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Acting Class Blog Posts

Film set
May 14, 2019

Continuity

Did you ever wonder why some of the best takes aren’t used? Maybe you’re watching a film and the actor’s hair changes position in one of the cuts. How about when an actor on TV is angry as he leaves… Read More

Actor and Acting Coach Judy Kain
Apr 16, 2019

Judy Kain’s Commercial Audition Tips

For commercial acting coach Judy Kain, the key to successful auditions is personality. “Your authenticity comes from your training as an actor,” Judy says. “But, your personality is what lands you acting jobs. Often, you’re going to be auditioning with… Read More

An actor and actress onstage rehearsing a scene on stage with their lines in hand.
Mar 21, 2019

Have A Strategy For Pilot Season

PILOT SEASON IN HOLLYWOOD – GET PREPARED 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… Read More

Audition
Feb 18, 2019

Acceptance When Auditioning

A great audition requires you to be in complete command of yourself, your work, and the room. Accepting everything as it is in the present moment is key to having this kind of command. Acceptance is non-judgmental. You may not… Read More

Feb 9, 2019

Michael Laskin on Actor Authenticity

Acting professionally for over 40 years has given Michael Laskin many insights into the entertainment industry, especially about the importance of authenticity. After all, he asserts, “It’s not show business; it’s human business.” Acting alongside Hollywood greats like Geena Davis,… Read More

Jan 15, 2019

Affirmation & Trust

Recently we came across an article in Science of the Mind magazine written by actor Glenn Morshower, where he said, “Choose to express at the highest level.” Both Peter and I feel that this phrase captures so much of how… Read More

How to blossom as an actor
Dec 15, 2018

How To Blossom As An Actor

In the newly released Romantic-Comedy (Rom-Com) hit, Crazy Rich Asians, there’s a scene (no plot spoilers here) where the characters gather around a Dragon Fruit Flower at a garden party to watch it bloom. Apparently, these flowers only bloom at… Read More

Nov 15, 2018

It’s The Skills

I was on a panel recently and one of the questions we were asked was: “what do you think the most important thing an actor needs to achieve success?” Someone said “passion,” another panelist said “determination.” When it came to… Read More

Acting Class
Nov 15, 2018

The Perfect Class

Training is one of the most important decisions an actor ever faces. You have to pick the right type of class, the best teacher for you and then it helps to do it in the right order. And most of… Read More

Should you take class when you're busy? | Casting Frontier
Oct 30, 2018

Should You Take Class When You’re Busy?

Acting is one art form that is challenging to practice on your own. Artists can paint or create alone; musicians can play instruments solo, hone skills or write songs unaided; and writers most definitely can create in the solitude of… 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

Script Analysis
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

persevering
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

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

Screen-Shot
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