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Have healthier looking skin this winter- Tip Tuesday!

1) Limit temperature for a hot shower-

I know, steamy, hot water showers are so relaxing and feels so good but it is actually taking a toll on your skin. Cold and lukewarm water makes your skin look much better and healthier.

2) Use gentle cleansers-

Identify your skin type, skin problems, needs or consult a skin expert to know the right type of cleanser for your skin type. It is always good to use products which do not have any strong fragrance to it.

3) Use SPF-

Even during dark winter days, your skin needs protection from sun rays. now reflects the sun’s rays — up to 80 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation — increasing your risk of exposure.

4) Opt for 24 hours hydrating moisturizer-

A great moisturizer allows your skin to stay hydrated and bouncy all day, without any reapplication.

5) Stay hydrated-

I cannot stress this enough. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to stay hydrated and keep your skin healthy and glowing

6) Do CTM regime before bed-

It’s late, you’re extremely tired and sleepy but try not to skip on your CTM routine. It hardly takes 5 minutes and provides your skin time to replenish and get ready for the next day. CTM- Your beauty sleep essential.

7) Use humidifier-

A dry environment can make you reach the moisturizer every now and then. By using a humidifier, you won’t feel to do that since it increases moisture in the air.

 

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MAX Agency Tip Tuesday: 8 Body Language Acting Tips

#TipTuesday is a series MAX Agency — one of the top Toronto talent agencies  — does every week where we share helpful tips for the industry. This could be tips on auditions, bookings, beauty, fashion and more!

As an actor, body language plays a crucial role in your overall success in auditions, roleplay and performance. Mastering your nonverbal communication can set you apart from the sea of competition and give you an advantage with:

  • Directors
  • Casting agents
  • Choreographers
  • Influential industry experts 

Do you want the part? To nail every audition and interview, you must use the right set of tools and techniques. Follow our eight body language acting tips to showcase your natural talents, level-up your communication mastery and become the most memorable person in the room. 

Before we dive in, let’s see how you currently use body language and nonverbal communication. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • How do I prepare my body and voice before an audition?
  • What facial expressions do I make in the audition room when I’m not performing?
  • How does my voice inflect when I introduce myself to casting directors?
  • What did I do in my last audition to land the role?
  • Did body language contribute to my last rejection? What did I do and how can I change it?

Once you have completed your self-diagnosis, use these body language hacks for actors:

1. Master Your Space

Spatial norms, known as proxemics, are an important element in the audition. 

Researchers have found that how we use space can give us interesting information. Specifically:

The body to body distance between two parties encodes the nature of the relationship between the participants themselves as well as observing third parties. In other words, we use space to decide how someone feels about us and we look at space between others to try predicting their relationship.

Everyone has their own space bubbles. These are the areas around our body where we like to interact with different kinds of people. Everyone’s bubble is slightly different, but here are some averages:

  • Intimate space is 0 to 18 inches from our body. People who are in that space have to be intimate with us because they are close enough to reach out and touch us. You never want to go into someone’s intimate space accidentally.
  • Personal space is 1.5 to 5 feet from our body. This is the most common zone we use. We easily can reach out and shake hands and speak so someone can hear us. This is our favorite zone to use when talking to friends at a party or colleagues in the break room.
  • Social space is 5 to 7 feet from our body. This often is used with people you feel are not a threat, but you are not necessarily interacting with them. It can be at a party or networking event or even in a large event space.
  • Public space is beyond 7 feet. This gives us enough space to figure out someone’s intentions before an approach. At 7 feet, you can see their entire body, their hand gestures and posture. We like to get a good read on someone before talking to them.

Action Step: Practice safe space boundaries. Remain in the personal and social space zones with the casting director and other decision makers. 

2. Know the Seven Microexpressions

A microexpression is a brief, involuntary facial expression that appears on a person’s face according to the emotions being experienced. Unlike regular, prolonged facial expressions, it is difficult to fake a microexpression.

In other words, when we feel an intense emotion, that emotion reveals itself on our face (for better or worse). 

The seven universal microexpressions are: 

  • Disgust
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Sadness
  • Happiness
  • Surprise
  • Contempt

In an audition, you want to project the emotion of the character you’re portraying. If your script is sad, practice showing the sadness microexpression in the mirror beforehand to truly get into the mind and body of the character. 

Additionally, smile only when you want to show happiness. Many actors make the mistake of plastering on a fake smile throughout the entire audition. Unfortunately, we can spot ingenuine happiness a mile away, so be mindful of your smile and intention behind it. 

Special Note: Be sure to avoid negative expressions (disgust, anger, contempt and sadness) as you enter and leave the room, especially if you’ve been given negative feedback. Remain as facially neutral as possible to leave a positive, lasting impression. 

Action Step: Memorize the seven microexpressions so you can use the correct one in the correct scene no matter what script you are handed:

3. Use a Launch Stance

To be confident, your body language must show it.

First, the easiest way to project confidence is to claim territory. Own your body and own the space around you by standing or sitting tall. 

Keep your arms loose by your side or place one or both hands on your hips. Relax your shoulders down your back and open your chest. These expansive postures (what we refer to as a Launch Stance) will show others that you’re confident and sure of yourself. 

Be wary of low power postures (unless the script calls for it!), such as crossing your arms or turtling your shoulders to your ears as this may signal defeat. 

4. The Power of Leaning

Leaning is a specific nonverbal bride that allows us to cross into someone’s space bubbles.

When we lean toward someone or lean across the table toward someone, we get closer to their next zone as we discussed in the first acting tip. It is a subtle way to ‘warm-up’ someone as you get to know them.

Lean toward the director as they ask more about you and your experience to show warmth and camaraderie. Additionally, lean toward them when receiving notes and feedback to nonverbally show you’re listening and actively want to improve. 

5. Prepare with a Vocal Warmup  

Here’s a big prepping problem:

We often prepare for our first few lines of a speech or monologue, but we rarely think about how we deliver those lines.

You can say the greatest line in the world, but if you sound nervous saying it, then your message is ruined!

I do a vocal warm up exercise before every presentation, meeting or speech where I’m speaking for more than a few minutes.

Action Step: Learn my 5 vocal warmups: 

6. Use Purposeful Gazing

The eyes have it! 

Confident performers and actors know the power of eye gazing. To increase your confidence, be sure to look people in the eye as you are speaking AND as they are speaking. Too often we look away, check our phone or scope out the rest of the room. This is not only rude, but very low confident.

Action Step: Use purposeful gazing and eye contact to your advantage. When you enter the audition room, keep your head up and look in front of you. After you plant yourself in your Launch Stance, look at who you’re introducing yourself to. Don’t shift your eyes too much and never look at the floor.

7. Harness Confidence

There’s a big confidence myth: Confidence is just one of those things that “you have or you don’t.” No way! It’s a skill, one that can be developed like any other skill, through intentional practice. 

Your ability to display confidence increases trust and comfort levels with others. You can build confidence with your body language in many ways. Here are six ways to authentically develop inner confidence before your next audition:

  • Harness your professional happiness. 
  • Create a pump-up playlist.
  • Manage and deal with any social anxiety or performance anxiety.
  • Write down three positive self-truths. These are the ideas we tell ourselves and the beliefs we carry around.
  • Find a confidence role model who demonstrates leadership, isn’t afraid to be unique and communicates and interacts with everyone.
  • Do a pre-performance routine…

8. Your Pre-Performance Success Routine

What do you do before each audition? Before you take the stage? Before you walk into the room?

The most successful people have professional warm-up routines. 

Daniel McGinn, author of Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed, calls professional warm-ups “Pre-performance Rituals.”

Pre-performance Rituals

A routine or habit a performer, athlete or professional does to enhance their performance, get their mindset right and beat nerves.

McGinn argues that we all should create our own Pre-performance Rituals to have more day-to-day success. This is not only a way we can prepare ourselves for better performance, but it’s also a way to combat nerves.  

Action Step: Learn how to psych yourself up. 

Now is the time to take action. Use these body language acting tips to your advantage when you prepare for your next audition. Remember, auditions are your first impression and when approached scientifically and objectively, can be a lot more fun then they may seem now. 

When you present yourself as a focused, charismatic and confident actor, you are guaranteed to set yourself up for success.

 

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MAX Agency Tip Tuesday – Child Auditions

#TipTuesday is a series MAX Agency — one of the top Toronto talent agencies  — does every week where we share helpful tips for the industry. This could be tips on auditions, bookings, beauty, fashion and more!

For any role, there can be up to hundreds of other talents auditioning.  For children, it’s important to offer key support.

What a special opportunity they’ve been given! It’s your responsibility to show them how fun the whole process can be, by remaining calm and up-beat no matter what happens.  Here’s how you can help them prepare–

1. Provide encouragement and positivity. Though your child will be excited when their agent calls with the good news, most actors will struggle with some degree of “nerves” as the big day approaches. You want to address any feelings of self-doubt by reminding them how far in the casting process they’ve already come. Now, the first big priority for you two will be to make sure your child is “off-book”. For a few pointers on how to help your little one memorize their lines, please see my video on memorizing lines quickly and thoroughly. The more thoroughly your child has absorbed the copy, the more they’ll be free to relax and just have fun in front of the camera. That’s gold to the casting director! After they’ve got their lines down, it’s time to do some research into the project: If it’s a commercial, go online to find out more about the product and the ad campaign. If it’s a TV show, watch a couple episodes to understand the style of acting it requires. For a film, try to watch more of the director’s work. Help your child bring whatever ideas their research gives them to their performance.

2. Do a little brush-up on audition etiquette and watch “How to slate with confidence.”

3. Parents, prepare yourself! Your preparation here is as important as your child’s. The entire day of the audition needs to be planned out from A to Z, to lessen the stress for both of you. The night before, take the time to look up the location (even if you have a GPS!) to find out how much time you’ll need to get there. Launder and iron the outfit they’ll be wearing if necessary, and check that their headshots and resumes are printed, stapled, and ready to go! And always keep headshots in the car!

4. Essential Needs for an audition (What to Bring): Make sure that they arrive at the audition well-fed and well-rested, with all the materials they’ll need in hand: sides, headshot/ resume, and maybe some homework to do while they wait. Pack some healthy snacks just in case the wait runs long. And don’t forget to give them a little pep-talk before they go in! Let your child know how talented and special they are, and that there’s no need to compare themselves to anyone else. All they need to do is relax, listen, have a good time, and just be themselves. They’ll do great!

 

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MAX Agency is a successful Toronto talent agency representing men, women and children. MAX Agency is involved in providing actors, models and entertainers for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries.

For more weekly tips, follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter! Never miss a moment with MAX Agency!

If you want to join our rosterapply here

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