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Don't worry I won't bore you with bragging on my own website in the third person.
I leave this to the Kings.
My name is Barbara Wilder and I am an Austrian born actress, writer, filmmaker, short storyteller.
I have a master degree in Acting and a bachelor degree in the performing arts. I started playing professional theatre when I was thirteen years old, worked in numerous international film productions in London, India, Germany, Austria and the USA and started to hit the LA market about five years ago.
I have three Best Actress Awards for my film performances and two Best Actress theatre awards.
Becoming a working actor was the best decision I've ever made even if it wasn't always as quiet as easy.
The entertainment industry can be a jungle of confusion and I wish someone would have told me everything I know now after taking numerous workshops, read numerous books and spent thousands of dollars for classes.
I want to teach you everything I learned over the years and help you reach your goals!
Acting isn't only about the craft of acting, it's also important to understand your branding and marketing. It's essential to become a great auditioner and learn how to land well-paying jobs. I would love to help you with developing all the tools and materials you need.
What are you waiting for?
Let's get you ready for the big screen and the big stage!!
I offer personalized acting classes at your home or online.
Technique, Cold Reading, Scene Study/ Script Work, Improvisation and Audition classes.
In House Classes:
(Serving Los Angeles)
Are you ready to take your acting to the next level? If so, send me a message!
Having troubles learning your lines?
Ever seen actors who are amazing at their audition but suddenly flop on set because they are (drum roll) STUMBLING OVER THE LINES!!! (dramatic pause)!
Aaaahhh!!! 😂 Unfortunately, I’ve seen it many times as part of a production team or when casting my own projects.
It’s such a shame because I know they are so talented and they could blow us away with their wonderful performances if we just wouldn’t see them thinking about their lines! 😫
The connection to the character gets interrupted when we see the slightest insecurity. You can be an amazing actor but if you think about what to say next or even are just nervous about forgetting your lines your acting will be hugely compromised. The lines should be so well remembered that they become second nature.
Here are some great tips on how to memorize your lines perfectly, so you can be the shining actor you are.
1.) Your ability to memorize is a muscle. As more, you train it, as more it works. When I was in drama school they made us memorize a monologue each day. This was very stressful at first but became an easy task after the first month or two. Try to learn a page a day on your off days. Just for the sake of it. Just to train your memory.
2.) Dive deep into the script and go over your lines again and again. Really study them. Sit down and analyze every single sentence. Search for the subtext. Study the movements you are making saying each line. Try different approaches. What do you feel saying each sentence? Why does your character continue with the next sentence? How does your body react saying each sentence? Was that your belly just now? 🧐 :-D
In that process, you connect emotions and body memory to the lines.
3.) Record the lines on your phone. Listen to them when you are driving. Please turn them off if they distract you too much. Everyone is different and I want you to be save on the streets. Maybe listen to them when you’re caught up in traffic and you’re barely moving. This is a good time to hear your lines over and over again. Secondly, it will make you appreciate standing in traffic. So, this tip is golden. 🤪 lol
Of course, you could listen to them doing other tasks like cleaning your apartment or working out. In any way, listen to them doing something else!
4.) The best way to get your lines is to say them in your head laying in your bed before you fall asleep. And do that again the moment you wake up. This trippy stage of your brain at the moment before you fall asleep and the moment after you wake up is called the hypnagogic stage and is perfect for absorbing your thoughts. My mum thought me that back in the days when I had to remember Latin vocabulary. Ugh.. 😑 I had a hard time but this trick always helped.
5.) Get Rest!! I know you think, “I can sleep when I am dead” but know that your brain and body need a 7-8 hour sleep to fully recover and restore.
Yes, I said it, 7-8 hours! Don’t take anything less!
No, you’re not some superhuman running fine on a 4 hours sleep like some genius you heard of on the web. If you give your brain less sleep it just doesn’t work as efficient and focused as it would if you would have allowed it to fully rest!
Don’t drink or smoke either before going to sleep because alcohol, weed or even over the counter sleeping aids or certain prescription drugs will disrupt your sleeping circle and you won’t fully get the recovery from your sleep as you should! Remember, you need a healthy brain to be as sharp as you can!
(If you have sleeping/insomnia/anxiety problems, the previous tip, “Say the lines in your head in your bed” helps a lot as well with it. It lets you forget about all the other problems/stress, which are going on in your life bc you focus on your lines and hopefully, that lets you drift away into a healthy sleep.)
5.) Exercise and eat clean foods to get that oxygen and nutrients flowing!! Remembering learning lines is a workout and you need to boost your energy!!
6.) Take a break from learning your lines. I know you’re nervous and you want to get them perfect. You’re may frustrated bc you can’t remember them as fast as you want to but when exercising your lines becomes obsessive, take a breather.
Take an hour or two and go for a walk in nature, meditate or do some Yoga and tell yourself to not even think about the lines for this little time. Sometimes your brain needs you to press the reset button to work more efficient afterwards.
7.) This is the most important part of learning lines!
Find a partner to run them with you and play the part fully out. Rehearse! I have seen it happen so often. Actors had the lines perfectly but adding stress and emotions to it, they were suddenly gone. Don’t wing it. Rehearse with a partner.
8.) Forget about the lines completely before your performance.
Tell yourself: "You know, you got them. You’re awesome! You can improvise in case you forget anything! You know what the character has to say! You are prepared! You know what you’re doing! Focus on connecting with the character. Your character knows the lines! No doubt about it!"
You got it!
Hope these tips help a little!
Being a great actor is one thing, being a great businesswoman/man is another.
I can truly recommend you all of these books teaching you about branding, marketing, targeting your goals and how to navigate through the jungle of the entertainment industry while maintaining your sanity! Go read! You won't regret it!
What's your Arche Type?
It's important to understand your character range.
To be able to determine your type, get to know the most common Archetypes in screenplays.
Hero - The Lead. Comes from some conflict but succeeds in some form. The hero is the audience’s personal tour guide on the adventure that is the story. It’s critical that the audience can relate to them because they experience the story through their eyes.
Love Interest - The Lead's Lover
Best Friend/Ally - The hero will have some great challenges ahead; too great for one person to face them alone.
Mentor - The hero has to learn how to survive in the new world incredibly fast, so the mentor appears to give them a fighting chance.
Guardian - The guardian, or threshold guardian, tests the hero before they face great challenges.
Villan - Plays against the hero
Divine intervention/Heralds - Often it isn’t a character at all, but a letter or invitation.
The Shapeshifter - The shapeshifter blurs the line between ally and enemy. Often they begin as an ally, then betray the hero at a critical moment.
The Trickster - The trickster adds fun and humour to the story. When times are gloomy or emotionally tense, the trickster gives the audience a welcome break
The Everyman - The everyman character archetype often acts as the stand-in for the audience
I am grateful for YOU,
the one who swims against the current. The one, who isn't just focused on the ego and greed but stands for something bigger than that. I am forever thankful to know you, creatives with a vision born from generosity!
I can see you, with your lights on at 3 am, working on changing the world into something more magical. I know who you are. YOU, who drives on the passion of your message, YOU, who is out for people's hearts and doesn't shy away from opening them up, YOU, who works through years of rejection for the ability to provide others with different perspectives and to expand their perceptions.
I am grateful for you storytellers.
I am impressed by your strength. I know many people told you off. Many told you that your vision as an artist isn't good enough, isn't needed, isn't what brings in the money but you stand strong. You figured out the mind games, called out the fake players because you know there are people out there like you, who need you, need your story. People who ask everything from you, everything you build for yourself over the years of hardships. And you are willing to give it all up, over and over again, for a simple token. Thank you for your will to benefit the greater good even if your hearts are broken.
I am grateful for you artists because you are the rare colourful dots which make our grey world bearable!
Thank you, writers, for still writing the important stories even if the wolves in sheep clothing told you they won't be popular. Thank you for your talent to recognise and write about all the hidden structures of our society and all the little nuances of our spirits.
Thank you, actors, for giving it your all to make these characters come to life and touch our souls. Thank you for gaining the ability to channel the emotions of a character through you, for lending us your eyes and bodies so we can see and feel through them.
Thank you, directors, for being on our side. Without you, we would be lost in the woods like Hänsel and Gretel. Thank you for leading us, for being a guardian and for your vision which is the fuel we're all running on.
Thank you, casting directors, for the hours spent on computers in dark rooms, while you know the swimming pool only from the voices coming through your office window. Thank you for sitting in the Room with us, hoping that we succeed, for taking creative risks because you see the potential of an actor to touch the audience.
Thank you, agents and managers, for building us up, representing us, believing in us and sometimes knowing our potential better than we do. Thank you for your bravery in the fight, for your strength and persistence in the most stressful negotiations, which without you would let us crumble like a stale old cookie.
Thank you, filmmakers, for choosing this crazy, unpredictable, highly competitive industry. Thank you for your passion, your dream and your contributions to us and to society!