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    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.

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    How to Make the Most Interesting Cinematic Choices

    Don't do things the "right" way.

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    What Are the Stakes of Your Audition?

    Ah, the odds. The chances. The stakes. To most actors starting out, auditioning can seem like a daunting, terrifying, and insurmountable responsibility. A contest. A game of luck and chance.

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    The 5 Acts of Your Audition

    Every actor has a story to tell, and when you walk into the audition room, you need to be prepared to tell it.

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    5 Rules For Recovering From Losing a Role

    In thinking about my experience of loss and recovery, I wanted to relate it to an actor’s experience in losing a role. Below are five rules of recovery.

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    How To Read Off a Teleprompter as a Host

    Any show, commercial, or web video that asks you to talk to a camera should absolutely have a prompter for you to use. The only excuse for not having it would be laziness.

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    4 Ways To Be Less Manic Depressive as an Actor

    Despite all these obstacles, you can really find inner peace and your own sense of forward momentum, and start having more fun. Because if you’re not having fun with your own life path as an artist, then all the sacrifice is just not worth it.

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    5 Benefits of Just Listening as an Actor

    I have had some of my students do this “day without speaking” as part of the Life of the Actor course I teach, and it has greatly improved and energized their work. Here are five of the benefits.

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    Stop Fighting Your Success

    I can't count how many actors I've coached, at every career level, who come in telling me they’re doing all the right things, yet their vision of the future has been just that—a vision of the future. It hasn’t had the chance to become a ...

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    4 Acting Lessons From 'The Wizard of Oz'

    I don't know of anyone in the last several decades who hasn't heard of the "The Wizard of Oz," that wonderful musical journey down the yellow brick road with a teenage Judy Garland singing her heart out. Besides being entertaining, it teaches us four valuable themes about life.