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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.”…

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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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Acting Definition of the Day Show More

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…

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  • 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…

    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: August de Richelieu/Unsplash) I never, ever ignore…

    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…

    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…

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  • Viola Davis: “Pay Me What I’m Worth” 

    Viola Davis: “Pay Me What I’m Worth”  (arranged by AM Staff) (Viola Davis) “Pay Me What I’m Worth!” “What they (Caucasian women) are getting paid, which is half of what a man is…

    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…

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  • 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…

    Actor Stories: Michael Clarke Duncan Lied on His Résumé to Get His Big Break at Age 42!

    Actor Stories:  Michael Clarke Duncan Lied on His Résumé to Get His Big Break at Age 42!  He left behind an incredible legacy, and an unbelievable actor story (by Carmichael Phillips) (Michael Clarke…

    Martin Landau: “Acting is NOT showing”

    Martin Landau: “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…

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  • Lee Strasberg: “The actor must convince himself of the rightness of what he is doing”

    Lee Strasberg: “The actor must convince himself of the rightness of what he is doing” (arranged by AM Staff) (Lee Strasberg in The Godfather II) “The actor must convince himself of the rightness…

    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…

    4 Things Actors Should Be Grateful for Despite the Pandemic 

    4 Things Actors Should Be Grateful for Despite the Pandemic  Take a brief moment to be grateful for the things you have (by Tonya Tannenbaum) (Photo: Gabrielle Henderson/Unsplash) Did you lose out on…

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  • Bryan Cranston: “I knew I wanted to become an actor. I’m not going to have a fallback plan.”

    Bryan Cranston: “I knew I wanted to become an actor. I’m not going to have a fallback plan.” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad) “I knew I wanted to become…

    Actor Stories: How Aaron Paul Got His Big Break 

    Actor Stories: How Aaron Paul Got His Big Break  Ten years of darkness before the light finally broke through (by Carmichael Phillips) (Aaron Paul in El Camino) Jesse Pinkman is not his actual…

    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…

    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…

    5 Essential Budgeting Tips for Actors

    5 Essential Budgeting Tips for Actors Budgeting is a crucial skill in the actor’s life (by Javier Guerra) (Photo: Michael Longmire/Unsplash) All you need to do is look at your last W2, 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…

    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…

    Narrow Your Focus

    Narrow Your Focus One mistake many actors make is having an unfocused strategy (by Jim Webb) (Photo by Paul Skorupskas on Unsplash) If it seems your acting career is all over the place,…

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  • You’re Not Really Acting When You’re Over-Acting

    You’re Not Really Acting When You’re Over-Acting It’s amateurish and does a disservice to the script, your fellow actors and to the audience. (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Photo Boards/Unsplash) It’s understandable for aspiring…

    Find Your Paragon Actor

    Find Your Paragon Actor Don’t Be A Boat Without a Sail (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Tim Bogdanov/Unsplash) It is difficult to achieve any big dream. It is especially difficult to be a successful…

    Konstantin Stanislavski: “There are no small parts, only small actors”

    Konstantin Stanislavski: “There are no small parts, only small actors” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Konstantin Stanislavski) “There are no small parts, only small actors” This quote, perhaps Stanislavski’s most famous, were words he…

    Matthew McConaughey: “I love entrances and exits”

    Matthew McConaughey: “I love entrances and exits.” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Matthew McConaughey in The Wolf of Wall Street) “I love entrances and exits. I love doing all the work about where my…

    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…

    Talent Agent vs Talent Manager: What is the Difference? 

    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…

    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…

    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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