Physical and Vocal Acting 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

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

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

An actor making a powerful entrance to the stage. He learned many tips in order to perfect his performance.
Mar 20, 2023

Tips to Enter a Scene Powerfully

Whether performing onstage or on-set, auditioning or creating self tapes, never underestimate the importance of the first few seconds of a performance. That moment has the potential to make or break a performance. Indeed, the transition from the actor being… Read More

Viola Spolin's Improv Method
Nov 30, 2022

Viola Spolin’s Improv Method

An important innovator of 20th century theater, Viola Spolin is often called the “mother of modern improvisation.” She authored the bestselling book “Improvisation for the Theater,” which has been referred to as the Bible of improvisational theater. Spolin created directorial… Read More

6 Tips to Laugh on Cue
Nov 2, 2022

6 Tips to Laugh on Cue

Hopefully when in the midst of a performance, you’re riding your character’s varying waves of emotions, moment by moment in a deep and genuine manner. If so, when your character is called to chuckle, giggle, yuk, crack up, or be… Read More

Body Language Expert on How to Project Confidence
Aug 17, 2022

Body Language Expert on How to Project Confidence

Actors put themselves on the line each and every audition. Projecting confidence during this courageous act not only helps the performer feel positively during the experience, but it conveys to the casting executives that the actor is competent and likely… Read More

Evoking Emotion with the Heller Approach
Jun 6, 2022

Evoking Emotion with the Heller Approach

Brad Heller is a Los Angeles-based acting coach who has run The Heller Approach Professional Acting Studio since 1995. Brad is the founder of The Heller Approach, which teaches scene analysis, scene study, cold reading, audition technique, improv techniques, and… Read More

Jan 14, 2022

The Power of Body Language in Acting

Albert Mehrabian is famous for his research on verbal and nonverbal cues, namely his findings known as the 7%-38%-55% rule. As a professor emeritus of psychology at UCLA, his research suggests that, generally speaking, body language accounts for a whopping… Read More

A voice actor living in Los Angeles.
Apr 10, 2020

How to Be a Voice Actor in Los Angeles

Transitioning into voice acting can be an interesting experience if you have previously been a theater actor or worked on camera. Although it is very similar, there are some distinct differences to be aware of. At Casting Frontier, we want… Read More

Jim Carrey, who leses himself on the set of 'Man on the Moon."
Oct 20, 2023

Jim Carrey Loses Himself on the Set of ‘Man on the Moon’

If you’re binge-watching Netflix and curious about titles described as “hilarious,” “very dark” and “sobering,” then check out the documentary that follows Jim Carrey during the making of the 1999 film Man on the Moon. Jim & Andy: The Great… Read More

Jul 19, 2022

How to Cry on Command

In the acting world, there are a number of things every actor wants to master, some more difficult than others. Learning lines is a perennial challenge for some actors, and many have tried valiantly not to break in a comedy… Read More