characters

Bringing Your A-Game to the Cold Read- NYCastings

As actors we spend a lot of time obsessing about auditions – with good reason, of course. We are in the only profession that I know of that requires workers to go to job interview after job interview for much ...
Stand-Up Comedy Can Fuel Your Acting Career

So an actor walks into a comedy club… That’s it, there’s no joke here, just a thought: when was the last time you deliberately took yourself out of your comfort zone as a performer? Like, REALLY out there?  Most of ...
KidsinActing-shy

First ask yourself why you want to put your kid in show biz. … Then ask your child if they want to be in show biz.  … If their response is, “I’m too shy” but you see a twinkle in ...
Actor Choices

“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  –J.K.Rowling “Making Choices” sounds like one of those dreadful performance/educational improv groups we used to have to sit through in high school. Do these things ...
DirectorsonActors

“I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don’t want.” – Stanley Kubrick As actors, we naturally spend a lot of time thinking about and preparing for auditions, as that is the most stressful ...
Avoid Boring Auditions

“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.” – Ray Bradbury It’s difficult to explain to one’s non-actor friends just what a weird tight-wire act we ...
jack sparrow

“There’s nothing like getting yourself into character and seeing a different person. It really wears on your vanity.” –Elizabeth Moss If you’ve ever gotten to meet a truly great actor just after they have performed a role on stage, you ...
Focus on Film and TV Auditions

As challenging as it can sometimes be to make a living by acting, you have to admit this is a great time to be in the business. There are more channels, more web-based television and film production, more online opportunities, ...
Finding Your Motivation

“When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’” –Alfred Hitchcock There are lots of old jokes about stupid ...
Hugh Jackman

A few years ago the brilliant “Key and Peele” sketch comedy show featured a hilarious parody of “Les Mis” that had even fans of the musical rolling in the aisles. To give you some idea, it currently has some 8 ...