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Quote of the day: “The modern film actor knows that real people in real life struggle *not* to show their feelings. It is more truthful, and more potent, to fight against the tears,…

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Local Hire Can Mean Playing with Fire Why risk it? It’s probably much safer to get creative about discovering new acting opportunities where you live. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) ________________________________________________________________________________ Having family or friends,…

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Atlanta is Becoming the Hollywood of the South If you’re an actor who lives in Atlanta, it may no longer be necessary for you to move to Hollywood to elevate your acting career….

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What is the “Magic If”? The “Magic If” is an acting technique that seeks to put the actor in their character’s shoes by asking a basic question, or series of questions, centered around…

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  • Quote of the day: “When I act…I get a better sense of who I am” (Giancarlo Esposito)

    Quote of the day: “When I act, I become very focused and I get a better sense of who I am and so, acting was always a way for me to transcend my…

    Local Hire Can Mean Playing with Fire

    Local Hire Can Mean Playing with Fire Why risk it? It’s probably much safer to get creative about discovering new acting opportunities where you live. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) ________________________________________________________________________________ Having family or friends,…

    7 Basic Facts about Konstantin Stanislavski

    7 Basic Facts About Konstantin Stanislavski Whether you are “Meisner” or “Method” or draw influence from the teachings of Stella Adler, Uta Hagen or others, you are likely studying an offshoot of Stanislavski’s…

    Fall in Love with Acting, All Over Again!

      Fall in Love with Acting, All Over Again! So, if you’ve lost your love for the craft of acting or lost your love for the struggles associated with being an actor…just remember…

    Top 10 List of Actors Who Found Success Later in Life

    Top 10 List of Actors Who Found Success Later in Life If you feel like you’re too old to begin an acting career, or too old to continue one, just remember one thing:…

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  • What is the “Substitution Technique”?

    What is the “Substitution Technique”? Using substitution, actors can justify, to themselves, their character’s actions in various moments, now that they have related those moments to truths in their own lives. (by Tonya…

    3 Brilliant Portrayals of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    3 Brilliant Portrayals of Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we’d like to highlight three brilliant, recent portrayals of this iconic Civil Rights leader. (by Darryl Green) ________________________________________________________________________________________________…

    Actor Kristoff St. John found dead

    Actor Kristoff St. John found dead The veteran actor was 52 years old (Carmichael Phillips) ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Kristoff St. John, one of the stars of CBS’s The Young & the Restless, was found dead…

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  • What are the “Given Circumstances”?

    What are the “Given Circumstances”? By analyzing the given circumstances, the actor can better understand who they are, where they are and understand the motivations of the character. (By Tonya Tannenbaum) ________________________________________________________________________________________________ The…

    Quote of the day: Matthew McConaughey – “I love entrances and exits”

      Quote of the day: “I love entrances and exits. I love doing all the work about, “well let’s backload about where my character’s coming from, and why, how he got here and…

    “I’m Geoffrey Owens and I am an actor!”

    “I’m Geoffrey Owens and I am an actor!” “When it first happened, I thought it was going to be devastating; I thought it was going to be catastrophic, and it has been the…

    4 Great Reasons to Audition with Your Sides In Your Hands

    4 Great Reasons to Audition with Your Sides In Your Hands Question: Now that you are off-book, should you bring your sides into the audition room with you? Should you use them during…

    5 NFL Football Players Who Became Successful Actors

    5 NFL Football Players Who Became Successful Actors Just in time for the Super Bowl, we bring you our top 5 list of NFL football players who became successful actors! (by AM Staff)…

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  • 4 Quick Facts about Actors and Blackface

    4 Quick Facts about Actors and Blackface With all the recent uproar over the subject, it’s a good time to revisit some basic facts about actors and the use of blackface. (by James…

    Quote of the day: Martin Landau – “Acting is *not* showing”

    Quote of the day: “Acting is *not* showing. Only bad actors try to cry. Good actors try not to. Only bad actors try to laugh. Good actors try not to. Only bad actors…

    Don’t focus on how you say your lines. Focus on why.

      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…

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  • What is a “Callback Ratio”?

    What is a “Callback Ratio”? (by Darryl Green) A “Callback Ratio” is a two-number combination that represents the number of callbacks an actor receives, relative to the number of auditions the actor went…

    Quote of the Day: Dennis Haysbert

    Quote of the day: To develop a character, I try to figure out who the person is, where he’s from. Who were his parents? How did he relate to his parents? Where did…

    Actor Stories: Tiffany Haddish

    Actor Stories: Tiffany Haddish Here is Tiffany Haddish’s story of homelessness and triumph. Let this story inspire you! (By AM Staff) ________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you think your acting journey has been more bad than…

    What is an “Audition”?

    What is an “Audition” (By AM Staff) An audition is a brief performance meant to demonstrate an actor’s suitability for an acting role that must be cast. Breaking it down: To fill an…

    What is “Affective Memory”?

      What is “Affective Memory”? The acting technique was abandoned by its originator, Konstantin Stanislavski, but lived on in one of his disciples, Lee Strasberg. (by Carmichael Philips) ________________________________________________________________________________ Affective memory is one…

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  • Headshots are like bread. They can get “stale” over time.

      Headshots Are Like Bread They can get “stale” over time. (By Carmichael Phillips) You may have heard all the reasons for why it might be necessary to change your headshots. Perhaps you’ve…

    Quote of the Day: “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. When you play an old man, look to see where he is young”. (Konstantin Stanislavski) This quote from Konstantin Stanislavski…

    5 Actor-Turned-Politicians

    5 Actor-Turned-Politicians (by Darryl Green) It’s election time! It’s time to see which politicians will win and which ones will lose, which party will gain power, and which one will lose it, which…

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  • Beware Career Advice From Family During the Holidays

    Beware Career Advice From Family During the Holidays (by Carmichael Phillips) Going home for the holidays can be a social minefield for actors, sometimes. It can be replete with uncomfortable stares, snide remarks,…

    Quote of the day: “You have to detach yourself from the result.” (Constance Wu)

    Quote of the day: “You have to detach yourself from the result. And the result is booking a job. And you have to, instead, attach to the result which is going into the…

    Top Secret: Don’t join SAG-AFTRA (too fast)!

    Don’t join SAG-AFTRA (too fast)! (By Webby) (CAUTION: THE FOLLOWING IS A TOP SECRET ACTING TIP. TELL NO ONE OF THIS!) Joining the union and getting a SAG card (now SAG-AFTRA), has long…

    Actor Stories: Ann Dowd

    Actor Stories: Ann Dowd Perseverance, determination and willpower! Mrs. Dowd refused to give up no matter how long it took. Her patience is now being richly reward and she is certainly living her…

    What is an “Objective”?

    What is an “Objective”? Objectives help actors make strong character choices and deliver more interesting performances. (by Tonya Taylor) An “Objective”, in acting, refers to something (or some things) a character wants and…

    Top Secret: Wear your audition outfit to the callback!

      Top Secret: Wear your audition outfit to the callback! (By Webby) (CAUTION: THE FOLLOWING IS A TOP SECRET ACTING TIP. TELL NO ONE OF THIS!)   _____________________________________________________________________________________ After an audition, don’t wash…

    Embrace Your Age

    Embrace Your Age! Don’t Try Be Young Forever Alright, you perpetual 25-year-olds! You can’t be young forever! Yes, showbusiness has a long history of actors lying about their age. And why not? Hollywood,…

    What are “Sides”?

      What are “Sides”? (by AM staff)   The term “sides” usually refers to a small section of a larger script, used by casting directors to audition actors for a role that must…

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