Shifting Lanes with Janet Walmsley


Mondays for 4 weeks starting February 14 – 6pm – 9pm
WHERE: Online & offered via ZOOM
PARTICIPANTS: Only 12 Seats available!
FOR: 40+
FEES: $175 (Tax included). Prior payment is required to reserve a seat.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Participants will not be able to cancel for this class. Seats can be transferred to friends and we will do everything we can to find a replacement as there is usually a wait-list for these workshops.
VIDEO CLIPS: Students are required to bring a Standard SD Card to classes & workshops so they may review their work outside of class.

There has never been a better time to be a 40+ actor in Vancouver! Casting directors are often saying that there is a lack of people to choose from in this category. This class is geared towards people who have always wanted to give the Film Business a try. Janet’s experience, warmth and enthusiasm will guide you through the first steps to making this desire a reality.


Janet WalmsleyJanet Walmsley – Janet has an active, professional career in acting, including Theatre for 15 years and Film, TV, Commercials, Voice Overs for past 12 years. Also, was director of the play, “Graceland”. Janet was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for a Comedy at the 6th Annual Indie Awards in Los Angles. Janet is the Talent Scout for the Agency who represents her for acting, MVM Talent Agency. Janet has served, for the past couple of years, as the Co Chair for the Ageism Committee for the UBCP Union. She won the Unlimited Woman of Creativity Award at the Unlimited Women Awards in Victoria. Janet is a Best Selling and Award-Winning Author of her Non-Fiction book, “The Autistic Author and Animator”.

Number of seats left: 12




Week 1: Essence of being an Actor

  • Opportunities of being a Vancouver Actor
  • 3 Phases of an Acting Career
  • Initiating Acting Career
  • Classwork: One liner scene. Insight on actor’s own process of his character and take on the story.

Week 2: Core Script Analysis

  • Script Analysis/Dissecting Script
  • Identifying Emotions: Mental and Physical
  • Memorization Strategies and Line Delivery Rhythm
  • Importance of the Homework Preparation Process

Week 3: Scene Action with Partner

  • Exploring Actors choices on the scene.
  • Checklist for Scene: Size; Purpose; Action
  • Constructive Feedback and Re-directs
  • Importance of having fun and playing dress up, enjoying the learning experience and taking on the role and story.

Week 4:

  • Work on each actor’s audition scene
  • Difference on homework from 1-2 lines to 6 lines
  • Importance of Standard American Accent
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