TV Training

Train for TV shows and commercials

Television is a fantastic medium for actors of all ages. With the constant addition of channels and with shows of all varieties, actors are given incredible opportunities to work in television.

 

 

 

TELEVISION

Situational Comedies(Sit Coms), docudramas, soap operas, kids shows, educational shows, pilots, and the list goes on. There is probably a show about anything one could think of.

The actors' process for (most) television requires a list of unique considerations. One of these considerations being the delivery format. Unlike films, which can be anywhere from 80 to 200 mins long, television is very precise about how long each show must be. The schedule is usually set to start a show on the hour or half hour. The schedules for these shows is set long before shooting begins and must take into account "breaks" as well. These breaks must happen at an allotted time because advertisers pay according to what time their ad will be aired during these breaks. Television scripts are written to accommodate this, and therefore the actor must be able to be directed to change the cadence of a scene on the spot to allow for these absolute time constraints. Actors must also understand how to work in smaller pieces of story at a time, all the while aware of the entire story. In television, the delivery schedule is set, and not easily (rarely ever) able to be extended. They are responsible to get one show completed by a strict deadline, often times in one week. This time constraint means that actors must be able to handle the pressure of having to work without the luxury of many takes. In the case of Sit Coms that shoot in front of a live audience, this can be very difficult. Actors must work with the awareness that everything they do, good or bad, is being witnessed by the audience. It also means that actors must be able to adjust the scene on the fly to allow the audience laughter to subside before continuing on with the scene. Actors must remember how they rehearsed the scene, along with all changes and notes given by director over the course of a week or so. Once shooting starts,  actors must then allow the cadence to be change by the audience, without the actor appearing to be doing so. 

 

Also in television shows, the directors often change week by week. That may not seem like a big deal, but actors must be able to effectively work closely with a variety of personalities and perform within artistic vision of these different directors.

Television scripts are written for an actor to be the same character for many weeks. Actors in television must develop their characters to be unforgettable and immensely likable, even if they are not nice. In television, audiences develop a relationship with the characters and want to see them every week. Film can possibly have this relationship through sequels, although they would only happen over the course of years. Television actors must get it done straight away. Also,television actors must also be prepared to be that character for many years, inside many different story lines and circumstances. 

 

COMMERCIALS

Training for commercials is very specific. Actors are hired to sell products by appearing to be likable, trustworthy, and fun. Many commercial auditions have no scripts for the actors to prepare. They want to see personality, so they will give actors a scenario and possibly a partner or two, and then sit back and watch the work. Actors must be trained to be free and able to create a world quickly and work with other actors in this world. Actors must train themselves to improvise quickly as well as be believable and likable. This takes a high level of comfortability and confidence. It also takes a lot of energy and focus. Some actors may have these abilities naturally, but the ones that go through training are always a step above.