MAX Talents, Great Opportunity!!

January 19th, 2015

Hi MAX Talents, it’s that time of year where things are a little bit slow, yet we manage to make it work. However if you’re feeling you’re in a slump or have some extra free time why not hone your skills as an actor at this audition technique class from top notch professionals.

AUDITION TECHNIQUE w/ Casting Director Sara Kay and award winning filmmaker Babak Payami

This two-day course will focus on audition technique for Film and Television with emphasis on the cold-read and the preliminary audition. Participants will be guided on how they can use the audition as an opportunity to best demonstrate their range and talent. During the first audition and how an actor can increase their chances of being considered for a role will be covered.

ACTRA & CAEA members receive a 20% discount

MAX TALENTS are busy!!

January 15th, 2015

What a great way to start the new year MAX!! WE’ve had almost 40 auditions in the last two weeks and they just keep coming!! Keep up the good work guys becuase not onloy are you getting auditions you booking jobs!!! Let’s rock this year!!

Investing in Our Talent – Free Audition Technique Classes

January 11th, 2015

MAX Agency prides itself on its ability to provide full training for its Models and Actors. All talent on our roster over the age of 8 years old receive full training in Audition Technique involving  monologue training and skits, operating with confidence and more. The classes are taught by prestigious acting coaches with extensive industry experience and are based out of The Talent Academy. Here’s a summary of what MAX Agency offers at no cost to you. These classes span 4 consecutive Sundays for two hours each class.

Week 1: Introduction to Acting

Basic script analysis (the W’s)

Acting is being / Introduction to improv

Slating, personality slate, hitting your mark, using the camera to your advantage

Overcoming self-conciousness / Learning to de-mistify “the room”

Learn how to break down a commercial script

Cold reading a commercial script with critique and re-direct

Week 2: Commercial at Performance Level

Learn why certain actors “book” consistently, and how to become one of them

Tricks and tools for “S.O.C” auditions using improv techniques

Tape and review “off book” (memorized) commercials

Working with props/products

Week 3: Scene Study

Work with a partner on a scene

Us the principles of intention/obstacles/tactics

Explore objectives

Tape and review monologues with critique and re-direction

Week 4: Performance Review

Perform both your commercial and your scene; receive feedback and a DVD of your best work

Teacher evaluation

Next steps: Reading lists, advice on resume, cover letters, etc

How to Pose for Photos – 6 Tips for Beginners

January 11th, 2015

Here are 6 easy tips to remember for doing your first few photoshoots.  Simplicity is best. Don’t build up the session and over-practice in the beginning. An experienced photographer will give you some direction while letting you move naturally into poses that feel comfortable for you with only slight tweaks.  The most important thing to remember is to be confident. This will show and even amplify on camera.

  1. Avoid the Deer-in-the-Headlights Look: You may initially feel anxious as you embark on your first shoot. Beginners don’t know what to expect. Fear shows in the eyes first. So, try to avoid the scared look and soften your eyes. One good way to combat this is to squint your eyes until you begin to feel more relaxed. Your eyes will eventually relax as well.
  2. Move: Try not to get stuck in a pose for more than 3 seconds. A good photoshoot is like a flowing dance between you and the photographer. The truth is, the photographer will be capturing your transitions as well as your poses. Let them do their magic as you do yours. Move constantly and slightly, moving the angles of your head, shoulders, hips and shift your weight. Don’t forget to change your facial expression as well. Many new models produce photoshoots with the same default facial expression throughout the whole shoot. Let your photos show you in a variety of emotions and poses.
  3. Hand Placement: Keep in mind what you’re doing with your hands at all times. When you’re a beginner, your hands may be tense and this will show in photos as well. Awkward, stiff hands can ruin a photo when looking back at the details. If you’re holding onto something, like a necklace or jacket, make sure you are doing this gracefully and softly.
  4. Posture: Mother was right. And she still is. Make sure you have good posture to produce a model-like silhouette. This is one of the most important tenants of modeling.
  5. Asymmetrical Poses: Symmetrical poses are ok but often not that interesting. Include a few asymmetrical poses as well, as this looks more creative and artistic on camera.
  6. Don’t Always Look Straight Into the Camera: (There is an exception if you’re doing a photoshoot for your initial headshots or composite cards. Head-on angles are best for presenting yourself to a Casting Director in that case because they need to see your face clearly.) Otherwise, for an interesting shoot, looking away makes the viewer wonder “What is the model looking at? What is he or she thinking about?” It doesn’t need to be dramatic and far off into the distance – it can be slightly off camera.

MAx Talents Beat the Winter Blues

January 8th, 2015

The weather is definitely a little bit frightful these days. Follow these simple things and beat the winter blues!!

Stay active. Whether it’s outside skating, tobaganing, or inside with your friends for a night of Just Dance 2015, this will help boost Serotonin, which will help keep your mood up. It also helps keep you warm as your moving.

Find things you can enjoy. Wether it’s curling up on the couch with a book, going out for a meal or coffee with a friend, or renting your favorite movie. These things all help remind us that there are things to enjoy even if it’s too cold to be outdoors.

Buy and eat fesh produce. It may be a pain to get to the grocery store but eating fresh fruits and vegetables can definitely help increase your mood as well as your metabolism!

Get Cultured. There are plenty of museums, art galleries, plays and other things  going on in the city. It may not be nice getting there but once you are there you will learn so much more than you ever could, or your mind could escape for a few hours. Enjoy it.

When all is said and done, get up and do something. Winter designs our bodies to go into hybernation when it’s blistering cold. The more we cna keep active the easier it is to counter those feelings! So Let’s go!!

MAX Talents starting the New Year off right

January 7th, 2015

Now that the new year has begun this are picking up for MAX Agency’s Models and Talents.

Good Luck to Izabelle P. and DAvid M. for their auditions Jan.8th for THE AMAZING ZHUS CIRCUS MOUSE TOY

Also Good Luck to Jayda D. for her audition Jan.9th for STORYTIME THEATRE

Things seem to be going well this new year MAX Talents. Let’s keep it up!!

MAX Talent Auditions

January 6th, 2015

Good luck to Adam C. and Igor S. tomorrow for their auditions for Project IN UTERO!. Wishing you all the best tomorrow!

3 Quick Tips for Actors Starting Their Careers

January 2nd, 2015
  1. Learn the Craft. Study acting. Master the art of improv. Take multiple classes! The ultimate goal is to go before a casting director and nail the audition. That’s how you’re going to book work. If you really want to be a working actor, find the best teacher, the best acting coaches and then learn all you can from them.  Max Agency pays for free Audition Technique classes that incorporate monologues and skits because we invest in your success.
  2. Be Marketable. Often you need footage immediately, so go get some practice. Student films or independent projects will help you create some media to present to a casting director. It’s your personal commercial. There are millions of actors who don’t work, so try something new. Take risks. Don’t turn down work, but use it as a chance to get better and add to your experience.
  3. Surround Yourself With Artistic People. If you are with like-minded people, you will persevere and eventually get better. Fellow actors will fuel your passion – and likewise. You want to even surround yourself with people who are better-skilled than you are, because they will inspire you to push the boundaries.

All the best in 2015! Max Agency is here to help you realize your goals. You need to take the first step. Apply for an Evaluation with one of our dedicated Model & Talent Agents

Wishing MAX Talents a Happy New Year!!

December 30th, 2014

It’s almost 2015!! How the time is flying. We know you have much to do come the new year and many expectations. We would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a happy and safe New Year.  We wish you all the joy and success in the coming year.

MAX Talent Auditions

December 29th, 2014

Congratulations to Pratima S. for her audition for Unitron’s Conversations Corporate/Promotional video! We wish you all the best of luck. 

Please remember to check your emails/voicemails for any up coming auditions and bookings. The new year is sure to be filled with plenty!! Wishing everyone at MAX a very happy and safe new year!!!