Cracking the Comedy Code

I often think of comedy like baking and tragedy like cooking. Tragedy is intuitive, fluid, and you can season to your preference and rework the recipe to suit. Comedy has rules, formulas–it takes skill and inventiveness to achieve good results, but stray from certain recipes and your comedy cake is doomed.   While some actors… Continue reading Cracking the Comedy Code

The Power of “Yes, And”: An Actor’s Improv Starter Kit

Improv is an enormously valuable skill for any actor. You don’t have to be part of an improv troupe to benefit from being able to think on your feet, adapt quickly to your partner’s choices, and follow your impulses organically and fully. But improv can be intimidating to newcomers, even to those with decades of… Continue reading The Power of “Yes, And”: An Actor’s Improv Starter Kit

An Actor’s Guide to Work Life Balance

If you’re like me or many of the actors I know, the phrase “work-life balance” might seem a laughable fantasy. But our culture’s romanticization of overworking is no healthier for an artist than anyone else. As we have discussed several times on this blog, an obsessive devotion to productivity will inevitably lead to physical and… Continue reading An Actor’s Guide to Work Life Balance

When to Cut Toxic People Out of Your Acting Career

Collaboration is an enormous factor in any acting career. Actors must be able to work with artists of all personalities, training backgrounds and approaches. That can lead to actors, especially those who are young and/or new to the field, feeling obligated to include and oblige those in our careers that don’t constitute a healthy or… Continue reading When to Cut Toxic People Out of Your Acting Career

5 Things to Remember When Choosing an Agent

Whether you’re agent-shopping for the first time or looking to transition somewhere new, finding the right representation can feel like playing pin the tail on the donkey. On rollerskates. And it’s a live donkey.   But finding proper representation is a crucial step to setting your acting career up for success. So here are some… Continue reading 5 Things to Remember When Choosing an Agent

When to Butt Heads and How to Live with It

Seeing as acting is ultimately a highly collaborative venture, it is important to maintain good working partnerships. No one likes a diva, or working with someone who sucks all the time and energy up with their personal concerns, rather than working for the good of the whole. But there are times (especially with non-union work)… Continue reading When to Butt Heads and How to Live with It