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    Signing In, Signing Out

    Last month, I offered a list of things actors do that annoy casting directors. The final item provoked the most heated discussion.

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    Showfax Facts, Résumé Revisions

    Is it the norm for an agent to call an actor with an audition but not provide sides? To me, this is absurd.

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    Dancing Til They Drop

    The reception area of Manhattan's Broadway Dance Center is the proverbial beehive of activity—if you can imagine bees wearing leg warmers and ballet slippers.

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    Dance to Live

    Not everyone dreams of being a star. But don't we all dream of making a living doing what we love?

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    Everything's Coming Up Gypsies

    "I'm not really a Broadway gypsy; I just play one in A Chorus Line."

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    The Method and the Myth

    "I don't want to see or hear any of that Method crap!" How many times has an actor heard that from a director, producer, or teacher? Too many, I'll wager.

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    Below the Belt

    Seth Rudetsky calls himself a deconstructor. Rudetsky appropriated the word to describe his compulsion to analyze show tunes as performed by the singers he "ido-Lizas."

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    Let's Put on a Show

    "What are the chances of me getting some agents to show up?" I responded, "Slim to none, and slim just left town."

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    Scholarly Servant

    "Take classes, work with other actors, create your own material, and stop blaming your agent," Andrea Martin advises all actors who are frustrated with the roles they are getting -- or not getting.

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    What Is the Appropriate Make-Up for an Audition?

    The first thing guys have to realize is everything's just intensified. So the main thing -- unless you're a real character actor -- is to keep the brows with less girth. Brush them and trim the tips off. That makes a big difference.