Acting Career Blog Posts

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

Jan 16, 2018

Conscious Auditioning (pt. 2)

Conscious in the Room This one would seem to be obvious—of course you’re going to be conscious in the room where you’re about to audition, that’s what you’re there for! But it’s sometimes harder than it sounds to remain totally… Read More

Dec 15, 2017

How to share your accomplishments

How well do you share information about what is happening in your acting career? Do you play down your bookings and callbacks? Do you not mention them at all? Maybe you want to start being a little more competitive. I… Read More

Auditioning
Dec 14, 2017

Conscious Auditioning (pt. 1)

Auditioning is a solitary process. You receive your sides and read them alone. You do the work of exploring the material as well as your own emotional mapping to find the most interesting intersection between you and the character alone…. Read More

Nov 20, 2017

Morgan Freeman on Working While Aspiring to Be an Actor

“I was always ambitious. I always wanted to be more than I was…. I always wanted to be a movie actor.” –Morgan Freeman Beloved actor, producer, and narrator Morgan Freeman is celebrated for his prominent career along with his distinctive,… Read More

Sabotage
Nov 16, 2017

Reasons Actors Sabotage Their Careers (and How to Avoid it)

Whether you are auditioning for a role or you have booked the job, there are many ways to get in your own way, but the bottom line is, when you strip out all the layers of self-sabotage, at the core… Read More

Nov 15, 2017

The Three Pillars of Comedy (Part 3 of 3)

THE UNPREDICTABLE Storyline – The element of surprise is at the heart of any successful sitcom. In terms of storyline, the unpredictable is what keeps us laughing out loud and tuning in week after week. We know the character will… Read More

Nov 11, 2017

Frances McDormand Embraces Her Face

Frances McDormand is receiving critical acclaim for her “unforgettable” and “fascinating” performance in the dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which is currently out in theaters. In it, she plays Mildred Hayes, an outraged grieving mother seeking justice after… Read More

Oct 22, 2017

Actors on Regrets

Feelings of regret are our brain’s way of telling us to look more closely at our choices because our actions or words may be leading us down an undesired path. Regret can be a useful tool to help us avoid… Read More

Oct 17, 2017

The Three Pillars of Comedy (part 2 of 3)

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