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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. 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 a…

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).

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 they are similar to in presence and types. Who are actors that you are similar to? One man sent me…

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).

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. In every personal conflict I've ever had, I find myself moving forward when I turn to my creative spirit and outlets, alone or in community.…

Independence Mindset

July 5, 2016 | (6 comments).

THIS BLOG WAS INSPIRED BY JULY 4 AND A DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND THE CELEBRATION OF INDEPENDENCE. It's July 4, y'all. My friend suggested to me this holiday ritual: Celebrate on Independence Day by becoming independent of all that no longer serves the big goals (or higher good).  Immediately, I was like "Awesome! Yes! Out out damn spot!" Then it made…

Let’s “Prince it”

May 16, 2016 | (8 comments).

Clearly, Prince was the MASTER of originality. He made wearing white frilly shirts super sexy and cool. He was both feminine and masculine. He made eyeliner sexy and intriguing. He was petite, with a massive presence. He was on fire, and he was shy. He was vulnerable in his music, and provocative and aggressive onstage.  No…

Staging your on-camera audition

May 2, 2016 | No Comments.

Adapting your acting to camera starts with the physical - how you stage the scene. If you are a stage creature (started acting in theater before film), then you might have actually experienced one big change when you started auditioning on camera. You may have felt constrained when you learned you can't move around freely like in…

The Art of the Nuance (Part 2) – HOW TO ACT IT

March 29, 2016 | No Comments.

The previous Blog: The Art of the Nuance (Part 1) was about how to train your own eye to spot the power of when a filmmaker uses detailed nuances in a character’s performance to visually tell the story. Now, you, the Actor, are ready to delve into how to do it yourself. This was so fun to…