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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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How to Nail Adapted Works

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Remakes and adaptations, always popular, are enjoying a particular resurgence with the advent of live-action Disney remakes. But even if you’re not dancing across the silver screen in the latest Renaissance revival, adaptations of classic works are ubiquitous. When dealing with the pressures of bringing beloved and well-traversed stories to life, certain challenges arise. How […]

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How to Nail a “Bit Part” and Why You Should Care

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Bit part, walk-on role, day player…we have so many ways to describe our briefer experiences on stage and film. Yet they are often afforded less brain space and respect than the meatier roles we encounter. Today I’m here to champion the “bit part” and spread my enthusiasm far and wide. There is just as much […]

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Learning to Mourn: An Actor’s Salvation

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I remember the first time I had a professional project shut down. It was a bucket list role for me. It was with a theatre for whom I had worked many times before. When I got the email that the rights had been pulled, and the project was unceremoniously cancelled without ever seeing the light […]

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Confidence vs. Arrogance: Grow a Successful Career Persona

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Being your own advocate is a crucial component of a successful career in the arts. But how do you distinguish between the kind of assertiveness and confidence that forwards your career, and the brassy showbiz arrogance that makes everyone hate you? It’s a tricky delineation, and often they feel like two sides of the same […]

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5 Ways to Keep Acting Beyond Auditions

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Between hustling for future acting gigs and basic survival, keeping yourself from getting rusty can be a struggle. We all have those stretches that feels like the only acting we’re practicing is squished into 30 second self-tapes for the local lottery. Even if you’re booking, how do you keep yourself sharp and constantly expanding your […]

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Halloween Edition: 6 Makeup Secrets for a Spookier Costume

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Assemble, spooky ghouls and ghoulettes! Brought to you by the month of October and the letter ‘H,’ I give to you a post in the Halloween Spirit. As actors, we get the privilege of living a sort of permanent Halloween for our work. Some of us even work Halloween itself…there is no shortage of haunted […]

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Get that On Camera Glow on a Shoestring Budget

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It’s a fickle, shallow world we live in, and you and I have chosen to spend our lives pursuing one of the ficklest and shallowest professions. Which shows excellent judgment and not even a smidge of insecurity all around. Ahem.   Feeding the beast can seem like a Sisyphean task that eats up your time, […]

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Bouncing Back: Tips to Beat Rejection and Get Back in the Game

Let’s face it, a career in acting can be rough on the old self-esteem. The most successful actors know this to be a game where the losses far outnumber the wins. Even Hollywood A-Listers boast long resumes of rejection. But it’s one thing to know that intellectually, and quite another to face slap after slap […]

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5 Ways to Survive a Callback

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You made it past round one! You got the callback and you’re psyched. But more trials lie ahead. How do you gear up and close the deal? Check out some tips below!   Research the Casting Director. If you haven’t already done this, now is the time. Look them up, look at their career, ask […]

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