Go All In and 4 More Acting Tips

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Need a little inspiration? Our Backstage Experts are full of amazing advice to help move your career forward, and we wouldn’t want you to miss one drop of it. Here are five tips to keep in mind during the week ahead!

Make sure you’re safe on set.
“Filmmaking is an incredibly powerful art form. It has the capacity to shape thinking, generate groundswell on monumentally important social issues, and even change lives. But unless you’re filming a covert documentary exposing the genocide of thousands of children by the government right under their parent’s noses, filmmaking is not worth dying for.” —PAUL BARRY

Stop defending abusive teachers.
“I hear actors rationalize abuse-based classes all the time. They claim there’s something to be learned or some form of development that goes on when an acting teacher will “cut someone down” or “put them in their place” or mock, deride, or otherwise make an example of other actors. That is complete BS. These actors are simply making an excuse for bullying, and are thus enabling it.” —JOSEPH PEARLMAN

Collaborate in the audition room.
“Think of your audition as collaboration with the room. You are offering your take on a character, and may be asked to adjust certain parts of your read to accommodate the vision. Embrace the opportunity to take direction.” —CAROLINE LIEM

Go all in.
“So, step up. Pursue the creative exploration of the work with abandon. Lust for it. Explore, explore, explore. Take every opportunity to act. Hitting a creative wall? Fill the creative tank with another element of the work—a different way in. Keep jumping even though there’s no emotional safety net. That’s what we’re seeing successful actors do.” —RISA BRAMON GARCIA AND STEVE BRAUN

Find a supportive community.
“Nobody succeeds alone in this business. Acting is a collaborative art form. We need each other in every aspect of our personal lives and our craft, from prep and rehearsal all the way through final performance. If you don’t have a supportive, family-like community of loved ones that have your back, you need to prioritize it ASAP, because those who do have a huge advantage over you.” —SHAAN SHARMA

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Risa Bramon Garcia
Risa Bramon Garcia is partnered with Steve Braun in The BGB Studio, dedicated to revolutionary acting and audition training. Risa has worked consistently as a director, producer, casting director, writer, and teacher for over 30 years, collaborating with some of the most groundbreaking artists in the world.
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Joseph Pearlman
Joseph Pearlman is a celebrity and on-set acting coach for Hollywood’s top actors, musicians, and comedians. He works with clients such as Zooey Deschanel, Skylar Grey, Michael Welch, and Julian Sands, and he also coaches presenters for all the major award ceremonies. Pearlman Acting Academy was voted the best acting studio in Los Angeles by the Backstage Readers’ Choice Awards.
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Steve Braun
Steve Braun is an L.A.-based acting coach and communication consultant. Over his 15-year career, he has starred in movies and has been a series regular on television shows. He is also an acting teacher and coach.
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Shaan Sharma
Shaan Sharma is a session director, on-camera acting teacher, and author of “A Session Director’s Guide to Commercial Acting in L.A.”
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Paul Barry
Paul Barry is an L.A.-based Australian acting teacher, author of “Choices,” and a Backstage Expert. Barry runs on-camera classes in Santa Monica as well as online worldwide and conducts a six-week program called Dreaming for a Living, coaching actors, writers, and filmmakers in how to generate online incomes to support their art.
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Caroline Liem
Caroline Liem is a casting director, teacher, and audition coach based in Los Angeles. For the past 20 years, she has cast independent films, studio features, television pilots, and TV series. She is faculty at Pace University, teaches an ongoing on-camera class at BGB Studio, as well as an intensive at Connect Studios LA.
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