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12 Film Set Terms Every Actor Needs to Know

You just landed a role in a film—congratulations! If you’ve only ever acted on a stage, know that film sets are very different from the theater, and your first few days on set may be intimidating. Between all the people, equipment, and terminology on a film set, it’s easy to get overwhelmed but if you [...]

By | 2018-12-10T11:16:08+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

12 Film Terms to Know Before Stepping on Set

News flash! Actors are not the center of a film; they are just one small part in the making of a movie. Creating a film is a huge project that usually involves hundreds of people, including the actors. So it’s important for young actors to understand the roles and responsibilities of a film crew so [...]

By | 2018-12-05T13:31:15+00:00 November 28th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

Young Actors Should Be Their Own Entrepreneurs + How to Do It

Your dreams of becoming a working actor and thrilling people with your performance drive you forward. Acting is a creative art but they call it “show business” because it is a business, so consider yourself the CEO of your career, be your best advocate, and stay invested. You spend a lot of time taking classes, [...]

By | 2018-10-22T12:31:20+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

The Secret to Working More as an Actor

Good actors make acting look effortless. That’s why everyone wants to be an actor. But the truth is, we all know it’s difficult. Yes, you need to train, hone your skills and craft, network, and have what the casting directors need. But being a good actor takes much more than that. Begin following these simple [...]

By | 2018-09-24T12:00:08+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

5 Things Parents Should Never Say to Their Child Actors

In my experience, many people aren’t aware of the power their words can have. This is especially true for parents, and even more so for parents of young performers. As the caregiver and primary figure in a child’s life, a parent’s attitude and actions make a significant impact on a child actor’s confidence and success. [...]

By | 2018-08-06T23:26:49+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

Doing—Not Acting—Will Make You Great

Many young actors are taught to play “tactics,” an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end. The word brings up images of generals sitting around a war room, strategically planning an attack on the enemy. And that’s exactly how most actors approach the “playing of an action.” But we prefer to call [...]

By | 2018-07-23T16:17:14+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

Help Your Child Actor Grow This Summer

As the days get longer, temperatures rise and school demands end. It’s officially summer, most kids’ and teens’ favorite season, and a wonderful time to decompress, change up routines, pick up skills, form different relationships, and try new things. Because young working actors carry the burden of both work and school during the academic year, [...]

By | 2018-07-09T11:40:55+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments

How to Deal With the Stress of a Last-Minute Self-Tape for Your Child Actor

You just received a message from your rep that your child has an audition...tomorrow. Because auditions have been slow, you are excited about the opportunity for your child. But then you realize it’s actually a self-tape with 12 pages of memorized material due in the next 24 hours. Your child isn’t even home from school [...]

By | 2018-06-25T17:29:44+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

5 Steps to Understanding Your Scene as a Teen Actor

By Denise Simon and Larry Silverberg  Every scene you play as an actor, no matter how old you are, will require a deep understanding from you. You need to understand who the character is, what the context of the scene and larger story is, and countless other aspects of the scene that will make your work [...]

By | 2018-06-14T11:27:00+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

What ‘Raise the Stakes’ Really Means for Actors

Something actors hear all the time from casting directors and directors is “raise the stakes.” But do you really know what it means? Let’s begin with one basic fact that is true for every script you will ever read: it is not just “any” day in the life of the character, it is a very [...]

By | 2018-04-27T09:30:44+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments