Tag Archives: camera ease

Acting on camera is a philosophy, not a technique.

May 23, 2017 | No Comments.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Good cop, Bad cop

May 12, 2014 | No Comments.

There is a missing ingredient in your camera audition that many of you are overlooking, and therefore missing a HUGE opportunity for your character. Audition Scenario: you are auditioning for a suspect in an interrogation room. Law & Order, Person of Interest, The Good Wife. There are two detectives in the scene with you. You…

What do you see in the mirror?

May 6, 2014 | (7 comments).

One of the first things I notice with actors is how reluctant many are to watch their own work on camera. Few people enjoy staring at themselves in the mirror. The reflection in the mirror is filled with flaws: nose is too big, lips too small, eyes too puffy, hair too lifeless, skin too red.…

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…