The Equity Professional Program

The Equity Foundation hosts more than 100 events a year throughout Australia and New Zealand. The program is developed in close collaboration with performers.

Masterclasses
The Equity Foundation's masterclasses are designed to address our members’ need for ongoing professional development and provide rare opportunities to work with leading directors, coaches and casting agents.
Workshops
Our workshop series is an opportunity to work on specifics, such as acting for the camera, comedy, dancing, voiceovers and accents. Up to 10 members work over a two-hour period with an expert in their field.
In Conversation
As part of the foundation’s In Conversation series, performers are given the opportunity to attend an intimate question and answer session with leading international actors and directors. Sir Ian McKellen, Richard E Grant, Sam Neill, and Cate Blanchett are among those who have participated in the In Conversation events.
Casting Hothouse 
Each year the Equity Foundation hosts a Casting Hothouse, which gives performers a unique opportunity to work with international casting agents, such as CBS TV Studios’ vice president of casting Matt Skrobalak and US feature film casting director Margery Simkin.
Student Days
We know how difficult it can be getting a toehold in the entertainment industry, so each year the Equity Foundation holds an industry day designed to provide graduates with important information and tools to help them on their way to a successful performance career.

Events Program

Self Testing With Les Chantery

13 Oct 2016
18:00:00 -  21:00:00

Event description:

This is a workshop geared towards the experienced actor who would like some assistance on what’s required by casting directors when submitting a self test. The workshop will cover the essential components of creating the most effective and captivating self-tests. Areas covered include: Script and performance tips when self-taping, the technical requirements of self taping (camera, lighting, sound), eiting and uploading the footage.

Les has had a high success rate of past participants who have gone on to book film and television work including: Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Thor 2, Neighbours, Lion, Peter Allen, Hunters, Winter, 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 many more.

Bio of host:

Les is a NIDA Acting graduate. Prior to NIDA he starred in the U.S Sci-Fi feature film Pitch Black alongside Vin Diesel. At NIDA he performed in As You Like It, Saved, Accrington Pals and Stags and Hens. His television credits include Heartbreak High, All Saints and East West 101 Series 2. In 2007, Les was awarded the Mike Walsh Fellowship where he studied Film Making in Los Angeles and New York. He appeared in the feature film Righteous Kill with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Les directed Who You Kidden which was selected for Tropfest Best of the Rest in 2006 in addition to writing and directing Stand which was a finalist in Brian Brown’s Reeldeal Festival. Les was the lead in the 2009 award winning feature film Cedar Boys. He also appeared in the feature film Sleeping Beauty, which opened the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In 2012 he played famed Razor Gang mobster Guido Caletti in the award winning short film 50/50. His other recent credits include the critically acclaimed TV series Redfern Now and the highly controversial Channel 9 movie Schapelle, in 2014. Les has taught Acting since graduating NIDA in 2003. He works with the NIDA Full Time 3rd year students in Screen Acting Performance, as well as Screen Testing and Auditioning. He has worked for the NIDA Open Program for over ten years. He is currently a Core Tutor with the Screen Actors Studio. Les has also taught at ACA, AFTRS, McDonald College and The Hub Studio. Les is a highly sought after acting coach, with clients recently booking work in many projects including Peter Allen, Home and Away, Gods of Egypt, Underbelly, Rake, Wolf creek 2, Gallipoli, The Code, Mako Island, A Place to Call Home, Wonderland, Neighbours and Return To Devils’s Playground among many, many more. Les is passionate about empowering the actor to take charge of their own process and careers. Living with Dangerous Inspiration.

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