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Bold Behavior Makes for a Memorable Audition

January 12, 2016

When an actor prepares for an audition, making bold choices are more memorable than “safe” ones. Additionally, bold choices that remain true to the writer’s intent are the best choices. Actors and writers are both storytellers, however it’s the writer’s job to write the story, and the actor’s job to bring the writer’s characters to life. To honor … Continue reading “Bold Behavior Makes for a Memorable Audition”

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What’s the right acting technique for you?

January 18, 2015

What’s the right technique for you? Acting teachers are often guilty of holding onto a single technique they teach. Essentially they tell their students, “My way is the only way!” They may even disparage the techniques of other teachers in town. This condemnation may be rooted in their passion for their craft, but more than likely, … Continue reading “What’s the right acting technique for you?”

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Finding the Right Acting Teacher, Step # 2

November 17, 2014

So you have taken the first step in finding the right acting teacher by avoiding the acting gurus. The second step is to ferret out the dishonest ones. As much as you may want to hear, “I can make you a star!”  it’s a deceptive claim and you need to run, not walk, from the teacher … Continue reading “Finding the Right Acting Teacher, Step # 2”

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Finding the Right Acting Teacher, Step # 1

November 8, 2014

Finding the right acting teacher can be an arduous task but a worthy one. Avoid Guru-ism. A good acting teacher encourages his/her students to exercise their own judgment.  The temptation to give away one’s power is especially strong when you are younger student. Perhaps you are pursuing acting straight out of high school or college where … Continue reading “Finding the Right Acting Teacher, Step # 1”

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Getting Out of Your Head – Part I

March 30, 2014

I am sure most acting students have heard their acting teachers exclaim, “Get out of your head!” I know I heard that command more than once when I was a student; but as an acting coach I rarely give that direction. Why? Because it’s incogitable. Short of surgically removing one’s brain from one’s skull, one … Continue reading “Getting Out of Your Head – Part I”

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Amber Waves to Fame: A Salute to Spader

February 25, 2014

The male actors of my generation, the actors who played teenagers when I was one, were a broody bunch of brunette boys: Matt Dillon, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr., Rob Lowe, Jason Patrick and Tom Cruise, to name a few. But, then there was the blonde outsider, James Spader. In his youth, Spader was rarely … Continue reading “Amber Waves to Fame: A Salute to Spader”

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