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Andra Day
Oct 9, 2021

Actress Roundtable on How the Fear Never Goes Away

If you find your nerves getting the better of you while performing, rest assured you’re not alone. Even impeccably trained, experienced, and well-prepared actors can get the jitters during auditions and on set.   Andra Day Take Andra Day. The… Read More

Jennifer Garner arrives for the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala
Oct 24, 2020

The Time a Member of the Paparazzi Shocked Jennifer Garner

“Paparazzi.” The very term evokes fear in some and loathing in others. So reviled is the profession of open stalking, it’s hard to imagine there’s an actual person behind that nuisance camera. After all, the paparazzi participated in the death… Read More

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May 17, 2018

A Guide on How to Book a Role

There is never enough time to be ready for an audition, especially when it’s the one you’ve been waiting for… the one you really want. When an audition comes, you usually have at most one day with the sides to… Read More

Lauren Lapkus on People-Watching to Mine for Characters
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

‘The Most Important Element of an Audition’
Jul 24, 2017

‘The Most Important Element of an Audition’

In this Backstage video, casting director Benton Whitley spotlights what he believes to be the most important element of an audition: Confidence. He is half of the New York-based Stewart Whitley casting agency which seeks talent for national theater tours… Read More

In Memory of Martin Landau
Jul 22, 2017

In Memory of Martin Landau

Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau passed away July 15th at the age of 89 in Los Angeles. His publisher stated he died from “unexpected complications during a short hospitalization.” The versatile actor appeared in nearly 200 television shows and movies… Read More

3 Actors Who Love to Paint
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

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Jun 12, 2017

One thing that puts you in charge

These days actors get a lot of advice about what they need to have in order to succeed. “Have you got an agent yet?” “Do you have a good manager?” “Do your headshots look like you?” “Is your web site… Read More

Jun 10, 2017

The Process is The Product (part 2)

Being paid to go inside Acting is an opportunity to work on what is inside you, a part that most other professions avoid. It can be painful or scary to look inside, but without this self-investigation, you cannot grow. It… Read More

Terry Gilliam’s 17-Year Attempt to Film ‘Quixote’ Finally Achieved
Jun 5, 2017

Terry Gilliam’s 17-Year Attempt to Film ‘Quixote’ Finally Achieved

“Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.” – Aisha Tyler “Sorry for the long silence. I’ve been busy packing the truck and am now heading home. After 17 years, we have completed the shoot of… Read More

Goldie Hawn on How Young Women Can Succeed
May 24, 2017

Goldie Hawn on How Young Women Can Succeed

“It’s not that I didn’t want to be a star; it was that I never perceived myself as being a star. It was a dream so far beyond the reach of reality to me,” Goldie Hawn once said. Still, she… Read More

Before-and-After Photo Encourages Others to Embrace Their Bodies
May 22, 2017

Before-and-After Photo Encourages Others to Embrace Their Bodies

We’re all used to the conventional before-and-after body image photographs depicting a heavier version of a person for the before and a slimmed-down version representing the after. Well, Body-Image Activist, Taryn Brumfitt has a different take on such comparison photos…. Read More

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May 19, 2017

How To Make Your Web Series Go Viral

Nowadays shooting a web video is as simple as having a low-budget digital camera, a bootstrap crew, or even just a few willing friends and a cell phone. Given the wide-open nature of the digital media space, it has become… Read More

Jon Hamm’s Early Struggles with Landing Roles
May 14, 2017

Jon Hamm’s Early Struggles with Landing Roles

For any actor who thinks that the dream will never happen, consider Jon Hamm. The ridiculously handsome leading man who shot to fame as the boozing, womanizing, free-wheeling ad executive Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men certainly had his share of… Read More