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Surviving a Disastrous Production
Posted on: 7/21/2014 11:27:00 AM Advice 



Unless you’re putting on Titanic, the production you’re a part of should not feel like a fast sinking ship. Unfortunately, more often than not, at some point in every actor’s career there exists a project that you just wish the curtain would close on already. Whether you’re doing your friend a favor, or somehow got stuck in a horribly sloppy show, you might find yourself sitting in a rehearsal wondering: 
why are we still blocking when the show opens in a less than a week? or why was I called here if the director doesn't need me?

Never fear! There are actions yo ...More


Find Your Focus: Overcoming Obstacles in the Audition Room - Important Tips when Crisis Hits
Posted on: 7/15/2014 10:39:00 AM Advice 



Written by: Hilary Russo

Anyone who hits the audition circuit regularly knows the importance of putting your best foot forward. Be present. Bring your best. Appearance matters!

I worked through a major challenge recently, when I was called in for an audition in Philadelphia. The 2 hour ride from NYC was a pleasant one.... one I'm used to since I appear regularly as a on-air guest on More


5 Ways to Get Acting Work Without Representation
Posted on: 7/14/2014 11:42:00 AM Advice 

What many actors fail to realize is that there are a whole slew of projects out there, on any given day, that are just waiting to be booked, auditioned for, and found out about. These potential projects are just waiting for the right performer to input their magical artistry into each one of them. And, at the end of the day, the job and purpose of an actor, or any performer for that matter is to find out about these projects with or without having an agent, manager, or PR team helping them along the way. Actors and performers are independent creatures by nature, and while an actor having the right representation can certainly be a benefit, it is most definitely not a necessity in this business. Any actor truly has the potential to find out about and book great jo ...More


OITNB's Laura Prepon Shares Her Acting Secrets & Struggles
Posted on: 7/8/2014 2:21:00 PM Advice 

Laura Prepon is most remembered for her role as the spunky Donna Pinciotti in all eight seasons of the FOX sitcom That '70s Show. The chance to star on such a successful series is seemingly a once in a lifetime opportunity for any actor, but Prepon has done it yet again. Nowadays, the versatile actress is sure to be recognized for her performance on what has instantly become a summer favorite series, Orange Is The New Black. You can catch Prepon as Alex Vause, a lesbian, and ex drug-smuggling inmate – clearly a very different role from her previous credits.

Prepon was kind enough to take a break from filming the highly an ...More


5 Ways to Boost Your Bookings! With Anthony Pichette, Casting Director at Sidecar Casting
Posted on: 7/8/2014 10:15:00 AM Advice 




Written by: Kelly Calabrese@KellyCalabrese

Everyone can use a little change. Especially when it’s for the better! So go ahead and get ready to make a difference in the way you approach auditions, with these 5 deep ...More


3 Fun Ways to bring a Character to Life using the Internet
Posted on: 6/16/2014 12:14:00 PM Advice 



As an actor, I’ve found creating a character to be an incredibly vital and, on occasion, challenging process. There is always that overwhelming desire to make your performance both believable and dynamic, while remaining true to the story. This seems to be some sort of universal aspiration among us actors. A few months ago I began this process when I was cast as Melchior in Spring Awakening. Getting the news of this was both extremely exhilarating and terrifying (not just because I knew I’d probably have to show my rear end). Melchior is a rebellious and complex role, demanding an extreme emotional range.

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Blockbuster Young Performers give Amazing Advice
Posted on: 6/9/2014 10:47:00 AM Advice 



Being a young performer in blockbuster mega-movie or hit television series can be very challenging. There are so many things to think about -- family, friends, school, after school activities, pets – the list goes on and on. It takes a lot of juggling, patience and understanding in order to survive such a wonderful treat!

One of the main things you always want to remember is to keep your kid grounded. Do not let such an event give your child an ego and most certainly do whatever you can to keep your schedule as normal as possible. Sounds impossible, and sometimes it is!

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Doctors' Orders: Nurse Jackie's Betty Gilpin Prescribes Her Best Acting Anecdotes
Posted on: 5/27/2014 10:53:00 AM Advice 



By: Robert Peterpaul

Landing a reoccurring role on a hit TV show is almost every actor’s dream. The ability to develop a character over multiple episodes seems like an enviable luxury that’s worth working toward. Nurse Jackie star Betty Gilpin is both talented and fortunate enough to be able to check this dream off her ...More


5 Self-Esteem BOOSTERS for Young Actors
Posted on: 5/20/2014 12:07:00 PM Advice 

Written by: Kelly Calabrese@KellyCalabrese

Pharrell Williams has everyone singing about being HAPPY – yet that’s not always the case when you take an honest look at the heart of young actors. It’s tough out there! And you face a ton of rejection! That’s why Kate Mueth made it her mission to help young people learn how to deal with the emotional rollercoaster ride known as the entertainment business.

Kate Mueth is an actor, director, casting director, choreographer, and ...More


Tips on making a web series from the Creators of The Actress The Series
Posted on: 5/19/2014 4:33:00 PM Advice 

Ann Carr is on a tight schedule, performing in The Upright Citizens Brigade 10-minute Play Festi ...More

Be the CEO of Your own Career: Lois Robbins' keys for Success
Posted on: 5/5/2014 12:22:00 PM Advice 


By: Robert Peterpaul 

As an actor living in NYC, times can get pretty tough. You’ve made it to the city of your dreams, and, still, no matter how many auditions you get or roles you book, you are susceptible to feeling like your aspirations of being an accomplished actor are far from being fulfilled. It happens to the best of us. However, always remember that persistence is a key part of making it in the industry. It can take some time to ...More

5 Hot Ways to Spark On-Screen Chemistry
Posted on: 5/1/2014 12:35:00 PM Advice 



Written by: Kelly Calabrese@KellyCalabrese

Looking to heat up your acting career? You can! By learning how to spark on-screen chemistry in every scene, you’ll help ensure that all eyes stay on you from your very first audition to your movie’s premier. And when I speak about packing heat, it doesn’t just pertain to romance. Great actors can ignite a chemical reaction in any situation - from a first encounter, to friends who feud, to quiet moments dep ...More


SET YOUR SIGHTS HIGH: The Best Day Job For A Working NYC Actor
Posted on: 4/29/2014 10:39:00 AM Advice 

By: Robert Peterpaul


New York City is the perfect location for aspiring actors. It’s the Mecca of theatre, has lots of TV and Film productions, and countless expert acting instructors. Unfortunately, it also comes complete with a multitude of expenses. This is why, as most actors know, it is essential to have a temporary day job to pay the bills. 


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KRISTIN CHENOWETH: On Her Career, Worst Audition Moment & A Broadway Return
Posted on: 4/23/2014 3:00:00 PM Advice 


By: Robert Peterpaul
Twitter: @robpeterpaul

It would be hard not to love Kristin Chenoweth. Whether you know the Emmy and Tony Award winning actress/ singer from her critically acclaimed Broadway performances or her numerous television and movie roles, her charming presence is a rare and distinguished force to be reckoned with.

With her highly anticipated return to Carnegie Hall just around the corner, Chenoweth was graciou ...More


6 Easy Ways To Boost Your Career: Advice from an America's Got Talent Social Media Coordinator
Posted on: 4/22/2014 12:45:00 PM Advice 



BY: Robert Peterpaul
TWITTER: @robpeterpaul

In a way, the long process of sifting through talent can be viewed as a luxury the America’s Got Talent team holds. Fro ...More


3 Reasons for being an Audition Reader w/ Advice from a Network Casting Director
Posted on: 3/31/2014 11:00:00 AM Advice 




     
Twitter:
@robpeterpaul

A reader is essentially an assistant. Someone who solely exists to aid the Casting Director in whatever they need throughout an audition process. You bring in the talent, you setup their mic (if the audition is being ...More


5 Tips for Taming FEAR at Auditions
Posted on: 3/5/2014 3:48:00 PM Advice 



Written by: Kelly Calabrese@KellyCalabrese

You know the deal…. You’re palms sweat. Your heart revs. Your inner critic begins to judge at supersonic speeds! And it all happens as you step foot into that audition room. The experience is beyond nerve wracking – it’s an absolute career hazard. So take in a deep breath and get ready to change the way you approach this unavoidable process.

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The Strategy of a Working Actor from Armando Riesco
Posted on: 2/28/2014 12:48:00 PM Advice 


In the New York City theater world, (opening March 3rd,) versatile actor Armando Riesco will be reprising his role as troubled Iraq war veteran and American hero, Elliot Ortiz, in The Happiest Songs Play Last, the final installment in a trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights and Water by the Spoonful) at Second Stage Theatre (http://2st.com/) in New York City. Armando portrayed the real life veteran twice before in A Sold ...More

Game Changing Acting Tips from Michael C. Hall and the Cast of Cold In July
Posted on: 2/17/2014 1:01:00 PM Advice 

Written by: Kelly Calabrese@KellyCalabrese

Ready to make 2014 a game changing year for your acting career?

Well then check out this truth packed advice from the cast and director of COLD IN JULY, which premiered at Sundance 2014.

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TOP 4 Reasons Actors Need Training
Posted on: 2/11/2014 11:13:00 AM Advice 


There are actors out there who believe that they have all the skills they will ever need and don’t need any guidance in their pursuit of a successful career. Some may argue that “Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, and Drew Barrymore never attended a proper training program, so why should I?” but they don’t realize those actors still studied with a coach or took workshops. A full-fledged program at a two-year conservatory or college may not be for you but that isn’t the only option out there. There are great one-on-one coaches and acting workshops that can help you create consistently great performances. Here to give the Top 4 reasons  why actors should train and other insights are Commercial Cast ...More

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