The sad truth about this town, you bring in a single card casting director, major hollywood director or producer, major coach and zero to a dozen people show up. AND THE PRICE IS FREE!
If a local casting director brings in a speaker the room fills, and it cost money.
Since the 1980's I, many of your SAG brothers and sister, pre-union groups or companies have been working to help this market compete in ways other than background talent.
We offer low cost audition polishing, training and acting through Lynch Coaching. Others offer quality acting at a wide range of cost per week or month.
When we have auditions, which is not often enough, trained or experienced actors often do not show up.Is it any wonder Hollywood, and quality talent a...Read more
Posted on 04/26/2017 at 02:02:00 PM
Cicero and the Five Arts
The Five Arts: Cannons of Rhetoric
Rhetoric, as an art, has long been divided into five major categories or "canons":
These categories have served both analytical and generative purposes. That is to say, they provide a template for the criticism of discourse (and orations in particular), and they give a pattern for rhetorical education. Rhetorical treatises through the centuries have been set up in light of these five categories, although memory and delivery consistently have received less attention. Rhetoric shares with another longstanding discipline, dialectic, training in invention and arrangement. When these disciplines competed, rhetoric was sometimes reduced to style alone.
Although the five canons of rhe...Read more
Posted on 03/19/2017 at 12:00:00 AM
There have been many issues that rocked or shattered this fall's elections. Pick one and look at it from the perspective and prism of this course. As an example the current health care debate is historic in its scope and implications. You may look at the entire debate, the evolution of the debate or at a specific speech and do the following:
1. Use as many of the concepts of the course as apply (including persuasive and argumentation chapters) to review the rhetoric of the debate.
2. View the debate from the perspective of other social sciences, again using the concepts of this and the other study area in doing so.
3. Do a detailed study of the methods of persuasion used by either side in the debate (there are multiple s...Read more
Posted on 03/18/2017 at 01:30:00 PM
How Not To Be Stupid: A Guide To Critical Thinking
Posted on 03/18/2017 at 01:15:00 PM
25 Online Tools to Teach Yourself Public Speaking
Public speaking inspires nervousness, cold sweats, and even shaking in many people, ranking among the most common and most pervasive fears people have around the world. Yet there's no real reason that public speaking has to be so unnerving. Some people may be naturally good at speaking in front of groups, but anyone can learn to improve their public speaking skills and gain the confidence needed to successfully deliver a speech or presentation. Even better, you can learn and practice many of the essential public speaking skills on your own, with the help of some really great web tools. We've listed just a few here that can help you to get you started on...Read more
Posted on 03/08/2017 at 02:17:00 AM
Persuasion and Understanding Argumentation
The well-constructed argument forms the foundation of persuasive speaking. An argument consists of three elements: claims, evidence, and reasoning. Claims lay the groundwork for the thesis of your speech, answering the question "What am I asserting?" Every claim includes at least one premise and a conclusion. When speakers use an enthymeme, they omit part of the claim, leaving the audience to complete the claim. Qualifiers moderate a claim, indicating where there might be exceptions to the speaker's position.
Evidence refers to the supporting materials presented to back up the claim, answering the question "What is the support for my assertion?" Speakers may use logical ap...Read more
Posted on 03/08/2017 at 01:56:00 AM
Ethical Speaking (8 simple bullet points)
Ethical speaking (applies to all forms of speech) involves
1. Responsible knowledge
2. Reasonable knowledge
3. Covers all major reasonable options
4. Covers all responsible options
5. Is fair
6. Is objective
7. Keeps in mind the effect on the listeners
8. Takes responsibility for the effect and response of listeners
Posted on 03/08/2017 at 01:50:00 AM
Demographics: Youth is no longer related to age....How Psychographics are trumping Demographics
Evolution of Psychographic over Demographic
Posted on 03/08/2017 at 01:46:00 AM
Helpful Speech Delivery Sites
From: BRADFORD, LAURIANN
Subject: Some helpful sites on speech delivery
To: All course individuals
Posted on 03/08/2017 at 01:39:00 AM
Agree to listen..Agree to understand...Do no harm.
1. Agree to disagree. Do not take the opinions of others personally. Realize they have a vested interests in believing what they believe. Do try to get into productive discourse and to educate, but be open to learning as you do so.
2. Agree to listen. Listening is the most important communication and critical thinking skill, yet is it rapidly becoming he weakest. You need to really listen, not just sit and hear someone go on and on and repeat memorized or internalized tracts. Listen for what is underneath what they are saying. Look for the value, truths and lessons in what they say. Also listen to understand the views of others as you prepare persuasive discourse yourself.
Posted on 03/08/2017 at 01:36:00 AM