Acting in a Changing Industry

Renowned actor, instructor, and author, Michael Laskin gives actors advice on how to survive in the ever-changing Hollywood industry.

Acting in a Changing Industry

Developed by Jason Tomaric, FilmSkills
ABOUT THIS LESSON
The film industry is always changing, but it has changed more so in the last 5 years than in the last 50. Whereas we can see this change in the technology, it's not so apparent in the acting field. In this FilmTalk, veteran actor Michael Laskin shares tips and tricks on how actors can adjust in the ever-changing film industry.
 
  • 19:48 FilmTalk video
  • Q&A with Jason Tomaric
  • Illustrated companion guide
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • How changes have affected actors
  • How filmmakers should change their approach on their path to success
  • How technology has changed the filmmaking process - from auditions to distribution
  • How to use social media to build your brand
ABOUT THE LESSON AUTHOR
Jason Tomaric

Jason Tomaric

Director, Cinematographer Los Angeles, California
Jason J. Tomaric is an Emmy, Telly, and CINE Award-winning director and cinematographer of four internationally-distributed feature films, dozens of national television commercials, music videos, and the largest film training content library in the world, published author of 8 books - used in many top universities, and creator of AccuSkills.com, an industry-changing learning management platform. 
 
Jason has worked in Los Angeles and around the world in over 20 countries. His clients include Disney, NBC/Universal, National Geographic, McDonald’s, Toyota, Scion, Microsoft, and Paul Mitchell, with narrative work screened at Sundance, Slamdance, and South by Southwest film festivals as well as on Netflix and on all broadcast networks.
 
Jason has taught and/or guest lectured at some of the nation's most prestigious film schools including UCLA, Columbia College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, San Francisco State, University of Notre Dame, and numerous film festivals.
 
Jason has written eight industry-defining books, all sold in bookstores, and used in film schools around the world. The American Society of Cinematographers hails Jason's books - "There are no wasted words in Tomaric's tome, which concisely summarizes each facet of the director's craft.  It's difficult to think of a step in the process that Tomaric fails to address." 
 
Jason’s DVD training series on Hollywood film production have trained filmmakers in over 40 countries, with distributors in Europe, Hong Kong, New York and Australia.
 
In 2010, Jason launched FilmSkills, which combines the world’s largest film training video library with his proprietary learning management system.  Adopted by 47 universities within the first year, FilmSkills is now the leading industry-standard training solution for motion picture and television production.
 
In 2015, Jason launched AccuSkills.com, an industry-changing learning management platform that bridges the gap between academia and industry.
THIS LESSON HAS BEEN UPDATED BY
Kingsley Benham

Kingsley Benham

West Hollywood, California FilmSkills
UPDATED ON 1/14/2016
CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS LESSON
Michael Laskin

Michael Laskin

Professional actor for over 30 years in film and television, off-Broadway, and at America’s leading regional theatres, including The Guthrie Theatre, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Seattle Repertory Theatre
Michael Laskin has been a working professional actor for over 30 years in film and television, off-Broadway, and at America’s leading regional theatres, including The Guthrie Theatre, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Seattle Repertory Theatre. Additionally, he was awarded the prestigious Fringe First Award at The Edinburgh Festival, starred on stage in London at The Roundhouse Theatre, and in the Canadian premier of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Talley’s Folly.” Michael received a Bush Fellowship with The Guthrie Theatre, and was recently awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts.
 
Besides an extensive private coaching clientele,  Michael has taught Master Classes in acting at The University of Minnesota, Kennesaw University, The Hawaii International Film Festival, and most recently taught on-camera acting to the MFA students at UCLA’s School of Theatre Film and Television. He’s also been a corporate consultant for a high-level creative think tank, The Right Brain Studio, and his voice can be heard in literally thousands of voice-overs for radio, television, and animation.
 
Michael is also involved in several projects as a producer, including a play that is currently optioned for Broadway.  He also helped develop and produced Jeffrey Tambor’s “Performing Your Life”, which has played all over the US.