The Very Important Acting Audition By Helene Goldnadel of International Creative Artists

JEAN-CHARLES DU MAURIER:

Helene Goldnadel is with us today. I understand that you know the acting industry and have worked within all the different aspects of it. You were an agent in New York for quite a few years and were franchised by SAG and AFTRA. You are now in the development part of the business, since you own the prestigious acting school: “International Creative Artists” located in the State Of California on the West Coast. So you went from being an agent to being a school owner and you also produce?

HELENE GOLDNADEL:

Yes indeed, Jean Charles. We recently did a pilot and I will start working on a full-length feature film beginning of next year. It’s an independent type of film. What’s great is that the casting is made easy by the incredible resource that International Creative Artists is as far as the best trained actors one can get.

JEAN-CHARLES DU MAURIER:

Do your graduates have to audition for parts?

HELENE GOLDNADEL:

Some do, and some don’t. What I mean is that sometimes we have a graduate and he/she is exactly whom I just know will be perfect for a part because the teachers evaluation and mine spell out their name for that character. And other times, I feel somebody is really great, but I need to audition them just to make sure they are perfect to be that character. Magdalena Zielinska for one is obvious as a leading role in so many instances. She gets called for such parts without having to audition.

JEAN-CHARLES DU MAURIER:

Aside from being a trained actor, what do you think is important for an actor to do to prepare when an audition was scheduled by their agent.

HELENE GOLDNADEL:

You do research! You don’t only memorize the part. You figure out who that character is. You hang around places they would go to, meet people they would see on every day basis. As an example, if you’re gonna be an attorney, go sit in court! Take on the job they do and work there for a week or two if it demands less skills. Find out what makes your character tick. Is there anything they love to do? Hate to do? Do they have any special skills which are part of the story line and are used in ACT II that the actor needs to master? It’s all about working towards it in any and all possible way, shape or form. Then go to your coach, one of our teachers or myself here, and run the lines, run the lines oh, and also… Run the lines.

JEAN-CHARLES DU MAURIER:

So successful acting and obtaining those jobs out there is about preparation and skills?

HELENE GOLDNADEL:

And about your guts, FEELING the role. Becoming the character is extremely important. BEING the character verses acting the part. The
business of acting is the business of non-acting.

JEAN-CHARLES DU MAURIER:

So would you say that at International Creative Artists you teach people how… “Not to act?”

HELENE GOLDNADEL:

That’s exactly what I’m saying Jean-Charles! Acting is being the character, living their life, feeling their joy or pain and anything they feel and live, enjoy or endure!

JEAN-CHARLES DU MAURIER:

Well ladies and gentlemen; Helene Goldnadel just dropped a bomb in here! I love it. Thank you so much Helene and come back any time! Please!

HELENE GOLDNADEL:

(Laughs) I will, and thank you for having me Jean-Charles!