REVOLUTIONARY SCREEN ACTING COURSES
The Acting Habit is an online platform where actors can share their work, receive and give feedback, experiment creatively and learn new technical skills… every single day.
It was created by award winning casting director Manuel Puro (MOON, MUTE, PLANET OF THE APES: THE LAST FRONTIER) to bring together a lot of the practical tips shared on this website in a fun, supportive, risk free environment.
Actors call it “a haven”, “an incredible space”, “fulfilling and rewarding”, “a game changer”.
How does it help actors in the real world?
Preparation is the key to success in any field, and that’s especially true with acting. Casting opportunities can be irregular and when they arrive – usually in the form of a last minute audition or self-tape – you need to be ready to perform at the peak of your abilities. Your next audition could change your life – you need to be fully prepared for it.
Our courses – that you can take from wherever you are in the world – have been designed to keep you audition-ready by:
- developing your skill to analyse material quickly so you can confidently create interesting characters that stand out.
- giving you the tools and motivation to strengthen your memory so you can easily learn lines, even at short notice.
- helping you master the technical skills of self-taping so you can simply focus on the acting when the script arrives.
COURSES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:
The 21-Day Self-Tape Challenge
Our flagship course will teach you perfect self-taping technique, help strengthen your memory muscles and expand your imagination, all in a friendly and supportive group environment.
The next course starts on Saturday, May 5th 2018.
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The Self-Tape Masterclass
A 10-Day course that focuses on teaching you the technical aspects of self-taping and how to handle a variety of common filming scenarios that can come up – it covers framing, eyelines, actions and movement. Class sizes are strictly limited and Manuel will be on hand to guide you each day.
The next course starts on Friday, June 8th 2018.
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The Taking Direction Bootcamp
Take your audition preparation to the next level with our newest course where you will receive detailed feedback and re-direction from Manuel on five monologues over ten days. This is an ideal follow on from either the 21-Day Challenge or the Self-Tape Masterclass (although participation in one of those is not a prerequisite for this course).
The next course starts on Friday, May 4th 2018.
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If you know someone who would benefit from one of our courses you can now purchase a Gift Certificate to send them – they can enrol on any start date at their convenience. Just click on the appropriate link below:
The 21-Day Self-Tape Challenge Gift Certificate
The Self-Tape Masterclass Gift Certificate
The Taking Direction Bootcamp Gift Certificate
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“I shot my first role on BBC 4 for which I must say MAJOR THANKS goes to the 21-Day Self-Tape Challenge because it was a self tape that got me into the room, and then the job!” Charlotte Chiew
“As a direct result of the 21-Day Self-Tape challenge I bagged a job this week – filming abroad from a last minute self tape request. Apart from helping me undoubtedly get the job, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that The Challenge made me feel so much more confident and alive on set than I have ever felt previously. Huge thank you Manuel.” Michele Moran
“I cannot recommend this course highly enough. I am delighted to say too, that since the course virtually every self tape I’ve done has resulted in a recall and the most recent one in a job. Thank you!” Suanne Braun
“Just got a tv role via a successful self tape – thanks to the Acting Habit I’ve gone from abject terror at the technical challenge to confidence that my self tapes showcase what I can do as an actor.” Maureen Casey
“A bit of news: I was asked to do a self-tape yesterday for a feature film. I used all the technical tips I learned here – turned it around so quickly. Got a call from the casting director this morning and I booked the job! I felt so confident in my self-tape abilities and it showed. Thank you so much for this course.” Andromeda Godfrey
“I sent in a self-tape last week for a TV job (with a two hour turnaround, thanks to all the practice I’ve been getting) and found out today I booked the gig. I firmly believe that this class is one of the main reasons I was successful.” John Scougall
“I had to let you know that I just got a role on the back of three of my self tapes from The Acting Habit. So thank you very much for creating it!” Nicola Whelan
“Really sorry I’ve dropped off the radar – but the good news… I’ve landed a screen role! I’m flying to Bulgaria on Friday so sadly will have to sign off the course for now but I wanted to say that I have no doubt whatsoever that The Acting Habit played a very big part in getting me the role – the lines went in a lot quicker than usual so I could do it off book confidently, and just by having seen myself on camera so much more than usual meant that I had a much better sense of how I’d look on screen” Adam D
“The 21-Day Self-tape Challenge allowed me to perfect my self taping set up and technique, but I also gained invaluable insights into my screen acting strengths and weaknesses and I feel I improved a lot over the 3 weeks. It gave me the skills and confidence to tape difficult scenes at very short notice and to think outside the box to make interesting character choices. And I’m thrilled to have booked two jobs direct from tape since taking the course, the first pro work I’ve ever secured without a face to face audition. I’d highly recommend the Acting Habit to all actors, at whatever level.” Seylan Baxter
“I just wanted to drop you a line with a bit of good self taping news. I’ve just been cast, straight from a tape, in The Borrowers at The Watermill Theatre. My agent and the theatre both commented on the quality of the tape, and that is largely down to your course. So, thank you!” Frazer Hadfield
“Just a quick note to say thanks for the training you facilitated over the past few months. I was cast in a short film (winner of the Pears Short Film Fund) and I think the training definitely contributed to my success in the casting, so thank you for all your encouragement and support in the course.” Deli Segal
“During the challenge I also was asked for five different self-taped auditions from casting directors, and so far, have booked two of those jobs!” Tara Gadomski
Why Should You Take A Course With Us?
With over 20 years experience in casting we have been lucky to participate in thousands of face-to-face auditions all around the world, and have watched an even greater number of self-tapes from some amazing actors.
We identified that the vast majority of successful candidates had the following qualities:
- they were creative, inventive and masters of their craft – the characters they developed were vibrant and felt like real, living beings.
- they were exceptionally well prepared – almost always off-book.
- they were confident enough to experiment and take creative risks – even if they didn’t work.
- they were eager and willing to share ideas and collaborate – so it felt like they would be an asset to any production.
- they put everything into the audition – afterwards, they had no regrets.
We have striven to combine the latest online teaching methods with our years of real world experience to create courses that develop these same successful traits in a natural, fun and practical environment.
What is the core philosophy behind The Acting Habit?
Quite simply, we want actors to be acting every day, to be exploring new worlds, creating strong characters and honing their skills. When you get an audition that could lead to your dream role, you need to be able to tap into your imagination quickly, effectively and efficiently.
All our courses provide you with a daily schedule of varied roles to perform to keep your acting brain active and your talent sharp.
Learning lines is critical to a successful audition – being off-book is simply the number one prerequisite that we expect from a screen actor. For most people, that means learning lines every day to keep your memory muscles active and strong – but we understand it can still be a struggle to find the time, the self-discipline and the motivation to keep a routine.
By creating a supportive environment we ensure that you receive that extra encouragement to keep at it.
Love them or hate them, self-tapes have become a frequent first step in the audition process. On the plus side, never before have we been able to consider more actors for each role from any country in the world – taking chances on talent we’ve never seen, or enabling actors to demonstrate their range by taking on roles they are not known for. The barriers to ‘getting into the audition room’ have truly fallen – because in many cases the first audition room is now wherever in the world you may be – but only for those who are proficient at self-taping.
By giving you a routine of filming yourself and uploading every day we enable you to achieve stress-free flawless technical results every time – practice makes perfect.
Why Every Day?
Because we want these habits to become ingrained – every day, weekends and holidays – no excuses. Yes, it will be challenging but once you start we don’t want you to break the chain – consecutive daily achievements are proven to lead to lasting success. These are habits you’ll want to become addicted to.
Why Send Material Each Day at 7pm?
We think this will give you the best shot at being able to read the material, come up with an interesting take on the character, learn the lines, think about how you want to film the scene, sleep on it – and then find the time to tape it the next day. We appreciate it is a quick turnaround, but most real-world auditions or self-tape requests follow this kind of schedule. If you can handle this you can handle anything.
Can You Interact With The Other Participants?
Yes, a strong community spirit is at the core of all of our courses.
You’ll be able to view each others self-tapes and offer words of encouragement, support and constructive criticism in a private and safe environment (all footage is hosted on a secure, password protected site). You’ll see auditions from a casting director’s point of view – you will watch multiple actors’ approaches to the same role, allowing you to explore what creative choices they made with regards to the character, their delivery, their clothing and use of props. You’ll learn what works in a self-tape.Plus, you will have a chance to see first-hand the technical approach that other actors are taking – their lighting set ups, camera choices, what software they use to edit. All of this information is shared and discussed, tips and techniques exchanged.
The courses invite collaboration. You are able to start your own discussions on any topics you find interesting, or ask any questions of the group – who usually come from all over the world with their own opinions and unique experiences. We want you to be there for each other.
It is easy to share photos, videos and chats safely and securely within the system – you’ll never have to share your contact details with anyone unless you want to.
What Kind Of Equipment Will You Need?
- A good, fast internet connection and a device that has recent versions of Safari, Chrome or Firefox browsers.
- A reasonably modern phone or tablet, or a DSLR camera or camcorder with a computer.
- A basic ability to film footage and locate the file on your device. We give detailed instructions on how to compress and export your footage to get the best experience out of the each course.
Should You Wait Until You Have A Clear Schedule To Take One Of Our Courses?
Opportunities rarely occur exactly when you want them to. The chances are that you will get the audition you have longed for on the day you go on holiday, move house, have committed to some other work, or any other complication that life regularly throws in your way. If you can overcome these obstacles during one of our courses then you will be fully prepared to overcome them when the stakes are higher.
We feel you should start your Acting Habit without delay so that you are completely ready to take advantage of your opportunity when it comes along.
We hope that you’ll be inspired to get the Acting Habit and look forward to seeing you on one of our courses – thank you for reading!
Manuel and the Puro Casting Team, 2018
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