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We’ve just launched our new series of videos about The Acting Business in Chicago!
…where we will explore all sorts of business aspects of the acting world to help actors make more informed and strategic decisions – both in their business decisions AND in their audition performances.

We’ll release a new video each week. The first video is an introduction to the series- and the educational info starts next week – – so subscribe to our newsletter now!. Upcoming topics include:

– How the commercial business is structured
– How Casting Directors Prep the auditions for commercials
– How the actual commercial audition process works
– How the Prep for a TV & Film audition differs from commercial
– How the actual TV or Film audition process works
– Who’s the best talent agency in town
– Headshots
– Resumes
– Marketing
– Unions
– Bookings
…. and loads more!!!

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Best and Worst Gifts for Agents and Casting Directors

Just like that, December rolled around and it’s time to send off some holiday gifts to your industry contacts. Of course, we all want to acknowledge our hard-working agents and managers, and who could forget about the casting directors who called you in over and over again this year?

I get this question from actors all the time: what is an appropriate gift for my agent/manager/publicist/that awesome CD who booked my first co-star role?

So, I decided to go directly to the source and ask some of my industry contacts what they enjoy receiving as gifts during the holidays. Check out their comments below for some great ideas!

The Agent Says….  Continue reading Best and Worst Gifts for Agents and Casting Directors

3 Common Beliefs that Keep You Jealous

Okay, I admit it. I used to be insanely jealous of other actors who were having more success than me. I was unhappy with my career and I thought I should be further along than I was.

The funny thing is, the more I focused on lack and comparing myself to others, the harder it became to allow new opportunities and growth to come into my life.

Ever been there?

…Are you there now?

It sucks, doesn’t it?!

When it comes to money or opportunities, a “lack” mindset can really keep you feeling like crap.  Energetically, there’s no room for growth or success in that space.

Nowadays when I catch myself in a “lack” mindset, I stop and examine the thoughts that are running through my head. You wouldn’t believe the creative (and majorly unhelpful!) ideas that I would cling to – although you might be able to relate to some of them.

Check out some of the beliefs I caught myself thinking that kept me in a mindset of lack: Continue reading 3 Common Beliefs that Keep You Jealous

The Six Hundred Pound Gorilla In The Room

No one really talks about this but line memorization (or the lack thereof) wreaks havoc in auditions, rehearsals and performances alike. The way in which you memorize can restrict your performance and that restricts your spontaneity and that’s not good. Another big problem happens when an actor thinks they’re off book but then when they go into performance the words don’t show up and everything comes to a screeching halt.

Make a study of how you memorize. Become aware of how long it takes you to memorize something and, more importantly, how long it takes you to be completely free of the book. Until the words just show up without you having to rummage around in your head, you are not completely memorized.

In the Green Room Professional Program the processes of memorization and script development  receives a lot of attention because both have a profound impact on performance.

 

LET IT GO

One of the hardest things about being a goal-setter is the ability to let it go. By letting go of your attachment to the goal, it can actually become easier to achieve.

Do you remember liking someone so much that you were a bumbling fool around them? Or maybe worse, you were on the receiving end of that affection, but you didn’t feel the same way? The same thing can happen when you’re too attached to a goal.  Continue reading LET IT GO

The Audition Jitters

It’s perfectly normal to get a little rush before or when you walk into an audition. It’s basically just a little shot of adrenaline that will burn off relatively quickly if you let it.

If you don’t know how to let it burn off, than you’ll likely try to repress the rush and that’s going to keep it from burning off. This in turn causes the jitters to hang around and get worse.

Just let the adrenaline play out however it happens too. Don’t feel that you have to hide the rush from the casting director. If it’s okay with you, then it will be okay with them. They know that most actors walking into an audition have the jitters. It causes bigger problems if the actor tries to repress the rush. Repressing causes them to become less spontaneous and that’s never good for an audition.

One of the things I focus on in Making The Audition Environment Work For You is how to work with the adrenaline rush rather than against it.