Tag Archives: preparation

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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 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…