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Friday, October 17, 2014

Success Story: Amy Lyndon

Amy Lyndon has been entertaining the public since the age of 10. Having grown up in New Rochelle, New York, formal training was as easy as jumping on a train. During her senior year, Lyndon studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse (NYC) and went on to England to tackle the prestigious London Academy of Performing Arts. After earning her BFA from Syracuse University, Lyndon studied with Stella Adler and Harry Mastrogeorge. Lyndon has 40+ films to her credit including; “The UnMiracle” with Stephen Baldwin, “Light Wounds,” “How To Beat A Bully,” “And They’re Off” with Sean Astin to name a few. She can be seen in several LionsGate Feature Films: "B.T.K," "Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest" and "Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck." She also starred with Chris Pratt in his first film "Cursed Part 3," Written and Directed by Rae Dawn Chong. On Television, Lyndon Guest Starred in over 30+ television shows including: “Adopting Terror” for Lifetime, “Law and Order: Los Angeles,” “Eagleheart” opposite Chris Elliot, “NCIS,” "Ugly Betty," "Entourage," "NYPD Blue," "JAG," Recurring Principal Roles in “Days Of Our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful," "General Hospital," "Young and The Restless" and a Recurring Guest Lead in "Freddy's Nightmares." Lyndon is a Multi-Award Winning Filmmaker, was a former Personal Manager starting Adam Brody’s career, and is now considered Hollywood's Premiere Booking Coach and creator of the International and Revolutionary “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking Technique.” For 4 years standing, Lyndon was voted one of the Best Audition Technique Teachers in Los Angeles through Backstage.com. She currently has 20 Lyndon Technique Students as Series Regulars since last January and an Emmy Winner! Look for “The Lyndon Technique: The15 Guideline Map To Booking” Handbook and Lecture CD’s at Amazon.com or on her website http://thelyndontechnique.com/ and become a member of http://TLTaccess.com Lyndon’s Business Site For Actors.

How long have you been on Actors Access and how has the service helped you?

Amy: I have been on Actors Access since the moment I moved here in the 80’s. Over half of my IMDb credits are because of the service that Actors Access provides. The site made projects available for me to build credits, gain experience, meet people and practice my skills. It has helped me become proactive and in control of my career. The opportunities that have come from being on the site are innumerable.

How did you get into acting?

Amy: I have been acting since I was 10 years old. My first play was in camp as “Julia “in “The Two Gentlemen from Verona.” I always knew that acting was what I wanted to do with my life. At 16 years old, I jumped on the train and to study at The Neighborhood Playhouse Jr. School. At 17, I went to London to study Shakespeare and after graduating with a BFA in acting from Syracuse University, I flew out to Hollywood to be in film and television.

What was the audition process to book your role in “Light Wounds?”

Amy: Technology has become the way of the world. After submitting for “Light Wounds,” I was asked to put myself on tape via Eco Cast. Then I received the call that I would be flying to Oklahoma to shoot it in November. My last film, “The UnMiracle” with Steven Baldwin was auditioned by Skype and shot in Chicago. You don’t always have to be in a physical casting office to work as an actor. Today the field of opportunities to work has been stretched wide open.

What advice would you give actors when working on a set?

Amy: The best advice I can give actors when on set is to be ready. Your job is to know that you are there to service the story through the Director and Producer’s vision. Once that camera is on you there are no “take backs” or “excuses.” It is your time to shine. So whether you have been waiting a half hour or thirteen hours, you are hired to do the job when they see fit. It’s about their production never about your schedule or your personal drama. Stay focused and ready to do what is asked of you at any given notice.

What is your favorite type of character to play?

Amy: My favorite type of character to play would be a loveable complex character with a big heart that covers her pain with laughter.

What advice would you give your fellow actors just starting out?

Amy: My biggest advice to give my fellow actors starting out is to have a game plan. Plot your course, set your goals, understand where you fit and always have a package that matches your talent. Learn the business and work it as hard as you are training as an actor. The two really do go hand in hand.

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