Advice

Sort by:
  • Advice

    Forever 21, Kissing Comfort

    Working actor columnist Jackie Apodaca fields questions about figuring out which ages actors can play and love scenes.

  • Advice

    The Ugly of Our Trade

    Sue reminded me of the harsh realities of our trade: If the actors were not making money for the company or, as in Peter's case, not an easy sell, then it only made sense to let them go.

  • Advice

    A Master Class With Michael Feinstein

    By the time the two hours had elapsed in Michael Feinstein's master class, he had encountered—and made strides to correct—just about every problem faced by both new and seasoned singers.

  • Advice

    I Love to Laugh

    Adding laughter is one of the best things an actor can do to take a performance from safe to spectacular.

  • Advice

    Theater Space, Self-Producing Promoter

    Budgeting, marketing, fundraising for, and managing a show—with your own money at stake—may take a few years off your life, but it can teach you a lot.

  • Advice

    Getting Actors to Sing

    Voice teacher Roger Love has helped prepare Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon for "Walk the Line" and Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell for "Crazy Heart," among many others.

  • Advice

    Duncan Stewart on Christine Ebersole in 'Grey Gardens'

    Christine was more than an actor playing a part; she was actually inhabiting the character. I was fortunate enough to see both productions and the portrayal was always thrilling.

  • Advice

    Baby Blues

    A few days later I found out I'm pregnant. Should I just give up acting altogether and find a different career that pays a regular salary? What will happen to my dream?

  • Advice

    Justin Tanner on Gena Rowlands in 'A Woman Under the Influence'

    Rowlands' performance as Mabel Longhetti is as ugly and clumsy as an actual life—so nakedly real that it hurts to watch. I remember thinking I had seen the greatest piece of acting ever captured on film. I still think so.

  • Advice

    A Sense of Entitlement

    When graduation day arrived, I had a sense of entitlement that cannot be measured; I was ready to take Hollywood by storm. It took me less than six months to realize I knew nothing.