Tag Archives: Audition Room

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…

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…

Your Own Spin-Off

September 15, 2014 | (4 comments).

It's time to inspire people to create roles for you.  Do you realize that something special that you bring to your role (just by being you) could actually tip the creative team off to a brand new idea about how to develop the character? The script, the words on the page, are really just a…

That thing you do

July 28, 2014 | (8 comments).

You know that "thing" you do?  Well, it might be getting in the way of some brilliant acting! Don't you want someone to fall in love with you because of your true self? Unfortunately, many actors do a lot of other "things" that cover up that natural lovable self. Since the audition room is where…

When the camera paralyzes you…

November 6, 2013 | No Comments.

I had a dream this week that has left me pondering the deep subconscious fears that many actors are facing, especially in on-camera auditions. My dream was actually ridiculous. I dreamed that I had to perform Sandy in GREASE!  Aside from not being an actor, I can't sing at all (the worst pitch you've ever…

At Ease, Actors

September 16, 2013 | No Comments.

An actor walks into a bar... No, actually it goes like this.... An actor walks into an audition and shows me everything she's got.  It's a performance of a lifetime.  Full emotions and range are shown.  Wow, this actor has really prepared and is on fire! The only glitch is that I, the audience, ain't connecting to…

A Baz Luhrmann story (about Truth)

May 17, 2013 | No Comments.

Since The Great Gatsby is in theaters, I thought I would share a Baz Luhrmann story from my days working with him as Casting Director and Resident Director.  One of my favorite notes that Baz would give to actors was a very simple one.  And super hard for actors to trust. Baz would say, "Be truthful and…

HAVING YOUR VOICE (in the audition room)

March 21, 2013 | No Comments.

Speak up!  What's your opinion in this scene??? I know you didn't write the audition scene. I know the project isn't your vision. I know you just got the scene 15 minutes ago and now have to read it cold in the room. I know you have no personal experience with this event in the…

Trying to do the “Right” audition

November 16, 2012 | No Comments.

"I messed up my lines in the audition room! And I didn't get to do it again", said a lovely actor who called to give me a review of her audition which we had just prepped together.  While she knew not to be hung up on it, she still felt she had royally messed up. …