acting on camera
We are all very good at reading subtle shades of meaning on people’s faces. We instinctively know, for instance, if someone is truly engaged, distracted or thinking about something else entirely. On stage, when you’re momentarily distracted by a technical issue or a lapse in concentration, the audience may not notice because they’re sitting many feet from the stage. But, on set, the camera records your thoughts as they flash across your face “up close and personal.” This is great if you’re prepared but if you’re busy hitting your mark or thinking about what your next line is, the camera will record the actor’s thoughts instead of the character’s. Stage actors are often unprepared for that kind of scrutiny and for the preparation and focus acting on set requires. Many stage actors I work with are preoccupied with their lines and how they will say them as if what they […]

Acting On Camera Isn’t About The Lines

are you ever too old to start acting-
Recently an actress names Brandy asked: “Is there an age that is too old to start acting? I’m 42 and I just now have the courage and time to attend acting classes.” You are not too old to start acting. Having the time and the courage (and probably the funds) to pursue your passion is an enviable position for a beginning actor to be in. The years of life experience you have to draw upon will be a distinct advantage and an immeasurable gift as you begin your new adventure. At 42, you’re probably more self-aware than someone with fewer years under their belt. By now you know you’re not the center of the universe. You know the joy of falling in love and the pain of falling in love with the wrong person. You’ve mourned the death of a loved one. You’ve been the hero, the bad guy, the […]

Are You Ever Too Old to Start Acting?

3 reasons youre not getting cast in musical theatre
You’re serious about working in the musical theatre. You pony up the dough to study with a good voice teacher and you’re feeling good about how you sound. But you’re still not getting cast! A good singing voice isn’t enough to get you the gig. Here are 3 reasons you’re not getting cast in Musical theatre. Your song’s not personal enough A great singer tells stories that reveal something about themselves and their own personal truth. Singing the words without a real personal investment in them, even with a pretty voice, is redundant. The lyricist has already written the words. Hearing you repeat them isn’t what they’re after. Your job is to take personal responsibility for them and fill them with your truth, point of view, sense of humor and experience. That’s what brings a song to life and makes people sit up and pay attention at an audition. Your song […]

3 Reasons You’re Not Getting Cast in Musical Theatre

My biggest challenge as a young actor
A young actor on Twitter recently asked me: “When you set out to pursue acting what was the most challenging thing for you?” Rather than tweet a response in 140 characters or less I’ll blog my answer and hope that if you’re starting out might see yourself in my story and be able to progress faster than I did. . . As a young actor I was not the most naturally gifted among my peers. I had been an athlete, a soccer player, so I had some awareness of my body but I certainly didn’t have a keen awareness of my inner life nor had I been much of a student of others. Despite these shortcomings, I knew I wanted to act. . I soon discovered two bigger challenges: 1. I was afraid of making choices and 2. I was easily distracted . In my first real acting class I was […]

My Biggest Challenge as a Young Actor

Most casting for new series takes place during pilot season. Pilot season runs from approximately January through April, ending with the network’s annual upfronts in May, where network executives unveil their new fall and midseason shows to potential advertisers and the press. A pilot that gets picked up can quickly skyrocket your career! Here are 12 ways to get ready for the coming pilot season.   Update your tools Headshots should capture the essence of who you are, the kinds of roles you’re castable in and should look like you will when you arrive at the audition. Resumes should be organized, easy to read and up-to-date. Have your current reel available online in single clips and labeled so casting can watch your 12 second ‘comedy’ clip without having to watch your entire reel.   Get your social media together When casting Googles you, what they find should look great and […]

12 Ways To Get Ready For Pilot Season

3 things to consider before taking an acting job
Congratulations, they want to hire you! That’s great news! But before you decide how to spend your paycheck (if there is one) you’ll need to decide if you should take the job or turn it down. Deciding to accept or pass on an acting job isn’t always easy.  The simple equation I use to evaluate acting offers is Money + Experience + Exposure. If a job gives you 2 out of 3 seriously consider it.     Money It’s no accident that the first (unofficial) rule of show business is “Take the money!” The first thing I consider when offered a job is “Does it pay and, if so, how much?” While it’s true that money isn’t everything, it’s amazing how important it becomes when you don’t have it. Taking a gig that pays you to stand on the corner in a chicken suit is a very wise career move […]

3 Things To Consider Before Taking An Acting Job

To nail your musical theater audition you need time to prepare. But balancing a busy life and a career can make finding that time difficult. And, with auditions popping up on short notice, it’s easy to feel stressed, under-prepared and, as a result, less effective in the audition room. Here are five things to do before your musical theater audition so you’ll feel less hurried and ready to be your best when it counts. Make sure your book is ready! Having several songs organized, rehearsed and ready to perform beautifully does wonders for your peace of mind and your audition. Songs in your book should be age and type appropriate, showcase your strengths and reflect who you are. Choose at least one song from the “Great American Songbook” a.k.a “standards” (Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern, etc.) and one song from the “Golden Age” (Rodgers and Hammerstein, […]

Five Things To Do Before Your Musical Theater Audition

Marquee athletes get paid to perform at a high level under pressure. More importantly, they know what it takes to get to the big leagues. The punchline to the old joke “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” applies to athletes and actors alike. “Practice, practice, practice!” Here are 2 things athletes can teach actors about auditioning. Prepare more than you think you need to. You’ve spent some time in the batting cage, you’ve been hitting the ball regularly so you feel like you’re ready for game day. The next day, with the game on the line, the manager says “You’re up” and you step out of the dugout and up to the plate. But somehow, your time in the cage didn’t quite prepare you for this. Your hands are sweating, your breathing is shallow and you can feel your heart beating in your chest. You don’t have time to […]

What Pro Athletes Can Teach Actors About Auditioning