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

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

How to Nail Adapted Works

Remakes and adaptations, always popular, are enjoying a particular resurgence with the advent of live-action Disney remakes. But even if you’re not dancing across the silver screen in the latest Renaissance revival, adaptations of classic works are ubiquitous. When dealing with the pressures of bringing beloved and well-traversed stories to life, certain challenges arise. How… Continue reading How to Nail Adapted Works

How to Nail a “Bit Part” and Why You Should Care

Bit part, walk-on role, day player…we have so many ways to describe our briefer experiences on stage and film. Yet they are often afforded less brain space and respect than the meatier roles we encounter. Today I’m here to champion the “bit part” and spread my enthusiasm far and wide. There is just as much… Continue reading How to Nail a “Bit Part” and Why You Should Care

Confidence vs. Arrogance: Grow a Successful Career Persona

Being your own advocate is a crucial component of a successful career in the arts. But how do you distinguish between the kind of assertiveness and confidence that forwards your career, and the brassy showbiz arrogance that makes everyone hate you? It’s a tricky delineation, and often they feel like two sides of the same… Continue reading Confidence vs. Arrogance: Grow a Successful Career Persona

5 Ways to Keep Acting Beyond Auditions

Between hustling for future acting gigs and basic survival, keeping yourself from getting rusty can be a struggle. We all have those stretches that feels like the only acting we’re practicing is squished into 30 second self-tapes for the local lottery. Even if you’re booking, how do you keep yourself sharp and constantly expanding your… Continue reading 5 Ways to Keep Acting Beyond Auditions

Get that On Camera Glow on a Shoestring Budget

It’s a fickle, shallow world we live in, and you and I have chosen to spend our lives pursuing one of the ficklest and shallowest professions. Which shows excellent judgment and not even a smidge of insecurity all around. Ahem.   Feeding the beast can seem like a Sisyphean task that eats up your time,… Continue reading Get that On Camera Glow on a Shoestring Budget