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Jessica Chastain: Be a script detective Jessica Chastain speaks about the importance of script analysis (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane, 2016) Every playwright or screenwriter has a very serious problem…

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5 Ways the Actor’s Life Might Change After the Coronavirus  It’s a whole new world out there, actors!  (by Tonya Tannenbaum)  (Photo: United Nations/Unsplash) Buckle your safety belts, actors. Life as you used…

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Talent Agent vs Talent Manager: What is the Difference?  The lines are sometimes blurred, but both have distinct roles in the industry  (by Tonya Tannenbaum)  (Photo: christina@wocintechchat.com/Unsplash) There’s always confusion when it comes…

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What does “SAG-AFTRA eligible” mean?  Some basic info about being SAG-AFTRA eligible (by Jim Webb)  (Photo: Jon Tyson/Unsplash) The union formerly known as the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) represents performers in various areas…

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  • 5 Funny Feel-Facts About Acting

    5 Funny Feel-Facts About the Business of Acting They feel good to say, so I said it! And now they are facts! (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash) The dictionary…

    Charles S. Dutton: “There’s a wide river of actors and actresses. But there’s only a tiny pond of real talent.”

    Charles S. Dutton: “There’s a wide, wide, wide river of actors and actresses. But there’s only a tiny pond of real talent.” (Arranged by AM Staff) “There’s a wide, wide, wide river of…

    5 Basic Facts About Uta Hagen

    5 Basic Facts About Uta Hagen  “If you want a bourgeois existence, you shouldn’t be an actor” (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Uta Hagen was an American who rose to prominence, first as a successful…

    What is the “Pick-an-Eye Technique”?

    What is the “Pick-an-Eye Technique”? An unofficial name for a brilliant acting technique (by Jim Webb) You probably already know who Michael Caine is from all his many roles in films like The…

     “I think the word “acting” is a bad word for what we do.” (Dennis Haysbert)

     “I think the word “acting” is a bad word for what we do.” (Dennis Haysbert) (Arranged by AM Staff) Do you consider acting to be the art of performing a character or the…

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  • Netflix and Quarantine…and Watch Some Great Acting!

    Netflix and Quarantine…and Watch Some Great Acting! You can see lots of great, original movies, featuring some stellar acting performances, on Netflix (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo: Freestocks/Unsplash) So, this Coronavirus pandemic has you…

    Memory vs. Imagination: Which Approach Works Best?

    Memory vs. Imagination: Which Approach Works Best? Actors have many different devices for achieving magic (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Ben Sweet/Unsplash) How should an actor work-up the emotions needed to perform a scene…

    Will Hollywood ‘Ban’ Georgia?

    Will Hollywood ‘Ban’ Georgia? The ‘Heartbeat Bill’ might end up killing the heartbeat of Georgia’s booming television and movie industry (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo by Maria Oswalt on Unsplash) Update: On July 13,…

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  • Actors and Blackface

    Actors and Blackface  4 basic facts about the controversial performance makeup (by Carmichael Phillips)  NBC’s 30 Rock and AMC’s Mad Men, along with comedian, Jimmy Kimmel, are the latest to become embroiled in a…

    Actor Unions 

    Actor Unions  Here are some basic facts about the main actor unions inside the United States (by Javier Guerra) Do you know why SAG merged with AFTRA? Do you know why Actors’ Equity…

    Jeff Daniels’ Advice to Actors

    Jeff Daniels’ Advice to Actors  Don’t seek fame and fortune. Just do the work!  (by Jim Webb) (Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom) Jeff Daniels is an American actor, perhaps best known for his…

    Should an Actor Ever Work for Free? 

    Should an Actor Ever Work for Free?  Just make sure it’s part of your plan  (by Tonya Tannenbaum)  (Photo: Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash) Should an actor ever work for free? Should you ever work for…

    Andrew Garfield: ‘Treat Every Character Like a Real Person’

    Andrew Garfield: ‘Treat Every Character Like a Real Person’  Garfield’s approach shows up in rich detail, when you review his body of work (by AM Staff)  (Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge, 2016) Andrew…

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  • Embrace Your Age

    Embrace Your Age! Why You Shouldn’t Try to Be Young Forever (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Alright, you perpetual 25-year-olds! You can’t be young forever! Yes, showbusiness has a long history of actors lying about…

    “Tell Me a Little About Yourself”

    “Tell Me a Little About Yourself” What you should and shouldn’t tell about yourself  (by Jim Webb)  (Photo: Sergio de Paula/Unsplash) Oftentimes, an actor will be interviewed before an audition or at an…

    Actors Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus

    Actors Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus The acting community has not been spared from the destruction (by Jim Webb) Covid-19 is ravaging our public health system and the global economy. It…

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  • A Farewell to Carl Reiner 

    A Farewell to Carl Reiner  Reiner became a force in Hollywood, thanks to his acting skills, jokes and creative ingenuity (by AM Staff)  (Carl Reiner in Ocean’s Eleven) We would like to bid…

    5 Basic Facts About Tom Hanks 

    5 Basic Facts About Tom Hanks  From Forrest Gump to Mr. Rogers; memorable performance after memorable performance. (by Jim Webb) (Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies) Tom Hanks is an extraordinarily versatile actor. …

    Michael Caine: “Real people struggle NOT to show their feelings”

    Michael Caine: “Real people in real life try not to show their feelings”  Why an actor should choose not to express certain feelings and emotions (by Carmichael Phillips) Michael Caine is a highly…

    Keep Your Actor Body!

    Keep Your Actor Body! Cut Down on Sugar to Stay in Shape During Quarantine (by Todd Bruce) Coronavirus has robbed us of something many of us hold dear: our weekly or monthly trips…

    7 Self-Tape Instructions Actors Often Ignore

    7 Self-Tape Instructions Actors Often Ignore Treat your self-tape like you’re baking a cake. Follow ALL directions and you’ll get a sweet result. (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Luis Quintero/Pexels) Self-taping was already the…

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  • Kate Winslet’s Advice to Actors

    Kate Winslet’s Advice to Actors  Winslet’s main advice to actors: keep going!  (by Jim Webb) (Kate Winslet in The Reader) Kate Winslet is an English actress who first found fame when she was…

    Don’t Do These 7 Things When Choosing a Monologue

    Don’t Do These 7 Things When Choosing a Monologue Here are some things you should absolutely avoid when choosing your next monologue (by Jim Webb) Are you looking for a new monologue? Don’t…

    5 Basic Facts About Viola Davis 

    5 Basic Facts About Viola Davis  Davis is the first black actor to achieve the Triple Crown in Acting (by Jim Webb)  (Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder) Viola Davis…

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  • Lee Strasberg: “The actor must constantly respond to stimuli that are imaginary.”

    Lee Strasberg: “The Actor Must Respond to Stimuli” As the old saying goes, “Acting is reacting” (arranged by AM Staff) Lee Strasberg was one of the most influential acting teachers and acting theorists…

    Martin Landau: “Acting is NOT showing”

    “Acting is Not Showing”  Putting all your emotions on display does not necessarily make your performance more interesting (arranged by AM Staff) (Martin Landau in Crimes and Misdemeanors) The late Martin Landau (June 2,…

    Morgan Freeman’s Advice to Actors

    Morgan Freeman’s Advice to Actors His advice to all actors remains as simple as it is universal: keep going and don’t quit on your dreams (by Carmichael Phillips) What’s Morgan Freeman’s advice to…

    Actor Stories: Jenna Fischer Recalls Her First Day in LA, as an Aspiring Actor

    Actor Stories: Jenna Fischer’s First Day in LA, as an Aspiring Actress “It was my first day in Los Angeles and everything felt perfect. Then, nothing happened for six years.” (Arranged by AM…

    Actor Stories: Molly Shannon’s 10-Year-Struggle to Beat the Odds in Hollywood

    Actor Stories: Molly Shannon’s 10-Year-Struggle to Beat the Odds in Hollywood How many years are you willing to dedicate to your dream of becoming a professional, working actor? (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips) How…

    Konstantin Stanislavski: “When you play an evil man, look to see where he is good.”

    Konstantin Stanislavski: “When you play an evil man, look to see where he is good.” In creating characters, move beyond black-and-white portrayals and search for complexity (Arranged by AM Staff) (Konstantin Stanislavski) Try…

    Sanford Meisner: “Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”

    Acting is Behaving Truthfully How would you define acting? (by Carmichael Phillips) How would you define the term “acting”? We, as actors, all do it. But how would you put it into words?…

    Actor Stories: Charles S. Dutton Began His Acting Career in Prison

    Actor Stories: Charles S. Dutton Began His Acting Career in Prison  Dutton would leave prison and go on to build a successful career in the performing arts (Arranged by AM Staff) (Charles S….

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