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    How Changing Your Outlook Can Change Your Acting Career

    Start by taking a look at the “job-givers” you've worked with in the past. Make a list. Include the playwright, the commercial director, the film producer, etc. Now, ask one of those people to coffee.

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    Why You Should Never Stop Playing 'Make-Believe'

    I would never discourage any aspiring actors from seeking some type of formal training (especially if they plan on acting in plays). But technique is the parachute you employ when you’re not working instinctively.

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    19 Lessons For Self-Reflection on a Snow Day

    Sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet moment to reflect on things that have inspired me.

  • Advice

    Don't Let a Bad Day Get In The Way Of a Good Audition

    It’s difficult to separate yourself from the trials of everyday life when you walk into an audition. But remember this: That moment—that audition—is a new start.

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    Why You Need To Get Out Of Your Acting Comfort Zone

    Actors who are comfortable are backing away from what affects their audience. And you can’t explore your vulnerability when you are backing into your comfort zone.

  • Advice

    Stop Caring What Other People Think Of You

    You’ve got to stop caring how you think other people think of you. The truth is – they’re not thinking of you – because they’re thinking of themselves. Like all of us.

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    How To Handle Competition

    Being competitive doesn’t help you get the part. In fact, for most actors, it’s an uncomfortable, self-sabotaging experience. What happens to your mind, emotions, and physiology in a competitive state takes you out of the moment and away from your power.

  • Advice

    Where Do You Find Your Acting Community?

    Television and the Internet are the new “theater.” It is not that casting directors don’t go to the theater anymore; it is just that the venues to discover talent have broadened exponentially. Veteran actors need to adjust their way of thinking and connecting.

  • Advice

    How To Find the Right Manager For Your Child Performer

    One of the questions I get asked most often by parents is about manager representation. This can be a confusing question to answer because figuring out who you want to represent your child should be supported by both personal and professional reasoning.

  • Advice

    The Color You Should Wear for On-Camera Auditions

    When you audition on camera the first thing that anyone sees is the color you're wearing. Wear something depressing, annoying, or threatening, and no matter how brilliant your performance, they are going to be affected by the color first and the performance second.