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Posted by admin, March 23, 2016 4:03 pm

Many times when I’m working with an actor on a scene and I feel they are holding back they tell me they don’t want to be too _________ fill in the blank. Too big, too loud, too sexy, too…. many things.  But really what they are holding back from is:  following their instincts.

Often this “holding back” is because of a director or teacher gave them that note for a different performance in the past.  Don’t generalize your notes from a director or teacher and bring them forward. At least run these old notes by your current teacher and get their feedback.

Take into consideration that every Casting Director I’ve met has said that it is better to be too big because they can always tell an actor to bring it down, but rarely can an actor take the adjustment to turn it up.

Know that when you’re holding back – you’re not risking going outside of your comfort zone and so your performance will probably be safe.  Instead, trusting your instincts, go for it and don’t hold back.

Are you holding onto any notes?  Share with other actors and get some feedback below.

Posted by admin, March 16, 2016 6:00 am

“Don’t be too conscious of what the next move in your career will be.  I’ve seen many actor friends turn down a lot of gigs because they think, ‘Now I’m a big actor. I can only do these kinds of movies.’ Well, they often just stop working.”  ~ Neal Patrick Harris, star of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

Which do you want be? Working and happy or not working and resentful?

I’ve seen the same attitude with actors who haven’t even started working! They turn down auditions, opportunities, agents  because they think, “I’m better than that.”  They are not working either.

Work begets work. Turning down acting opportunities begets sitting at home and fantasizing about working as an actor and resenting those who are working.

Success = Preparation meets OpportunityBe in class. Be prepared for any audition when it comes.  Take every opportunity to act you can – you never know what it will lead to.

Posted by admin, March 10, 2016 4:22 pm

Hannah Sohn booked the role of Feminist in a web series called Tiny Feminists AND she booked a pilot presentation!  Congratulations Hannah!

Posted by admin, March 9, 2016 4:19 pm

Congrats to my client Mykayla Sohn for booking a pilot presentation! And she is nominated for Young Artists Award as Best Young Actor in a short film. Way to go!

Posted by admin, 3:41 pm

After many months of a nationwide search Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) was cast at age 16 as the infamous Doogie Howser, MD by show creator Steven Bochco ( NYPD Blues, LA Law, Raising the Bar).

Before starting production, Steven took Neil and his parents to dinner and gave him this advice:

A career in acting is like surfing. You paddle out and paddle out and get wet and hit by the waves.  When you finally get out where you’re supposed to be you have to sit on a surfboard for a long, long time, just waiting.  If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch a wave, and it’ll be the most amazing feeling.  But the key is that that wave will inevitably crash to the sand.  Then what you have to do is paddle back out and get hit by a bunch of waves again.  But trust that in the long term there will always be waves to catch.”

Thinking back on this advice, Neil Patrick Harris said, “It turns out (to be) absolutely accurate.”

Where are you in the process, do you agree with this?  Start the conversation with a comment below.

Posted by admin, February 1, 2016 12:40 am

Lankershim Arts Center Gallery 800

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Lankershim Arts Center Gallery 800

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Lankershim Arts Center Gallery 800

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Lankershim Arts Center Gallery 800

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Lankershim Arts Center Galley 800

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