Acting Career Blog Posts

Oct 17, 2017

The Three Pillars of Comedy (part two)

This is part two in the three part series of The Three Pillars of Comedy (part one here) DESPERATION Storyline – Desperation is what drives the character’s Want in an A storyline and B storyline. The storyline will revolve around… Read More

Casting Frontier
Oct 16, 2017

Vincent Van Gogh On A Creative Life

How many hours a week are you acting? I’m not talking about auditioning or workshops (they don’t count). I’m talking about that rarefied and sacred space where you work on your art. The place where outcome doesn’t matter, where there’s… Read More

Oct 2, 2017

How Frustration Can Make You More Creative

Frustration can arise for just about any actor in the world due to reasons and circumstances beyond their control. There’s the frustration when work is slow, when you come in second for a desired role, when you feel unsupported by… Read More

Sep 29, 2017

How To Succeed Between Bookings

So what have you been up to lately? We hear this question all the time from friends, family, agents, managers, and casting directors. Sometimes, we have a seemingly good (correct) answer: I just booked a job; I just shot a… Read More

Sep 22, 2017

Memorable Roles of Harry Dean Stanton

  When Harry Dean Stanton died this past Friday at 91 years of age, many fans on the internet and social media platforms called him the GOAT of character actors. Indeed, Roger Ebert once said, “No movie featuring either Harry… Read More

Sep 15, 2017

Inspiration Can’t Wait

If you’re waiting for your acting teacher to tell you what you should do, how you should do it or when you should do it—you may never make it. Waiting for someone else to feed you artistic ideas can be… Read More

Sep 15, 2017

The Three Pillars Of Comedy (part 1 of 3)

WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL SITCOM A successful sitcom is like a big house filled with funny, topical storylines, memorable, identifiable characters and a plethora of laugh-out-loud jokes. Just think of “I Love Lucy,” “Friends,” “All in the Family,” “Seinfeld” and… Read More

Sep 8, 2017

An Overnight Success Takes Years to Build

I know what it’s like. You’d love to be in class, but you can’t afford it right now. As much as you’d love to coach your co-star audition, it just doesn’t make sense because of how much the role pays…. Read More

Sep 4, 2017

Deconstructing Daniel Plainview

Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood has appeared on a bounty of top ten lists over the last ten years: top ten of the decade, top ten of the aughts, top ten of all time, top ten acting performances–and… Read More

Aug 18, 2017

Know Your Business

How well do you know your business? You want to work in the entertainment industry, right? A career in film and television is your goal. But how well do you actually know the industry? And why is that important? How… Read More

Aug 18, 2017

Why do kids need improv?

There are so many reasons for humans to take Improv classes that it’s almost impossible to narrow them down! I’ve been teaching Improvisation for nearly 30 years and my students have ranged in age from 6 to 94. They are… Read More

Jul 29, 2017

Lauren Lapkus on People-Watching to Mine for Characters

Observing the people you happen to encounter throughout the day with intention can be an enormous resource for performers. Just ask actress and comedian Lauren Lapkus. In this Off Camera interview, Lapkus reveals the random individuals who inspired some of her colorful… Read More

Jul 18, 2017

3 Actors Who Love to Paint

Painting, drawing, sculpting, and printmaking are among the rich assortment of skills that some actors develop when they’re not acting. After all, creating artwork represents a different way for them to express themselves, feel inspired, and remain engaged in the… Read More

Jul 18, 2017

Val Kilmer on What It Takes to Break Through in the Industry

In recent months, American icon Val Kilmer reached out to fans on Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” while promoting his directorial debut and cross-country tour of Cinema Twain. The film captures his award-winning one-man play Citizen Twain in which Kilmer takes… Read More

Jul 17, 2017

Three Tips to Succeed This Episodic Season

Episodic season is the time of year when the episodes of many TV shows are being cast. With TV pilots now sold and the leading actors hired, the casting of recurring roles, guest stars and co-stars begins.  This is when… Read More