Stop Tweeting Every Detail and 4 Other Great Tips

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Start prepping for the new year with a new you, equipped with the knowledge you need to succeed! 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!

Empower yourself through self-critique.
“After doing a scene in class, watching video of your work, interviewing, auditioning, or working a job, start your self-critique by objectively considering what you learned or did well. Next, determine just three things you could improve. Notice that I didn’t say what you did wrong. I believe this wording distinction is empowering to your confidence and building craft. Then, go home and practice what needs your attention in order to improve. By working on three things after every class, job, and/or audition, you’re constantly working in an empowering way on your acting and auditioning craft.” —Carolyne Barry

Don’t let your shadow overpower your light.
“At one level, we need [our shadows]. They’re what make us different and unique and human. They’re the parts of ourselves we fear, but when we reveal them and share them through our work, not only are they cast into the light (where they no longer can exist), but they make us infinitely more interesting people and actors.” —Anthony Meindl

Thoroughly research potential agents/managers.
“In terms of deciding who is right for you, that involves doing research. Look on IMDbPro, see which actors they represent, what they have done, and if they have actors similar to you in type. No matter who is on your side, at the end of the day it’s about them giving you the opportunity, and it’s up to you to go in and book the job.” —Matt Newton

Stop tweeting every detail!
“Not everything in your life should be shared, and not everyone you meet should be your friend. Make the pledge now to stop saying things on social media that people don’t need to hear, and stop adding people to your networks that you wouldn’t invite to dinner.” —Paul Barry

Back away from the iPhone….
“Give yourself a social media and electronic device holiday. Take at least one full day of not checking texts, emails, Facebook, and Twitter. No cheating!” —Risa Bramon Garcia & Steve Braun

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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.”
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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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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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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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Carolyne Barry
Carolyne Barry, a casting director, working actor, and director, is considered by agents, casting directors, and students to be the best commercial audition acting coach in Los Angeles.
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