Tips and Tools Blog Posts

human
Jul 14, 2018

Human Resources

I recently released a breakdown for a SAG-AFTRA feature film and I thought I would write a blog about my side of the experience as it was happening. I’ve always considered myself to be the person in charge of Human… Read More

Jul 9, 2018

Bad Advice Actors Are Glad They Ignored

With all the relentless competition in the acting world, sage advice can be invaluable. Acclaimed movie stars share their golden words of wisdom with aspiring actors during interviews; casting professionals advise talent according to their hands-on, practical experience in the… Read More

Jul 8, 2018

5 Acting Tips from William H. Macy

William H. Macy’s 40-year career is rich and varied, but he’s likely most known for playing the unemployable alcoholic Frank Gallagher in the Showtime series Shameless and the nervous car salesman Jerry Lundegaard trying to sell TruCoat in the crime… Read More

meditation
Jul 6, 2018

How Meditation Can Help Your Acting Career

When we hear the word meditation, certain images come to mind. For some, it’s that annoying neighbor chanting om at the top of their lungs. Sure, it’s easy to joke about these eccentrics. But there’s a reason the practice has… Read More

Jul 3, 2018

Audition Room Dos and Don’ts

The audition room, Forrest Gump might say, is “like a box of chocolates … you never know what you’re gonna get.” At callbacks, any number of professionals can be present in the room–executives, producers, directors, agency representatives, casting directors– each… Read More

Jun 25, 2018

‘Fast & Furious’ Actor Chad Lindberg’s Advice on Audition Opportunities

Jesse the stuttering mechanic from The Fast and the Furious is portrayed by actor Chad Lindberg, but if left to his own devices, Lindberg would never have accepted the invitation to audition for the minor but iconic role. In this… Read More

Jun 19, 2018

Acting Advice from ‘The Greatest Showman’ Hugh Jackman

Australian actor Hugh Jackman certainly has a can-do spirit. Besides acting, he sings, plays several instruments, dances, hosts, and produces films. Jackman is also known for the versatility of the roles he plays; he’s a great fit in romantic comedies,… Read More

Prepare
Jun 14, 2018

Prepare to Succeed By Building Your Professional Team and Support System

I learned this equation as a kid, and it is still the most valuable math lesson I have ever been taught. Success is not a fluke. It is the result of countless hours spent in preparation for the opportunity of… Read More

Helping
Jun 14, 2018

Helping Yourself By Getting Involved

I tell people all the time that, “If you wait for Hollywood to call you, you will die of old age.” Actors can help themselves by getting involved with small episodic series’ or creating one of their own. These types… Read More

Jun 10, 2018

Judd Apatow Gets Serious About Comedy in His Online MasterClass

Writer, producer, director, stand-up comic, and actor Judd Apatow is offering a new online MasterClass teaching the complexities of comedy. Students can learn from the Primetime Emmy Award-winning comedian through 32 on-demand video lessons. Topics include Creating Characters, First Drafts,… Read More

On Set
May 29, 2018

A Complete Guide to On Set Do’s and Don’ts

Legendary screen actress Gene Tierney once said, “Eccentric behavior is not routinely noticed around a movie set.” As much as we like to believe that a TV and film set has just as much drama as the story being told,… Read More

May 28, 2018

Matthew McConaughey’s Life Lessons Learned Through His Acting Career

Many wise and inspiring words are shared during commencement speeches across the nation. Here is Dallas Buyers Club star Matthew McConaughey sharing valuable insights gleaned from his personal experiences of being an actor. The Academy Award-winning thespian spoke to graduates… Read More

May 26, 2018

Casting Insights from ‘The Hobbit’ Casting Director Amy Hubbard

London-based casting director Amy Hubbard, best known for her work on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, the Showtime series Homeland, and the History Channel’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, considers herself to be part of a casting dynasty. After… Read More

Apr 29, 2018

Actors Who Follow a Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet, or keto lifestyle, has been receiving a lot of hype in Hollywood these days because of its vaunted weight-loss claims and its promise of better overall health and accelerated energy. In fact, the most googled diet in… Read More

Apr 19, 2018

Standing Out And Making It On Your Own

With literally thousands of competing actors out there… What makes you stand out? What gets you the audition? What gets you the callback? What gets you the avail? What gets you the booking? It sounds complicated, but, in fact, the… Read More