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An Actor's Guide To Finding Lost Cash

If you’re an actor, you may or may not have come to the realization that as the sole owner of YOU, Inc., no one seems to care as much about your company as you. Often, actors believe that once they get a reputable agent, that the agent will make it their sole mission in life to make the actor successful. Even the best agents can’t offer that. Over time, you come to realize that if this company (again, we’re talking about your career) is going to be successful, there&rsq…

How The Hollywood Stars Were Made (and What Actors Can Learn from it)

My mentor, the late Sam Christensen, was a treasure trove of trivia from the TV/Film industry, especially when it came to old Hollywood. He told a story once about how the original Hollywood stars were made, and while fascinating by itself, it brings up a very important issue facing actors today.     From The Annals of MGM Many decades ago, Sam was a Casting Director, and when he first came to work on the MGM lot, he was assigned a secretary, Beverly, who had been working…

What You Can Learn About Acting from Cats & Dogs

Cats vs. Dogs: Choose Wisely Whether or not you have pets, we all tend to understand the differences in temperament and behavior between cats and dogs. Well, it dawned on me recently that the way these two species approach life can be analogous to the way different types of actors approach their careers. Let’s explore that analogy, and hopefully shed some light on how you should be approaching your career. The Differences Between Cats and Dogs For this discussion, we’re ad…

Acting in Atlanta: Everything You Need to Know

Welcome to Atlanta! Where the Actors Play. Waaaay back in 2005, if you were living in Atlanta and looking to jump into this crazy business called acting, conventional wisdom would have told you to make the move to Hollywood and start there. And even as recent as 2012, if you came to Hollywood and mentioned you were from Atlanta, you would be met with a shrug of the shoulders, and maybe even a look of disgust. Flash forward to 2020, and if you were to move from Atlanta to Hollywood…

Brain Surgeons and Storytellers: Saving Lives on the Daily

Of all the species on Earth, humans have a unique ability when it comes to communication. We have the gift of stringing together words and phrases into complex ideas that eventually become stories. And we’ve used stories throughout our history as a way to educate, inspire, entertain, and yes, even save lives. The problem, as I see it, is that society can easily undermine the importance of stories and those whose chosen profession is to create them. If you’re willing to join m…

Does Somebody Owe You Money? [An Actor's Guide To Finding Lost Cash]

If you’re an actor, you may or may not have come to the realization that as the sole owner of YOU, Inc., no one seems to care as much about your company as you. Often, actors believe that once they get a reputable agent, that the agent will make it their sole mission in life to make the actor successful. Even the best agents can’t offer that. Over time, you come to realize that if this company (again, we’re talking about your career) is going to be successful, there&rsq…

To Be (in Person) or Not To Be (in Person): The Self-Tape Audition

Depending on the market you are based in, you may have a vastly different understanding of the self-tape audition. If you're based in LA or NYC, you are occasionally required to self-tape, and when that happens, perhaps you use your cell phone or go to a buddy’s house and have them tape you. I, on the other hand, am based in Atlanta. And in addition to being a full-time actor for over 15 years, I have co-owned a taping service with my wife since 2010. We were one of the first dedi…

Gardening, Surfing, and Marathon Running: Metaphors for an Acting Career

If you’re reading this, then chances are you need a new perspective on your acting career. Many of us subject ourselves to unhealthy expectations from this crazy business. We unknowingly compare our careers to 100-yard dashes or corporate ladders. We expect that one step leads to the next in a predictable, linear fashion. We think that if we’re motivated, we can get to that finish line (series regular, red carpet, etc.) in record time. Despite the countless books, teachers,…

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