• Category Archives On-Camera Actors
  • Casting calls & auditions

    September 3, 2013 | by Jack Sitch

    Casting calls and auditions – unless it’s for the job you really want why should you care about them? Well if your dream is truly to be a screen or on-camera actor (actually this should even include stage acting) then any chance you have to participate in a casting call or audition is almost mandatory. Why? Well if you are staking your big career break on a skill you are not practicing a lot, then you may be throwing away the one chance you have to “make it”. Sounds like mandatory to me.

    You need to stop and think about this statement …”any skill not practiced on a consistent basis is a skill that becomes a weakness”. Can you imagine Tom Brady or Peyton Manning NOT practicing passing the football, or Michael Jordan NOT practicing shooting the basketball? It’s the same for an actor. If you are NOT practicing the skill of auditioning then you are leaving your career up to chance. In Los Angeles actors participate in hundreds of casting calls a year and they STILL go to class to sharpen their auditioning skills. In the Black Hills there’s not even a hundred casting calls in a year so you really have to look for the opportunity to practice these skills.

    So mark your calendars. Every Wednesday from 3PM to 6PM the Black Hills Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts holds an Open Casting Call for actors. Just like a professional audition, you’ll come in and present your monologue or a cold read of a film or TV side on camera.  You might want to do both.  It helps you practice the skill, or maybe even give you your first chance ever to participate in a casting call for on-camera work. For those of us looking to find actors for our projects, it helps us review the talent available in the Black Hills. It truly is a win-win.

    Plus this Saturday is the BHIBCA (On-Camera) Audition Techniques mini-session in our studio. It’s a three hour session offering training in a)What to expect in an audition for an on-camera role, b)How to take control of the room and the audition, c)How to prepare for the on-camera audition, and more. The actors will participate in monologue and side cold read auditions. Each audition is videotaped and critiqued with the actor. It’s a great training for the aspiring on-camera actor and a great refresher for those who have experience. Don’t leave your big break up to chance; make sure you participate as much as possible so that you are ready when the door opens.

    Let me know if you would like some more information. Contact me here, stop by the out studio at 230 Main Street in Rapid City, or email me at sitch.jack@gmail.com. Please share this post, friend us and like us. Thanks.


  • Urinetown fun and audition techniques

    September 2, 2013 | by Jack Sitch

    Saturday night was a fun night for me as I saw the musical “Urinetown” at the Firehouse Brewing Theatre in Rapid City. Kudos to everyone involved with this fantastic production, especially my good friend Bridgett Hill as “Little Sally”. The entire cast and crew did a great job. So congratulations to Jan Swank who directed the production and all the rest. If you missed this musical comedy you missed a fun and enjoyable theater experience.

    For the actors who have considered stepping from on stage to in front of the camera, this coming Saturday can be an important step for you as the BH Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts is holding the special mini-session training on-camera actors in Audition Techniques for screen actors. This three hour training session is designed to give the actor a firm foundation as they participate in casting calls and auditions for film and TV roles. It is the prerequisite for the upcoming Video Taped Auditions mini-session scheduled for later this fall.

    In this mini-session you’ll learn a)What to expect in an audition for an on-camera role, b)How to take control of the room and the audition, c)How to prepare for the on-camera audition, and more. This mini-session has a limit of 10 actors. It combines classroom learning and studio presentations. The actors will participate in monologue and side cold read auditions. Each audition is videotaped and critiqued with the actor.

    Let me know if you would like some more information on what I have to offer. Contact me here, stop by the out studio at 230 Main Street in Rapid City, or email me at sitch.jack@gmail.com. Don’t forget to share this post, friend us and like us. Thanks.


  • September BHIBCA training sessions and classes

    August 31, 2013 | by Jack Sitch

    The Black Hills Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts new September class and training sessions schedule is now official. There’ll be three 5-Week class sessions for actors and producers, plus three Saturday mini-sessions for actors.

    Here’s the schedule:

    • Tuesday nights (Sept. 10 thru Oct. 8) Teen Intermediate On-Camera Actor classes will be held from 6PM-8PM – The classes are limited to 10 students maximum – Ages are from 12-17 years old – The training includes Elements of Acting 1, Stage-VS-Screen Acting, Roles-VS-Characters, Bringing “You” to the Scene, Reacting-VS-Acting, Improvisation, Audition Techniques, Monologues & Cold Reading – The training includes both classroom training and on-camera scene acting – Recorded scenes will be critiqued with the students
    • Wednesday nights (Sept. 11 thru Oct. 9) Film Producer classes will be held from 6PM-8PM – The classes are limited to 10 students maximum – The training will highlight to role of the Producer in the production of a film or TV show – You will learn how each role interacts with the production team, from PA, Set PA, 2nd AD, 1st AD, Assistant Producer, Associate Producer, Line Producer, Unit Production Manager and Director to Scriptwriter and more – Each student will learn and be a part of the process for producing a show – The students will have a short film production plan ready to execute at the end of the class session
    • Thursday nights (Sept. 12 thru Oct. 10) Adult Intermediate On-Camera Actor classes will be held from 6PM-8PM – These classes are limited to 10 students maximum – Must be 18 to attend – The training includes Elements of Acting 1, Stage-VS-Screen Acting, Roles-VS-Characters, Bringing “You” to the Scene, Reacting-VS-Acting, Improvisation, Audition Techniques, Monologues & Cold Reading – The training includes both classroom training and on-camera scene acting – Recorded scenes will be critiqued with the students
    • The Audition Techniques Mini-Session will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10AM until 1PM – This mini-session will cover:
      • What to expect in an audition for an on-camera role
      • How to take control of the room and the audition
      • How to prepare for the on-camera audition, and more
    • This is a three hour session limited to 10 actors – It combines classroom training and studio auditions – You’ll present film/TV monologues and film/TV show side cold reads in an audition session – All auditions will be recorded and critiqued with the student
    • The Commercial Acting Mini-Session will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10AM until 1PM – This mini-session will cover:
      • What to expect in a TV commercial shoot
      • How to present the proper on-camera look in a commercial production
      • How to prepare for the commercial production, and more
    • This is a three hour session limited to 10 actors – It combines classroom training and studio presentations – The actors will participate in acting on camera from commercial production scripts. Each commercial is videotaped and critiqued with the actor
    • The Adult/Teen Improv Mini-Session will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10AM until 1PM – This mini-session will cover:
      • How to really listen to the stimulus of the scene
      • How to be honest in your reactions in an on-camera role
      • How to use your inner monologue to form your reactions on-camera, and more
    • This is a three hour session limited to 10 actors – It combines classroom training and studio presentations – The actors will participate in acting on camera in an improv scene with at least one other actor – Each scene is videotaped and critiqued with the actor

    Here are links to PDF files of the September calendar BHIBCA_SeptemberClassCalendar-083013, the Audition Techniques Mini-Session Audition Techniques Mini-Session, the Commercial Acting Mini-Session Commercial Acting Mini-Session and the Adult/Teen Improv Mini-Session Adult-Teen Improv Mini-Session. (Remember to right click and “save target as” on the PDF links to download) Contact me here for more information, stop by our studio at 230 Main Street in Rapid City, or email me at sitch.jack@gmail.com. And remember to help us by sharing this post, friending us and liking us. Thank you.


  • Investing in your dreams

    August 30, 2013 | by Jack Sitch

    Your dream, is it worth investing in? It is the question that seems to cause many to pause as they consider taking classes and training in hopes of achieving their dreams. They see the opportunity to take a class and ask does it cost anything to participate, or how much does this cost. I know they are fair questions when you don’t have a lot of money or time, but seriously, the question should really be will this help me achieve my dream?

    Let’s take a closer look at how to make the choice that is right for you:

    • If you aren’t sure of making a commitment to your success in filmmaking or acting consider this – The level of your results will be equal to the level of your commitment – Little or no commitment equals little or no positive results
    • I really don’t have the time – Well the question you need to ask and answer for yourself is this – When will I make the time for my future? – The opportunity to work with a professional Movie or Commercial Director may never happen again
    • What if I can’t afford it – This may seem really legitimate to you – However the real question needs to be “What is it worth to me?” – The sacrifice of some dinners out with friends or family, some Rush hockey games, maybe new shoes? – If you allow yourself this excuse for not investing in your future, then you probably already know the answer to how far you will go in achieving your dream – So, what your future is worth to you?
    • I already know the information that will be taught and discussed – In reality, if you feel you can’t learn anything from this training then you’re right – You don’t need to sign-up for these sessions
    • If you really want to have a leg up in reaching for your dreams and go forward in your life with success – These training sessions are right for you – Whether you are reaching for the stars in the Black Hills, or maybe the region around Denver or Minneapolis, or even nationally in places like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix or Houston – The more knowledge you have in your tool box the better the chance you will have for success
    • These training sessions are the first step you need to take in your journey towards success in filmmaking or acting – Remember, every journey starts with a step – Take yours today

    There’ll be new BH Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts training session schedules released this weekend. Contact me here for more information, stop by our studio at 230 Main Street in Rapid City, or email me at sitch.jack@gmail.com. And remember to help us by sharing this post, friending us and liking us. Thank you.


  • Achieving your dreams

    August 29, 2013 | by Jack Sitch

    I’ve learned a lot of lessons in my life and there is one lesson that I think is more important than most of the others …especially if you are a dreamer like me. That lesson is this: when you want to really be something, achieve something, then you have to work hard at it. Dreaming about being or achieving something doesn’t help you achieve it. Sitting around and talking to others about your dreams doesn’t help you achieve it either. You have to work at it. Work at it every day. Work hard at it. Anything worth having and achieving is worth every bit of effort you can give it. So don’t cheat yourself. Work at it every day. Work hard at it.

    The other part of that lesson is this: it doesn’t come cheap either. You have to be willing to invest in yourself. You may have to sacrifice going out to lunch every day so that you can save the money needed to invest in achieving your dream. Maybe you put off buying those new outfits, or that new TV, or that new car so that you can invest in achieving your dream. Dreams aren’t easy, and they surely aren’t cheap.

    So you have a dream. Are you willing to work hard at it? Every day? Are you willing to invest in it? If the answer is yes then you have a chance to achieve your dream. You can make that dream a goal, and that goal a reality. It is entirely up to you. Hey, I’ve had a chance to live my dreams and I have truly enjoyed every minute of it. It hasn’t always been easy and it certainly hasn’t always turned out fantastic …but I lived my dreams and I am incredibly grateful for that. If you’re wanting to be a part of the film or broadcast industry I am here ready and willing to help you achieve your dreams as well. The only promise I can make you though is it won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap. Nothing worth having ever is.

    Come be an on-camera actor with me today. At the BH Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts we’ll teach you about acting in front of the camera, in a movie or TV scene, in a commercial, doing improv, connecting with the audience in the intimate and personal way that screen acting allows you to do. We’ll work you hard, push you to achieve more than you may have thought possible. We’ll get you ready to achieve that dream of yours. You just have to take the first step. Contact me here, at our studio at 230 Main Street in Rapid City, or by email at sitch.jack@gmail.com. And remember you can help us by sharing this post, friending us and liking us.


  • The on-camera acting bug

    August 28, 2013 | by Jack Sitch

    The on-camera acting bug …do you have it? We talked about the first step you need to take in becoming an on-screen actor (the casting call) and now, what’s next? The truth is training …lots of training.

    Oh come on am I for real? Yeah I am.  Think about it. If it was so easy to be a screen actor that you didn’t have to train then why isn’t everybody acting on camera. We all know someone who is an absolute entertainer when they’re around. They could probably be a good actor. Well, unfortunately all too often when I am faced with using that “someone” in a commercial or other video project, they freeze. They absolutely freeze right there on camera. As a director that is completely unacceptable. Those of us that are directors and producers need people that know how to act on camera for our production to look good.

    Well, there are a lot of very good stage actors around and you probably think that they wouldn’t need to take lots of training to be an on-screen actor. The truth is though they do need training and practice. Yes it is still acting, just on camera instead of on stage. It’s just like believing that since I know how to drive fast I should be able to be a race car driver. It simply doesn’t work that way. To be good at any profession takes training and practice …lots of both.

    So where do you start? You start with the basics of on-camera acting. At the BH Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts we tailor our training to build upon your foundation as a trained stage actor. We won’t pretend to be the experts at stage acting and we know that there are wonderful programs in Rapid City and the surrounding region for training and working with stage actors. Instead, we concentrate on training you to become a good screen actor. We help you achieve that level of on-camera acting skills through our ability to see through the lens with a trained eye and our knowledge of what the audience needs from the screen actor. You’ll be working with experienced directors and producers. Production professionals that are skilled in bringing out the best in an on-camera actor. For more information contact me here, at our studio at 230 Main Street in Rapid City, or by email at sitch.jack@gmail.com. Please help us by sharing this post, friending us and liking us.


  • First step to becoming a screen actor

    August 27, 2013 | by Jack Sitch

    Dreams …they are the things that make this life incredible. Like the dream of becoming an on-camera or screen actor. That my friend is an awesome dream. To know that your performance on camera can move a viewer emotionally …wow.

    As you begin your journey of chasing that dream, let’s take the first step together. That step is coming in for the Open Casting Call at the BH Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts. At that casting call you will deliver either your monologue, one of our TV or movie monologues or a cold read of a TV or movie side on camera. That gives both you and me a good indication of where you are in the process of developing into a good on-camera actor. Then we will sit down and discuss the next steps needed in fulfilling your dream.

    The Open Casting Call also allows me to enter you in our system and begin the process of showing your look and abilities to production producers and directors. As we work together on your development as an on-camera actor we will strive to place you in roles that you are ready for.

    It all starts with you coming in and participating in the Open Casting Call at the BH Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts. They are held each Wednesday afternoon from 3 until 6 in our studio at 230 Main Street in Rapid City. If you need more information about the Open Casting Call message me here or email me at sitch.jack@gmail.com. I look forward to you being a part of the casting call experience. Don’t forget to share this with your friends, like us and friend us.


  • Becoming an on-camera actor

    August 26, 2013 | by Jack Sitch

    Do you dream about being an on-camera or “screen” actor, to act in front of the camera for the small screen of television or web videos, or maybe the big screen of movies? It’s a dream that many young people have, and quite frankly so do a lot of the more mature members of our society. This is especially true if you have been a part of a stage production at one time or another in your life. So, how do you get there from here?

    It should be an easy journey from acting on stage to acting in front of the camera, right? Well, not really. There are some actors that can make that transition look easy …many others though find it to be a tough transition. We could go quite in depth here to explain why this happens, but suffice it to say we don’t have the time or space to really do so today. So let’s keep it simple. The best way to get there from here is through training.

    I know you already know how to be an actor. Shouldn’t that be enough? It isn’t. Acting in front of the camera is a whole new set of tools. Many times it’s described as being “small” in front of the camera and “big” when acting on stage. Unfortunately that is too simplistic an explanation, one that can be tough for actors to grasp correctly. As a director/producer I can tell you it can also be tough for the video or film director to grasp that same simplistic explanation. Let’s be honest, if it was so easy to act on camera, or in the case of a director, to get an actor to look proper on camera, than why do so many of the local commercials on TV look like local commercials? Yes it’s not always because of the actor or director, but many times it is. That’s because this is not an easy transition to make.

    So your first step to making the transition is to take training. Yes …more training. The kind of training that gets you prepared for being on camera, gives you the experience of being on camera, helps you to dissect how to portray the scene on camera, and critiques you as you learn. Training that allows you to work with experienced directors and producers. The type of training offered through the BH Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts. Find out more about how we can help you achieve your dream of becoming an on-camera or “screen” actor today.  We are here to help. Contact me here, by email at sitch.jack@gmail.com, or in person at our studio at 230 Main Street, Rapid City. Don’t forget to share this post, like us and friend us. Thanks!