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August 24, 2018

Whether you just had a terrible performance or you choked during an audition, there is nothing else quite like the sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you feel like you've experienced an epic failure at what you love to do - performing!

We've all been ther...

August 12, 2018

When you think of your "actor's type" it can often feeling like you're boxing yourself in - like you're - as the word would indicate - "stereotyping" yourself.

But what if I was to tell you that your type is way more than that?  That it's more like an essence that you...

August 4, 2018

Could  you use some inspiration and a little mojo to get you through this year?

Join me this week - there are two opportunities!

I'm planning on creating a friendly, connected, warm and hella inspiring atmosphere!

Whoo hoo! Last year I had such a wonderful trip, vis...

August 3, 2018

You've worked at your craft for some time now.  You've done acting classes. You know you're talented. You're made for this acting business. . . and so WHY is it that sometimes you completely screw up your auditions?

After working with hundreds of actors and being...

May 18, 2018

I just had a great conversation this week with Blair Hickey, an actor and one of the founders of "Casting About" and he had some really interesting things to say about figuring out your actor's type.

I had never heard someone explain it in quite this way so. . . even...

September 10, 2017

This month I spoke with accomplished actor and comedian, Hal Lublin for the next installment of Interviews with Artists Who Are Making It. He shared about how's he's found success as an actor in the Los Angeles voiceover world, how he created a podcast with a...

August 7, 2017

Do you wonder sometimes if you're making a lasting impression in your auditions? There are a lot of moving parts when you're in the casting room, right? A lot of things you could worry about. . . but you don't necessarily need to (nor can you!) worry abo...

June 4, 2017

Were you the kid who was always watching everyone? I think it's one of those things as actors that we are likely prone to doing or even exceptional at doing.  Actors are human observers. . . And because this is a practiced thing with us, we can even sometimes "...

May 31, 2017

Have you ever had this happen at an audition or reading?   You find yourself faced with having to act out writing that makes you squirm when you read it?     As actors, most of us are taught that text is king.  Especially if we've been theatre trained, we are lik...

February 13, 2017

What is the payoff for coming this far in your career? In your life as an artist?  

The other day, I was hiking up this hill behind my house and I had a realization about what it means to be an artist who has put in a good decade or two (or three or four) into their c...

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