characters

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 ...
Acting on film set

When an actor comes to study with me for an audition the first thing we do is “kill the plan.” Somewhere in their preparation they’ve had what I call, the “performance fantasy.” Instead of imagining the world of the character, ...
on-camera audition

So for those of you with some experience: do you remember your first time? No, not that, you perverts. I’m talking about the first time you walked into an audition room for a professional audition. High school and university auditions ...
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Heh. I’m dryly laughing at myself because I have never been at a loss for words…until now. I mean really, when have you ever seen me not be able to write a proper intro? AARON GINSBURG, the Supervising Producer and ...
gotham

Victoria Cartagena made such an impact during the interview that I was totally thrown off guard. – ILANA Let’s talk about Victoria Cartagena, aka Vicki, who plays Detective Renee Montoya on FOX’s Gotham. When an actor takes a huge chunk ...
3waystobringacharactertolife

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 ...
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All kinds of people — scary, grieving, naive, curious people — have once again invaded New York City for The Tribeca Film Festival. Which means it is the ideal time to chat about characters; the art of building real and ...
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Palms clammy. Heart teetering between full throttle and panic stopping. Brain cells firing off conflicting thought patterns of “Will I be good enough?” and “I’ve totally got this!” In other words – auditions. They can be terrifying and exhilarating! As ...