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The Aspire Entertainment Team
01-Nov-2013

Performing Arts Skills for Aspire Students

Confidence, happiness, high self-esteem and strong communication skills are just some of the key benefits learnt by performing arts courses.

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Confidence, happiness, high self-esteem and strong communication skills are just some of the key benefits learnt by performing arts courses.

We advocate for the benefits of skills acquired by performing arts in all facets of life, not just while on stage or during a shoot. The Department of Health say that overwhelmingly, kids that are active with extra-curricular activities:

Perform better at school, improve their ability to concentrate, develop good social skills, develop good co-ordination, manage stress and anxiety, have more stamina and have improved self-esteem.*

Let's look at some other transferrable skills that can be used in the classroom, playground and in the home:

  • Memory and concentration
  • Body language and voice communication
  • Independence and collaboration
  • Team work
  • Creative development
  • Problem solving
  • Self-awareness
And what activities can we use them for?

  • Public speaking
  • Presentations and speeches
  • Sports
  • Meeting new people
  • Socialising with friends
  • Contributing in the classroom
  • Excelling in other extra-curricular activities
The very nature of Acting and Drama, as well as Modelling and Confidence courses, encourage personal development while learning skills specific to the practicalities of performance. Similarly, courses for the younger ones such as Fun Club can really propel their social skills and communication habits just in time for school.

The Aspire Entertainment Team
23-Oct-2013

5 Ways to Fight Stage Fright

Nervous sweats? Sporadic breathing as you step onto stage? Performing doesn't have to be scary! Follow these 5 simple steps to overcome stage fright.

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  1. Don't be scared of making a mistake: Remember that the audience won't know when you make a mistake, so it is best to improvise or continue with the script!
  2. Breathing: We often forget to pay attention to our breathing in moments of stress or when we are overcome by nerves, a simple act of taking a long deep breath before your debut on stage will make a big difference.
  3. Friendly faces: Have a friendly face nearby, whether that's a parent, a friend or a fellow actor for support.
  4. The necessities: Sleep and water are absolutely vital before a performance. Both of these components combined will work to keep you in check of your nerves!
  5. There will be calm: Remind yourself that once you are on stage and start speaking, only a few moments will pass before you feel a natural calm descend. 
The Aspire Entertainment Team
23-Sep-2013

Tom Morgan wins a trip to Hollywood

Aspire Entertainment student Tom Morgan's dream comes true when he wins an all expenses paid trip to Hollywood for a week long intensive Hollywood Immersive acting course!

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TOM MORGAN | 15 | MELBOURNE

One of our students has won the prize of a lifetime. 

Sixteen days shy of his 16th birthday, Tom Morgan was surprised at Lilly Dawson's Casting Seminar with a trip to Hollywood to follow his dreams. 

Lilly from Lilly Dawson Casting and Hollywood Immersive, said Tom was chosen for the prize based on his brilliant attitude, talent, great look and ability to take on a challenge. 'He is not afraid and tackles everything with enthusiasm and excitement regardless of his limited experience. It was a very emotional moment for Tom and his Mum and i think I may have even shed a tear or two myself!' 

Hollywood, in the district of Los Angeles and globally renowned for its thriving entertainment industry and cultivation of celebrity careers, will be Tom's destination in January as he packs his bags to jet off for a week long intensive Hollywood Immersive Acting course. The all expenses paid trip and course is courtesy of Bettina Management, the Kids in Showbiz Program and Hollywood Immersive. The experience will thrust Tom in the limelight to meet with key Hollywood agents, producers and directors.

Mum Jo-Anne said that 'it was absolutely surreal, this is a dream come true for Tom.' 

Bettina Management caught up with Tom after the excitement of the announcement to find out more about him and how he was feeling.

How are you feeling about Saturday, was it anything you could have ever imagined?

'No, it's not. I was completely surprised and shocked at what happened.'

When did you first realise you wanted to be an Actor and Model?

'I've always loved acting because I love watching movies and TV shows, and I also realised that modelling leads into acting and if I was to be in the modelling industry it would improve my chances of being in the acting industry as well.'

Being an Aspire Entertainment student, Tom says that participation in professional classes have helped with his confidence in reassuring him that putting in the hard yards will ultimately be rewarding. 

A seasoned rover, having travelled to New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Fiji, South Africa and Hawaii already, Tom will be making his debut on the American mainland. He says he is most looking forward to see how professional actors go about things and also being able to experience what it would be like living in LA. 'My biggest goal is to become a professional actor, similar to actors like Angelina Jolie who do humanitarian work for underpriveleged people.'

Tom's advice to aspiring actors and models is to 'not be put off by the thought of being rejected in order to get where you want to go, you will most likely be rejected many more times than you are accepted.' While acknowledging many dream big and large, Tom says that exposure to the American acting industry would be an ideal outcome, but says he is happy to simply come back to Australia knowing much more about what it takes to be a professional actor. 

Tom exudes calmness and determination even when wrapped up in the excitement of this life changing prize. Lilly admites 'Tom wants this dream - there is no doubt and it shows.'

Look out, Hollywood!

The Aspire Entertainment Team
09-Sep-2013

Importance of Warming Up

It is vital for performers to warm up and to take care of their mind, body and voice.

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Whether it's stretching and conditioning, standing in front of the mirror reciting affirmations, practicing scales or repeating tongue twisters - there are many different ways for performers to warm up. Individual exercises can differ depending on the field, but each are vitally important. 

Why?

Think of it this way, does a mararthon runner wake up from a deep sleep and run straight out the door and onto win a huge race? Does a professional dancer jump out of bed and perform leaps down the hallway? No, and it wouldn't be healthy either. 

Warming up is important to prepare our body for performing. Just like a guitar has strings and a piano has keys, we have our own instruments to look after made up of three components; mind, body and voice. We need to nurture, prepare and support our own instruments to be able to perform to the best of our ability. 

It doesn't need to be boring or time consuming. Make it a fun part of your practice. Listen to music. Do it with a friend. Mix it up. Set challenges. Make it exciting! Your body and your performance will thank you for it. 

Image Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/106679084896524593/

The Aspire Entertainment Team
04-Sep-2013

Help! I need to learn my lines!

A step by step guide to nailing an audition and practicing lines for actors.

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Preparing your lines for an audition is vital! Remembering your lines will show that you are not only serious about making a good impression, but that you are also passionate about the role. Sometimes it could be only one or two lines that you will have to learn, sometimes no lines and sometimes ten lines. Whatever it is, make sure you follow these tips to ensure you get the most out of your practice!


 Read the whole script – it is important to not only read your assigned lines, but to also read the lines of other characters. This will help you to imagine the setting of the story, the plot and the characters.

 Put yourself in the characters shoes – feel what the character is feeling and think what the character is thinking.

Break it down and split it up – it would be impossible to learn all of the lines in one big chunk! Separate the lines into sections and remember the first word of each section to give you a boost when you get stuck.

Make a list of all the key words – highlight all of the key words that will be easiest to remember such as words that stand out to you the most. If you are able to picture them in your head it will jog your memory for the words before and after it!

Rewrite it - Writing the lines out on a piece of paper will help to etch them into your memory.

Move around as you practice - It’s a fact that memory is aided by physical movement, so walk around the room and try to add gestures as you read the lines out.

Ask someone to help you – never underestimate the value of friends and family members for help! Let them read the lines of the other characters, or practice in front of them without holding the script and they can let you know when you slip up!

Don't forget - Although the words may be important, don't let the fear of forgetting your lines get in the way of your performance. Often people focus far too much on the words and forget about the story. If this happens to you mid performance, never stop and say 'Can I start again?' Just keep going, be creative and impro your way out of it and continue on.

Keep practicing – Practice, practice, practice, practice!

Image Source: http://peacepark.us/acting-auditions-2013/

The Aspire Entertainment Team
02-Sep-2013

Profile - Abbey Lee Kershaw

Abbey Lee Kershaw is an international modelling success and born and raised in Melbourne.

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About:

Abbey Lee Kershaw was born in Melbourne in 1987, attending school in North Melbourne and Fitzroy. She began her modelling career by entering and winning the Girlfriend Model Search in 2004. After she finished school, she moved to Sydney and was spotted on a beach by a model scout who also discovered Miranda Kerr and was immediately signed to an agency (Chic Model Management). 

Kershaw now belongs to agencies in the cities of London, New York, Paris, Milan, Copenhagen and Sydney and is also registered in New Zealand.

She has worked on campaigns for Gucci, Victoria's Secret, Fendi, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander Wang, whilst ranking 12th on the Top 50 Models Women list by models.com.

Fun Fact: 

Kershaw has a pet lizard called Annie Hall, has ten piercings and is an artist. 

Favourite quote:

'I like people with depth, I like people with emotion, I like people with a strong mind, an interesting mind, a twisted mind, and also someone that can make me smile.'

Image source: http://www.listal.com/list/dentinhos-b

The Aspire Entertainment Team
22-Aug-2013

The Model's Handbook - Marlene Donovan

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Marlene Donovan was a top model throughout the seventies and eighties before running one of Melbourne’s most successful adult agencies ‘Giant Management’ for 16 years. Donovan has combined her excessive and broad knowledge of the modelling world and inserted it into this must have handbook – coupled with segments and advice from industry experts, this book proves to cover everything aspiring models and their parents need to know.

Topics covered include:

  •  How to walk runway
  • The pros and cons of different kinds of modelling work
  • Ways to stay healthy and happy through the ups and downs of modelling
  •  How to manage your career and your money
  •  Life after modelling
  •  What you can expect on the day at a job

For our modelling students, theory is just as important as practice. We want you to be armed with all of the information you can manage!

Have a read of this interview with Marlene to get a gauge of how the book came about here.

You can also purchase the book online here.

The Aspire Entertainment Team
14-Aug-2013

Instagram Selfie Competition - #aspiremodelsearch

An amazing competition has just touched down and we are VERY excited to...

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Competition

An amazing competition has just touched down and we are VERY excited to announce that Aspire Entertainment are hosting an 'Instagram Selfie Competition' for Melbourne teens with some added prizes courtesy of Bettina Management.

So position your pose and pouts for a whirlwind of selfie madness for your chance to win one of three exclusive prize packages! Tell your best friends, school mates and family to get in on the fun too - there are plenty of prizes to go around!

What Do I Win?

First Prize:

  • 1 x Modelling and Confidence course for a full year - valued at a whopping $777!
  • Bettina Management Membership for 12 months - valued at over $620
  • Photographic 'portfolio' package with 8 x A4 prints - valued at $760

Second Prize:

  • 1 x Modelling and Confidence course for a full term - valued at $195
  • Bettina Management Membership for 12 months - valued at over $620

Third Prize:

  • 1 x Modelling and Confidence course for a full term - valued at $195

How Do I Enter?

Entering the competition is easy! Follow these steps:

1. Follow us on Instagram - @aspireentertainment
2. Flash your best selfie smile, upload it to Instagram with your favourite filter and hashtag #aspiremodelsearch
3. To confirm your submission, email Jade at: jade@bettina.com.au with your name, age, suburb and Instagram username, we will then email you a confirmation of entry!
4. Keep your eyes peeled and notifications in check on September the 25th for the announcement of winners!

Good luck!


Terms & Conditions:

  • Each photo must be your own original work and not infringe the rights of any party.
  • You must be an Australian resident, living in Melbourne and be between 13 and 16 years to enter - competition is open to both genders. 
  • By entering, you agree that you have permission from a parent or guardian to enter and are able to attend the program and join the agency.
  • You must email jade@bettina.com.au to receive a confirmation of your submission with your name, age, suburb and Instagram username listed.
  • The Modelling and Confidence course is redeedmable for Term 4 in 2013 or Term1 in 2014 only. Dates and times as published on www.aspireentertainment.com.au
  • Current Bettina Management members will get their next year for free as the membership prize.
  • Current Aspire Entertainment students will get their next course for free as the membership prize.
  • Bettina Management membership valid for 12 months and must be redeemed prior to 29 November 2013 for non-members.
  • Competition closes at 23.59hrs (AEST) on 22 September 2013.
  • Three winners will be chosen by 25 September 2013 and notified via the Instagram account used to enter. The winning entries will also be published on the Aspire Entertainment Facebook page by 25 September 2013.
  • Winners must follow instructions issued on Aspire Entertainment Instagram and the Aspire Entertainment Facebook to redeem their prizes. 
Aspire Admin
12-Aug-2013

Profile - Elizabeth Debicki

Elizabeth was born in 1990 in Paris to a Polish father and an Australian mother who are both professional dancers...

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About:

Elizabeth was born in 1990 in Paris to a Polish father and an Australian mother who are both professional dancers. When she was 5, the family moved to Melbourne. She became interested in Ballet and started training at a young age, it wasn't until she was 16 that she realised she was too tall to be a ballerina and switched her energy into acting.  After high school, Elizabeth completed a degree in Drama at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts and quickly begun auditioning for jobs. 

Elizabeth made her debut appearence in the film A Few Best Men in 2011. She then auditioned via video for a role in The Great Gatsby as supporting role Jordan Baker. Baz Luhrmann was so impressed with her video audition that he flew Elizabeth to Los Angeles to meet with him. She was then successfully selected for the role - a magnificent step in such an early career!

Fun Fact: 

Elizabeth graduated from her high school with a perfect study score in both English and Drama. She was also the crowned as Dux. 

Favourite quote:

'Everytime I see a good play or watch a good movie, I have the same feeling I had as a child of wanting to be that person on stage or wanting to run through the forest with a big dress on.' 

Image source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4456120/

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  • Performing Arts Skills for Aspire Students
  • 01-Nov-2013

    Performing Arts Skills for Aspire Students

    Confidence, happiness, high self-esteem and strong communication skills are just some of the key benefits learnt by performing arts courses.read more

  • 5 Ways to Fight Stage Fright
  • 23-Oct-2013

    5 Ways to Fight Stage Fright

    Nervous sweats? Sporadic breathing as you step onto stage? Performing doesn't have to be scary! Follow these 5 simple steps to overcome stage fright.read more