Keep Moving Forward and 4 Other Useful Tips

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Miss this great advice from our Backstage Experts? These five tips are sure to get you moving on the road to success.

BE A STORYTELLER.
“The practice of actors communicating with a live audience is the core of our art and the essence of our human connection. It is the campfire, the tribal sharing, the ancient ritual of storytelling—live, immediate for that moment, and then forever gone. There is nothing quite like it, and for those of us whose roots are in the theater, it’s the origin of our creative expression.” —RISA BRAMON GARCIA AND STEVE BRAUN

WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS.
“A goal that is not written down and seen every day is useless. Writing it down makes it explicit. Placing the written-down goal in a place where you have to see it every day keeps it in the forefront of your mind as you go through your day.” —DOUGLAS TAUREL

EMBRACE NONUNION GIGS.
“Nonunion commercials won’t pay you residuals or take out deductions for health, welfare, and pension funds, but if you learn how to book and develop your own style, then, when you do join the union, you’ll be more successful competing with the already working union actors.” —GWYN GILLISS

KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
“Our lives are ongoing, but we live a moment as if it’s the only opportunity we’ll ever have. It’s not. You’ll have another chance to audition. And find love. And succeed. And catch the missed bus. You’ll have another chance to book a job and get an agent and be cast in a film.” —ANTHONY MEINDL

BE NATURAL.
“Unless the director specifies otherwise, keep your performance very natural. A number of commercial directors are now going with less theatrical performances. By being natural, your performance will be more believable.” —MAE ROSS

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Anthony Meindl
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer-director-producer, creativity expert, inspirational speaker, and artistic director of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop (AMAW) with studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, Sydney, and Vancouver.
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Risa Bramon Garcia
For the past 40 years, Risa has worked as a director, producer, casting director, and teacher. Having directed two features—including “200 Cigarettes”—she has also directed for TV and dozens of plays in New York and Los Angeles. Her casting résumé includes more than 80 feature films and shows, and includes “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Fatal Attraction,” “JFK,” “The Joy Luck Club,” “The Affair,” “Masters of Sex,” and the original “Roseanne.” She is a founding partner of The BGB Studio, known for revolutionary acting training.
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Steve Braun
Steve Braun is an acting coach, teacher, and communication consultant, drawing on years of acting, Buddhist practice, and martial arts training to help his clients discover and express their unique emotional truth. When he pursued an acting career, he starred in movies, was a series regular many times, and guest starred on numerous TV shows. He is a founding partner of The BGB Studio, known for revolutionary acting training.
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Mae Ross
Mae Ross is the Owner/ Director of L.A.’s highly acclaimed actor training center, 3-2-1 Acting Studios. Her leadership has garnered 3-2-1 consistent recognition as Hollywood's premier on-camera acting school for kids, teens, and adults. She has launched hundreds of successful acting careers with her expert on-camera coaching and professional guidance.
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Douglas Taurel
Douglas Taurel is a producer and actor. He works consistently in independent films and has been fortunate enough to grace many of New York’s stages in many classic and dramatic plays.
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Gwyn Gilliss
Having been selected by over 100 east and west coast agents, managers, and casting directors as the “foremost marketing coach for actors,” Gwyn has also had a successful acting career in all medias. She studied at Carnegie Mellon, and was an Emmy Award-nominated Daytime/Primetime TV actress with over a dozen contract and recurring roles. Favorites include: “All My Children” (ABC),“The Lucy Arnaz Show” (CBS), and “Woman of Valor” (NBC, Emmy Award).
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