Acting Career Blog Posts

Oct 17, 2018

Creating, Promoting, Marketing and Protecting Your Brand Online

The digital landscape has changed all of our lives, from how we stay connected with each other to how we create and build our careers. But with the tremendous opportunities now available to both have a voice and to build… Read More

Oct 14, 2018

Sissy Spacek on Her Most Iconic Characters

The tremendous acting talent, Sissy Spacek, shares what it’s like getting “swept up” in some of her most iconic characters in this GQ interview. From playing the unforgettable title role in Carrie, her acclaimed portrayal of country music star Loretta… Read More

Oct 13, 2018

Embrace Mistakes

It probably seems that you have to be careful about every little decision you make with your acting career. Take the wrong class and you can derail your training. Sign with the wrong agent and you can waste years. Accept… Read More

Oct 1, 2018

A Look Back at ‘Angel Heart’

Alan Parker’s psychological thriller/horror film Angel Heart blew people’s doors off when it came out in the blockbuster year of 1987. It may do the same for anyone interested in this gem 30 years later. Keep in mind, 1987 brought… Read More

Living Between The Lines | Acting Jobs | Casting Frontier
Sep 14, 2018

Living Between The Lines

One of the first things any actor does when he get a script is to look at the lines. What do I have to say? How will I memorize all this? The attention is all on the words and not… Read More

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Sep 14, 2018

SCRIPT ANALYSIS: Part 2 Life & Death Importance of Understanding the Story of your Scene!

SCRIPT ANALYSIS: Part 2 Life & Death Importance of Understanding the Story of your Scene! By Coach Clay Banks In Part 1 of this two-part Script Analysis article we discussed how crucial it is to understand and respect the ‘Writers… Read More

Not Wanting to Disappoint Certain People by Keegan-Michael Key
Sep 4, 2018

How Not Wanting to Disappoint Certain People Lead Keegan-Michael Key to a Successful Career

During a SAG-AFTRA Foundation interview, funnyman Keegan-Michael Key revealed two pivotal decisions he made in his life which were based on not wanting to disappoint certain people. One was a drama teacher and the other a friend. In retrospect, the… Read More

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Aug 14, 2018

Persevering Will Make You Lucky

Last week, I saw a former student of mine on a morning talk show. He studied and coached with me for a few years. I got him an agent and he began to audition. After many auditions, he booked a… Read More

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Aug 13, 2018

The Basics of Starting and Maintaining Your Own YouTube Channel

YouTube has revolutionized the way content is created and distributed. According to Wikipedia, YouTube is the second most popular website on the internet. With 300 hours of content uploaded every minute, the platform is also the second largest search engine…. Read More

Inside Circle Seminar: Four Ways The Acting Center Reinvents The Acting Workshop
Aug 10, 2018

Inside Circle Seminar: Four Ways The Acting Center Reinvents The Acting Workshop

Over the years, there’s been much debate about acting workshops. Are they worth your time and money? What makes one school of acting better than another?  Why should I listen to an acting coach who isn’t a celebrity? More than… Read More

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Aug 8, 2018

Inside Circle Seminar: Kalmenson & Kalmenson’s Strategic Guide To Voice Over Jobs

People are drawn to storytelling. Of course, the device has been used in entertainment for thousands of years. But a recent Harvard Business Review study found the neurological reasons why we enjoy hearing stories. The investigation exposed a group of… Read More

What Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Daughter Lucie Learned From the Masters
Aug 6, 2018

What Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Daughter Lucie Learned From the Masters

Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of the legendary performers Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, grew up absorbing many insights about comedy and the entertainment industry as a whole. After all, her parents forged prolific and celebrated careers and indeed are recognized… Read More

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Jul 17, 2018

SCRIPT ANALYSIS: Part 1 – Actors! You Really Should Know What You’re Talking About

Two Questions: If you were given the instruction manual for a new product but the manual was meant for a completely different product, do you think you’d have much success properly operating that product? If you landed in a foreign… Read More

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Jul 14, 2018

Human Resources

I recently released a breakdown for a SAG-AFTRA feature film and I thought I would write a blog about my side of the experience as it was happening. I’ve always considered myself to be the person in charge of Human… Read More

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Jul 6, 2018

How Meditation Can Help Your Acting Career

When we hear the word meditation, certain images come to mind. For some, it’s that annoying neighbor chanting om at the top of their lungs. Sure, it’s easy to joke about these eccentrics. But there’s a reason the practice has… Read More