Category Archives: Acting Tips

Voice Over: The Next Frontier

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As life and work continue to adjust to the reality of a global pandemic, actors are starting to adjust expectations for work in the coming year. Many theatres are postponing opening until the 2021 season. Film and television work is slow or nonexistent. But for those of us who refuse to relinquish our death grip […]

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5 Tips for Your Quarantine Self Tape

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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

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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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Cracking the Comedy Code

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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

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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

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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

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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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Prepare as an Actor: An Easy Guide to Bookwork

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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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When to Cut Toxic People Out of Your Acting Career

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Collaboration is an enormous factor in any acting career. Actors must be able to work with artists of all personalities, training backgrounds and approaches. That can lead to actors, especially those who are young and/or new to the field, feeling obligated to include and oblige those in our careers that don’t constitute a healthy or […]

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5 Things to Remember When Choosing an Agent

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Whether you’re agent-shopping for the first time or looking to transition somewhere new, finding the right representation can feel like playing pin the tail on the donkey. On rollerskates. And it’s a live donkey.   But finding proper representation is a crucial step to setting your acting career up for success. So here are some […]

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