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CIT Flashback Friday: How to Improve Your Networking Skills

How to Improve Your Networking Skills

Networking is essential to creating a name for yourself as an actor, and that is why for this week’s CIT Flashback Friday blog post we are revisiting the article ‘How to Improve your Networking.’ “But I just want to act,” your inner artist voice laments. “I’m not good at networking. It feels fake. I’m socially […]

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7 Things You Need in Your Professional Arsenal

(Your tools) need continual maintenance, makeovers, and care.

Hi, actor friends! You know those times, (maybe a lot of the time), when you feel like you just don’t have your, erm…stuff together? Do your colleagues always seem one step ahead, just a smidge more profesh? Luckily, when that happens, there are a couple helpful things you can remember. One is that, especially when […]

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BE PERSONAL IN YOUR WORK II – Creating Character

Creating a character begins with the writing and being a “Detective”

In Adam’s last Blog he began to lay out the road map for deep personalization in your acting work.  Part II discusses Creating Character. Creating a character begins with the writing and being a “Detective”, finding everything that is available to you, given to you and implied by the writer. However, there is another step […]

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Easy Choices to Flesh Out Physicality: Part 2

Portrait Of Happy Woman Flexing Her Muscles

Last time we started breaking down the basics of physicality. Today we persevere in that quest. The mission: specific, fully realized character development. The strategy: isolating possible choices. The motive: ART! Glorious ART! Also hopefully a paycheck. And yet another opportunity to say, “Yes, Aunt Myrtle, I do have a real job.” So. Now that […]

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SIX ELEMENTS OF A STAR

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1. – Charm  – Stanislavski discusses “an Actor’s Charm” in, An Actor Prepares.  The element of someone’s bearing that makes them “the life of the party”, or “interesting” or a “leader” is most often their Charm.  Everybody’s Charm is not the same, some Charm is goofy, some is ironic, some is direct – there are […]

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What To Do When They Don’t Want To Pay You

Know that you deserve to be paid

There is something everyone should know about working in the arts. Once you make the decision to devote your life to acting (or, indeed, nearly any artistic endeavor), you start pumping out a distinct set of pheromones that broadcast a single message to the rest of the world: I am a person you don’t have […]

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Have you ever wondered what other actors do to make a living between gigs?

Survival Gig Central

Our Cast It Talent community responded to the request of one of our members, Dave Moak, with a list of jobs that they do to keep their heads above water and still remain available for the next gig. Come on over to our Facebook page and join the discussion!! Here are some of the cool jobs […]

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Destination: Hollywood – Part 1

For any aspiring actor, the road to success in Hollywood is paved with competition and uncertainty. Even the most dedicated actors have to overcome incredible odds to make it big…or make it at all. But for actors who come from abroad, the challenge is magnified by paperwork, cultural transitions and unique financial limitations. Is the […]

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THE BUSINESS & YOUR CAREER

  Your ability to succeed in this very competitive industry depends on 4 main factors: 1 – HARD WORK; 2 – BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS; 3 – TALENT; 4 – LUCK. HARD WORK – An actor who is prepared, both from honing his or her craft and skills, and from applying that craft to the audition at […]

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The Survival Kit: Standing In, Outdoor Theatre, and Adventures in the Elements

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Outdoor theatre is an exciting experiment in the endurance of human optimism that we should all try once. Standing in is a great way to learn your way around a film set, and also supplement your income; you should try that as many times as people will hire you to do so. Both take place […]

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