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The Art of the Nuance (Part 1)

March 21, 2016 | (11 comments).

A big part of working on camera is developing your own sense of what the camera and the filmmakers look for when they are telling their stories. The filmmaker is looking for the tiniest details in your performances to tell their stories.  When I’m teaching acting on camera, I ask the students to watch the…

Develop your Philosophy

January 14, 2016 | No Comments.

We were in the Alumni Gym last night, working hard and thinking DEEPLY about acting on camera. Beyond just discussing techniques. I said to the group last night that I feel I need to add to my class descriptions the following: "Develop your PHILOSOPHY about on-camera acting, instead of just focusing on the techniques." Together, we…

Are you risky ENOUGH?

December 10, 2015 | No Comments.

Being an Artist is a daredevil business. You take risks every single day. You are constantly putting yourself out on the line, letting yourself and your work be judged by strangers. The very nature of being an artist is in itself a great risk of the very vulnerable soul. So the question I invite you…

Your holiday gig

November 23, 2015 | (2 comments).

This is one of my favorite Blogs each year.  I re-release it when the holidays start rolling out! (So forgive the dated references, but add your favorite current shows in the comments!) YOU ARE REQUIRED TO VEG OUT IN FRONT OF THE T.V. While you are at home taking some precious moments to relax during the holiday…

Believe That Art Matters

November 19, 2015 | (6 comments).

This is what I woke up thinking about... Paris happened. Lebanon happened. Syria happened. Lots of terrible stuff has happened recently. And it will keep happening. And, how we interact with hardships/challenges is in our own hands. "The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?"…

Acting on Television sets

November 11, 2015 | (4 comments).

Last week, I shadowed a Director on a Television show. Like you, I always want to know more about my art form and hone my craft. I enjoy the craft of storytelling so much that I’m always hungry to be in conversation about it with others who are practicing and developing their own crafts. We…

The elusive MFA audition tips

October 15, 2015 | No Comments.

Anyone prepping to go to Grad School is a brave fearless little trouper, in my eyes. I've done a slew of MFA grad school prep with actors over the years. I enjoy it most because it's in support of an actor pursuing the BIG VISION. It's not just another monologue. The goal of getting into Grad…

The Art of Self-Tape

October 11, 2015 | (3 comments).

Are you being asked to film yourself for an audition? Times have changed. In an ideal audition world, actors are asked to come to the casting office to be coached by the Casting Director and also recorded for viewing by the Creative Team.  Or, even better, the Director is in the actual room and works…

Your Performance in the Editing Room: Part 2

July 14, 2015 | (3 comments).

Part 2 Actor Nuances for Editors Here are TWO ACTING TIPS on how to give a stellar performance to an Editor. Yes, only 2 tips! Of ALL of the things that I talk about in classes these are the two most important foundation principles that I work from with all actors.  After filming recently, I'm even…

Your Performance in the Editing Room: Part 1

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PART 1 What’s going on inside that edit room anyway?? You’ve probably heard the phrase “The film (and your performance) gets made or broken inside the editing room”.  I’ve been sitting inside an editing room these past weeks with my Editor on a film I’ve directed recently. And boy oh boy is this adage true!…