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

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

What’s Holding You Back? 5 Common Actor Roadblocks and How to Deal

Sometimes, we play by the rules, put in the work, and can still look around and feel like something is ​just missing.​ If your acting career feels inexplicably dead in the water, don’t panic. It’s not permanent. The important thing is to take the time to figure out what it is that might be holding… Continue reading What’s Holding You Back? 5 Common Actor Roadblocks and How to Deal

Halloween Edition: 6 Spooky Side Gigs to Keep You Working This Fall

Welcome, ghouls and ghosties, to this year’s Cast It Talent: Halloween Edition! It’s that time of year when actors and non-actors alike throw on their spookiest costume and step into the world of play-pretend for a night. Or several. Or all season. (I’m not here to limit your Halloween hijinks).    For actors, the Halloween… Continue reading Halloween Edition: 6 Spooky Side Gigs to Keep You Working This Fall

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