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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The Importance of Stamina in the Audition Room

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There is endless advice to be had when it comes to auditioning. How to pick the right material, how to show off your personality, how to seal the deal. But one thing I haven’t found actors talk about that much is stamina in the audition room. When it comes to long days on set, certainly, […]

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6 Cheap and Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Character Research

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Every now and then you run into a character that requires a bit of research. Your actor’s imagination can do wonders when it comes to connecting to a character, but sometimes you just need a bit more context. When you’re short on time and money, research can seem like one more obligation draining precious time […]

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Tips on Juggling Conflicts

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For me, juggling schedule conflicts is easily the most stressful part of being an actor. Feeling like I’m letting people down causes me massive anxiety, and my sense of loyalty has often led me to make decisions that I now judge were at the cost of furthering my own career.   Here’s the thing. To […]

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A Guide to Out of Town Auditions

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The work doesn’t always come to you. There are theatre and film opportunities nationwide (indeed, worldwide). Keep an eye out. Why limit yourself to your immediate community? If the right out of town audition comes along, however, it will take some preparation. Here’s a quick and dirty guide to traveling for an audition.   Is […]

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Intent on Success: The Three M’s

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We talk a lot about actions actors can take to refine their presentation, technique and business game. But harder to pin down are strategies for improving your drive and focus. In the face of relentless rejection, how do actors maintain the winner’s attitude so crucial to long term success? While there are endless strategies to […]

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6 Workshops Every Actor Should Take

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An actor’s education is a beautiful, exhilarating Hydra. The second you think you’ve lopped off the head of one technique, another springs forth. There is always more to learn, deeper understanding to be gained, skills to refresh and hone and refresh again. It’s great! It’s exciting! You’ll never be bored! But the journey to self-improvement […]

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Stop Unconsciously Talking Yourself into Failure

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Self-deprecating humor is a familiar defense mechanism, and all the more effective for the entertaining, charismatic and witty among us. In other words, actors are prime culprits. How many of us, as sensitive, artistic kids, quickly transitioned into class clown to navigate the brutal byways of early education and adolescence?   In many cases, self-deprecating […]

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The Weight of Words: Why We Need to Do Better When We Talk About Actors – Candy McLellen

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Sometimes it can feel like we, as actors, exist in isolation. We work and promote ourselves as individuals. It’s easy to forget that we are part of a greater community of actors, artists, and storytellers. It’s easy to forget the responsibility that entails. I am part of the Atlanta theatre community, and something happened recently […]

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Coming in Warm: 5 Pre-Audition Obstacles and How to Overcome Them

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Auditioning can be pretty wretched. Often lacking in standardization, organization, or any sort of environmental comfort to set one up for success, the process is designed to weed out the timid and unprepared (when, indeed, it is designed at all).   So the onus is on you to come in guns blazing. This is easier […]

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