Learn HOW TO BOOK ACTING JOBS from Celebrity Booking Coach Amy Lyndon!
Watch as she dispels the myths of the audition process and provides you with an effective, straightforward, practical approach to nailing your auditions and BOOKING work as an actor. The Lyndon Technique: “A 15 Guideline Map to Booking” has been recognized as the secret weapon for 40+ Network Series Regulars, an Emmy Winner, an Imagen Award Winner and thousands of working actors around the globe for more than 20 years!
This technique will not only teach you how to BOOK THE JOB... but will teach you the necessary skills to be a successful actor. Did you know that 1/4 of Amy's Network Series Regulars had never studied with another teacher? It's True.
No matter where you live, YOU now have access to a PROVEN BOOKING TECHNIQUE to help you study smarter, feel empowered in your auditions and realize the career of your dreams.
Understanding the Audition process is key to Booking jobs as an actor. This short article is an introduction to why Booking is entirely different than what you may eventually do on set.
Amy Lyndon's Book - The 15 Guideline Map to Booking Technique
After reading this book you will have a straightforward approach to help you study smarter, feel empowered in your auditions and realize the career of your dreams.
This worksheet is the cliff notes version of the book. Use this handout as a checklist to help you breakdown your scenes when you don't have time to go chapter by chapter in the book. A handy reminder as what each guideline is about and how to breakdown your scene.
A downloadable Document has been added in additional resources for you to print and use when you have an audition.
Introduction to The 15 Guideline Map to Booking Technique. It's not about the amount of training. It is about your approach. It is about whether or not your a champion. And, I am going to make you into champions. It is going to come down who tells the best story. It is not about your choices. The writer already made the choices. Who is going to tell the best story based on what the writer has written. This introduction explains why the technique was developed.
WHAT IS THE SCENE ABOUT? WRITE IT ON TOP OF THE SIDES IN ONE SENTENCE. The story ALWAYS comes first. The script will tell you everything. Read the sides 10 times. Don’t make anything up. What you are reading is the truth. Your “choices” are already made BY THE WRITER. THIS IS THE KEY TO GETTING INTO THE 1%.
BREAK DOWN THE SCENE into your character’s BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END. Every story has ALL three parts. Your job as a “storyteller” is to take us on a journey. If you don’t have a beginning, middle and end, then you will flat line.
WHAT IS THE CHARACTER'S EMOTIONAL STATE OF MIND AT THE TOP? You need to relate on a DEEP PERSONAL LEVEL! It is the jump off point and FOUNDATION for 90% of the scene. If your opening emotion is weak, then you will pick up the energy in the room and fall out.
MAP OUT YOUR EMOTIONS in the beginning middle and end of the story. If this is not clear, expect to lose your audience with your one note. Sit with each feeling until it becomes a deep connected one. If you’re having trouble connecting, close your eyes and locate a similar feeling you can connect with and lay the line on top. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling? What am I REALLY feeling?” NEVER RUN LINES! JUST FEELINGS! If you run lines, it will sound like lines run.
WHAT IS THE KEY LINE? This is the clue to your emotional spine and through line. It can be in your dialogue or your partner’s dialogue.
READ THE ACTION IN ITS ENTIRETY. The Action Will Set The Tone. You can incorporate the action if the character mentions it in the script. If not, factor it into your dialogue.
EVERY LINE IS A SEPARATE THOUGHT. Go over every single line and write down what you are saying in your own words next to each line. SIT WITH each line until you understand it from the WRITER’S PERSPECTIVE. Ask yourself, “What am I saying? What am I REALLY saying?”
WHAT ARE YOU DOING in the beginning, middle and end of each scene? If you don’t know what you’re doing, then no one else will.
FIND THE TRANSITIONS aka “Mood Swings.” This is how we understand your character.
HOW DO YOU HEAR WHAT THE OTHER PERSON IS SAYING? Write down next to each of your partner’s lines HOW YOU HEAR what they are saying from your character’s point of view. This will keep you focused on what you are doing and not pick up the energy around you.
WHO AM I RELATING TO? What is our relationship? What is our history? If you don’t have a “face” on each person you are talking to or about, then you are not really talking to or about anyone!
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THE OTHER PERSON UNDERSTAND? If this isn’t clear, then you will be acting all by yourself.
WHAT IS YOUR POINT OF VIEW? If it’s not strong, then there’s no conflict.
WHY ARE YOU IN THE SCRIPT? You might just be moving the story along.
WHERE ARE YOU? WHAT TIME OF DAY IS IT? WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?
This adds texture and creates environment – the place will keep you safe.
A Quick Review of The 15 Guideline Map to Booking Technique. Watch as Amy Lyndon quickly covers each guideline as a final review of what you learned in the previous video lectures.
Jeremy has three different scenes... showing 3 different aspects of the character. The style of this scene is ABC Comedy.... single space - single camera. It differs from double spaced comedy because the comedy is based in the relationship rather than actual jokes written into the dialog. The comedy is based in truth.
Belamy has a scene from The Sarah Silverman Program. This comedy incorporates Sketch style comedy into the show. The tone and style of the show will help you understand how to break down the scene.
Peter has a scene from the Feature Film Eragon which is a Family Friendly Action/Adventure Fantasy Film.
Marisa has a scene from Hope and Faith - A Half-Hour Comedy Sitcom which aired on ABC from 2003 - 2006. This scene is with Sydney and Hayley Shanowski the two daughters of Hope Fairfield-Shanowski. Sydney is the elder daughter. She is portrayed as popular, vain, boy crazy, mean and kind of ditzy. Hayley is the younger daughter. She is portrayed as the smart child who gets promoted to high school early. She sometimes she belittles her older sister because she is smarter.
Since this is a double spaced comedy the jokes are written into the dialog and it is important to know where the jokes are and hit the transitions to make the jokes pop.
Wali has a Soap Opera style scene. In this tone/style genre you can be as self indulgent as you want. Soap Opera style shows are all about the feeling.
Amy Lyndon continues to work with Wali on his Soap Opera Style Scene. Wali didn't fully hit Guideline #11 - Who am I relating to? Amy works with Wali to help him nail the scene and walk away with a Booking.
Vicki has a scene from Everwood which is a one-hour drama series which ran on The WB from 2002 to 2006. This series was primarily drama with a few comedic moments.
This assignment will stay with you for the rest of your acting career. The Actor must approach acting like an Olympic Athlete. The more you practice the necessary skills, the more you will book. When a high level of discipline and concentration on the work is achieved, you will see incredible results.
Olympic Athletes don't just head to the competition and expect to win. They practice everyday. It consumes their life. They live and breath their sport to be the best and take home the gold. This mindset is also true for the OLYMPIC ACTOR... you must live and breath acting. You must continuously practice so that you are ready when the time comes to compete for the gold.
As an actor, you are a walking and talking emotional vehicle for the writer. Can you easily access your emotions and then switch to another one and another one and another one effortlessly? This emotional journal will help tune up your instrument so that you can hit it on a dime.
Where is Double Spaced Comedy for you? Are you having trouble picking up the tone, pacing, knowing where your "top" is, or the style of Double Spaced Comedy. Complete this assignment to understand Double Space Comedy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world." Don't let fear stand in your way for reaching your dreams and goals. This assignment has one goal in mind... to clear up that mind chatter and get you motivated.
You need to understand that there are many reasons why an actor doesn’t book. Most of the time, it has nothing to do with your talent, it has everything to do with your approach. From my years of experience, there are some definite principles and by practicing these few, you should find it will help with your booking ratio.
Amy Lyndon is considered Hollywood's premiere booking coach and creator of the internationally acclaimed, revolutionary book, The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking. She has 40+ Network Series Regulars, an Emmy Award winner, an Imagen Award Winner and 1000’s of working actors around the globe all using her technique. She’s also a multi-award winning actress and filmmaker, was a former personal manager that started Adam Brody’s career, was voted one of the best audition teachers in Los Angeles from Backstage Online for four years, currently has a weekly column "Ask Amy" for Cast It Talent, plays Lindsay’s Acting Coach in TLC’s My Giant Life and is excited that her technique is being taught at The University of Kansas.
Amy has been entertaining the public since the age of ten. Having grown up in New Rochelle, New York, formal training was as easy as jumping on a train. During her senior year, Amy studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and went on to England to tackle the prestigious London Academy of Performing Arts. After earning her BFA from Syracuse University, Amy studied comedy at The Groundlings and intense drama training with Stella Adler and Harry Mastrogeorge.
Amy has 50+ films to her credit some including; The UnMiracle with Stephen Baldwin, 1 Interrogation with Tom Arnold and And They’re Off with Sean Astin. She was also the lead in the following Lions Gate feature films: B.T.K, Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest and Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck. One of Amy’s most exciting role was when she starred with Chris Pratt in his first film, Cursed Part 3, written and directed by Rae Dawn Chong.
On television, Amy has worked over 30+ television shows including: NCIS, Law and Order: Los Angeles opposite her former student Corey Stoll, Eagleheart, Ugly Betty, Entourage, NYPD Blue, and JAG. She also has had recurring roles in Days Of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, The Young and The Restless and a recurring guest lead in Freddy's Nightmares.