SB-EG and IMTA alum Morgan Phillips takes our "Throwback Thursday" spot. These are some of Morgan's headshots that were taken for IMTA 2009. After he completed his senior year of high school he moved to Los Angeles where he signed with a commercial agency. Morgan has been very involved in the comedy scene and has been featured in several digital shorts on the website FunnyOrDie.com. Morgan has been featured on multiple episodes of the CW's TV series 90210. Keep an eye out for more to come from Morgan Phillips.
If you're in the area, come out to Swig in Perrysburg tonight at 9:00pm. Sit back and enjoy food while listening to a live acoustic set by Paytra Gessler and Chris Brown. LIKE Paytra's Facebook page to keep updated on where she is playing and to follow her journey.
Tatiana Owen's song "I Know U Know" was recently featured on CBS's Person of Interest. This week it will be featured on Smule's Sing! app. Sing your favorite songs from the top hits, or perfect a song and then share it with the world.
Tatiana goes live this Tuesday, November 12th at 12:00pm est. Sing along with Tatiana and Sing! fans from around the world.
Supernatural fans check out the trailer for Mary Loss of Soul. After Mary, the 15 year-old, vanishes from her family's lake house, she returns without any memory of the traumatic events she has experienced. A wrathful spirit begins haunting them but the Solis family's biggest fear is watching Mary unbecome.
SB-EG's Anne Bex plays Sophia Solis, Mary's younger sister.
"Newcomer Anne Bex is as comfortable in front of the camera as she is on the playground. As bright and charismatic in real life as she is onscreen, Director Jennifer B. White has called Anne Bex the new young Drew Barrymore."
Keep an eye out for the release of Mary Loss of Soul sometime in 2014 after the film festivals!
SB-EG's very own Olivia Stuck is headed to the premiere of "Last Vegas" in New York City tonight! Olivia plays the role of young Sophie alongside Douglas, De Niro, Freeman and Kline in the movie.
"Last Vegas" tells the story of four childhood friends that head to Las Vegas to relive their glory days but quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined.
"Last Vegas" is in theaters this Friday, November 1st.
Paytra has always been a go-getter. She never lets anything stand in her way of doing what she is truly passionate about which is singing/songwriting. She puts her heart in all that she does and most importantly wants to connect to her audience, so let her know what you think of her new single and what you hope to hear from her in the future!
Check out her other songs such as "The Party Never Ends" that is about her love affair with New York City, "BFFL" is all about the perks of having a best friend for life and "I'm Not That Girl" empowers young women to be strong and independent.
We look forward to hearing many more songs in the future by this up and coming artist. Stay tuned for her "Runaway Love" video!
Auditioning in New York City is always an interesting adventure. Most production companies will rent some studio space for a few hours at a time in an old office building in Midtown. The studios are often cramped and noisy. The walls are thin and the actors are many.
This past week I auditioned on the 12th floor of an office building, on 36th street, for a role in a pilot of a comedy series. There were no audition appointments, so there was about 20 to 25 people waiting in a narrow hallway for their two to three minutes of face time with the casting directors and producers. Everyone is trying to be nice and courteous but the tension and nerves make the room feel heavy and cramped.
Everyone has their headshots, resumes and the “sides” that we were provided to look over before performing them. I had about an hour of time in the holding area. Like with most auditions, one or two people in the hallway nervously cannot stop talking. These two individuals begin rehearsing the same part for which I was auditioning.
It did not take long for me to realize that these guys were making the same mistake that I have seen time and time again. Their problem was that they were “acting”. It was so obvious that they were “acting”, that I would bet a lifetime of earnings that they do not get so much as a callback for the role.
When the art of acting is developed properly, it comes across as being very real and conversational in nature. When the scene calls for two people to have a dialogue, it should look and sound like a real conversation that two people, in real life, would be having.
When preparing for an audition that calls for you to perform a dialogue in a “side” or a scene, you have to make the casting directors feel as though this is a real conversation between two people.
Listen: You need to listen to your scene partner. Don’t make the mistake of only “hearing” the words and waiting for your turn to speak. A real conversation between two people will involve hearing the words, but also matching the energy and tone of the other person. Really take the time to listen to how the person is delivering their side of the conversation to you and your job is to match that tone and energy.
Natural pauses: In a normal conversation between two people, the conversation would not sound rehearsed or planned. A normal conversation involves two people that have no real idea exactly what the other person is going to say or how they are going to say it. In a real conversation, each person listens to what is being said to them and they think for a moment of a response and then they deliver the response. Don’t rush so quickly to say your lines. It will come across as rehearsed and disingenuous.
Expressions: Being “real” as an actor is not only about what you say, but your body language as well. Too many actors forget that the character is a “real” person. If the script call for you to say, “No, I don’t believe you,” for instance, there is going to be some sort of natural movement of your body that indicates, “No.” That movement may be a wave of a finger back and forth or a shaking of the head back and forth. In a real conversation, you wouldn’t just tell someone “No” and then not have the body language that would back that response.
Remember, it is acting. This isn’t rocket science. Be natural. Be human. Be real.
IMTA is not the only reason to contact SB-EG. Yes, many of the top actors, performers and models at SB-EG go on to the national stage at IMTA with hopes of beginning a professional career. There are, however, a large group of individuals that come to SB-EG with much more modest and career-driven goals. Public speaking, gaining confidence in large group settings and the inner challenge are just some of the reasons that people have contacted SB-EG and embarked on this journey.
As a product of SB-EG, and an IMTA alum, I can attest to the remarkable changes that I witnessed in both myself, and the people around me. I began an acting career at the age of 43. You are never too old to begin a new career. Had I not decided to make acting my fulltime profession, I would still have benefitted from the remarkable workshops and been able to apply them to any professional career.
Communication Skills: The ability to confidently communicate with people is a common denominator of successful individuals in all walks of life. The ability to display a certain sense of confidence and have a “presence” is an attribute that is priceless. Too many people speak with their head down, nervously fidgeting with their hands, not looking people in the eyes and their voice trails off insecurely. Spending time in workshops with SB-EG is a way to overcome these negative habits and showcase a new found sense of confidence in the workplace.
Public Speaking: Some people feel more comfortable in smaller groups and have a fear of speaking in public settings. Large groups of people can seem intimidating to some people, particularly if they lack confidence in what they are saying or in themselves. Acting workshops at SB-EG are a great way to overcome these fears. Learning to convey a positive and confident message to a large group of people is what SB-EG workshops teach you. The classes are non-judgmental and very hands-on experiences with seasoned actors giving you constructive advice.
Voice and Speaking Coaches: A major component of being able to communicate effectively is your ability to speak in a clear and concise manner. By taking the acting workshop classes at SB-EG, you will learn some very effective vocal techniques to help you speak more clearly and enunciate properly. The classes involve vocal and physical warm-up exercises. These exercises will help you to use your diaphragm when speaking and develop better speech patterns. As an actor, or as a business professional, the ability to speak clearly is essential to gaining attention and respect from your audience.
Becoming and actor and preparing for IMTA is the reason that I chose to contact SB-EG. What I gained from their experience and guidance is a set of skills that are far more universal than I would have anticipated. If your goal is to put yourself in a position to potentially embark on a career in the entertainment industry, there is no better advice that I can give you than to contact SB-EG immediately. If you are a professional and are looking to improve your confidence and speaking abilities, please phone 419-474-4777 or email to SB-EG(
The movie features Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman who play three sixty-something year old friends who take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.
Check out the trailer and stop it at the 2 minute mark to see a glimpse of Olivia!
Lyman, a scout from New York City, came to our Starbound studio a couple weekends ago to help find Toledo and surrounding areas hidden treasures.
This gave aspiring models, actors, singers, dancers and songwriters the opportunity to audition and show off their talents in front of Lyman, Wendi Davis and the SB-EG directors.
We had such a great turn out and found a lot of great talent that were accepted to go to IMTA.
What is IMTA? It is the International Modeling and Talent Association where the world's top model and talent agents, managers and casting directors come to find new faces. SB-EG is known for taking their students national to L.A. and NYC and most of our success stories have come from taking them to IMTA.
IMTA offers unique performance and educational opportunities for aspiring models, actors, singers, dancers and songwriters to showcase their skills and learn from the industry professionals who can get their career started.
We have already started working with our new and old talent to prepare them for IMTA. We are so excited to hone their craft, teach them how to audition and help them make the connections they need to be successful in this industry!