Ways to Work on Your Craft Daily: Part II

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In Part I of this article, we examined several ways in which actors can work on honing their craft every day: practicing cold reads, learning new dialects, and and studying biographies of actors. This week, we wrap up the series with a few more suggestions of ways you can continue to grow in your art. …


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“Sicario” Online Casting

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Casting Director Francine Maisler is accepting talent submissions for the new feature film Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners). The following roles are being cast: SILVIO 30 to early 40s, Hispanic. A corrupt Mexican cop living in Nogales, MX. Seemingly always drunk or hung over. Has an 8 year-old son he adores, but that doesn’t …


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Character Status: What It Is, And How It Changes Acting Choices


These days, when we think of the word status, we tend to think in terms of facebook. Then we sheepishly put down our smartphones, remember we are actors, and our minds leap to classical theatre. When there are kings, queens, lords and ladies neatly filling their roles in the context of a court, it is …


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“Miss P” Online Search

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Casting Directors Susie Figgis and Deborah Maxwell Dion, in coordination with Cast It Talent, are calling for self-taped submissions for an actor to appear as a lead in the new feature film Miss P. The role being cast is Jacob, age 17 (must be a legal 18), who is “is an outsider . . . …


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Ways to Work on Your Craft Daily: Part I


As actors, the inescapable truth is that we’re likely to spend only a small percentage of our time actually performing a role onstage or in front of a camera. The rest of the time? We’re auditioning, preparing to audition, analyzing the most recent audition, trying to stop analyzing the most recent audition, editing our resumes, …


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Covering It Up: Your Character’s Inner Life vs. Outer Life

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The cliché is, “Play against the scene.”  It is not always true.  But where there’s smoke, there’s fire. There is tremendous wisdom in that statement or directive.  If you are supposed to have a fight in the scene, try not to fight and then let the writer (you know he will), and your scene partner …


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Play the Stakes! It’s Life or Death!


Although most acting courses address playing the stakes of the scene, I really feel it is a topic that deserves to be refreshed from time to time. If you don’t think you know what stakes are, you probably do. They are easily intuited in daily life, and therefore, easy to dismiss or take for granted. …


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