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Actress Lupita Nyong'o smiling and striking a pose on the red carpet.
Jun 6, 2023

The Power of the Actor’s Giving Frame of Mind

Acting requires a deep emotional investment from the actor, which emerges from a profound commitment to the craft, plus collaboration with others to achieve a creative vision. It is a form of artistic expression that goes beyond rational calculations and… Read More

Twilight Actor Taylor Lautner in a suit and tie at an event smiling.
Jun 5, 2023

Should Actors Read Social Media Comments About Themselves?

Twilight star Taylor Lautner recently had a rude awakening when he checked his social media after an outing and saw a number of negative comments about him “not aging well.” In response, the actor posted a video where he said,… Read More

A bearded acting teacher training two of his students.
May 31, 2023

4 Insights for New Talent from Acting Coach Larry Moss

The legendary acting teacher Larry Moss has directed numerous theater productions and coached countless actors for stage and screen for over forty years. Among the celebrated talents he’s worked with are Helen Hunt on her Oscar-winning role in As Good… 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

Jenna Ortega attending an event in front of a black and white backdrop.
May 23, 2023

17 Famous Actors on the Teachers That Changed Their Lives

Teachers provide a strong influence on our lives, and create the foundation that many of us need to pursue our interests and careers. In the spirit of gratitude, let’s look at the words of acknowledgment and appreciation that famous actors… Read More

A group of actors on a casting call sitting next to a cartoon robot, also waiting to be called.
May 22, 2023

AI’s Impact on Actors

Artificial intelligence is rapidly and continually evolving, and is now widely available across the globe. The widespread and accelerated distribution of this technology is sure to impact various sectors, including the entertainment industry. With the world poised for significant change,… Read More

Actress Sarah Michele Gellar wearing a black shirt with pink hearts.
May 16, 2023

Playing Characters You Despise

Actors are always seeking new opportunities—a compelling and challenging role, a chance to work with intriguing people in the business, a considerable financial opportunity. But what if the next gig comes with the price tag of loathing the character you… Read More

Casting Director Erica Hart attending an event wearing a red top and red pants.
May 15, 2023

Insights from Broadway Casting Directors

Celebrated theater casting directors shared valuable insights with performers during a recent SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations on Broadway interview. They shared worthwhile advice about actor tapes, what gets lost in the self tape audition process, and their perspective on one-line roles…. Read More

"This Is Us" actors Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore at a red carpet event.
May 9, 2023

Actors on Trusting Their Scene Partners

When it comes to trusting a scene partner, there are different levels of certitude. “Trust” can mean simply relying on that person to show up on time, be physically safe with props, and respect your personal boundaries. Beyond that, however,… Read More

A casting director in a black shirt telling a diverse group of actors which ones can go and a which ones can stay.
May 8, 2023

Advice from Casting Veteran John Frank Levey

Four-time Emmy Award-winning casting director John Frank Levey has had a hand in the success of many of Hollywood’s celebrated talents, such as George Clooney, Allison Janney and Anthony Edwards. With 35 years of experience casting iconic television shows, Levey’s… Read More

Denzel Washington in a black tuxedo holding his Oscar trophy for an incredible acting performance.
May 1, 2023

Actors on Dealing with Failure

“Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy.” —Montgomery Clift The Museum of Failure, which launched in Sweden, features a large assortment of products and services that flopped in the marketplace, such… Read More

An acting teacher coaches a class on how to act natural.
May 1, 2023

How to Seem Natural When You’re Acting

When you find yourself completely absorbed in an actor’s performance, you’ve witnessed natural acting. It feels so real, you forget you’re watching a person who is acting a part. That’s the goal for actors—to “become” the character, seemingly without effort,… Read More

A group of acting students learning from their bearded teacher.
Apr 25, 2023

Master Acting Teachers on Authenticity

Actors often hear how important it is to be authentic and to give authentic performances. As we’re always busy going about the world seemingly being ourselves, how is it that we need a lesson on authenticity? With the daily bombardment… Read More

Actor and comedian Chris Gethard in a suit in front of a black and white backdrop.
Apr 25, 2023

Chris Gethard’s Lessons on Improv

Chris Gethard is an actor, comedian, and writer who is known for his 2017 HBO stand-up special “Career Suicide,” based on his off-Broadway show of the same name. In the genre of self-disclosure monologues, Gethard delves into the topic of… Read More

Actor in a nice suit filming a car commercial.
Apr 18, 2023

How to Land and Nail Commercial Auditions

Commercials are a great way for actors to get their SAG-AFTRA card, earn health insurance and many actors support themselves by doing only commercials. They can be lucrative and fun and a way to make connections with casting and hone… Read More