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Rachel Frawley

Rachel Frawley is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at

5 Tips for Your Quarantine Self Tape


Greetings from Pandemica. In a time when it feels like the whole world has stopped, it can be difficult to contemplate working on your career at all. Given the fact that so much of our industry is shut down or in a holding pattern, that is completely understandable. Many of us are just concentrating on […]


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Safety Practices for the Coronavirus Actor


The rapid and terrifying spread of COVID-19 has left so many actors and artist out of work. But for those of us still waiting for the hammer to come down, still rehearsing or performing, how are we supposed to conduct ourselves? So often, actors stay silent, grin and bear it, to protect uncertain positions in […]


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Essentials for the Actor Go Bag


We’ve all been there. That spontaneous meet and greet, the audition where someone unexpected shows up, and you get asked the million-dollar question: “Do you have another headshot?”   If you know the sinking feeling that accompanies a shameful “no,” you know how important it is to always carry extra headshots on you. But what […]


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How to Run Your Own Auditions


Actors are constantly encouraged to create their own content. But often the advice stops there. For actors who are new to wearing the producer hat, these can be difficult waters to navigate. So today we’re going to take it one step at a time. If you’re creating your own content, you’ll probably need more actors […]


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Cracking the Comedy Code


I often think of comedy like baking and tragedy like cooking. Tragedy is intuitive, fluid, and you can season to your preference and rework the recipe to suit. Comedy has rules, formulas–it takes skill and inventiveness to achieve good results, but stray from certain recipes and your comedy cake is doomed.   While some actors […]


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Resolutions for the Actor’s New Year


Happy New Year, one and all! A brand new decade is an excellent excuse to take stock of your acting career and make some resolutions. But if you’re anything like me, the idea of narrowing down your goals to something reasonable and specific can be tough.  So here are some good starting points that every […]


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The Power of “Yes, And”: An Actor’s Improv Starter Kit


Improv is an enormously valuable skill for any actor. You don’t have to be part of an improv troupe to benefit from being able to think on your feet, adapt quickly to your partner’s choices, and follow your impulses organically and fully. But improv can be intimidating to newcomers, even to those with decades of […]


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An Actor’s Guide to Work Life Balance


If you’re like me or many of the actors I know, the phrase “work-life balance” might seem a laughable fantasy. But our culture’s romanticization of overworking is no healthier for an artist than anyone else. As we have discussed several times on this blog, an obsessive devotion to productivity will inevitably lead to physical and […]


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What’s Holding You Back? 5 Common Actor Roadblocks and How to Deal


Sometimes, we play by the rules, put in the work, and can still look around and feel like something is ​just missing.​ If your acting career feels inexplicably dead in the water, don’t panic. It’s not permanent. The important thing is to take the time to figure out what it is that might be holding […]


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Prepare as an Actor: An Easy Guide to Bookwork


Especially in the whirlwind world of film and television, it’s easy to get into the habit of applying the lightning round scoring techniques of a cold read. But eventually you’ll book that project that requires a deep dive, and when you do, it’s important to have the skills in place to beat out a script. […]


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