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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson:  ‘Make Hollywood conform to you!’  (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips)  (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) ‘Make Hollywood conform to you!’  “When I first got to Hollywood, they didn’t know what the…

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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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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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Acting Definition of the Day Show More

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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  • 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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

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  • 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…

    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…

    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…

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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…

    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…

    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:…

    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…

    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…

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  • 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…

    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…

    Daniel Kaluuya: “I ask the script, ‘What do you want me to do?’” 

    Daniel Kaluuya:  “I ask the script, ‘What do you want me to do?’”  (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out) “I ask the script, ‘What do you want me to do?’”…

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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….

    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…

    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…

    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…

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  • 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…

    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)…

    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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  • 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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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….

    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…

    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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