The "Pop-Culture" Acting Profile, Pitch & Package... Fascinating title, isn't it? So what is it?! Lets talk about Andy Warhol for a second. He is known for many things, right? But most notably, his breakthrough look at now-art as a “pop-culture” expression of who we are as a people/culture right at this very moment. He went deeper into the “self” so to speak, didn’t he? Well, what I have done with the “acting-profile” is very similar in tone. In 2003, I developed a “Pop-culture” profiling technique to help professional actors know their unique acting-niche. And it works every time! The power of the “acting-profile” is that the guessing game is officially over. The “profiled” actor is now able to articulate exactly who he is, and what she does. The “profiled” actor is able to choose charismatic material that perfectly suits him or her.

So, why is this “acting-profile” so valuable? Lets go off-campus for a moment and use sports as our metaphor. I want you to think about Michael Jordan playing Basketball. Amazing, right? Now think about Michael Jordan playing Baseball? Do you remember that? Not so amazing, right? So, what makes MJ so “charismatic” with one sport, but just “ho-hum” with the other? This is the same problem every professional actor faces, isn’t it? How to determine (as soon as possible) the roles that will be their “charismatic-basketball” game, so they can avoid “striking out” in the majors, so to speak?

How do you start? Well, Step 1, The Intro Seminar, is a two and a half hour power-point presentation showing you exactly how this "charismatic" you is discovered - and it’s fun, too. We look at celebrity examples like Ed Norton, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Jodie Foster, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrel, Sam Rockwell, Bernie Mac and many more acting giants. But most importantly we zero in on you.


I’d like to Note Here: The Intro-Seminar “stands alone” as a fun, deeply inspiring, and thought provoking evening that will have you talking and thinking for days, months and years to come; that I assure you. There is absolutely no pressure or obligation to move onto Step 2 simply because you have attended a seminar. Step 2 is for those attendees who wish to further their experience and journey as an actor/artist. Historically speaking 85% - 90% of all attendees choose to move onto Step 2.

Now onto Step 2, The Private Session, imagine a young Philip Seymour Hoffman coming to me for an “acting-profile”. I would then ask him some “Popular-culture” questions (easily accessible to everyone) and we would discover his acting-niche - that charismatic-basketball I spoke of - then I would reveal his “acting-niche” to him, and encourage him to seek out those roles. His "acting-niche" is –

Sexual Perversity & Addiction

Happiness
Boogie Nights
Doubt
Shopping & Fucking
Flawless
Capote
Love Liza
Punch-Drunk Love
Magnolia
25th Hour
Cold Mountain
Owning Mahowny
Before the Devil Knows Your Dead


Lastly, Step 3, The Follow Up, I work with the actor to ensure articulation and integration of the niche. We discuss branding, industry targets, and I do some role-playing to ensure that the articulation is clear. The entire process is a gold mine for any professional or up-and-coming professional working actor - takes the guessing game right out of the equation.

*If you’re not working yet, but on the brink, or just plain serious about who you are as a working professional actor, cool, I’m open to that dialogue too. Get to a Intro-Seminar. See You Soon – John Dapolito

 


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