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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

Acting Between the Lines

Emma González, a Marjorie Stoneman Douglas student and activist, spoke for just under two minutes at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington. She described the effects of gun violence in emotional detail and recited the names of classmates who were killed by a school shooter. Then she said nothing for four minutes and [...]

By | 2018-04-10T15:01:16+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

How Well Do You Know Your Craft?

  Every year, thousands of young people decide they want to pursue acting. Many make that choice because they think it looks easy. And it looks easy because the great actors make it seem like they’re not really doing anything. But the truth is, they have worked very hard on their craft—that’s the key. Good [...]

By | 2018-03-27T12:27:19+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

When It’s Not Fun Anymore

My students tell me they act because they love stepping into a character’s shoes and making an audience laugh or cry. Acting makes them happy, fills them up and provides fun. I’m so glad they are not doing it for the fame or fortune, both of which are fleeting and may never happen. It’s hard [...]

By | 2018-03-20T09:57:17+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Acting, Articles|0 Comments

Kids + Teens: Why Your Phone May Be Sabotaging Your Acting Career

Child and teen actors, we’re here to teach you the essential skills of acting so that you can live your dream. This is our singular intention in everything we say and do. But everyone has to begin somewhere, and today we’ll start with the key to all of your acting, the heart of what every [...]

By | 2018-02-23T11:37:58+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Articles|0 Comments