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Ilana Rapp is a media-savvy Generation Xer with instinctive wit, quick humor and a taste for deep human emotions. As a former (child) actress with Broadway, film and television credits, she is adept at, well, lots of things. She currently blogs on The Huffington Post and writes entertainment pieces for NYCastings. She is a huge fan of the television show V. Ask her why her favorite number is 22. Follow Ilana on Twitter @LizardLadyNJ.
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Sustainable acting careers. Is there really such a thing? The commonly held perception of an actor’s profession is one of glamour, featuring red carpet events, accolades, and high-profile film debuts. ...
Auditioning Is a Full-Time Job

Auditioning: The Unseen Performance of Every Actor In the acting world, the focus is usually on the glitz and glamour of stage and screen, but there’s a lesser-known side to an ...
10 Innovative Strategies for Actors to Stand Out in the Industry

True or false? Actors continually find themselves navigating a highly competitive landscape. We all know the answer is true. Standing out in such a saturated market demands not only talent ...
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Acting goes beyond simply reciting lines and performing; it requires exploring the inner complexities of the characters. An aspect of this exploration is astute observation, enabling actors to infuse their ...
Mastering the Art of Acting in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

You may have noticed that the entertainment industry is undergoing a significant transformation as a result of the integration of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies. These immersive technologies ...
DirectSubmit - Silent Film Acting in the Digital Age

In a world inundated with cutting-edge technology, where dialogue and sound effects shape the cinematic experience, there’s a rare art form that harkens back to an era when silence spoke ...
Differentiate Yourself from Others with a DirectSubmit NYCastings Resume

In the cutthroat world of show business, actors must prioritize crafting an outstanding resume. A meticulously prepared resume not only showcases your skills and experience but also sets you apart ...
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in The Producers

Surviving and thriving. Oh boy! As a stage actor, you embody more than mere performance; you’re an artist who infuses stories with vitality through a fusion of skill, passion, and ...
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Stereotypes and typecasting in non-traditional roles for actors have long been a hurdle for many artists. However, the landscape is shifting as more actors are embracing roles that challenge societal ...
Robert De Niro in Raging Bull

Method acting, a technique that has stirred both admiration and controversy in the acting world, remains a topic of fascination and debate. This acting technique, known for its depth and ...
Mastering Virtual and In-Person Auditions - Auditioning in the New Era

The auditioning landscape has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years, particularly with the advent of virtual technology. Today’s actors are often required to navigate between the traditional in-person auditions and ...
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The acting industry is always evolving, with each passing year introducing fresh trends that redefine the craft, the commercial aspect, and the types of roles available. As we anticipate the ...

Financial planning can present a significant challenge for actors due to the entertainment industry’s fluctuating income, unpredictable periods of unemployment, and specialized tax requirements. Nonetheless, by approaching the situation proactively ...

Starting Young: An Introduction to Kids in Show Business The entertainment industry has long been an alluring and glamorous world. It’s a space where aspirations can be realized and skills ...
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Physical conditioning is an important aspect of an actor’s career, especially when preparing for physically demanding roles. Whether it’s for action-packed movies, intense stage performances, or roles that require a ...
10 Tips on Mastering Relationships with Directors and Crew

Acting isn’t just about delivering lines in front of a camera or captivating an audience on stage; it’s about forging effective working relationships with a wide array of professionals, ranging ...
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Creating a strong, memorable impression during an acting audition is a no brainer for securing roles and advancing your career. This extensive manual aims to assist actors at any stage ...
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Acting for the camera, whether it’s in film or television, presents unique challenges and opportunities that differ significantly from stage acting. Actors transitioning from theater to film or television, as ...
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After an eternity of uncertainty and countless negotiations, the long-awaited moment has finally arrived: the actors strike is over! Screens will be graced by talented actors, and the magic of ...
DirectSubmit - Circus and Acrobatic Skills - Enhancing an Actor's Performance Repertoire

The realm of acting is expansive and constantly changing, as actors persistently strive to improve their skills and mesmerize spectators. While traditional acting techniques and methods are indispensable, there’s an ...