Tips and Tools Blog Posts

Oct 9, 2017

5 Guidelines for Improv

In this Tedx Talk, improv instructor Jennifer Hunter and members of her ensemble demonstrate five fundamentals of improvisation, and she insists these skills are useful in creating a better, more enjoyable life as well. The parameters of improv provide structure… Read More

Oct 3, 2017

Find your next casting or production location

The process of finding suitable venues for producing and shooting in Los Angeles can be time-consuming, tedious, and riddled with problems. One great option to empower filmmakers in this quest is Peerspace. Instead of driving around or spending hours scouring the… Read More

Sep 25, 2017

Tom Papa, Bill Burr, and Jerry Seinfeld on Perseverance

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” –Julie Andrews Acting is a tough game; it’s extremely competitive and tremendously subjective. What one person thinks is a performance for the ages, another considers it to be a 7-percent on… 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 11, 2017

Are Your Speech Habits Hurting Your Chances in the Audition Room?

When actors prepare for an audition, they look closely at the characters they’re being asked to portray, they familiarize themselves with the project and professionals involved, and they try to maximize their level of self-confidence. But chances are they are… Read More

Web Series Set
Jul 1, 2017

Web Video Is The New Headshot: 4 Tips To Get More Callbacks

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then think of this: A video is 30 pictures per second. Do the math and it’ll make your brain hurt! Videos provide a 74% increase in your viewer’s understanding of your product,… Read More

Jun 21, 2017

Audition Tips from a Commercial Director

  Commercial directors are film directors who specialize in the creation of commercials. And they are among the professionals who are seated in the callback room ready to assess who’s best fit for a particular role. The commercial director’s opinion… Read More

Process
Jun 10, 2017

The Process is The Product (part 2)

Being paid to go inside Acting is an opportunity to work on what is inside you, a part that most other professions avoid. It can be painful or scary to look inside, but without this self-investigation, you cannot grow. It… Read More

Mar 14, 2017

Three Essentials for Brilliant Acting Work

Process. PreGame. Support Network. Let’s dive in. Acting at the highest levels is a game of inches, not yards. The smallest difference in the comprehensiveness of your work can set you apart from other actors. We are not competing with… Read More

Dec 19, 2016

They Break Me Down

  A number of years ago, The Acting Center was interviewing students about their careers and experiences as actors. Many students had recounted stories of ranting teachers, trying to use tortured memories for scene work and being embarrassed in front… Read More

Dec 17, 2016

Whole Body Auditioning

  During a recent meeting with some casting and film director friends about what actors needed to do to book work, two words were repeated again and again: Embodied and personal. It is no longer enough to play your idea… Read More

Dec 15, 2016

Do You Have An Acting Approach?

What do you do when you first approach a script? Think about it. What’s going through your head? Are you thinking, “How should I say this?” Or maybe it’s, “I have no idea what they want from me. I wish… Read More

Nov 14, 2016

Casting Director David Rubin Reveals What He Looks for in Talent

In this PBS interview, Casting Director and Academy Governor David Rubin shares insights into how he makes casting decisions. Rubin’s casting resume includes a long impressive list of box office hits including Gravity, Men in Black, Hairspray, and The English… Read More

Nov 14, 2016

Commercials – A Slice Of Life

  Hundreds of years ago (well maybe it just seems that long ago) I moved to Los Angeles to be an actress and a singer. Like most people, I was told the way to become an actress and get a… Read More

Nov 11, 2016

Tips to Analyze Scripts

The skill set of script analysis is a powerful, if not vital, tool for actors. This applies to small parts, starring roles, and anything in between. To understand, move, breathe, and speak for another person, actors must dig into the… Read More