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Will Smith:  “Baring yourself is what makes you look strong on camera.”  (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Will Smith in Gemini Man) “Baring yourself is what makes you look strong on camera.” “You have…

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The 5 Most Important Technical Aspects of a Self-Tape  Nail down the technical aspects of your self-tape so the viewer can concentrate on your acting (by Jim Webb) (Photo: George Milton | Pexels)…

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POLL:  Actors Prefer In-Person Auditions  Despite the rising popularity of new audition formats, in-person auditions remain popular (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo: Cottonbro | Pexels) We asked Acting Magazine Twitter followers about their audition…

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What is a Book-Out?  Communicating your unavailability with your agent…  (by Tonya Tannenbaum) A book-out is a notice that an actor sends to their talent rep(s), alerting the rep that the actor will…

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  • Colin Firth: “Your character will want to resist grief.”

    Colin Firth:  “Your character will want to resist grief.” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips)  (Colin Firth in The King’s Speech, 2010) “The audience musn’t see you trying to be sad, trying to cry, trying…

    ACTOR STORY | How the Late Michael K. Williams Almost Gave Up on Acting 

    ACTOR STORY  How the Late Michael K. Williams Almost Gave Up on Acting  Michael K. Williams’ struggles and triumphs, as an up-and-coming actor (by Carmichael Phillips) (Michael K. Williams) In honor of the…

    OPINION | I Trained to Be an Actor, not a Tech Whiz! 

    OPINION  I Trained to Be an Actor, not a Tech Whiz!  Why virtual auditions and self-tapes are demoralizing (The Anonymous Actor) (Photo: Thisisengineering | Pexels) Allow me to just yell this to the…

    Bill Duke: “This is a business of rejection.”

    Bill Duke: “This is a business of rejection.” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Bill Duke) “This is a business of rejection.” “There’s a difference between waiting to be discovered by someone and discovering yourself….

    The Big Question Actors are Now Being Asked 

    The Big Question Actors are Now Being Asked  What’s your vaccination status? (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Cottonbro | Pexels) As part of the slating process, actors are increasingly being asked about their vaccination…

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  • Katharine Hepburn: “You don’t have to act. Let the camera do the work.” 

    Katharine Hepburn:  “You don’t have to act. Let the camera do the work.”  (by Carmichael Phillips) (Katharine Hepburn) “Don’t act! You don’t have to act. Stop acting. Don’t push! Let the camera do…

    ACTOR STORY | My First Zoom Callback 

    ACTOR STORY My First Zoom Callback  Let me tell you how it all went down…  (The Anonymous Actor) (Photo: CoWomen | Unsplash) I just had my first virtual callback audition! Let me tell…

    Prepare for Your Audition and Then Just Throw It Away

    Prepare for Your Audition and Then Just Throw It Away One actor’s personal revelation about how to approach auditions (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Steve Johnson | Pexels) I recently spoke with an actor…

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  • It’s Official: Your Vaccination Status Can Now Affect Your Acting Career 

    It’s Official: Your Vaccination Status Can Now Affect Your Acting Career  The entertainment industry is moving rapidly towards vaccine mandates (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo: Mika Baumeister | Unsplash) A recent agreement between major…

    What is Relaxation? 

    What is Relaxation?  The actor’s body is an instrument that must be tuned up (by Tonya Tannenbaum)  (Photo: Mikhail Nilov | Pexels) Relaxation, in the world of acting, is an exercise (or series…

    ACTOR STORY | Technical Difficulties Ruined My Virtual Audition! 

    ACTOR STORY  Technical Difficulties Ruined My Virtual Audition!  I never even got the chance to act…  (The Anonymous Actor)  (Photo: Daniel Reche | Pexels) Do you want to know how crazy my last…

    The Asian Actor: New opportunities, and a new awakening

    The Asian Actor:  New opportunities, and a new awakening (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Aiony Haust | Unsplash) On March 16, 2021, a gunman walked into Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth, Georgia. The massacre…

    OPINION | What Annoys Me the Most About Casting Directors? Ambiguity! 

    OPINION  What Annoys Me the Most About Casting Directors? Ambiguity!  I want specifics! I’m trying to book this thing. (The Anonymous Actor) (Photo: Pixabay | Pexels) You know what annoys me the most…

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  • The 3-Second Pause

    The 3-Second Pause A 3-second pause allows me to refocus, regroup and recognize that this is MY audition (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: KoolShooters | Pexels) I used to have a BIG problem staying…

    4 Ways to Combat Audition Burnout 

    4 Ways to Combat Audition Burnout  Do you see it as a grand opportunity or as a burden? (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Andrea Piacquadio | Pexels) Have you ever rolled your eyes at…

    OPINION | Casting Directors Should Give Us Feedback on Our Self-Tapes! 

    OPINION Casting Directors Should Give Us Feedback on Our Self-Tapes!  Casting directors demand so much, yet don’t even give us the courtesy of feedback on our self-tapes  (by The Anonymous Actor)  (Photo: Pixabay…

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  • What is Relaxation? 

    What is Relaxation?  The actor’s body is an instrument that must be tuned up (by Tonya Tannenbaum)  (Photo: Mikhail Nilov | Pexels) Relaxation, in the world of acting, is an exercise (or series…

    David Carradine: “There are no failures in Hollywood, there are only people who gave up too soon.” 

    David Carradine:  “There are no failures in Hollywood, there are only people who gave up too soon.”  (arranged by Carmichael Phillips)  (David Carradine) “There are no failures in Hollywood, there are only people…

    ACTOR STORY | Ice-T’s Wild Toilet Audition 

    ACTOR STORY  Ice-T’s Wild Toilet Audition  How Ice-T got his start in movies and television (by Carmichael Phillips) (Ice-T) File this one under “your big break can happen anywhere, at any time”. That’s…

    The Self-Tape Checklist 

    The Self-Tape Checklist  Use it to make sure you don’t leave anything out of your self-tape (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo: Anete Lusina | Pexels) I can guarantee that you’ve missed something. It’s inevitable….

    Giancarlo Esposito: “When I act, I get a better sense of who I am”

    Giancarlo Esposito:  “When I act, I get a better sense of who I am.”  (arranged by Carmichael Phillips)  (Giancarlo Esposito) “Acting was always a way for me to transcend my own personality.” Giancarlo…

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  • Actors Losing Health Insurance at an Alarming Rate 

    Actors Losing Health Insurance at an Alarming Rate  Covid-19 is forcing changes that put new constraints on the accessibility of health insurance (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Bermix Studio | Unsplash) Covid-19 has dramatically…

    When You Don’t Have an Agent, Your Agent is You! 

    When You Don’t Have an Agent, Your Agent is You!  You’ve got a very demanding client. So, get going! (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Fauxels | Pexels) Set up your office space. Clean off…

    What are Residuals? 

    What are Residuals?  A brief breakdown of this important payment arrangement (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Shane | Unsplash) When you book a role on a television show or in a movie, you are…

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  • 10 Daily Affirmations for Actors

    10 Daily Affirmations for Actors Use these affirmations to shape the way your mind views your acting career (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Patrick Fore | Unsplash) One of the best ways to control your…

    One Fact About Post-Audition Fears That You Should Always Remember 

    One Fact About Post-Audition Fears That You Should Always Remember  More likely than not, the casting director thinks you did fine!  (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: JJ Jordan | Unsplash) Look, it’s normal to…

    What is Taft-Hartley? 

    What is Taft-Hartley?  Let’s explore the law, and the report, that gets actors in the door of America’s largest actor union (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Andrea Piacquadio | Pexels) A Taft-Hartley is the…

    The Power of Positive Thinking

    The Power of Positive Thinking  Pledge to never allow another negative thought to enter your mind (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Dingzeyu Li/Unsplash) Isn’t it amazing how much our brains can influence us with…

    Why You Should Always Get Coached Before a Big Audition 

    Why You Should Always Get Coached Before a Big Audition  Think of it as an investment (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Cottonbro | Pexels) You obviously don’t need to get an acting coach for…

    OPINION | Actors, Social Media is Fake as F&%k! 

    OPINION Actors, Social Media is Fake as F&%k!  People only post good news on social media (The Anonymous Actor)  (Photo: Sammy Williams | Unsplash) I’ve gotta admit, bro. Social media used to have…

    3 Reasons an Experienced Actor Should Consider Doing Extra Work

    3 Reasons an Experienced Actor Should Consider Doing Extra Work  There are rare occasions where working as an extra might make dollars…and sense (by Jim Webb)  (Photo: Cottonbro | Pexels) If you are…

    Michael Caine: “A film actor must be able to dream another person’s dreams.”

    Michael Caine: “A film actor must be able to dream another person’s dreams.” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) “A film actor must be able to dream another person’s dreams before he can call that…

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