so you want to be an actor?

You've already made a good start, literally just by Googling 'how to be a better actor.' You'd be surprised, how many people don't even take that step, after declaring their life dream to be famous.  It seems like you just need to get lucky, right? To be in the right place, at the right time, with the right person to open a door for you, and BAM. You're waving to paparazzi from the red carpet.

Wrong. Acting is difficult.

Acting requires hard work, intelligence, patience, passion, perspiration, optimism, diligence, joy, appreciation, strength of character, gratitude, understanding, vulnerability, an open heart, an open mind and above all - unabashed courage.

It is not for the faint of heart. It is not for those of two minds. You might have heard - 'if you can imagine doing something else, do it' - and those voices are right. Whether you want to pursue acting as your life-long career, or if you want to just play on the side - if you can imagine any other career, make that your priority.  Long after Hollywood has worn you down and changed your spirit, there will be those who want it more than you, and will hold out just a little longer. It's a thankless, hopeless, miserable profession that will destroy your faith in humanity, make you doubt what's fair in this fucked-up world and discourage you to the point you deride every aspect of yourself.

It can also be fulfilling, intellectual, passionate, inspirational, progressive, engaging, philosophical, unbelievably rewarding and fun as all fucking hell.


don’t let the nerves win.
If you come into audition for me, and you’re so nervous that you…
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getting an audition is not just a step on the way
I’ve noticed that many people tend to think of an audition as a…
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getting off-book
Being off-book is ideal. Being off-book is what I want to see, when…
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headshots – starting out
Ah, the long-lamented, woefully redundant, ever-exacerbated topic – headshots. Much like online dating…
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hey sexy… 😉
It drives me insane when a creative team says they want someone who…
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is it possible to get a job with nothing on your resume
It’s a common fear among developing actors, that a fleshed-out resume is what…
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is it possible to get in the room with nothing on your resume
As I’ve mentioned, it’s a common fear among developing actors, that existing credits…
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keep in mind the character isn’t yours
I know when you find a character who really speaks to you, and…
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knowing your look
I’m a very judge-y person. I don’t deny it – it’s partly my…
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lightning prep guide
It’s difficult, to be an auditioning actor these days, with the pace of…
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lightning prep guide – example
Before we start – there is no outlet for this monologue, as it…
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new year, new rules
It’s a new year, and with the entire world in constant turmoil, every…
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no one gets everything they want
In light of our society’s pursuit of constant happiness, I wanted to address…
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The speed of the dialogue in a scene is difficult to nail down.…
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self tape guidelines
In an increasingly digital world, in which we’re able to live and work…
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self tape guidelines – addendum
Please, for the love of anything you hold sacred – don’t get naked…
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so you didn’t get the role – 1 of 4
So you didn’t get the role – and you don’t know why.  …
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so you didn’t get the role – 2 of 4
So you didn’t get the role – because you’re not the right ‘fit’…
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so you didn’t get the role – 3 of 4
So you didn’t get the role – why couldn’t I just tell you…
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so you didn’t get the role – 4 of 4
So you didn’t get the role – and it just plain sucks.  …
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social media for an actor
I’ve been asked this question a lot in recent months, so let’s discuss…
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take a note from MMA
In auditioning fighters and wrestlers who are transitioning into actors, I’ve noticed a…
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theater to film and back again
Having discussed this a few times over the past weeks, I’d like to…
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what I can’t do for you
The purpose of this isn’t to tell you the class to take, the…
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