3 Minor Violations to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé

3 Minor Violations to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé When it comes to an actor’s résumé, there are differing levels of crime that an actor can commit. Here are 3 Minor Violations. (by Carmichael Phillips) When it comes to an actor’s résumé, there are differing levels of crime that an actor can commit. Some are […]

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) It’s understandable for aspiring actors to want to stand-out. And it’s tempting to think that being overly dramatic will help you stand-out. But always remember: you’re not really acting […]

What is a “Sense Memory”?

What is a “Sense Memory”? Armed with a sense memory, the actor’s experience is no longer rooted in fantasy. It is now real to them. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Sense memory is an acting technique whereby the actor recalls the physical sensations surrounding a personal, emotional experience and uses those sensations to help trigger truthful emotional […]

Booking Commercials: Talent, Looks or Luck?

Booking Commercials: Talent, Looks or Luck? What does it take for an actor to be successful in commercials? (by Carmichael Phillips) What does it take for an actor to be successful in commercials? What makes the difference between an actor who books regularly and an actor who hardly books commercials at all? Is it talent? […]

Never Apologize When You Make a Mistake During an Audition

Never Apologize When You Make a Mistake During an Audition Don’t apologize during an audition. Ever. If you stumble over your words or make a mistake, simply correct it. Confidently. (by Carmichael Phillips) It’s in our nature to be nice and amicable, as human beings. Anthropologists have suggested that the reason for this is because, […]

Never Do This on Your Acting Résumé!

  Never Do This on Your Acting Résumé! This is a brief “NEVER and WTF Were You Thinking!” list (By Carmichael Phillips) Sometimes there are “Should and Shouldn’t” lists. Sometimes there are “Do and Don’t’” lists. And sometimes there are “NEVER and WTF Were You Thinking!” lists. You can put this in the latter category. […]

Before You Approach an Agent, Get Your S@#t Together!

Before You Approach an Agent, Get Your S@#t Together! Before you approach an agent, make sure that you are ready to present yourself as an actor who understands the business and understands what it takes to be successful. (By Jim Webb) Agents are in the business to make money. While every actor requires some degree […]

5 Reasons Why Background Acting is a $h*tty Job

5 Reasons Why Background Acting is a $h*tty Job Let us count the ways… (By Jim Webb) Recently, I listed five benefits to beginning your acting career as a background actor. To be clear, the emphasis is on the word “beginning”. Beginning your acting career as an “extra” is fine as long as it is […]

Look to Acting to Be Your Creative Savior, Not Your Financial Savior

Look to Acting to Be Your Creative Savior, Not Your Financial Savior Fame and fortune must not be your primary pursuit. They should be the fortuitous byproduct of a larger pursuit (by Jim Webb) “Look to acting to be your creative savior, not your financial savior.” That is some of the best advice I’ve ever […]