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5 Signs You’re About to Burn Out (and What To Do About It)

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Burnout claims us all eventually. The uncertain nature of the entertainment industry often means actors are overloaded with day jobs, multiple overlapping projects, and the daily stress of survival with little job security. We’re afraid to say no to any gig in case it will be our last. We take on extra shifts and extra […]

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Banishing Perfectionism and Bettering Your Acting

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“Don’t make perfect the enemy of the good.” It’s something my mom says a lot, and something I, in the tradition of daughters everywhere, frequently ignore to my detriment. I think a lot of artists struggle with lurking demons of perfectionism. The subjectivity of the entertainment industry makes it easy to fall into self-loathing echo […]

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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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The Competitive Edge: The One Question You Shouldn’t Be Asking Is “What Do They Want?”

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Don’t Look For A Cookie Cutter To Shape Your Audition. The other day I was in the reception area of a project I was casting and one of the actors asked me “what are they looking for”? I cringed inside and answered, they are looking for an actor to bring them “something”. The one thing […]

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Commercial Actors Should Never: Neglect the Small Goals

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Many, if not all, actors have a story about when or how they decided to dive into acting. I’d expect that every actor can easily name their dreams and goals for their career. It might be star in a film with so-and-so celebrity, win this-or-that award, or be a lead in a blockbuster feature or […]

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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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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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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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