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It’s Time to Take Boston Seriously as an Actor’s Hub

Production crews are flocking to New England, and with good reason. The scenery is breathtaking with snowcapped mountains in the winter, swan boat rides in spring, summer beachcombing on the Cape, and breathtaking fall foliage. Boston’s cobblestone streets, reminiscent of Paris at the turn of the century, lead to a bustling community rich with art [...]

By | 2017-11-09T16:57:19+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

How to Protect Your Child Actor From Industry Predators

Right now, the news and social media are full of reports about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry. Last week, the teens in my acting classes were discussing the news and what they would do in uncomfortable situations. It can be a scary issue, both for young actors and their parents. Unfortunately, sexual [...]

By | 2017-10-22T20:11:53+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Young Actors Need a Point of View. Here’s Why

The other day, I was working with a young student on a role she was up for in a play. The scene required her to show empathy toward her sick grandfather and she was struggling with the scene—she couldn’t relate to the situation or identify with the character since she had never experienced the illness [...]

By | 2017-10-08T21:14:38+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

7 Steps to a Successful College Audition

It’s that time of year again when thousands of high school students are applying to drama and musical theater college programs nationwide. These schools get more competitive with each passing year—depending on the track, they can accept as few as 10 new students a year. Therefore, it’s a good idea to start thinking about what [...]

By | 2017-09-24T22:01:41+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

6 Skills That Separate Novice Actors From Pros

In many fields and careers, there are different levels of credentials, like associate, professional, master, etc. In acting, we talk about novices, actors who are just beginning, and professionals, actors who have training and experience working in the industry. I teach my students how to act and audition like a professional, even if they’re still [...]

By | 2017-09-07T21:05:25+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

So Your Child Has an Interview With a Talent Rep? How to Prepare

Congratulations! Your child was spotted in a showcase performance by an agent or manager and called into their office for an interview and audition. Or perhaps your youngster’s beautiful photo and resume got the attention of an agent who followed up with a meeting. This is the start of getting signed by a rep who [...]

By | 2017-08-06T18:10:22+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

Work Permits + Blocked Trusts: What You Need to Know for Child Actors

Your child is auditioning regularly in the hopes of landing a paying gig. The next step is to make sure you have everything in place to satisfy production and protect your child’s earnings, which means you’ll need to have valid work permits and a blocked trust (or Coogan) account. Plan in advance; don’t wait until [...]

By | 2017-07-21T11:04:33+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

How to Know if Your Child Is Passionate About Acting or if It’s a Phase

After 30 years as an acting coach, personal talent manager, and director, Backstage Expert Denise Simon is sharing her wisdom with the world. In her new book, “Parenting in the Spotlight: How to raise a child star without screwing them up,” Simon helps parents navigate everything from figuring out if the child is truly interested in [...]

By | 2017-07-06T10:43:17+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Florida Acting Programs All Young Actors Should Know

As an acting coach and teacher, I believe all young actors should train to enhance their skills and build self-esteem. And despite L.A. and New York seeming like the center of the acting universe, you don’t have to live in either place to get great training. As an actor, I got my start in Florida, [...]

By | 2017-06-29T11:36:56+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments