acting business

Acting Clichés

As actors we have a relatively fun job. We get to dress up, play pretend, use our imaginations, and generally speaking, we get to hang out with fun, engaging, outgoing and artistic people. That’s the good part of the challenge. ...
Make Casting Directors Remember you

In our quest to be a successful, recognized, possibly award winning actor, we always have to be aware of what the people who are hiring us,  i.e. casting directors, are looking for.  At first thought this can seem extremely difficult. ...
Acting in Hollywood

Everyone knows that Hollywood is the mecca when it comes to a career in the entertainment business. That’s why 50,000 people moved to Los Angeles in the last year, many in hopes of being discovered and making it big in ...
Actor's Budget

As actors we’ve all heard the clichés about starving artists. And especially if you’e planning or have already made the move to a city like New York or L.A. where the rents are clearly still Too Damn High, and especially ...
Commercial Auditioning

If you’ve spent any time in acting classes, at a university level theater program, or even if you just learned acting by doing, one thing we can all probably agree on is that commercial auditions are weird. Any audition is ...
Introverted Actor

Typically, the way we think of actors is as loud, outgoing, fully extroverted people. And of course there’s some truth to that–if you’ve ever been part of a big dinner with the cast of a musical, you know that getting ...
Woman with Acting Apps

We all know the world has gone digital, there’s no getting around it. No matter how much we might like to escape the clutches of the Zuckerbergs of modern life, we seem to be firmly in their grasp. But hey, ...
Book the job

The feeling is familiar to even the most successful actor: that one audition you were so stoked about, the one where you were so sure you had nailed the perfect audition for the perfect role for you–and you didn’t get ...
playing the Villain

“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain, And hate the idle pleasures of these days.” –William Shakespeare, “Richard III” For a certain breed of actor, one ...
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“I knew that if I wanted to be all I could be, I would have to go to the U.S. It took three years to get the accent right.” –Idris Elba If you’re like me, tuning in to watch “The ...
Actor crying on cue

Acting is of course performing in such a way as to mimic genuine human emotional life, and one of those emotions is sadness. But despite the huge, diverse and rich tapestry of human emotions, many actors are hung up on ...
Actors Improv

If you go out to see theater on a regular basis–and you really should, not only to support theater in general as well as your friends’ shows, but also to contribute to your ongoing education as an actor–you’ve probably seen ...
Body Language

The term body language is one that gets thrown around a lot in the context of acting. And while we all probably have a pretty good general idea of what the phrase means, perhaps it’s a good idea to take ...
Learn your Lines

If you’ve ever participated in a talk-back after performing in a stage show, you’ve surely experienced this: you’re up there, seated on stage, sweaty, elated and still bathed in the glow of the post-performance high. You’re not only willing, you’re ...
Stage Fright

“We’re actors! We’re the opposite of people!” — Tom Stoppard, “Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead” Let’s be honest: acting is fun. There is a tremendous joy we as performers get to experience that mere mortals are denied. That’s the excitement, ...
Leading Male Actor

When it comes to acting there are few buzzwords more overused yet more vaguely understood than “presence.” You could call it star power, or “the x-factor.” You could say that presence applies to an actor who has “it,” an indefinable ...
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When you’re a young actor just starting out and you hear veterans of the business chatting about this or that awesome-sounding audition they were sent on by their agent, it can sometimes hit you with a twinge of jealousy: why ...
Actor Branding

You are no doubt reading this right now on your phone, tablet or computer, so you know as well as anyone that the world is truly wired. We are all interconnected in so many ways it’s difficult to fathom. On ...
Audition room

Acting is hard. Not to sound whiny, but it really can’t be said enough: no matter what normal humans may think about the supposedly cushy life of the actor, the vast majority of us are not passing our days hanging ...
acting imagination

As fallible human beings, it’s easy for actors to fall into the trap of the green-eyed monster of envy. You’ll see an actor you know who has comparable skills and a comparable look to your own, yet who nonetheless seems ...