Acting Career Blog Posts

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

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Jul 14, 2017

Every Actor Needs A Strategy

Whether you are a professional actor, have worked a little or are just starting out, you constantly have to redefine where you are at in your acting career and have a game plan to move forward. You very much have… Read More

Jul 12, 2017

Idris Elba Found Strength in His Father’s Words

Idris Elba, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men, recently shared with Esquire how devastated and bewildered he was when he lost his father, Winston, to lung cancer in 2013. He and his dad had been celebrating Idris’ Golden Globe-nominated… 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

Jul 5, 2017

Expanding Your Acting Horizon with Accents and Dialects

When exploring ways to create a distinct and lifelike character, it’s important for actors to consider which accent and dialect best reflects the person they’re dramatizing. After all, as dialect and voice coach-to-the-stars, Bob Corff says, “Your voice is the… Read More

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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