Tag Archives: confidence

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…

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.…

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 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…

Taking Creative Control

May 8, 2015 | (1 comment).

The question of the day seems to be from all actors, "when I'm feeling stuck what do I do to get unstuck?" First of all, the reason you feel stuck is because you feel powerless. You may feel like you have no say in your career. That everyone else holds the key to the kingdom…

Making Clearings in the Forest

April 22, 2015 | (5 comments).

It's Earth Day/Week! It seems fitting to connect my recent Nature experience to the Nature of being an Artist. Last week I took one of the most fulfilling hikes of my life. I hiked around the majestic Mount Shasta, in Northern California. Inhaling such crisp, fresh, air is always revitalizing. And there's some kinda special energy around that omnipotent…