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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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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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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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