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.

Why Do I Want To Act?

Over the years I’ve been surprised by how many actors don’t have an answer for this question. It’s like they have a yearning to act but they’re not sure what that yearning is about or where that yearning is leading them. When an actor does have an answer it usually has to do with something that they want to happen in the future. I’m pursuing acting because I want to be rich and famous or because I want to be a really good actor or because I want to make a living as an actor. Continue reading Why Do I Want To Act?

Take stock of what you’ve done.

If you’re like me, you probably always feel like you could be and should be doing more to further your career. While I think it’s important to be driven, it can be exhausting. It can be incredibly stressful to be an actor and it’s very easy to compare yourself to others and their successes. This holiday season, I encourage you to stop for a minute and take stock of all you accomplished. Continue reading Take stock of what you’ve done.

10 ways to stop being a “starving artist.”

If they’re in a coaching session, of course they’re paying me to turn this belief around. If I’m at a networking event, I smile politely and nod my head wanting to shake said actor by the shoulders screaming, “It doesn’t have to be that way!” Continue reading 10 ways to stop being a “starving artist.”

Time To Quit

It can certainly be a journey into frustration when pursuing an art form. Probably the most dangerous thing is to have it be your passion and your love in life. We’re told that taking bold chances in this art form is noble and needed, so we take that huge risk and dive into that commitment and passion. That passion and love is what keeps us going. It’s what lets us grit our teeth and say “I won’t give up no matter what.” Unfortunately the time has come…. You should quit acting. Continue reading Time To Quit

I don’t have a timeline.

When I first moved to Chicago, a non actor friend of mine asked me how long I was going to pursue acting before giving up. My answer: I’m not going to give up. When I was preparing to move to L.A. last month, someone (this time an actor) asked me what timeline I was giving myself for succeeding in L.A. This time my answer was: I don’t have a timeline.

Continue reading I don’t have a timeline.

LIFE HACKS FOR ACTORS

I’m always looking for apps, books and sites to make my life easier and myself more productive.

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to co-host a workshop with actor and career coach, Gail Rastorfer. Last night, I co-hosted a Google Hangout with actor and social media expert, Tony Howell. I’ve learned so much from these two, and I want to share some tips and tricks that the three of us use. Hopefully these tools can help you to see the same results as their clients and followers.

Below are some of the top apps, books, and websites the three of us recommend most frequently. Continue reading LIFE HACKS FOR ACTORS

CORRECTION vs DIRECTION

Do you ever finish a take in a performance situation (be it an audition or rehearsal) to have the director stop and give you a few notes…. then have that little voice in the back of your head say “Ah yes- of course- that makes sense. Darn, I should have done it THAT way. OK- this next take I’ll do it that way and it will be better. OK- here we go on the pathway to getting it to where they want it….” If so, you are taking CORRECTION not DIRECTION. Continue reading CORRECTION vs DIRECTION