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5 Steps to Selecting the Perfect Headshot

Ah, the eternal subject of the headshot . . . as an actor, your headshot is arguably the most important tool in your arsenal: It  is your calling card. It is often the thing that catches the casting director’s attention and gets you in the door. It is the thing by which they remember you […]

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VIDEO – Rejection: Use these tips to make your child actor feel better!

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Scenario: Your talented child actor has been auditioning like crazy and has not booked for a long time. To add insult to injury they just had 3 callbacks on a feature film, met the director and producer only to hear they didn’t get the part.  What are you going to do when they express feelings […]

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Do’s and Dont’s of Social Media

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As managing one’s acting career becomes increasingly digital, the lines between our social and professional lives are easily blurred. While maintaining a professional online presence is a subject often touched upon in these posts, navigating the waters of what is acceptable to advertize in your personal feed can be tricky. Here are some tips to […]

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Extras, Co-Stars, and Guest Stars: What’s What?

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So you’re just breaking into the “business” and you’re ready to get your name out there and audition for things. Right away you’re going to hear a lot of different terms thrown around, some of which may be new and unfamiliar to you. In the world of television, two of the most common terms you’ll […]

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When You’re Not Feeling It: 6 Ways to Save an Emotional Scene

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Sometimes everything is easy: The text is powerful, your scene partner is connected, and tears spring easily and honestly into your eyes at precisely the most theatrically compelling moment. Most times, however, intensely emotional scenes have a few wrenches thrown in the works. The script might be clumsy, your scene partner detached, filming conditions distracting. […]

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Villains: Create a Good Bad Guy Without Making the Bad Guys Good

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Everyone loves a good villain. The really fun ones—Hannibal Lecter, Voldemort, The Wicked Witch of the West (stick with us)—even become archetypes. But how does an actor craft a truly good portrayal of a terrible person? How does one crawl into the mind of, say, Hitler, and look out at the world through such foreign […]

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How to Save Your Scene by Simplifying

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The great and terrible thing about acting is that it is in no way standardized. It is at art form mired in subjectivity and subtlety. In an effort to clarify and specify, actors often turn to research. For any given character there is a wealth of backstory and circumstance to be considered. In previous posts […]

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Questions You Should Settle Before Signing a Contract for an Acting Gig

So you were offered an acting gig…congrats! Pick up a bottle of wine (go ahead and grab one from the shelf second to the bottom, you’re fancy tonight)! Call your mom and choke into the phone that a Bachelor of Fine Arts is paying off after all. Celebrate! And then start preparing. Now is the […]

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No Credits? No problem! Technique, Audition-speak, and Help for the Brand New Actor

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No Credits? No problem! Technique, Audition-speak, and Brand New Actors: Amy talks acting technique, confusing audition-speak, and how brand-new actors can break into the industry. Each week Amy answers your questions here! Do you need acting technique tips or career advice? Send them here: AskAmyLyndon@gmail.com. Amy Lyndon is a Celebrity Booking Coach, CEO and Author of […]

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Resume Rules

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Putting together an acting resume can be an activity as mundane as compiling a grocery list, or as tense and fearful as slaying a fire breathing dragon (alright, that last bit might be a tad overdramatic…but what are actors if not dramatic?!) Your resume can come together seamlessly and painlessly, though, as long as you […]

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