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5 Ways Your Acting Career Can Make a Difference

Hey, all. It’s time to get back to our roots. Take a second and really remember why it was you decided to devote yourself to this grueling career. If it was the prospect of fame and fortune, I wish you good luck, but must advise that this article will not help you on that front. […]

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Separation Anxiety: Tips to Keep Your Personal Life from Killing Your Acting

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Acting is a messy business at the best of times. More than messy, it is profoundly personal. To be a good actor requires a certain level of self-awareness and reflection, coupled with emotional accessibility, an ability to draw on one’s personal experiences, and the courage and willingness to risk vulnerability and exposure. That is some […]

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How to Crank Out a Decent Self Tape Under the Worst Circumstances

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On the best of days, you can book a taping with a studio you trust, with an actor friend who has professional equipment, and you will have all the elements of a killer self tape neatly arranged. But not all days are created equal. Sometimes it’s a rush job, a deadline in a matter of […]

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Don’t Want To Be PREDICTABLE? – Acting Tips with David Strasberg

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“You don’t need to experience the whole beach… just a couple of grains of sand.” -David Lee Strasberg. Lee Strasberg was a seminal acting teacher and his Method Acting technique remains alive at the Institute in West Hollywood: the only source that delivers Strasberg’s teaching in its consummate form. As CEO and Creative Director, David […]

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Not-So-Lost in Translation: 6 Tips on Transitioning Between Film and Theatre

Film and theatre can seem like two completely different beasts, especially if you’ve only ever done one or the other. But if you’ve ever wondered if you could hack it on the other side of the fence, here are some tips for your transition starter kit!   Energy. The most obvious difference lies in the […]

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Launch Your Kid’s Career with the Power of the Interwebs!

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By the time many actors launch their professional careers, they are armed with years of training, practical experience, and perhaps a degree or two. But what happens when the career in question belongs to a pint-sized human who may or may not want to be in the business for the remainder of their natural lives? […]

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7 Tips to Summon Tears

Getting called upon to portray a wide range of emotions is all part and parcel to the actor gig. But some emotions are more difficult to access than others. Tears, in particular, can be an intimidating challenge. While an organic moment is always preferable to canned tears, sometimes a script will explicitly demand that an […]

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5 Surefire Ways to Tank an Audition (And How to Avoid Them)

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In a career that often seems subjective and ruled by the idiosyncrasies of those in power, avoiding audition pitfalls can seem like an impossible task. The good news is, there are certain things almost no one wants to see in your audition. The better news is, I’m going to tell you how to avoid them! […]

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What Part Can Social Media Play In Your Career?

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Social media is a way of life and should not, and cannot be avoided.  It’s worth looking at the pros and cons of social media in your career.   NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS A big question seems to be, “does it matter how many followers I have?”  “Will I get more auditions or book more commercials […]

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​VIDEO – 7 Tips on How to Select a Child Actor’s Monologue

1. Length should beabout a minute long. 2. Understand it is a collaborativeprocess. Get child’s agreement. 3. ​Match monologue to child’s personality. What is their type? Energetic, emotional, silly, demanding etc. ​4. Choose an “active” monologue. Pursing an objective. Child wants to get something from the person he is talking too. 5. Self-contained not waiting for other actor to […]

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