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Pilot [Panic] Season

February 12, 2018 | No Comments.

Let's put your mind at ease for a moment about Pilot Season. Many of you feel like, hey it's pilot season and everyone else seems to be getting a ton of auditions and I ain't getting any. Something is wrong with me or my situation... Yes, it's slammin busy right now. I coach actors for…

Greta Gerwig HAD to Direct it Herself

January 17, 2018 | No Comments.

When [Actor-Writer-Director Greta Gerwig] finished the writing of 'Lady Bird' in 2015, she knew she had to direct it herself.  “I thought, Yes, there is more to learn, but you are not going to keep learning it by not doing it. You will only now learn the next part if you go ahead and do it."  - NY Times, Greta Gerwig's…

New Year Manifestations

December 31, 2017 | (22 comments).

Claim it. It's yours to have. Say it aloud. It's yours to create. Who is ready to put your professional goals in writing!! Are you ready to admit what you really really really want to have happen in 2018 as an artist? Let others know about your goals. Don't keep them to yourself. If you…

Friends in the Audition Lobby

October 13, 2017 | (2 comments).

THE TRIP-UP CAN START IN THE AUDITION LOBBY... Ah, it’s that day when you have prepped hard for a role, you love it and really want it badly, and you step into the room and... your good friend is sitting in the lobby waiting to also audition. Dang it. You smile at your friend, but…

Genres (Mumblecore!)

June 2, 2017 | No Comments.

How versed in genres are you as an actor? I ask because I am finally starting to understand one genre that I have resisted for a long time - Mumblecore. Genre: Mumblecore A subgenre of independent film characterized by naturalistic acting and dialogue (often improvised), low-budget film production, an emphasis on dialogue over plot, and…

Acting on camera is a philosophy, not a technique.

May 23, 2017 | (1 comment).

This Tip is going to liberate or disappoint you. Learning techniques of how to act on camera is only about 10% of the answer that you are looking for. So many actors come to me with a plea in their voice and eyes: "I want to know the techniques to acting on camera so that…

Gender Bender Exercise

February 23, 2017 | (2 comments).

Are you opening your mind with Gender Casting? If it doesn't start with you... it won't happen in the biz... Recently, I received a really cool reply to the first class assignment that I send to incoming actors in my studio. Among other things, I ask students to list working "recognizable" actors that they feel…

Know Your Politics

February 6, 2017 | (1 comment).

TODAY'S TIP: Know your politics I never thought I'd be giving this note to actors. In one day, I coached four different TV show auditions, including two pilots, and ALL of them were specifically reflective of today's current political events.  Your network TV shows are dealing with the "Muslim Ban", women and sexual harassment from a man…

Healthy Lists for 2017

January 9, 2017 | (4 comments).

Pause those "TO DO" lists. First thing for the new year, be healthy. I've been fighting a virus for about two weeks and almost everyone I know is in the battle to stay healthy! When I'm forced into a bit of a respite when feeling sick, I'm reminded of these things: 1) Doing nothing... can heal you.…

What inspires you? (in times of conflict)

November 20, 2016 | (1 comment).

What inspires you in times of conflict? I am moving forward... are you? My answer to the turmoil in our world is to nurture a Creative Life. I am positive that this effort both heals and (re)builds. Nurture your artistic spirit by nurturing what inspires you. In every personal conflict I've ever had, I find…