Tue, Nov 14|
NonMembers: How To Effectively Direct Actors with Jemal McNeil
We are going to talk with celebrity acting coach Jemal McNeil to discuss how to overcome these obstacles and set clear expectations for yourself and your actors.
Time & Location
Nov 14, 2023, 5:00 PM
About the Event
As a director, it is important that you not only communicate your vision for your film to your crew but also to the actors who are portraying the characters in your story. You have to be open to their ideas and input, you have to know how to provide constructive feedback and direction that ensures the actors can give their best performance.
Many directors have different approaches when it comes to working with actors. When you are finding your way as a director it can be difficult to settle on your personal approach. You may wonder why an actor killed it in an audition but now that you have hired them their performance feels flat. Maybe, your lead actor seems frustrated and you are not sure how to connect with them.
We are going to talk with celebrity acting coach Jemal McNeil to discuss how to overcome these obstacles and set clear expectations for yourself and your actors. We will also discuss the audition process, maintaining professionalism on set, and speaking the actor’s language. This is an introduction to the Directing Actors Intensive Jemal and Landi will be teaching in person on December 2nd & 3rd in Los Angeles.
Jemal is a Hollywood A-list acting coach. Through his method of Artist/Civilian, he creates a Sanctuary for actors to express themselves freely, apply and understand techniques, explore their craft, and take pride in calling themselves artists. Jemal trained at Howard University, The Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, The Kennedy Center, and also with Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis Workshop, Mike Malone, Vera J Katz, and Ron Allen. His coaching resume includes Octavia Spencer (The Help, Snowpiercer, and Hidden Figures) and Taraji P. Henson (Benjamin Button, Hustle & Flow, Hidden Figures, and Empire.) Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures), and A$AP Rocky (Dope) to name a few.
To learn more about Jemal visit his website jemalmcneil.com.