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BREATH: the Antidote for Fear and the Technique for Focus

Whether you are approaching a public speaking engagement, an important athletic moment, or an artistic performance of any kind, your BREATH–the flow of oxygen to your brain and body–will determine your ability to concentrate, function and excel.  Believe it or not, the first thing inexperienced performers of any kind forget to do is BREATHE.  That […]

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How to be PRO-active Actor

Your acting career is a business, and you are the owner, president, and CEO

There has never been a better time to be a Pro-active actor! Before we get into that, I suggest that the first thing to do is DECIDE what kind of acting career you would like to have. It’s very important to be CLEAR about how you see yourself in the marketplace. The first exercise that […]

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5 Questions to Answer Before You Say Yes

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We’ve talked before about red flags, and reasons to turn a project down, but sometimes it can be equally difficult to know when to accept work. As artists, we’re often swamped with pleas from friends and colleagues to all but donate time for this web short or that indie project, and it can be hard […]

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VIDEO – Method Acting 101: Acting Tips with David Strasberg

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In our new weekly series, Cast It Talent is proud to bring you the wisdom and work of the great Lee Strasberg as shared by his son, David Strasberg, Creative Director and CEO of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. David Lee Strasberg answers YOUR acting questions regarding recovery after an emotional scene. See his […]

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5 Self-Care Techniques that Will Better Your Acting Career

A career in acting can be grueling, to say the least. The insane hours, constant rejection, the and psychological strain that stems from an utter lack of job security will eventually take it’s toll. Whether you’re soldiering through a relentless schedule on set or hustling to snag endless auditions, burn-out is right around every corner.But […]

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VIDEO – How to be your Talent Agent’s Dream Client

Agents Love Parents and Actors Who: Are always REACHABLE within an hour by phone, text or email. Within 2 hours (of an audition notice) confirm the date & time of auditions in the manner the agent has requested. SAY THANK YOU to everyone! (In an email to your agent for a great audition, to the […]

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VIDEO – Actor’s Audition Bag: Essential Items to Keep in Your Bag!

​21 items to have in your audition bag. Water Snacks/ Napkin​s/ Hand wipes​ Headshots/Resumes Business cards Pencil/Pen/Highlighter Demo Reel on USB drive Headphones ​Razor​ Deodorant Breath mints Toothbrush Make-up supplies Hair brush comb, ​clips​ ​Hair ​spray Quarters for Parking Meter Change of Clothes Dressy & casual Robe Iphone/Ipad for GPS directions Cash/Credit Card     We […]

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Six Steps to Get Your Way (Without Being a Diva)

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Actors and performers attract a lot of stereotypes, and, despite our winsomely bleached smiles and inherent charm, not all of those stereotypes are positive. Today we are going to tackle one of the most enduring loaded labels ever to be muttered behind an actor’s back: DIVA. While this term has many connotations, it likely inspires […]

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6 Tips for Stressed-Out Actors Juggling Day Jobs

Day jobs and actors go together like peanut butter and jelly in an overworked sandwich. When you’re in the “hustling” phase of your career (Spoiler: That’s pretty much all of it), you’re going to need some strategies in place so that you have space to create your art, and also money. So you can, like, eat, […]

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Honesty in Performance

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Honesty is a hot topic in the acting world. Actors, directors, and critics alike love to talk about it: how to attain it, whether it existed in various performances (and in what measure), and whether or not it can be taught. But, like many concepts in an actor’s repertoire, honesty is a nebulous and subjective […]

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