Caring for Your Instrument as an Actor

Our Instrument.  It is our everything.

For it is the very essence of you.  Without it we can not be nor become the actor in which we dream of becoming, the one that has that amazing and oh so dazzling career.

Just like a musician can’t play out his or her genius when the instrument’s not tuned up, we as actors have to stay tuned up to emotionally, physically and soulfully play out all the beautiful elements of the stories we get to tell with strength, vigor, and ease.

I’ve been experiencing trying to work with an instrument that’s not been fully tuned up […]

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3 Gratitude Gift Ideas to Say Thanks in the Industry

To give or not to give? That is the question.

From person to person in the industry, the opinion will vary depending on advice they have been given, their own experience of giving, gratitude and/or receiving gifts themselves during the holidays.

A big no-no mentioned by casting directors and agents is giving them homemade goodies. If they don’t have a super close relationship with you where you’ve invited each other over for dinner before – it leaves them wondering if your hands were clean or if the cat jumped up on the counter top and put his paws all over the cooking […]

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When You Bomb an Audition

Auditions, they are demanding.

They test you.

They stretch you.

They inconveniently show up when they want to.

They show you what you are made of.

They expose your strengths and weaknesses.

They challenge your psyche.

They help you rise above.

They honestly can Rock. Your. World.

Or not…

If you are at the stage of your career where you receive auditions you know they usually come at unexpected times.  A time that doesn’t always accommodate your schedule.

Ding!  You just got the audition notification in your inbox, but…

you need to go make a living in that instant, care for a child or parent, you’re dealing with drama that’s taking place in your life, […]

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Getting to Know Your Type

How many of you struggle with knowing your type?

I recently have worked with a couple of clients who had the goal of getting new representation and before we got into repackaging their marketing materials, creating a target list, and all the necessary prep work that goes into it when I asked what their type casting was – I began to see a theme.

Many actors don’t know what their type is and they leave it up to the industry to decide it for them.

So before we could jump into more of the administrative tasks needed to seek new representation we had […]

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How to Give Your Best When You’re Not Feeling Your Best

I have a confession to make.

Recently during my time off…I got booked.   Yep, I got cast.  Yes, I was on set.

How did that happen while I was not auditioning?

I’ll start by saying, “Never count out any of your auditions.”  So check it, it was early this year in January when I had the casting opportunity.  I read for four different co-star roles for the upcoming season.  They said shooting would take place anywhere between March-August.

There are those auditions that you just know you did a slam dunk, you went all in, and it just felt “right” -aka – lived and not […]

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Why Sleep Is Your Success Partner

Be a good friend to yourself.

As actors, we usually think – all things acting first – when it comes to “making it”.

However, to become a serious working actor who maintains a successful career – it’s so much more than casting opportunities, learning our sides, getting booked, acting class, being on set, walking red carpets, winning awards, and rising up in our career.

The real magic happens in our overall health – our well-being, state of being, and state of mind.  Which will always rule out any and everything acting related if we continuously put them on the back burner running on […]

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Summer Checklist for Episodic Season

May is coming to an end and summer’s just around the corner.

In a beginner’s – working actor’s world, you know that’s the time of year when Pilot Season has ended and your email inbox and text alerts with casting notices have begun to dwindle down.

However, if you booked a pilot, you’re excited to head off to set to shoot through the summer months – Oh how I’ve been there, it’s fun!

But for some that may mean – Yay, it’s time for a breather from the craze of pilot season or you may be feeling a bit uneasy because it’s that time […]

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Top 3 Ways to Book the Room

Don’t go to get booked.  Go to book the room.

It’s what we commonly hear as actors if you’ve been in the game for a minute, have taken an on-camera class, or have been on many auditions, but you haven’t booked anything yet – you’re getting frustrated and a mentor, actor friend or teacher reminds you of this…oh so golden piece of advice.

If you are new to the acting scene and you’re now learning this for the first time, keep reading and once you begin to audition – own it.  And watch your career and confidence unfold because of it.

If you […]

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End and Begin Your Year on a High Note

The end of the year.

Are you excited that it’s here and have the warm and fuzzies for the holidays?

Or do you feel anxious, worried, and bummed out because you’re not even close to how you pictured this year to be?

Perhaps, you may be a little bit of both.  This is the time of year that nudges you to take inventory of your career and personal life.       

Me?  I’m gearing up for warm and fuzzies as my husband and I begin to decorate our home with holiday cheer with talks of goodies and gifts.  However, this doesn’t go without sharing that […]

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