Acting Class Blog Posts

An actor warming up in the dressing room.
Nov 14, 2023

The Best Physical and Vocal Warm-Ups for Actors

Picture yourself preparing for a self tape audition, getting ready to perform a monologue for your acting class, stepping up to the mic for a voice acting gig or singing in front of a large audience. What is the first… Read More

Actors rehearsing for a Shakespeare play, one dressed as a king, getting betrayed.
Oct 9, 2023

The Art of Rehearsal and Preparation for Actors

Have you ever seen a person “freeze up” during a casting call? Or, perhaps, you’ve watched someone on America’s Got Talent who clearly didn’t rehearse. If you’ve ever watched someone truly flop, it’s often crystal clear that no preparation was… Read More

An actor sitting next to a stage, curtains are down.
Oct 3, 2023

Mastering Stage Presence and Audience Connection Like a Pro

Being a great actor requires more than just reciting lines from a script. There are fundamental parts of acting that all performers must learn and master—the art of stage presence and audience connection. The good news is that learning these… Read More

Man in a blue vest and tie teaching a woman in a green shirt how to sing.
Sep 12, 2023

The Importance of Learning Voice Projection Articulation and Diction

Have you ever heard, or been given directions to “Speak louder!,” “Project your voice!,” “Use your diaphragm!” or “Enunciate!”? If so, you have probably thought about vocal projection and articulation. We often hear about projection and diction, but what exactly… Read More

Actors on stage dressed in fantasy themed costumes.
Sep 11, 2023

Your Guide to Navigating Different Genres in Film and TV Acting

In the ever-evolving landscape of film and television, versatility is the cornerstone of a successful acting career. For aspiring and early-career actors, this ability to adapt and thrive in diverse genres is essential. Understanding the intricacies of different genres, as… Read More

Acting coach Amy Lyndon posing and smiling at home.
Sep 5, 2023

Acting Coach Amy Lyndon Shares ‘Lyndon Technique’ Tips and More

Looking to improve your booking ratio? Amy Lyndon, founder of the Lyndon Technique, has been doing just that for actors for years. The multifaceted acting/booking coach has worked as a performer —with more than 100 IMDB credits to her name—… Read More

Two students in an acting class rehearsing their lines.
Aug 22, 2023

The Most Important Acting Skills You Need to Keep Improving

The realm of acting is where dreams take center stage and emotions come to life. If you’re an aspiring or early-career actor, you know that the alluring spotlight of the entertainment industry is fiercely competitive, with countless skilled performers searching… Read More

An ensemble of actors putting on a performance in a local theatre.
Aug 21, 2023

Mastering Ensemble Acting: The Power of Collaborative Performance

Welcome to the captivating world of ensemble acting, where the intricate dance of collaboration brings narratives to life in ways that individual performances simply cannot replicate. From the outside, the endeavor of interweaving the expressions of multiple talents into a… Read More

Actors on a set preparing their lines.
Aug 4, 2023

Exploring the Vibrant World of Acting Mediums

When it comes to acting, creativity, expression and passion collide to bring stories to life. Whether you dream of commanding the stage or gracing the silver screen, the journey of an actor is as diverse as the mediums they explore…. Read More

African American voice actor recording his lines in a studio.
Jul 31, 2023

The Power of Voice and Speech Training

“Red leather, yellow leather. The tip of the tongue, the teeth, the lips. Unique New York, unique New York, unique New York.” Sound familiar? At any given moment, from training programs to household self tape setups, actors are working on… Read More

A happy Asian actress meeting with casting directors smiling and shaking hands.
Jul 28, 2023

Four Casting Directors Share Audition Advice and Audition Mistakes Actors Should Avoid

Whether you’re in the room or submitting a self tape from home, the audition process can be stressful. And although you’re making sure you hit your mark and deliver a strong performance, there’s a chance you’ve made a mistake without… Read More

Various stage actors performing in a play.
Jul 17, 2023

Mastering Authenticity: A Guide to Captivating Audiences and Landing Dream Roles

At face value, authenticity and acting may seem at odds. Acting is, at its core, pretending to be someone you’re not in a story that doesn’t belong to you. How can that possibly be authentic? The truth is, authenticity and… Read More

An actor in old time clothes delivering a monologue onstage during a play.
Jun 27, 2023

Tips for Performing Your Best Monologue

At an open house event hosted by Spotlight, our sister site, Joe Richardson of the Guildford School of Acting led a wonderful session on auditioning for drama school. Here’s a recap of Joe’s sound advice on how to get your… Read More

An actor on a blue stage giving a performance in front of a packed house.
Jun 12, 2023

Acting Coach Caryn West on the Importance of Knowing Your Character’s Function

What is your character’s function in the role and the scene? According to Caryn West, the answer to this question makes all the difference in giving a great performance. West is an acclaimed acting coach and teacher who is known… Read More

A vocal coach training one of her students.
May 30, 2023

Teachings of Master Vocal Coach Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voice coaches with over 40 years of experience of bringing people “into the center of their voice and presence.” She served as the Head of Voice at the Guildhall… Read More