On Camera Acting and Commercial Workshop

If you are an actor, you know that you have to study in front of the camera in order to improve your chances of getting work in commercials, television, and film.

Now, with the explosion in the the use of digital video in social media, everyone in business, the arts, recreation, health and fitness, well, practically anyone in society can benefit from learning how to feel comfortable in front of the camera.

It’s true, that some YouTube stars, and even some of your Facebook friends seem like naturals on video.  It may look like the camera just loves them, and maybe they have great looks, or they just got lucky with the right camera, sound, lighting, and content, but the truth is that many social media success stories spend thousands of hours perfecting their technique on camera, and editing when the recording is done.

Whether you want to dedicate your life to the art of acting, or whether you’d just like to let more people know about the products and services you offer, or if you just want to have fun communicating live, spending just a few hours leaning the basics of personal video making can help you avoid mistakes and save untold hours of trial, error, and frustration.

Catherine Gordon, the leader of the MyAct on camera acting and commercial workshop, has a BA in Theatre from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, and she has years of experience as an actor in film, television, commercials, infomercials, and internet product promotion.

Catherine’s credits include American Experience, Life Goes On, FM, and many commercials including PacifiCare, Countrywide, Allstate, Bodyworks, The Carefree Inn, and more.  In addition she is the spokeswoman for The Home Workout Revolution, and her own nutrition program: Sugarfreedom.  She has spent hours recording voice-overs for video sales letters, and she is the host of the Sugarfreedom Podcast.

In the live theatre, Catherine has co-starred with Vicki Lawrence, Lucie Arnaz, Bill Hayes, and John Ingle.  Recently, Catherine was invited back to Saint Mary’s College to participate in a master acting workshop with Sigourney Weaver and her husband, theatre director Jim Simpson.  Locally, Catherine has starred in several productions for Sierra Repertory Theatre, Duende Drama, and Catvandu Productions, as well as working as a stage director and choreographer.

Catherine will share three simple ways to to succeed on camera at a free information presentation at MyAct: Mountain Youth and Community Theatre: 14372 Cuesta Court off of Tuolumne Road.  Note: Cuesta Court is in between Hess and Nugget, and MyAct’s driveway is just past Sonora Mini Storage.  The presentation starts at 6:30PM.

Broadway Boot Camp: 6:30 AM classes added!


Times: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30AM, and 8AM Through August 10th.

If you want to drop at least a size in four weeks, come to Broadway Bootcamp starting Thursday, July 6th, through Thursday, August 10th at 8AM.  Note: I will run the bootcamps at 6:30AM as well if I get commitments from 3 more clients, e-mail me: catherine@sugarfreedom.com if you are interested.

What is Broadway Bootcamp?  This is the exact training technique my dancers and I have used to drop two sizes in four weeks to get ready for a musical.  We combine warm up, resistance, intervals, and choreography, (don’t worry, I keep it simple) for a one hour class that is guaranteed to re-shape your body fast.

You also will get the Sugar Freedom Nutrition Guide, and a full week of Sugar Freedom meal plans so that you have the nutrition you need to get leaner fast.

You will take 2 classes a week, and you will be expected to do another resistance training session at home or at the gym.  The video posted here shows a demonstration of the lifting technique you will be using to get leaner, while maintaining a feminine dancer’s shape.

My clients, readers, and dancers have lost literally thousands of pounds and inches on my programs, and now it’s your turn.

The cost is $10 per class, or $50 for six classes.  If you come to every class, which is highly recommended to get the results you deserve, you will attend 11 classes, so your cost will be $110.00 if you pay singly, or $100.00 for two cards with another class that you can use for the next session, or for Cathy’s Fit Camp on Mondays at 5:30PM, and Wednesdays at 9AM.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take a fitness challenge that gets proven results.

See you onstage at 251 B. Baretta St. right next to the historic Sonora Dome.


How to Get to Cathy’s Fit Class

I was so delighted to see Rachel on Monday.  She mentioned that it was a challenge to find the dance studio at 251 B. Baretta Street so I made this slideshow to help.

Park on Baretta Street near the stairs.  (I must say these stairs could be fantastic for some free interval training.)  Walk up the stairs and turn left.  Go a few feet and walk down the next set of stairs to the TCAA building.  Turn left and walk in the first door on your right.  Walk through the art room to the dance studio.  There is a restroom, and drinking water is available.  There are cups, but it’s a good idea to remember your water bottle.  Cathy’s Fit Classes are at 5:30PM Mondays, and 9AM Wednesdays.

We use light weights and kettle bells in order to focus on form. For best results you should do the training routine I teach in class two more times during the week, either at home or the gym, and you can use heavier weights then.

The exercises can be modified for all levels. Single classes are $10 cash, or check made out to TCAA.  You can get your 6th class free if you buy a 6 class card for $50.

That’s Cathy’s Fit Class at KASA Dance at the Dome, brought to you by the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance.

Find your way here!  You’ll be glad you did.

E-mail me: catherine@sugarfreedom.com for more details.


This Week’s Training

It is an incredibly rainy week here in Sonora.  This week’s training can be done at home to keep you going strong on your fitness goals, literally!

Dumb Bell Goblet Squat 10 reps

DB Glute Raise (Dumb Bell is held across your hips as you bridge.) 10 Reps

Renegade Row: 10 Per arm

Butterfly Raise 10 Reps

Bent Over Reverse Flies 10 reps

Do these exercises in a circuit and complete 3 rounds.

Demonstrations can be seen in the exercise database at BodyBuilding.com

Here is the link to a Goblet Squat: http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/main/popup/name/goblet-squat

Even better, come to class today at 9AM at the dance studio at the dome: 251-B Baretta St.  Catherine teaches every Wednesday at 9AM, and Mondays at 5:30PM.

You can turn in at the entrance to Cassina High, drive up the hill to the old dome building and park. Then walk past the dome to the classroom building: that’s 251 B, and there are signs pointing to the Arts Alliance classrooms and the dance studio.