Look Over Your Contracts 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.

STICK TO THE SCRIPT.
“If, in those rare cases, the writer-producer wants you to improvise, either they or the casting director will let you know, usually before the audition begins. If they say nothing, assume they want you to say their words exactly as written…and save your excellent improv skills for the single-camera comedies.” —CATHY REINKING

TEACH YOUNG PERFORMERS ABOUT COMMITMENT.
“An acting career for a young performer depends on a strong and continued desire to perform. Children do not always have the maturity to realize that the show must go on even when their desire wavers.” —DENISE SIMON

LOOK OVER YOUR CONTRACTS.
“In the chaos of a film set, actors hurriedly sign the contracts in their dressing rooms, assuming it’s right. I promise you, half the time it’s not. Look it over, make sure it’s what you and your agent agreed on in terms of rate and billing.” —MATT NEWTON

MAKE THE CAMERA CARE ABOUT YOUR STORY.
“It’s the actor’s job to create his or her character’s story and then fight like hell to make sure the overall story doesn’t influence it. Sometimes your character will succeed. Sometimes your character won’t. But the struggle between your character’s story and the overall story is what commands the camera’s attention.” —JOHN SWANBECK

TELL MEANINGFUL STORIES.
“Conflict without the possibility of a resolution (love) would mean hopelessness. And that would give us no reason to live (or tell stories). As artists, our responsibility is to provide hope for humanity by sharing stories that inspire and uplift. Why else do it?” —ANTHONY MEINDL

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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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Denise Simon
Denise Simon is a New York-based acting coach and career consultant who has been involved in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years as an actor, teacher, director, casting director and personal talent manager.
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Matt Newton
Matt Newton is one of the most sought-after on-camera acting coaches in New York City. His clients include Tony winners, Emmy award winners, Golden Globe nominees, and well-known actors from film and TV.
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John Swanbeck
John Swanbeck is an author, columnist, speaker, creator, and publisher of CleverActorTips and Chief Creative Officer of BlueSwanFilms. He is a renowned director and teacher of actors, directed the existential comedy “The Big Kahuna” starring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito, and has packaged his best original techniques into the much-acclaimed book, “How To Steal The Scene & End Up Playing The Lead,” available on Amazon & iTunes.
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Cathy Reinking
Cathy Reinking has been a working casting director for 20 years and has accumulated hundreds of credits. She is the author of “How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film: 2nd Edition,” and the co-creator, writer, producer, and casting director of “The British Invasion.”
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