Acting

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15
May

Acting Is Not Talent Alone

There is no doubt that acting is a talent, and one that can be innate. But like any true calling, all hard graft requires constant honing. Declaring yourself as an actor is not enough...
27
Apr

The Audition Waiting Room – A Brief Guide

Waiting to go in for an audition can be excruciating. Knowing what is likely to happen as you enter the lion's den is a great way to take control of the experience. Here I offer my advice...
06
Jun

Don’t Get Ripped Off – Acting Scams

It is a sad truth that people are always going to exploit the needs (and dreams) of other people.
15
Apr

Help Me Cry on Cue

One of my recent students could summon tears to her eyes instantly and very effectively. She seemed to do it with no particular effort. It was pretty amazing to see, and she was demonstrating a rather impressive party trick. But is this necessary?
10
Apr

Not Getting On With Your Theatre Director?

Handling a theatre director you are working with can often be a tricky business. Fortunately, today, many directors are less "old school" in their technique of working with actors - but ultimately they have a job to do, and they will do it by whatever means will make the finished production work.
26
Feb

How to Combat Stage Fright

It's interesting just how many actors and performers I hear who want to talk to me about how to get rid of stage fright. You know, that nervous-"Oh God, I'm going to be sick"-pit-of-the-stomach-twisting anxiety that suddenly takes grip just before going on stage?
29
Jan

Ten Things To Check Before Signing That Contract

So, you have worked hard, you’ve had a successful audition and finally landed yourself on a contract? Congratulations on getting there! However, before you sign on the dotted line, you have got some work to do.
13
Jan

Being Hungry for a Career in Theatre

Being Hungry for a Career in Theatre sparked some serious debate when I first posted it on my former site, and it is with regret that I still see this as a problem...
13
Jan

Flesh Out Your Character Through Improvisation

What actors do on stage and screen (in terms of character) is a result of interpretation of the script by the director and the actor him/herself. Directors have a vision about the story in the play or screenplay and expect the actors to convert that vision into reality.
09
Jan

Managing Your Money As An Actor

Personal finance is one topic which is a matter of concern for all of us. It becomes even more difficult for an actor to manage his or her money and make sure that everything goes smooth by the end of the month.
25
Oct

A Little Audition Guidance

Some quick-fire tips to set yourself up for a great audition... Take a gander, see if any can be used at your next audition.
24
Oct

What NOT to do with a Headshot

Every actor knows that you have to do some level of self promotion to become an actor. One of the best methods of promoting yourself as an actor will be with your head shot.
23
Oct

Start Finding an Agent

If you've decided that acting is what you want to do, and you really want to make a living at it, and not have to take in other kinds of work as well, it's quite likely that you are going to need an acting agent to represent you and assist you in finding work.
20
Oct

Some Pointers on Becoming an Actor

Do you know why you want to act? Are you aware of where you need to be? Find out more here...
19
Oct

Your First Acting Audition – What To Do

Congratulations! You've landed yourself your first audition. This is huge! It's a major 'first step' achievement... Now what?
17
Oct

How to Manage Your ‘Fear’ as a Performer

There are a lot of reasons why actors become fearful. The most common is the fear of failure.
15
Oct

The Vital Importance Of The Headshot

The Headshot, The 10by8, The 10x8 - however you want to title it, here I discuss why the Headshot is the most important tool in a performer's toolkit
14
Oct

You’re New To Acting – What To Expect…

As my mum always used to say: forewarned is forearmed. It is essential that you understand the career you are embarking on. So what can you expect as a newbie to the world of acting?
09
Oct

Tips on How to Become a Better Actor

No matter where you are in your career, there is always room for improvement. In acting, it's all about the characters and being able to put your own characteristics away for that character. How do you go about doing that successfully every time?
04
Oct

Do You Want To Be Famous? Or Do You Want To Work In Theatre?

Do you desire fame - and all the perceived glories that come with it? Or would you prefer to keep getting work and live a long life in the theatre as a professional and skilled crafts-person?
27
Sep

Just Starting Out? Common Mistakes Young Actors Make

Avoid the pitfalls many new performers make when they start out in the performing arts industries. Follow these simple tips on what to work on...
16
Sep

Dealing With Audition Rejection

One of the hardest, and most gut-wrenching, elements of being an actor is facing audition rejection. "What went wrong?" and "Why did I fail?" race through our minds. All too often we beat ourselves up over not picking up the role we worked so hard for...
14
Sep

The Big Question: How To Become An Actor

When you make the decision to take the plunge into the world of acting and theatre, it can seem incredibly daunting. Where to begin? How to start? -- Here I try to get your foot on the first rung of the ladder