Discovery: An Acting Fundamental

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Perhaps the most important concept for anyone to understand about acting in a deeply felt, enlightening, truthful, and artful manner is DISCOVERY.  Both in an instinctive, “impulse-oriented” way, and in an intellectual, analytical “story-oriented” way, DISCOVERY can be the most revealing and artistic part of our work.   When “breaking down” a script, you MUST make …

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The Art of Good Listening (And Why It Gets You Hired)

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There is a reason we call them “scene partners.” Every scene is (or should be) a fully functioning partnership. It all boils down to one thing: listening. Good listening will make a scene worth watching, bad listening is a death knell. It is insidiously easy for actors to get so involved in our own acting …

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Tips for a Successful Musical Theatre Audition: Part II

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In Part I of this topic, we covered some ideas about how to maximize your chances of success in a musical theatre audition. Today, we’re going to pick up where we left off and share even more tips. Let’s get to it! 5. Know how to choose a song. Sometimes, an audition notice will specify …

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“This is Where I Leave You” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** On the surface, This is Where I Leave You has all the elements of a solid and quirky independent film. The story is a comedy centered around good old fashioned family drama, and is supported by an all-star ensemble of actors. The film oozes with indie flavor after watching the trailer, and …

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Advice on “Quick Prep” Auditions

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6:59pm: TV “Guest Star” sides arrive.  2 scenes; not allowed to read the full script. 10am audition the next day . . . If you get audition material late and there isn’t much time to prepare–DON’T WORRY.  Do the best you can.  Account for the elements that you can.  Know what you are doing in …

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The Survival Kit: Standing In, Outdoor Theatre, and Adventures in the Elements

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Outdoor theatre is an exciting experiment in the endurance of human optimism that we should all try once. Standing in is a great way to learn your way around a film set, and also supplement your income; you should try that as many times as people will hire you to do so. Both take place …

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Tips for a Successful Musical Theatre Audition: Part I

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Whether you’re a fledgling actor just starting out at the beginning of your career, or a seasoned pro with decades of experience under your belt, it’s natural for auditions to carry with them a certain amount of stress. Waiting rooms, competition, first impressions, jitters, monologues, uncertainty, audition partners, sweaty palms, cold reads . . . …

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