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    Standing Up to My Nerves

    Once I began acting, I had an affinity toward comedic roles. But stand-up comedy? That remained in an entirely too frightening league of its own.

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    Loss of Faith

    I used to not believe in theater. You may ask, what is so scary about that? But when you've been loving something with your entire existence for your whole life, doubting it is not only upsetting, it's debilitating.

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    How Casting Changed Independent Romantic Comedy ‘Worth the Weight’

    Director Ryan Sage shares how casting and a happy accident brought together the perfect cast for “Worth the Weight.”

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    The Interview

    I swore I would never wait tables again, but here I am—applying at one of L.A.'s finest Italian restaurants. I've come to terms with the fact that I need to make money. Instead of acting.

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    It's Showtime

    I can hear the assistant director intone into the walkie-talkie: "This is now a 'closed set.'" In movies, closed sets happen when nudity is involved. In this case, mine.

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    El Pasado and Present

    But there's something else.  Yes, he's a beautiful man, but he has another quality that I'm starting to notice. He swims like no one's watching. Like he's the only one out there.

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    How I Turned My Depression Into a Film Festival Success

    Actor Jules Bruff discusses how she made "Part Time Fabulous," a film about her personal battle with Clinical Depression.

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    I Want Curtains!

    It was my first day in a new 'revolving door' apartment. You know: Actors who sublet from actors who took over rooms from other actors who decided they didn't want to be actors anymore.

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    One Child's Eyes

    I slowly realize my whole life is about acting. Every day is 24/7 auditioning, acting class, new headshots, meeting with 'producers'—and waiting tables to pay for all of it. What happened to 'my life'?

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    A Sticky Situation

    As I eyeball the pasties, it hits me that I have—basically—just signed up to be a human mannequin for the day.  A half-naked one at that.