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    How to Make the Most Interesting Cinematic Choices

    Don't do things the "right" way.

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    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 ...

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    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.

  • Advice

    How To Assemble the Best Team For Your Career (Part 1)

    I never met an athlete who wanted to be on a losing team. They know that being good at what you do may get you in the game, but it won’t win you a championship trophy. The same is true for actors. Your team matters.

  • Advice

    How To Find Inspiration

    The reason we often don’t experience greater moments of inspiration and creativity in our own work is that we quit at the “frustration” phase, not knowing that this stage is an important part of our creative development.

  • Advice

    Tune Your Heartbeat to Your Character’s Heartbeat

    Getting to know your character is vital for a successful performance.

  • Advice

    Why You Should Have Fun at Auditions

    Auditioning is a complex system and has many layers. It is a process and a process needs a strong technique to guide you through it. The technique that ignites and drives your process needs to be joyful, expansive, energizing, creative, and personal in order to work.