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September 21, 2018

Do you know what is worse than flop sweating or a racing heartbeat?  The stories we make up about them.  When we go into panic mode (otherwise known as fight or flight) then we also tend to start spiraling into self-doubt and self-conscious thoughts.

That's why I...

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 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...

August 25, 2017

Imagine yourself in the audition room free of all fear.  Present and calm your creativity soars as you find yourself playful, connected, and energized. I want this for you and I know this is possible.   I know you can spend weeks, months or even years learning in an...

August 24, 2017

I've seen this mistake kill so many actor's auditions. . . I mean, it can literally just suck all the joy out of your job as an artist and make you wake up one day wondering why you ever decided to do this acting thing to begin with. . .

August 14, 2017

What do you do right after you get that call from your agent that you have an audition? Are you someone who over prepares every little detail? Or do you fret and worry and procrastinate? Watch this short video (below) where I reveal what matters most when it comes to...

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...

July 5, 2017

Have you ever been brought to a dead stop in the middle of an audition because your mind has drawn a complete blank? It can feel like the rug has been pulled out from underneath you.  It can feel quite frankly awful.

June 25, 2017

Last Tuesday, I co-taught a workshop for actors with Casting Director, Rebekah Renne and was excited by what she had to say about the film industry . . . and I wanted to share it with you! Rebekah has worked in the film industry since 2009. Based in San Francisco, she...

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...

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