5 Things To Do When You Book Your TV Series -
Here are five things to do when you book that coveted series regular role.
More amazing advice from Risa and Steve.
4 Steps To Taking Criticism as an Actor -
A happy life and a fulfilling career require personal growth, and understanding criticism is essential to personal growth. Criticism is everywhere so try to use it to your advantage.
Not everyone is out to get you in this business. Some people actually want to help!
5 Ways To Tell If Your Child Is a Natural Actor -
The fake cry. Every parent has heard it and knows in an instant when their child is pretending. I would say the same is true for good casting directors. They can spot a young actor pretending to feel something they don’t.
Great advice for parents who are wondering whether or not to start their kids off in show business.
Abigail Breslin’s 4 Tips for Success -
Starring in her first horror film, “Haunter” Abigail Breslin says she never stops learning and shares some of what she’s learned about creating connections.
Just read Number 4. What she says about “loving auditioning” is a really good lesson for actors.
17 Background Actors Who Have No Idea What They Are Doing -
Sometimes the best part about movies are the extras.
Some humor for your Thanksgiving. Be thankful that you are working to be a leading actor, not a background extra.
I’ve mentioned the Four Agreements in my posts before, but I don’t think I’ve ever expanded on them.
The Four Agreements is a book by don Miguel Ruiz on how to your best in everyday life. It’s a short book, worth the quick read. They are, in no particular order:
-Don’t make assumptions
-Always do your best
-Don’t take anything personally
-Be impeccable with your word.
These are great morals to live by in life. But, how does this apply to acting?
-Don’t make assumptions: When you receive an audition, don’t automatically start thinking about what “they” want in the character. That’s an assumption. You have no idea what “they” want. You can only give them YOU, and your choices. Work from yourself, and the rewards will be richer.
-Always do your best: If you don’t do your best, and you don’t get the part, your ego says “it’s ok, because I didn’t do my best”. But what if you had done your best? Would you have gotten the part? Maybe. But even if you didn’t, the satisfaction of knowing that you did your best is heartening.
-Don’t take anything personally: If you’ve been reading any of the articles I’ve posted here, you know that casting can be as simple as you are blonde, and they want a brunette. Or you were perfect for the part, but the writer decided to cast his sister because he owes her money. You have NO CONTROL over anything but your performance. So, don’t take rejection personally (if you’ve done your best!).
-Be impeccable with your word: Once you get the part, you MUST show up on time, be prepared, be professional, and courteous. You were hired because of your skill and professionalism. The hiring creates an unspoken contract - you have given your word that you will see this project through to the end, and do your best along the way.
The Four Agreements promote joy and avoid needless suffering.
Find the Four Agreements [here]
Read a synopsis [here]
How To Find Inspiration as an Actor -
Too often young actors neglect to find inspiration in the world around them in pursuit of the holy grail of a “job”—be it a film role, a guest spot, or a series regular job.
This article makes me so happy.
- “How can I be inspired by my one line on NCIS?!”
- “Shut off your iPhones and iPads”
We are all artists. Be inspired by the art all around you that others (including Nature) created.
7 Ways To Help You Decide Which Theater Job Offer To Take -
Let’s imagine you are offered roles in two different stage productions and you must make a decision between the two.
Cuz, it will happen, trust me. :)
This may seem like a no-brainer, but Brian O’Neil’s article helps you make a list of pro’s and con’s and to really take a look at what you are gaining and giving up when choosing between multiple roles.
How to Convert a Non-Union Voice Over Job to Union - Voice123 blog -
Today’s post is from SAG-AFTRA Voice Actor and Voice123 premium member, Dude Walker. He graciously invited me to attend an online meeting of his voice over group to answer some questions about Voice123. What I found out from this meeting, is that many Union members feel that Voice123 is not a good resource for them [&]
What a great post from Dude Walker. I’m still pretty new to the Voice Over world, but I know a lot of people who make their bread & butter from just their voice. And now I see why.
Before this article, I would totally have taken a $100 job - usually it’s about an hour to record, an hour to edit (if I’m doing it at home) - that’s $50/hour! Not bad!
But Dude says that’s too low. And at $401 scale, I can see why!
I’ve been on Voice123, and I’m not the biggest fan. ACX also provides some good auditions. But I’ve received most of my jobs from the regular casting sites. But, now, with this new information in mind, I’m willing to explore the voice sites once again.
The 1 Thing Actors Aren’t Doing in Their Auditions -
Playing. Isn’t that why you signed up for that Acting 101 class in college? It wasn’t just to discover that there were lots of kids just like yourself. You enrolled because it simply looked fun.
It’s called a “Play” not a “Serious”.
Sarcasm and Cynicism are not emotions. How do I know? Ever see a sarcastic baby?
Next time you have an audition, call it an “appointment”. Remember you are there to meet people, and have a conversation. Not to “Show Off”.