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Young Performers on Hit TV Shows
Posted on: 11/17/2014 10:42:00 AM Advice 



When your young performer gets an audition for a TV show with lots of buzz, it's time to close your eyes, take a deep gulp and maybe even meditate. You want them to go on the audition, but at the same time, you know if they get the job, life will change. Maybe forever.

For young actors David Mazouz of FOX's Gotham and Zoé de Grand’Maison of the BBC's Orphan Black, there was no doubt in their minds about auditioning for their prospective roles. Both have very supportive families which helped make their decision easier.

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Showbiz Terminology 101!
Posted on: 11/12/2014 12:46:00 PM Advice 

Show business is full of colorful terminology. Here is a short list of Showbiz terms that an actor might want to be familiar with! 

A-LIST  Usually refers to top-tier actors/actresses who are paid upwards of $20 million per feature film; can also refer to producers, directors and writers who can be guaranteed to have a film made and released
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LITTLE RED: Lilla Crawford on her promising career and Disney's Into the Woods
Posted on: 10/29/2014 4:00:00 PM Advice 

Earning a role on Broadway, or being cast in a major feature film are seemingly implausible dreams to the majority of actors plunking along the New York City audition scene. For Lilla Crawford, these feats are simply credits on her resume. The fresh-faced teen broke onto the great white way with her debut in 2011 as “Debbie” in the Tony-winning musical, Billy Elliot, but most will recognize her from the most recent Broadway revival of Annie. She secured the title role after exceeding over 5,000 girls during an extensive nation-wide search. Her stellar run as Annie wowed waves of audiences nightly, and clearly garnered the interest of some major industry giants.

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'Keep Trying' An eye opening chat with 'Hudson Valley Casting' owner Heidi K. Eklund
Posted on: 10/20/2014 11:24:00 AM Advice 

Copper leaves dwindle down the Broadway strip, as Autumn sweeps over Manhattan once again. With this changing of the seasons comes a new gust of aspiring entertainers hoping to build their mark amongst the towering skyscrapers standing in the city of dreams. Yes, despite the lingering notion that “show business” is one of the toughest industries to infiltrate, masses of hopefuls continue to migrate to New York City wishing for their big break. What a lot of people don’t realize is that beyond all the city competition and just down the picturesque Hudson River, exists a secret hub of production, brewing with opportunity - The Hudson Valley.

A speedy train ride can be your escape from the ...More


Elvis Nolasco Shares Tips on How to Be a Successful In The Acting Business
Posted on: 10/16/2014 11:08:00 AM Advice 



Elvis Nolasco was born and raised in the Washington Heights area of New York City. From a young age Elvis was drawn to entertainment; in his early years he would spend evenings dancing to Latin music in his family home. His love of salsa music led to an interest in break dancing, where he spent nights dancing with the break dancing group, Soul Sonic Rockers. His dance ability and style would later help open doors to establish a solid career that spans film, theatre and television.

Soon after arriving in Philadelphia to study acting, Elvis began winning a succession of leading roles in local theaters including the Arden Theatr ...More


The Dark Side: Horror Film Casting 101
Posted on: 10/10/2014 10:44:00 AM Advice 



By Hilary Russo @HilaryRusso

Let’s face it. The art of auditioning can sometimes be daunting. Especially when you’re challenged with a role that is really character driven. Like a snowflake, no two roles are alike. But you’ve done your homework. You know your type. You’ve even worked to broaden your emotional range. Some of you can even cry on cue. Brava!

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Operation Headshot 10 Tips to Make Your Shoot Rock (Part 2)
Posted on: 9/23/2014 10:43:00 AM Advice 

Ask Siri - Your Voice Over Questions!
Posted on: 9/16/2014 10:56:00 AM Advice 

We all know her as the infamous voice behind Apple’s directions, weather forecasts, and restaurant tips; the all-knowing assistant who answers our most challenging and mundane questions. Yet the actual female force behind Apple’s Siri – Susan Bennett – didn’t know that her recordings would become iconic until 2011 when Apple released the iPhone 4S and a friend r ...More

Operation Headshot 10 Tips to Make Your Shoot Rock (Part 1)
Posted on: 9/10/2014 10:18:00 AM Advice 



By Hilary Russo @HilaryRusso

In the age of selfies, it seems that no one is shy when it comes to smiling for the camera. That awkward way we point our smart phones at ourselves at close range and never think twice. If we don’t like it… delete. Simple. But fast-forward to the preparation of the headshot shoot and suddenly the nerves take over. You know what I’m talking about. Preparation pan ...More


The Best Ways For A Performer To Utilize Their Time
Posted on: 8/18/2014 10:52:00 AM Advice 



Time is a valuable commodity that simply should not be wasted, by anyone. And, that is why it is integral for all performers to utilize their time as best as possible. The first rule of thumb for a performer to take note of is the mere fact that wasting time is never a good idea, period. Instead, preparing and executing a plan with reference to the time that is available is vital to success. The rumors are just not true, there are enough hours in the day, but each hour must be utilized as shrewdly as possible in order for victory to occur. Here are 5 ways for a performer to utilize their time as best as possible.

1. Practice Your Craft

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Memorizing Lines Made Easy!
Posted on: 8/7/2014 10:20:00 AM Advice 



Written by: Kelly Calabrese@KellyCalabrese

Brain Freeze! That's what it feels like when I first look at an intimidating stack of sides that I must memorize. And since many actors feel the same way, I've asked the cast members of TWO MANY MOMS (including myself!) to lend their advice on how to best memorize with less pain, more gain.

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Life in the Home Shopping TV Industry - Tips on becoming an On-Air Guest Expert & Spokesperson
Posted on: 8/5/2014 4:06:00 PM Advice 


Admit it. You've probably watched a few minutes (if not hours) of home shopping TV channels. It's a 365/24/7 business
that's come a long way since the days of Precious Moments statuettes and lava lamps back in the 80s. Mike Rowe would know... that was his job -before More

Tabrett Bethell - From Sidekick to Series Regular
Posted on: 8/5/2014 10:31:00 AM Advice 



Tabrett Bethell is best known for her role as Cara on the TV series Legend of the Seeker. She started out as a sidekick and quickly became a fan favorite which resulted in her being upgraded to a series regular. To most actors, this is a dream come true, but it comes with a lot of life altering decisions.

Interviewing Tabrett was effortless. She is so honest and truly appreciates everyone and everything around her. Completely different from character Cara!

Tabrett gives us an inside look at how things progressed with her career and how she overcame her fears.
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Jersey Boys Renee Marino & Johnny Cannizzaro Talk about their Struggle & Success as Actors
Posted on: 7/29/2014 1:05:00 PM Advice 


The film “Jersey Boys” has been a big stepping stone for these two New Jersey actors,  Renée Marino who plays Frankie Valli's wife, Mary Delgado, and Johnny Cannizzaro who plays Nick DeVito.

The journey Renée and Johnny have taken to get to this point is an amazing one. It teaches us a lesson that stardom usually just doesn't happen overnight. Hard work, dedication and a strong willingness to learn and never give up is what catapulted Renée and Johnny ...More

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 grea ...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 highl ...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 ...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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