Archive for the ‘How To Be An Actor’ Category

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What I Know For Sure About Actors

In the back of every The Oprah Magazine, Oprah Winfrey writes a little article called “What I Know For Sure”. I love these pieces because they are from her heart and they speak her truth.

So, since this is a special time of year, I wanted to take a moment to share with you what I know for sure about actors…about YOU and hope it inspires you… or at least brings a little smile to your face.

Having worked with thousands of actors like you over the years – from brand-spanking new to working actors to household names and beyond – there are some things I’ve become keenly aware of about YOU…even some things that you don’t notice about yourself, so I thought I’d share them here. Read more >>

The Acting Class Bottom Line: How Much Does A Good One Cost? [Pt. 3 of 3]

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This post is the second in a 3-part series on “6 Steps To Find The Perfect Acting Class For You”.

Part 1: Finding The Perfect Acting Class; Sorting, Sifting & Being Specific
Part 2: 6 Things To Look For When You Audit An Acting Class
Part 3: [You Are Here] Price, Value & Location of The Perfect Acting Class

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In the first post, I gave you 3 important steps in our 6-step process to help you find, focus and narrow down your acting class choices.

In the second post, I addressed step 4 and showed you 6 important things to look for when you’re auditing potential acting classes.

Now that you’ve narrowed down your potential class and teacher candidates, this post will pick up where the second post left off, and give you the answer to 2 final important questions…

“How much should a good acting class cost?”

“What if there’s no good classes near me?”

Let’s dig into the next step in the process… Read more >>

The Perfect Acting Class (Pt. 2 of 3) – 6 Things To Look For When You Audit An Acting Class

6 Things To Look For When You Audit An Acting Class

This post is the second in a 3-part series on “Finding The Perfect Acting Class in 6 Simple Steps”.

Part 1: Finding The Perfect Acting Class; Sorting, Sifting & Being Specific
Part 2:  [You Are Here] 6 Things To Look For When You Audit An Acting Class
Part 3: The Acting Class Bottom Line: How Much Does A Good One Cost?

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In my previous post, I addressed the “sorting, sifting and being specific” when it comes to finding potential new classes and teachers and gave you 3 important steps in our 6-step process to help you focus and narrow down your choices , specifically:

  • Zeroing in on the goal you’re trying to achieve with this particular class…
  • Identifying the specific hole in your skill set that you want to to fill by taking this class…
  • How to create, vet and narrow down your list of contenders

If you missed the first post, I highly recommend you read it BEFORE you move on to this post.

OK, if you’re still here, then you know that we covered the first 3 of the 6 steps and left you ready to answer one, gigantic question… Read more >>

6 Steps To Find The Perfect Acting Class For You (Part 1 of 3): Sorting, Sifting & Being Specific

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This is Part One of a three-part series on finding the perfect acting class for you.

Part 1: [You Are Here] Sorting, Sifting & Being Specific
Part 2:  6 Things To Look For When You Audit An Acting Class
Part 3:  The Acting Class Bottom Line: How Much Does A Good One Cost?

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Finding the perfect acting class for you sounds simple, but it’s far from it.

And let’s face it, it’s an important choice because who you entrust your most vulnerable, creative self with can have a major impact on you, your process and your career as an actor.

In just a sec, I’ll show you the  first half of the 6-step process you can use to make sure you’re in good hands, with the right teacher in the right class at the right time for you. Read more >>

Audition Tip: Never Show Your Underwear To The Casting Director

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An audition tip with underwear in it…

It doesn't come along often.

But yet…here we are.

Okay, let's get real for a moment. I want to talk to you about your underwear. Yes, I know what you may be wondering…My underwear? Isn’t that a little…well…intimate? And what does my underwear have to do with an audition tip anyway?

How can this conversation possibly be relevant and do something to help my acting career?

Guess what…It's about to get weirder.   Read more >>

From Surviving to Thriving [Part 2]: Jobs For Actors – 10 Ways to Support Yourself As An Actor

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This is Part Two of a two-part series on jobs for actors aka how to go from surviving to thriving in your acting career.

Part 1: 7 Truths About Supporting Yourself As An Actor
Part 2: [You Are Here]  10 Ways to Support Yourself As An Actor

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Two words every actor should take seriously…

Ready?

Arnold. Schwarzenegger.

Here’s why… Read more >>

From Surviving to Thriving [Part 1]: 7 Truths About Supporting Yourself As An Actor

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This is Part One of a two-part series on supporting yourself as an actor or how to go from surviving to thriving in your acting career.

Part 1: [You Are Here] –  7 Truths About Supporting Yourself As An Actor
Part 2: 10 Ways to Support Yourself As An Actor

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There’s a big ol’ LIE you’ve been told about acting…

And you might have even bought into it!

Here it is:

“To be a successful actor, you have to devote yourself to it 100%.”

You’re told that if you’re serious about it, you must make the pursuit of acting your full-time career.

But how are you supposed to survive this way? Read more >>

How To Be An Actor Without Limits (aka How To Awaken Your Inner Lady Gaga In Your Acting Career)

How To Be An Actor Without Limits

It’s time to awaken your “inner Gaga”.

Yup.  You have one.

If you’re an actor, you have an “inner Lady Gaga” dying to bust you out of “struggling actor prison” and guide you to the red carpet…

And, by the end of this blog, you'll know exactly how to access that dormant creative power and truly be limitless in your acting career. Read more >>

The Ultimate Guide For Coping, Handling & Dealing With Rejection In Acting

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This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on REJECTION in Acting — why coping, handling & dealing with rejection doesn't work and how you can win the battle with feelings of rejection in your acting career:

Part 1 – [You Are Here] – Why Every Actor Should Be Deconstructing Rejection Instead of Trying To “Deal With It”
Part 2 – Rejection In Acting: How NOT To Take It Personally & Let It Roll Off Your Back (coming soon)
Part 3 – Rejection Re-Mix For Actors: 3 Steps To Handling Rejection That Actually Work (coming soon)

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Rejection sucks.

Sorry to be blunt, but it’s true, isn’t it?

Haven’t you felt that way when you get rejected for a role?

But here’s the rather surprising news about rejection… Read more >>

Want To Become An Actor? Avoid This Classic New Actor Trap…

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I've got a story for you…

Once upon a time, there was an actor.

Let’s call him “Bubble Boy”.

Bubble Boy, like most actors, was passionate, creative and excited to get his career off the ground.

He felt that surge of excitement when he realized that acting didn’t have to be just a hobby, he could become an actor PROFESSIONALLY — he could do it for a living!

Now there was just no stopping him. He was ready.  Because that’s all it takes to be a professional actor.

Passion.

Right?…

Oops.  Bubble Boy forgot something…You also need this… Read more >>