Self-Casting Bootcamp: Empowering the Artist to Forge Their Own Path (MONDAYS from 5 to 10 pm - September/October 2023)
The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.
Writer/Director/Producer Josh Stolberg (Spiral, Jigsaw, Piranha 3D, Good Luck Chuck, to name just a few) will co-teach this Self-Casting Bootcamp with Acting Coach Tess Kirsch. The goal of the class is just that - to learn how to "self cast" and create work that showcases your talents and shines a spotlight on you as a performer. Finding your "type" is sometimes about leaning into what we as humans tend to avoid… but the audience WANTS to see imperfections. We will explore this as we create work for you and only you.
The class will meet IN STUDIO for this on-camera session and the weeks will focus on the following:
Week One: CASTING YOURSELF - Josh Stolberg and Tess Kirsch work with you to find the REAL YOU and start to craft a cinematic monologue that will help to sell your unique talents. This class includes on-camera work as well as a look at photos and casting exercises.
Week Two: TABLE-READ - UNLEASHING YOUR INNER-SCREENWRITER - Josh sits down with the artists and workshops their stories to develop/shape their writing.
Week Three: DRESS REHEARSAL - Tess will work/direct the artists on their pieces on-camera. All takes will be sent to artists.
Week Four: DIY FILM CLASS/2nd REHEARSAL - In a studio setting (a small sound stage in North Hollywood), Josh will host a DIY film class, where he’ll work with actors on the “how to” of creating exciting and visually compelling pieces. He'll work to explain DIY camera, lighting, sound and editing techniques to take your content to the next level. Tess will be in class as well for those who wish to continue work on-camera in preparation for their shoot or have performance/character questions for Tess.
THE SHOOT: Artists will then have several weeks to create their cinematic monologues with the new tools they've learned in class. Some equipment (that you've learned about) will be available to borrow for your shoot. Josh and Tess will be on hand to watch cuts along the way and offer suggestions on how to improve your piece.
SCREENING: We will screen all pieces in the Fall of 2023 (after we have given the artists a chance to shoot their work)
MORE CLASS INFO:
Classes on Mondays from 5 to 10 pm
Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 and 10/2
*Actors must commit to the full four weeks.*
Cost of Class: $350 for the four-week session
Class Location: Hollywood and North Hollywood (last class)
***If you wish to enroll by Venmo: @tess-Kirsch