The problem with being an actor stems from the feeling that we’re always racing a clock. Actors are told over and over things like:“You’re too old.” Or “If you would have moved to Los Angeles sooner...” Or“You should have more credits by now.”And what this does is it puts actors against a wall - in a position that makes it almost impossible to give the craft of acting the respect it … [Read more...] about Gaining Momentum: Fast and Slow
The idea of “more auditions” is at the top of most actor’s wish lists. More auditions equal more opportunities to act so I say, “keep ‘em coming!” As a private audition coach, I’ve seen hundreds of actors and their audition processes. Time and again, I see actors make the same glaring misstep: not reading the script. It’s an audition-killer. What if you just don’t have time? Look, I get … [Read more...] about 1 Big Mistake That’s Killing Your Auditions
If you're new to the Scene Study Series, check out this other post on I AM THE NIGHT. This series is meant to sharpen your acting skills by examining scenes that could be confusing in an audition or don't seem like much on the page. You'll have a chance to think about how you would handle the script, and then see what the pros did to bring it to life. This week, let's look at SUCCESSION. … [Read more...] about Scene Study: Succession
You’ve finally landed a big, sassy audition for tomorrow and eeeeek, there’s a LOT of words. You’re scrambling to find someone to cover your shift and get home to do some much-needed memorization. But how important is it to be off-book in your auditions? This question comes up a lot from actors new to the industry. But seasoned pros find themselves still wondering the same thing. Allow me to … [Read more...] about Do You Need To Be Off-Book In Auditions?
In this post, we'll talk about the art of memorizing lines and "crying on cue." But we're gonna go about it a little differently. My favorite podcast right now is Akimbo from “my boyfriend Seth Godin.” It has absolutely nothing to do with acting but I always find nuggets of wisdom I can apply to my acting career. Some favorite episodes that I’d recommend you check out are: “You’re It”, “Finite … [Read more...] about Learning to Juggle & Results-Based Acting
You’ve got a highly under-utilized commercial audition secret weapon in your pocket: your cell phone camera! Here are my tips on what to snap! CALLBACK AND BOOKING DETAILS Generally, the callback and booking dates for the job you’re auditioning for are posted near the sign-out sheet. Snap a photo so you can plan to be available after you crush it in the room. THE STORYBOARD Many times, … [Read more...] about Your Secret Commercial Audition Weapon