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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.
Wanda Sykes and Adam Devine in Jexi

Comedy is often said to be one of the hardest genres to act in. Nailing the perfect comedic timing, delivery and facial expressions can be a daunting task for even ...
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If you want to be a successful actor, there are a few things you need to master. First and foremost is your monologue. A monologue is a speech that is ...
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Being a parent is hard enough, but when your kid wants to be an actor, it can be even harder. You don’t have the time to take them to auditions ...
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Time is ticking! As the calendar year nears a close, the entertainment industry begins to ramp up its releases in an effort to create a “fourth quarter frenzy.” This is ...
Luke and Laura's Wedding on General Hospital

Nothing tells a better story than infatuation. Usually infatuation is very intense and short-lived, however, there really isn’t any rule set for how long infatuation can last. Oftentimes, infatuation can ...
Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Photo by Bueno Vista Pictures.

Characters are the lifeblood of any story. They provide the reader with someone to root for, or against. They are the ones that drive the plot forward and without them, ...
Be Persistent and Dedicated to Achieve Your Goals

Most people think that in order to be an actor, all you need is good looks and talent. However, the truth is that it takes a lot more than that ...
A positive attitude makes all the difference. Shot of a group of businesspeople showing thumbs up.

In the competitive world of acting, having a good attitude and work ethic can be the difference between getting a callback and being forgettable. Actors who are passionate about their ...
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It is no secret that the life of an actor can be filled with procrastination, anxiety, fear and regret. One of the most difficult things about being an actor is ...
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The importance of confidence for actors cannot be understated. A lack of confidence can be crippling for an actor, leading to a performance that falls flat. Conversely, a confident actor ...
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Downtime is for amateurs. If you’re an actor and you want some downtime, then you might as well be honest and say that you just want to sleep the day ...
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In theatre, the fourth wall is the imaginary wall that separates the performers from the audience. The term “breaking the fourth wall” is used to describe moments when the characters ...
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Actors need to look the part and feel the part in order to get the part. They have to audition for roles, and the competition can be stiff. To get ...
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When you need to look upset for an acting role or performance, there are a few things you can do to make sure you look convincing. First, it’s important to ...
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Two people in close proximity, their faces inches apart. They stare longingly into each other’s eyes, lips slightly parted. Gently, they touch foreheads, then noses, then lips… A love scene. ...
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In order to be a great scene partner, one must be able to understand and respect the personal boundaries of their fellow actors. They must also be able to work ...
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It’s a scene as old as time: the child actor breaks into tears on cue. Whether it’s in a movie, TV show, or commercial, making a child cry on demand ...
Voiceover work can be very lucrative.

There are many different careers in the acting industry. Some of the most common actors and actresses work in Television, Film, Theater, as TV/Radio presenters, do Voiceovers and work as ...
Sick While Auditioning

Auditioning can be nerve-wracking, and even more so when you’re not feeling well. Many people feel anxious about performing when they’re not feeling their best. Auditioning can be nerve-wracking, and ...
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Technology has always played a role in the entertainment industry. From the earliest days of movies, technology has been used to create special effects and to bring stories to life ...