“Les gave me the confidence to back myself in a room auditioning in front of towering industry professionals and the tools to continually learn and teach myself better screen technique to record first class self-tests at home with my peers”
– Joel Jackson, Peter Allen – AACTA winner Best Actor, Deadline Gallipoli – AACTA Nominee Best Actor.
“Are you screen testing well?” This is a question that Al Pacino asked Les Chantery when they worked together, several years ago.
For Les, this question propelled him on a quest to understand, what were the common factors (other than talent) in all successful screen tests, that either got the actor the job or the attention of the casting director.
Les teaches an essential skill that all actors must master – How to show up when it matters most – in the screen test. He teaches actors what is crucial to know about performances that ‘Pop’ within the restraint of the mid-shot frame.
This Workshop will equip actors with the most advanced and effective audition skills and techniques. Covering crucial aspects of the audition process, from script analysis and preparation, to being in front of a casting director. The art of Self-Taping is also covered, allowing actors to create dynamic screen tests on their own.
The 2-day Workshop will cover:
- A unique and unconventional Script Breakdown Technique: A step-by-step approach to work quickly and efficiently
- Screen Technique and Points of Focus in the Audition Room: Eye-line, Vocal level and physical movement in auditions
- How to conduct yourself with the Casting Director
- Overcoming fear and gaining confidence in auditions
- The psychology of performance
- Taking direction and asking the right questions
At the completion of the three days you will feel empowered, confident and ready to “nail the audition”.
Selection criteria is based on CV and Showreel. Please ensure to attach these to your online application form.
Places are limited.
Introduction to Les Chantery
Les Chantery has had a high success rate with the actors he has worked with who have gone on to book film and television work in the following productions: Peter Allen, Hunters, Winter, Spartacus, Jessica Jones, The Last Ship, The Principal, My Life, Deadline Gallipoli, Love Child, Gallipoli, Wolf Creek 2, Camp, Wonderland, Home and Away, Underbelly, Rake, Puberty Blues, Return to the Devil’s Playground, Little Death, The Code, Anzac Girls, Offspring, Miss Fisher’s Murder’s and many more.
After graduating The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Les has worked on many well-known Australian television series including Heartbreak High, East West 101, Redfern Now and television movie Schapelle.
Les was the lead in the award winning feature film Cedar Boys as well as the feature film Sleeping Beauty, which opened the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Les was awarded the Mike Walsh fellowship to study Film Making in Los Angeles and New York.
He appeared in the feature film Righteous Kill alongside Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
Les worked in LA with several casting directors where he established his process in teaching actors how to create a powerful and memorable screen audition.
Testimonial from Chole Bayliss
“Three years ago, I walked into one of Les Chantery’s classes and have been continuing to return and spread the word about his incredible work ever since! Les has an amazing ability to give you all the tools you need to tackle the audition process both here and in America.
He has a wealth of knowledge that has taken my approach to auditioning and self testing to the next level. I have used his techniques and thoughts about acting and the industry time and time again. He not only gave me a bunch of technical tools to apply on screen but he has also helped me to get out of my head and take on each “opportunity” with confidence. On top of all of this, he is kind, extremely generous, giving and approachable.
I cannot thank him enough for helping me tap into the best possible version of myself i can be- both in acting and life!” – Chloe Bayliss, Doctor Doctor, Backtrack, 2016 Heath Ledger Scholarship Finalist