Acting Career Blog Posts

May 18, 2018

Branding Yourself

When you think of yourself as an actor, do you think of yourself as your “brand?” Or do you think of yourself as an actor who is more interested in expanding your boundaries; someone who is committed to developing the… Read More

book a role
May 17, 2018

A Guide on How to Book a Role

There is never enough time to be ready for an audition, especially when it’s the one you’ve been waiting for… the one you really want. When an audition comes, you usually have at most one day with the sides to… Read More

May 14, 2018

Charlize Theron on Gaining 50 Pounds for Her ‘Tully’ Role

The Atomic Blonde and actor’s actor, the indefatigable Charlize Theron, is delivering another gut-wrenching, groundbreaking, career-defining performance in the 2018 Sundance hit Tully. Theron plays a mother of three suffering through postpartum depression with raw emotion, physical intensity, and a… Read More

May 8, 2018

David Oyelowo’s Advice to Aspiring Actors: ‘Start on the Stage”

Gringo actor David Oyelowo recently opened himself up to online fans posting to Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” forum. In doing so, he shared a number of interesting tales about his journey as an actor which lead to his prominent roles… Read More

Apr 30, 2018

Richard Jenkins on His Humble Start as an Actor

Character actor Richard Jenkins’ name might not ring a bell, but he’s performed in an enviably steady stream of mostly supporting roles since the 1980s. Most notably, he was nominated for playing the lead role, Professor Walter Vale, in The… Read More

Apr 24, 2018

Where Do You Stand on the Superhero Film Debate?

The steroidal growth in the popularity of superhero movies continues to spark debate within the industry. Several Hollywood powerhouses have taken issue with the seemingly endless stream of these sensational blockbuster films. The Terminator and Avatar director James Cameron said… Read More

Apr 19, 2018

Standing Out And Making It On Your Own

With literally thousands of competing actors out there… What makes you stand out? What gets you the audition? What gets you the callback? What gets you the avail? What gets you the booking? It sounds complicated, but, in fact, the… Read More

Apr 16, 2018

The Role That Got Away

As actors, we audition, but we don’t always get the role. This is part of the job. Sometimes we may not even be in the running, and other times we get so close we can smell craft services. The director,… Read More

Mar 16, 2018

Commercial Acting— Training is Essential

  Use what you know. Don’t worry about what you don’t know. —Michael Shurtleff, playwright, casting director, and author Maybe your friends tell you, “You’re so attractive, you should be in commercials!” Or perhaps you’ve been approached at the mall… Read More

Mar 15, 2018

Finding the Character’s Dramatic Need in Their Life & In The Journey of the Script

When I began to study screenwriting with Syd Field, one of the major principles that he taught me was Dramatic Need and it really struck a chord with me. Below is a discussion of how now, years later, I teach… Read More

Feb 16, 2018

Product Identity and Your Brand

  A successful career in the arts and especially in the performing arts is difficult to think about as a product. After all, a human being is involved. The preparation necessary to become an actor is specific and requires an… Read More

New Year's Resolution
Feb 6, 2018

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

February has already arrived and for many actors, the New Year and New Year’s Resolutions go hand in hand. Starry eyed hopefuls will imagine networking more, plan to nail every audition, and decide to look into that commercial class they have… Read More

Feb 5, 2018

Uma Thurman on Her ‘Kill Bill’ Car Crash

Fifteen years ago, Uma Thurman was in a serious car crash while on location in Mexico filming the final days of Kill Bill. The accident was bad enough to give the star permanent injuries to her neck and knees as… Read More

Jan 29, 2018

Casting Director Nina Gold Shares Casting Insights

You’d be hard-pressed to miss Nina Gold’s work; the multi-award-winning casting director has hand selected spot-on actors for numerous productions over the past decades. Examples of her work include The King’s Speech, Les Miserables, The Imitation Game, Paddington, and The… Read More

persistence
Jan 18, 2018

Persistence Pays

You read about it all the time: the actor who tells stories about what it took them to become an “overnight success.” They talk about auditioning for years, playing summer stock, auditioning, studying, auditioning, working as a waiter, paralegal or… Read More