December 7, 2019

Since I work in the commercial world, it’s very common for actors to wear lab coats and stethoscopes when called in for a doctor, nurse or pharmacist role. However, we did have a casting for "Firemen" types and some of the guys wore full on Firemen suits! Funny enough,...

June 15, 2016

So, you walk into the audition room, do your read for the casting director/director, then get some *surprise, surprise*....DIRECTION!

Now what?  Well, most actors want to be liked, so there is a lot of agreeing and head nodding going on in the room when direction is giv...

January 1, 2016

Actors in my class have minor freak outs when suddenly they’re asked to come in for a meeting. Suddenly, you’re faced with a gazillion questions you’ve never thought to ask BEFORE this event:

What do I wear?
What do I talk about?  
What am I right for?
What is my type...

October 31, 2015

 

 

Lately I’ve had a lot of actors in class ask me, “Am I ready?” And my reply is, “I don’t know!”

 

The best gage you have is YOU. Only you know if you’re ready to take a Casting Director workshop, if you’re ready to have a tete-de-tete with your representation to discus...

October 24, 2015

 

 

 

I've had a lot of actors sign in for their audition recently, and then magically disappear.

 

Normally it’s not a big deal for me; HOWEVER, these happen to be auditions where I have to bring people into the room according to how I’ve paired them. There is nothing more...

September 3, 2015

 

 

I’m a big fan of READING EVERYTHING IN YOUR SIDES EVEN IF IT’S CROSSED OUT AND DOESN’T PERTAIN TO YOUR CHARACTER.

 

Why? Because it’s your JOB as the actor to bring the story alive which means ya gotta know the story! So if you skip the sections that are crossed out, h...

September 1, 2015

 

 

Lately, I’ve come across some “lazy acting” amongst a handful of actors in my classes, which I’d like to address as a whole. 

 

Acting is the only profession I’ve heard of where actors, wanting to break into the business, think that success is just going to fall out of...

August 29, 2015

 

Audition Tips: Should You Slate in Character?

August 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

SLATING IN CHARACTER: YES OR NO?

 

I say it depends on the role. Overall, you want to be you in your slate as that’s what the industry is buying.

 

Let’s say you’re auditioning for an upbeat kinda chara...

June 29, 2015

 

 

One-liners tend to be frowned upon by many, yet they are SO essential to the building blocks of a script that they are often overlooked!

 

In my own experience, a one-liner not only allowed me to work on my favorite sitcom, Will and Grace, but it also allowed me to wor...

May 23, 2014

 

It's best to know as much as you can about the TV show you audition for, especially if it's new and hasn't aired yet.

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