Ask an Insider

Sort by:
  • Advice

    Common Mistakes

    "Doing too much in their montages. Even having a montage. Directors and casting directors really want to cut to the chase with you, not see little bits of everything you've ever done."

  • Advice

    A Day In Your Office

    "If you are able, I recommend that every actor should intern at an agent's office for at least a week. I started in this business as an actor interning for the agency who represented me."

  • Advice

    Should I Sign with a Rep?

    "Be wise to those who coast on their reputations, are always looking backward, or hold themselves out as a friend. You want a friend, get a dog."

  • Advice

    Costumes and Props at an Audition?

    If dressing in character or carrying a phone works, use it! The time an actor spends in the audition room is that actor's time to get the role.

  • Advice

    Approaching a Role with an Accent

    My actors are required to master accents. They use dialect CDs offering a step-by-step approach with specific drills and exercises.

  • Advice

    Typed Out?

    I want to stretch, to play parts that challenge me, but I seem instead to always be cast in similar roles. It's undermining my self-confidence. Am I kidding myself about my acting talent?

  • Advice

    How Do You Collaborate With Actors?

    I  like to think of a play as a blueprint for a house. All of the people involved in the production help build the house. In the context of a new play, the actors are the heavy lifters—they are the ones laying the foundation, brick by brick, of the emotional ...

  • Advice

    Of All Your Performances, Which One Are You Most Proud Of?

    Two years ago, I did a Shakespeare play, "Pericles," for a small Shakespeare company in Seattle, with a director named Sheila Daniels. I played Thaisa, which is not a huge part, but from start to finish the production was one of the most collaborative.

  • Advice

    Can Comedic Timing Be Taught, or Is It Innate?

    An acting teacher of mine (quoting an acting teacher of his, who was quoting an acting teacher of his, etc., ad infinitum) once said, "Emotion is to the actor what sweat is to the athlete."

  • Advice

    What Does an Actor Need to Know Before Moving to New York?

    Moving to New York to pursue your career is the first step toward a promising future, but that future isn't always as rosy as it may appear from your hometown bedroom.