Watch Brian MacIan's interview with Casting Director Kimberly Skryme, Gale Nemec and Brian Dragnouk about Background acting and being an extra in film.
* "Every actor, regardless of age, should be required to take this class."
* "Every parent of every child actor should be required to take this class"
* 'I had no idea there was so much and so many terms to know"
* "I figured I'd just walk on a set and know what to do . . . boy! Was I wrong!"
* "Gale, you need to charge more for this class. It's worth every cent and more. Its the best bargain in town."
* "Thanks for the info on wardrobes -- I didn't know what the Casting Directors were talking about"
* "The workbook is a great resource"
* "You made this class so much fun!"
* "Thought I knew it all and that I'd be bored but this class was captivating and hilarious!"
* "I wish I had taken this class before I walked on a set - my life would have been so much easier"
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Feb. 19th, 2018, Monday
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On-Set Workshop for
Background & Principal Actors
Gale's on set/background acting class made the difference for me when I auditioned for my very first principal role in a public service announcement for the Dept of Homeland Security. I demonstrated familiarity and confidence as I auditioned for the "Protect your everyday," Homeland Security's 2015 theme of public awareness, and was selected to play the principal role as the farmer for a shoot on an actual Maryland farm one very early morning as the sun rose on a cool fall day. Having acted as background in mass many times before, this time was very different as I was the only character that day. I took direction and did as I was instructed and remember most of what I was taught even to the point when directed to walk to the end of the fence. Gale repeatedly reinforced that the scene does not end until you hear "cut" and as a result I reached the end of the fence and continued walking at least another 60 to 70 feet, followed by the camera crew toward the barn before I heard the words cut!" Three hours of shooting and playing the part of a farmer to the point that many of the production staff thought that I was a farmer and that the shoot location was my farm. In addition, I dressed for the part even though they had taken my measurements and wardrobe brought several changes to the set. The director looked at what I wore and what wardrobe had brought and exclaimed, " I have an uncle that is a farmer, and you look just like him! They used my wardrobe selections, I followed their direction and Gale's class helped me become the actor I am today: with credits in commercials, PSA's, Industrials, a named background character in "The Making of the Mob," background for every season of House of Cards, a New York shoot of Gotham, and several in VEEP. Thanks Gale,"I can't do what I do without you having done what you have done." James Pyle
"This was eye opening. I never knew there was so much to know ..." "You have fabulous information..." " Loved the stories with ever piece of information. it really makes the concepts stick..." "Gale is a great sport, very humorous, energetic, filled with important knowledge..."
I truly enjoyed this class. Better than I expected. Wish we had more time. I learned so much from this class, -knowledge that I could take with me and use anywhere in this journey. Gale is a doll. She is so personable, fun, honest, passionate and a raw beauty and talent. I am so glad we crossed paths I just wish I would have met her years ago. I recommend the On Set Workshop for any beginner or experienced actor. Trust me, there will be something you will learn that you did not know before. Mae Woods
You're a GREAT teacher! Keep it up! I just saw Captain America and was watching the film with entirely new eyes and a great appreciation for the skill of background acting! Not only are you a great teacher, you are super funny - I loved your impersonations of "what not to do" on the set - flailing around and causing a scene. Loved it.
All the best. Not sure if I will pick this up in Cali, but if I do - I am equipped! From Kristen Hansen
Hi Gale! One more time-thank you! I was a little leery about the class but am so glad I was wrong! It was a great group of people there to learn with and practice with. You Susan and Jay were so generous & genuine and helpful. I had a blast and now feel I have more confidence going froward!
Sincerely, Teresa Wyatt
Questions? Email: OnSetWorkshop@gmail.com
This workshop is a 'Must-Take' for all actors, union & non-union.
More Student Comments
Gale, Just thought I'd send you a quick report on my first principal acting role. Worked from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. today on an episode for a Reelz channel series set to debut later this year. As this was not just my first principal acting role, but also my first ever professional/paid acting day, it could have been very stressful. However, the insights you provided in your workshop last weekend really took the edge off and helped me concentrate on my acting vice trying to figure out what all the moving parts of the production were and where I was supposed to fit in. I'm very happy to report that all went very well and that my few hours with you were a big part of my being able to do my job in the most professional manner possible. Many many thanks!
All the best, Dan Braswell
Gale, Two days after your workshop I was called for House of Cards. I did everything you taught me and it was terrific! When the Casting Director asked if I had worked as a background actor I said, no but that I had taken your class ... That did it! I ended up in a scene with four other actors. It was fun and exciting because I knew what to do because of your workshop! So GLAD I took it!! Everyone should!
Thanks again for the informative and really fun workshop! I really love those stories of "on set" experiences, especially what not to do, because I seem to remember those and hopefully will keep myself out of trouble, should I be booked! Peggy
Gale Nemec’s Background "On-set" Workshop. Since 2004 Gale Nemec, Award-Winning Producer, Voice Talent and Actor, has shown hundreds of people the ins and outs of Background and Principal acting. Regardless of your experience, inexperience, union or non-union status find out what you need to know to work on a film set in this interactive-on-your-feet workshop with on-camera work.
Questions? Email: BackGroundActing@gmail.com
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