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Four Elements Every Actor Should Know
Aug 7, 2021

Acting Coach Bernard Hiller on Four Elements Every Actor Should Know

World-renowned Hollywood acting teacher Bernard Hiller has taught his masterclasses and private acting lessons in various countries across the globe over the past 35 years. He’s the author of Stop Acting, Start Living: A revolutionary guide to achieving success in… Read More

Social Media for Actors
Jul 24, 2021

4 Tips to Create Engaging Videos for Social Media

The number of content creators on social media is ever-expanding and there’s no reason to think you can’t be a part of the phenomenon. Social media channels empower you to embrace your creativity, increase your brand awareness, reach new audiences,… Read More

The Glow Girls
Jul 12, 2021

V.O. Stars The Glow Girls Give Tips for Breaking Into Voiceover

The Glow Girls quite literally glow in the voiceover industry. Cassie and Sabrina are an award-winning pair, breaking into the voiceover space together at a young age. The duo has already accomplished more than some do in a lifetime, working… Read More

Feb 12, 2021

Dear SAG-AFTRA Actors, It Is Time To Get Educated

If you’re a SAG-AFTRA actor auditioning and working in television and film, here’s a situation you may find yourself in: It is expected of you to read and know all the terms of the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Contract, but there isn’t… Read More

Jan 4, 2021

Embracing Your Weirdness

Actors are often told to “be authentic” in their performances. After all, the ability to bring life to characters by tapping into one’s own personality, emotions, quirks, and experiences is key to achieving excellence in acting. Indeed, the great Stanislavski… Read More

Jan 4, 2021

6 Tips To Memorize Lines

Anthony Hopkins once said, “Once you know [the script] so well that you can improvise and make it real, it’s easy. You can’t pretend to know it—it’s impossible to and I couldn’t do it.”  If there is one skill actors… Read More

Dec 19, 2020

Lily Collins’ Words of Inspiration

British-American actress Lily Collins is known for the versatility of her roles, playing an out-of-place fashionista in Paris (Emily in Paris), a young woman suffering from anorexia (To the Bone), Snow White (Mirror Mirror) and Ted Bundy’s girlfriend (Extremely Wicked,… Read More

Dec 19, 2020

Camera-Friendly Makeup Tips

With all the social distancing and self-isolation occurring these days, many people are forgoing their old makeup routines and enjoying the chance to go sans warpaint. Salma Hayek, for example, recently told Barefaced Beauties, “My favorite days are the days… Read More

Dec 5, 2020

6 Virtual Audition Tips

It feels like an eternity since the good old days when actors flooded into crowded lobbies and auditioned in person before a roomful of casting professionals. As social distancing requirements continue to keep auditions online, here are a few tips… Read More

Dec 12, 2020

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly … With or Without Alcohol?

It’s the holiday season and instead of gathering together with loved ones with lots of hugs, presents, and joyful singing, people are hearing more calls to limit any socializing. After enduring so many months of historic social-distancing mandates, it’s no… Read More

Dec 6, 2020

3 Lessons Kurt Yue Learned from His Oscar-Winning Scene Partners

Imagine booking your first television role, only to be told the night before the shoot that your scene partners will be two Oscar-winning actors. This remarkable scenario actually happened to Georgia-based actor Kurt Yue in the spring of 2016. Yue,… Read More

Nov 29, 2020

Preventing Injuries On-Set

“As a physical comedian, I had always been worried about waking up with a whole different body one day. That fear became my reality. After those forty-five seconds on the ‘SNL’ stage in May of 2001, my body would never,… Read More

Nov 21, 2020

Director Insults Lukas Gage’s ‘Tiny Apartment’ During Online Audition

Murphy’s Law asserts if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. Well, that definitely applies to virtual auditions. A viral video is making the rounds of an anonymous director mocking Lukas Gage’s apartment during a Zoom audition. Gage, who… Read More

Nov 22, 2020

Working with Precise Directors

In a recent interview with The New York Times David Fincher spoke about the apparent friction between himself and Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of the 2007 thriller Zodiac.  “Jake was in the unenviable position of being very young and… Read More

Nov 15, 2020

Advice from ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Casting Director Cindy Tolan

Five-time Artios winner Cindy Tolan is known for casting films such as Straight Outta Compton, If Beale Street Could Talk, as well as Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story. In an Awards Daily interview, the New York-based casting director discussed… Read More