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HOW TO GET IT ALL

Look, we’re all in show business to get something - more work than the next person, more money, more respect, more fans, a better agent, a better deal…you get the picture. On days when the above are about to happen, and then they DO happen, oh joy! “I have more, so I must be more!!! I was right all along, and they (my parents, friends, significant others, and all detractors) were DEAD WRONG. I must be truly SPECIAL.” And the following day or the following week you’re back to what? You being that day’s version of you. “Oh, no, not this [...]

HOW TO GET IT ALL 2018-03-26T19:15:41+00:00

Classroom Acting And The Real World

Do you know the biggest difference between classroom actors and actors working on a film or TV set? Classroom actors need a week to learn their lines, lots of rehearsal to put the scene on its feet, and a few more weeks to crack the part. Professional actors need about 10 minutes. Why? Professional actors have a job to do where time is of the essence. The entire set is dedicated to getting the shot and moving on to the next one. If the scene needs a rewrite, or it’s just been written minutes before, your job is to learn it [...]

Classroom Acting And The Real World 2017-11-25T13:40:17+00:00

Show Business and Who You Are

Everyone talks about show business, what it is and what it is not. They tell you the rules, the way things work, and how to get ahead. But just because that’s how THEY got ahead (if they’re so far ahead, why are they selling you classes on how to get ahead?), doesn’t mean the same path is true for you. You are you and they are not. Truth is, show business is like the stock market - nobody knows anything. So is it better to listen to the experts or just toss a coin? My take on it is this, and [...]

Show Business and Who You Are 2017-04-25T11:38:16+00:00

Notes From The Casting of a TV Pilot

Casting. Having just cast a TV pilot, here are some final, unadorned thoughts on the process : Who do we remember?   The actors who were amazing – they came in prepared, took chances, changed the energy in the room by putting their personal stamps on the part, and in some cases making us see their character in a totally different light. Oh, we also remember the people who came in unprepared and just READ their lines. Who have we forgotten?   The actors who did not take chances – they did what they thought was appropriate or clever but really did not [...]

Notes From The Casting of a TV Pilot 2017-01-21T13:51:08+00:00

Just get me in front of that film camera!!!!

Some actors ask to be in front of a film camera the second they show up at our school. Other actors would rather wait until they lose some weight. And others, to our surprise, prefer to learn how to do the job before they have the business end of a film camera pointed in their direction. Nothing wrong with any of the above. My preference? Hmmm….maybe I will share my EXPERIENCE. Meaning that I got on camera early on in my acting career and I had no idea what I was doing as far as film acting was concerned. Not only [...]

Just get me in front of that film camera!!!! 2016-12-05T16:21:25+00:00