Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Corporate Theatre!



Just a quick post to say I was fortunate enough to do my first corporate theatre performance gig this week which was a great project to be involved in. A Way Out Theatreworks performance tailored made for Siemans - I was accompanied by actor/and corporate theatre pro; Tony Nixon and also local actor Drew Jarvis. Very different to screen acting, of course, but none the less greatly enjoyable! I'm looking forward to more in the future. Quick note for all us "budding" actors - keep up the impro skills, as it's definitely needed for roving!

Keep safe :)

Meish

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Getting Started as an Actor

Getting Started as an Actor

Recently I have received a couple of emails from people asking for advice, on how to get started as an actor, and where I seem to be getting my acting work from. So I thought I would write a blog for all to read and perhaps take on some advice of someone (me!) who was not too long ago in the same "confused and wondering" state of mind when it came to acting.

These are the tips I have picked up along the way from different friends/actors/industry people that I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded and supported by over the past 2 years. I was asked a few main questions in these emails:

"I have always wanted to start acting but I'm just too scared. But I know I'll kick myself if I never try."

My answer: Feel the Fear - Fear is a natural instinct in life which arises when we experience something new and challenging. The scariest part can sometimes be making the decision to take your first acting class, do your first short film or even say your first line on a tv show (and perhaps stuff it up - I did that! - woops). Know that fear is normal, and conquering it can be so empowering! It is amazing what we can achieve when we challenge ourselves. If you want to start acting, don't let it stay as a dream, make it a reality. Try a class, audition for a short film and at least get a taste of the industry that you've always desired. Some will find it's not for them, and others will be left with a passion for acting which drives them everyday!

Secondly I get asked - "Where do you find all your auditions, short films and other acting work?" - There are several different websites where you can see castings; e.g. AT2 and Showcast, but they are particularly for proffessional work and if you are just starting out and don't have an agent, a smaller stepping stone might be to start on the website Starnow. It has castings to shorts film, features, independent work etc. You can join and have access to all of this. Every week I check the site for new listings and apply for castings. Even if you don't see yourself as fitting the character type, go for the auditions because you never know want the director is looking for. Have confidence in knowing that any audition is a good learning experience for you as an actor; we never stop learning!

"Auditions!?" - A few things you'll need (I'm sure you'd know even if you're just starting out) -
*A current acting resume
*Headshots
*The product - YOU!
*Confidence and profesionalism

"Acting; it can't be THAT hard?! Right?!" - I won't lie to you; acting IS hard. It requires persistance, patience and last of all PASSION! Without passion, I would be lost. But I believe, for me personally, so long as you have the drive and motivation, what can stop you from striving towards your dreams?

I know I'm only just starting out in this industry also, but I feel I have been so lucky to have learnt what I have from those around me and I've met along the way. So I wanted to share what I can, for those also aspiring to acting as a career or at least for those who want a taste of the acting world. I hope this answers a few questions coming from someone who is still very new to this industry also.

Keep safe,
Meisha :)
www.meishalowe.com

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wings

Hello :)

I felt a little creative burst this morning on my way to work at dawn:

~Wings~

She skipped
and she yelled
She tripped
and she fell.

She cried
because she tried
But she dusted her knees
and kept on skipping...

Her wings
not strong enough
Her hair
not long enough.

She reached
above
And she yearned
of love.

She tried again
but she kept on tripping...

Her wings
would quiver
With fear and fright
But she powered on
to pursue her flight.

With wings
of gold
She took that leap
and found the strength
That she'd always keep.

Copyright (C) Meisha Lowe May 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"The Wardrobe"



Meisha as Amy in "The Wardrobe"


Over the last week I have been fortunate enough to be involved in two short films for Griffith university. The first was a grad film called "The Last Bark" and the second a post-grad masters film called "The Wardrobe". I encountered new experiences and of course challenges in both films, particularly "The Wardrobe", but ones that will make me stronger as an actor.


My character, the lead female, was a emotionally troubled woman who's past was not as far away as she once thought (I won't give anymore away as you'll have to wait and see!). The depth to her character and the emotional layering was something I really wanted to show truthfully through the screen. With one week to prepare and create a character, basing it on four other relationships with other characters also, I found myself in a new area of acting.


It was extremely important for me to keep focussed and distance myself from the crew when needed for the emotions to truly be captured on screen. I found myself sitting alone, listening to tracks on my mp3 to keep me focussed and in the "mood" of Amy while on set. This really helped.

Of course as any actor knows, recreating the same scene take after take is another challenge, but this is also one of the joys of acting. If something isn't feeling right, you have the option to change something if it's not working. I had to save my energy and pure emotion for my close ups but also create truth throughout every take. I feel I'm starting to learn my own techniques; finding out what helps and what doesn't. Doing these short films is such a fantastic way for new actors to test out what they've learnt. Each one is a new learning experience and the contacts and friends made through networking is fabulous. We have to remember we are all here to help each other in this industry; the young filmakers and young actors can work together to create the work for ourselves. Who knows where it might take us? :)

This filming experience has made me realise what kind of acting I want to focus on. When you've completed several short films, you'll start to find an area which really sits with you; for me it's drama, layering characters with their emotional hardship, exploring relationship breakdowns and portraying the trials of life in itself;this truly inspires me as a young actress.

I'm looking forward to seeing it edited and can't wait to continue challenging myself with these sorts of films.

Keep safe,

Meisha

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