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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

May 13, 2017

Bollywood’s Biggest Star: Shah Rukh Khan

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan recently gave a charming Ted Talk in Vancouver addressing a host of topics including fame, the scrutiny of social media, and the importance of prioritizing love in all we do. As he spoke he showcased… Read More

May 8, 2017

Steve Martin Teaches Comedy in Master Class

Aspiring comics hoping to develop their wisecracking skills can tune into the wild and crazy guy, Steve Martin for an online Master Class on comedy. The legendary comedian, actor, and writer teaches via a 25-video program. It includes a downloadable… Read More

May 5, 2017

Writers Guild Strike Averted

The writers strike that could have begun this past Tuesday has been narrowly averted. Fortunately, Hollywood’s steady flow of scripts will not be stopped. Although the marathon negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture… Read More

May 1, 2017

Alan Cumming on ‘The biggest crime in acting’

“I really hate the word ‘process.’ I will say I’m not a cheese; I have no process.” –Alan Cumming You might remember Alan Cumming as the eccentric evil villain and children’s show impresario in Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids trilogy; or… Read More