So, who trains your actors?
As someone that goes to haunts and trains actors, I'm curious as to the methods that haunt owners use to train their actors. Do you let veteran actors apprentice novices? Do you watch how-to videos? Hire people to come in and train? Let them fend for themselves? Now that convention season is over, I'm starting to see local haunts beginning to advertise the need for actors (no experience necessary). I guess they'll have them ready by September...
The large theme-park haunt I used to work for failed to provide any serious training for their new actors last season and I heard a lot of complaints about how it took a couple nights before anyone really got into their routine. (There was a lot of turnover last year)
(As always, if you need someone to help with your actor training, I'm always for hire. Drop me a line for details...)
what AZ Scream Park is working on training
Here is one way the haunt that i am a lead of is deciding to train newbies. before i got there they use to have management train the actors in there spot and what they wanted them to do. it works if you have a small haunt and a lot of newbies but lets face the facts they are not going to scare them exactly the way you want them to. last couple years there was really no training for the newbies at all and it hurt royally the second year. This year managment and leads got together and decided to start a mentor program that would help with training newbies. This is the first year we are trying this and we are hoping it works. Once we get past the orientation night with management for example i would take the people that are in my haunt and start working with them and make sure they understand all the ins and outs of scareing as best as i can. I know that the first week we are open we will be getting some heavy training done to get everyone close to the same page and see who will really work out and who will not. It is not a full proof plan but it is something to work on. later in the coming years for the ones that stay at the haunt will be the ones training all the newbies so the Leads can work on the veterans and help them become better. the way i see it everyone is different in how they are scared and we can all ways improve scare tatics all the time to make the haunt better.
Lead of Alice's House of Nightmares @ Arizona's Original Scream Park
Haunt Acting Can Be SO many things
A quick "Gotcha" moment repeated over and over, struggling to see out of a mask or costume, maintaining one's composure and sense of direction and purpose and timing the entire time.
One good, interesting line , well spoken, timed right or speaking almost non-stop all night long.
Trying to come up with good help is tough, a few years ago an article stated that the main fear most people have is the fear of public speaking. Even with make up or mask, in a dark area, this public speaking fear still finds many people, unfortunately.