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Easy Choices to Flesh Out Physicality: Part 1

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If you’ve ever gotten a note on physicality, you might know the existential frustration that accompanies such vague proclamations as “you look sort of tense” or, “Your general movement is a bit peculiar, did you know that?” And while most notes on physicality will hopefully be more helpful that these, the fact remains that different […]

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

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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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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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10 Tips on “Playing Crazy”

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Everyone loves to play a crazy. From Hamlet to Hannibal, Lady Macbeth to Blanche DuBois, some of the meatiest, most iconic roles in theatre and cinematic history have been a few Crayolas shy of a box. Actors love to play them, audiences love to watch them, and the Hollywood Foreign Press likes to celebrate them […]

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How to Trust Your Audience (And Improve Your Acting)

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It’s easy for someone to tell an actor “don’t ask for laughs,” but when it comes to practical application, how do we know when we’re “asking for it” and when we are eliciting an organic response? More importantly, why does it matter? The short answer to the latter is that when actors ask for the […]

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Originality as an Actor

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There is only one “you”.  You do not have to be funny, or sorrowful, or angry, or mean, ecstatic, content, delighted or joyful—to be you.  You must, however, be truthful.  Be truthful to your tastes, prejudices, loves, culture, and temperament.  Be truthful to your particular perceptions, opinions and understanding of any given situation, relationship or […]

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Know When to Break the Rules—Part II

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Ladies and gentlemen, you may now sleep peacefully at night. The much-anticipated sequel to my previous post, “Know When to Break the Rules—Part I,” has arrived! Last time we focused on the rules of fashion—what to wear (or not) to an audition. But now I would like to move on to the audition itself. From […]

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Meyon Mordechai Receives 12 Classes at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute for Open Call Audition

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The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute has selected Meyon Mordechai of Atlanta, GA to receive 12 free classes at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute for her audition that she submitted for the June talent search. Like the previously selected actor, Simone Renault, Mordechai will be attending the Los Angeles campus. Each month […]

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Beyond Typical Film and Television

By: Kyle Dean Many new actors often think that the business is all about booking work for typical film and television (by ‘typical’, I’m referring to live-action movies and primetime television shows). The common misconception here is that these types of programs is where all the money is, and what all actors need to shoot […]

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An Actors’ Guide to Hollywood Unions

If you work in the Hollywood entertainment industry as a performer, crewmember, or even a hair stylist, you are probably in a labor union – or at least well aware of them. SAG, AFTRA, WGA, CSA, ACE – Hollywood has so many acronyms it can make anyone’s head spin. However, if you are an actor, […]

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