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5 Steps to Selecting the Perfect Headshot

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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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Audition Dos (and Don’ts): Part II

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Missed Part I? Check it out here. Now, on to Part II– Do be mindful of your fellow actors waiting. It’s great to be friendly, and a genuine smile at those around you will certainly do no harm. But please resist the urge to blindly begin socializing. Many people will likely be reviewing their monologue, […]

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Audition Dos (and Don’ts): Part I

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Do arrive early. This can be quite the challenge in a city like LA (highways! gridlocks! construction! more highways!), but always do absolutely everything in your power to arrive to your audition ahead of schedule. Not only will you avoid being the one to keep others waiting (never a good thing), but you’ll also have […]

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8 Quick Tips for Self-Tape Success

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In these days of awesome technology, some casting directors are now opting to have actors send in taped auditions in addition to–or sometimes, in place of–traditional, in-person auditions. This method of casting has some serious benefits: save time, save gas, no parking fees . . . but easily the best part of filming and submitting […]

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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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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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6 Memorization Hacks for the Actor

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Perhaps one of the most tedious tasks for actors–universally across the globe, and since the moment when the very first actor endeavored to take a scripted work and translate it into a performance onstage–is learning lines. Granted, some people have a natural knack for memorization, and will certainly have an easier time than those for […]

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Ways to Work on Your Craft Daily: Part II

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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Ways to Work on Your Craft Daily: Part I

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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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Headshots: 4 Tips for Choosing a Great Photographer

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There are things in life on which you can cut corners and take the cheap and easy route . . . and if you’re an actor, your headshots should not be one of them. This doesn’t mean that you have to shoot with the most expensive photographer you can find—the one with the celebrity clientele […]

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