“Don’t be a one-trick pony” (Christian Bale)

“Go for new tricks. Don’t be a one-trick pony” (Christian Bale) (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips) In an interview with the Oral History of Hollywood, actor Christian Bale had an interesting take on the subject of acting techniques. Many actors swear by the acting technique(s) they were first taught as actors or the acting technique(s) they […]

10 Reasons You Didn’t Book the Role You Should Have Booked

10 Reasons You Didn’t Book the Role You Should Have Booked There are countless potential reasons why you didn’t book the role you thought surely you were going to book. Let’s just start by digesting these ten. (by Carmichael Phillips) Have you ever been so amazing in your audition that you were sure you got […]

“Listen and React” (Michael Caine)

Michael Caine’s Greatest Advice to Film Actors: Listen and React “Listening is really what acting is all about, for movies. It’s not like the theatre. It’s an entirely different situation.” “When I was in the theatre, I was inadvertently given some advice by a theatre producer. And he said to me, ‘What are you doing, […]

What is the “Repetition Exercise”?

What is the “Repetition Exercise”? There are several objectives that the Repetition Exercise seeks to achieve. Chief among these is to increase the actor’s reliance on their instincts. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) The “Repetition Exercise” or the “Repetition Word Game” is an exercise that was taught by Sanford Meisner. Its purpose is to emphasize spontaneity and […]

“Education is so essential” (Jake Gyllenhaal)

Education is Essential “Education is so essential, because there’s no way of knowing what good material is, or knowing if a story is original, or knowing what makes a story original, or know how to interpret a story, or even to help…if you don’t have a solid education.” “That doesn’t mean you have to go […]

That Time I Crashed an Audition, and Lived to Tell About It!

That Time I Crashed an Audition, and Lived to Tell About It! Don’t try this at home, kids! (The Anonymous Actor) Don’t try this at home, kids. This maneuver is only for the professionals. Professional idiots, that is! I must confess, I fall neatly into this category. Yes, I crashed an audition and lived to […]

“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? “I think a lot of times people think that you have to have a job to work on acting. Which you don’t. You can work on plays. You can work on monologues. You can always work on […]

Before You Blame Your Agent….

Before You Blame Your Agent…. Because, it’s not always your agent’s fault (By Jim Webb) You’re not getting enough auditions. Your friends are auditioning like crazy, while you rarely get any. The knee-jerk reaction among many actors, inevitably, is: “It’s my agent’s fault.” “My agent isn’t pitching me hard enough” “My agent doesn’t believe in […]