The Nudity Question: To Bare or Not to Bare?

Outside, winter creeps apace, chilly winds heralding a glorious season of hibernation. It’s that sluggish time of year when we can stop exercising, grow lumberjack beards, and/or safely wear jeans over unshaven legs, content in an external, sub-zero justification of self-neglect. But one noble industry is pumping away, determined to keep America—nay, the world, steamy and self-consciously alert. These heroes never sleep. They are the masterminds that work year-round to bring you Bond girls, most Kate Winslet films (sorry, Kate, much respect) and Hugh Jackman’s naked backside (Not sorry. Thank you, Days of Future Past). That’s right! For actors, there is no off-season, not when nudity is so frequently used to provoke, reveal, and, of course, sell.

If you plan to pursue a serious career as an actor, you will most likely be confronted with some variation of the following sign-in sheet question: “Are you comfortable with nudity?”  Sometimes it is part of the character description. Sometimes it is the only character description. If these words strike terror into your heart, never fear. We’re here to strip away the outer layers and expose the truth of the nudity question. (Article disclaimer: all puns intended). Here are some factors to consider if you don’t know where you stand:

1.     Answer The Question Honestly. First things first. If you are staring the question in the face before an audition, it can be tempting to fall back on the actors stand-by of say yes now, learn new skills/negotiate later. I am every bit as guilty of perpetuating this policy as anyone else, and I am not saying that it never applies to the nudity conundrum. Just remember, this is one of those white lies that will become pretty immediately apparent, and potentially a problem. If you know in your bones (or bone. Geeeeeeet it? I’m done), that you are not and will not be comfortable with nudity, don’t go out for that role. It’s just bad form. Everyone will be justifiably annoyed if you pull a bait and switch on this one, which will be bad for your reputation, if nothing else. On the flip side, remember that nudity does not always mean full frontal. If you would be fine in a Calvin Klein ad, but feel queasy at the thought of flashing the family jewels, advertise your comfort with partial nudity. Just be honest, specific, and make sure you know what’s in a contract before you sign it.

2.     Do It For The Right Reasons. Honesty is all well and good, as long as you know where you stand. But if you have never been confronted with the possibility of bringing your birthday suit to a costume fitting, it can be hard to locate your true feelings on the matter. While neither I nor anyone else can answer that question for you, here is what I can advise: if you’re going to do it, do it for the right reasons. Those reasons include, but are not limited to:

a.  Because it is necessary to the plot.
b.  Because it has an artistically compelling message and a reason.
c.  Because you are genuinely excited about it.

On the other hand, if any of the following are the backbone of your argument, it might be time to reconsider:

d.  Because you are trying to prove something.
e.  Because you feel pressured to do so.
f.  Because you are getting paid a lot and think it will make up for your discomfort.

Either way, try to keep a level head. Remember that this industry is often voyeuristic and exploitive, especially when it comes to young actors hungry to begin a career. Before you even consider nudity onstage or in films, you should be one hundred percent sure the project is safe and legitimate, that you trust the people for whom you are working, that you are being appropriately compensated, and that your needs will be heard and addressed. Also, regardless of your personal opinion on the matter, know that there are certain perceptions in the media about actors who bare all. Discuss the implications on the direction of your career with your agent or other advisors before wading in. Nudity is not a way to get attention and kick-start a career. It’s an artistic call that should be handled with utmost professionalism on all sides.

3.     There Is No Wrong Answer. It is your career, your body, and your decision. You get to decide what is right for you as an actor and a person. Doing a nude scene does not make you a slutty, trashy, cheap, or less worthy of respect as an artist. It also does not make you more daring, edgier, or more serious than your fully-clothed colleagues. Declining a role that requires nudity does not make you prudish, cowardly, or less committed to your art. It also does not buy you class or clout. You will define your career by your talent, character, and work ethic. All the rest is someone else’s problem.

 

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Advice on Character Roles and When YOU Should Move to LA

Poster WebI am stuck in character roles, what does that mean? How much experience should I have before making the move to LA? Amy answers these questions and more on this week’s Ask Amy! Each week Amy answers your questions here! Do you need acting technique tips or career advice? Send them here: AskAmyLyndon@gmail.com.

Amy Lyndon is a Celebrity Booking Coach, CEO and Author of “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking.” She has 40+ Series Regulars, an Emmy Winner, an Imagen Award Winner and 1000’s of Working Actors around the globe all using her Technique. She’s also an Award Winning Actress, Director and Writer currently with 91 IMDB credits and was the CEO – Personal Manager of Gold-Levin Talent for 9 years.

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Hello, I am Indian. I have done some work here in India, but I want to work in Hollywood, so what should I do?

I can’t tell you how many times I get that question… So, here goes… Make sure you have some recognizable credits or scenes with stars from your country before you come here. You can get an agent inside the USA in several states and in Canada and the UK, but it’s not possible to have one here and live in India. So, before you move to Los Angeles, save up 3 years worth of bank to truly focus on building and creating a career.  It’s impossible to work in Hollywood without living here when you don’t have credits. It’s hard enough when you do live here to work without credits. Good luck on your journey! Hope to be welcoming you to LA LA Land soon.

 

Hi Amy,

I am always cast as the “friend.” I have been told I have a unique look, not what I usually see as leading roles but I think I have what it takes! Is there any chance a “goofy-looking” girl could ever be the lead?

If you’re not a model and you’re over 18, then probably 95% of actors are considered “Character.” There are TONS of Character Leads! Take some time and really look at the casting on Television… Mindy Kaling, Mayim Bialik, Lena Dunham, Viola Davis, Ellen Pompeo… Seriously, the list goes on. There is room for EVERYONE!! The only requirement is that you’re brilliant!

 

Hello Amy. I am putting together my demo reel and I’m not sure what to put in it. I have been in some big movies but only very small parts. I also have some unknown movies where I have longer monologue-type scenes…. What should I include/what should come first?

Start your demo with a small scene with a star from a big movie, then put up the Title Card with your name and then put a killer acting scene no more than 35 – 40 seconds after and then keep layering in 20 – 35 seconds of different characters one after the other – then end with a Title Card with your name and an email. People get excited by great acting and range – help them see how many ways they can make $ off of you by all the great roles you can play. Put the smaller recognizable scenes in-between the longer kick butt ones. You tell them how to market you.

 

 

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This week on @CastItTalent Radio, Will talks to @AmyLyndon of “Ask Amy”

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Amy Lyndon is a Celebrity Booking Coach, CEO and Author of “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking.” She has 40+ Series Regulars, an Emmy Winner, an Imagen Award Winner and 1000’s of Working Actors around the globe all using her Technique. She’s also an Award Winning Actress, Director and Writer currently with 91 IMDB credits and was the CEO – Personal Manager of Gold-Levin Talent for 9 years.

 

 

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This week: Kids breaking into acting

Rachel is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at www.rachelfrawley.com

 

KEVIN E. WEST – ACTOR, COACH, KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Scripted acting / Improv / Stand up / Hosting / YouTube personalities

 image1As founder and president of the Actors’ Network, Kevin spends every day helping today’s actors learn about the business of acting and how they can realize the greatest success without repeating the mistakes of others. www.actors-network.com | www.kevinewest.com | Twitter.com/theKevinE

“Kevin is the consummate professional. he is one of the most ethical, intelligent, talented, pro-active, pro-actor people I’ve ever known. Kevin’s extensive experiences, passion and ability to communicate make him the best person I know to assist actors. Hollywood is a business that has a lot of unspoken and ever-changing rules lead to a lot of mistakes which cost actors time, money and emotional strength. To have someone like Kevin on your side to help you get through Los Angeles without having to make all of the same mistakes… is invaluable.”

Lonnie Hamerman, Casting Director: Without a Trace, Monk, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

Rick Zieff: Voice of Reason

RICK ZIEFF – ACTING IN VOICEOVERS – THE VOICE OF REASON

Rick’s dynamic and entertaining coaching style make him a much sought after lecturer throughout the country. In Los Angeles, “Rick Zieff’s Unbelievably Fun Voice-over Class” is extremely popular, and he is a guest panelist at many popular L.A. workshops.  Many of Rick’s students have gone on to do national commercials, hit animation TV series, hit video games, bestseller audiobooks, and ongoing corporate narration. No matter what the medium, Rick emphasizes the importance of character development, text analysis, improvisation, and stresses that making strong creative choices are essential at the microphone. He teaches the tools voice actors need to “book” the job. http://www.rickzieff.com

 

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The author of Small Shoes: Outgrowing Old Relationships and Finding the Right Fit.  Spotlighting insights from Small Shoes, Camille offers a series of Self Empowering Workshops, Seminars and Speaking Events for tweens, teens, and adults, to educate, motivate, and inspire all participants to Step Up and generate positive change personally, nationally, and globally.  http://www.theshoegal.com

 

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How do Actors Build an Online Career? Matt Lieberman Tells All!

AAP_EP_MATT_LIEB1_FinalHave you ever wondered how actors become online sensations overnight? How do you build an online career? Not to worry, Matt Lieberman of SourceFed is here. Matt tells all about building an online career and the best parts of being an online host.

Actors Anonymous, founded by Wesam Keesh, is a podcast that focuses on the Los Angeles actor and the struggles and hardships of their careers, as well as their success stories.

Cast It Talent is proud to sponsor the Actors Anonymous Podcast. We believe that the message promoted by Wesam and Producer, Jordan Burbank helps actors stay unified as a community, navigate the acting world, and stay motivated to reach their goals.  As founder Wesam articulately stated; “Living and working as an actor has showed me that many of my fellow artists waste away years of their lives in a state of negativity, disillusion, and unnecessary competitiveness. This needs to stop if we want to grow as artists, professionals and human beings.” This refreshing, supportive take along with insightful interviews, makes Actors Anonymous a podcast anyone interested in acting should give a listen.

EPISODE 67: MATT LIEBERMAN
Matt Lieberman (SourceFed, AskLiebs, Afterbuzz) is on the show talking about how he built his online career, works to help others better themselves, and some of the best parts of being an online host.

 

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