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Posted by admin, April 6, 2016 9:05 am

So you didn’t book that job…and then the thoughts creep in, “I’m a failure.” I’ll never make it.” “Why bother.” “I suck.” “I’ll never make it.”

Well here are a few people who probably felt the same way….


Fred Astaire- after 1st screen test was told he couldn’t sing and could “dance a little”

Walt Disney- fired from his newspaper for lacking creativity and ideas

Albert Einstein- teacher said he was stupid was always “adrift in his own dreams

Marilyn Monroe- was dropped by 20th Century Fox because they thought she was “unattractive and couldn’t act”

Oprah Winfrey- fired from her T.V. reporting job because she was “not suitable for television.

J.K. Rowling- once almost penniless, divorced, depressed and rising her child alone

Ludwig van Beethoven- music teacher said “as a composer, he’s hopeless” AND he lost his hearing

Lucille Ball- drama instructors told her to look for a new profession

Elvis Presley- fired after one performance at the Grand Ole Opry after being told “you ain’t goin nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”

Thomas Edison- fired from first two jobs for not being productive and made hundreds of unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb


All these people made significant contributions to our world. Without them there would be no_______ fill in the blank. They changed the world and made it a better place for all of us.  And so can you. So don’t let those feelings and thoughts get in your way.  Keep going.

April, end of pilot season, is a good time to reassess what is working for you and what’s not.  Take an inventory and think about:

  1. How is my reel – is there something I can do to improve it or add to it?
  2. How are my headshots?  Check in with your reps and see if they think your headshots are working for you?
  3. Are you in class? Are you in the right class? Is your teacher and coach helping you move in the direction you want to go?





Posted by admin, January 13, 2016 9:00 am

Traditionally, pilot season runs from the beginning of January to about the first week of May.  With the proliferation of cable television, however, pilots now are being shot all year long.

A “pilot” is a sample episode that is presented to a network.  If the network likes it, they will air it to see what the ratings and reactions are to the show.  If it gets good ratings, the network will order another 7 to 13 episodes to air at the start of their season.

When you audition for a pilot, you never know if it will actually air on television.  Regardless, being cast is an invaluable opportunity to work, meet directors and producers, and boost your resume…so be ready!!

So how do you prepare for Pilot Season?

1.  Be in acting class! This is most important thing you can do to be at the top of your game.  Have a coach ready for last minute auditions.  It’s what working actors do so if you want to compete, you should, too.   And when you get that callback, make sure to schedule another coaching!  I’ve seen so many great opportunities missed because an actor didn’t come in prepped to book the job.

2.  Make sure your resume and pictures are up-to-date on casting websites, such as LA Casting and Now Casting.  And for heaven’s sake, make sure your agent and/or manager have what they need (current headshots, resumes, work permits, etc.) to get you hired quickly!

3.  Do your research.  Go on the internet and find out as much as you can about the show you’re auditioning for.  If you don’t find anything, Google the network, producers, and directors.

4.  For young actors, be sure your work permit is up to date.

5.  Take it easy: this is also the time for colds and flu, so get plenty of rest.

And as always, don’t forget:   Have Fun!

Let us know your thoughts on this blog and be sure to share how you’ve prepared to leverage the opportunities of pilot season.


If you’re an actor, (or know someone who is) feel free to share this article with those you believe could benefit from it. Thank you.

And risk being vulnerable right here. Share your experience as a fearless or fearful actor. Who knows, your input just might make the difference in preparing and inspiring someone to deliver the performance of a lifetime!



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There is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

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Posted by admin, December 16, 2015 11:57 am

With Pilot Season around the corner you can’t afford not to be.

Where there used to be over 300 pilots made in one season, now there may be only 30.  Studios are not making as many films either which means more movie stars go to television, not just to star in series, but to do three-or-four-episode guest roles. Remember there are over 2000 actors being submitted for every role.  You have to be at your very best when that audition comes in.

Take an inventory – an honest one or it really doesn’t work.  Have your coach or teacher give you feedback.

Here are six questions to help.

1. Are you breaking down a script and making the strongest choice?

2. Are you owning the room when you walk into the audition?

3. Do you adjust quickly if you’re not in the mood or something happens in the waiting room to throw you off?

4. Are you really adjusting to the direction the CD gave you or are you giving them the same thing twice?

5. Are your headshots working for you? Looking like you? Resume up to date?

6. Are you in class? Professional actors, like professional athletes – Practice.

This is your Pre-Season. Take your inventory, practice and get to work!

Feel free to share your inventory results or other questions that might help.


Posted by admin, March 14, 2013 5:20 pm

Well, actually if you understand German I get cast as a Casting Director.  But my student Kailyn Kaluna gets top billing and thanks to wonderful Casting Director Bonnie Gillespie who came to the Oakwood Apartments to speak to the young actors.

Posted by admin, January 24, 2013 2:17 pm


I’ve started taking cellphones from my students at the top of class.

Remember waiting in a line – without a cellphone?

If you can’t remember, try it. Just once. Notice what happens. My guess is the first thing you will feel is anxiety, “Where is my  phone?????” A feeling like the world is ending. Hold on past that feeling and notice… you might just discover something in the environment that will inspire you – or maybe not – and that’s okay too…just be.

We’re artists, storytellers. Artists breathe in their world and look at it with a childlike wonderment. We can only do this if we stop and notice this moment.  We can’t do that with our heads buried in a cell phone.

Being present, being in the moment, is simple and yet the most elusive, difficult and compelling thing an actor does. Being in the moment is also the number one thing that a Casting Director wants from an actor.

Start being in the moment in your life and see what it does your auditions, scene work and cold readings. Just for a week: notice when you pick up your phone and notice what happens after you put it away.

Put down the cell phone.  Just be.  And share below what you discover.

After writing this blog, I went to a play. During the intermission, I was in the lobby, not on my phone, but the Director of the play was on her phone – so I didn’t go up to her and congratulate her on her great work.  Being on the phone keeps people, and their compliments, at a distance.


Posted by admin, January 2, 2013 11:22 am

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of creation, there is one elementary truth, that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream, you can do,  begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” Johann Wolfgang van Geothe.

This was my yearbook quote when I graduated from high school.  Later I moved to Providence, Rhode Island. “Providence” defined:  The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power.  I have seen the power of this quote work in my life.

What do you dream about doing, but have hesitated?  Are you willing to commit to it boldly in 2013?

Tell us in the comments below and make yourself accountable. I’m boldly committing to finishing my feature length script, then raising money so I can direct it.  What about you?

Posted by admin, November 21, 2012 12:41 pm

Definition: Gratitude: Thankful appreciation for favors received.

John McCarthy Casting says that there are up to 2000 people auditioning for every single role and that if you get an audition you should be grateful.

To those of us in Los Angeles pursuing our dream, we forget that we are very lucky to live in the Entertainment Industry capital – Los Angeles. We forget to be grateful that we have agents and managers. And we get to go to auditions for commercials, television, and film that other people watch at home. Many people around the world would love to be able to do these things. I know because I get emails from people from all over asking how they can get the opportunities that we have.

For those of you not in Los Angeles, maybe wishing you had the opportunity to be here, if you’re reading this blog then you have a computer or access to a computer, believe it or not, you’re lucky too.

Other people in this world are not so lucky. Kids in Iraq, Darfur, even our own country, such as the ravaged East Coast, don’t have the luxury to think about acting because all they can think about is how their family will survive the winter.

Your next audition, be grateful for the opportunity to be seen by this Casting Director, be grateful to your agent for the work they did to get you the audition, and be grateful to anybody or anything that helped you get to that audition – maybe a kind boss who let you out of work or your car that got you there safely. Notice how the audition goes – I just bet – a little better.

Thank you for reading my blog and supporting my business that allows me to take care of my family while doing what I love.

Blessings to your and your family.   Happy Thanksgiving.




Posted by admin, June 14, 2012 9:42 am

My friend Xaque, a writer, is the best example of a Yes, and…Attitude and what it does for your life and your career.

Xaque is a person that I am proud to introduce to anyone. Everyone who meets him remembers him and raves about what a great guy he is. How’s that for making an great impression?

This is all because of his Yes, and…Attitude. When you talk with him you feel a natural rapport and friendliness that comes from his Yes, and…Attitude. His positive attitude makes him magnet to famous industry people.  He meets more influential people in Hollywood than anyone else I know. Did you see the picture? He’s the one on the right, in a tux, on the red carpet with the cast of Modern Family!

Ten years ago, Xaque came to Hollywood from Boston to be a television writer.  He approached his dream just like his life – with a Yes, and…Attitude. Because of his Yes, and…Attitude, he was in a restaurant and someone thought he had beautiful hands.  Now he is a hand model and you can see his hands in the dog food aisle of Target.  He’s not an actor but he had a role on Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen. He never intended to produce but he was one of the Producers of the Michael Jackson Memorial.

And his writing career is doing well too. He’s written for E! Live, writing Ryan Seacrest’s questions on the Red Carpet at the Oscars. His screenplay won an award at Slamdance. The World Music Awards flew him to Monaco to write the show and last month he sent me two articles published in the Huffington Post. And that’s just a few of his credits.

So where has your  Yes, and…Attitude gotten you today? Share below.


Posted by admin, March 29, 2012 4:44 pm

“Don’t be too conscious of what the next move in your career will be.  I’ve seen many actor friends turn down alot 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 7, 2012 3:52 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.  ut 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.

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