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June 8, 2017

Do you dream up big long to-do lists of things that need fixing or tweaking before you present your work, before you submit to that agent, before you write that grant, or before you reach out to those potential gigs?  Is this you? I know this song and dance really be...

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...

May 31, 2017

Ever wondered what it takes to "make it" as an artist?

Well, me too! For the past several years I've been unpacking this idea of "making it."  I mean, what does that mean exactly anyway?  "Making it"? Seems like a loaded idea and potentially a never-ending journey....

April 16, 2017

Did I tell you yet about, Artella?  It's this brand new place to get voiceover work. It's an online animation studio that's literally changing the way movies are made.  No joke.

Artella has taken what used to only exist in places like Pixar an...

March 12, 2017

Are you looking for a new agent? Wanting to send out some new submissions, but worried about being able to get their attention?

It's spring and many agencies are more open to finding new actors to represent at this time, so this is a great time to submit.  But how to...

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...

January 23, 2017

Last month I gave a workshop at the Screen Actor's Guild Conservatory here in San Francisco and afterwards spoke with several of the professional actors there. It was interesting to note that they all had this in common: 


They have all had a devastating blo...

December 6, 2016

Do you sometimes feel unprepared and a little rusty when you walk into an audition?

Because of the dry spells that come with the acting business, it can feel a little hard to keep your momentum at times.  But with just a little focus of your attention you can keep you...

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