How to become a working actor in Los Angeles

How to become a working actor in Los Angeles

“I will either find a way, or make one.” -Hannibal With regards to becoming an actor, the one universal truth that resonates in the film and television industry is that it is competitive…extremely competitive.  Every day new faces arrive in Los Angeles with the hope...

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What do Casting Directors really want?

What do Casting Directors really want?

It is not uncommon for a newer, or even more experienced actors to over think the audition process and spend too much time thinking about the wrong things.  In order to execute the perfect audition and win over the Casting Director, many actors go through a familiar...

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The Improv Monologue

The Improv Monologue

Acid test (gold): Definition An acid test is any qualitative chemical or metallurgical assay which uses acid; most commonly, and historically, the use of a strong acid to distinguish gold from base metals. Figuratively, acid test is any definitive test for some...

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The importance of being “Natural”

The importance of being “Natural”

When it comes to acting for the camera much is made of the need to be “natural.” It certainly is an ineluctable truth that playing a role ‘theatrically’ for a medium that catches every nuance of the actor’s performance will most certainly come off, at...

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How do you become a member of SAG?

How do you become a member of SAG?

The short answer: Get hired on a SAG project to say something on camera. Sounds simple enough, right?  Well, if you win the lottery and are lucky enough to have this happen to you then yes…it is simple.  For the remaining vast majority of the non-union actors out...

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Headshots for Actors

Headshots for Actors

A picture can be worth a thousand words, but for an actor it must also tell a story and reveal the essence of a human being.   It can open doors and provide opportunities or it can relegate an otherwise talented individual to languish indefinitely outside the doorway...

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How long does it take to become an actor?

How long does it take to become an actor?

A 20 year old college student and aspiring actress walked into class the first week and shared that she was moving to LA in a couple of months and wanted to get a little bit of additional training and add to her resume before making the move. She felt her experience...

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You Want to Become a Better Actor?

You Want to Become a Better Actor?

There are numerous and varying definitions of what comprises good acting, and some are even in stark contrast to one another. Given the abstract nature of creating moments of truth and reality set in imaginary circumstances, it is not difficult to imagine that various...

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How to Get Your Child into Film Acting

How to Get Your Child into Film Acting

So, you think your child has what it takes to become a star: she lights up the room with her energy, commands attention from her audience, and soaks up the applause like water to a dry sponge. She’s the lead in every school play and around the house she mimics every...

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Bare Your Soul, Thicken Your Skin, Then… Keep Going!

Bare Your Soul, Thicken Your Skin, Then… Keep Going!

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~Winston Churchill Let’s face it, becoming a professional actor is not an easy proposition. For those who aspire to it there can be no denying the rewards are...

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