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  • Advice

    Read the Room

    What actors fail to understand is how vital it is for them to read the room. An actor should be able to tell when the session director is about to have a breakdown.

  • Advice

    Your Brand Is You

    When I moved to the big city, it took me a few years to figure out that my theater training was not useful for acting in commercials.

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    Spot Stars

    Courtney and Carr are two of just a handful of actors playing recurring characters in current commercials.

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    Clean Slate

    Follow these tips and your slate should grab the clients, ensuring they'll actually watch your audition. Seriously, do you think they take hours out of their day to watch every single audition?

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    Theatrical Technique

    In a scene-study class, you cogitate on the moment before, what happens after, and, above all, your objective. Rarely do we discuss these techniques for commercials. Why not?

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    Bald Is Beautiful

    There's little disagreement that less hair on top can be a very good thing when it comes to working in commercials. Unfortunately, it's an ego blow that some men find too much to take.

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    Received Wisdom

    Whether you've taken a few commercial classes or graduated from Juilliard, plenty of lessons probably weren't in your curriculum. I asked a few actor friends to expound on the subject.

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    Audition Confidence

    "That's why I'm here," said my friend, laughing, as he scanned the lobby crammed with dozens of actors all vying for the same role in a Snuggles commercial. "I'm working out my family issues every time I audition."

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    Chemistry Lesson

    What happens when you feel no chemistry with the person who's supposed to be your loving spouse or you can't stand the actor who's playing your best friend?

  • Advice

    Playing Young

    "I can knock 10 years off anyone still playing teens. I used to call myself America's oldest teenager," says actor and standup comic Gina Rodgers.