Acting Career Blog Posts

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

Jun 28, 2017

Daniel Day-Lewis Announces His Retirement from Acting

One of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, Daniel Day-Lewis, is set to retire from acting. The 60-year-old star’s publicist, Leslee Dart, released a statement last week announcing: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He… Read More

Jun 27, 2017

International Acting Coach Ivana Chubbuck

“We go to the movies, watch TV, and go to the theater to see not the ordinary or dull but the extraordinary people, how a person dealing with pain and trauma overcomes and wins by using that pain as a… Read More

Jun 23, 2017

The one thing it takes to be a great artist

The start of a new year inevitably brings with it a list of goals: taking new photos, editing your reel, signing up for scene study and on-camera classes, sharpening your improv skills, finding new representation, going on more auditions. The… Read More

Jun 19, 2017

Social Awkwardness as an Asset

Not knowing what to say or fidgeting during conversations, experiencing goofy mishaps when all eyes are on you, perhaps having an odd fashion sense, laughing nervously when answering questions…sound familiar? If so, you might be socially awkward. As remarkably skilled… Read More

Jun 14, 2017

Handling Audition-Room Mistakes

Mistakes are an inevitable part of life. Even the most prepared and experienced actors experience blunders at the most inopportune times–namely, the audition room. In this video, Casting Director Erica Arvold and Acting Coach Richard Warner discuss beneficial ways to… Read More