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 “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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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…

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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…

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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…

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  • 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…

    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 (Todd Bruce) Coronavirus has robbed us of something many of us hold dear: our weekly or monthly trips to…

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  • 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…

    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…

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  • 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…

    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…

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  • 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…

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

    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?…

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  • 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….

    5 Facts About Denzel Washington

    5 Facts About Denzel Washington The greatest African American male actor in the history of American cinema? (by Jim Webb) (Denzel Washington in Man on Fire) Is Denzel Washington the greatest African American…

    3 Misdemeanors to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé

    3 Misdemeanors to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé Misdemeanors aren’t felonious, but they can still be problematic (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Niu Niu/Unsplash) When it comes to an actor’s résumé, there are differing…

    5 Basic Facts About Robert De Niro

    5 Basic Facts About Robert De Niro One of the most storied careers the entertainment industry has ever seen (by Jim Webb) His legendary roles, in various iconic films, have established Robert De…

    Susan Saint James: ‘No amount of failure can dissuade a determined actor’

    No Amount of Failure Can Dissuade a Determined Actor Susan Saint James breaks down the difference between the determined actor and the actor who has talent but lacks determination (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Susan…

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  • Don’t Audition to Get the Job (Bryan Cranston)

    Don’t Audition to Get the Job Bryan Cranston shares the audition epiphany that changed his acting career (Arranged by AM Staff) According to Primetime Emmy Award-winner Bryan Cranston, best-known for his role as…

    Quarantine and Build

    Quarantine and Build…Your Acting Career! 5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Acting Career While Under Quarantine (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Ani Kolleshi vu Dazveny /Unsplash) “It was the worst of times….

    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…

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  • 7 Basic Facts About Meryl Streep

    7 Basic Facts About Meryl Streep Here are 7 basic facts about the “greatest actress of her generation”: Meryl Streep (by Jim Webb) (Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada) Meryl Streep is…

    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…

    Actor Stories: How John Krasinski Almost Gave Up on Acting

    Actor Stories: How John Krasinski Almost Gave Up on Acting This is a terrific little story of how things are never as bad as they sometimes appear in the #actorslife (Arranged by AM…

    7 Basic Facts about Stella Adler

    7 Basic Facts About Stella Adler Stella Adler left behind a powerful legacy, inspiring a who’s who of iconic actors (by Carmichael Phillips) Stella Adler (February 10, 1901- December 21, 1992) may have…

    Actor Stories: Geoffrey Owens’ Rise and Fall…and Rise Again!

    Actor Stories: Geoffrey Owens’ Rise and Fall…and Rise Again! Owens’ newfound fame has given his career a renaissance (by Jim Webb) (Geoffrey Owens) “I’m Geoffrey Owens and I am an actor!” That was…

    Actor Stories: How Tyler Perry Went from Homeless to Hollywood Mogul

    Actor Stories: How Tyler Perry Went from Homeless to Hollywood Mogul Tyler Perry, the actor/director/playwright, proves that you can go from homeless dreamer to Hollywood Mogul if you believe in yourself and never…

    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…

    “You have to detach yourself from the result.” (Constance Wu)

    ‘You have to detach yourself from the result’ (Constance Wu) (Arranged by AM Staff) Constance Wu, the American actress who shot to fame after landing the starring role of Jessica Huang in the…

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