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  1. Default Acting pointers? 
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Hey family,

    Surprisingly this is my first year working for a professional haunt and I need a bit of professional tuning on my act. Huge step up from my garage haunting days. Don't get me wrong I'm a scary guy but a little help never hurt and what better place to seek guidance than this wonderful part of the internet.

    Any major DO's and DONT's, techniques to save and make your voice last and really pretty much anything else worth slapping down on the table would be great information.

    Really any feedback is nothing but a huge help! Thanks guys
    Last edited by The Forsaken Crypt; 08-30-2011 at 07:59 PM.
    Matthew Colton
    Frightworld America's Screampark

  2. Default Actor Trainning 
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Charlotte North Carolina, United States
    You could always get one or both of Allen's DVD'S at http://www.stiltbeaststudios.com/About.html this would be a great help for you.

    Good Luck

    P.S. The biggest DON'T in do not say "BOOO"...lol
    Last edited by Bradenton Haunted Trail; 08-30-2011 at 08:31 PM. Reason: P.S.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Mesquite, TX
    E- Energetic
    R- reliable

    Lets see Dos and donts
    DO watch your audience- your whole audience not just the ones who are scared try to see the faces of everyone in the group read tham and learn who needs more or a different approach from you
    DO be ready 15 min before the haunt opens so you are prepared and not causeing stress to anyone in your chain of command
    DO respect the set designers and not alter lights or prop placement
    Do try to be positive when dealing with other castmembers- bad attitudes spread like a cancer through a cast, its the enviornment dark and loud its easy to be upset. Instead of focusing on the set that is meant to disturb people, focus on the guests reacting to your performance
    DONT bring your phone in the house- those FB messages will be there when you close
    DONT say hello to friends who come through- if you do you are ripping them off of the show they wanted to see, and making it harder for the rest of the cast to scare them.
    DONT sweat the small stuff- haunt owners and managers are nibbled to death by ducks with tiny problems every night- write down the things that need adressing because conversations can be forgotten; give it to your manager at the end of the night- unless its a safety issue.

    If they are bigger than you, reach for their feet
    If they look freaked out, go for a harder target

    If a door you are scaring through opens in, put your knee behind it- someone will kick it and its better it stops at your knee than your nose.

    I could write these all day, but im tired- Im sureyou will get a ton of great advice here.
    Allen H

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    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Glyndon MN
    Use the same costume every day. Make it a "character" you play and develop that character. My best actors seem to be the ones that by the time they put their teeth in they become someone completely different than who they are without their makeup and costumes on. Its an amazing transformation and its fun to watch develop.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Athens, Texas, United States
    I suggest Allens videos as well. He covers everything !!
    I'm only doing this to impress 2 people ... The fire marshal and the customer that's it !!!

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    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Cleveland Ohio
    Like Allen, with my 19 years under my belt I could go on for volumes, but will give you 5 of my top tips:

    1. Do not break character unless absolutely necessary. If you need to talk to a coworker out of character pull them aside out of the customer's view to do it.
    2. Have variety to your act for both your sanity and the customer's entertainment. Saying the same line 2,000 times a night will get old, and often if there are others that are learning around you they like to mimic...and it will spread through the haunt. It is a lot harder to mimic a full character with volumes of dialogue. However make your act appropriate to your scene or position. If you only see them for 5 seconds, dont try to tell them a story, however if you are entertaining a cue line, that might work.
    3. No scare is worth putting yourself or others in danger. Know your boundaries, and if you can't read your customer's proceed with extreme caution.
    4. Check your costume/makeup/mask before going into your acting area or in front of the crowd. Nothing is worse than a mask not tucked in, a t-shirt showing from a mis-tied costume, forgetting to change out of your white sneakers into boots or black shoes, makeup on your face but not your ears or back of the neck/hands, etc... The more realistic you look from head to toe, ears to eyes, the better chance you will have of convincing the customer you are something else with your act. However if you get really good, you can do it without the costume...you might just get a lot more weird reactions from people...lol.
    5. Have fun...just like any musician you see live...if they are having fun/really getting into what they are doing and it shows the audience will respond better....use this same formula with acting. Dont get bummed out if you dont get a scare off someone, roll with it and make the most of it.

    Mike "Pogo" Hach
    -Mike "Pogo" Hach

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