Monday, January 23, 2012

MEMBERS ONLY Article - What Works?

What Works?

or, How to be a working actor without banging your head against a wall.

The New Year is always full of dramatic statements to friends, family, and Facebook about how this year, everything is going to be different. Actors promise themselves that this year will be the year that they finally get their package in order, take more classes, or become more diligent with the actions they know they should’ve been taking all along.

Inevitably, almost universally, they fail OR are overwhelmed by the actions it took to reach their goals. So I want to challenge the traditional goal-setting rituals of the New Year and help you create your own customized plan for a successful acting career...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Book Signing
  • Do you read all the newsletters? 
  • Are you subscribed to THE biz site for Actors?
  • Are you downloading scripts every day and practicing?
  • Does your business package match your talent?
  • Are you reading The Lyndon Technique handbook each week?
  • Are you submitting yourself 24/7? Filling up your funnel?
  • Do all your reps work for you?
  • Are you referring people to class for a free $50 class?
  • Are you listening to biz lectures @
  • Are you signed up for The Lyndon Technique Group on FB?
  • Are you following Amy on twitter?
  • Are you meeting regularly with your reps?
  • Do you have your demo on Breakdown Services?
  • Is your package updated?
  • Are you consistent with your Booking Training?
  • Are you practicing on people who don't count?
  • Are you in physical shape to run with a gun in your hand?
  • Are you Booking?
  • Are you tracking the new shows or returning ones?
  • Are you keeping in touch with the CDs who know you?
  • Do you have a networking list?
  • Do you know what shows you want to be on?
  • Do you have goals set up for 2012?
  • Do you have an agent in your hometown?
  • Do you have an agent in your relative's hometown?
  • Are you watching the class you're not in?
  • Do you have a team who has the tools to rep you fully?
  • Are you ready to have your own series?
  • Is your head in order?
  • Are you in the game or on the bench watching?
  • Do you believe that you're a winner?
  • Do you have a working office at home?
Amy Lyndon
CEO - The Lyndon Technique  


Denise Vasi is now a SERIES REGULAR in VH1's SINGLE LADIES as Raquel!!

Ace Marrero Booked a Guest Star in BODY OF PROOF!

Hadrian Howard Booked a Guest Star in SINGLE LADIES!

Rayna Campbell Booked the Starring Role in the Feature Film LAYLA FOURIE and it shoots in South Africa!

Dan Owens Booked a Lead in the Feature Film FIVE OF OUR FRIENDS!

Stephen Post Booked a Supporting Role in a Film and a Lead in the Film UNEXPECTED GUEST!

Brett Newton Booked the Podcast WE'RE ALIVE: A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!

Christie Brooke Booked a Lead in the Film MEANT TO BE!

Olivia Stuck Booked a Commercial for LA LA LOOPSIE!

Lisa Gershuny Booked a Co-Star in 90210!

Beth Thieme Booked a National Commercial for RUBY TUESDAYS!

Miki Kuroki Booked a Series Lead in the Web Series THE CREEPY GUY!

Exie Booker Booked a Co-Star in AWAKE!

Monday, January 2, 2012

ARTICLE: Take The Do Over

When I was a kid, I had this clown that I could punch as hard as I wanted and it would go down and pop back up just as fast as it went down. That clown actually became a great metaphor for me in my life. When you get hit and go down... it's not the hit that counts... it's how long you stay down there. I truly believe that your character is defined by how you deal with the hits in life. How strong are you? Are you strong enough to do what it takes to make it in what you believe is your life's purpose? Can you take a hit and not take it personally, but instead get up, brush yourself off and spend some time figuring out why you were hit to begin with? So many people wallow in their pain for months; years and sometimes their whole lives. You do not want to be a shoulda, coulda, woulda person! Figure out a way to deal with all the information, get up, seek it out and do it. There is help out there for you to find the answers.
Take The Do Over

Take the "do over." That's what I love about New Years.  New Years to me was never about the party or the food or getting drunk - I could do that any time. What I love about New Years is that it gives you a chance to take a "do over." If you feel that you are in the same place - doing the same thing - feeling the same way - take the "do over." You can wait another year to take it, but why wait. Take it now. You'll be glad you did. 

Happy New Year!
Amy Lyndon
CEO - The Lyndon Technique

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

ARTICLE: Booking Tips For Actors

Amy Lyndon
Understand The Principles Of Hard Work
The most important thing to remember when auditioning for any role is that only one person will get it. That one person could be you.  If you are lazy and don't understand the principles of competition and hard work, don't expect miracles. You can never wing an audition. If you do you will most certainly end up in the 99% of actors who don't book. 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.

Research All Projects
It's important to research the credits of the creator, producer and director. If you understand the genre, tone and style of the show or film, your chances of booking will greatly increase.
Know The Location Of The Audition 
Know exactly where you are going. Map it out the night before. You can also drive to it and scope out the parking situation. I'm sure you know that Los Angeles traffic and parking is a bear. Start out at least an hour earlier than you think is necessary.

Do Not Judge The Material
If you negatively judge your script, cancel the audition. You're never going to get inside or understand the material because you're too busy in your head making comments on it. You will never book that way.  You need to accept that you are simply a clean vessel of pure emotion lending yourself to the material to channel the character from the writer's intent. If you want to be more than that, think about directing or writing.  I would rather you look at the material from the writer's perspective rather than a directors.  At least then, you'll understand why the writer wrote the character the way they did.

Respect The Writing (Guideline #1 "What Is The Scene About?")   
Read the material at least 10 times as if it were a novel. Understand the points of view of each character in the scene. You'll never understand the story or be in the scene if you make-up choices that are not suggested in the script about where the characters are coming from. The writer's intention always comes first.  Read it exactly as written. What you read is the truth.  If the character says that they hate the other person, then they hate the other person in that moment. Unless there's a parenthetical suggesting otherwise, don't make anything up just to impress them or to make it comfortable for you.  Believe me, making "choices" is the biggest mistake an actor can make. The writer makes the choices for you. You want the writer in the room to say: "That actor read it exactly as I wrote it. That's the character!" 

Know Your Role (Guideline #14 "Why Are You In The Script?")  
Understand why your part is in the script then you'll know who you are and your place in the story. A lot of actors want so much to be remembered that they overshoot the audition by making their part too important.  Unless you are the series lead or a major film star, you're simply there to move the story along. Don't try to be more important than the material in an attempt to impress. If you're serving drinks in the scene, then you're just a cocktail waitress. That's it.

Waiting To Audition
In the office before going into the audition is when the actors "psych out" usually happens. Protect your audition by knowing how to handle yourself in the waiting area.

Stay focused and don't look at anyone in the outer office.  The moment that you catch someone's eye, they will talk to you. Once you engage with another actor you lose focus on what you need to be doing for your own audition. Stay off the phone. Find out who is signed up to audition before you. Once that person goes into the casting office, wait outside the door.

Never compare yourself to the other actors auditioning for the same role. If you're the one that looks out of place, that could be a great sign.  You might be the one who is "the other way to go." Casting directors wouldn't be doing their job if they brought in all the same types of people. They need to bring a range of actors to present to their producers, directors, writers and sometimes the stars. 
Don't look around the outer office and cast someone else in your part. Don't give them the part because you think they're dressed or look better than you for the role. This is a massive psyche out. They could have called in hundreds of other actors for your role. You have been asked to audition for a reason. The casting director must have seen something in your picture and resume that was right for that part.   Know that you have just as great a shot at booking it as anyone. Do a little cheer for yourself, psyche yourself up and go in there and get the job.

Go For It
Commit to your homework and go for it! If you don't, someone else will. Which would you prefer, hitting a 10+ read in the room or knocking it out of the ballpark in your car on the way home? 

After The Audition
If you're thinking about the audition for days afterwards and asking for feedback from your representatives, then you didn't do enough preparation. You know when you've hit it. You know when you've given it your best. You don't need approval or feedback from anyone else about how you did. You know. Be honest with yourself. If you realize you didn't hit it this time, make sure you do the work and preparation to hit it the next time and every time.

Amy Lyndon
Founder & CEO
The Lyndon Technique - Members Only

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ARTICLE: The Actor's Black Belt

I once worked as a Marketing Consultant for a large company in Ohio and the CEO once sat down with me and told me a story that really resonated with me, and I’d like to share it with you. He was a black belt martial artist in karate and he said that after years of training and hard work, when he finally earned his black belt, his sensei pulled him aside and said, “Now you can begin to become a master.” The CEO was confused. “Didn’t I just earn my black belt? Doesn’t that make me, on some level, a master?” His sensei replied, “You’ve only mastered the first step. A black belt is only a student who has thoroughly prepared to begin the journey.”

I think many actors live with the expectation that what they have or who they are ought to be enough to be a working actor in Hollywood. Our unions require no apprenticeship, casting directors tell us to “be ourselves” and we see people with no training and no experience being plucked out of nowhere for stardom. The truth is that our perception is different from reality. The star “plucked out of obscurity” has been training and auditioning for years, has their package together and has been ready for opportunity when it comes. To be a working actor, you have to view it as a black belt would: you must become a master at all the basics, then you will be able to successfully navigate the path to becoming a working actor.

What are some of the basics? Here’s a partial list in no particular order of importance:
  • A properly formatted resume
  • Headshots representative of your type and specific to the genres that type would work in
  • Demo reel also representative of your types
  • Voice over reel
  • Agent and/or manager
  • A proper marketing and follow-up plan
  • Acting training
  • Booking training – it’s completely separate from acting training
  • Improv and comedy training
  • Commercial training
  • The ability to network
  • Social Media presence
  • Healthy, facile body able to endure 16 hours on a night shoot
  • Audition outfits
  • Membership to all the self-submission sites
  • Camera to self-tape auditions or access to a taping service
  • Website
  • Day job with lots of cash and flexibility

I could go on and on. Being an actor is NOT easy, and neither is becoming a black belt. But once you have all the basics in line, then it becomes simpler to build a successful career as a working actor. In fact, this is the very purpose of The Lyndon Technique and – we exist to give actors practical tools and advice to become acting black belts.

So begin today to prepare for your journey. One day, people will point to you as an example of mastery at being a working actor. Until then, start training!

Justin Giddings + Amy Lyndon
The Lyndon Technique - Visit to download your FREE 4-Week Booking Kit!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ARTICLE: Keep The Funnel Full

Keep The Funnel Full
Justin Turner, Marketing Director

A lot of actors complain to us that their careers are not where they want them to be. We understand the frustration, but we also know that most actors don’t know how much they are in control of their own career. The problem is, actors usually put forth some (or a lot) of effort for a short period of time, get a tiny amount of results (if at all), then get frustrated by the fact that they have no momentum. The answer is simple: they don’t keep the funnel full.

Amy Lyndon uses this metaphor consistently when explaining a career. She says, “Keep filling up and funnel and don’t look back because before you know it will start spilling over with golden opportunities. That is how the energy and momentum in your career works. When you take the time off, you literally have to fill up the funnel and it won’t spill out for at least 10 days to 2 weeks afterwards. Sometimes an opportunity will come from something random just because of your energy set forth.”

Guys, you have to keep the funnel full by constantly and consistently putting in the effort and increasing your exposure so that there is a constant stream of opportunities and results in your career. What is the essential key to keeping the funnel full? Daily action. So we’ve come up with a proven list of daily activities that will help you keep your funnel full.

  • Submit yourself on all the self-submission sites 3-4 times throughout the day. These sites include; Actors Access, LA Casting, Now Casting, Casting Frontier, SAG’s iActor and

  • Download sides and use Amy’s book (The Lyndon Technique) to practice your skills at breaking down a scene every day.

  • Continually clean up your package. That means websites, resumes on all the casting sites and headshots.

  • Network on social media, primarily Twitter and Facebook. Twitter is a great place to make new connections with people in the industry who are oftentimes hard to network with, and Facebook is a great way to strengthen the current connections you already have.

  • Audition. Practice on the people practicing on you - i.e. college films, web series, independent films that you can book on your own.

  • Weekly Update for your team. Every week, compile a daily summary of your activity and send it to your team. This way, when your agent or manager sits down with a new batch of breakdowns, you’re at the top of their list.

We at The Lyndon Technique are issuing a challenge: Do the preceding six actions daily for two weeks, and then let us know how it went by posting on our Facebook Page, We guarantee that your career will experience a major shift in the right direction!

Justin Turner + Amy Lyndon
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ARTICLE: Are You Working Hard Enough? Really?

Not easy to build.
Last month, I wrote an exclusive article for our Members about burnout - the inevitable result of too much stress and working at a level-ten frenzy. This month, I want to swing to the other side of the pendulum and ask you, “Are you really working hard enough?”

I think we actors can easily point to the trials and tribulations of trying to make it in show-business and come up with a myriad of reasons (excuses) why our careers aren’t moving forward. “It’s tough.” “I don’t have the money for classes/headshots/coaching.” “If I only knew the right people.” “If only my agent sent me in more, or I had a better agent.” And so on…

Guys, it is very tough to be an actor. A lot of gurus say that if you can do any other job – do it. Well, I say bull**** to that. Rather than bail on your dreams because you can, you should tighten your belt, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to beat the hell out of any challenges that dare to take you on.

Whether it’s money, time, agent issues or whatever, there is a solution that someone has discovered. You are not the first actor to wish they had better contacts or better reps. Your challenges are not unique to you, so, what makes YOU different from the thousands of working actors?

You’re not working hard enough, or you’re not working smart enough.

Now, before you go crazy on me, please note that the keyword there is enough. You may be working very hard and very smart, but it may not be enough. Enough is a relative term, and so you have to decide what’s enough for you. A 19-year-old gorgeous blond model who is the niece of a famous director is going to have a different value for the term “enough” than you might have. But the principle remains the same: If you’re going to be a successful actor, you have to figure out what it’s going to take, and then do ENOUGH OF IT!

Honestly guys, this is a big subject, because every actor’s journey is different, so I can’t point to a checklist of actions and wash my hands of you. If you’re struggling, stop trying to figure it out on your own. Get connected to a trusted group of actors or industry professionals who aren’t afraid to tell you you’re slacking off. Even better, schedule a Career Consultation with Amy locally or via Skype. Whatever you do, do it NOW. Like, right now, today, in the moment, because this is your dream we’re talking about! It’s you vs. the world, and only one of you gets to walk away victorious.

Time to roll up your sleeves.

Justin Turner + Amy Lyndon 
The Lyndon Technique
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