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    Why Actors Shouldn't Lie on Their Resumes

    When any of us create falsehoods, the damage done is not in the moment of "gotcha." No, it’s your self-esteem that suffers a near-fatal blow.

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    Don't Try So Hard To Act. Just Be.

    When you are at your best as an actor—whether it be in an audition or performance—what are you actually doing? If you’re doing it well, you’re showing up, listening, and responding. That’s it.

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    Stop Searching for Perfection and Live in the Now

    the sooner you make the realization that the “perfect” fill-in-the-blank (agent, role, etc.) doesn’t exist, not only will you be much happier, but ironically, you’ll find perfection in what is.

  • Advice

    9 Counts of Kindness For Actors and Artists

    Actors, be kind to each other. You need each other’s support and sharing information and insight is not only kind of support you need. You need kindness—it’s a necessity to succeed in the long run.

  • Advice

    10 Steps To Working as an Actor Outside NY and L.A.

    If you are frustrated living outside of a big city and want to make it in show biz, don’t fret. Here are some helpful tips to guide you.

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    4 Tips for Discovering and Promoting Your ‘It Factor’

    As a publicist, I encourage actors to take a moment and discover what their “it factor” is. It’s important because I’ve noticed actors gain a sense of confidence in rediscovering what sets them apart from the rest.

  • Advice

    How Does the Casting Process Work?

    Many people have asked me lately, “How does the casting process work?” Actors are always curious about what goes on behind closed doors so here is my attempt to clarify the process for you.

  • Advice

    5 Tips On Editing a Knockout Demo Reel

    Because anything creative is subjective, this is the time you may encounter different opinions on how you should cut your reel together. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind as you're editing.

  • Advice

    Don't Self-Sabotage at an Audition

    Self-sabotage is the worst form of punishment after, what you think, is a poor audition. You have worked way too hard on your career to be that cruel to yourself. Pick yourself up and nail it the next time.

  • Advice

    Don't Make Excuses as an Actor

    When we use an excuse like, “I don’t have time,” or “I really don’t have the funds,” or “I’m too tired to commit,” those are dramatic ways of saying, “I don’t value *xyz* enough to spend my time/money/energy on it.”