VP's BLOG: THROW ME A STICK

 


VPs_BLOG_What_Am_I_Doing_Wrong_20010101BroadwayWorld.com is excited to introduce its newest blogger - VP Boyle!

VP Boyle is one of the most sought after Broadway audition and life coaches for professionals in New York City and works with actors at every level across the country to spread his irreverent approach to theatrical wellness. VP currently serves as the creator and Chair of the New York Film Academy's new cutting-edge Musical Theatre & Film Conservatory Program. The two-year program merges conservatory musical theatre training with Broadway professionals and an intensive acting on film curriculum that culminates with an original movie musical film project.

Check out a quick introduction video to the program by clicking HERE.

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Excerpt from AUDITION FREEDOM: THE IRREVERENT WELLNESS GUIDE FOR THEATRE PEOPLE

I think dogs really get it. They have their priorities straight and live totally in the moment. Life is an awesome combination of eating, sleeping, playing, pooping and hanging out with people who love you. Throw in some snow, an old shoe to chew, a good stick to fetch, some crotch sniffing and the world is their oyster. Sign me up for that life in the next round-

I'm a Great Dane at heart.

Auditions are full of thrilling unknowns. You gotta love it because it's a big, silly game. It can be fun. A puzzle to solve. A yummy stick to catch.

Why do people turn into puddles of mush when they see any puppy on the planet? I mean, really think about it. You just can't look at a puppy without being reduced to some adolescent blob of grinning goofiness. No matter how serious you are, it's a delight because this creature with absolutely no coordination in front of you just wants to play, play, play with everyone who is willing. Think about that! You only have to remember three words.

Bring. It. On.

"Bring it on!" is a great cue to imprint a sense of playful courage in your brain. I'd take it one step further (I always do) and make it a code word. Pick something delicious and irreverent. Something secret that you never share so that you keep some mysterious sparkle in your eyes.

Something like-WOOF.

That's hot. Woof. The Zen nature of dog life and fabulous freedom to "bring it on" in auditions just for the fun of it all wrapped up in a code word like WOOF. Divinely inspired, if I do say so myself. Like you, I'm an artist!

What will your word be? I want you to write it somewhere so that you will see it the next time you audition right before you walk into the room-whether it's in your journal, by your music, or on the back of your hand. Simplify The Situation (with your code word) to nothing more than the idea of good ol' tail wagging dog play and see what surprising things happen.
Live who you are. Love what you do.



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VP Boyle VP BOYLE is one of the most sought after Broadway audition and life coaches for professionals in New York City and works with actors at every level across the country to spread his irreverent approach to theatrical wellness. He wears many hats in the Broadway community (director, casting director, actor, writer, producer) and is most known in the theatrical casting world for creating The Musical Theatre Forum, a professional casting workshop with every major Broadway casting agency in NYC.

VP currently serves as the creator and Chair of the New York Film Academy's new cutting-edge Musical Theatre & Film Conservatory Program. The two-year program merges conservatory musical theatre training with Broadway professionals and an intensive acting on film curriculum that culminates with an original movie musical film project.

His book, AUDITION FREEDOM: The Irreverent Wellness Guide for Theatre People is availalbe at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Drama Book Shop NYC.

He directed the sold-out An Evening with Frank Wildhorn and Friends at Studio 54 featuring Linda Eder, Douglas Sills, Frank Wildhorn and others. He also directed the critically acclaimed presentation of The Normal Heart at Lincoln Center. He spent two years as the Producing Director for The Musical Writers' Playground and as a casting director with Dave Clemmons Casting casting Broadway shows, tours, and original workshops. He is currently the casting director for Mason Street Warehouse and teaches audition workshops from coast to coast. As an actor, his favorite moments on the boards include The Scarlet Pimpernel with Douglas Sills and Sunset Boulevard with Diahann Carroll.

He is the screenwriter/lyricist for Walk Away, with Sharon Kenny and is currently at work on a new pop/rock musical with Joe O'Keefe, The Tunnel, based on the Mole People—the underground homeless living in NYC's abandoned subway tunnels. Outside of the zany world of show biz, VP is an amateur potter, librettist/lyricist, closet photographer and self-proclaimed man of leisure with more professional union cards and guild affiliations than any one person should really have. Member: AEA, CAEA, SAG, AFTRA, SSDC, ASCAP, The Dramatists' Guild.


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