Category Archives: Career Advice

When to Say No: Navigating Politics, Ethics and Artistry

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Actors, and especially those that are new to the industry or lack connections, are often counseled to say yes to everything. The more projects you take on, the more you learn, the more exposure you get, and the more you exercise your acting muscles, right?   Often that is the case. But in acting, as […]

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Commercial Actors Should Never… Be Confused About Commercial Representation

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To agent or to no agent… and which agent? Those are the questions! Sometimes I feel like you can find an opinion to match what you think/want to hear on any aspect of the industry. I always go with the study that confirms that I’ll live longer for drinking a glass of wine a day, […]

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Bouncing Back: Tips to Beat Rejection and Get Back in the Game

Let’s face it, a career in acting can be rough on the old self-esteem. The most successful actors know this to be a game where the losses far outnumber the wins. Even Hollywood A-Listers boast long resumes of rejection. But it’s one thing to know that intellectually, and quite another to face slap after slap […]

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Commercial Actors Should Never: Be Unprepared for a Commercial Self Tape Request

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Ch-ch-ch-changes! The self tape requests have just made their way to commercials, folks. Well, that’s not exactly true. The first time I was asked to gather a few self tapes for a job was about 5 years ago. It was for a SAG job. Production had added a completely “new role” after the job had […]

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The Competitive Edge: One Surprising Element That Can Calm Your Nerves

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I’m going to start out with ways to calm your nerves that you have all heard before. One element that can get rid of your jitters, and can calm your nerves is certainly knowing your technique. In addition, understanding the venue you are working in, including who the players are. In addition understanding the selection […]

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5 Ways to Survive a Callback

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You made it past round one! You got the callback and you’re psyched. But more trials lie ahead. How do you gear up and close the deal? Check out some tips below!   Research the Casting Director. If you haven’t already done this, now is the time. Look them up, look at their career, ask […]

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The Competitive Edge – Law Of Attraction For Actors

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As an actor you want to attract the opportunities and the jobs.  It’s a feat to become part of the “system”, stay in it and snag the “gold ring”, the bookings. To do this, the most important thing is to attract activity to you, and the rest will come.  Fair warning, most results will be […]

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Voiceover Is Not About Your Voice Pt 2.

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THE HEART OF THE VO BIZ. The bulk of the voiceover business is not cartoons or video games, it’s commercial.  If you want to make a living exclusively with “funny voices” you’re choosing to travel a very difficult road. DO I NEED A DEMO? Different people have different answers to this question.  The one thing […]

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Voiceover Is Not About Your Voice Pt 1.

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“Everyone says I have a great voice and I should do voiceovers.” The all too common phrase that sends a cold shiver down the spine of anyone even remotely related to the world of voiceover casting.  And seeing as voiceovers make up the lion’s share of my casting business, I spend a lot of time […]

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Tax Time: 5 Tips to Help Actors Survive the Tax Season

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It’s that time again! Some of you have your lives together and probably filed February 1st, sipped your chamomile tea, and smiled in gentle satisfaction as you closed the book on your perfectly organized records.   The rest of us are weeping quietly and rocking ourselves to numb oblivion in an ice-cold shower.   But […]

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