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Upon taking his first class of Improv he was completely hooked and found his new love. He left the American Conservatory Theater to study improv at Pan Theater in Oakland under the direction of David Alger for five years. He then began studying scripted work to become a more rounded Actor. David Alger introduced Gomez to Christy English and Bay Area Acting Studio. Christy English became Gomez's teacher and Mentor for the next seven years. During this time Gomez helped to raise his son Cezar, continued improv training, ran his own furniture and cabinetry business, while taking classes in Meisner technique and performing with Joya Cory's improv troupe "Lucky Dog" in San Francisco.
Gomez loves the art of acting/improv. His teaching and performing are about connection and staying in the moment. He has practiced and performed improv for over fifteen years in the Bay Area and in LA. He has trained with local greats like David Alger, Joya Cory, and Rachel Hamilton. He has trained extensively with David Razowsky of The Second City in LA, resulting in a main stage two person show at The Second City in LA. He has taken improv classes with Susan Messing, Jimmy Carrane from Chicago and Armondo Diaz from New York. Within the last five years Gomez has been a lead in a television show, episode 12 season 4 of "I Almost Got Away With It", as an extra doing a scene with the director Philip Kaufman, performing alongside Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the movie Hemingway and Gellhorn, which was his most favorite experience so far in acting. Through San Francisco agent Tonry Talent he has been in several commercials for different tech companies, Wells Fargo, Square Apple Pay and Major-League Baseball. Gomez teaches and coaches for public speaking, acting and adult improv at the Bay Area Acting Studio in San Jose and Acting for Non Actors, Acting for fun in San Francisco. Bay Area Acting Studio has been his family and home for ten years.
* * * Gomez will be teaching the New IMPROV SAN FRANCISCO class that starts in July! SIGN UP >
Gomez also teaches IMPROV to Performance in San Jose. Go here to Learn more >
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Export your taped audition to either .mov format (Mac standard) or .wmv format (Windows standard). Almost all software will be able to handle this, and almost all software will have standard settings such as Low, Medium and High quality.
Use the MEDIUM settings – it’s faster and more efficient and won't take forever to upload. Also, for the viewer, the streaming starts immediately and is usually fast enough to give uninterrupted viewing. Choosing the highest quality settings will only make your file so large that you'll end up with those frustrating stop/start videos. If the directors/producers are on location in some remote part of the world we can’t assume that they have high speed internet access. As a rule of thumb, each minute of footage is about 2.5mb of file size.
EMAILING vs UPLOADING:
The best, safest and most efficient way is to email your .mov or .wmv file to the casting director or to your representation. A great and free service for emailing larger exported files is WeTransfer.com (you can send up to 2GB free!) Often times your representation needs to upload the actual video file for you, so it's easiest if you just email your file to them using WeTransfer.
Important Note: It's not ideal to just send them a YouTube or Vimeo viewable link. You need to give them access to the actual video file so that they can upload and submit it for you.
Another route is to upload your file to Vimeo. Uploading to Vimeo is simple. Go to Vimeo.com, you can join for free, and then upload your file.
TWO IMPORTANT NOTES IF YOU ARE UPLOADING TO VIMEO!
If this is a confidential project, you'll want to go to the Settings section for you video, click on the Privacy tab, and set it to ONLY be viewable by the casting director and your representation. The casting director will not want the public to have access toyour video if this is a confidential project.
THAT'S A WRAP for SELF-TAPE AUDITION PART 2! BREAK A LEG!
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STAY TUNED NEXT WEEK for Tips & Tricks on FINDING SCENES and FORMATTING YOUR SIDES CORRECTLY.
Useful articles & docs referenced:
5 Quick Tips for Self-Taped Auditions on Backs
Eco Cast® for Actors
How to Self Tape
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CLASS MEETS WEDNESDAYS, 8:30PM-10:00PM (starting in JULY)
at MOJO Theatre in San Francisco (first 4 Wednesdays of every month)
Join this fun and exciting IMPROV SAN FRANCISCO class taught by Gomez Gomez.
Space is limited. Reserve your spot NOW! SIGN UP >
*Gomez also teaches IMPROV to Performance in San Jose. Go here to Learn more >
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Students will learn about acting ON CAMERA,Commercial
Acting and practice skills that will make them stand out in an audition room! This week is great because the Bay Area has a LOT of commercial work! (AGES 8-17) SIGN UP >
Last year, Disney week SOLD OUT FAST! This year we're bringing it back for a second week! In addition to continuing work on comedic scene study, students will learn about IMPROV and how to incorporate it into their work! (AGES 8-17) SIGN UP >
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