Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review

The book Audition by Michale Shurtleff is a book that gives advice towards young people trying to get involved with acting. It is everything an actor needs to know to get the part. This could be an interesting book to read especially if you are someone wanting to know what it takes to get involved in acting. It could give you guidelines on where to start to try and get an acting audition if you don't know where to start. It could also give advice to people that have attempted getting involved but have not succeeded yet.

This book does not just give you information it gives you true stories of what they are stating. For instance when the author was explaining what to wear for an audition he gave a story of someone showing up in the completely wrong attire, which makes it harder to focus on the actor and his audition. When going to an audition dress for the part or if you don't know what the part is the wear an outfit that won't pull away from how you look. Also wear the same outfit or costume to the second audition as you did to the first. You should do this because sometimes auditors make notes on what you are wearing to remember you. Another story from the book is that one auditors asked when the lady in the orange sweater was going to come back when she already came in again, but she was wearing a different outfit. Since she changed her outfit the auditors did not recognize her thus ruining a chance at getting a part.

This book by Michale Shurtleff contains some great information on getting an audition and if you are even  thinking about getting involved you should go check this book out.

Walking The Red Carpet

This big event that has been happening for 87 years now and is going to last a lot longer. For this event a few blocks on Hollywood Boulevard is shut down a week before this event is supposed to happen so that this rundown disgusting road can be transformed into a red path to flashing lights of fame. You are welcomed not only by security guards and metal detectors but also by a giant golden statue of a man. You can not just simply show up to this event you have to be invited and come in a formal attire. This is a well known gathering of many Hollywood stars, to come receive awards based on them doing a great jobs in the performing arts. This is the 87th annual academy award ceremony that took place this last Sunday at the Dolby Theater in downtown Hollywood.

At this years Academy Awards many Oscars were taken home. Surprisingly one film in particular won four Oscars. this film was Birdman it received awards for best picture, best director, Best Writing/Original Screenplay, and Best Achievement in Cinematography. I however did not enjoy this film by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. I thought it was too slow and hard to follow. One film that I did enjoy that also won a few Oscars was Whiplash which won three. The three it received where Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Film Editing, and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. Some other Oscars handed out that night was one for Julianne Moore for best actress, and Eddie Redmayne for best actor.

I was really lucky this because this last week during the set up for the Academy Awards I was down in Hollywood. I got to walk around and see the insanity going on down there. I got to see the transformation of an ordinary street into the great sight it was on Sunday afternoon. Although I would of like to be attending it instead of walking around looking at the setup it was still a great sight to see.