be prepared for that. You will be given notes to apply to your scene. Write them down, or have someone next to you do it for you while you are working.

 

PRINTED COPIES

You must show up with printed or hand written versions of All sides, scenes, or monologues you are working on.

 

QUESTIONS

Daniel will be available for a short time after class, not during breaks, to answer any additional questions that were not covered in the normal flow of the class. Any lengthy or detailed conversations are considered consultations and will require an appointment for career consultation, ie picking headshots, getting an agent, etc.