‘The Wire’ ac­tor gives Hol­ly­wood tips and tricks

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

Not ev­ery­one was made for the big screen, but there's no need to be dis-couraged, ac­cord­ing to ac-tor Tray Chaney from the HBO se­ries 'ri­fle Wire." Cast­ing man­agers are al-ways look­ing for the next big thing.

On June 28, the fu­ture ac­tors of Charles County were shown dif­fer­ent ways that they can jump start their act­ing ca­reer dur­ing an act­ing work­shop at the Wal­dorf West li­brary. Chaney said that be­ing in the movie in­dus­try re-quires a lot of hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and con­fi­dence Years af­ter re­ceiv­ing his own big break in the act-ing in­dus­try, he de­cided to give some real life tips to the fu­ture ac­tors in the Charles County re­gion.

"Many peo­ple al­ways ask me how to get into the busi­ness, so while shar­ing my own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of how I came into the entertainment busi­ness, I just wanted to in­spire and mo­ti­vate them to fol­low their dreams," Chaney said. "I want them to take the in­spi­ra­tion that I shared and make it their own?'

Ac­tor, au­thor and artist Chaney is cur­rently on Bounce TV's "Saints and Sin­ners" and is best known for his role as "Poor on HBO's orig­i­nal se­ries, "The Wire." He be­gan his ca­reer as a per­former at the early age of 4 years old with in­flu­ence from artists such as Big Daddy Kane and Rakim. As he grew older he en­tered into the mu­sic world as a writer, pro­ducer and rap­per, fo­cus­ing on is­sues in today's so­ci­ety He wrote and re­leased his first song en­ti­tled "Fa­ther-hood" which fea­tured on BEN 106 & Park and also re­leased a pub­lic ser­vice ed­u­ca­tional video, cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Mary­land State Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, called "Rad­i­cal Read­ers."

It cre­ates a sense of ex-cite­ment to have a celeb-rity in the build­ing," said Sarah Guy, Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor. "We have been try­ing to do more ac­tivi-ties for young adults and the fact that Tray Chaney is lo­cal and he's mak­ing a name for him­self in Holly-wood, it gives them in­spi-ra­tion to do the ex­act same thing. He is one of the most gen­uine peo­ple that I have ever met and he showed our young adults that they can be the next ac­tor who's on the equiv­a­lent of "The Wire." Their lo­cal fla­vor is go­ing to im­pact how they present them­selves and they could be the next Tray Chaney"

Chaney gave an in­sider's look at the entertainment in­dus­try by dis­cussing the do's and does of au­di­tion-ing, as well as mono­logue and act­ing tips for young and old, ages 12 and up. 'The work­shop was from 6-8 p.m. with Chaney cov-er­ing other in­ter­est­ing topics such as groom­ing and al­ways look­ing your best for cast­ing agents, act­ing tech­niques such as show­ing emo­tion and feel­ings, au­di­tion tech-niques to pre­pare for a wanted role, deal­ing with re­jec­tion and find-ing an agent

Chaney spoke about be-ing dis­cov­ered by cast­ing man­ager Linda Townsend and his au­di­tion for "The Wire" in Bal­ti­more. Al-though he did not re­ceive the part that he au­di­tioned for, his con­fi­dence still landed him a ma­jor role that for­ever changed his act­ing ca­reer.

"Now the show is in syn-di­ca­tion over in Lon­don with a huge fan base all over the coun­try," he said.

Chaney gave the young ac­tors ad­di­tional tips about how to put emo­tion into var­i­ous scenes. He ex-plained that di­rec­tors want to see ac­tors' real, raw emo­tion in ev­ery scene, be-cause the act­ing tech­nique is mainly about fo­cus and prepa­ra­tion. He also taught the young ac­tors how to read a mono­logue. Then the young ac­tors were able to demon­strate their own act­ing chops by us­ing a man­u­script from Charley's new movie that he is cur-rently shoot­ing.

"I thought the work­shop was very in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing," said Jas­mine Jack­son, 16, a Wal­dorf resi-dent and stu­dent at Bishop McNa­mara High School. "I earn­ing about the busi-ness was very fun and very in­for­ma­tive. I en­joyed lis­ten­ing to him talk about his roles that por­trayed dif-fer­ent stereo­types and his lim­its with po­ten­tial roles. I also bide that he didn't tell us to take as many roles as pos­si­ble and get as much money as we can be­cause that's not what it's about. You can tell that he's re­ally in the busi­ness for the right rea­sons and that re­ally res-onated with me."

"I like that he was very down to earth, he was per-sonal in his ap­proach and he taught us what to do in an au­di­tion room," said Shaida Reed, 21, a Brandy-wine res­i­dent and stu­dent at Howard Univer­sity "I would like to get into tele-vi­sion pro­duc­tion and be-come a screen­writer so this taught me a lot about the entertainment in­dus­try. I like what he said about al­ways be­ing pre­pared to au­di­tion for a spe­cific role by wear­ing the right at­tire, as well as mak­ing sure you are well pre­sented on so-cial me­dia and at events, in or­der to make a good im-pres­sion."

Although a few of the par­tic­i­pants were ama-teurs, Chaney said they knocked the mono­logue right out of the park and it brought back many mem-ories of when he first be-gan act­ing.

"Some of th­ese tips I told them today may not have been told to me when I was younger, but they are some of the things I had to en­counter in this busi­ness and I needed to know the proper way of han­dling it," Chaney said. "Peo­ple give up too easy but you have to deal with re­jec­tion in this in­dus­try. This is a hus­tle and grind that you have to stay at it in or­der to achieve your dreams and goals."

On July 9, Chaney will be host­ing a mu­sic in­dus-try work­shop at 2 p.m. for young adults in­ter-ested jump­start­ing their mu­sic ca­reer.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

On June 28 ac­tor Tray Chaney and Shaida Reed, 21, a Brandy­wine res­i­dent and stu­dent at Howard Univer­sity, read a mono­logue from a new movie that Chaney is cur­rently shoot­ing, dur­ing his act­ing work­shop at Wal­dorf West Li­brary.

On June 28, ac­tor Tray Chaney, best known for his role as "Pont" from the HBO Se­ries "The Wire," gives some real life tips to the fu­ture ac­tors in Charles County.

On June 28, ac­tor, au­thor and artist Tray Chaney, who is cur­rently on Bounce TV's "Saints and Sin­ners" and best known for his role as "Poot" on the HBO's orig­i­nal se­ries "The Wire," gave an in­sider's look at the entertainment in­dus­try dur­ing his act­ing work­shop at Wal­dorf West Li­brary.

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