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Know Your Politics

February 6, 2017 | (1 comment).

TODAY'S TIP: Know your politics I never thought I'd be giving this note to actors. In one day, I coached four different TV show auditions, including two pilots, and ALL of them were specifically reflective of today's current political events.  Your network TV shows are dealing with the "Muslim Ban", women and sexual harassment from a man…

Healthy Lists for 2017

January 9, 2017 | (4 comments).

Pause those "TO DO" lists. First thing for the new year, be healthy. I've been fighting a virus for about two weeks and almost everyone I know is in the battle to stay healthy! When I'm forced into a bit of a respite when feeling sick, I'm reminded of these things: 1) Doing nothing... can heal you.…

What inspires you? (in times of conflict)

November 20, 2016 | (1 comment).

What inspires you in times of conflict? I am moving forward... are you? My answer to the turmoil in our world is to nurture a Creative Life. I am positive that this effort both heals and (re)builds. Nurture your artistic spirit by nurturing what inspires you. In every personal conflict I've ever had, I find…

Independence Mindset

July 5, 2016 | (6 comments).

THIS BLOG WAS INSPIRED BY JULY 4 AND A DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND THE CELEBRATION OF INDEPENDENCE. It's July 4, y'all. My friend suggested to me this holiday ritual: Celebrate on Independence Day by becoming independent of all that no longer serves the big goals (or higher good).  Immediately, I was like "Awesome! Yes! Out out damn spot!" Then it made…

Let’s “Prince it”

May 16, 2016 | (8 comments).

Clearly, Prince was the MASTER of originality. He made wearing white frilly shirts super sexy and cool. He was both feminine and masculine. He made eyeliner sexy and intriguing. He was petite, with a massive presence. He was on fire, and he was shy. He was vulnerable in his music, and provocative and aggressive onstage.  No…

Blocking on-camera auditions

May 2, 2016 | No Comments.

Adapting your acting to camera starts with the physical - how you stage the scene. If you are a stage creature (started acting in theater before film), then you might have actually experienced one big change when you started auditioning on camera. You may have felt constrained when you learned you can't move around freely like in…

The Art of the Nuance (Part 2) – HOW TO ACT IT

March 29, 2016 | (2 comments).

The previous Blog: The Art of the Nuance (Part 1) was about how to train your own eye to spot the power of when a filmmaker uses detailed nuances in a character’s performance to visually tell the story. Now, you, the Actor, are ready to delve into how to do it yourself. This was so fun to…

The Art of the Nuance (Part 1)

March 21, 2016 | (12 comments).

A big part of working on camera is developing your own sense of what the camera and the filmmakers look for when they are telling their stories. The filmmaker is looking for the tiniest details in your performances to tell their stories.  When I’m teaching acting on camera, I ask the students to watch the…

Acting Channels on Vimeo and YouTube

February 2, 2016 | No Comments.

This is truly a new era of empowered actors! You get to take charge of your career in endless ways. One often-overlooked one is to join the already existing, already powerful, search engines online. You will become more “searchable” when you are a part of any of these massive engines.   Here’s the empowering tip: create…

Develop your Philosophy

January 14, 2016 | No Comments.

We were in the Alumni Gym last night, working hard and thinking DEEPLY about acting on camera. Beyond just discussing techniques. I said to the group last night that I feel I need to add to my class descriptions the following: "Develop your PHILOSOPHY about on-camera acting, instead of just focusing on the techniques." Together, in…