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Edie Falco:  “Just make sure you’re always working on something. Representation or not.” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie) “Just make sure you’re always working on something. Representation or not.”…

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Deadlines Are DEAD-lines  Going past deadlines may not get you shot, but they can certainly kill opportunities (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Markus Winkler/Unsplash) Once upon a time, prisons didn’t have high walls with…

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Get to Know Zoom Zoom auditions offer the acting world a lifeline during this ongoing, global pandemic (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Visuals/Unsplash) You ever get a song stuck in your head that you…

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7 Words That Can Trip an Actor Up  Confusing, isn’t it? (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Brett Jordan/Unsplash) As if the acting business was not perplexing enough, there’s always something else to confuse the…

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  • 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…

    Understanding the Actor’s Objectives

    An Acting Coach Speaks: Understanding the Actor’s Objective Why you should always make your objective strong and personal (arranged by AM Staff) (Photo: Tacina Lee/Unsplash) Most actors know what an objective is. It…

    Warm-Up Exercises

    Warm-up Exercises: They Help Create a Believable “Reality” (by James Alburger) As voice-actors, our job is to create compelling characters in interesting relationships. In order to achieve this, we must understand our character…

    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…

    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…

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  • 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…

    The Knock-at-the-Door Exercise

    The Knock-at-the-Door Exercise Its main purpose is to introduce actors to “imaginary circumstances” (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Adrienn/Pexels) The Knock-at-the-Door Exercise is an acting exercise, where one actor engages in a serious, consequential…

    Funny Feel-Facts, Part II

    Funny Feel-Facts, Part II They feel good to say, so damn it, I said it! And now they are facts!  (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash) Here are 5 more…

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  • Beware Career Advice from Family During the Holidays

    Beware Career Advice from Family During the Holidays A few key things to consider when being confronted by doubting family members this holiday season (by Carmichael Phillips) Going home for the holidays can…

    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…

    Don’t Focus On How You Say Your Lines. Focus On Why You Say Your Lines

    Don’t Focus On HOW You Say Your Lines. Focus On WHY You Say Your Lines. Once you understand your character’s “why”, you will naturally emphasize words based on that “why” (by Tonya Tannenbaum)…

    Actor Stories: How Chadwick Boseman Almost Gave Up on Acting Before He Became a Legend 

    Actor Stories:  How Chadwick Boseman Almost Gave Up on Acting Before, He Became a Legend  Nothing, not even cancer, can kill a legend (by Carmichael Phillips) (Chadwick Boseman in Marshall, 2017) Age 43…

    The Most Important Element When Choosing a Monologue

    The Most Important Element When Choosing a Monologue How to choose a monologue that fits you like a glove (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Monica Silvestre/Unsplash) It’s important to choose a monologue that makes…

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  • Michael B. Jordan: “After all my auditions, I started throwing my sides away.”

    Michael B. Jordan: “After all my auditions, I started throwing my sides away.” (arranged by AM Staff) (Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station) “After all my auditions, I started throwing my sides away.”…

    The Virtual Audition Waiting Room

    The Virtual Audition Waiting Room “It’s now your turn to audition, please enter Studio B.” (by The Anonymous Actor) (Photo: Vladimir Fedotov/Unsplash) The global pandemic has forced us all to reevaluate the way…

    The Latino Actor: An Uphill Battle for Representation and Inclusion

    The Latino Actor:  An Uphill Battle for Representation and Inclusion (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Craig Adderley/Pexels) Of all the underrepresented minority groups in Hollywood, the Hispanic and Latino actor probably faces the steepest…

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  • Bill Duke: “Acting is not pretending. Acting is becoming”

    Bill Duke: “Acting is not pretending. Acting is becoming.” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) “Acting is not pretending. Acting is becoming.” “If you’re hired to do a job, the director doesn’t hire you to…

    Every Take Should Be Different, Every Performance Should Be Different

    Every Take Should Be Different, Every Performance Should Be Different Always keep this rule in mind (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Rene Ranisch/Unsplash) Here’s an easy way to know whether you are truly acting…

    There is Power in Your Eyelids

    There is Power in Your Eyelids  How using your eyelids can captivate an audience (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Craig Adderley/Unsplash) One of the first rules-of-thumb when it comes to on-camera acting technique is…

    What are Sides?

    What are Sides? The solution: take one small, but important, piece of the script – called “sides” – and audition actors using only this small piece. (by AM Staff) The term “sides” refers…

    The Pandemic Ruined My Actor Life!

    The Pandemic Ruined My Actor Life! But here’s to hoping things get back to normal (by The Anonymous Actor)  (Photo: Cristian Newman/Unsplash) My Last Normal Day…  I can’t remember the exact date. To…

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  • Dennis Haysbert: “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.” (arranged by AM Staff) Do you consider acting to be the art of performing a character or the…

    Understanding the Actor’s Objectives

    An Acting Coach Speaks: Understanding the Actor’s Objective Why you should always make your objective strong and personal (arranged by AM Staff) (Photo: Tacina Lee/Unsplash) Most actors know what an objective is. It…

    The Actor’s Job Description

    The Actor’s Job Description  Help wanted. Apply now! (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Yogendra Singh/Unsplash) Help wanted: ACTORS Employer: The Entertainment Industry Salary: $52,000 annually, on average Bonuses: Possibly Millions Benefits: Health and Retirement…

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  • Don Cheadle: “Do you want to be an actor or do you want to be a star or a celebrity?”

    Don Cheadle: “Do you want to be an actor or do you want to be a star or a celebrity?” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) “Do you want to be an actor or do…

    Using Referrals to Get An Agent

    An Agent Speaks: Using Referrals to Get an Agent The first rule about referrals is that they have to be real (arranged by AM Staff) (Photo: Icons8 team/Unsplash) I never, ever ignore referrals….

    Every Take Should Be Different, Every Performance Should Be Different

    Every Take Should Be Different, Every Performance Should Be Different Always keep this rule in mind (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Rene Ranisch/Unsplash) Here’s an easy way to know whether you are truly acting…

    Don’t Panic! It’s Just a Redirect.

    Don’t Panic! It’s Just a Redirect. 5 Things You Can Do to Reduce the Fear of the Dreaded Redirect (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Ahmad Gunnaivi/Unsplash) Human beings didn’t always dominate the Earth. Once…

    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…

    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…

    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) (Molly…

    The Mirror is Not Your Friend

    The Mirror is Not Your Friend Why you should never rehearse in front of your mirror (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Phinehas Adams/Unsplash) Do you rehearse your lines in front of a mirror? Do…

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