It’s Time To Act Right!
Briana Cole is a published author and young emerging actress. The Atlanta native is a proud mother of two. Her motto and ultimate drive towards success is a famous quote from Mae West: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
“When I write novels, I am bringing moments to life through my character development, plots and narrative flow. When I am acting (whether in film or theater), I am bringing someone else’s characters to life through my physical actions, my performance. In both mediums, I am on a journey, pursuing what I enjoy while learning and applying my knowledge and experiences along the way.”
A dual creative, Briana Cole, known as the “lit drama queen’ is a featured new voice with Dafina/Kensington and an actress appearing in the upcoming season of TV One’s docu-series, Fatal Attraction. Here she offers some tips to those with acting aspirations, who are just getting their feet wet.
Develop additional skills. Take a dance class, learn to speak another language, learn to ride a motor vehicle. All of these special skills will certainly set you apart and looks great on your acting resume. I signed up for a Combat and Weapons Training for Actors class where we will learn basic hand-to-hand combat (slaps, punches, etc) as well as weapon handling (how to draw/hold a gun, etc). This type of training gives me a significant advantage over other actors.
Invest in a Professional Head shot. Even your best selfie won’t land you the audition. Nothing screams unprofessional more than an unfocused photo, selfie, or group photo where you have cropped your friends out. Do some research and find a cost-effective photographer in your area that specializes in head shot photography. Often times, students are more than willing to assist because they are looking to build up their own portfolio. Acting is a very competitive industry and when directors are getting inundated with submissions for their roles, they are weeding through quickly. If a casting director doesn’t think you’re serious enough to invest in your career with a professional photo, they will find someone else.
Master your video audition. Video auditions are recorded auditions which can really expand your opportunities. Typically, the casting director sends you instructions on creating and submitting the footage, along with your lines (or sides). You can either self-tape at home or in a professional studio. However, make sure you have good lighting, a good quality camera, your lines memorized, and a reader, or someone off-camera to read any other lines from the script, if necessary. This allows for you to remain in character while acting and reacting in the entire scene. I booked the lead role for TV One’s Fatal Attraction solely off of my video audition.
Be determined not desperate. The acting and modeling industry is a prime breeding ground for scammers. Don’t be so eager to “make it” that you find yourself conned out of money or worse, in some kind of danger. The age-old slogan still holds true: If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
Network with actors, specifically. The value of networking with other actors comes in handy and can help weed out scams. At the end of the day, our journeys are all different and you can very well pull a Pamela Anderson and end up discovered without a single head shot or acting class. However, it’s good to adequately equip yourself. Above all, believe in yourself and keep pursuing your passion because you have something that needs to be shared.
Briana Cole is a featured new voice with Dafina/Kensington for her upcoming novel, The Wives We Play, publishing in January 2019.
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