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Natalie Martinez:  “Just keep working hard, because the struggle never stops.”  (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Natalie Martinez) “Just keep working hard, because the struggle never stops.” Model and actress, Natalie Martinez, talked about…

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Celebrate Every Win!  Throw yourself a party (By Jim Webb)  (Photo: Miguel Teirlinck | Unsplash) Did you jump up and down on your couch in your undies the last time you got an…

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POLL:  Actors Should Be Fired If They Refuse Covid Vaccination  Most actors support strict enforcement of vaccine mandates  (By Carmichael Phillips)  (Photo: Ron Lach | Pexels) By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, most actors…

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What is a Guest Star Role?  Diving into television roles and the purposes they serve…  (By Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Cottonbro | Pexels) A guest star is a character on a television show who…

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  • Do Casting Directors Even See Our Self-Tapes? 

    Do Casting Directors Even See Our Self-Tapes?  All that anticipation for nothing!  (The Anonymous Actor) (Photo: Ryoji Iwata | Unsplash) My self-tape, on more than one occasion, was not seen. How do I…

    Will Smith: “Baring yourself is what makes you look strong on camera.” 

    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…

    Are British Actors Better Than American Actors? 

    Are British Actors Better Than American Actors?  Is it perception or reality? (By Carmichael Phillips) (Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln) I was watching this show on Netflix the other night. It was a great,…

    My Self-Tape Evolution 

    My Self-Tape Evolution  A brief history of how my self-taping improved  (By Kesha Tyler) (Photo: Cottonbro | Pexels) My early self-tapes were a rather shitty affair. I’m embarrassed to say it, but it’s…

    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…

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  • What is a Co-Star Role?

    What is a Co-Star Role?  Diving into television roles and the purposes they serve…  (By Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Rene Ranisch/Unsplash) A co-star role is a small role created to help advance the story,…

    ACTOR STORY | My Girlfriend Was My Reader for Self-Tape Auditions 

    ACTOR STORY  My Girlfriend Was My Reader for Self-Tape Auditions  We Just Broke Up!  (The Anonymous Actor) (Photo: Alena Darmel | Pexels) My girlfriend and I just broke off a nearly five-year relationship. But…

    Be Prepared…or Be Prepared to Be Disappointed! 

    Be Prepared…or Be Prepared to Be Disappointed!  If you’re not going to give it your all, then why bother?  (By Jim Webb) (Photo: Andrea Piacquadio | Pexels) Be Prepared…or Be Prepared to Be…

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  • 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….

    5 Things You Might Overlook in Your Self-Tape Instructions 

    5 Things You Might Overlook in Your Self-Tape Instructions  Make sure you read and understand everything that is being asked of you (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Erik McLean | Unsplash) When you receive a…

    Denzel Washington: “If you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.” 

    Denzel Washington:  “If you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.”  (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Denzel Washington in Fences) “If you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.” “My wife told me this great expression:…

    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…

    EDITORIAL | Self-Taping Should Be Optional 

    EDITORIAL  Self-Taping Should Be Optional  It’s the perfect win-win  (By Staff) (Photo: Karolina Grabowska | Pexels) Some actors perform better when they can enter an audition room and focus strictly on acting. They…

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  • What is a Co-Star Role?

    What is a Co-Star Role?  Diving into television roles and the purposes they serve…  (By Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Rene Ranisch/Unsplash) A co-star role is a small role created to help advance the story,…

    Top 10 List of Actors Who Found Fame Later in Life

    Top 10 List of Actors Who Found Fame Later in Life  You’re never too old to become a successful actor!  (By Carmichael Phillips) “It’s never too late to be what you might have…

    Aaron Eckhart | “The goal of acting is to make it personal.” 

    Aaron Eckhart:  “Highlight the qualities that are similar to your character.”  Aaron Eckhart reveals two big acting secrets (by Carmichael Phillips) “The goal of acting is to make it personal.” Aaron Eckhart has…

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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…

    Alan Cumming: “Overthinking is the biggest crime in acting.” 

    Alan Cumming:  “Overthinking is the biggest crime in acting.”  (arranged by Carmichael Phillips)  “Overthinking is the biggest crime in acting.” “I really hate the word ‘process’. I have no process.” I think that…

    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…

    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…

    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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  • POLL | Actors Prefer In-Person Auditions 

    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…

    Last-Minute Auditions Stink! 

    Last-Minute Auditions Stink!  But do them anyway…  (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Mikhail Nilov | Pexels) So, I’m a big football fan. I love the Minnesota Vikings. It was opening day for the new…

    Are Actors Refusing to Hand-In Self-Tapes?

    Are Actors Refusing to Hand-In Self-Tapes? Some actors are not turning in their self-tapes like they should (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Monstera | Pexels) Is this really a thing? Are actors really getting…

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  • The 5 Most Important Technical Aspects of a Self-Tape 

    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)…

    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…

    What is the Repetition Exercise?

    What is the Repetition Exercise? There are several objectives that the Repetition Exercise seeks to achieve. Chief among these is to increase the actor’s reliance on their instincts. (By Tonya Tannenbaum) The “Repetition…

    What is a Book-Out? 

    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…

    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…

    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…

    Joe Manganiello: “You Can’t Rely on Anyone to Hand You Anything”

    Joe Manganiello: “You Can’t Rely on Anyone to Hand You Anything” (arranged by Jim Webb) Casual observers of Joe Manganiello might know him as the spouse of actress, Sofia Vergara. Or they might…

    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…

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