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If you are an actor who feels “pigeonholed” in musicals, here are some tried and true suggestions to help shift the emphasis from being a singer who acts to an actor who sings.
I love this article. Good read for anyone (not just musical theater people), because it shows you how to maneuver your resume to get the auditions you want.
Grad school is an excellent idea for many reasons. However, grad school means time lost. Gwyn Gilliss shares how to know if you should pursue an MFA in acting.
My friend calls her MFA a “Master’s of F*ck All”.
I describe my work with actors as bridging the gap between prior training—be it conservatory or otherwise—and what it’s actually like to work on-set or to prepare for a major audition. The goal: to create inspired work that doesn’t “reek” of acting technique.
Step 1: Realize that you are more interesting than the role.
Step 2: Live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
Step 3: Take it off the page.
And then come on down to the Tom Todoroff Studio. The more I read articles from every different coach out there, the more I realize that this is the one studio that incorporates EVERYTHING.
Here are five things to do when you book that coveted series regular role.
More amazing advice from Risa and Steve.
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!
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.
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.
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]